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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter - March 3 - March 9

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO…

University of Hawaii (image) We've seen soundbites and read quotes from decision-makers in the wake of the University of Hawaii's so-called "Stevie Wonder Blunder." But we haven't seen executives at the same table at the same time. That'll change next week, with a live broadcast. On the next INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., March 7, 8:00 pm), host Dan Boylan seeks answers about The Road Ahead. Scheduled guests are M.R.C. Greenwood, UH President; John Holzman, UH Board of Regents Member; Allen Uyeda, Hawaii Business Roundtable Chair; and Leslie Wilkins, Maui Economic Development Board VP and Director of Workforce and Education Programs.

INSIGHTS is also available online via live streaming. We welcome your participation! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org

Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:

Rick Steves (image) Drawing upon his 30 years of travel experience, Rick Steves' Europe Travel Skills (Sun., Mar. 3, 9:00 pm and Sat., Mar. 9, 10:00 pm), provides practical tips for having a fun, affordable and culturally broadening trip to Europe. From planning an itinerary to staying safe, Rick shares how to turn European travel dreams into reality.

Andrea Bocelli (image) Ah, amore! And who better to get you into a romantic mood than international superstar Andrea Bocelli? Love in Portofino is his latest GREAT PERFORMANCES (Mon., Mar. 4, 7:30 pm) concert special, with music direction by David Foster. Andrea is joined by trumpeter Chris Botti to perform a select collection of famous love songs, including "Bésame Mucho," "Senza Fine" and "Corcovado."

Aaron Neville (image) Iconic soul and R&B vocalist and multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville performs songs from his recent doo-wop inspired album in Aaron Neville: Doo Wop – My True Story (Mon., Mar. 4, 9:30 pm). Recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl in November 2012, this program features an array of guests including Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings.

Hullabaloo (image) Hosted by Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, A 60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo (Wed., Mar. 6, 8:00 pm and Sat., Mar. 9, 8:00 pm) is a retrospective of the influential 1965-66 NBC primetime series Hullabaloo. Performers include the Byrds, Sonny & Cher, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Mamas & the Papas, Nancy Sinatra, the Four Seasons and the Animals (pictured).

ThePianoGuys (image) Filmed at a sold-out concert in a stunning outdoor venue in Salt Lake City, Utah, ThePianoGuys: Live at Red Butte Garden (Thurs., Mar. 7, 9:00 pm) showcases a musical group on a meteoric rise. With Steven Sharp Nelson on cello and Jon Schmidt on piano, YouTube sensation ThePianoGuys offer new songs and fan favorites, including "Peponi," "Rolling in the Deep" and "Without You."


Simply Ming (image) In this Southern-inspired episode, SIMPLY MING (Sat., March 9, 5:30 pm) goes On the Road in Chattanooga, where we discover some of the region's culinary secrets. Ming Tsai and guest Chef Eric Neil explore the local markets and come up with two dishes highlighting area flavors: chile-cornmeal trout with shrimp chocrute and roast pork chops with curry squash pancake.

Encore Pick of the Week:

Les Miserables cast (image) No one could have guessed in 1985 that Les Misérables would become a global phenomenon, embraced by audiences worldwide and creating a "people's musical." It turned 25 in 2010, and producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary event in celebration. Enjoy the musical extravaganza of Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 (Tues., March 5, 8:00 pm). Pictured left to right: Alfie Boe, Colm Wilkinson, Ramin Karimloo and Nick Jonas.

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A hui hou kakou -- until next time,

Leslie Wilcox
President and CEO
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