Nov. 1: Arts in Context: The Art of the Dia De Los Muertos. Discover the personal history and unique art of Dia de los Muertos through the stories of San Antonio artists who capture this rich cultural heritage. To understand our present, Arts In Context explores the fabric of our past. Although the philosophy behind Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) began in the Mexican culture, now it crosses all cultures as a ceremony to remember and value the ones who led us to where we are today.
Nov. 3: Will Ferrell: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (Repeat from Monday 10/31)
This special celebrates the work of popular comedian and comic actor Will Ferrell, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Ferrell’s friends, contemporaries and co-stars, including Ed Asner, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, the band Green Day, Larry King, Adam McKay, Conan O’Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon, salute the 14th recipient of the humor prize.
Nov.4: PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me the Banjo
Narrated by Steve Martin, a banjoist himself, the film explores the roots of American music — the minstrel show, ragtime and early jazz, blues, old-time, folk, bluegrass and country. It is a story of America’s quintessential musical instrument from its African slavery roots to the 21st century, featuring performances and commentary from contemporary folk musicians such as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as from leading music historians, instrument builders and collectors. Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash hosts. GIVE ME THE BANJO is produced and directed by Marc Fields with Michael Kantor as executive producer. Tony Trischka is co-producer and music director. The evening’s presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station UNC-TV (North Carolina).
Nov. 6: MASTERPIECE: CONTEMPORARY “Page Eight”. An aging spy stumbles on an international scandal that could bring down the British government. But will it bring down his own career first? Bill Nighy (Love Actually) stars, with Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), who plays the agent’s mysterious next-door neighbor. Written and directed by Sir David Hare (Oscar-nominated adapter of The Reader and The Hours).
Nov.7: Challenge – Season 7. The 2012 battle for the KEDT “Challenge Cup” begins between 24 South Texas high schools. First up is a match between the Carroll Tigers and Victoria West Warriors.
Nov. 10: POV: Where Soldiers Come From. From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, this film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. As it chronicles the young men’s transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again, the film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from — and the way one faraway conflict changes everything.
Nov. 11: PBS Arts from Chicago: AMERICAN MASTERS: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man. Follow award-winning director/choreographer Bill T. Jones’s intense creative journey as he leads his company in the creation of Fondly Do We Hope … Fervently Do We Pray, an original dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial. “Bill T. Jones: A Good Man” is a co-production of A Good Man Film LLC, Kartemquin Films, Independent Television Service (ITVS), THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET, and Media Process Group, with the cooperation of the Ravinia Festival. The evening’s presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station WTTW.
Nov. 16: Nature: My Life as a Turkey. Based on the true story of writer and naturalist Joe Hutto, portrayed by wildlife photographer Jeff Palmer, this film chronicles Hutto’s remarkable experience of imprinting wild turkey eggs and raising the hatchlings to adulthood. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Hutto spent each day out and about as a “wild turkey” with his family of chicks — until the day came when he had to let his children grow up and go off on their own. As it turned out, this was harder than he ever imagined. Hutto’s story also became a book,Illumination in the Flatlands.
Nov. 18: PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock
From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, this performance documentary vibrates with energy as it traces the indelible mark that amazing women musicians have made on America’s soundtrack. Inspired by the “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, “Women Who Rock” reveals new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, while exploring how those dynamics between the sexes have changed with time. Cyndi Lauper, who appears in the program, hosts. The film is produced by Susan Wittenberg and Carol Stein with assistance from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The evening’s presentation is in collaboration with PBS member station WVIZ/PBS ideastream®. WOMEN WHO ROCK airs as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Nov. 18: Western Perspective: Art & Creativity in West Texas
Travel with us as we introduce viewers to the artists that shape the vast exhibition space of far West Texas. From landscape photography to performance theatre WESTERN PERSPECTIVE takes the audience on a journey to the creative side of this remote area. Join us to learn more about the arid landscape that molds West Texans into the unique characters, artists, and individual personalities who make up these wide and open spaces. As West Texas widens its creative boundaries we can only hope you will too.
Nov. 20 & 21: American Masters: Woody Allen
Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography.
Nov. 23: In Performance at the White House: Country Music
This series of performance specials at the White House presentsthe best of American performing arts. From the Broadway musical to opera, country and western, gospel, ballet, jazz and more, the series has featured the extraordinary richness of American music and dance.
Nov. 25: PBS Arts from Los Angeles: GREAT PERFORMANCES: Il Postino From LA Opera. Bask in the beautiful voice of world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo with the LA Opera in this romantic new opera by composer Daniel Catán based on the Oscar-winning Italian film. Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt hosts. GREAT PERFORMANCES is a production of Thirteen for WNET New York Public Media. The evening’s presentation is in cooperation with PBS SoCal (Southern California).
Nov. 27: MASTERPIECE: CONTEMPORARY “Framed”
An eccentric Welsh village learns that London’s National Gallery is storing its entire art collection in a nearby mine during the museum’s renovations — leading to curious encounters between the village locals and the gallery’s urbane, lovelorn curator. Trevor Eve (MASTERPIECE “David Copperfield”) and Eve Myles (MASTERPIECE “Little Dorrit”) star in this gent