IN CONCERT: SALIVA

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Guess who's gonna be featured at the 101 WRIF Anniversary Show?

Saliva! (Honest! I wouldn't joke about something this important!) The event is Friday, Feb. 23rd at 6:30pm at the State Theatre in Detroit.

Also featured: Crossfade, Ligion, and a gaggle of other groups (No, I'm not going to tell you everyone who is performing... where's the fun in that?)

Enjoy...

New BOCDs for Kids!

Do you like reading the Judy Moody books? There is a new BOCD too, called Judy Moody: Around the world in 8 1/2 days if you want to try listening instead. Do you like reading the American Girl books? We also have the Molly series on CD as well Molly: An American Girl Come and try!

Marie Antoinette, on DVD, again

New to DVD, and on order at the library, is the latest film adaptation of the life of child queen Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is more on the quiet side, yet is teeming with lush music, which allows you to absorb the soft visual palette of the film. The film’s soundtrack is currently available at the AADL. If you are looking for more films by Coppola, check out The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Chances are, if you like one, you’ll like them all.

Writers Almanac with Garrison Keilor

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Subscribe to this if you like to read. I’ve subscribed for some time to this inspiring, informative , wonderful free daily web publication. I get a lot of great ideas to share with Library customers. Daily the Writer’s Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and he reads a short poem or two. Garrison's writing is as compelling as his stage voicings.

Garrison Keillor has been the host and ace storyteller of the very popular Prairie Home Companion show.since 1969.
Click here to subscribe to Writers Almanac e-mail newsletter. It’s also available as a podcast, click here to subscribe to an audio version of about 5 minutes.

--------------> Missed the Grammy Awards?

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Here’s a short... ok, not-so-short... list of award winners. If you want to know the winners in all 108 catergories, check out the Grammy website.

Personally, I question some of the choices, but I’ll hold my tongue… for now…

Album of The Year
Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way

Best Score Sountrack Album
John Williams, Composer – Memoirs of a Geisha sountrack

Best Pop Vocal Album
John Mayer - Continuum

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett - Duets: An American Classic

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Third Day – Wherever You Are

Best R&B Album
Mary J. Blige – Breakthrough

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Beyoncé – B’Day

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin – Hero

Best Alternative Music Album
Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

Best Rock Album
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

Best Rap Album
Ludacris – Release Therapy

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Madonna - Confessions (on a dance floor}

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Béla Fleck - The Hidden Land

Best Traditional Folk Album
Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Bob Dylan – Modern Times

Baby Bits - Kittens with Mittens

For babies with books .... mittens and hats and snow .... try Three Little Kittens; The Snowy Day; Do You Have A Hat?; Hello Snow; and All You Need For A Snowman. Happy snowflakes !

"You're a good man, sister."

Who else could have said this if not tough guy, Sam Spade, the no frills detective of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. On February 14, 1930, The Maltese Falcon was published by Alfred A. Knopf in New York. It was originally published as a story in the pulp crime magazine, Black Mask and later became the famous film starring Humphrey Bogart as Spade. Hammett drew on his work as a Pinkerton detective to create the rough characters in his novels. His gritty stories that were set in the dark corners of the city became a precedent for what later was called the "hard boiled detective novel." Hammett later became a screen writer and was active in defending writers during the McCarthy hearings.

Other writers of the "hard boiled genre" are:

Raymond Chandler
James M. Cain
Ian Rankin
Dan Simmons and
Jim Fusilli.

Hey! Listen to This - Blood and Chocolate

So, Vivian must choose between her werewolf world and her love for a human.
If you've never listened to a story read by, Alyssa Bresnahan, now if a good time to start.
Sharing only the title, Elvis Costello has a cd Blood & Chocolate that's worth your time too.

Welcome Back

After a three year absence from the Billboard 200 Chart, Norah Jones has her third number one cd on the chart with Not Too Late. You can see Norah Jones at michtheater.org Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale February 14 at 10:00 am.

Happy Birthday, Charles and Sinclair

Today, February 7, is the birthday of two novelists also known as social critics, Charles Dickens and Sinclair Lewis, Dickens in 1812 and Lewis in 1885. While Dickens wrote about the deplorable working conditions and poverty of London and environs, Lewis wrote on the inequalities of race and the second class status of women and the powerless in 1930's America. Lewis was the first American novelist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. Check out all the wonderful film adaptations of Dickens' novels that are at the Library. Lewis's novels, Elmer Gantry and Dodsworth are also in our film collection.

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