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Sculpture Balance with Nancy Graves
Episode 10 - 8-11-1992
Nancy Graves creates a sculpture in an episode about balance and symmetry. Also: tightrope walker Brian Dewhurst demonstrates how weight affects balance.
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Music Rhythm with Max Roach
Episode 9 - 8-11-1992
Max Roach demonstrates rhythm. "Different beat patterns make you move in different ways," says host Penn Jillette. Also: the Blue Man Group.
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Dance Pattern with David Parsons
Episode 8 - 8-11-1992
David Parsons choreographs a piece about sleep to show how everyday movements can be incorporated into dance; choreographer B.H. Barry stages a mock fight. Also: a montage of dance clips.
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Painting Color with Robert Gil de Montes
Episode 7 - 8-11-1992
Robert Gil de Montes shows how paint color can be used to trick the eye and express an artist's feelings. Also: computer artist Marilyn Ono on the mixing of hues.
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Music Melody with Allen Toussaint
Episode 6 - 8-11-1992
Penn and Teller teach kids about melody; composer Allen Toussaint writes a song to demonstrate how repetition and variation are used in creating music. Also: singer Bobby McFerrin and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom team up for a jam session.
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Theater Setting Scene with Julie Taymor
Episode 5 - 8-11-1992
Julie Taymor directs "The Tempest," to demonstrate how costume and set design are used in theater to "create the illusion of being somewhere where we obviously aren't."
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Drawing Line with Wayne Thiebaud
Episode 4 - 8-11-1992
Artist Wayne Thiebaud and cartoonist Matt Groening demostrates how lines are used to create shadows and suggest motion. Also: rope tricks with a lariat.
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Music Playing Together with Joann Falletta
Episode 3 - 8-11-1992
Conductor JoAnn Falletta explains melody and accompaniment ("It's called that because it keeps the melody company," says Penn Jillette). Also: "singing" cows.
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Photography Framing with Carrie Mae Weems
Episode 2 - 8-11-1992
Carrie Mae Weems demonstrates how photographers create meaning through composition. Also: William Wegman's fanciful video "Surprise Symphony," spotlighting his dog.
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Drawing Illusion of Depth with David Hockney
Episode 1 - 8-11-1992
Artist David Hockney draws “a walk around a chair.” Also: singer Bobby McFerrin provides musical accompaniment for the animated adventures of “Flatman.”
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