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Good Things by Aloe Blacc

I was recently introduced to the album, Good Things by Aloe Blacc. Hidden among his soulful original gems is a fantastic cover of Femme Fatal by The Velvet Underground. The genius of this cover is that it doesn't sound like a cover. It has the feeling of the original but sounds completely different. That got me thinking about other cover songs that I love.

Here are a few of my favorite covers:

Top Ten Best Books of 2010 According to Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly has announced their list of ten fiction and nonfiction titles that stood out as the very best of books published this year. As the year wraps up, these lists become more and more common, as Library Journal published their top 10 picks last week. What have been your favorite books of 2010?

Artists in Fiction

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by reading some of the many books about art and artists available from the library! These novels feature artists as main characters, are primarily set in a museum or incorporate art heavily into their plots. Enjoy!

'Reel' People: Musicians

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by watching some of the many films about art, artists and musicians available from the library! Several film adaptations have been made based on the lives of famous musicians and singers. Which one is your favorite?

It is hilarious that Gary Oldman has two films on this list - and that they are both so different! He has played both Ludwig van Beethoven and Sid Vicious! It is also worth pointing out that Gary Oldman really is playing the piano during some of his scenes in Immortal Beloved and had a baby grand delivered to his hotel room during filming to practice!

Veterans Rock!

On Veteran's Day, we take the time to honor those that have served our country. It is important to remember that these individuals play other valuable roles in our society as well. Among other things, some veterans have gone on to become famous musicians!

Happy Birthday Sesame Street!

Sweepin' the clouds away / On my way to where the air is sweet / Can you tell me how to get, / How to get to Sesame Street...

Sesame Street premiered on public broadcasting television stations on November 10, 1969. It was the first show of its kind based on educational research and helped many children prepare for and succeed in school! Over its 41 year history, Sesame Street has produced over 4,000 shows.

The library owns hundreds of DVDs with Elmo, Abby, Zoe, Baby Bear, Grover, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, The Count, Bert, Ernie and all your Sesame Street pals!

Take It From a Big Mouth: Fashion designer Katie Wells meets Marcel Proust

Design by Katie Wells

Fresh City Life asked fashion designer Katie Wells to answer our questionnaire and she told us about fabric, fried food and the joys of lying.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our eleven designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others.

Life Imitates Art

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by watching some of the many films about art and artists available from the library! Several documentaries have been made about the artistic process, famous artists and the commercial complications of art. Which one is your favorite?

Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist

Evolution of a Crazy Artist

Sophie Crumb, daughter of R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, has a new book of her art dating back from her childhood.

Genetics are unpredictable, but it’s not much of a surprise that  when world famous artists R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb combined DNA their daughter, Sophie Crumb, would follow in their alternative comics footsteps. Like her parents, Sophie's work is autobiographical, disturbing, raw, and often hilarious.

Griffin and Sabine

Nick Bantock, popular author of the Griffin & Sabine books is having his first ever art show here in Colorado through March 2011 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts! This may be the only time all the Griffin & Sabine original art appears in one place!

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