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Start Making Your Blossom Festival Plans!
WKSU Tracks the Brelo Case
A WKSU Listener Night with Apollo's Fire
Art By The Falls Returns - June 6 & 7
Akron Roundtable Welcomes National Security Expert
A Fortune In Folios: One Man's Hunt For Shakespeare's First Editions
Yo Aca-Adrian! Elizabeth Banks Says 'Rocky IV' Inspired The New 'Pitch Perfect'
Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears
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 Start Making Your Blossom Festival Plans!

With Memorial Day weekend days away, now is the perfect time to make your WKSU pledge and earn Blossom Vouchers. A trip to see the Cleveland Orchestra in its summer home is a much-beloved piece of summer in Northeast Ohio.

In what has become an annual tradition, for a limited time listeners making donations to WKSU will receive Blossom Vouchers as a thank you gift. Each voucher is good for one pavilion or two lawn seats for Blossom Festival concerts running through Aug. 30. See the complete schedule at

Blossom Voucher Levels:
$90 - 1 voucher
$180 - 2 vouchers
$365 - 4 vouchers
$600 - 6 vouchers
$1000 - 8 vouchers

Make your pledge now at! Find the list of WKSU half-price nights at Blossom - available to all WKSU members - at

 WKSU Tracks the Brelo Case

As Cleveland awaits the judge's verdict in the Michael Brelo case, WKSU reporters are reviewing the trial so far. The latest story is from Kevin Niedermier at the station's Cleveland Bureau. He says that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell is considering two voluntary manslaughter charges against Brelo following the trial that wrapped up this month. Read more from Kevin and the rest of the WKSU news staff at When the verdict is announced, listen on-air and follow @WKSU on Twitter for breaking news from throughout the region.

 A WKSU Listener Night with Apollo's Fire

Apollo's Fire enters summer with two programs featuring Cleveland's Baroque Orchestra and friends. On June 11 and 12 at the Baroque Music Barn at Hunting Valley, Jeannette Sorrell and the AF principal players present their Countryside Concerts featuring works by contemporaries Bach and Telemann.

Following its baroque concerts, Apollo's Fire returns with an updated version of last summer's Glory on the Mountain (June 13-24). The new performance work, Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering, invites back last year's cast in another celebration of folk music, story and dance inspired by the British, Scottish and Irish immigrants who settled in the Appalachian Mountains. WKSU members can purchase half-priced B-level tickets for the performance at Bath Church on June 19. Find complete ticket information online at

 Art By The Falls Returns - June 6 & 7

Welcome summer as the 32nd annual Art by the Falls takes over Riverside Park in charming Chagrin Falls the first weekend in June. The casual outdoor setting allows guests to stroll through the juried fine art and craft fair to view and even purchase a variety of items. Visitors will also enjoy live music, a children's art tent, and delicious food from vendors. More than 120 artists and craftspeople from across the country are expected to participate.

Bring your friends and family to Art by the Falls Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find out more at

 Akron Roundtable Welcomes National Security Expert

The Akron Roundtable starts off June with an "extra" program for the month. Listen to WKSU on Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. for a broadcast of an address recorded earlier at Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn. This first speaker for June is Michael J. Morell, Former Acting Director and Deputy Director for the Central Intelligence Agency. His speech topic will focus on the current state of today’s national security threat. On June 25, WKSU will air an address from David Greene (scheduled to be recorded at Quaker Station on June 18), national host of NPR's Morning Edition.

WKSU's broadcasts of the Akron Roundtable are made possible through support of Cascade Audi. For more information on speakers and attending Akron Roundtable events, visit

NPR Notes
 A Fortune In Folios: One Man's Hunt For Shakespeare's First Editions

Henry Folger once spent nearly a year's salary on a William Shakespeare first folio. In The Millionaire and the Bard, Andrea Mays chronicles his obsession with collecting the playwright's work.

 Yo Aca-Adrian! Elizabeth Banks Says 'Rocky IV' Inspired The New 'Pitch Perfect'

You'd recognize actress Elizabeth Banks if you saw her — blonde, attractive, funny. Now she's taking on a different role: Directing Pitch Perfect 2. It's a tall order since the first one was such a surprise hit — it cost only $17 million to make, but earned more than $100 million worldwide.

 Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Harper Collins Audio is releasing a vinyl edition of Amy Poehler's book, Yes Please. The publisher thinks the combination of old media plus the popular Poehler will attract a young audience.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. May 23: Americans in China. It used to be that the American expats in China were the big shots. They had the money, the status, the know-how. But that's changed. What's it like to be an American living in China now? And what do they understand about China that we don't?


Saturdays at 4 p.m. May 23: Blood. From medicine to the movies, the horrifying to the holy, and history to the present day — consider the power and magic of the red liquid that runs through our veins. Meet an artist who opened his veins and got labeled a terrorist, douse ourselves in the meat and metaphors of blood in Shakespeare, wonder if clues to a gory fountain of youth could be lurking in the red blood cells of mice, and trace the complicated supply chain that gets blood from arms to operating tables.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. May 23: (repeated May 24 at 10 a.m.) Head to Vienna, Virginia for a live broadcast from Wolf Trap. Singers Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan will debut their knockout I’m With Her trio stateside after a much-lauded barnstorming tour through Europe. The crack instrumentalists of the United States Navy Band boost the public radio esprit de corps and kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a few marches, patriotic selections, and orchestral features.

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. May 24: Gustavo Santaolalla. Argentinean composer Gustavo Santaolalla on movie soundtracks that become soundtracks for life. It's not only the music that becomes meaningful, it's the silence that is suspended between the notes.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. May 24: Think about putting all your snack food in an inconvenient cupboard, stashing your fruits & veggies at eye level in the fridge and getting yourself some smaller dinner plates. It's strategies to stop mindless eating this week on The Splendid Table.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. May 24: Weight of the World. An all-NEW Snap! Sure, some people may seem normal walking down the street. They can hold normal conversations and do everything you expect and still have a secret.

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 Always . . . Patsy Cline
Actors' Summit Theatre
Thursday, May 28th - Sunday, June 21st

This show is based on a true story about Patsy Cline's friendship with a fan who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams" and "Walking After Midnight."

May 28 - June 21, Actors' Summit Theatre, Greystone Hall, 103 High Street, Akron, (330)-374-7568

 Gordon Lightfoot at Akron Civic
Akron Civic Theatre
Thursday, May 28th

NEW DATE: this concert was originally scheduled for March 22. Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot has achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada's greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend.

Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m., Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main St., Akron, (330) 253-2488

 Ida's Birthday Open House
National First Ladies' Library
Sunday, June 7th

Canton's own First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley, her mother Catharine Saxton and Ida's sister Mary Saxton Barber will share their personal lives in what will be an unforgettable afternoon of history. The Saxton ladies were anything but Victorian women! In between the stories of their fascinating lives, guests will be served a high tea.

Sunday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m., National First Ladies' Library, 205 S. Market Ave., Canton, (330) 452-0876

 The Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival
Guitars International
Thursday, May 28th - Sunday, May 31st

This unique artistic event has consistently brought the world's finest classical guitarists, lutenists, lecturers, composers, teachers, and guitar makers to the Cleveland Institute of Music. Look forward once again to sharing CIM's rich environment of world class classical guitar concerts, education, and camaraderie with friends from around the USA and beyond.

May 28-31, Cleveland Institute of Music, University Circle, 11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, (216) 791-5000

 Linda Eder
Saturday, June 6th

Critics have called hers "one of our greatest contemporary voices" with a diverse repertoire spanning Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Linda's Broadway debut not only won her a Drama Desk nomination, but sent her already rapidly-rising star blazing across the sky, securing her spot as one of America's most dynamic live performers.

Saturday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, 1511 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, (216) 241-6000

 Opera: Strauss's Daphne
Cleveland Orchestra
Wednesday, May 27th - Saturday, May 30th

Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in Richard Strauss’s captivating opera about Daphne, a young woman who must choose between the love of men and her love for nature. The concert hall transforms into a tableau of nature with staging and costumes inspired by ancient Greek theater, and the cast of internationally-renowned singers will be joined by a dancer and men's chorus.

May 27 & 30, Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, (800) 686-1141

 Ray Wylie Hubbard with Kelly Mickwee
Beachland Ballroom
Friday, May 22nd

From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the '60s to his wild ride through the '70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the '80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter's songwriter in the '90s, Ray Wylie Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century.

Friday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m., Beachland Ballroom,
15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, (216) 383-1124

 Lara Downes In Concert
Lippman School
Monday, June 1st

Lara Downes has been acclaimed for the "drama and nuance" of her playing and her "gift for telling stories in a highly compressed form." Downes presents a program of music from her acclaimed recording, Exiles' Café--works by composers whose music reflects the transformative passage of exile, the journey from what is left behind to what is discovered ahead.

Monday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m., The Lippman School, 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, (330) 836-0419

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