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.

The Play Ground

Hey, fans of the Indigo Girls, head over to the Michigan Theater Friday night. Since their debut in 1989, the Indigo Girls have continually pushed the boundaries of modern music and of themselves to make some emotional albums. "Their two-women-with-guitars formula may not seem very revolutionary, but the combination of two distinct personalities and songwriting styles provides an interesting balance." They are also involved with a lot of causes. One very timely issue is Rock the vote. Friday, October 20 at 7:30, Tickets: $35.00. Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport

John Parker was a former slave who was separated from his mother when he was eight. He bought his freedom for the sum of $1,800, and become a businessman who employed more than twenty-five men, both black and white. He never forgot what it was like to be a slave and helped over 900 slaves cross the Ohio River to freedom. Doreen Rappaport tells this story of one of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad in Freedom River.

Evanescence Returns

As we get closer to the holiday season, more cds are coming out.
The Open Door by Evanescense debuts at number 1 on this week's Billboard 200. Will this cd be as popular as Fallen which spent 104 weeks on the big chart?

What do opera and bebop have in common?

Not much, except that today, October 10, is the birthday of both Thelonious Monk and Giuseppe Verdi. Thelonious Monk, born in North Carolina in 1917, is best known as one of the prime inventors of bebop, a kind of jazz that uses repitition of sound to create a jumpy, irregular phrasing out of standard tunes. Monk played music with the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. His two most popular albums are Brilliant Corners and Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane.

Giuseppe Verdi was born in Parma, Italy in 1813. His first opera, Oberto, performed at La Scala, was a modest success. After the tragic death of his wife, Verdi vowed he would never compose again but after reading the brilliant libretto of Nabucco, he changed his mind. Verdi wrote a total of 26 operas, his most famous, Rigoletto, La Traviata and Falstaff.

Annie Get Your Camera

It’s hard to shake a stick without running into a photograph taken by Annie Leibovitz lately. Famous for her Rolling Stone photographs of the 70’s and 80’s, she most recently made headlines for snapping the coveted first pics of little Suri Cruise and family. Now she’s released a new book. A photographer’s life 1990-2005 draws not only on her evocative images of the rich and famous, but also exhibits work from her private, personal life—her friends, family, and in particular, the late Susan Sontag.

Some of these photographs are also featured in the DIA’s exhibit, on display through January: Annie Leibovitz: American Music, which chronicles her role as a photographer of American Roots musicians and those who’ve been influenced by the movement. See images up close and in personal of B.B. King, Pete Seeger, The White Stripes, and many others.

Music Resources on the Radio and the Library

old time music

Here in Ann Arbor we have an abundance of musical resources available.

I'm mostly interested in Traditional music that’s often labeled Folk Music. Some of my favorites on radio include Folks Like Us with host Matt Watroba on WDET 101.9 FM, Saturdays from 11a.m to 2 p.m. and The Folk Tradition on WKAR-FM 90.5, every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. hosted by Bob Blackman. There's also a multitude of great music shows on the U of M student run station WCBN 88.2 FM (limited broadcast range of 200 watts). I especially enjoy their "The Down Home Show" when Tex is the host. It's obvious that he enjoys presenting the music. It's on Saturdays Noon to Three.

Don't forget the Ann Arbor District Library has at all Library locations an excellent collection of cd's of all types of music for customers to take home and enjoy.

Funke Fans--Have Heart!

Fans of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the final installment of the trilogy. According to Funke, the “working title is Inkdeath,” and it could be released some time in 2007. While you’re waiting, check out Funke’s new series for younger readers, Ghosthunters, or one of her fantastic novels for older kids, like The Thief Lord—I’m currently listening to the audio book, and it’s so good that I make excuses to get back into the car and listen to another chapter. Finally, if you’re especially patient, start counting the days until the Inkheart movie is released in 2008!

The Play Ground

The Sleep Tite pajama factory workers' raise is long overdue. Seven and a Half Cents (an hour) isn't a lot anymore but we can all relate. Then the union representative and the new superintendent falls in love. Well, perhaps we can't relate to that, but if we picture Harry Connick Jr., the latest Sid on Broadway, perhaps we can dream. Winner of the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical and for Best Revival in 2006. Can a play be dated but timeless? We think it can. The Pajama Game at the Mendelssohn Theatre Oct 12-15. 763-3333

What Do You Think of Fergie's Solo CD?

Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas debuted her solo cd this week.

The Dutchess opened at no. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Other cds by Black Eyed Peas include Elephunk and Monkey Business.
Listen to the group and compare with Fergie's solo.

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