Explore music, theater and dance at the Library of Congress with the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. The PAE provides information about the Library’s unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits.

http://www.loc.gov/performingarts/

Arts & Letters Daily

November 29, 2009

We know that for some of you sitting down to enjoy a few hours with the Sunday Times is a–if not the, highlight of your week. Bravo, we say. But do you know about Arts & Letters Daily? Let us warn you that it may become an addiction…there are far worse things. A service of the Chronicle Of Higher Education, this site is an aggregation of articles from newspapers, magazines, book reviews and selected columnists with a focus on philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, trends, breakthroughs, disputes and gossip. The next time you have say, 7 0r 8 hours to spare, take a look at this site. Bet you can’t read just one article.

http://www.aldaily.com/

Live Performances 1968-1973

February 23, 2009

As we celebrate Black History Month, WNET (New York’s PBS affiliate) has made six episodes of Soul! available online. Soul! was an entertainment-variety-talk show that was not only a vehicle to promote African-American artistry, community and culture, but also a platform for political expression and the fight for social justice. It showcased classic live musical performances from funk, soul, jazz, and world musicians, and had in-depth, extraordinary interviews with political, sports, literary figures and more. It was the first program on WNET to be recorded with the then-new technology of videotape, and most of the shows were recorded in real-time—not live, but unedited.

If you enjoy the music of Tito Puente, Earth, Wind & Fire,  Ashford & Simpson and more, check out these six episodes. WNET has promised to make another 40 episodes available in the near future.

http://www.thirteen.org/soul/

KEXP-Indie Band Radio

January 31, 2009

kexpIndie fans may already be familiar with Seattle radio station KEXP’s talent for uncovering new and promising musicians. Now they can enjoy listening to these bands online, as streaming audio, with an archive of live performances dating back to 2001.

http://www.kexp.org/aspnet_client/live.asp

Podcasts From Oxford

November 17, 2008

There are many universities and colleges that are making their courses available online through an online syllabus with reading assignments, videocasts and podcasts. MIT was one of the first to do so in the US. The University of Oxford (the one in England) now has podcasts of many of its courses available for free on its own website or through iTunes. How can you resist listening, for even just a few minutes, to “A Romp Through The History Of Philosophy From The Pre-Socratics To The present Day”?

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

50 Bands 50 States

August 4, 2008

Put together by the staff of the newspaper The Boston Phoenix, this website spotlights the all-time best band, all-time best solo artist and best new band for each of the 50 United States. Each state’s page features artist videos and MP3 downloads in addition to written commentary, and you can stream choice cuts from the selected bands. If you don’t like their choices there is space on each page for comments.

http://thephoenix.com/Supplements/2008/50States/

If you’re intrigued about the new Opera Club and the coming presentation of Donizzetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Ivoryton Playhouse in October, here’s a link to a synopsis of the opera provided by the Metropolitan Opera.

http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/history/stories/synopsis.aspx?id=128