Arts

AMERICAN MASTERS
Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey

 

Discover the life and work of Mexican American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.

 

National Gallery

 

Journey to the heart of a London institution, a museum housing masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. This Frederick Wiseman film is the portrait of a place, its relations with the world, its staff, public and art.

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

 

From 1941 to 1978, the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training; she was a painter and sculptor. Together, they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work literally helped shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. Ray and Charles Eames are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum – offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture, but their influence on significant events and movements in American life – from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Does Fine Arts Education Have a Place in Hawai‘i’s Public Schools?

 

Federal and state mandates have compelled public schools to focus more time and resources on academic standards and less on the fine arts. Are we shortchanging students by not giving them an outlet for creative expression? Has fine arts education fallen by the wayside with the push to excel in critical thinking in Hawai‘i’s public schools?

 

 

AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE
Part 1 of 3

AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE Part 1 of 3

 

This three-part series, hosted by former U.S dance champions Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith, features all four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. In addition to 25 world-class couples competing to be named “America’s Best,” the series includes backstage footage of the couples preparing for competition; exhibitions featuring other top couples in each style of dance, from children to Pro-Am champions; and behind-the-scenes looks at different aspects of the world of ballroom dancing, from music to hairstyles.

 

Part 1 of 3
In the first hour, the six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group, performing the standard dances in their respective categories, with judges scoring their performances. Then each couple performs a “Showdance” solo.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still

 

Enter a world of non-stop dance, the daring artists who dedicate their lives to it and an extraordinary place where it flourishes. Filmed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, this program features thrilling performances and revelatory conversations with renowned choreographers and dancers, including Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Frederic Franklin, and one of the last interviews with the iconic Merce Cunningham. Narrated by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, the film interweaves the story of Jacob’s Pillow as a generator for creativity with the history of dance in America. The program features never-before-seen footage and images from the Pillow’s rare and extensive archives, including the pioneering Ted Shawn, who purchased Jacob’s Pillow in 1931.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Macbeth


Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro


Merriment and Milton are hardly synonymous, but the poet who penned Paradise Lost also inspired Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, which concludes “Mirth, with thee we mean to live.” Choreographer Mark Morris garnered international fame for this 1988 “work of genius” (The New York Times) set to Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, in which a colorful array of dancers embodies the ecstasy of art that transforms.

 

Bala Brothers


The Bala Brothers are three gifted South African siblings lifted out of poverty through their sheer musical talent and already stars in their own country. Recorded in the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg, this concert presents the multi-talented group accompanied by a chamber orchestra, a five-piece band and South Africa’s famous Drakensburg Boys Choir, where all three Bala Brothers received some of their earliest musical training.


The trio presents a mix of South African-influenced music, from Lion King favorites like “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You” to Paul Simon’s “Under African Skies.” The show closes with a roof-raising performance of “Pata Pata,” the joyous dance song made famous by South Africa’s “First Lady of Song,” Miriam Makeba.

 

70s & 80s Soul Rewind


Host Whoopi Goldberg introduces the smooth, sexy and sophisticated sounds of the greatest groups and solo artists from the 70s and 80s in this new special. Featured artists include Lou Rawls, The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, Lionel Richie, Bill Withers and many others.

 

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