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Opera Superstar Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland

Opera fans' hearts broke this week with the news of Joan Sutherland's death. She had a phenomenal vocal range, size and quality of voice that raised the standard of operatic performance. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century." Her highest note was a high F-sharp and her voice remained clear and strong throughout her range.

 

 

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2010 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American Literature published in the last year. The 2010 National Book Award Finalists were announced on October 13 by Pat Conroy at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home. The winners in each category will be announced on Wednesday, November 17.

Last winners were Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Fiction), The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J.

Behind the Veil: Travel in Yemen and Jordan

Join us for another exciting evening of Travel Tales on Tuesday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library! Come travel behind the Arabian veil and explore the fascinating countries of Yemen and Jordan. Travel photographer Shirley Brown will captivate your travel bug!

For More Information on These Countries:

Flag of Chile

"Flag of Chile." Image. CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 13 Oct

When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.

CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.) 

Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.

2010 Man Booker Prize Announced

The Man Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best book of the year by a British or Irish author selected by critics, writers and academics. The 2010 winner is The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. The award was announced Tuesday evening at a dinner at London's Guildhall and was broadcast by the BBC shortly after 10 p.m.

The Guardian recently published an article interviewing Jacobson. This is the author's eleventh novel, preceded by The Act of Love (2009) and Kalooki Nights (2007), among others.

This Year's Nominations Included:

Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) comes to the Pepsi Center this Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. This modern theatrical sport bears little resemblance to the ancient athletic rite of passage, but its place in popular culture can not be denied. Can't make it to the event? Check out these great DVDs!

Recently Released Wrestling DVDs include:

Travel Tales: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti

Local climber and adventurer Lee LaPerriere shares his experiences detailing climbing Kilimanjaro, exploring Tanzania, and a safari on the Serengeti this Wednesday, October 13, at 3 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Learn more about the myths and realities of taking such a memorable and extreme trip!

Travel Books:

GETTING BUGGED: Fashion designer Kotomi Yoshida meets Marcel Proust

Kotomi Yoshida design. Mailbox by USPS.

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designers to answer the Proust questionaire -- to see if we could get a peek at their Freudian slips.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve 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.

Fresh Fabulous Face

Pamper yourself with a mini facial led by the expert staff of Moondance Botanicals on Thursday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. Class size is limited, please register by calling 720-865-0955. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

As a veteran of several of their Botanical Spa Parties, I can say, without reservation, this is a great event that will leave you feeling beautiful, refreshed and relaxed.

Learn more about how to keep your skin naturally vibrant.

The Wavves Kick Sand In Your Speakers And Laugh....

Wavves King Of The Beach Album Cover

Remember when summer lasted forever, when you would run from the front doors of your school throwing paper in the air and ripping off your uniform to reveal jean shorts and an offensive t-shirt. You would awake at the crack of dawn with boundless energy, bent on climbing every mountain and breaking at least one skateboard deck a day as you rode a 'Wavve' of immortality and invincibility straight through whatever was considered proper behavior.

Those summers almost always included a partner in crime who beyond bumming your parents out, also had a knack for getting in the most trouble and then smiling when the authorities showed up knowing that the next phrase that came out of his mouth was going to lead to deeper trouble.......enter Nathan Williams, lo-fi infamous leader of the Wavves and all around snot nosed punk who's endless summer began long ago and is continually documented in his music including his newest release, 'King Of The Beach'.

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