Authentic voices. Remarkable stories. AOL On Originals showcase the passions that make the world a more interesting place.
James Franco loves movies. He loves watching them, acting in them, directing them, and even writing them. And now, he’s going to take some of his favorite movie scenes from the most famous films of all time, and re-imagine them in ways that only James can.
Go behind the scenes with some of the biggest digital celebrities to see what life is like when the blogging and tweeting stops.
The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
Documentary shorts conceived of and directed by famous actors. Jeff Garlin, Katie Holmes, Alia Shawkat, Judy Greer, and James Purefoy
Park Bench is a new kind of "talking show" straight from the mind of born and bred New Yorker and host, Steve Buscemi.
Digital influencer Justine Ezarik (iJustine) is back. After covering the world of wearable tech last season, iJustine is expanding her coverage this year by profiling the hottest tech trends across the country.
A 12 episode documentary series following 5 startup companies competing in the 2013 San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield as they fine tune their products and eventually present in front of a panel of judges in hopes of winning $50,000 in funding.
Enter the graceful but competitive world of ballet through the eyes of executive producer, Sarah Jessica Parker. This behind-the-scenes docudrama reveals what it takes to perform on the ultimate stage, the New York City Ballet. Catch NYCB on stage at Lincoln Center.
Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
Explore what it means to be human as we rush head first into the future through the eyes, creativity, and mind of Tiffany Shlain, acclaimed filmmaker and speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, mother, constant pusher of boundaries and one of Newsweek’s “women shaping the 21st Century.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity.
Hank Azaria’s touching, humorous, and often enlightening journey from a man who is not even sure he wants to have kids, to a father going through the joys, trials and tribulations of being a dad.
Tags:Building a Gingerbread House,monkey see,build a gingerbread house,christmas,christmas traditions,gingerbread,gingerbread house,make a gingerbread house,monkeysee
Grab video code:
Joanne Seelig: We will set to work on that set handful and have a good meal. I will need a bite of the roof and you can eat some of the window, and it will taste sweet. A house made of food, that s an architectural treat. Oh! Hi my name is Joanne Seelig and I am a family program coordinator at the National Building Museum in Washington DC and I am in one of our classrooms here at the Building Museum where I teach many families how to make a gingerbread house and today, I am going to walk you through the entire process from cutting out the different pieces of your house, to how to make the icing, to putting it all together and gluing the different parts of the house on and even how to decorate your house and figure out what to do with that when it s done. But, before we get started you might want to make sure you have some of the essential materials. You want to make sure you actually have gingerbread. We buy ours from Clement s bakery in Maryland, but you can make your own, if you want. I would recommend making four sheets of it and you want have a triangle and a rectangle that you can cut out each one, two times for all of the pieces to put your gingerbread house together. If you don t have gingerbread and don t have access to a good recipe, don t worry. You can use graham crackers and this might be a nice alternative, if you have really small children. Just remember, your house might be a little bit smaller then this, if you do use graham cracker. You want to make sure you have icing and later on, I can show you how to make your own and of course, you want to make sure you have plenty of treats available to actually decorate your house and I like to have a back and nice round tip to actually, use to get the icing out. I also use a spatula to help put the icing into the icing bag. Now, remember we use icing that has raw eggs in it and that can make you a little bit sick. So, safety first, if you have small children around, you might want to have a snack. Me, I like to munch on a little pretzel while I work. Wow, now that I know what materials are needed and some safety precautions, and I might want to let you know that this activity is really for all ages, but at the Building Museum, we recommended for ages five and up, so that your child or you can really work in partnership to help put the house together. It does take several hands. Okay, well now that we are ready to get started I should probably, tell you a little bit more about myself. I have a great love of carbohydrates in the holiday, but I also have a background in art and education. I have my Masters Degree in education with the focus on the arts from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition, I worked the cultural organization in Berkeley, California, Boston, Massachusetts and Washington DC and I am happy to be the family program coordinator here at the National Building Museum. Well, now that we are acquainted, let s get started.