Around the Nation

BY Tom LeGro  May 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM EST

Here are four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners around the nation.

PBS’ “OFF BOOK” explores the world of LEGO art: “LEGO blocks are one of the most beloved toys in the world, playing a role in many a person’s childhood. But for some creators, LEGO has evolved from toy to art form. In this episode, we talk to three LEGO artists who have made beautiful mosaics, amazing stop-motion videos, thoughtful sculptures, and have turned these tiny building blocks into a true artistic medium.”

Watch OFF BOOK: Lego Art on PBS. See more from Off Book.

NYC-ARTS profiles the American Ballet Theatre, which opened its 2012 spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House last week:

Watch NYC-ARTS | Profile: American Ballet Theatre on PBS. See more from NYC-ARTS.

“The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live” with Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinst Chris Thile premieres Friday on PBS. Here’s a preview:

Watch The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live: Fiddle Medley on PBS. See more from Goat Rodeo.

WTTW talks to Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid, who is starring in “Timon of Athens” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Also discussed: his role as Emperor Palpatine in the “Star Wars” saga.