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Enjoy Holiday Programming on WKSU
WKSU Wants to Give You a Break
Vivian Goodman Lights up 'Tuba Christmas'
Paints the Town Red at First Night Akron
Exploradio: Mammoths, Mastodons and the First Ohioans
A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society
Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips
When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies
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This Issue's Features

 Enjoy Holiday Programming on WKSU

WKSU helps you celebrate the holidays with music and special programs for Christmas and Chanukah. Hear your favorite seasonal tunes on the classical and Folk Alley holiday streams on the Holiday Programming page at Folk Alley streams can also be accessed from the free Android and iPhone mobile apps - giving you the ability to hook your phone to speakers for an instant holiday soundtrack wherever you go.

Begin your holidays on Sunday, Dec. 21 with programs for Chanukah. At 2 p.m., Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz bring an all-new collection of stories in Hanukkah Lights. Next, join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock at 3 p.m. for Candles Burn Brightly. Programs conclude at 4 p.m. with Chanukah in Story and Song, narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble.

On Wednesday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, listen live from King's College Chapel in Cambridge, UK, for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. A public radio tradition, the Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world. The Christmas Eve service includes carols and readings from the Bible. At 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while playing the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands on All Songs Considered for the Holidays.

Christmas Day programs begin at 9 a.m. with Handel's Messiah from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Betsy Burleigh conducts the orchestra, soloists and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall. Beautifully blended male voices are the heart of a Chanticleer Christmas at 11 a.m. followed by 600 student musicians gathered for the century-old St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a celebration of hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity. Special programs conclude on Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. with this year's edition of Tinsel Tales - stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas.

 WKSU Wants to Give You a Break

As 2014 comes to a close, please consider making a member-level or additional donation to WKSU. You rely on the station to keep you informed, engaged and entertained every day of the year. You can make a real difference by adding your support and keeping WKSU strong.

Plus, there is still time for you to earn a tax break for your WKSU contribution. All credit card donations processed by 9 a.m. on Dec. 31 or checks postmarked by Dec. 31 will count towards your 2014 taxes. Visit to make your pledge today!

 Vivian Goodman Lights up 'Tuba Christmas'

Now in its 35th year, Tuba Christmas is a fun, seasonal event that brings together lots and lots of festively decorated tubas with holiday tunes, sing-alongs and more! This year, WKSU's Vivian Goodman discovered that her years of experience playing the flute were absolutely no help with the tuba. She will be the community guest star for the big event at The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall on Saturday, Dec. 20 at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Hear Vivian's story about her Tuba Christmas adventure at

 Paints the Town Red at First Night Akron

As the days, minutes and seconds count down to the New Year, enjoy Akron's arts-centered, family-friendly, downtown celebration. First Night Akron activities begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and can be enjoyed for $10 per person (children 10 and under are free)! Highlights include the Children's Fireworks at 9 p.m., general fireworks at midnight, the traditional mass wedding and music, theatre, dance presentations from many of the region's best musicians and arts and cultural organizations. Families will find interactive and creative art projects throughout First Night and street performers add to the excitement. Events take place at 10 venues throughout downtown - free parking is available at a number of locations. See the complete First Night guide at

 Exploradio: Mammoths, Mastodons and the First Ohioans

A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History explores the rise and fall of the massive animals that populated Ice Age America. In this week's Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair looks at the role humans might have played in the demise of Ohio's mammoths and mastodons. Prehistoric people hunted these Ice Age giants, and may have contributed to their extinction 10,000 years ago in their last refuge in the Great Lakes region.

Learn more about scientific research and technological innovation happening right here in Northeast Ohio with Jeff's Exploradio segments. Find them all at

NPR Notes
 A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. The Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started. Today it's all about historically informed performance, or H.I.P. for short. The goal is to take audiences back in time so they can experience what music might have sounded like in the Baroque and Classical periods — roughly 1600 to 1830.

 Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips

It's the season of holiday cocktail parties and Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast has tips for how to be a good guest and host. For instance, if you want to enjoy drinks and appetizers, buddy up.

 When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply. According to recent U.S. census data, such families have increased by about a third over the past generation.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. Dec. 20: Wake Up Now. There's a company called Wake-Up Now. People all across the country are signing up to become a part of this thing that some people say has transformed their lives. This week, look at people trying to agitate for change. Including the story of a radical TV show designed to shock viewers, which it did.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. Dec. 20: Galapagos. One-hundred-seventy-nine years after the Galapagos inspired Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection, the islands are undergoing rapid changes that continue to pose -- and possibly answer -- critical questions about the fragility and resilience of life on Earth.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Dec. 20: (repeated Dec. 21 at 10 a.m.) It's Prairie Home's final live broadcast of 2014, from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with house choir, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, and vocalists Heather Masse and Lynn Peterson. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; pianist and musical director Richard Dworsky with Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, guitarist Dean Magraw, and Gary Raynor on bass; and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Dec. 21: Father James Martin. Stephen Colbert has called Father James Martin the Chaplin of the Colbert Nation. This week for Christmas, the Jesuit spiritual sensibility and sense of humor behind his beloved books, and the theology of Pope Francis.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Dec. 21: What kind of person finds a lesson in a bowl of grits? A chef! Sean Brock is obsessed with the intersection of old and new, searching for lost flavors, and protecting them along the way.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. Dec. 21: High and Mighty. Power is a funny thing. If people have it, they think they control you. But what if you decide, they don't have it anymore?

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Arts On-line
 Deck the Hall Featuring DAZZLE and Gingerbread Land
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Friday, November 28th - Saturday, January 3rd

Bring out the whole family to enjoy one of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday celebrations! Be amazed by DAZZLE, an extraordinary musically-animated light show extravaganza featuring a new show each year.

Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron, Deck the Hall

 Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant
Cleveland Public Theatre
Thursday, December 4th - Sunday, December 21st

One of CPT's most popular holiday entertainments is back! Hailed as “a deliciously demented feast for the holidays” by The Plain Dealer, this hilarious musical performance features cabaret performance, comedy, dancing, game-show competitions, and more... all served up alongside a locally sourced five course meal and table wine.

Dec. 4 - 21, Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, (216) 631-2727

 Christmas Eve Service
Church of the Covenant
Wednesday, December 24th

Join others to worship on Christmas Eve in the beautiful Church of the Covenant. The service begins with Peace Bells, cocoa and cookies and continues with carillon, organ, harp, choir and congregational carols. The evening culminates with a Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols.

Dec. 24 at 7:14 p.m., Church of the Covenant, University Circle, Cleveland, (216) 421-0482

Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Friday, November 28th - Sunday, January 4th

Cleveland Botanical Garden's winter spectacular returns for its third year bigger and brighter than ever before. Joining the magical indoor experience is an all-new outdoor walking tour of the gardens featuring unique works of holiday art and design created by Cleveland MC² STEM High School Students and thousands of dazzling lights.

Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, University Circle, Cleveland, (216) 721-1600

 Mammoths and Mastodons
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Saturday, November 22nd - Sunday, April 19th

For millions of years they survived, great beasts weighing as much as eight tons and bearing tusks up to 16 feet long. Mammoths and mastodons were wonderfully successful creatures of the Ice Age. But despite their size and ability to adapt to different habitats, these early cousins of the elephant eventually went extinct.

Nov. 22, 2014 - April 19, 2015, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, University Circle, Cleveland, (216) 231-4600

 Charpentier’s 'Midnight Mass for Christmas'
Quire Cleveland
Friday, December 19th - Sunday, December 21st

The holiday tradition continues with the splendid Messe de Minuit pour Noël by French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, illuminated with the popular carols on which it is based. Composed in the 1690s, its melodies are beloved French carols, which Charpentier weaves throughout the different movements.

Dec. 19 at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland; Dec. 20 at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Old Brooklyn; Dec. 21 at Historic St. Peter Church, Cleveland,

 Holiday Film Festival: The Persistence of Surrealism
Cleveland Museum of Art
Friday, December 26th - Wednesday, December 31st

Essential classics from nine decades of surrealist cinema, for adults only. Films include Cocteau's The Blood of a Poet, Dreams That Money Can Buy, the Czech film Daisies, David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. and Holy Motors.

Dec. 26 - 31, Cleveland Museum of Art, University Circle, Cleveland, (216) 421-7350

 The Legacy of Ferdinand A. Brader
Canton Museum of Art
Thursday, December 4th - Sunday, March 15th

Travel Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio in the unique 19th century drawings of folk artist Ferdinand A. Brader, whose meticulous works featured family farms and businesses. This exhibition showcases Brader's large-scale, detailed drawings, which tell a story of life throughout the countryside in the late 1800s.

Dec. 4, 2014 - March 15, 2015, Canton Museum of Art, Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton, (330) 453-7666

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