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Around the Nation Roundup

Here’s a bouquet of arts and culture stories from our partners in public broadcasting:

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– The folks at All Songs Considered bring you the soundtrack to your spring fever with their Spring Music Preview, a digest of some of the most-anticipated albums coming out in the next few months.
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– Minnesota artists are harvesting their studios to take part in the visual art equivalent of a community sustainable agriculture “farm share,” a system where consumers pay farmers directly for regular installments of fresh produce. For $300, 50 collectors will get three boxes (spread out over the season), each with three pieces of original art.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ will air on PBS’s Masterpiece Classic on Sunday to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. WGBH invites viewers (ages 13 and up) to submit video diaries to tell their own stories. There are many other resources, including a Q&A with writer Francine Prose, who also talked to Jeffrey Brown on Art Beat about her book, “Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.”

Here’s a preview:


– In Los Angeles, KCET gets to the bottom of a conflict between U2 guitarist David Evans (also known as The Edge) and some unhappy Malibu residents. Evans has plans to build a development of state-of-the-art green homes on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean called Leaves in the Wind. On the SoCal Connected blog, KCET checks how the development’s plans align with the LEED for Homes rating system.

– Philadelphia celebrates the artistic versatility of printmaking with its first annual citywide festival called Philagrafika, showcasing more than 300 artists who make their marks on paper, walls, and even skin, via NPR’s All Things Considered.
(Above): Haustorium, 2009 by Paul Morrison, Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read
On view as part of at Philagrafika The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design

Hamlet– At the end of April, Great Performances will present a BBC television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 stage production of “Hamlet,” starring David Tennant (who currently plays Doctor Who on the long-running sci-fi show) and Sir Patrick Stewart. Watch the preview now. (Educators can find WNET’s complimentary Teacher’s Guide.)

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