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The Dancing Scientist | Take the Stage

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Learn about the properties of solid, liquid, and gas while dancing with the famous music group, The Gregory Brothers!

To help understand how water changes states of matter, Scientist Sam brings in the musical group The Gregory Brothers to help teach about the states of matter through an interactive dance. The viewer dances like a solid, liquid and gas and learns that water can change states of matter when temperatures are below 0 degrees Celsius or above 100 degrees Celsius.

Learning Objective:
Classify matter by physical properties, including shape, relative mass, relative temperature, texture, flexibility, and whether material is a solid or liquid.

View the Spanish version of The Dancing Scientist by clicking here.

La Científica Bailarina | Take the Stage en Español

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¡Aprende sobre las propiedades del sólido, líquido y gas bailando junta al famoso grupo de música Los Hermanos Gregory!

Para ayudar a entender cómo el agua cambia los estados de la materia, el científico Sam trae al grupo musical Los Hermanos Gregory para ayudar a enseñar sobre los estados de la materia a través de una danza interactiva. El espectador baila como un sólido, líquido y gas y aprende que el agua puede cambiar los estados de la materia cuando las temperaturas son inferiores a 0 grados centígrados o superiores a 100 grados centígrados.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Clasificar la materia por sus propiedades físicas, incluida la forma, la masa relativa, la temperatura relativa, la textura, la flexibilidad y si el material es sólido o líquido. 

View the English version of La Científica Bailarina by clicking here.

Sofía y Sr. Perico | Take the Stage en Español

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¡Aprende las preposiciones (sobre, debajo, al lado, arriba y alrededor) mientras cantas rancheras con Sofía y Sr. Perico!

Los espectadores cantan y bailan junto con Sofía mientras aprenden las preposiciones demostradas po Sr. Perico: sobre el sombrero, debajo del sombrero, al lado del sombrero, arriba del sombrero y alrededor del sombrero.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Entender y usar las siguientes partes del habla en el contexto de leer, escribir y hablar (con ayuda de un adulto): preposiciones y frases preposicionales simples de manera apropiada al hablar o escribir (por ejemplo: en, sobre, debajo, arriba).

View the English version of Sofía y Sr. Perico by clicking here.

Alabama Blues: The Real Deal

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Meet Carroline Shines, a blues singer and the daughter of the late Johnny Shines, a famous delta blues singer from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who was filmed at The Sucharnochee Revue in Livingston, Alabama. This video shows Carroline sharing her musical talents as a mentor for the Alabama Blues Project, a music program in Tuscaloosa that introduces youth to the historical and cultural significance of blues music. Alabama's many contributions to blues music are discussed.

Gospel in Alabama: The Four Eagles Gospel Singers

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Listen to a performance by the Four Eagles Gospel Singers, a quartet who performed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of its ArchiTreats lecture series.

Doctor Atomic | The Metropolitan Opera

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On July 16, 1945, an atomic bomb was tested for the first time in the deserts of New Mexico; within a few short weeks, the entire world would have to confront what this monstrous invention meant for humanity. Yet in Doctor Atomic, composer John Adams takes the audience back to the days immediately before the bomb’s first test to explore a more intimate side of this momentous event. The opera’s music is an excellent example of Adams’s signature “minimalist” style, while the libretto spotlights the complex feelings and conflicted loyalties of the Manhattan Project physicists—a small group of people tasked with developing the most destructive weapon the world had ever seen.

Watch John Adams’s opera Doctor Atomic, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Met’s production, and use the accompanying Educator Guide to explore a defining moment of the twentieth century through the work of one of America’s greatest living composers.

Madama Butterfly | The Metropolitan Opera

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One of the most beloved operas ever written, Madama Butterfly is the story of Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese geisha who gives up everything to marry the American lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. Yet when Pinkerton must leave Cio-Cio-San to return to America, the young lovers’ conflicting conceptions of fidelity and commitment become all too clear, and Cio-Cio-San finds herself facing an impossible choice. In the Met’s production, acclaimed film director Anthony Minghella draws on both Western and Japanese theatrical traditions to bring Cio-Cio-San’s story to life, while Puccini’s expansive music gives Cio-Cio-San’s vulnerability and courage a voice.

Watch Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Met’s production, and use the accompanying Educator Guide to explore artistic representations of Japan around the turn of the twentieth century.

La Fanciulla del West | The Metropolitan Opera

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Set in a frontier mining town during the California Gold Rush, Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West is an operatic “spaghetti Western” that revels in all the hallmarks of the genre. Populated by ruthless bandits, tough-talking but goodhearted miners, a cynical sheriff, and one remarkable female tavern-keeper, Puccini’s Wild West is every bit as exciting as the world inhabited by John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. Yet this rough-and-tumble context also allows Puccini (and his audience) to explore universal questions about justice, forgiveness, and love.

Watch Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Met’s production, and use the accompanying Educators Guide to explore both Puccini’s great opera and real-life stories of women in the American West.

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.

An All-Star Ensemble Performs "Texas Flood" | Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years

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See how eclectic musicians come together to collaborate, in the finale to Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years. Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Double Trouble, Robert Randolph, Mike Farris, Kenny Wayne Shepard and more perform the Stevie Ray Vaughan classic "Texas Flood."

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