Fine Arts

Strange Fruit: A Song Born of Protest

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This video segment explores how the song Strange Fruit became one of the best known and most enduring songs of protest. In 1939, the legendary blues singer Billie Holiday performed the song as a daring criticism of the commonplace practice of the lynching of African-Americans. Civil rights groups such as the NAACP had made countless appeals, but it was Holiday’s haunting rendition that made it impossible for white Americans and lawmakers to ignore the widespread crime.

Twelfth Night Act 2 Sc 4

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In this video from Penn State's School of Theatre production of Twelfth Night, back at his palace, Orsino summons Feste to perform a song. In the meantime, the Duke and Viola have a conversation about a certain someone Viola (Cesario) fancies, and Orsino offers his love advice. Orsino declares he will not take “no” for an answer from Olivia, but Viola protests that love doesn’t always go according to plan. The two debate men’s and women’s capacities for love, and at the end of their exchange, Orsino orders Viola (Cesario) to return to Olivia with a love token from him.

Acting in Vocal Performance

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A young performer is preparing a well-known and challenging song in this video adapted from Broadway or Bust. She works with a coach to find a successful way to connect to the song and accommodate her type of voice and temperament. He suggests specific ideas to think about while singing and uses a scene partner to help her build the interpretation.

Raising the Bar | Cyberchase

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Harry and Bianca have new jobs at a movie theater concession stand. They compete with each other to see who can sell the most snacks, and they report their sales using bar graphs. When their graphs are compared, it appears that Harry has sold more, but Bianca is not so sure, so she takes a closer look at the scale of each graph.

Scale City: Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In

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Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In takes students on a tour through the history of drive-in theaters and a visit to one that's still open and thriving in Winchester, Kentucky. Looking at shadows through the drive-in movie projector introduces the relationship of a shadow's size to its distance from the light source.

Walking in Burano

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Burano is a beautiful island of Venice in Italy, known for its colorful houses. Walking through the island, you will see these vibrant houses on both sides of the canal, as well as the personal décor placed by the inhabitants of these houses and shops.

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Fine Arts
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40 min.
Walking in Burano

Sofia and Mr. Parrot | Take the Stage

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Learn prepositions (on, under, next to, over and around) by singing a mariachi song with Sofia and Mr. Parrot!

Viewers sing and dance along with Sofia as she learns prepositions demonstrated by Mr. Parrot being on the sombrero, under the sombrero, next to the sombrero, over the sombrero, and around the sombrero.

Learning Objective:
Understand and use the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking (with adult assistance): prepositions and simple prepositional phrases appropriately when speaking or writing (e.g., in, on, under, over).

View the Spanish version of Sofia and Mr. Parrot by clicking here.

Ballet: Helen Starr | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Retired ballerina Helen Starr reflects on her career in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. She talks about the challenges and rewards of performing, and her work at the Louisville Ballet and with her husband, choreographer Alun Jones.

Super Flip | Take the Stage en Español

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¡Aprende cómo escribir un ensayo expositivo con opinión, razón y evidencia mientras creas tu propia tira cómica! 

Con el superhéroe Capitán Opinión y sus compañeras Razón y Evidencia, el espectador se embarca en una divertida aventura en el mundo de las opiniones y la importancia de sustentarlas con muchas razones y evidencias. 

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Hacer que los estudiantes escriban un ensayo expositivo que establezca una idea central en una oración temática; incluye oraciones de apoyo con hechos simples, detalles y explicaciones, y contiene una declaración final.

View the English version of Super Flip by clicking here.

The Sucarnochee Review: Featuring Jacky Jack White

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Learn about Jacky Jack White, a singer/songwriter who hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, "The Sucarnochee Revue." The “Revue” offers Alabama performers an opportunity to perform and preserve Alabama music and share that music with the rest of the world. The show is taped at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama and at the Temple Theatre in Meridian, Mississippi. It is aired on radio stations in ten states and overseas.

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