At 8pm tonight (Tuesday, May 3) WMHT-TV and other PBS-TV stations will not only offer the exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary on PBS, but the film Janis: Little Girl Bluewill include never-before-seen extended-cut features and new interviews with Pink, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Etheridge, Laura Joplin and narrator Cat Power.
In the documentary, more details of Joplin’s sexual fluidity is revealed, as well as much of the angst she endured from her high school classmates that lit the fire of her extraordinary performances, while at the same time drove her to experiment with drugs, alcohol and lovers of both genders.
“Act One” on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center on Friday
Review by Larry Murray
Coming up soon on the PBS “Live from Lincoln Center” series is the play Act One, and it proves to be simply brilliant in its concept, execution and transition to the home theater. I can not remember another play that has survived the perilous journey from the stage to the living room with such class and élan.
It is featured as part of the 2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival and premieres on Friday (November 13) at 9pm on most PBS stations, including WMHT-TV. It runs close to two and a half hours, though they pass far too quickly.
I have seen a lot of live theatre, and theatrical productions filmed for television, but Act One is the first theatrical piece that works as well on screen as it does on stage. The actors are flawless, the script masterful, and never has a stage set worked so well on television. It is clear that enormous amounts of time and creativity were invested in making sure this play worked as well on a flat screen as it did in person in a theater, not an easy transition to pull off.
The former 10,000 Maniacs singer will be discussing “Leave Your Sleep,” her first new album since 1993 2003. The album is a collection of songs in which she set music to the work of a wide range of poets – from Ogden Nash to e.e. cummings.
Of particular note to Nippertown readers, the interview segments and the performance footage for the “NewsHour” were filmed last month at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall during a special concert that Merchant and Elvis Perkins in Dearland performed for WAMC-FM pledge-drive supporters.
PS: Elvis Perkins in Dearland will also be performing at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Tuesday evening.
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