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Arts & Entertainment

Research Databases

  • CAMIO (Catalog of American Museum Images Online)

    Shows works of art from around the world, representing the collections of 24 prominent museums including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center.

    Subscription purchased by Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM)*

Selected Websites

Performing Arts - General

  • Common Sense Media

    Non-profit organization that provides reviews and ratings for family movies, TV shows, websites, video games, books and music.

  • Metacritic

    Collects movie, music, dvd, and video game reviews all in one place. Includes a scoring system and reviews from professionals and users.

  • mnartists.org

    Online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines. Includes artist information and searchable database of their work.

  • Performing Arts Encyclopedia at Library of Congress

    Guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. Provides information about the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. 

Performing Arts - Movies

  • Filmsite.org

    An award-winning, unique resource of film reference material for film buffs and others.  Includes film analysis, original content, information on the top films and most memorable movie scenes, "best of…" articles, and the most popular film quotes in all genres of film.

  • Internet Archive Movie Archive

    Library of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.

  • Internet Movie Database

    The biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet.

  • Rotten Tomatoes

    Includes movies, movie reviews, critic scores, showtimes and movie trailers.

  • Screen It! Entertainment Reviews for Parents

    Comprehensive and detailed movie reviews for parents, with content in 15 categories including profanity, sex, violence and more.

Performing Arts - Music

  • All Music Guide

    The source for music information. Read artist biographies and album reviews. Find the best of new and upcoming releases.

  • International Music Score Library Project

    Music library that provides music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access.  Searchable by composer, melody, instrumentation or genre.

  • Kreusch Sheet Music

    Printable PDFs of piano music, predominantly by classical composers. Searchable by composer or song title.

  • Pollstar - The Concert Hotwire

    Website for live music fans covering the worldwide concert industry.  Contains a searchable index of over 5,000 music artists on tour.

  • Twin Cities Classical Music Directory

    Schubert Club-maintained list of Twin Cities classical music organizations.

  • Ultimate Band List

    Free music downloads, new music videos, recording artist photos, breaking international music news, and  ARTISTdirect network.

Performing Arts - Radio

  • BBC Radio

    Find programmes, clips and best bets from the BBC's radio stations, including local and regional radio and World Service, podcasts and schedules.

  • The Internet OTR Archive

    This archive of Old Time Radio digital recordings is part of the larger Internet Archive project. All radio programs are in the public domain and free to listen to or download. Popular radio programs, commercials, and news are all archived here. Uses Windows Media Player.

  • The OTR Network Library *

    Has a collection of over 12,000 Old Time Radio programs listed by series. Uses RealPlayer.

    * RealPlayer is not available inside the Library

Performing Arts - Television

  • Emmy Awards

    The Emmy® Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media.

  • Hulu

    Watch TV shows and movies free online. Enjoy current episodes of hit shows.

  • TV Guide

    The online version of the magazine.

  • TV Shows on DVD

    Information and reviews for TV shows released on DVD, with voting on desired future releases.
     

Performing Arts - Theatre & Dance

  • American Ballet Theater - Ballet Dictionary

    A unique interactive resource designed to bring dance to the Web and make it accessible to everyone.  170 terms from the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet are then demonstrated by ABT Company dancers.  

  • Internet Broadway Database

    Official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.

  • Playbill

    he Broadway theatre source.

  • The Tony Awards

    The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards salute excellence in Broadway theatre. Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. 

Visual

  • Artcyclopedia

    Index of online museums and image archives.  Find where the works of over 8,000 different fine artists can be viewed online.

  • Contemporary Art - World Wide Arts Resources

    Offers daily international art news and a large art history site with over 22,000 art history artists, artwork, biographies and images.

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    Houses more than 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of world history.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Find over 360,000 American artworks in museums worldwide and over 40,000 holdings of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and use their online reference service, Joan of Art, for information on American artists and artworks.

  • Weisman Art Museum

    Features the University of Minnesota's massive art collection. Special exhibits and programs in a Frank Gehry-designed building on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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