Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 7 Edition

May 28, 2020

The Formula: A Video Series On The Science Of Sampling

The Formula is a new NPR video series that takes you inside the creative process of sampling. Five acclaimed hip-hop producers break down their work, demonstrating how specific samples build layers of mood and meaning in songs. Each video is paired with a companion essay by a fellow producer or critic. Watch this space for new episodes every week.

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Decoding da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance genius. Not only did he paint masterpieces of art, but he was an obsessive scientist and inventor, dreaming up complex machines centuries ahead of his time, including parachutes, armored tanks, hang gliders, and robots. With the help of biographer Walter Isaacson, Nova investigates the secrets of Leonardo’s success.

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A Virtual Exhibition from SCMA

While we might not be able to enjoy great works of art in person, you can certainly enjoy them from home! Tour this virtual exhibition from the Smith College Museum of Art. The exhibit is titled A Dust Bowl of Dog Soup: Picturing the Great Depression. Led by Henriette Kets de Vries, exhibition curator and assistant curator of prints, drawings and photographs, this informal virtual tour features 50 photographs and prints from Smith College Museum of Art's permanent collection.

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HSO To Go

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is still bringing you music. Visit HSO to Go for virtual performances, music education, and other great digital content featuring HSO musicians. Listen to an archival recording of the HSO, learn from a master teacher, and connect with HSO musicians, all from the comfort of your own home. HSO to Go will be updated frequently, so be sure to check back often to see what's new!

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Families Dance Together Class

Jacob's Pillow presents an opportunity for you to take virtual dance classes from home! Experience the fun and joy of creating simple dances from the comfort of your home in this intergenerational movement class. Designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together, from kids to adults, they invite you to get your whole household moving! Classes are Friday afternoons. Registration is required to attend.

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Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, the popular springtime self-guided tour of nine pottery studios in western Massachusetts is not happening in person this year. Instead, it will be hosted online! All nine potters are working diligently to create beautiful work, document it, and list it for you to admire and purchase. There will be video demos and real time video studio tours and personal shopping available at some of the studios. Join them for the virtual trail beginning on Saturday, May 30th, at 12:00 p.m.

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