In case you missed the premiere last Sunday, Breaking Bows and Arrows is airing again tonight at 11PM Eastern/8PM Pacific. This winner of the United Nations Media Peace award follows the reconciliation ceremony of bitter rivals in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea as they finally make peace. Check out the promo for this program here.
Also, be sure to catch the premiere of Music, Sound and the Sacred featuring Rev. Alan Jones and Grammy Award-winning-singer Joanne Shenandoah this Sunday at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific.
Open Book is a new show about books, focusing on a single spot on Earth in each episode to introduce you to the writers and other storytellers - musicians, actors, poets and more - whose work reminds us we're all connected through the stories we have to tell and the communities we inhabit.
Here are some of the online comments we've received:
"Smart, enjoyable, and a reminder of the treasures we all have in our own back yard." - Paxilnation
"In addition to being gorgeously filmed, this has got to be the hippest TV show on literature out there. Love it and can't wait to see more!" -YaWa, Brooklyn
We catch up with bandura performer Julian Kytasty in part 2 of Michal Shapiro's video blog visit with this fantastic player. Learn a little more about the instrument and hear some classic and not-so-classic songs. Also this week, the world music video premiere of Mamak Khadem's "Bighrar (Restless)."
Open Book is a new show premiering on Monday: each episode focuses on a single neighborhood or community to introduce you to the musicians, actors, poets and other storytellers whose work reminds us we're all connected. This premiere episode takes place in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, a neighborhood with a rich cultural heritage.
Guests include former child soldier Ishmael Beah, award-winning novelist Jennifer Egan, legendary jazz musician Bill Lee, Walt Whitman-devotee Daryl Blaine Ford, creative genius Carl Hancock Rux, Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad, singer Nucomme, and star of stage and screen, and actor Jeffrey Wright.
I had the good fortune of being in a small, 20-person interview/seminar with Carl Hancock Rux back in 2004. He talked about his experiences as an artist, and read excerpts from his book, Asphalt. It was pretty incredible. I'm really excited to see this show, if only to see Rux speak again!