This week on TV: Skaters hit the halfpipes at North Point Park

This week on TV: Skaters hit the halfpipes at North Point Park

Much fun to be had along the River Charles -- don't let the cold weather stop you!

  • Posted on: 7 January 2016
  • By: lily

This Saturday's Channel 9 marathon (noon-midnight) is inspired by our friends at the Charles River Conservancy. The Lynch Family Skatepark, a project spearheaded by the CRC, opened on Saturday, November 14th with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Master of Ceremonies and skateboarding pro Andy MacDonald hosted the event with speakers including Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh, Vans Vice President of Events Steve Van Doren, Peter Lynch, Conservancy President Renata von Tscharner, Senator Sal DiDomenico and State Representative Tim Toomey. Pay a visit to the park – it’s very cool, and full of action these days. Or, watch the event from home, on Channel 9 Saturday at 1:16pm and 9:10pm. And again Sunday 1/10 at 3:16pm, and Monday 1/11 and Wednesday 1/13 at 10am.

Meanwhile, the Conservancy celebrated its 15th anniversary with the production of River Stories, a treasury of poems, stories, artworks, maps and quotations all celebrating the Charles River and what makes it great. The book debuted on December 10 with an event at Google, hosted by radio extraordinaire Tom Ashbook. River Stories authors talked about the Charles River and ideas to improve it. Watch on Channel 9 Saturday 1/9 at noon and 7:45pm. And again, Sunday 1/10 at 2pm, and Monday 1/11 and Wednesday 1/13 at 10:42am. Also on Channel 96 Thursday 1/14 at 8:27pm.

If you’re interested in hearing even more from the Charles River Conservancy, tune in for their regular live show on Channel 9, this Wednesday 1/13 at 5:30pm . The show happens twice a month on the Second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month.

New work by CCTV members airs each week on Channel 9, Sundays at noon and Fridays at 7pm, and on Channel 96 Tuesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 8pm

Tune in as Seth Myer presents the first episode in his new series Changing Cambridge, which profiles small local businesses as they deal with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The first installment pays a visit to the longstanding University Stationary on Mass Ave, as the business prepares for their move into a new space after more than fifty years in the same location.

Next, venture across the street to Veggie Galaxy for a tour of the vegetarian diner-style restaurant courtesy of Cambridge Bites. Cambridge Bites is a production group hosted at CCTV that produces short profile videos featuring local, independent restaurants with a unique outlook on food and a creative approach to cooking. This most recent installment was produced by Anne Brown, Eliza Hamilton, Scout Perry, Pam Ross and Sherry Wang.

CCTV event coverage helps stay current with the latest happenings around town, from the comfort of your own living room. This week on the channels…

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge held the T++ Hackathon on November 21, 2015. The enrichment program showcases students and their knowledge of coding. Watch on Channel 9 Sunday 1/10 at 4pm, and again Tuesday 1/12 and Thursday 1/14 at 11:30am. Also on Channel 96 Tuesday 1/12 at 8:05pm and Thursday 1/14 at 4:55pm.

And, Novartis opened it's doors to its new building at 181 Massachusetts Avenue with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on December 9th. David Maher, Mayor of Cambridge, spoke at the ribbon cutting, along with Mark C. Fishman, President of the Novartis Institute. The ceremony will play on Channel 9 Sunday 1/10 at 4:05pm and again Tuesday 1/12 and Thursday 1/14 at 11:35am. Also on Channel 96 Tuesday 1/12 at 8:10pm and Thursday 1/14 at 8:05pm.

From the CCTV Archives:

ZipDocs is a course at CCTV geared towards folks without much prior film-making experience. As a group, students learn the process of making a documentary from start to finish—and in the end, put together a story that tells a story about a person, place, or thing that is part of the Cambridge community. CCTV will be marathoning the many productions from past ZipDocs sessions. As a viewer, learn about histories behind all sorts of things you never thought to ask about; subjects include the Women’s Cancer Mural, Cambridge Co-Housing, Winthrop Square, Fresh Pond Reservation, and many more. Show times are on Channel 8, Sunday January 10 12:30-4pm, Wednesday January 13 1-4:30pm, and Friday January 15 2:30-6pm.

If you feel inspired by the work, you may want to sign up for this season’s ZipDocs class, six Thursday evenings, 6-9pm, beginning March 31. Learn more here.

This past Halloween season, CCTV hosted nine local storytellers get together to tell fantastic tales of horror, mystery and intrigue. The show is fabulous to watch all year round—catch a couple show times this week if you can. Featuring: Ralph Chadis ("Mary and the Dead Man"); Brendyn Schneider ("Other Stories"); Doria Hughes ("The Big Hairy Toe"); Andrea Kamens ("Rabbi Judah's Golem"); Joe "Big Joe, the storyteller" Pagliuca, ("The Laughing Skull"); Sumner McClain ("The Woodcutter"); Bruce Marcus ("Where is My Head?"); Norah Dooley ("A Big Strong Man"); and Teddi DiCanio ("The Best of Friends"). 9 Scary Stories to Tell on TV will play on Channel 8 Saturday 1/9 at 10pm, Sunday at 10:30am, and Tuesday 1/12 at 10:30pm.