Are you ready for the "Big Ten?"

With the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament coming up, get inspired by the following 2 books and expanded dvd.

Transition Game by L.Jon Wertheim, writer for Sports Illustrated, is the story of Wertheim's return to his alma mater, Bloomington North High School where he witnesses the transformation of the game from crisp cuts and mid-range shooting to the hip-hop high flying style of the current NBA. He takes off from this example to examine changes in basketball nationwide. To underline the bittersweet nature of success, he follows the fortunes of one Sudanese family whose sons get basketball scholarships. Also, check out a two disc collector's edition of the 1986 film, Hoosiers that includes footage of the Milan vs. Muncie 1954 Indiana High School championship game.

Did the right movie win last night?

In an upset similar to the year Saving Private Ryan lost to Shakespeare in Love, Brokeback Mountain, the favorite and frontrunner up through Ang Lee's win as Best Director, lost to Crash for Best Picture. Read more. So, was Crash the right choice, or does this mean Hollywood isn't quite ready to embrace a gay love story for Best Picture?

The Other Awards Show

Everyone knows that the Oscar winners will be announced on Sunday, but did you also know that the Independent Spirit Awards are being awarded on Saturday? Held annually in a big tent on the Santa Monica beach, these awards are given to the year's best work in independent films. To see clips from this year's nominees, visit the IFC (Indepdendent Film Channel) website.

The library's film collection includes many of the Independent Spirit Award winners from past years. Here are some of them:

Sideways, Lost in Translation, Far From Heaven, Memento, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Election, Gods and Monsters, Fargo, Short Cuts, The Player, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

Liza at the Plaza

On a recent edition of Inside the Actor’s Studio it was revealed that the antics of Eloise, the free-spirited 6-year-old living in New York’s Plaza Hotel, were based on the adventures of Liza Minnelli as a child. Author Kay Thompson was Liza’s godmother and she witnessed the red-ribboned imp whirling around in designer shoes and calling room service for a meal. Julie Andrews plays the “rawther” fabulous and loving Nanny in the film.

Adieu, Barney Fife!

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America's favorite deputy, Barney Fife, died last Friday of pulmonary and respiratory complications. From 1960-1965, Don Knotts was pitch-perfect as the nervous ninny sidekick to Mayberry's unflappable Sheriff Taylor--a legendary pairing, if endless re-runs of "The Andy Griffith Show" on TV Land are any indication. "Three's Company" aside, I was always happy to see Knotts as a kid, whether on the small or big screen. In the latter category, Knotts starred in the partly-animated The Incredible Mr. Limpet and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Knotts was 81.

While You're Waiting...

...to see Ralph Fiennes in The Constant Gardener or David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, try Cronenberg's 2003 film Spider, starring Fiennes as a tormented and mentally imbalanced man who mutters through his memories and paranoid fantasies in Cronenberg's characteristically strange world.

...to see Good Night, and Good Luck., catch The Best of See it Now and The McCarthy Years, two parts of a new documentary series profiling Edward R. Murrow's life and groundbreaking journalism.

...to see Capote, read the book, watch the 1967 film, or see a few other reasons why Philip Seymour Hoffman deserves the Academy Award for best actor.

...to see Brokeback Mountain, check out 1971's The Last Picture Show for another example of screenwriter Larry McMurtry's deft handling of love and loss in rural western America.

Superhuman Strength

Did you hear the recent story about the mother in Canada who fought off a polar bear to protect her 7-year old son? After reading about this incredible event, I now firmly believe that a mother would actually be able to lift a car to save her child.

The library has many items on the subjects of parenting and motherhood, including:
The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars
Supernanny: How to get the best from your children
Whatever, Mom: Hip mama's guide to raising a teenager
Confessions of Super Mom (Fiction)

The Happiest Toddler on the Block (DVD)
Child Development: The first two years (DVD)
The Baby Whisperer (DVD)

We also have plenty of materials about polar bears!

New dvd on a topic of parental and teen concern

teens at risk

Teens at Risk.Wasting Away is a dvd that will be of interest to parents, teens and those who work with teens who are affected by the devastating conditions of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Young people who have been there and back tell their stories in the film.

Andy Goldsworthy's Grand Rapids Arch

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‘Using the often fragile and fleeting objects and elements of the natural world — snow, stones, twigs, streams—sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy has emerged as among the most respected and influential artists working today.“

The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s newest treasure - The Grand Rapids Arch, is now permanently in place.

Check out Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time and images of his other installations the world over. Looking for a little outing over spring break? Bring the family.

Grace Shackman presents Ann Arbor in the 20th Century

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Grace Shackman, local historian, author, and freelance journalist, whose articles on Ann Arbor history have frequently appeared in The Ann Arbor Observer, can be viewed on Community Access Cable Channel 17 next week, as she presents a slide lecture on her book Ann Arbor in the 20th Century: A Pictorial History. The program can be viewed on Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m.; Friday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m. She is also the author of Ann Arbor in the 19th Century: A Pictorial History. Videos of talks on both books are also available for borrowing at the library.

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