KCET Programming Highlights for Week of October 16 & 23, 2011

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KCET Programming Highlights for week of October 16 & 23 Include: 'My Musical Life', 'Alaska: America's Wildest Refuge', and 'Reverence: Life in the Ballet'

KCET, public media for Southern and Central California, invites viewers to tune-in during the week of October 16 and 23 for several nights of exciting programming. Highlights include a heartwarming story with My Musical Life; the visually stunning documentary Alaska: America’s Wildest Refuge; and an inspiring film of young Toledo Ballet dancers in Reverence: Life in the Ballet. KCET continues to offer quality and informative programming that resonates with viewers looking to be entertained and educated.

Thursday, October 20 (10:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.) – My Musical Life
Budding musical genius can be found anywhere, in both big cities and small communities. That's vividly illustrated by this program highlighting the small, historic California Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Here, a unique program called Music in the Mountains is discovering and nurturing young composers as they explore their wildly diverse musical styles and passions.

Tuesday, October 25 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m.) – Alaska: America’s Wildest Refuge
Tucked into a remote corner of Alaska, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a place where wilderness is experienced on an epic scale. From forested lowlands in the south to the towering mountains of the Brooks Range and north to the coastal plains, this is where we can go back in time to see how the earth was before modern civilization. Meet the key figures that first identified this area as worthy of protection and worked to preserve it through the National Wildlife Refuge System. Become familiar with Alaskan Native residents that live near the refuge and rely on it to maintain their ancient subsistence way of life. Meet some of the refuge's wildest residents, including musk ox, caribou, and bears, and the scientists studying them. Filmed in stunning high definition featuring sweeping views of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, its wildlife, and interviews with those that know it best, Alaska: America's Wildest Refuge is an ecological and historical portrait of this distant corner of Alaska.

Thursday, October 27 (10:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.) – Reverence: Life in the Ballet
Explore the world of the Toledo Ballet and the lives of the company's young dancers as they strive for the highest standards of artistic accomplishment. The countless hours of rehearsal push these performers to their perceived limits - and beyond. In rare on-stage and back-stage exchanges and interviews, the dancers, instructors and founder of the Toledo Ballet share their creative passions and express their commitment to bringing the joy of dance to thousands of patrons and students.

About KCET
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 47-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.

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