No green beverages, thank you.

What a week for Celtic music! We have Great Big Sea at the Michigan Theater and Solas at the Ark on Tuesday the 14th ... Liz Carroll and John Doyle at the Ten Pound Fiddle in Lansing on Friday ... the weekly Irish session at Conor O'Neill's on Sunday evenings ... local band Finvarra's Wren playing an amazing 12+ hours at various locations on St. Patrick's Day ... Chulrua -- featuring Irish music's "Weapon of Mass Seduction," Patrick Ourceau -- also plays on St. Patrick's Day ... and if you can hold off until the 22nd, Danú will play the Ark on their farewell tour.

Sex Pistols, Miles Davis, Blondie enter Hall of Fame

To their complete disgust, The Sex Pistols will be among Monday's inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Miles Davis, Blondie, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and, from former A&M records, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. To be eligible, artists must have released an album over 25 years ago. Several previous artists have been inducted more than once, either as solo artists or with a band. Can you guess the name of the only artist who has been inducted three times? (Click "Read More" for the answer.)

Get them while they're hot

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire takes the number one spot as Amazon.com's top selling DVD. At number two is Crash, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Other hot DVDs in the top ten:

Walk the Line
Lady and the Tramp: 50th Anniversary Edition
Pride and Prejudice
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Howl’s Moving Castle
Good night, and Good Luck

What’s your favorite?

Strange but True

No paper can be folded in half more than seven times.
Don't believe me? Feel free to try it.

For more strange-but-true facts, read Bla Bla: 600 incredibly useless facts.

The Cubicle

Do you work in a cubicle and wish they had never been created in the first place? Well, apparently the man who invented cubicles, or the "Action Office" as they were called early on, wished the same. According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, before his death in 2000, Bob Probst (the father of the cubicle) "lamented his unwitting contribution to what he called 'monolithic insanity.'" So will the cubicle continue its dominance in the world of office furniture or will we someday see the end of its existence?

While you ponder that question, check out some of these library materials: a movie, a comic strip, a book, a television show, and another television show. Something for everyone!

Award Bits - Caldecott 2006

The winner of the 2006 Caldecott Award for picture books is The Hello,Goodbye Window. The text is by Norton Juster and the illustrations are by Chris Raschka, who is illustrator for Charlie Parker Played BeBop, Mysterious Thelonius, and more.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground

Who needs the Westminster Kennel Club?
The Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show is back and it returns to Cobo on March 18th & 19th. Visitors will have up-close and personal time with breeders, owners, handlers and over 150 different breeds of dogs. Show highlights include conformation competition, terrier racing, demonstrations by the Michigan Technical Rescue Operations Team, American Kennel Club Agility Trials, specialty retail booths and more. More than 2,000 dogs from nearly 167 different breeds are expected to compete for honors at each show. You can check out all the breeds ahead of time in the The Complete Dog Book, an official publication of The American Kennel Club but, The Play Ground is rooting for the West Highland Terrier to win.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (3/5/06)

I'm not a huge fan of James Patterson's thrillers but millions are and he enters the list at #1. On the other hand I loved The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant and couldn't wait to read her latest book of historical fiction. For something completely different, check out her contemporary mysteries especially those featuring Hannah Wolfe.

At #1 is The Fifth Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro: the Women's Murder Club and Det. Boxer investigate suspicious deaths at a San Francisco hospital.

At #6 is In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant: in this "moody and bristling" historical novel a courtesan and her household fight for survival in Renaissance Italy.

My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin

On his first day at a new school Bilal sees a bully pull the scarf on his sister's head. He does nothing. In class he tells the teacher his name is Bill not Bilal. His teacher gives him the biography of Bilal ibn Rabah, one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He reads about the strength and courage of Bilal Ibn Rabah when he faced religious persecution by the Meccan's. Bilal learns through this book that it takes courage and strength to be who you are. This is one of the first books written about the struggles of an American Muslim child.

Norman Mailer receives France's highest honor

Norman mailer

In a ceremony at the French cultural Embassy on New York's Upper East Side, H.E. Jean-David Levitte, the French ambassador to the United States, awarded Norman Mailer, 83, France's Legion of Honor medal.

M. Levitte said the medal, which has only been bestowed on a handful of foreigners, was given to Mr. Mailer who is "...an American hero with a fierce love of freedom and an intellectual who has taken a stand in all the great struggles for his time."

During World War II, Mr. Mailer lived in Paris, studying at the Sorbonne. From that experience came The Naked and the Dead.

This is not the first time that the French have bestowed honor on Mr. Mailer. He adds France's 1983 insignia of Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters to his two Pulitzer Prizes (The Armies of the Night, 1969, and The Executioner's Song, 1980).

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