Letters from Bohdan Zachary

April, 2018

In all its forms, art dominates the programs on Milwaukee PBS this month. Most prominently featured is a new 9-part series, Civilizations, premiering April 17th on Channel 10.  Inspired by Kenneth Clark’s 1969 series, Civilisation, this new series surveys the history of art and its role in how it shapes so many different cultures and civilizations all over the world.  Drawing from ancient works, and including commentary from some of the most well-known contemporary artists and scholars, Civilizations will not only examine the creative process, but will teach us about who we are today.

The dramatic arts are always a staple on Milwaukee PBS, especially on Sunday nights.  And, on April 1st, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch returns to star in an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel, The Child in Time.  Cumberbatch stars as Stephen Lewis, a noted children’s book author, and Kelly Macdonald plays his wife, Julie, a professional musician. They are the doting parents of Kate (Beatrice White), an impish four-year-old, their only child. Then one day Kate mysteriously disappears during a shopping outing with Stephen. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it upends Stephen and Julie’s lives in extraordinary ways.

When it comes to performing arts, Milwaukee PBS’ very own production, The Arts Page has a very special episode featuring a collaboration between the Florentine Opera Company and SHARP Literacy this month. On ”A Busy Bee” – The Making of a Children’s Opera, host Sandy Maxx takes us behind the scenes of the Florentine’s newest one-act opera for children based on the SHARP Literacy’s “We Love to Learn” book.  Tune in April 26th at 9:00 p.m. to discover the talent it takes to bring a literary character to life on stage.

Local art will be on display during Milwaukee PBS’ Great TV Auction, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this month.  Maintaining its roots in presenting unique art and artists on The Great TV Auction, we’ve got a great group of individuals who have created exclusive pieces for this year’s event.  Visit greattvauction.com to see them and find out how to bid to win! In addition to the featured art, you’ll also discover so many other unique items and experiences when you tune in starting April 27th on Channel 36. 

Thank you for celebrating art, in all its forms, as a member of Milwaukee PBS.

Bohdan Zachary                        Kim Sosa

General Manager                      Director of Membership