The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

"Hallelujah, Hallelujah." Tis the season to sing and hear the glorious Handel's Messiah. We have sung it and listened to it and there is great pleasure in both. The University Musical Society Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony's annual concert is Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 at Hill Auditorium.

Bahumbugs Beware: Local Holiday Events!

Missed out on this year’s earlier-than-usual Children’s Holiday parade? Not to worry--there are plenty of holiday traditions left to enjoy. Though a certain someone shudders every time I play another Christmas CD, there’s only so much time to enjoy the festive mood before January sets in (blah), so why not enjoy? First up, Kerrytown’s own Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sunday, November 26 at 5p.m. Followed by the 60th Annual Greens Market at the Women’s City Club on Thursday the 30th. Finally, head downtown on December 1st for the biannual tradition, Midnight Madness—stores open late, legendary Le Dog soup at night, and sales galore—what could be better?

NOW 23 Reaches No. 1

In a week heavy with new releases, the 23rd installment of the Now That's What I Call Music series is number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Now 23 is the 10th number one for the series. This volume includes several Hot 100 number one hits including songs by Fergie and Justin Timberlake.

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

The first opera we ever saw was when we were in grade school and an opera company came to the auditorium. We will never forget the music, the song and the costumes even if we really didn't understand what was going on. Glorious! Now we have the opportunity to see COSI FAN TUTTE by Mozart again and in an intimate setting much like my school. Don Alfonso claims that women are unfaithful so two young men bet that their girlfriends will remain loyal. This opera's plot was considered scandalous during its time and only gained international popularity in the 20th C. We cannot help but wonder why they picked this one for 3rd graders but we intend to go and be spellbound again. Mendelssohn Theatre, November 17-19.

For a deliciously scary time....

Vincent PriceVincent Price

In honor of Halloween, why not check out a Vincent Price movie from our collection? The Fly is always a good choice.
There is also the Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection narrated by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone.
If you’re not in the mood for a good scare, why not try a gourmet cookbook?
Many people equate Vincent Price with camp horror classics, but few know that he was also a gourmet. In 1965, he and his wife published "A Treasury of Great Recipes". This book contains 456 pages of wonderfully delicious recipes, most containing at least 1 stick of butter. Unfortunately, this great book is out of print, but available used through amazon.

Do ORDINARY PEOPLE go to HEAVEN? John Legend may have the answer...

John LegendJohn Legend

...or maybe he doesn't...

but in any case, if you loved John Legend in his debut album, Get Lifted, then you're sure to enjoy his second release entitled, Once Again.

Oh, and by the way, He'll be in concert on Wed, Nov 8th, 6:30pm at the State Theatre in Detroit. Check Ticketmaster for details...

...and let's get lifted once again...

Diddy Comes Back

It does not matter if you call him Diddy or P. Diddy. He is back on the Billboard 200 Chart with his first number one cd in nine years entitled Press Play. Even though the cd is number one, it is the lowest first week sum of his solo career. Will the cd be number next week?

Are you ready to bring SexyBack?

Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake

I know you've already heard Justin Timberlake's "My Love" & "SexyBack." Now check out the entire FutureSex/LoveSounds album. You won't be disappointed... I promise!

Oh yeah, after you've listened to the CD a few times, come back to this blog and let us know what you think...

Leaving childhood behind is sometimes painful

Annemarie, or Shug as her family calls her, thinks there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark, the boy she's known her whole life through.

Life is growing up all around her, and all Shug wants is for things to be like they used to be. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there's just no figuring out today? (Summary from book jacket.)

Get Shug in book or CD format.

Massive police hunt in England! Two children vanish!

An encounter with an anti-gravity machine catapults Peter and Kate back to the 18th century and sets in motion a calamitous chain of events. While a massive police hunt gets underway to find the missing children in the 21st century – in 1763 a hardened criminal, the Tar Man, steals the anti-gravity machine and disappears into the London underworld.

Stranded in another time and forced to chase the Tar Man to his lair, Peter and Kate find a friend and guide in reformed cutpurse, Gideon Seymour. Gideon does every thing he can to help them, but will his dark past catch up with him before the machine is recovered?

Read Gideon the Cutpurse or listen to it on CD. Above description taken from the book's web site.

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