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GALA Choruses Festival 2012

Do your shower acoustics assist in delusions of stardom? Do you secretly await the lone elevator ride or duck into a stairwell to break out in song? Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a choir?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you won't want to miss over 6,000 voices and 200 performances of the GALA Festival 2012. The streets of downtown Denver are going to be filled with the sound of music. Gleeks and groupies of Gareth Malone, choirmaster who is changing communities one song at a time on BBC's The Choir, will turn out in force.

The Dance Lane Is Open

Don Cornelius, creator & host of Soul Train

Don Cornelius and Dick Clark had us learning new dance moves beyond shake, rattle and roll.

Soul Train and American Bandstand set styles, pop culture trends, and introduced new artists to teens of all ages! I owe my  f-i-n-e dance skills to Soul Train while my neighbor says he collected 45s for artists appearing on American Bandstand. My friend Nancy remembered Madonna's performance on Clark's show, one of her first television appearances.

Here are a few of my favorite performers appearing on Soul Train:

Taxing Consequences

Douglas H. Shulman

Meet Douglas H. Shulman, the 47th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue. He presides over the Internal Revenue Service and probably doesn't have time for too many movies.

If he did relax with a movie before April 17 (this year), he might like one of the following comedies or dramas depicting everything from rogue I.R.S. agents to creative tax preparers. And if you can't find a connection, watch them again employing six degrees of separation between the film characters and the I.R.S.!

The Great Stone Face

Cover image from Buster:  A Legend in Laughter by Larry Edwards

Fans of The Artist may enjoy the antics of comedic film star Buster Keaton.

Raised performing vaudeville with his parents, Keaton's big break came in 1917 when he appeared in "Fatty" Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. By the 1920s, Keaton had his own studio. Inspired by Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, Keaton wrote and starred in The General - often considered the best film of its era.

"Oh my dears, is it really true?"

Maggie Smith as Lady Grantham

Yes, it's true! Downton Abbey concludes its second season on PBS and we’re in for a long wait before the third season arrives next year.

After winning a list of awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Downton Abbey groupies are pondering how to manage during the interim.

To help us through the rough patch, we have compiled a list of titles (books and films) to keep you entertained. Whether you’re in the mood for Downton-style storytelling or non-fiction that examines life and relationships in an Edwardian country house, the Library has something for everyone.

Being Elmo

Elmo and Kevin

Once upon a time, Tickle Me Elmo had adults standing in line. The new documentary about Kevin Clash and Elmo will explain why and how they became the face and voice of Love.

Kevin Clash developed a "Muppet mindset" watching hours of Sesame Street and making puppets as a child. He first shared his story in his book, My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love, and Laughing Out Loud. Now film fans are eagerly anticipating the new documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey which won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is in limited release.

BOO! It's a Beiber Christmas.

Pumpkin wearing Christmas hat

Can't get your hands on Halloween music at the Library due to high demand? Avoid serial disappointment and embrace the frighenting reality that now is the time to think about your holiday playlist.

The Library is stocking up on new holiday favorites of popular artists past and present.  Sometimes hold lists are unavoidable so don't delay and get on hold today!

Here are a few first holiday albums by the following artists: 

Fire: A Spy Thriller

Cover of Fire: A Spy Graphic Novel

Looking for suspense and intrigue? Check out a spy thriller where nothing is as it appears to be and trust is not an option.

Life imitates art for Brian Michael Bendis who gathered inspiration for his graphic novel from the American intelligence community. While a fan of traditional spy novels, I enjoyed how the graphic art moved the narrative along, increasing the drama! Fire is a quick read revealing the anxious, paranoid existence of a spy's life.

Bendis also encourages his readers to check out the following titles:

New Cozy Mysteries

Cookie Dough or Die

Murder can ruin a perfectly good day. The sleuths in these new mystery titles are determined to get on with their lives even if it means solving a crime at the most inopportune time!

The "detectives" in cozy mysteries aren't usually CSI experts but rather everyday people who happen to stumble across dead bodies or have friends who need help. 

Many sleuths become resident experts in their often small communities. And like a really good cookie, one cozy mystery is never enough.

Here are a few, first titles in new mystery series available at the Library:

Classical Guitar

Marc Teicholz

Grant, one of our valued Library volunteers, is a member of the Denver Classical Guitar Society and shared the news that Marc Teicholz is coming to Colorado! Teicholz has been called both "technically gifted and musical to the core," playing more than 18 different historic guitars.

Teicholz will be performing in Denver on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Broadway Christian Church. While currently on faculty with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Teicholz makes the classics his own.

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