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Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Our DSO webcasts continue on Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Leonard Slatkin conducts Beethoven Symphonies: 2 & 7. Watch at! 

Antiques Roadshow is Coming to Detroit to kick off its 18th season on PBS!


Antiques Roadshow is coming to Detroit on June 1st as part of the 2013 summer tour! Visit the Roadshow tour page for more details and how to apply for tickets!

Purple Rose Theatre Company presents a world premiere comedy: THE MEANING OF ALMOST EVERYTHING


The 15th play penned by Purple Rose founder and Hollywood actor, Jeff Daniels, The Meaning of Almost Everything is perhaps one of Daniels’ most personal, and yet, most whimsical pieces to date. With elements of slapstick, vaudeville, tragedy and farce, this exuberant romp of a play explores the pain and the joy of human existence. 

The story follows two men, “A” and “B,” who exist in an undefined place and time, a place of safety and comfort, but also a place where nothing happens. One man wants to remain. The other isn't so sure. Through their feats of daring (and sometimes cowardice), they stumble through the darkness to find the big answers to life’s big questions. This comedy questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all.  

Showing at The Purple Rose Theatre Company Now  – March 9, 2013.

For tickets and information, call 734-433-7673 or visit




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Downton Abbey Season 3 Comes to a Close this Sunday 

Downton-Abbey-3-Finale.jpgIn a 2-hour finale event starting at 9pm ET, the season 3 finale of "Downton Abbey" finds the family, save for Branson and little Sybil, heading to a Scottish hunting lodge owned by Rose's parents. In other events, Mrs. Patmore is wooed by a local merchant; a new maid has eyes for Branson.

Catch up on episodes you missed On-Demand, support DPTV and purchase the Season 3 DVD, watch interviews with the cast and learn more about the series at the Masterpiece page, and don't forget to enter the Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes to win a trip to Britain!

After Newtown - A Week of Special Programming

After-Newton.jpgIn response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, PBS will broadcast a series of special programs the week of February 18-22. These thoughtful and thought-provoking documentaries, magazine and news pieces are meant to add context, depth and nuance to the national conversation about gun violence in America.

Guns-in-America.jpgStarting on Tuesday, 2/19 at 9pm ET with Guns in America - A history of guns in America, beginning with the first European settlements in the New World. Also: the political battles that have erupted over gun-control initiatives; the competing visions of national identity that guns and gun control represent. Followed by Frontline: Raising Adam Lanza at 10pm, examining the life of Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter in the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Along with related programming on PBS Newshour, Washington Week, & Need to Know are special episodes of Nova and The Path to Violence on Wednesday, 2/20 [see Leadership & Public Affairs below].

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Featured Programming

The-Powerbroker.jpgIndependent Lens Monday, 2/18 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights - Remembering Whitney Young, who led the National Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971 at age 49. During those years, he played a pivotal role in expanding access to jobs, education and housing for blacks.

Reagan-Presidency.jpgThe Reagan Presidency Monday, 2/18 - Wednesday 2/20 from 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET. A 3-night chronicle of Ronald Reagan's 1981-89 presidency, featuring archival footage and remarks from administration members, foreign leaders, members of Congress, scholars and journalists.

Arts & Culture

Elvis Lives

Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert Saturday, 2/16 from 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. ET. The show features some of  Elvis' finest performances from the big concert era of his career including  the historic 1973 global television special "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite.

Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre - Live From New York

Joe Bonamassa: Live From the Royal Albert Hall Saturday, 2/16 from 10:30 p.m. - Midnight ET. Bluesman Joe Bonamassa performs at London's Royal Albert Hall in a 2009 concert. Included: an appearance by Eric Clapton. Songs include "Last Kiss," "Lonesome Road Blues," and "Blues Deluxe."

And don't forget you can choose to see Joe Bonamassa live on two different dates and locations:

Fox Theatre, Detroit, Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM.

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John Labatt Center, Ontario, Saturday, May 4, 2013 8:00 PM

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Black-Kungfu-Experience.jpgThe Black Kungfu Experience Sunday, 2/17 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET. Chronicling kungfu's African-American pioneers, who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art. Ex-Marine Ron Van Clief, a star in over 40 kungfu films, is among those profiled.

Fake-or-Fortune.jpgFake or Fortune Sunday, 2/17 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET. Lost Picture - A painting found dumped by a rubbish tip turns out to be a lost work by one of America's most important 19th century artists, Winslow Homer. It is valued at 250,000 dollars. But who legally owns the picture, and why was it found in such an unlikely place?

DaVinci-The-Lost-Treasure.jpgDa Vinci: The Lost Treasure Sunday, 2/17 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. Fiona Bruce travels to Florence, Milan, Paris and Warsaw to uncover the story of this enigmatic genius - and to New York, where she is given an exclusive preview of a sensational discovery: a new Leonardo.              

Leadership & Public Affairs

Nova-Mind-of-a-Rampage-Killer.jpgNova Wednesday, 2/20 from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET. The Mind of a Rampage Killer - Miles O'Brien examines the possible motivations of rampage killers, including the theory that they're driven by the desire to die, not kill, but want to go out making headlines. Also: what science reveals about brains at risk for violence.

Path-to-Violence-2.jpgThe Path to Violence Wednesday, 2/20 from 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET. What can be done to prevent mass shootings, including expanding the Safe School Initiative to encompass parents and families. Also: whether the nation is prepared for a conversation about school safety, civil liberties and gun control.

Environment & Energy

Attenboroughs-Giant-Egg.jpgAttenborough and the Giant Egg Wednesday, 2/20 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET. David Attenborough visits Madagascar to explore the island's wildlife and gain information on the extinct elephant bird. Could the elephant bird's fate provide lessons that may help protect Madagascar's remaining wildlife?


William StillUnderground Railroad: The William Still Story Sunday, 2/17 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET.  A profile of 19th-century abolitionist William Still (1821-1902), who helped hundreds of runaway slaves escape across the U.S. border to Canada.

How-To & Travel

AmericanWoodshopAmerican Woodshop Saturday, 2/16 from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. ET. A series on woodworking projects and techniques that also features visits to workshops, museums and schools. In the Season Premiere, IBEW Local 8 help add photovoltaic solar panels at The American Woodshop.

Create Programming Highlights

Create 56.3Looking for television's most popular how-to, cooking, crafting, and travel series? They're all on Detroit Public TV channel, 56.3 Create. (Comcast 288, BrightHouse 156, Charter 433).

Lap-Quilting.jpgLap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel Friday, 2/15 from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. ET. Follow lap quilter extraordinaire Georgia Bonesteel on the open road, from the Wild West to the Eastern shores, as she shows viewers how to create real American quilts.

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