Music and Movies

The Curious Case of Benjamin Britten

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by coffeecritic

Benjamin Britten Amid all the hoopla over the bicentennials of Verdi and Wagner, both born in 1813, it was easy to overlook the centenary of British composer Benjamin Britten, born November 22, 1913. Although not nearly as well known, if you’ve seen Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom, you’ve heard quite a bit of his music. You could say the entire film was built around his opera, Noye’s . . . more »

Dynamic Duo

Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 by dia4reading

image intouchables dvd In the movie The Intouchables, the dynamic duo is not exactly what you might expect. It is the story of an unlikely alliance between Phillipe, an eccentric French aristocrat with physical limitations, and Driss, a street-wise ex-con turned caregiver. Witnessing the friendship that is forged between them , and how each personally evolves as a result, is both interesting and life-affirming. Their amazing story is . . . more »

The Music and Movies Team's Favorite Music of 2013

Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

Despicable Me 2 2013 gave the team a lot to be happy for in so many music genres. We created a list of some of the music that thrilled us the most. Check it out! Here are some highlights. Despicable Me 2 This soundtrack makes me smile. Vicki The Electric Lady One of the slept on R&B artists of the decade who is finally getting recognition this year. . . . more »

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 »