Sneak Preview for Ken Burns’ PBS Film “The Roosevelts,” Sept. 13

A free preview of Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 13, in the historic Orpheum Theatre, 57 South Kellogg Street in Galesburg. The event is open to the public.

Knox College and Tri States Public Radio are sponsoring the sneak peek of the film in advance of its airing on Peoria station WTVP-TV. The seven-part film will be televised from 7 to 9 p.m. each night from September 14 to September 20, with nightly encores from 9 to 11 p.m.

“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent families in American politics. This is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative, according to information provided by PBS.

The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage, and the conquest of fear.

Jazz Vocalist at The Box, Sept. 12

Tri States Public Radio, which broadcasts NPR programming on Knox’s WVKC-FM 90.7, is sponsoring its next Celebration Concert right here in Galesburg, at The Box (306-B East Simmons Street) on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Please consider attending this evening of jazz, performed by vocalist Amy Yassinger. Tickets are $10 each for members of Tri States Public Radio and $15 each for non-members.

People who attend the concert also are being asked to bring a non-perishable item that will be donated to Galesburg’s FISH food pantry.

Fresh-faced, poised and professional Jazz vocalist Amy Yassinger (nicknamed the “jazz singer”) has been building her singing career for a decade. As a bandleader and recording artist, her music has been heard in festivals, events and cruises both in America and overseas. What sets Amy apart from other Jazz vocalists in her age group, is her versatility and ability to dissect a song and make it her own. In addition to singing the classics of the Great American Songbook, Amy can nail contemporary songs effortlessly. Not only can she improvise over a melody, but she can take any ballad and rip your heart out. Her first album, “Sometimes I’m Happy”, features the unparallelled talents of Jeremy Kahn on piano, George Fludas on drums, John Tate on bass, Doug Rosenberg on Saxophone, and Chris Siebold on guitar. It has received rave reviews and radio play in the Chicagoland area. Her Jazz album,
“Sometimes I’m Happy” has sold internationally and is now being distributed by Warrior Records.

Invitation to Open House, Sept. 8

From Laura Behling and Steve Hall:

This has been a summer for dodging newly painted walls, drying cement, freshly waxed floors, and piles of old carpet. To help celebrate these changes, you’re invited to an Open House on Monday, September 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. During the Open House, check out the new Founders Lab space in Seymour Union, where students will be demonstrating cool software in the lab. Walk down to the Bookstore to see the changes there, and enter for your chance to win prizes. Or, meander over to the Alumni Room in Old Main to check out the new wallpaper and carpet, and the Burkhardt lab in GDH to see the new hardware.

We’ll have refreshments in the hallway (with its new carpet and paint!) outside Founders Lab in Seymour Union–thanks to PNC Bank. Stop by when you can to help celebrate these newly-renovated spaces, upgraded equipment, and the start of the new year.

Communications Office Seeks Writers for Fall Term

Gain significant professional experience by joining the Knox College Office of Communications as a writer. Writers conduct interviews and do other research to produce articles that will be published on the Knox website. Strong nonfiction writing and proofreading skills are required. Please apply through Job Bank and follow further instructions there.

Fun & Football; Lincoln Bowl, Sept. 6

Don’t miss an afternoon of fun and football at the third annual Lincoln Bowl, slated for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the Knosher Bowl. There will be inflatables and face painting for the kids and Lincoln souvenir fans to keep the crowd cool while the Prairie Fire take the field for their season-opener against the Eureka Red Devils for bragging rights and the Lincoln Trophy.

Knox and Eureka first met on the gridiron in 1893. The Prairie Fire hold the upper-hand in the all-time series against the Red Devils with a 16-7-1 edge. The Lincoln Bowl recognizes the two colleges’ historic ties to President Abraham Lincoln, who spoke at both schools in the 1850s.

Come one, come all! This game will be played before students arrive on campus for the new academic year; let’s fill the stands so our athletes have a rousing crowd to cheer them on!

Go Prairie Fire!

Berlin and Marzoni Poems Published

Monica Berlin, English, and Beth Marzoni ’04 have published two new poems from their ongoing collaboration. “[When the rain says wait, says not so fast, says this season we’ve measured in so many]” and “[Time another limb down]” appear in the latest issue of DIAGRAM (14.4).

Berlin and Marzoni were also featured contributors at Midwestern Gothic in August. You can read their contributors’ spotlight here.