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Best of: Arts & Entertainment    
Antiques/Appraisals .  Architecture .  Artists/Art History .  Fashion/Costume .  Films/Movies .  Museums/Art Advocacy .  Music .  Theater/Dance 

Antiques & Appraisals
Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America:
The ABAA offers a quick guide to determining an old book's worth. You can also search for ABAA member booksellers by city, state or specialty.
An online network of booksellers where you can search for book titles including those that are out of print, first edition or signed. A good place to search for antique books or get a rough estimate of an old book's value.
Search for rare books from over 20,000 booksellers worldwide.

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Michigan Historic Sites Online:
Michigan's Historic Sites Online provides a database of over 3,500 historic sites across the state. Here, you will find information and photos of National Historic Landmarks, properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Historic Sites, as well as Michigan Historical Markers.
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Artists & Art History
Art in Context:
Focuses on artist info and where to find their work. Search or browse for museum and gallery web links.
A guide to museum-quality fine art on the internet. While the site is primarily oriented to searching by artist's name, you can also search or browse by artistic movement, nation, timeline and medium.
Find definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art culture, along with thousands of images, pronunciation notes, and quotations.
Contains information on over 35,000 American artists from the early 16th-Century through the present.
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog:
The Library of Congress offers access to thousands of digital images. Photograph subjects have a broad range including people, architecture and historical events. Not all images are in the public domain.
Web Museum:
Virtual museum with artist biographies and artwork images. Also has a themes index.
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Fashion & Costume
Fashion Era:
Over 600 linked pages of fashion and costume history arranged by subject, era and style of fashion.
La Couturiere Parisienne Costume & Fashion:
All about period costume, from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century. Access costume pictures through a database, read one of hundreds of articles, or download some authentic period patterns.
The Sartorialist:
Popular blog displaying street fashion from around the world.
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Films & Movies
Akemi's Anime World:
This link includes indexes, reviews, a chatroom, forums, how to draw anime and song lyrics to your favorite anime features (in Japanese and English!). You can also learn basic Japanese language skills too.
All Movie Guide:
Search by film, actor or keyword to find plot synopsis, reviews, and cast information. This massive movie site includes new releases as well as old favorites.
American Film Institute Lists:
This national institute celebrates excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Their annual awards spotlight the best in visual media.
Based on the Book:
Compilation of books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into movies.
Big Cartoon Database:
Includes cartoon history, episode synopsis, cast and crew, and production notes.
Learn the movie making process.
Described and Captioned Media Program:
Provides free-loan, open-captioned videos to deaf and hard of hearing persons. Users must first register to gain access to over 4,000 titles. Visit the "FAQ" section if you need help getting started.
Film Festivals:
Links and information on film festivals worldwide.
Internet Movie Database:
Huge directory of films: search by movie title, actor, etc...
Rotten Tomatoes:
Listings of current and upcoming movies and critic reviews.
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Museums & Art Advocacy
Art in Context:
Focuses on artist info and where to find their work. Search or browse for museum and gallery web links.
Official page for the famous art competition in Grand Rapids, MI.
Creative Many Michigan:
Provides advocacy and support services for art education, creative artists, cultural organizations, and Michigan communities involved in cultural activities.
Detroit Institute of Arts:
Here you can find general museum information, current exhibits and collections, and educational programs that are offered. The research section of the web site includes access to the art research library's online catalog.
Festival Network Online:
This commercial site lists art fairs, craft shows, music festivals, and juried events taking place around the nation. Click on the map to view events taking place in Michigan.
Michigan Culture Link:
The Michigan Humanities Council's online touring Directory lists a wide variety of programming opportunities in the fields of dance, music, storytelling, theater and visual arts.
MOCAD: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit:
The mission: to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture.
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8 Notes Sheet Music:
At this site you can view and print free sheet music, for a wide variety of instruments and musical genres.
All Music Guide:
Explore the world of music by artist, instrument, genre, country and more. Reviews and previews of new releases are also provided.
A classical music site that features thousands of reviews and articles, CD buying guides and over 4000 links to other web sites.
Alphabetical and subject listing of kid songs and lyrics.
Offers classical music sheet music for free download.
Check out the latest music news and album reviews here.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
Find short biographies of rock legends, a timeline and featured exhibits of great rockers.
Songs for Scouts & Scouters:
Great collection of scout song lyrics on topics like campfire songs, gross songs and action songs.
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Theater & Dance
Broadway in Detroit:
Listings for current and upcoming shows at the Fisher Theatre, Masonic Temple Theatre, and other venues such as the Gem Theatre. Includes box office information and parking/directions.
Michigan Opera Theatre:
The Detroit Opera House is proud home of Michigan Opera Theatre. On their site you can view ticket and program information with multimedia musical selections from each of the season's operas.
Olympia Entertainment:
Event listings for the Fox Theatre, Joe Louis Arena, Comerica Park, Cobo Hall and City Theatre. Box office information and seating charts are also offered for each location.
Playbill On-Line:
The premier web site for live theater including Broadway, off-Broadway and regional shows. Find theatre listings, show reviews, casting and actor information.
Stratford Festival:
Find general information, including a calendar, on plays performed by the Stratford Festival of Canada, a repertory theatre company in Stratford, Ontario. Also features visitor information for the area such as accommodations, dining and directions.
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