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The Nation Turns to Northeast Ohio
WKSU Nights at Blossom
Women of Note Honored in Cleveland
Moving Tips from the Akron Roundtable
WKSU Loves the Rubber Ducks
It's the Blues Fest in Kent
'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube
Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick
Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism
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With all of the excitement surrounding Lebron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland's successful bid for the Republican National Convention in 2016, the spotlight has momentarily been moved from the Gay Games. The international sporting and cultural event will give Northeast Ohio a chance to practice hospitality as athletes and their guests from around the world come to Akron and Cleveland in August. Listen to WKSU for reports on the preparations as the games approach and stories on the events as they unfold on Aug. 9-16!
This Issue's Features

 The Nation Turns to Northeast Ohio

People living in Northeast Ohio already know that this region is special. From its natural beauty and world-renowned cultural institutions to professional sports and unique attractions, there's something for everyone to love! And yet, Cleveland still seems to be the butt of jokes centered on the "flyover states."

This week, two major events turned the nation's eyes to our region. Days after the Republican National Committee announced that the GOP would hold its presidential convention in Cleveland in 2016 - a hotly contested honor - Akron native and NBA star Lebron James shocked the world by releasing a statement saying he was coming home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For both of these stories, and other big stories that make a difference in region, WKSU offered listeners information and insight. Kabir Bhatia presented the view from Akron on the city's favorite player (www.wksu.org/news/story/39779) and Terry Pluto analyzed Lebron's decision in his weekly chat with Amanda Rabinowitz here: www.wksu.org/news/story/39799. WKSU's ongoing coverage leading up to and including the Republican National Convention begins with a look at the economics involved: www.wksu.org/news/story/39806. Find the latest reports from the award-winning WKSU newsroom online at www.WKSU.org/news or on-demand through WKSU's free mobile apps.

 WKSU Nights at Blossom

Show your WKSU member card at time of purchase and buy up to eight half-priced tickets for select 2014 Blossom Festival concerts, beginning with A Taste of Spain this Saturday. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

The WKSU Nights at Blossom for 2014 are: Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.: A Taste of Spain with guest conductor Bramwell Tovey and the Cleveland Orchestra; Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.: Beethoven and Liszt, featuring Kent/Blossom Music's annual "side-by-side" concert and the Cleveland Orchestra debut of conductor John Storgards; Sunday, August 10 at 7 p.m.: A Midsummer Night's Dream with Jeffrey Kahane at the podium (also a debut) and guest soloist Peter Otto on violin; and Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.: Family Funfest at Blossom and Labor Day fun for the whole family! See more information online at WKSU.org/events.

WKSU will also be on hand as the media sponsor for two other Blossom Festival concerts this summer (there is no WKSU discount for these nights) - Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m.: Broadway Standing Ovations and Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.: Romantic Rachmaninoff.

 Women of Note Honored in Cleveland

On Thursday, July 24, Crain's Cleveland Business presents the 2014 Women of Note Award Luncheon. The event recognizes 15 women who have made a difference in Northeast Ohio, including Iris E. Harvey, Kent State University vice president for University Relations and chief marketing and communications officer. The luncheon will be hosted by WKSU's M.L. Schultze at the LaCentre Conference Facility in Cleveland beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets can be reserved through 5 p.m. this Monday (7/21). See details at www.crainscleveland.com/section/WON.

 Moving Tips from the Akron Roundtable

Join WKSU on Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m. for a rebroadcast of this month's Akron Roundtable address from Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn. July's featured speaker is author and moving expert Diane Laney Fitzpatrick. Her topic is "The Journey of a Thousand Miles... is for Amateurs." Fitzpatrick is the author of the book Home Sweet Homes: How Bundt Cakes, Bubble Wrap, and My Accent Helped Me Survive Nine Moves, a collection of wit and wisdom based on lessons learned over a series of cross-country relocations over the past 30 years. WKSU's broadcast of the Akron Roundtable is made possible through support of Cascade Audi. More information is available at Akron Roundtable.org.

 WKSU Loves the Rubber Ducks

This Saturday (7/19), during the second game of a double header, WKSU will be on hand at Canal Park to root on the Akron Rubber Ducks as they play the Erie SeaWolves. Vivian Goodman will throw out the first pitch at around 4:45 p.m. Also stop by the station's table on Aug. 9 and on Aug. 29, when WKSU hosts Bernie Kosar Bobblehead Night. Weekend Ducks games have been selling out all season, so purchase your tickets early. See more at WKSU.org/events.

 It's the Blues Fest in Kent

The 6th Annual Kent Blues Fest returns on July 18 and 19 with free concerts on Friday and a Saturday mainstage show at the Kent Stage featuring John Hammond and Rory Block.

Friday's line-up begins at 5 p.m. and offers free performances at 23 Kent venues, including new hotspots like Bar 145, Laziza, Bricco, Newdle Bar, Secret Cellar and the Kent State Hotel & Conference Center - as well as favorites Ohio Music, Ray's Place, Dominick's, Water Street Tavern, a newly remodeled Venice Cafe and others. Enjoy shows from 15 60 75 - the Numbers Band, Guy Pernetti, Blue Lunch, the Hive Robbers, Roger Hoover, the Bluestones, Austin "Walkin'" Cane, Ian Penter, the Juke Hounds, the Wallace Coleman Band, the Wanda Hunt Band, and others. Find the full Blues Fest Schedule at www.kentbluesfest.com.

NPR Notes
 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube

"Weird Al" Yankovic has been the king of parody for 30 years, outlasting and, in some cases, outselling the artists he's sent up. He also mastered the genre pastiche — original songs that nail a famous artist's style — long before Jimmy Fallon made the practice a viral phenomenon. Yankovic is about to release his fourteenth album, Mandatory Fun. He spoke with NPR's Tamara Keith about testing song ideas on his teenaged daughter, how YouTube has forced him to focus his craft, and why this is likely his last proper album.

 Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick has been a working lyricist for more than 60 years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the musical Fiorello! and a Tony Award for Fiddler On The Roof. But he says a career in the theater means writing some songs that, for whatever reason, don't make the show. Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures, 1949-2013, a new two-CD set of rare or previously unheard songs written by Harnick, was released this spring, just in time to celebrate the songwriter's 90th birthday.

 Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

Travel disasters typically thrust people into extreme conditions. Not only is their bravery tested, but so is their moral fortitude. In the next installment of NPR's summer book series, Book Your Trip,/ Lynn Neary talks to authors about their inspirations when writing about traveling worst-case scenarios.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. July 19: Mind Your Own Business. Stories of meddling, snooping, and just getting way, way up in other people's business. A cellphone hidden in a bag of chips starts a messy turf war between the FBI and a local sheriff; and a surprising handbook offers a peek into the secret world of professional cheerleading.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. July 19: Words It's almost impossible to imagine a world without words. But this hour tries to do just that. Meet a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke, and retrace the birth of a brand new language 30 years ago.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. July 19: (repeated July 20 at 10 a.m.) The second summer rebroadcast, a show from June 4, 1994, celebrating the re-opening of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Everly Brothers sing "Blues Stay Away from Me" and Chet Atkins plays "Mystery Train," plus, music from Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Mark O'Connor, and an appearance by the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. July 20: Revealing Ramadan. For Ramadan, the human experience of Islam's holiest month, complete with fasting and spiritual moments.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. July 20: Sandor Katz author of The Art of Fermentation, presents guidelines for yogurt-making, get a basic guide to tequila from Lucinda Hutson, author of Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking and Other Agave Adventures, and learn how to train our wine taste buds with Megan Krigbaum, of Food and Wine Magazine.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. July 20: Saved. When everything seems to be falling down around our ears, amazing stories of real people snatching victory from the jaws of calamity.

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Arts On-line
 Rabbit Run Presents 'Brigadoon'
Rabbit Run Community Arts Association
Friday, July 18th - Saturday, August 2nd

When two American men find themselves in a magical 17th century village in the Scottish highlands, true love and desire pull them into the musical world of Brigadoon - a town that only appears once every hundred years. Featuring the music of Lerner and Loewe, including "The Heather on the Hill," "Almost Like Being in Love," the title song and many more.

Friday, July 18 through Saturday, Aug. 2, Rabbit Run Theater, 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, (440) 428-5913

 Porthouse Theatre Presents 'Oliver!'
Porthouse Theatre Company
Thursday, July 24th - Sunday, August 10th

Starring Brian Johnson as Bill Sykes and
Eric van Baars as Fagin, Charles Dickens' novel comes to life in the musical production of Oliver! Featuring outstanding musical numbers - including "Food, Glorious Food," "Where is Love?," "Consider Yourself" and more - the wily Artful Dodger and ringleader Fagin shelter orphaned Oliver Twist until he finds his true family.

Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, Aug. 10, Porthouse Theatre, the grounds of Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, (330) 672-3884

 Cain Park Presents Arlo Guthrie
Cain Park
Sunday, July 27th

Folk singer Arlo Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia in the past four decades. With songs like "Alice's Restaurant" - too long for radio airplay, "Coming into Los Angeles" - banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival), and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans," Guthrie has won the hearts of many fans along his journey.

Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m., Cain Park, Evans Amphitheater, Cleveland Heights, (216) 371-3000

 Verb Ballet Comes to Cain Park
Verb Ballets
Saturday, July 26th

Verb Ballets dazzle the audiences with a spectacular performance under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson. Verb Ballet dedicates itself to performing works by contemporary choreographers from across the nation. The program will feature the premier of 'Similar' by Cincinnati Ballet principal and co-artistic director for Kansas City Dance Festival, Anthony Krutzkamp.

Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m., Cain Park, Evans Amphitheater, Cleveland Heights, (216) 371-3000

 Ohio Shakespeare Festival Presents Henry IV Part One
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, July 31st - Sunday, August 17th

Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents a Shakespearean history play filled with drama, action and humor (courtesy of one of his best-known characters, Sir John Falstaff). The play depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur's battle at Homildon against the Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403.

Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 17, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N Portage Path, Akron, (330) 836-5533

 Downtown@Dusk Presents Horns And Things
Thursday, July 24th

Downtown@Dusk presents the powerhouse contemporary jazz ensemble, Horns and Things. With more than 20 years of performances, the band has shared the spotlight with a who's who list of legendary performers, from Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard to Joe Sample. The AAM galleries offer free admission on Thursdays and food and beverages can be purchased in the cafe.

Thursday July 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Akron Art Museum, One South High St., Akron, (330) 376-9185

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