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ARTSBEAT – November 21st

Cooking with Martha Stewart on PBS


You’ve got to admire the tenacity and resilience of Martha Stewart.  Citing high production costs and low ratings, the Hallmark station opted to wrap up production of her daytime series, “Martha” in April.  Stewart and her media empire saw this as an opportunity to move forward with some new collaborations – some online, and one that will maintain her high-profile television presence.

In a big move from cable to public TV, Stewart is prepping to move into Julia Child’s former home with a new weekly series titled Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.  The series, which recently debuted on PBS stations (check local listings), is “back-to-basics.”  Inspired by the similarly titled, best-selling book, in this half-hour series Stewart is both host and teacher – with an aim is to introduce or re-examine master culinary techniques to home cooks, regardless of their skill set.

Martha Stewart follows in the footsteps of trailblazing cooking legend and cultural icon Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to American kitchens in 1963, with the pioneering public television series The French Chef.  Unlike anything ever seen on television before, it was entertaining and real in a way that influenced every culinary television program that followed.  In honor of what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday on August 15, 2012, PBS released a special collection of three original black-and-white episodes of from the 1960s which feature Julia preparing some of her favorite French classics — French Onion Soup, Quiche Lorraine and French Tarts, Apple Style.  Repeats of the original episodes still air on PBS.

Stewart deemed PBS to be “the perfect home for this series,” adding, “this new series combines so many of my passions: teaching and encouraging others.”  Even at the age of 71, Stewart doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.


Folk Fusion Band in the US

Zakopower, one of the hottest bands in Poland, combines Polish folk music with modern rock undertones, will perform in the United States in a 3-concert engagement.

•            November 21 at 8:00 pm:  New Britain High School Auditorium  – 110 Mill Street, New Britain CT

•            November 23 at 8:00 pm: Polski Dom Narodowy  Warsaw – 261 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn NY

•            November 24 at 8:00 pm The Club – 7600 S Cicero Ave, Burbank IL

Info: 773-865-7818 / Tickets: 973-980-5515


Polish-Soviet War film in Chicago


??The Polish Consulate in Chicago and The Polish Museum of America will hold a screening of What Can Dead Prisoners Do followed by a Q&A with the director, Anna Ferens on Friday, November 30, 6:30 pm, at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago.

??The film details the fate of the Soviet POWs captured by Poles following the Polish-Soviet War of 1919 after the Soviet invasion of Europe was stopped by the Polish Army at the gates of Warsaw. The documentary investigates the fate of those POWs and documents how their experience shaped Polish-Soviet relations for the future. Admission is free.


Printmaking Exhibition in New Jersey


From Copper to Blue Film – William Paterson University Etching Exhibition will continue through November 30 at the Louis Bay 2nd Library & Community Center – 345 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ.   This exhibition is highlighting the printmaking program of the University.  The program is one of the best-equipped and most innovative programs in New Jersey. For more information contact: 973-427-5745.