St. Louis stations are promoting projects of viewer interest this week.
Tonight on KETC, St. Louis’ PBS station, three popular segments will get encore airings.
In the first one, producer Anne-Marie Berger rides along in a famous 1943 Red Baron stunt plane and finds out just what it’s like to do tricks in the sky.
Also airing on this episode of Living St. Louis, producer Patrick Murphy delves into the history of an invention that for 70 years has allowed Americans to stylishly pull their dreams behind them: Airstream travel trailers. Inspired by the sleek streamline designs of dirigibles and airplanes, Airstream trailers are seen not only as transportation, but also as artwork.
Finally, in this episode of Living St. Louis, the secrets behind Ronnie’s Rocky Mountain ice cream cones are revealed. Producer Jim Kirchherr gets the inside scoop on the small factory, which was started in the laundry room of an old hotel on South Grand, and gains a new appreciation for raspberry sorbet.
Those segments air tonight at 7 p.m. on KETC channel 9.
Also this week, HEC-TV is highlighting a local filmmaker’s documentary about the intersection of tango dancing and patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Wilfried Adelt met his wife, Ute, at a dancing class in Germany. Over thirty years, and many dances later, the Adelt’s were faced with a troubling realization; they may never dance together again. Ute recalls how Wilfried’s onset of Parkinson’s affected his movement and ultimately his dance; “The last time he danced was nine years ago in Indonesia. We danced a little bit back and forth and he said no, no, it’s very uncomfortable. I cannot go backwards. And that was it.” She says that seeing her husband unable to do something that had been so important in their relationship, and to him personally was really hard. “It was very sad because we always danced. Wherever we went, we danced. And all at once, it was over.”
But, thanks to a study being done at Washington University in St. Louis, Wilfried has finally been able to dust off his old dancing shoes. Researchers at Wash U are studying the effects of Argentinean Tango on Parkinson’s and how it can actually help lower some of the symptoms. Thanks to this study, and weekly Tango classes, Wilfried and Ute can once again share the joy of dance.
To Dance Again: Parkinson’s Meets Tango will screen at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase July 21 at 5 PM in Theatre 3. For ticket information visit http://www.cinemastlouis.org/showcase.html.
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