30MMH On the Road: Mandolin Orange “Hey Adam” in Madison

Mandolin Orange is performing at the The Frequency in Madison Saturday night, so it is a perfect time to share this exclusive Wisconsin Public Television 30-Minute Music Hour on the Road performance from the duo’s last visit to Wisconsin.

The North Carolina duo of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin invited us in to a pre-show performance of “Hey Adam” as they toured through Madison in 2014. The North Carolina duo blend an engaging mix of bluegrass, folk and country sounds into the music that they have carried across the highways and byways of the United States and beyond since their 2010 debut.

30-Minute Music Hour On the Road is a Wisconsin Public Television Web series capturing great live music across Wisconsin. Explore the full archive of 30-Minute Music Hour episodes, with half-hour performances from top Wisconsin, regional and national artists. Stay tuned for an all-new season of 30-Minute Music Hour coming online later this year!

Learn more about Mandolin Orange, purchase music and find a tour date near you at mandolinorange.com.

Special thanks to the Frequency for their partnership in this special backstage performance. Learn more at madisonfrequency.com.

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Young Performers Shine During Birch Creek Concerts

Talented young performers take center stage on Wisconsin Public Television when Percussion at Birch Creek and Symphony at Birch Creek premiere this June. Both concerts were filmed at the picturesque Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor and feature young performers from across the country demonstrating techniques learned during intensive two-week sessions with world-class educators.

Percussion at Birch Creek, premiering 8 p.m. Monday, June 1 on WPT and online now, features the students demonstrating newly learned percussion techniques and performing a variety of musical styles including steel band, world percussion, and classical and popular music.

Symphony at Birch Creek, premiering 8 p.m. Monday, June 8 on WPT and online now, is a culmination of the young musicians’ symphony and chamber music session and features performances of full orchestral pieces. Two winners of the Burton Concerto Competition — trombonist Naomi Black and violinist Andrew Reed — are also featured.

Percussion at Birch Creek and Symphony at Birch Creek will be aired simultaneously via live stream on wpt.org during their WPT premieres. Both concerts are part of WPT’s multiyear Young Performers Initiative, a statewide effort to raise the visibility of the arts, celebrate the creative achievements of Wisconsin’s young people and support the arts in education.

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Watch! Bid! Win! WPT Auction

Support Wisconsin Public Television — Watch the WPT Auction May 27-31.

Watch Bid Win. WPT Auction airs May 27-31

Wisconsin Public Television’s largest fundraising event kicks off another year of bidding fun 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. Now in its 40th year(!), the WPT Auction once again invites viewers to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses and individuals as it’s auctioned off during a live TV broadcast. There are lots of great deals available, and all the proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television programs and outreach initiatives!

Bid on vacation packages, gift certificates, home and garden items, sports tickets to the Packers, Badgers and others, jewelry, art and more. Each night there is a different theme, and big ticket items valued at $1,500 or more will be auctioned off during the Auction Showcase Sunday, May 31.

WPT Auction Schedule
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 – Entertainment and Hobby
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 – Home and Garden
7 p.m. Friday, May 29 – Sports and Recreation
4 p.m. Saturday, May 30 – Kids and Family
7 p.m. Saturday, May 30 – Travel
4 p.m. Sunday, May 31 – Marketplace
7 p.m. Sunday, May 31 – Showcase

Watch Auction live on-air or online. From May 27-28 Auction is broadcast to the WHA-TV area only. Auction is broadcast to the entire WPT viewing area May 29-31. But, you can watch Auction anywhere via the simultaneous online stream at auction.wpt.org.

Want more Auction? Check out online-only items in the Deal of the Day category. More items will be added every day throughout the WPT Auction.

Start browsing hundreds of items now and pre-bid at auction.wpt.org.

And check out video of three items up for bid during the WPT Auction Showcase on Auction’s final night. Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on these and more items during Auction’s five nights of bidding and buying fun.


Learn more and pre-bid on these Packers tickets.


Learn more and pre-bid on this “Downton Abbey” inspired pendant and chain.


Learn more and pre-bid on this KitchenAid French Door Refrigerator.

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A Solid Indie Film Produced in Wisconsin

This week, Director’s Cut welcomes David Nordstrom: writer, producer, director, editor and lead actor for the film Sawdust City. Everyone who makes an independent movie wears multiple hats. But with all the hats Nordstrom donned for this project, he could open his own millinery.

Sawdust City is the story of two brothers; one on leave from the Navy, the other a hometown husband and soon-to-be father. They are searching for their estranged father in the dive bars of Eau Claire.

As the brothers immerse themselves in the Eau Claire tavern scene, they have trouble finding their dad. But they have no problem finding a cast of characters all too familiar in Wisconsin bar culture. My personal favorite is Gene. If you’ve seen that guy in the bar walking around with his empty glass looking for a fresh pitcher bought on someone else’s dime, then you know Gene. Sawdust City delivers solid writing and storytelling as the brothers reconnect, argue and bond amid the Eau Claire winter.

Nordstrom makes his home in L.A. now and is staying busy pursuing new projects. As a Wisconsin filmmaker myself, I have to tip my hat — yes, just the one — to David for getting his film done entirely in Wisconsin. I look forward to seeing his next effort.

Nordstrom gives a great interview, and Sawdust City is a solid indie film definitely worth checking out this Friday night starting at 9 p.m. on Director’s Cut. Hope to see you then on Wisconsin Public Television!

Official Sawdust City Trailer from Small Form Films on Vimeo.

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Remembering LZ Lambeau Five Years Later

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of LZ Lambeau: Welcoming Home Wisconsin’s Vietnam Veterans in Green Bay.

Take a look back at the powerful event in the video below. And, join us at Wisconsin Public Television in saying “Thank You” and “Welcome Home” to all of our veterans, while we also remember all of those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Explore more from the LZ Lambeau event, including all the signatures on the Big Map online. 

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