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Master artist Graeme Stevenson travels around Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States on his Harley Davidson filming artists in their studios and showing their techniques. The series is educational, entertaining, humorous and enables viewers to learn from some of the best artists in the world.
Today’s brightest personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families in the fifth season of the critically acclaimed PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This season features an array of celebrated guests who are cultural trailblazers with fascinating family stories, including Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney and S. Epatha Merkerson; and actors Michael K. Williams, Andy Samberg, Chloe Sevigny and Kal Penn.
Season Five also includes superstar author George R.R. Martin; acclaimed journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry, Joe Madison and Lisa Ling; bestselling author and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg; TV hosts Seth Meyers and Michael Strahan; artists Marina Abramovic and Kehinde Wiley; politicians Marco Rubio, Tulsi Gabbard and Paul Ryan; Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alejandro Innaritu and Michael Moore; and comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman.
Oklahoma to California: 2600 kms, 420 dollars, 30 days, 5 bikes, 2 guitars and one of the most influential novels of the 20th century - The Bikes of Wrath is the story of adventure, human connection, and an in-depth look at inequality and disenfranchisement in today's America through the lens of John Steinbeck's seminal novel, 'The Grapes of Wrath'.
Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, these five friends explore the novel's core themes - migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity - and how the nation has progressed decades after it's first publication.
Through countless acts of generosity from small-town individuals and communities, to desolating encounters with 'unwanted' Americans, the cyclists experience first-hand the startling parallels of the novel in a country still grappling with the same issues today, and ultimately, it's own sense of identity.
This series travels to the great opera houses of the world, from Milan and Venice, to London and New York, to pay tribute to the greatest opera singers of our time. Hosted and narrated by operatic soprano, Danielle de Niese.
Featuring classic moments in the careers of twelve legends of opera, from Luciano Pavarotti to Enrico Caruso, Joan Sutherland to Kiri Te Kanawa and Jessye Norman to Mario Lanza. Filmed in the United Kingdom and Italy, each episode features historical archival footage, performance highlights and contributions from artists, critics and directors.
Who is the Mona Lisa? This question prompts a thriller-like quest across Europe, in search for clues about the identity of the lady in the Louvre. She is not, Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant as previously thought because a newly discovered document shows that if Leonardo did paint Lisa, he must have done it in 1503—at least 10 years before the dating of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
In the early part of the 20th century, the movie musical was on the rise. Dancing moved easily from stage to screen, and became bigger, more potent, ever more spectacular and a lasting love affair with the movie going public was born. These extraordinary choreographed moments light up the screen and provide some of the most memorable moments in cinema history.
The frothy, sparkly Paquita is a quintessential classical ballet. With choreography by Marius Petipa, Paquita is full of spectacular turns, exuberant leaps and delicate footwork. Enhanced with a patina of gleaming gold, Paquita flows by with an air of effortless beauty. An Australian Ballet production.
“Foolish indeed is he who marries in old age." Thus ends Don Pasquale: with a wise dictum not lacking in irony that sums up the disappointments of its hero, a rich bachelor keen to marry who is deceived by his nephew Ernesto and his young bride-to-be Norina. First performed in Paris in 1843, at the turning point of several eras, Don Pasquale, a composite and varied work, is the apotheosis of opera buffa. Performed for the first time at the Paris Opera, this production has been entrusted to the Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, who transports us directly to the sincerity and dramatic splendour at the heart of an apparently light‑hearted work.
Texas guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. has been compared to guitar icons like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His playing is a powerful and inspired mix of blues, contemporary soul, and hip-hop, and when he’s rolling at his best, he sounds like nothing so much as a natural hybrid of both the past and the future of the blues.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Clark first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and spent his teens playing whatever gig he could get in the Austin area. In 2011 Clark signed with Warner Brothers’ Records and released The Bright Lights EP. It was followed by the albums ‘Blak and Blu’ and ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’, both of which reached the Top Ten on the US charts. Throughout his career, Clark has been a prolific live performer and this intimate studio performance is not to be missed!
Since his arrival on the South African art scene in the 1980’s, Beezy Bailey has consistently challenged, provoked and at times evoked the ire of the mainstream art world. In this film, for the first time, we peel back the layers around one of South Africa’s most colourful artists as he looks back at a career spanning 30 years.
Famed for his painting, his sculptures and his performances, as well as his high level collaborations with artists like David Bowie, Arno Carstens and Brian Eno – wherever Bailey goes, he certainly leaves his mark. This film is a constant dialogue, a conversation with colleagues, collaborators, critics, and of course the artist himself.
Outspoken and political, Bailey has been called a jester, a joker, a provocateur and an Outsider. He would argue that it is from the outside that one keeps a fresh perspective, and that only from this position can one be a real force for change.
Night: it can be dreamy or comforting, but sometimes it is frightening, full of dark secrets. So it’s no great surprise that the long hours of darkness, often spent awake, have inspired so many composers to write some of their most touching works: Chopin’s dreamy Nocturnes, for example, Schumann’s dainty “Nachtstucke” or Ravel’s spine-chilling cycle “Gaspard de la nuit”, populated by sinister figures and dark premonitions.
In this piano recital at the Imperial Hall at the Wurzburg Residence, the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki brings the spirits of the night, both good and evil, to life; in his hands, Ravel’s goblin “Scarbo” dances and the water sprite “Ondine” swims through the waves, dangerously seductive.
Kunihiko Moriguchi perpetuates the Yuzen painting technique invented in the 17th Century. Through this documentary portrait of this kimono painter in Kyoto, we enter a closed world. The one of living treasures, these artists chosen by the State to represent the Japanese tradition. We discover the work of a master and his family surroundings. In his everyday life, Kunihiko Moriguchi questions the future of his art in a disrupted Japan.
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