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Akron Hears from Mayoral Candidates
Weathervane Launches Season with 'Hair'
Tickets Now Available to Hear Terry Pluto and Amanda Rabinowitz
Kent State Associate Professor Danielle Coombs at Akron Roundtable
A Comedian And An Angry Kid Find An Unexpected Connection On Twitter
At 75, Tanglewood's Student Program Holds Focus On New Music And People Making It
Melissa Block Looks Back On More Than 12 Years Hosting 'All Things Considered'
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 Akron Hears from Mayoral Candidates

WKSU airs live the Akron mayoral candidate debate hosted by the Akron Press Club from Quaker Station at Quaker Square today (8/19) beginning approximately at noon. The station will broadcast the debate between Democratic Party candidates Mike Williams and Daniel Horrigan live on WKSU HD Radio-4 and online on the all-news stream HERE. The broadcast will be repeated that evening at 8 p.m. on the station's primary on-air and streaming channels. Listeners can also access the audio during either broadcast via WKSU's free iPhone and Android mobile apps.

The Press Club determined that, with only one candidate, there would be no Republican mayoral debate, but an event featuring the final candidates is planned for the future. WKSU plans to air an exclusive interview with Republican mayoral candidate Eddie Sipplen on Thursday, Aug. 20. WKSU reports on candidates and issues in the 2015 election cycle can be found online at Available debate audio and additional interviews and images will also be posted on WKSU’s Election 2015 page.

Election coverage on WKSU is made possible in part through support from State & Federal Communications.

 Weathervane Launches Season with 'Hair'

Weathervane Playhouse starts its 2015-2016 season with Hair (Sept. 3-20). The first blockbuster rock musical, Hair is set in late 1960s New York - a time filled with hippies and conflicts created by drafting soldiers to fight in Vietnam. The groovy, psychedelic score includes chart-topping hits "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "Easy to Be Hard" and "Let the Sun Shine In."

Weathervane's Mainstage season continues with Dracula (Oct. 1-18), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Dec. 3-19), Clybourne Park (Jan. 14-31), The Man Who Came to Dinner (March 17-April 3), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (April 21-May 8), and Monty Python's Spamalot (June 2-26). Find more information at

 Tickets Now Available to Hear Terry Pluto and Amanda Rabinowitz

Put on your orange - or wine and gold - or red and blue - on Wednesday, Sept. 30 as sports commentator Terry Pluto is joined by WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz for an event to root for at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. Amanda and Terry will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. with a live version of their weekly Morning Edition chats on all things sports related - and then it's your turn with a spirited Q&A.

An Evening with Terry Pluto & Amanda Rabinowitz is free with registration. Seating is limited. A selection of Terry's books will be for sale by The Learned Owl Book Shop. The Hudson Library & Historical Society is located at 96 Library St. in Hudson's First & Main shopping district. Go to for details and to register for this event.

 Kent State Associate Professor Danielle Coombs at Akron Roundtable

Join WKSU this Thursday at 8 p.m. for a broadcast of an Akron Roundtable address from Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn. This month's featured speaker is Danielle Sarver Coombs, author and associate professor in Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her speech topic is: "Come to the Party, Leave the Flip-Flopping at Home: Essential Lessons from the 2012 Republican Primaries." Coombs is an author, media commentator, and consultant on areas related to politics, sports, and the politics of sport.

This WKSU broadcast of the Akron Roundtable is made possible through support from Cascade Audi. More information is at

NPR Notes
 A Comedian And An Angry Kid Find An Unexpected Connection On Twitter

When you're out there on the Internet, sometimes it's worth remembering there's a person on the other side of the screen; it could lead to an unexpected connection. Comedian Chris Gethard, who hosts The Chris Gethard Show on the cable channel Fusion, grew up in working-class New Jersey. He endured bullying and found relief in comedy. Recently, he had a beef with a teenage internet troll that ended with the kid being invited on the show and having an exchange of views.

 At 75, Tanglewood's Student Program Holds Focus On New Music And People Making It

The list of its faculty and students is a who's who of 20th-century music: Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas. The Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer program for young performers and composers, is still going strong in the 21st century — and this summer, it's marking its 75th anniversary with a look back at what has kept it that way.

 Melissa Block Looks Back On More Than 12 Years Hosting 'All Things Considered'

On her last day as host, NPR's Melissa Block took a look at some of the highlights over her 12 1/2 years as one of the voices of All Things Considered. She recalls the musical voice of a Louisiana shrimp boat captain who rode out Hurricane Katrina on his boat. And her conversation with the computerized voice of the late film critic Roger Ebert, who could no longer speak after his face was disfigured from multiple cancer surgeries. "I have voices in my head!" Melissa says. "Indelible voices of some of the many, many characters I've met along the way."

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. Aug. 22: Petty Tyrant. A school maintenance man works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until he's in charge of the maintenance department. That's when he starts messing with his employees. Teasing them at meetings. Or worse things, like secretly slashing their tires in the middle of the night.

 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. Aug. 22: Legendary. You've heard of them. They don't talk about themselves because everyone else does. They seem far above and yet, they walk amongst us.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. Aug. 22: Lucy. Is cross-species co-habitation an utterly stupid idea? Or might it be our one last hope? A chimp named Lucy teaches the ups and downs of growing up human, and a visit to The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines highlights some of the basics of bonobo culture.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Aug. 22: (repeated Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.) A November 2010 rebroadcast from the Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. The Quebe Sisters and their band showcase some true Texas swing on Bob Wills' "Yearning," and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sings "Ombra mai fu" from Handel's Serse.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Aug. 23: Rex Jung. Neuropsychologist Rex Jung on creativity and the everyday brain: family life, aging and purpose. He says that creativity is a uniquely human characteristic that provides meaning in one's life.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Aug. 23: Long before Detroit was known for its cars or music, it was famous for its frog legs! Frog leg salad, frog leg pie, frog leg ravioli - local, sustainable - so what happened?

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Arts On-line
 Twilight & Flashlights at Stan Hywet
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Thursday, August 20th - Friday, September 4th

Enjoy at a rare and special evening at Stan Hywet as the estate lights up Bloom!, glass sculptures by Craig Mitchell Smith, as the sun sets over the Manor House. Stroll the gardens and enjoy a radiant evening along with live acoustic music.

Select dates - Aug. 20 - Sept. 4, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, (330) 836-5533

 'Summer Serenade' with Jim Brickman & Pavlo
Saturday, August 22nd

Jim Brickman is an American songwriter and pianist of pop and adult contemporary music. For more than two decades, he has become one of the most successful instrumental pop pianists. Pavlo began playing guitar at age 10, and after years of lessons and various band gigs, he developed his own signature sound that he dubbed "Mediterranean."

Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, (419) 798-4461

 'The Book of Mormon'
Tuesday, August 25th - Sunday, August 30th

The Book of Mormon is the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century," Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time" and Jon Stewart calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Contains explicit language.

Aug. 25 - 31, State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, (216) 241-6000

 First Friday Canton: Friday Night Fever
Arts in Stark
Friday, September 4th

First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events and always a few surprises for adults and children. It is primarily a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants. First Friday begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art @ 5:30.

Friday, Sept. 4 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Canton Art District, downtown Canton, (330) 452-4096

  Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Eagle Collection
Canton Museum of Art
Thursday, August 27th - Sunday, October 25th

Beyond Craft, the first major exhibition from the Eagle Collection, surveys the significant artists and aesthetic movements of studio craft from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s. The heart of the collection is ceramics and also includes fiber art, furniture, glass, jewelry, and works on paper.

Sept. 27 - Oct. 25, the Canton Museum of Art, Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton, (330) 453-7666

 Todd Rundgren with the Akron Symphony
Akron Symphony
Saturday, September 5th

The Todd Rundgren with the Akron Symphony Orchestra will be Rundgren's fourth and fifth symphonic concerts in North America. The set lists will feature some of the songs Todd has performed with orchestras in the past as well as 14 new songs total for the two concerts.

Saturday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m., the Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, (330) 253-2488

 Dobama presents 'Or,'
Dobama Theatre Company
Friday, September 4th - Sunday, October 4th

Based loosely on true events, Or, takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, real life poetess, spy, and soon to be the world’s first professional female playwright. Be captivated by this adventurous woman in this funny, sexy, and inventive neo-Restoration comedy.

Sept. 4 - Oct. 4, Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 932-3396

 Burning River Fest
Burning River Foundation
Friday, August 28th - Saturday, August 29th

Guests are invited to discover and celebrate Cleveland's historic Coast Guard Station with live music, fresh food from local farms and eateries, chef demos, and plenty of GLBC beer. Festival goers will be able to dance, eat, drink and socialize while celebrating one of Cleveland's most unique monuments.

Aug. 28 & 29, Historic Coast Guard Station, Cleveland,

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