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New Shows on the Block
Ohio Light Opera Continues a Tradition
WKSU Loves Blossom
Parsons Dance Takes the Stage
Download a Pass for 'Southpaw'
Chicken Owners Brood Over CDC Advice Not To Kiss, Cuddle Birds
Sweet Adelines, A Society Of Women In Harmony, Hits A Milestone
She Was Groot: After A Galactic Hit, Marvel Screenwriter Tackles Comics
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This Issue's Features

 New Shows on the Block

Last weekend, WKSU launched its new Saturday and Sunday schedule, adding key programs and moving others to create blocks intended to make listening a more enriching experience. On Saturdays, the day moves through established programs Weekend Edition, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and The Best of Car Talk to noon and the introduction a storytelling block. Lead by public radio favorite This American Life at 12 p.m., the collection of programs focus on audio stories with different flavors - The Moth Radio Hour (1 p.m.), Snap Judgment (2 p.m.), and Radiolab (3 p.m.). At 4 p.m., a rotating collection of works will be featured in a Specials and Documentaries slot before All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion and Classical Music finish the day.

Sundays continue news and rebroadcasts of favorite shows in the morning, moving to a food block with The Splendid Table (2 p.m.) and the introduction of America's Test Kitchen (3 p.m.), along with a re-airing of Vivian Goodman's weekly "Quick Bites" feature. The TED Radio Hour moves to 4 p.m. before All Things Considered, The Folk Alley Radio Show and In Performance.

Learn more about the new programs and see the complete schedule at WKSU.org. Tell us what you think! Drop us a line at letters@wksu.org.

 Ohio Light Opera Continues a Tradition

With many opera companies closing their doors - including two in Northeast Ohio - it's gratifying to see the continued success of Ohio Light Opera, in summer residence at The College of Wooster. A true repertory company, seven works are rotated across the stage this year, moving the same performers in and out of a variety of roles. This week, Vivian Goodman visited OLO to bring listeners a story on the differences between Grand Opera and Light Opera and a backstage peek at what makes this company (celebrating its 37th season) different. Listen to her report HERE.

There's still time to enjoy all seven of this summer's OLO productions, including Gilbert and Sullivan's Yeoman of the Guard and Ruddigore, Cole Porter and Abe Burrow's Can-Can and Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon. Learn more online at OhioLightOpera.org.

 WKSU Loves Blossom

The Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival is in full swing, bringing the finest classical music the world has to offer to the casual setting of Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. WKSU offers its members three chances to purchase up to eight half-priced tickets for concerts this summer.

WKSU Nights at Blossom include:
Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m.: Elgar's Enigma Variations under the baton of Jahja Ling.
Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.: Barber and Bartok with Conductor Brett Mitchell and the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra.
Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto featuring Simone Lamsma on violin.

See details on the WKSU Nights at Blossom at WKSU.org/events.

 Parsons Dance Takes the Stage

Celebrate National Dance Day with outstanding performances from New York’s Parsons Dance at Cain Park on Saturday, July 25. Parsons Dance is sure to thrill audiences with their effortless movement and stunning dancers on the Evans Amphitheatre stage. Grab a picnic and join the fun! Based in New York City, Parsons Dance is known throughout the world as a family-friendly uplifting dance company. Wowing audiences with their musicality since 1985, David Parsons, has been called "one of the great movers of modern dance" by The New York Times. Dance demonstrations begin at 7 p.m. with the National Dance Day routine taking the stage at 7:45 p.m.

Find details online at CainPark.com. Presented by DANCECleveland, Cain Park and 89.7 WKSU.

 Download a Pass for 'Southpaw'

Southpaw tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym. Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

WKSU members can go to http://www.gofobo.com/WKSUSP to download a pass for two for a special preview screening of Southpaw on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Shaker Square Cinemas. Please arrive early! Seats are limited and having a pass does not guarantee admission.

NPR Notes
 Chicken Owners Brood Over CDC Advice Not To Kiss, Cuddle Birds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is blaming a salmonella outbreak on backyard chicken owners being overly affectionate with their flocks. The CDC says more than 180 people have come down with salmonella across the U.S. this year from contact with backyard poultry. Thirty-three of them became so sick they required hospitalization.

 Sweet Adelines, A Society Of Women In Harmony, Hits A Milestone

Barbershop quartets trace their roots back to the late 19th century, when African-Americans would gather in barbershops and on street corners to sing (it was called "cracking a chord"). By the end of the World War II, women decided to form their own society for barbershop-style singing: Sweet Adelines International. The organization grew quickly, and today boasts nearly 23,000 members in more than 500 choruses.

 She Was Groot: After A Galactic Hit, Marvel Screenwriter Tackles Comics

Nicole Perlman was the first woman to get a screenwriting credit on a Marvel Studios movie, for last year's big hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Perlman has been tapped to write the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, too, but first she's navigating a slightly less galactic challenge: Writing her first comic book. What better place to prepare for that than San Diego Comic-Con?

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. July 18: NUMMI 2015. A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved. Frank Langfitt explains why GM didn't learn the lessons—until it was too late.

 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. July 18: Campfire Tales 2. Last year Snap dropped the scariest stories right in your lap - just in time for vacation, and this year...it's baaaaaack.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. July 18: Sperm. Sperm carry half the genes needed for human life. Jad and Robert share some basic questions and profound thoughts about reproduction. To begin: why so many sperm? Next, ponder fatherhood, and wonder what the future holds for men in a world where sperm can be frozen and kept for all eternity.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. July 18: (repeated July 19 at 10 a.m.) Summer rebroadcasts continue, with a show originally from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California back in January 2013. Chanticleer perform “I Laid Me Down to Slumber” and Sara Watkins sings Jesse Fuller’s “The Monkey and the Engineer.”

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. July 19: Mirabai Bush. Rediscovering contemplative practices and mindfulness with Mirabai Bush, who helped create Google's "Search Within Yourself" curriculum.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. July 19: This week, it's a look at weighing tough food issues. Be introduced to Mark Lynas, a man who worked against GMO foods for years and then - changed his mind.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Weathervane Theatre presents 'Peter Pan'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Friday, July 31st - Sunday, August 16th

Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. Featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a rousing story full of magic, warmth, and adventure.

July 31 - Aug. 16, Weathervane Playhouse, Akron, (330) 836-2626

 CAKE at Jacobs Pavilion
Live Nation
Friday, July 24th

Cake tore a hole in the universe when they broke on the scene with "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle." Since then, the Sacramento-based band has continued to whirl a world of musical influences into songs that are often sarcastic and always entertaining.

July 24 at 8 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, (800) 745-3000

 Porthouse presents 'Hairspray'
Porthouse Theatre Company
Thursday, July 30th - Sunday, August 16th

Plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad's quest to be the newest dancer on The Corny Collins Show turns her into a star and a social activist as she advocates for racial integration on the show, tries to dethrone the reigning Miss Teenage Hairspray, and looks for love with teen heartthrob Link Larkin.

July 30 - Aug. 16, Porthouse Theatre, the Grounds of Blossom Music Center, (330) 672-3884

 Bob Schneider Band at Kent Stage
Kent Stage
Monday, July 27th

Bob Schneider is the best artist you’ve never heard of. But this year alone, he’s headlining every premiere venue in Austin. Sure, he’s struggled to break out of the Texas bubble, but this doesn’t stop him. “If I were to listen to the gatekeepers—the critics, the charts—I’d never have done anything.” Next up Richard Thompson on Aug. 1 and Rickie Lee Jones on Aug. 2.

July 27 at 8 p.m., the Kent Stage, Kent, (330) 677-5005

 Renaissance Theatre presents 'Mary Poppins'
Renaissance Theatre
Saturday, August 1st - Sunday, August 9th

Come experience the enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft that makes this the musical that soars high above the rest. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it!

Aug. 1 - 9, Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield, (419) 522-2726

 Kent/Blossom Music Faculty Concerts
Kent/Blossom Music
Wednesday, July 22nd - Wednesday, July 29th

The 2015 Kent/Blossom Music Faculty Series concludes with Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin; Tanya Ell, cello; Daniel McKelway, clarinet; Barrick Stees, bassoon; Randal Fusco, piano; and Jerry Wong, piano on July 22 and Stanley Konopka, viola; Richard Weiss, cello; Danna Sundet, oboe;
Robert Woolfrey, clarinet; and Joela Jones, piano on July 29.

July 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., Ludwig Recital Hall, Kent State University, (330) 672-2613

 Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents 'King Henry V'
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, July 30th - Sunday, August 16th

Prince Hal from Shakespeare's Henry IV parts I and II is now a mature man, King of England and set to take over France. The course of activities also includes avoiding assassination, winning at Agincourt and wooing a French princess. Arrive early to picnic and enjoy the Green Show.

July 30 - Aug. 16, The Lagoon, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, 1-888-71-TICKETS

 Steely Dan with Elvis Costello and the Imposters at Blossom
Live Nation
Tuesday, July 28th

Joining Steely Dan originals Donald Fagen on vocals and keyboards, and Walter Becker on guitar, eight individual virtuosos come together to animate selections from The Dan's extraordinary four-decade catalog. Touring with The Imposters, Elvis Costello returns to his roots.

July 28 at 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, (800) 745-3000

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