Performing & Visual Arts

Plays, acting, theatrical production, music, sheet music, dance, art, illustration and more

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Performing Arts In General

Performing Arts Encyclopedia


ABT Online Ballet Dictionary
Ballroom Dance Resource
Voice of Dance


Petrucci Music Library - a place to find free sheet music online


Kabuki for Everyone
New York Times - Theater
Tony Awards


The Greatest Films

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British Broadcasting Corporation
Emmy Awards

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Circulating materials, most reference books and non-fiction video shelved together in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers on display or ask at the Reference Desk. Audiobooks shelved seperately.


Acting and Monologues - 791-792 and 808.82
Architecture - 720's
Art & Artists - 750's
Art History - 709
Cinema/Movies/Film - 791.43
Dance - 792-793
Music - 780's
Photography - 770's
Plays, American - 812.5
Plays, International - 822-899
Shakespeare - 822.33


Architectural Digest
Art In America
Entertainment Weekly
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Popular Photography
Rolling Stone

See also: General Periodical Indexes online



Great Courses college lectures, CD and DVD, including music, art and drama appreciation.

Plays in performance
Audio recordings shelved separately
Video recordings with non-fiction books


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