Eric "Mean Melin" Melin moderated the 2014 Air Guitar regional finals in Kansas City, Missouri at the recordBar. He kicked off the competition with a blazing, earth rocking rendition of the routine that earned him the 2013 World Air Guitar Championship. KCPT's John McGrath captured the full performance here while filming the KC Air Guitar Championships feature for Arts Upload's second episode.
Filmed at the historic Warner Theater in Washington, DC, this program honors recipients of the 27th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The 2014 honorees include, Education: the Hayden High School Robotics Team; Sports: Bernie Williams; Leadership: Henry R. Munoz III; Vision: Zoe Saldaña; STEM: Rep. Ruben Hinojosa; Master of Arts: Pepe Aguilar; Legend: Carlos Vives; Special Recognition: 65th Infantry Regiment of the US Army “The Borinqueneers.” The awards, established by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos.
The New York Philharmonic’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical thriller, staged in March 2014 to a sold-out crowd at Avery Fisher Hall, tells the story of the eponymous barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The remarkable cast features bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, with Christian Borle and more. Audra McDonald serves as host. Part of PBS Arts Fall Festival 2014...11 Incredible Nights of Arts on PBS beginning September 26: view the full lineup.