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Journalist John Hockenberry Comes to Akron
The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival Is Underway
A WKSU Reception for Wooster Chamber Music Series
Lots of Ticket Pre-sales for Upcoming Concerts
Request Passes for 'King John'
The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution
Haunted Dolls Are A Thing, And They're Not Cheap, Either
Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville
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Arts On-line
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Now that the snow has (nearly) disappeared, arts and cultural activities have picked up steam across the region. WKSU will be making appearances at many events - including multiple locations for the Cleveland International Film Festival, Weathervane Playhouse (which hosts a WKSU discount member night on March 27), and concerts for Tuesday Musical and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. See you there!
This Issue's Features

 Journalist John Hockenberry Comes to Akron

WKSU presents noted journalist John Hockenberry on Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Actors' Summit Theatre in downtown Akron's Greystone Hall. Hockenberry is heard on WKSU Mondays through Fridays at 9 a.m. as host of The Takeaway, his return to public radio after working in network and cable television news. The award-winning reporter has covered stories across the country and around the world. His TED talk on how design has changed his life in a wheelchair has been viewed more than 700,000 times.

General admission tickets are $15 and go on sale Monday, March 23, online at Limited Gold Circle tickets with access to the exclusive pre-talk reception are available for $50.

Earlier on May 7, at 8:30 a.m. attend a live broadcast of The Takeaway from the FirstEnergy Interactive Classroom in Franklin Hall at Kent State University. The broadcast event is free, but you must RSVP and download a pass at Seating is limited and no one will be admitted after 8:45 a.m.

 The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival Is Underway

Now through March 29, explore the best in independent and world cinema when the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival fills Tower City Cinemas and beyond with nearly 200 feature-length films, along with an equal number of short subjects. All tickets are now on sale at the box office in Tower City or online at Use the code WKSU for a $2 ticket discount. Find more information at

WKSU and Folk Alley serve as media sponsors for the CIFF. WKSU's sponsored film is Finding the Gold Within, about Akron's Alchemy, Inc. The film will be shown at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. (with Film Forum) and at Tower City Cinemas on Saturday, March 21 at 4:45 p.m.

Folk Alley is sponsoring the Elliot Smith documentary Heaven Adores You. The film will be shown on Sunday, March 22 at 9:30 p.m. at Tower City and on Monday, March 23 at 5:45 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom.

 A WKSU Reception for Wooster Chamber Music Series

The Escher String Quartet has attracted attention around the world for its individual sound, bold artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness. On Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m., the Escher String Quartet comes to Gault Recital Hall at The College of Wooster as part of the Wooster Chamber Music Series.

WKSU listeners are invited to stay for a post-performance reception with treats from the Wooster Inn. Tickets for the Escher Quartet concert can be purchased at Wilson Bookstore at The College of Wooster and The Wooster Book Company. See more about the concert at

 Lots of Ticket Pre-sales for Upcoming Concerts

With summer concert season right around the corner, many artists are announcing their tours with ticket pre-sales for WKSU listeners. Today (3/19) until 10 p.m., go to to find links and codes for pre-sales for violinist Lindsey Stirling (Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on June 9), Hall & Oates (E.J. Thomas Hall on June 24) and Jackson Browne (Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Sept. 8). Next week, look for a pre-sale for the Tedeschi Trucks Band with guest Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Use the code WKSU to access pre-sales for all of these concerts presented by Live Nation.

 Request Passes for 'King John'

When the rule of a hedonistic and mercurial king is questioned, rebellion, assassination and excommunication ensue, culminating in the chilling attempt to commit an atrocity against a child, whose mother's anguished grief cannot atone for her blinkered ambitions for her son. See Shakespeare's King John, with performances by Tom McCamus, Seana McKenna, Graham Abbey and Patricia Collins, directed by Tim Carroll.

To request two passes to The Stratford Festival: King John on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in area theatres, send an email with your name and mailing address to with "King John" in the subject line. Please request a specific theatre preference - and make sure you include your mailing address in your email! We reserve the right to serve all requests with full information first. Limited passes are available for the following locations: Cinemark Valley View, Solon Cinemas, Crocker Park Cinemas, Hudson Cinema, and Severance.

Because passes will be mailed, all requests must be made before noon on March 25

NPR Notes
 The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

In the heart of California's Central Valley, a vast expanse of orchards, vineyards, and vegetable fields, lies a small collection of aging peach trees. Farmer Mas Masumoto's decision to preserve those trees, and then to write about it, became a symbol of resistance to machine-driven food production. Yet the Masumoto farm's story isn't just one of saving peaches. It's become a father-daughter saga of claiming, abandoning, and then re-claiming a piece of America's agricultural heritage.

 Haunted Dolls Are A Thing, And They're Not Cheap, Either

Some childhood symbols straddle the line between adorable and terrifying. Like clowns. Or Furbys. Some dolls fit the category, too, with spooky eyes that seem to move or a porcelain pallor. They're not all Chucky, but some of them just don't seem quite right. Many people have their own memories of haunted dolls. That's not surprising, considering that haunted dolls are big business on sites like eBay and Etsy.

 Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

There's only one word to describe Aaron Watson's music: country. Watson, from Abilene, Texas, sings about rodeos, fence posts and family with a twang in his voice. But Watson's songs don't get mainstream country airplay, and 12 albums into his career, he's only just scored his first No. 1 on the country album chart, for his appropriately titled The Underdog. The album is still hanging out in the top 10, even though it's an album on which the title track pokes fun at the idea that anyone who doesn't play by Nashville's rules can't succeed, and as NPR Music's pop critic, Ann Powers, tells Morning Edition's Renee Montagne, Watson's career -- and plenty of others like it -- are proof of that concept.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. March 21: Good Guys 2015. Lots of men think of themselves as "good guys." But what does it actually take to be one? To be a truly good guy. Stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in department stores, public buses, and at the bottom of a cave.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. March 21: Power of Music. Explore some of the outer edges of the power of music by gathering up a band of biblical horn-blowers, paying a midnight visit to a corner of Mississippi where the devil is rumored to grant wishes, and by helping an angsty 18th century composer push some classical musicians to their physical and psychological limits.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. March 21: (repeated March 22 at 10 a.m.) a March 2010 rebroadcast from the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Brandi Carlile sings "The Story" and The Wailin' Jennys perform "Bird Song." In Lake Wobegon, Lyle Janske runs the high school basketball concessions stand to take his mind off his son's illness.

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. March 22: Dr. Alan Dienstag. Psychologist Alan Dienstag discusses the human and spiritual terrain of Alzheimer's disease. Sometimes love is the only thing that endures.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. March 22: Look at how we learn to taste with guide Hoby Wedler, a man blind since birth, who teaches the sighted how to taste wine. Aromas and flavors are heightened when he turns out the lights and ties on the blindfolds.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. March 22: Infamous Sure they want to take your picture and have your autograph... but for all the wrong reasons.

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Arts On-line
 Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Chorus
Fairlawn Lutheran Church Parish Arts
Sunday, March 22nd

The BW Men's Chorus is comprised of men (college-age and up) from throughout the Greater Cleveland community. The group has received rave reviews. The Chorus performs a wide variety of chorale literature written including classical literature, as well as some pop and Broadway.

Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m., Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 West Market Street, Fairlawn, (330) 837-7286

 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 p.m., Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main St., Akron, (330) 253-2488

 Coach House presents 'Children of a Lesser God'
Coach House Theatre
Thursday, March 26th - Sunday, April 19th

The Tony Award-winning play by Mark Medoff focuses on the conflicted professional and romantic relationship between a hearing teacher at a school for the deaf and his deaf former student, Sarah Norman.

March 26 - April 19, Coach House Theatre, 732 West Exchange St., Akron, (330) 434-7741

 Oberlin Artist Recital Series presents John Relyea and Warren Jones
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Thursday, April 2nd

Bass-baritone John Relyea appears regularly with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Called "flawless" and "utterly ravishing" by the Boston Globe, Warren Jones was named 2010 Collaborative Pianist of the Year by Musical America.

Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m., Finney Chapel, Oberlin College, (440) 775-8169

 Summit Choral Society recognizes the Handel and Haydn Society
Summit Choral Society
Sunday, April 12th

Summit Choral's Masterworks Chorale celebrates 25 years with a bicentennial recognition of the Handel and Haydn Society. The program includes Handel's "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened" (Coronation Anthem) and Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass."

Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m., Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., Akron, (330) 434-SING

 Weathervane presents 'A Delicate Balance'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Thursday, March 26th - Sunday, April 12th

Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance is a dark comedy in which the carefully controlled existence of two complacent suburbanites is forever shattered by their family and friends over the course of one eventful weekend. The play takes audiences on a careening ride from domestic superficiality to a jolting confrontation with life's most existential questions.

March 26 - April 12, Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane LN, Akron, (330) 836-2626 ***WKSU member 2-for-1 discount on March 27***

 Tuesday Musical presents David Finckel with Wu Han and Philip Setzer
Tuesday Musical
Tuesday, March 31st

Named Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Philip Setzer remains a member of the Emerson String Quartet. Their appearances take them to the world's most prestigious concert series and festivals.

Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m., The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, (330) 972-7570

 Canton Symphony presents Beethoven Festival
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, March 28th - Sunday, March 29th

The Canton Symphony Orchestra presents March concerts as part of its two-month Beethoven Festival. Events kick off on March 28 with celebrated pianist André Watts performing Piano Concerto No. 2. On March 29, return for Mr. Watts performing the First and Third concerti!

Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton, (330) 452-2094

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