Music and Movies

Remembering Joan Fontaine

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by fillups

Remembering Joan Fontaine October 22nd, 1917 - December 15th 2013 Joan Fontaine died peacefully at her home in Carmel, California at the age of 96. She won the Academy Award for Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion. Fontaine's sister, Olivia de Havilland was nominated and lost to Fontaine that evening which started stories of a vicious rivalry between the sisters when Fontaine turned away de Havilland's congratulations. The . . . more »

Not Seen in Theaters!

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by coffeecritic

Ricky Jay Chances are you didn't get to see this entertaining documentary about mesmerizing master illusionist Ricky Jay, because it didn't come to neighborhood theaters. I was lucky enough to catch it during a brief run in San Francisco, and now you can see it too. Prepare to be amazed. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay Ricky Jay is also an actor, historian, consultant . . . more »

Have Yourself a Bluesy Little Christmas

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by mztupelo

Ahh, the holidays! This time of the year just calls out for some good music. You've already listened to your favorite Christmas carols, the holiday songs from your past, now, this year, try something different. Blues music may not be your first choice of holiday music, but I think it's a welcome genre and adds a richness to the holiday. Don't take my word for . . . more »

Exploring the Nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by fillups

Grammy Awards The announcement of the 2014 Grammy Award nominations contained a lot of surprises. Many music fans were expecting the music industry to recognize popular efforts by Justin Timberlake and Kanye West with Album of the Year nominations. The surprises reveal a competitive and deep field of nominees. You can check out all the general category Grammy nominees including the acclaimed albums nominated for Album of . . . more »

Didn't finish your novel this November? Neither did I

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

Enter the Mowo! With the start of December comes the end of something else - yet another NaNoWriMo! November is National Novel Writing Month, and if you're like me and didn't finish your novel in 30 days but want to keep working on it, here's some non-distracting music to fuel your writing frenzies. Enter the Mowo! Mocean Worker's style of jazz never fails to cheer me up, and . . . more »

Make Your Own Kind of Music

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

Ukulele for Dummies Music is a do it yourself art form - with a little help from your friends at the library. Ukulele for Dummies Handmade Music Factory You can teach yourself piano The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Percussion Check out our large selection of books and videos on learning to make and play all kinds of instruments- banjo, guitar, harmonica, trumpet, tabla, violin and many more. . . . more »

Teens from Cupertino library District 2 wins the Catching Fire event

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Missgina

Fifty teens competed in this year's 75th Hunger Games: Catching Fire teen event held at the Cupertino Library. Though only one tribute can win the Hunger Games, the Cupertino Library changed the rules so everyone apart of the District with the most points could win. This year, Cupertino’s odds were in favor of the tributes from District 2! They have overcome great challenges, used teamwork, . . . more »

Top Five Ways To Celebrate Proust

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by coffeecritic

movie poster of Time Regained November 2013 marks the 100 year anniversary of the publication of the first volume of "Remembrance of Things Past" by Marcel Proust. This work, also known as "In Search of Lost Time", holds the Guinness world record as the longest novel ever written. You could celebrate by reading all seven volumes in French (and then, when finished, immediately begin reading it again) as Supreme Court . . . more »

Holiday music for the discerning listener.

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

brad paisley So, let me like holiday music but you're weary of the old standards and arrangements that have dominated (plagued?) holiday music releases for decades. Right? Not to worry, there's a lot of music available to get you in the holiday spirit that's guaranteed to be a little different and off the beaten path. The best part is you can find these titles in the . . . more »

Thanksgiving Movies

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

In the mood for some Thanksgiving movies? Check out these films from our collection, but watch out for the itis if viewing after Thanksgiving dinner, you might sleep through them. Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pieces of April A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Hannah and Her Sisters Tadpole The House of Yes The Ice Storm DISCOVER MORE GREAT MOVIES AND MUSIC BY CHECKING OUT OUR MUSIC AND . . . more »