Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Travel the country in search of rural artists from the 1920s, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time. Don’t miss American Epic, a new series executive produced by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

The Tenors have been seen in a few of specials we’ve broadcast over the years (Under One Sky, Lead With Your Heart) but now you can see this vocal group live on stage. Tickets are still available for An Intimate Evening With The Tenors – Wednesday night at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Follow the grand masters of stained glass art, artist Rowan LeCompte and craftsman Dieter Goldkuhle, as they create their last great series of windows for Washington National Cathedral. Garrison Keillor narrates Let There Be Light – Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV.

Congratulations to Sonia Manzano. The former Sesame Street actor will receive the Legacy for Children Award from the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose on Friday.

Downton Abbey‘s Joanne Froggatt stars in a spine-tingling drama about the notorious Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s first female serial killer. Tune in as Masterpiece presents Dark Angel – Sunday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

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How Do You Solve A Puzzle Like Maria?

Fans of quirky quiz shows and/or Sesame Street, take note: Sonia Manzano (Maria) and Emilio Delgado (Luis) are the special guests on this week’s Ask Me Another.

NPR’s exciting game show of word games, puzzles and trivia airs Sunday afternoon at 1 on 91.5 WUNC-FM (you can also listen to the show at Ask Me Another‘s website). So tune in and hear what these veteran Sesame Street actors have to say about retirement, Muppets and the people in your neighborhood.

Not So Sunny Day

The news is true and it’s a little sad – Maria is leaving Sesame Street.

You may have seen the headlines and there’s probably not much I can add. However, for anyone who grew up with Sesame Street or has any emotional investment in this exceptional education program, this is a bittersweet moment, at best.

The Sesame Workshop posted the following statement on the Sesame Street Facebook page on Thursday, July 2:

Sonia Manzano has announced her retirement from Sesame Street, but she will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood. During her 44-year career as the iconic “Maria,” and the first leading Latina woman on television, she was a role model for young girls and women for generations. Sonia’s talents on Sesame Street extend beyond her groundbreaking role on camera; she also earned 15 Emmy awards as a member of Sesame Street’s writing team. We’ll always be grateful for her many years on Sesame Street as a champion of diversity and helping millions of kids grow up smarter, stronger and kinder.

Again, nothing much to add. Maria will be missed but we can only savor the fond memories and wish Sonia well. And remember: as long as we still have Sesame Street, everything will be A-OK.