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An Akron Preview for the Cleveland International Film Festival
'Reveal' Comes to Saturday
Steely Dan Pre-Sale
It's Oscar Time
A WKSU Night at 'Dial M for Murder'
Spiritual Symphony
Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle
How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination
50 Years Of Music With Gordon Lightfoot
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This Issue's Features

 An Akron Preview for the Cleveland International Film Festival

Ignore the bitter cold and take heart that the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival is almost ready for its 12-day stay at Tower City Cinemas from March 18 - 29. The annual event brings hundreds of independent and foreign films to Cleveland, turning the city into a world-class movie mecca. The full listings go live on www.clevelandfilm.org this Friday (2/20).

Before you load your totebag with Power Bars and Kleenex, join WKSU for a festival preview at the Akron Civic Theatre on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event features previews of festival films on the Civic's big screen, tasty snacks (cash bar) and a drawing for the coveted CIFF Director's Passes. Parking is free in the near-by city-run parking deck after 6 p.m. Although the event is free, please RSVP at WKSU.org/events to provide a head-count for food.

 'Reveal' Comes to Saturday

Now that Invisibilia has ended its initial, limited run, WKSU will air two weeks of Reveal, a cooperative project from the Center for Investigative Journalism and PRX. In this week's episode, the murkiness surrounding day care records; online scams take center stage in an investigation into foreign currency trading; a look at what's behind toxic delays at the EPA; and it's off to Mexico to explore the business of making babies.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, track down what one powerful religious group was keeping under wraps; troops open up to Reveal about their experiences with torture and whether officers are being held accountable; and high-speed broadband is like electricity for the 21st century – Reveal examines why so many cities still have poor service.

 Steely Dan Pre-Sale

Steely Dan originals and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen bring the band to a new generation of fans when they come to Blossom Music Center with special guests Elvis Costello & the Imposters on Tuesday, July 28. Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as "Reelin' in the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Peg," "Hey Nineteen," "Deacon Blues," and "Babylon Sisters," culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980.

Steely Dan, with special guest Elvis Costello, comes to Blossom Music Center on Tuesday, July 28. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (2/20), but WKSU listeners can purchase seats early today (2/19) until 10 p.m. Click this link during the presale hours to purchase tickets for this event (look for Radio Presale in the SPECIAL OFFERS drop down menu and then proceed to purchase tickets).

 It's Oscar Time

An American ritual returns Sunday night. Corn will be popping, film buffs gathering, and TV sets tuning to the Academy Awards show. But do we understand what it was about the movies we liked, that made them our favorites? Listen on wksu.org/news as a local film scholar offers Vivian Goodman a guide to his analysis on moving watching.

On NPR.org, Susan Stamberg presents her annual collection of stories on Hollywood jobs. This year's three-part series has already covered food stylists and loopers, with the third segment to air during Morning Edition on Friday.

 A WKSU Night at 'Dial M for Murder'

On Friday, Feb. 27, deception, betrayal, passion and greed prove potent ingredients for a perfect mystery in Dial M for Murder - an intense and darkly gripping thriller, famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock. Use the code PR4 when ordering and purchase tickets at half price for these nights. WKSU members also receive a $10 discount for "A" level tickets for other Great Lakes Theater performances by using the code KSU.

In Dial M for Murder (Feb. 27 - March 22), ex-tennis professional Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for her money. Now he plans to kill her for the same reason, convinced that she is having an affair. When his precise murder plot goes awry, can he improvise an equally deadly plan B? Visit www.greatlakestheater.org/ for tickets and additional information.

 Spiritual Symphony

Spiritual themes make their way into two classical music concerts in the coming week. On Saturday, Feb. 21 at The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall, the Akron Symphony Orchestra joins with local choirs for Gospel Meets Symphony. An annual February tradition, the performance combines the power of 200 voices with a first-rate orchestra in a high-combustion mix of two great musical traditions.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Tuesday Musical presents world renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee performing works by will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Marx, Franz Liszt, Alberto Ginastera, Ben Moore and arrangements of spirituals by Damien Sneed. Brownlee has become a star on the international scene, singing opposite the leading ladies of opera, and lauded continually for the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice.

Find out more about Akron Symphony and Tuesday Musical discounts on WKSU's Member Benefit page at WKSU.org.

NPR Notes
 Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle

More than 15 years ago, Roebuck "Pops" Staples started recording his final album with his daughters. The two friends discuss working together to finish it.

 How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination

Lonely Planet named Singapore its top country destination for 2015. An island known as a little red dot on the world map, Singapore has less than 5.5 million people. But when it comes to tourism, Singapore punches above its weight, with nearly 14 million tourists visiting the island in the first eleven months of 2014. And as a result of a long-term plan by the Singapore government, many of them come for the food.

 50 Years Of Music With Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot has been making music for a long time, and he's still at it five decades later. NPR's Scott Simon talks to him about his 50 Years on the Carefree Highway tour.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. Feb. 21: Except For That One Thing. Mike Anderson was 36 years old, married, a suburban father of four. He owned a contracting business, volunteered at church on the weekends and coached his son's football team. Perfectly normal, except for one thing, which surfaced two summers ago.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. Feb. 21: Worth. How do we assign a monetary value to something that can’t be sold? What is one more year or one more month or one more day of life worth to us?

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Feb. 21: (repeated Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.) This week, Garrison Keillor is back at the helm, fresh from burning off a few vacation days he'd built up over 40 years, for a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul with special guests, sizzling vocalist and songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, singer and fiddler Emily Miller, and old-time juke-joint band the Steel City Jug Slammers.

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Feb. 22: Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Rev. Lucas Johnson. As part of the Civil Conversations Project, Krista Tippett interviewed Dr. Simmons and Rev. Johnson at a public event at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. They opened up in a cross-generational conversation about de-romanticizing the civil rights movement and the many legacies this movement has left for us all.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Feb. 22: Learn about the "chickenization" of the corporate meat industry with journalist Christopher Leonard, author of The Meat Racket, the Sterns track down the best in regional soups, and we look at what 400 years of Portuguese influence has done to the food of Macau.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. Feb. 22: A.I. For thousands of years humankind scoured the skies hoping to discover someone whispering back. But what if the first alien intelligence is one of our own creation? "Artificial Intelligence" - amazing stories from real people battling a digital future.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Pink, Blue and In-Between: How Do Humans Develop Sexually?
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Sunday, February 22nd

Two dimensions play a critical and fundamental role in people's lives: sexual orientation and gender identity. Understanding sexual orientation and gender identity has enormous biological and societal consequences. Dr. Eric Vilain, Director of the Center for Gender-Based Biology at UCLA discusses how scientists can use a variety of tools to decipher these complex behaviors.

Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, (216) 231-1177

 Canton Symphony presents 'Czech Mates'
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, February 22nd

No battle of the minds here, just a great program written or inspired by the land of the Czech Republic. Rising star Joshua Roman will perform Dvorak's Cello Concerto in b minor for the occasion.

Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m., Umstattdt Performing Arts Hall, Canton, (330) 452-2094

 Players Guild Theatre presents 'The Giver'
Players Guild Theatre
Sunday, February 22nd - Sunday, March 8th

Jonas' world is perfect until he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

Feb. 22 - March 8, Players Guild Theater - Main Stage, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton,(330) 453-7617

 US Army Field Band & Soliders' Chorus
Akron Civic Theatre
Thursday, February 26th

The United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization presents a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad.

Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, (330) 253-2488, Free with ticket

 St. Lawrence String Quartet
Oberlin College
Friday, February 20th

Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as a truly world class chamber ensemble. The SLSQ continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music-making, through an energetic commitment to the great established quartet literature.

Friday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m, Finney Chapel, 90 N. Professor St., Oberlin, (440) 775-8102

 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Lorain County Community College
Tuesday, February 24th

Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Stocker Arts Center, 1005 N Abbe Rd., Elyria, 1-800-995-LCCC

 Hal Holbrook in 'Mark Twain Tonight'
Saturday, February 21st

A living, breathing, American masterpiece! It is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theater. Fifty years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny Off-Broadway theater and introduced the world to a man they would never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook and the man was Mark Twain.

Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Connor Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, (216) 241-6000

 Cleveland Chamber Music Society presents the Jerusalem Quartet
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
Tuesday, February 24th

The Jerusalem Quartet continue to be both regular and popular visitors to major venues throughout the world. With a growing reputation in North America, where they have played in venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2003 the Quartet were recipients of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and were also part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Plymouth Church, 2860 Coventry Rd, Shaker Heights, (216) 291-2777

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