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Meet Award Winning Filmmaker, Ken Burns!

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S5600M Join WPBT2 and award-winning filmmaker, Ken Burns for a night of gangsters, rumrunners, flappers and speakeasies as they host a screening for Ken Burn’s new film, Prohibition.  The screening will be held on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30pm at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theatre.  Admission is $5 and tickets are available at www.wpbt2.org/kenburns or by calling 305-424-4025.

 

FLORINTINEFILMS_BER3284 Burns will lead a discussion on the film with local experts on the broader topics of civility and democracy, which he explores in this project.  He will also answer audience questions following the screening.  Come dressed in your best outfit from the 1920s and enjoy music from that era prior to the screening.

Burns has been making films for more than thirty years.  Named as one of the most influential documentary makers of all time, Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made including The Civil War, Baseball, The Tenth Inning, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Jazz, The War and many more.  

 

S2137M farewell The new Ken Burns documentary, Prohibition, is scheduled to air on WPBT2 in fall 2011.  The three-part, documentary film series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.  The film raises vital questions that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago – about means and ends, individual rights and responsibilities, and the proper role of government.

Local partners for the screening include: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, City of Fort Lauderdale Centennial Committee and the Broward County Cultural Division, a service of Art Serve, Inc.

 

 


Miami-Dade Public Library System presents Art of Storytelling Festival on April 30, 2011 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

AOS2 Storytellers from around the world will take center stage in downtown Miami  
as Miami-Dade Public Library System celebrates its eleventh annual Art of Story Telling International Festival Day.

A magical adventure awaits as celebrity storytellers, from around the world AOS1 join the cast of the Bit’s ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre, Mother Goose on the Loose, Niall de Burca, magician Robert Hermens, the Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers, Geeta Dias: Bollywood Indian Dancers, School of Rock, the Hip Hop Kids and many others! Also back by popular demand is the teen zone-an area just for ‘tweens and teens which features anime, manga and video gaming competitions, plus activities around popular books and lots of cool surprises!

AOS3 This FREE event is open to people of all ages and takes place at the Main Library - 101 W Flagler Street in downtown Miami. It begins at 10:30 am and ends at 4:00 pm.


WPBT2 will premiere a four part series, Black in Latin America, a film by Henry Louis Gates Jr. on April 19th at 8:00 pm.

BLA Join Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he unveils the history of African presence in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. In this four part series Gates witnesses the presence of the African culture through art, music, cuisine, dance, politics, and religion. He also witnesses the palpable presence of anti-black racism in the previous countries. 

Episode one:
Tuesday April 19th at 8:00 pm.
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided: In the Dominican Republic, Professor Bla2 Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves's hard fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire became a double-edged sword.

Bla3 Episode two:
Tuesday April 26th at 8:00 pm.
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Cuba: The Next Revolution: In Cuba, Professor Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in 1959.

Episode three:
Tuesday May 3rd at 8:00 pm.
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Brazil: A Racial Paradise?: In Brazil, Professor Gates delves behind the façade of Carnival to discover how this ‘rainbow nation’ is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.

Episode four:
Tuesday May 10th at 8:00 pm.Bla5
BLACK IN LATIN AMERICA: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet: In Mexico and Peru,   Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people — the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States —brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific and in and around Lima, Peru.

 


 


WPBT2 Broadcasts BBC One Live Coverage of the Royal Wedding on April 29th at 3:00 am.

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WPBT2 invites you to be a guest at one of the most eagerly anticipated events of our century, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  WPBT2 will air the live BBC One coverage of the wedding on April 29 at 3:00am.  Coverage of the wedding begins 3 hours ahead of the wedding service, which allows viewers to watch the excitement and anticipation build up around Central London as well as other key locations such as St. Andrews and Kate's home village of Bucklebury.

Kate_wills_101023x3_william_b-gr_12 A team of presenters will be stationed around Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and The Mall. They will watch all the preparations as they unfold, report on all the movements and speak to members of the crowd who have traveled from all over to witness this little piece of history. Hear from guest experts, for example, Royal historians and correspondents, fashion experts and possibly some guests who are attending the wedding service.

In this transmission watch the journey of all the members of the Royal Family and Prince-william-and-kate-middleton-engagement-photo-230x300 the bride as they make their way to the Abbey. See the arrivals of all the key guests and watch the full coverage of the wedding service. Following the service, viewers will see the full procession back to Buckingham Palace and then reflect on how the wedding has made an impact all over the United Kingdom and possibly around the world. This programme will end just after William and Kate and close members of the Royal Family make the historic balcony appearance.


A Healthier You Starts Today!

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The 6th Annual Boomers & Beyond 2011 Health and Wellness Expo will be held on Sunday, April 3 at 1:00pm- 5:00pm in the HPD Terry and Assembly II Buildings on the Nova Southeastern University Campus in Davie.

NSU and community partners will offer health, wellness and aging screenings including blood pressure, bone density and blood glucose.  The day will be full of important educational information on aging and health. 

Guests will also enjoy the many activities planned including a live jazz concert by Broward College Jazz Combo, a performance by Brazilian Voices, art show, raffles, giveaways and much more.

The event is free and open to the public ages 40+.

For more information, visit www.nova.edu/healthcare/boomers.

 


Tom Hudson, co-anchor on Nightly Business Report, is moderating a panel at LitLive on March 27th

 Hudson Tom Hudson, co-anchor on Nightly Business Report, is moderating Broward Public Library Foundation’s LitLive! panel at Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library on Sunday, March 27th.

LitLive! is an annual event of the Broward Public Library Foundation. The event provides  the community with an opportunity to meet 21 outstanding authors and ask questions about their books. The day includes panel discussions, book signings and lectures.

DuranDuranRS The event is from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology 
Center on the Davie campus of Nova Southeastern University. Tom Hudson’s panel discussion on the topic Hanging Tough will begin at 2:15 pm. Hudson’s panel will include authors Lee Kravitz, Rob Sheffield and Caitlin Shetterly. Feast Logo_2011

LitLive! is sponsored in part by WPBT2.  For more information visit www.LiteraryFeastOnline.org


Batter Up!

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056 Take your family and friends out to the ball game!  The 23rd annual Joe DiMaggio Legends Game will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium, former spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. 

013 This year’s roster includes This year’s roster includes Jackie Hernandez, Pittsburgh Pirates; Minnie Minoso, Chicago White Sox; Cookie Rojas, Florida Marlins and Ron Swoboda, New York Mets.  Watch these players and many more from teams all over the country battle it out on the field.


043 Don’t forget to stop by the WPBT2 booth for a special gift, raffles and information on the Ken Burn’s Baseball series.

For more information, visit legendsgame.net.

 

 


Miami Dade Public Library System Celebrates 40 Years!

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Join the Miami Dade Public Library System as they celebrate their 40 year anniversary on Thursday, January 20 at the Main Library on 101 West Flagler Street.  The celebration will kick off with the “Dancing through the Ages” dance party at 12:00 p.m.  Wear your favorite outfit from the past four decades and boogie down at the dance contest.  Enjoy music, giveaways, prizes and a performance by the Super Soul Steppers.

The celebration continues that evening at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and art exhibit featuring music from the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and a talk with Miami historian, Dr. Paul George. Assembling an Era, an art exhibit that commemorates the library’s history in the community, will open that night.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.mdpls.org.

 

 


Antiques Roadshow Kicks Off New Season in Miami!

ARSMiamiBeachphoto Explore the many treasures hidden within your own neighborhood and discover the history and possible value they have to offer. Antiques Roadshow is back with their 15th season.  Host Mark L. Walberg welcomes viewers to join the journey through Miami’s treasures for the first three episodes airing on Monday, January 3, 2011, January 10 and January 17 at 8:00 p.m on WPBT2.

Caldermobile The first three episodes of the season were shot this past summer on Miami Beach.  The Miami crowd brought tons of unique objects, including one which yielded the highest value appraisal of the season: a cheerfully unassuming mobile 1502diamonds received almost fifty years ago as a gift from Alexander Calder, valued at $400,000 to $1,000,000. Other treasures found in our city included an heirloom collection of vintage diamond jewelry, an 18th century Qing Dynasty vase, a 1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins guitar and many more. 

In addition to the premiere of Antiques Roadshow’s new season, WPBT2 will air Antiques Roadshow Miami Beach: Back Stage on Monday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.  This 30 minute WPBT2 original documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the making of America’s longest running reality show and offers a sneak peek at some of the historic and eclectic items brought in by Miami locals. 

 


Meet Curious George at the City of Coral Gables 2010 Holiday Spectacular

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The City of Coral Gables kicks off the holiday season with the 2010 Holiday Spectacular on Friday, CGcolor1 December 3, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at City Hall/ Merrick Park on 405 Biltmore Way.  Guests can enjoy food, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, face painting, live entertainment and more. Guests will also have a chance to meet Curious George courtesy of WPBT2/KidVision.

The annual tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a welcome from Mayor Slesnick and the arrival of Santa Claus.

For more information, call 305-460-5600 or visit www.gablesrecreation.com.