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Front and Center
Saturdays at 10:30pm
Front and Center is the critically-acclaimed concert series that was launched in the spring of 2012. The concert series, now in its fifth season, has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers.
May 7 – Borns
Indie pop singer/songwriter BØRNS treats the sold-out crowd at the Iridium in New York City to a captivating performance featuring songs from his debut album Dopamine. The Michigan native debuts his dreamy pop sound with songs like “The Emotion,” “10,000 Emerald Pools,” and his latest single, the Top 10 hit “Electric Love.” During the performance BØRNS shares stories from the making of the album and explains the eerie background noise on “The Emotion.”
May 14 – Bret Eldredge
CMA New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge takes the stage for the CMA Songwriters Series at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville with songwriters Ross Copperman, Tom Douglas, Travis Hill and Heather Morgan. A songwriter in his own right, having co-written all of the songs on his recent release Illinois, which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, Eldredge joins co-writers Copperman and Morgan on a performance of the album’s lead single “Lose My Mind.” Eldredge and the hit makers also perform hits from his debut album Bring You Back including best-loved No. 1 hits including “Beat of the Music,” “Mean To Me” and “Don’t Ya.”
May 21 – Steven Tyler (shown at right)
Legendary singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steven Tyler makes his CMA Songwriters Series debut at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City. The stripped down country inspired set features Tyler sharing the story behind the making of his first country single, “Love Is Your Name,” and performing the chart-topping hit with Nashville-based co-writers Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay. The Grammy Award-winning artist, whose debut country album is due out in early 2016, also shares the stage with The Loving Mary Band which features longtime Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederickson and country hit maker Rebecca Lynn Howard, along with Extreme lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt for performances of “Jaded,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “Sweet Emotion” and more.
May 27 – Joe Jackson
Iconic Jazz musician and five-time Grammy Award nominee Joe Jackson performs an electrifying set at New York City’s Iridium with songs from his latest album Fast Forward including “A Little Smile” and “Keep On Dreaming.” The multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter performs his chart-topping classics “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” “Steppin’ Out” and “You Can’t Get What You Want.”
Grantchester on Masterpiece
Sundays at 9:00pm
Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating return for another round of mysteries. Together, the sensitive vicar and the hard-bitten cop make perfect crime-solving partners. James Norton and Robson Green star in a new season that focuses on matchmaking as well as murder.
May 1 - Episode Six
Sidney seeks oblivion. His friend Sam seeks forgiveness. A dead girl’s parents seek revenge. Amanda seeks Sidney. Leonard finally takes a stand.
Genealogy Roadshow – NEW SEASON!
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
Follow a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. The programs feature participants from six American cities — Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles — who want to explore a genealogical mystery.
May 17 – Albuquerque
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the Old Albuquerque Airport Terminal. A woman seeking a connection to a Native-American code talker learns that a missing branch of her family tree has been searching for her; a man is shocked to find out just how deep his New Mexican roots go; a woman finds out that her ancestor’s life was straight out of a Wild West tale; another questions her family connection to the explosive Trinity Test; one man is linked to a famous comic book heroine; and a woman looks to verify family lore of a connection to Pancho Villa.
May 24 – Miami
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the History Miami Museum. One woman suspects she is related to Pocahontas; another explores the mystery of her Cuban roots, uncovering her grandfather’s secret past; a man learns more about his Filipino heritage and the impact of World War II on his ancestors; the team reveals how the history of the tragic Tuskegee experiment changed her family forever; and a woman comes to the Roadshow thinking her ancestor was a villain only to learn he was a hero.
May 31 – Houston
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library. A woman seeks to find out if her roots in Texas are as deep as the character she portrays in her historical re-enactments; the Roadshow team investigates the notorious Andersonville prison; a man wants to know if his African-American ancestors fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War; a woman uncovers her link to a prominent figure in Texas history; another learns of her connection to the Cherokee Freedman; and one man traces his roots to the conflicts that shaped early American history.
Genius by Stephen Hawking
Wednesdays at 9:00pm
In each episode, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius.
May 18 – Can We Time Travel?
Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to determine if time travel is possible. The fascinating journey of discovery features DeLoreans, atomic clocks, a giant black hole and a large swath of New York City.
May 25 – Are We Alone?
Join Professor Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out the likelihood of alien life out there in the universe. See why the team has their minds blown in a way they were never expecting.
Independent Lens: The Armor of Light
Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00pm
Two Christians — an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered — find common ground in the fight against a rising tide of gun violence.
The Armor of Light follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, as he breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Rev. Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically-explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story casts a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a devout Christian, decides to work with Schenck. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action where so many before her have failed.