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Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO...
Legendary rocker turned crooner Rod Stewart is featured in his first-ever holiday special on GREAT PERFORMANCES: Merry Christmas, Baby (Mon., Dec. 3, 7:30 pm). As it turns out, this old-school raspy rocker does well as a gravel-tinged singer of Christmas classics!
This music special is produced by David "Hitman" Foster and includes the songs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Auld Lang Syne." Stewart also performs duets with Michael Bublé ("Winter Wonderland"), Cee-Lo Green ("Merry Christmas, Baby") and Mary J. Blige ("We Three Kings"). And in a virtual duet, Ella Fitzgerald drops by to ask Rod in song, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"
Our PBS Hawaii Board of Directors, led by Robbie Alm, will be on hand live in our Honolulu TV studio to enjoy the program with you and invite your call of support to continue our work in informing, inspiring and entertaining. Board Member Ian Kitajima co-hosts with me.
I'd also like to call special attention to other appealing new shows-featuring more seasonal music, nature, and international cuisine:
--Do you love the sound of a fiddle? I do! Celebrate the winter season with A Fiddler's Holiday with the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band (Sun., Dec. 2, 10:00 pm). The composer-performers of "Ashokan Farewell," featured in the award-winning music score of Ken Burns' The Civil War, are accompanied by the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Kevin P. Bartram.
--From elegant Arabians to a therapy horse, from wild horses on the range to working ranch horses, Horses of the West (Sun., Dec. 2, 7:00 pm) is journey on horseback through the American West. The program, narrated by actress Ali MacGraw, embraces the relationship between horses and the humans who love them.
--San Diego chef Cathlyn Choi traveled extensively through Asia and Europe sampling and cooking various kinds of cuisines. Over the years she developed more than a thousand traditional Korean and fusion recipes. We're pleased to present her new food series about familiar tastes to local palates. The premiere episode of CATHLYN'S KOREAN KITCHEN (Sat., Dec. 8, 5:00 pm) features Fermented Korean Foods and Seafood Delicacies, including bibimbap, pan-fried oysters and calamari stir-fry. By the way, the multi-talented chef also composed, arranged and performed the music for her series.
Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:
Dutch martial arts champion Ernesto Hoost visits Otsuchi, a Tohoku fishing port devastated by the tsunami but slowly returning to life, in TOMORROW BEYOND 3/11 Souls on Fire (Thurs., Dec. 6, 11:30 pm). There, Hoost shares heartfelt exchanges with the local fishermen. He also goes to a martial arts gym in Kamaishi and joins in the practice with children and other trainees.
In the next episode of SIMPLY MING, Ming learns the fine art of Making Sausage with Chris Cosentino (Sat., Dec. 8, 5:30 pm), the unabashed fan of offal who lets no part of the animal go to waste. The executive chef of Incanto in San Francisco joins Ming to create San Francisco sausage and peppers, and chicken mushroom sausage patties with orange-snow pea salad.
Advisory: INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is on hiatus this week due to special pledge programming.
Encore picks of the week:
Season three of Downton Abbey is just around the corner. Before it arrives, refresh your memory with our encore presentation of Downton Abbey Season 2 on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC, airing over five Sundays in December. Part 1 (Sun., Dec. 2, 8:00 pm) begins two years into World War I, with Downton Abbey in turmoil as Matthew and other young men go to war - or avoid it. The women also pitch in, and many couples see their romantic dreams dashed.
We're also glad to bring back this fascinating film: Between the Folds. A group of theoretical scientists and fine artists have abandoned pursuit of careers and graduate degrees to become modern-day paper folders. INDEPENDENT LENS (Mon., Dec. 3, 11:00 pm) shows them reinterpreting the world in paper through origami, creating a wild mix of sensibilities toward art, science, creativity and meaning.
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