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PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
The Hawaiian Room

PBS Hawai‘i Presents: The Hawaiian Room

 

The Hawaiian Room, located in the famed Lexington Hotel, was an oasis of Hawaiian culture and entertainment in the heart of New York City. Between 1937 and 1966, hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians from Hawai‘i were recruited to perform at the entertainment venue. In this documentary, filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk shares interviews with over 20 former performers who speak candidly and fondly of their experience at the historic nightclub, and the culture shock of going from Hawai‘i to New York City.

 

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Circus, Part 2 of 2

 

See how Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey merged to create a circus of more than 1,100 people and 1,000 animals, only to limp through the Great Depression against competition from radio and movies.

 

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Circus, Part 1 of 2

 

This two-part series follows the rise and fall of the gigantic, traveling tented railroad circus, recounting the era when Circus Day could shut down a town, and circus stars were among the most famous people in the country. Travel back to 1793 Philadelphia, when America’s first circus was established, and witness its crash into American culture. The arrival of P. T. Barnum in 1871 transformed the trade, and the five Ringling brothers created a spectacle of their own.

 

 

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Gary Clark Jr. / Courtney Barnett

 

Gary Clark Jr.

 

Experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.

 

 

Courtney Barnett

 

Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

 

 

Mister Rogers: Bringing Kindness into Today’s Heated America

MISTER ROGERS: It’s You I Like

 

Politics, natural disasters, tragedy – The past year might make you wonder how America can bridge its widening divides. If you think that part of the answer is more Mister Rogers in our lives, you wouldn’t be alone:

 

In March, PBS stations aired Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like. The commemorative special looked back at 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

 

The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor examining Fred Rogers’ legacy will be screened at the Hawai’i International Film Festival on April 8 and 10: https://bit.ly/2GnjpsT

 
We also have the movie You Are My Friend starring Tom Hanks to look forward to.

 

Mister Rogers was a real man. Someone every inch in real-life the same kind, patient man we saw on TV.

 
He also didn’t shy away from difficult topics.

It is true that Fred Rogers was one of a kind, but perhaps if we remember what he taught us and practice the same kindness and patience, America can come closer as neighbors.

 

MAKERS
Women in Comedy

 

Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

 

Women in Comedy
Track the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and up through today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages

 

Luciano Pavarotti brought opera to the masses with “Nessun dorma”. In this concert, he performs that hit, along with arias from La BohèmeRigoletto and Aida; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini, including “Mamma” and “O Sole Mio;” and duets with Bono, Sting, Vanessa Williams and Eric Clapton.

 

 

Carpenters:
Close to You

The Carpenters: Close to You

 

This music-filled documentary traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business. It features their top hits, including “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Top of the World,” “For All We Know,” “Superstar,” “Yesterday Once More,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.”

 

 

60s Pop, Rock & Soul

Jefferson Starship performs on 60's Pop, Rock & Soul.

 

Hosted by icons Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and the late Davy Jones of the Monkees, this concert spectacular features hits and favorites of the AM radio era from Paul Revere & the Raiders, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, the Kingsmen, the Ventures, Question Mark & the Mysterians and Jefferson Starship. Every song is a classic from the decade of peace, love and profound social change ― sung by performers who represent a period of time that resonates through the generations.

 

Bluegrass Underground Special

 

Taped 333-feet below ground within Tennessee’s extraordinary Cumberland Caverns, this music special showcases well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of Bluegrass, Jam Band, Roots-Rock, Neo-Folk and Americana genres. Featured artists include Andrew Bird, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack and others.

 

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