Every year a ton of work goes into making Quilt Expo a great place to “Escape. Create. Celebrate.” and one of the most rewarding tasks — processing entries in the 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest — is now complete.
With hundreds of entries, it took a jury a full afternoon and most of the evening to sort through all the quilts and to choose the best order for displaying them. It’s a grueling task, but I can assure you the jury was looking forward to spending hours scrutinizing every stitch and detail of the quilts.
30 Minute Music Hour kicked off production on a seventh season this week with three quality performances from Feufollet, Trapper Schoepp and The Cactus Blossoms. All three concerts will air on Wisconsin Public Television later this year, but you can watch all three online now. Check out photos of the bands and click on the images to see the video.
Earlier this week we got to see a new photo of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in full Victorian Sherlock costume. Now we have the first video of the new Sherlock special — coming soon to Wisconsin Public Television. Enjoy this sneak peek preview now!
Over the past couple months we’ve been digging through our video library and making several classic programs available on-demand. We’ve uncovered a lot of gems, including the 1995 documentary Covering New Ground: Wisconsin’s Sustainable Agriculture. The picture may not be high-definition, but the subject matter certainly holds up in today’s consumer-conscience society.
In Covering New Ground, WPT talks with farmers around the state who choose sustainable methods to produce the food we eat. The film covers rotational grazing, urban farming, targeted herbicide use and more sustainable farming methods.
Chances are good you’ve heard of some of the farmers featured in the 20-year-old film. Organic Valley, Harmony Valley and Milwaukee’s Will Allen are some of the more well known farmers on the program.
Take a moment to look back on this classic documentary and to marvel at some sustainable business models that seem progressive even by today’s standards.
Watch Wisconsin’s two U.S. Senators talk with Here and Now anchor Frederica Freyberg about this week’s Supreme Court decisions on health care and same-sex marriage.
In a 5-4 decision made today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states. And on Thursday, the high court voted to uphold federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The decision ensures approximately 166,000 people in Wisconsin will continue to receive subsidized healthcare through the federal exchange.
Take off work the afternoon of Monday, July 13 and enjoy some live music at Wisconsin Public Television. Three bands will be joining us to record live sets for the new season of 30 Minute Music Hour, and tickets are totally free. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seats for one or all of the following shows.
FEUFOLLET – 1:15 p.m. concert/audience seated by 1 p.m.
It’d be easy to label this five-piece from Lafayette, La. as a Cajun band, but a deeper listen reveals experimentation with honky-tonk, rock, country and even a bit of pop. During this set, we may need to push back the chairs and make way for dancing. You can also check out Feufollet at La Fete de Marquette in Madison the weekend before their 30MMH show.
TRAPPER SCHOEPP – 2:30 p.m. concert/audience seated by 2:15 p.m.
Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp have toured hard the past year, sharing stages with big-name bands like The Jayhawks and the Old 97’s. Huffington Post called Schoepp a “master storyteller.” Add catchy alt-country rock to insightful lyrics and you have a recipe for musical longevity.
THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS – 4 p.m. concert/audience seated by 3:45 p.m.
The Cactus Blossoms are two brothers from the Twin Cities who are true country throwbacks. The duo’s vocal harmonies, which resemble The Everly Brothers, have garnered praise from Garrison Keillor, CMT and BBC Radio.
The past two Sundays have seen the first all-new episodes of Poldark on Masterpiece. If summer activities kept you away from the TV and you missed the re-boot of the insanely popular Poldark, we understand. Luckily, you can watch both episodes on your own time online now.
Poldark is available on-demand at video.wpt.org or on your Roku, Apple TV, Xbox or Amazon Fire TV. Watch the fast-paced saga now, and catch the next episode in this seven-part series next Sunday at 8 p.m. or on-demand the following day.
Poldark on Masterpiece – Episode 1
Poldark on Masterpiece – Episode 2
WPT also has lots of other all-new historical drama to go around. If you like Poldark, here are two other shows that are worth your time.
The Crimson Field
In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. Watch Episode 1 Now.
Tales From the Royal Wardrobe
The world has a well-documented obsession with contemporary royal fashion. Peel back the layers of monarch’s outfits past and present to reveal the power of fashion. Watch Now.
Asparagus is in season in Wisconsin. After you’ve enjoyed it boiled, broiled, steamed, roasted and raw, consider tossing those green stalks onto the grill.
Grilling asparagus is only slightly more complex than grilling a hotdog or bratwurst. Add a little oil, salt and pepper, and your asparagus will be just as flavorful. If you want to get more elaborate, blanche your asparagus and wrap with prosciutto before grilling. Or add some fancy cheese with this PBS Food recipe for grilled asparagus with Raclette.