This special celebrates “Tonight Show” host, comedian and performer Jay Leno, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a lineup of the biggest names in comedy salutes the 17th recipient of the humor prize.
MARTIN CLUNES & A LION CALLED MUGIE
Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:00pm
In MARTIN CLUNES & A LION CALLED MUGIE, actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin,The Man Who Lost His Head) partners with conservationist Tony Fitzjohn for an historic wildlife mission: to reintroduce lions to Kora National Reserve in Kenya for the first time in 25 years. Martin travels to the reserve, made famous through the work of legendary conservationist George Adamson (Born Free),to witness the rescue and rehabilitation of an orphaned cub named Mugie. Tony and Martin begin training the young lion to be re-released into the wild, but all does not go according to plan in this heart-wrenching documentary.
Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:00pm
One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”
Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:00pm
Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:30pm
Expressions presents a live broadcast from the WSKG Studios: The Sim Redmond Band! Since their inception over 10 years ago, the Sim Redmond Band has been steadily on the rise, forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and Habib Koite, SRB's unique blend of roots-rock, African, and Jamaican music, is fresh, yet timeless, and continues to spread like wild fire.
They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds eminating from West & South Africa. This has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight ahead grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh, and Nate Silas Richardson creates a harmonically rich sound that is rare and beautiful. Lyrically, they explore dreams, truth, and matters of the heart. The music of the Sim Redmond Band has reached the hearts of people all around the world. They have toured extensively, selling over 10,000 records in the U.S and over to 20,000 in Japan, where SRB has toured numerous times.
Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:00pm
In less than two minutes in March, a one-square-mile field of debris slammed into the Washington state community of Oso, killing 41 and destroying nearly 50 homes. Drawing on analyses of other recent landslides around the world, geologists are investigating what triggered the deadliest U.S. landslide in decades and whether climate change is increasing the risk of similar disasters around the globe.
Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:00pm
Two male killer whales swim side by side.
As the ice shrinks in the Arctic, polar bears are struggling to survive in a fast melting world. Although classified a marine mammal, the polar bear is not adapted to hunting in the water. And it is certainly no match for the world’s greatest aquatic hunter — the killer whale. In the last few years, scientists have noted an ever-growing number of killer whales in Arctic waters in the summer months. More and more have been attracted to these hunting grounds by the growing expanse of open water. They attack the same prey as the polar bears: seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales.
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:00pm
Katharina Grosse at Amaral Custom Fabrications in Bristol, Rhode Island.
What makes a compelling story? Exploring the virtues of ambiguity, Omer Fast, Katharina Grosse and Joan Jonas mix genres and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning.
Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, Season 7 features a dozen artists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, and transports viewers to artistic projects across the country and around the world. In locations as diverse as a Bronx public housing project, a military testing facility in the Nevada desert, a jazz festival in Sweden and an activist neighborhood in Mexico, the artists reveal intimate and personal insights into their lives and creative processes. Each episode is organized around a theme that connects the artists: Investigation, Secrets, Legacy and Fiction.
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:00pm
Peyangki; winter in Laya -Bhutan
Peyangki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Peyangki has never even left his village. In 2012, however, the world comes to him: Laya will at long last be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Peyangki’s eyes. He will have access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day. How will these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity? By Thomas Balmes.