The Arts at KET

Burns's The Roosevelts Continues All Week

The Roosevelts

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, a new seven-part, 14-hour documentary by Ken Burns, airs all week on KET. The film weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

The Roosevelts follows the family’s story for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th president of the United States, and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd president.

The series encompasses all the history the Roosevelts helped to make — the creation of National Parks and the digging of the Panama Canal, the New Deal and the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights around the world in which Eleanor Roosevelt played a central role.

Legendary actress Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings.

KET: Sunday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8/7 p.m. CT

KET2: Sunday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10/9 p.m. CT


See a complete listing of this week's arts programs.

Do You Know About Noh?

Noh Theater is a form of Japanese drama performed in masks and costumes and featuring voice and very slow, precise, movement. Noh Theater is noted for its restraint, subtlety, and adherence to tradition.

A new collection of education resources on PBS LearningMedia, produced by KET, features videos on Noh theater, music, and mask making; a student performance; and Noh in a classroom setting.

Arts Anniversary

On September 19, 1928, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the animated short Plane Crazy. Later in the year, he starred in Steamboat Willie, the first animated film with synchronized sound.

To watch Steamboat Willie or other Mickey Mouse cartoons, visit this Disney website.

Find out what happened in the arts today and every day in the Arts Toolkit's This Day in the Arts calendar.

State of the Art

The 10th Annual National Jug Band Jubilee takes place Saturday, Sept. 20, from noon to 11 pm, in Louisville.

The day features Maria Muldaur and her Garden of Joy Jug Band; the Juggernaut Jug Band of Louisville; the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs; the Jake Leg Stompers of Bucksnort, Tenn.; the Hokum High Rollers of New Orleans; the Steel City Jug Slammers of Birmingham, Ala.; Bones Jugs N Harmony of Urbana-Champaign, Ill.; Drunken Catfish Ramblers of New Orleans; and Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues of New York.

The event is free and open to the public. It takes place at Waterfront Park, Brown-Forman Amphitheater, in Louisville. For more information, visit the Jug Band Jubilee website.