Cyndi Lauper, Anna Deveare Smith, Rainn Wilson et al. to Host PBS Arts Fall Festival

By: Dan Bacalzo
PBS has announced the celebrity hosts for its previously reported inaugural PBS Arts Fall Festival, to air on consecutive Fridays beginning October 14. On each of these evenings, the network will offer a full-length performance as well as artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in cities around the country.

Actor Rainn Wilson will host the Fall Festival’s opening broadcast of PBS Arts From Minnesota: The Guthrie Presents H.M.S. Pinafore on October 14. A veteran of the Guthrie, Wilson is best known for his starring role on The Office.

Hosts and the programs they are associated with will also include Taylor Hackford,PBS Arts From Seattle: American Masters “Pearl Jam Twenty; Andy Garcia, PBS Arts From Miami: Great Performances “Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp; Rosanne Cash, PBS Arts From the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me the Banjo; Anna Deveare Smith, PBS Arts from Chicago: American Masters “Bill T. Jones: A Good Man”; Cyndi Lauper, PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock; Linda Ronstadt,PBS Arts From Los Angeles: Great Performances “Il Postino From LA Opera”with Plácido Domingo; Paula Zahn, PBS Arts From New York: Great Performances “Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park”; and Kristi Yamaguchi, PBS Arts from San Francisco: Great Performances “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet.”

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