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When music is medicine for kids coping with cancer

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Whether for relaxation or rehabilitation, music helps cancer patients cope and fulfill physical and emotional needs. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


Jascha Heifetz: Passion in His Playing

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American Masters
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Jascha Heifetz, a child prodigy violin player, was taught to present himself passively to better focus attention on the music. This does not mean the music played by one of the world's greatest violinists didn't resonate with passion, as experts and fellow musicians attest to in this excerpt from American Masters - Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler. Watch archival footage of Heifetz playing. Continue


Fashioning the perfect family photo...with mannequins

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Photographer Suzanne Heintz captures the hallmark moments of her fictional, mannequin family, including vacations, breakfasts, and even steamy shower scenes. Continue


Clark Terry on Touring the South with All-Black Band

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American Masters
PBS


Legendary trumpeter Clark Terry (1920 - 2015) describes an era when touring the South with an all-black big band was a "chore." It was difficult to find a place to eat or lodge and price gouging was common, he says. This film outtake is an original interview for American Masters - Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001). Jones began studying under Terry when he was 13 years old. Continue


Time-lapse artist shows us his vivid California dreams

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Sacramento photographer Justin Majeczky has a knack for capturing beautiful scenes in and around his city over time. Continue


John Denver: Country Boy

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PBS Specials
PBS


Discover the man behind the music in this intimate profile of the legendary popular singer-songwriter. His life and legacy are explored with friends, former wives and managers, family members, and musicians who toured with him for decades.n behind the music in this intimate profile of the popular singer-songwriter. Continue


August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - Full Film

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American Masters
PBS


The film premieres Friday, February 20 on PBS to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wilson’s birth, the 10th anniversary of his death and Black History Month. Unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle chronicling a century of African-American life. Wilson won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Continue


Costume Designs for August Wilson Plays

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American Masters
PBS


Constanza Romero created costume designs for August Wilson's plays and the two artists married each other in 1994. Romero describes the decisions she made while creating looks for August Wilson's characters in Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean and more. This is a film outtake from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. Continue


Underserved Austin students embrace culture through drumming

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Roots & Rhythms, an after-school drumming program, teaches students to collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion and embracing their own cultures, For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


The Lovers Untangled

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


The mixed-up story of the young lovers Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena in Shakespeares’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be quite confusing. This two-minute animation sums up what you need to know. Continue


Coming Soon to Independent Lens: Born to Fly

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Independent Lens
PBS


Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity traces the evolution of choreographer and “extreme action architect“ Elizabeth Streb’s more than 30 years of movement philosophy. The film culminates with Streb and her dancers preparing and presenting gravity-defying performances in London’s Cultural Olympiad leading up to the 2012 Olympics. Continue


Chalkboard ninjas lock the doors and leave art behind

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Dangerdust, an anonymous duo of advertising and graphic design students at the Columbus College of Art Design, create weekly chalkboard designs with an inspiring quote, skillful typography and stealth delivery. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/ Continue


Artist Amy Franceshini wants to confuse you…and that’s good

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Amy Franceschini creates collaborative art that she hopes will confuse the viewer so that they are more open to discovery. Continue


Out in the Silence | Digital

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America Reframed
PBS


A conversation between America ReFramed's host Natasha Del Toro, and filmmakers Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson (Out in the Silence). Continue


Bruce Sinfosky Filmmaker Interview: An In Memoriam Tribute

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American Masters
PBS


Bruce Sinofsky (1956 - 2015) directed Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy Of Sun Records (2001). In this interview, he says his reason for making the film was to pay tribute to the musicians who formed the foundation of Sun Records and rock and roll, who may not have been famous, but supported stars like Elvis and Johnny Cash. Sinofsky died from complications related to diabetes on February 21, 2015. Continue


Verses in Exile Trailer

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PBS Indies
PBS


Verses in Exile is a web series in four parts that tells the tangled tale of Cambodia’s most famous contemporary poet prior to his deportation. With no choice but to be told entirely in a land his family fled, Kosal Khiev recounts his journey from refugee to troubled youth, from prison inmate to free roaming poet. Continue


August Wilson on the Dialogue in His Plays

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American Masters
PBS


August Wilson describes how dialogue comes to him and guides his character development and the plot. This film excerpt from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand includes a dramatic reading of the opening scene of "Two Trains Running" (Broadway premiere 1992). Continue


Filmmaker Sam Pollard on His August Wilson Documentary

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American Masters
PBS


Filmmaker Sam Pollard's latest documentary for American Masters is August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. In this filmmaker interview he speaks about Wilson's relevance, interviewing actors and more. The film premieres Friday, February 20 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings). Continue


Journalist Bob Simon on His Early Career

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American Masters
PBS


60 Minutes journalist Bob Simon (1941 - 2015) was interviewed for "American Masters - Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes," which premiered in May 1998. In this outtake from the film, Simon details his career path as young man, from the foreign service to the United Nations to his first job as a broadcast journalist, for CBS news. Continue


Creating live cinema with puppets and shadow

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


With puppets, projectors and live performances, Manual Cinema creates surreal movies as the audience watches the process unfold. For more Art Beat: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art Continue


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