Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor Staff

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Dance master

If the dancer, choreographer, and Broadway musical director Jerome Robbins had only created the ballet "Fancy Free" (1944) and the show and film "West Side Story" (1957), he'd be remembered as one of the most important, mid-20th-century artists. But add on his ballets for New York City Ballet, the musicals "Gypsy" and "Fiddler on The Roof," plus his frequent collaborations with Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, and you truly have Something To Dance About, the PBS-American Masters two-hour program, airing Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. The son of immigrants, Robbins spent a lifetime alternating between ambition and insecurity, as he tried to assimilate into the national culture, a struggle documented along with films of his dances in this fascinating documentary-memoir.

Lincoln 101

Follow the sweep of Abraham Lincoln's life from childhood through marriage, to his unlikely ascension to the presidency. Then track his tumultuous Civil War years, assassination, and march into a larger-than-life position in the story of America. Through letters, reenactments, and historical/archival materials as well as interviews with historians, The Real Abraham Lincoln traces the impact of this remarkable leader as the nation celebrates his 200th birthday. It airs on the National Geographic Channel, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.

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America's first African-American president is captured on this "60 Minutes" DVD Obama: All Access. His most famous speeches, interviews with his family, and unaired footage give us a glimpse of the man at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. …


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