PBS Arts Fall Festival

PBS Arts Fall Festival(Photo: PBS)

Friday nights are changing on WOSU TV.  PBS is introducing the PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL, a multi-platform event showcasing nine wonderful arts specials every Friday night at 9pm beginning in October.  This is all part of PBS’s new initiative to bring the arts to everyone.  Each production will come from a different city in America and as a bonus, will provide us with time to let you know what’s going on with the arts right here in Columbus!

The festival will start off in Minnesota with a little Gilbert and Sullivan, HMS PINAFORE.  I’m happy to see that Cleveland is a festival stop with their special WOMEN WHO ROCK.  To get the audience ready for this  transition we’ll begin this Friday night at 10pm with an airing of  AMERICAN MASTERS: A LETTER TO ELIA.

Elia Kazan was to be recognized with an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 1999, but the thought of such a thing happening divided the Hollywood community and sparked an old discussion.  Kazan has to be recognized for his directing talent with films like;  On the Waterfront, East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Gentleman’s Agreement you have to give him his due.  However for many folks his name should have an asterisk next to it, for his actions during the McCarthy hearings.  Elia Kazan went to Washington D.C. and “named names” adding to  the Hollywood Blacklist.  This was an unforgivable sin for some in the community but for others, his extraordinary body of work deserved honors, despite any questionable behavior.  One of his strongest supporters was Martin Scorsese, and he directs  this documentary.