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July 1, 2010 Edition

More than Mat Pilates


Looking for an exercise program that doesn’t require a gym or cooperative weather, or just something you can do when away from home? Try these Pilates-based mat workouts which use your body weight to provide the resistance that will build strength and tone your body. We have a 3-part set: beginning, which introduces the principles of Pilates to newcomers (recommended for anyone, no matter how fit, who is just starting out), and intermediate and advanced, which require not only fitness, but familiarity with moves introduced in the first DVD. All three contain two routines, one with pauses and one that flows and gives a cardio workout as well as strength.

The Not So Big House: Home by Design


ns of the Not So Big movement, rejoice! Now you can sit down with Sarah Susanka and hear her answers to some commonly-asked questions and check out video footage from real Not So Big houses around the country. Susanka’s concepts are easy to understand and her examples are beautifully chosen, making it relatively simple to follow her lead in customizing your home and emphasizing quality over quantity. Both builders and remodelers will find food for thought in this short but full film.

For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska


When Elizabeth Peratrovich stood before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 to give her Bill of Rights speech, it was a high point in the fight for Alaskan Natives’ civil rights and for this amazing film. But Peratrovich was neither the beginning nor the end of the fight, and producer and co-writer Jeffry Silverman has taken pains to document the struggles Alaskan Natives have gone through on the way towards equal protection under the law. Through interviews with historians, elders and eyewitnesses and reenactments of key incidents, the history of changes to education, voting rights, and citizenship, as well as in society, are brought to life. Filmed completely in Alaska with Native Alaskan actors, this is a fascinating look at a little-known arc of history.

Note by Note: the Making of Steinway L1037


Who would have thought that the details of piano construction could be so very interesting? Many craftsmen work on each Steinway piano, from the carvers to the painters, the hammer felters, and the string tuners, and the result is that each instrument has its own personality and tone. In this documentary, we get to watch as a Steinway concert grand piano is created from raw lumber in a complex, 150- year old process. Over a year passes between the time that the tree which starts it all is logged and the moment Steinway L1037’s keys are touched in song, and every detail is here on the screen for our appreciation. Interwoven with the story of the piano’s birth is footage of pianists selecting their own piano and several interviews with (and performances by) world-renowned artists.

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