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Coming Up On Connections: Friday, February 5th

First hour: The future of libraries

Second hour: To Kill a Mockingbird on the Geva stage; remembering 70s music and the recent pop music losses

Libraries say the state is short-changing them, and the fight is on. We'll talk about how libraries use public funding -- often to provide internet access to people who don't otherwise have it. And we'll talk about the future of libraries. How are they adapting to technology? Our guests:

  • Kathy Miller, executive director, Rochester Regional Library Council
  • Patty Uttaro, director, Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System
  • Matt Krueger, teen services librarian, Irondequoit Public Library
  • Maria Thomas Fisher, library patron

In our second hour: We open with a discussion on Geva's new production of To Kill a Mockingbird. As they bring the classic to the stage, they're tying threads throughout the local arts community: students from School of the Arts (SOTA) are shadowing their professional counterparts, culminating in their own chance to perform the show. The George Eastman Museum will screen the Oscar-winning film version of To Kill a Mockingbird next week. And Writers & Books will host a class called "Re-Imagining To Kill a Mockingbird," allowing the public to get closer to the story before the production opens on stage. Our guests:

  • Mark Cuddy, artistic director, Geva Theatre Center
  • Skip Greer, playing Atticus Finch on the Geva stage
  • Catherine Yeager, member of the Moving Image Team, George Eastman Museum
  • Lorie Dengler Dewey, director of SOTA’s To Kill A Mockingbird and SOTA drama faculty member
  • Bill McDonough, student actor

Then, we'll talk about the recent losses to popular music: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, and now Maurice White. Our guest, John Covach, is the Director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester. We'll listen to some of the classics and John will explain why each artist connected with such a large audience. We'll also preview a weekend Pop Institute show that will focus on 70's prog rock.

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.