Friday, May 1, 2015

RI Commerce Secretary on this week's A Lively Experiment April 30, 2015

Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Stefan Pryor - Rhode Island Commerce Secretary
Mark Murphy - Editor, Providence Business News 
Ed Mazze - Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Rhode Island
Paul Grimaldi - Reporter, The Providence Journal  

  • Keeping Main Street Alive  
  • Support for Existing Small Businesses in the State  
  • PawSox Stadium in Providence  
  • Keys to Success in Economic Development  
  • Access to Finance for Businesses  
  • Dealing with Underemployment

A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 7 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 P.M. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

95 Years of Denial - the Armenian Genocide and the Memorial Monument in RI

Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Monument, Providence

Released in 2010, 95 Years of Denial describes events that took place at the beginning of the 20th century that led to the Armenian Genocide, and the persistent denial to date by the Turkish officials. The film also offers survivors’ stories and perseverance, and highlights the history of the Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Monument in Providence, RI. Commemorating the 100th anniversary (April 24), Rhode Island PBS airs the film on Thursday, April 30 at 9:30 p.m.

The Armenian Genocide - the first genocide of the 20th Century - occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were forced from their historic homeland through deportation and massacres. Despite all the documented facts and pressure from many foreign officials, Turkey denies the Armenian genocide.

The film takes viewers from the events at the beginning of the 20th century to modern days, when Armenians in Rhode Island erected the Armenian Martyrs’ Memorial Monument.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We Took the Ferry (premieres May 6, 2015)

'We Took the Ferry' Chronicles Bygone Era of Local School Transportation

The first to admit he is an unlikely filmmaker, Bob Sutton, town administrator for Jamestown in the 1970s and '80s, nevertheless completed a documentary that chronicles a unique era in the history of Jamestown.

We Took the Ferry: Ferry Boat Students of Narragansett Bay focuses on the 31 years between 1938 and 1969, a period of time when Jamestown students who attended Newport high schools had only one transportation option: the ferry. The film premieres on Rhode Island PBS on Sunday, May at 6 p.m. as part of the ongoing Rhode Island PBS series Rhode Island Stories.

Sutton says he would hear people reminiscing about taking the ferry to school. He found it interesting, and the idea stayed with him over the years.

The idea for a film began a couple of years ago when Sutton was driving behind a local school bus. He observed the bus stop, watched the monitor get out to detect traffic, then saw a student emerge from the bus and cross the street. The youngster then hopped into a waiting car, which drove up a nearby driveway to home. Sutton thought that was a whole lot different from how kids used to go to school.

To read more about Sutton and We Took the Ferry: Ferry Boat Students of Narragansett Bay, please visit the source of this story here or this Newport Daily News story

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mia, A Dancer's Journey Travels to WSBE Learn May 7

Of interest to local ballerinas and dance aficionados everywhere, Rhode Island PBS presents Mia, A Dancer's Journey on WSBE Learn on Thursday, May 7 at 10 p.m.

Mia Slavenska was one of the most celebrated ballerinas of the 20th century, Croatia’s greatest dancer, and a pioneer in American ballet. Caught in the maelstrom of 20th century political events, she was forced to leave her native Croatia at age twenty in order to continue to dance; at age twenty-one, she was celebrated in Western Europe as the likely successor to prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova; and, at age twenty-three, she was emigrating to the United States with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo to escape a looming world war.

Photograph by Maurice Seymour
When Mia arrived in the late 1930s, she found an America where outside of major cities ballet was known as “fancy dancing” and “toe dancing” and was most often performed as variety acts in music reviews and movie halls. She was one of a small band of famous European émigré ballerinas who changed the face of American culture by introducing audiences across the country to ballet as an art form. Without Mia and her émigré colleagues, choreographer George Balanchine’s American revolution in ballet would never have made it past the borders of New York City.

Photograph by Maurice Seymour
Mia was a modernist, one of the few ballerinas to form her own company. She moved freely between modern and ballet idioms. In 1952, she convinced Tennessee Williams to allow her ballet company to produce a ballet version of A Streetcar Named Desire. It was the first time a modern play was turned into a ballet. With her portrayal of Blanche Dubois, Mia Slavenska became a truly American artist.

Photograph by Marcus Blechman
But her daughter, Maria, remembers her mother’s halcyon days of dancing only vaguely. Slavenska retired from the stage in the early 1960s when Maria was still a young girl. Mostly, Maria remembers her mother’s preoccupation with her lost fame. At the end of her life, Slavenska was haunted by the fear of obscurity and spent over twenty years of her life writing and rewriting her memoirs. When Slavenska died in 2002, her memoirs remained unpublished and she believed that she had been completely forgotten, not only in the United States but also in her native land of Croatia. Before Slavenska died, Maria promised that she would tell her mother’s story. This film is the keeping of that promise. As Maria retraces her mother’s life journey, she unearths the story of a maverick ballerina and a lost time in American dance. And, Maria makes a most surprising discovery: Mia Slavenska hasn’t been forgotten after all.

Photograph by Marcus Blechman
Mia, A Dancer's Journey was co-produced for public broadcasting by Slavenska Dance Preservation, Inc., and PBS SoCaL. Writer, Producer, Director: Maria Ramas, Producer, Director, Editor: Kate Johnson, Producer: Brenda Brkusic, Producer: Ted Sprague, with Mia Slavenska’s voice by Emmy® Award-winning actress Blythe Danner.