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Music to Move to

Nothing gets me moving more than the song Eye of the Tiger, but these albums provide a motivating soundtrack to get one moving and energized - whether it is cleaning the house, working out at the gym or having a dance party in the living room!

Happy Birthday Sam Elliott!

Born August 9, 1944, Sam Elliott is most often cast as a cowboy, a role he seems to be born for, with his amazing moustache and rich deep voice.

Battling Heaven

Not all cinematic angels are cherubs, or as kindly as Clarence. Angels, humans and demigods occasionally must be called upon to don armor and fight the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Defying destiny and clashing swords with evil incarnate, these brave few save mankind from doom and destruction.

The Hunt for Buried Treasure

The Goonies

When hunting for lost or buried treasure, brains always win out over brawn. Decipher the clues, outwit the bad guys, grab the loot and make a clean getaway. Why does it always sound easier than it really is?

  • Cutthroat Island - Geena Davis plays a pirate intent on recovering her inheritance with a snippet of a treasure map.
  • Fool's Gold - Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson encounter trouble at every turn on their hunt for sunken treasure off the Florida Keys in this delightful romp.
  • The Goonies - Misfit kids (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin,

Vintage 1965

Otis Blue Otis Redding sings soul

Full of civil unrest, 1965 was a turbulent year. The top grossing film of the year was The Sound of Music. Dune by Frank Herbert hit bookshelves. The TV show I Dream of Jeannie premieres. These albums were top sellers. What were you up to in 1965?


Smooth tunes with ear tickling vocal harmonies epitomize the doo-wop sound. Popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and created in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, these R&B bands will have you swaying and singing along.

Shakespeare's Comedies on Film

10 Things I Hate About You

Shakespeare's tragedies start with a wedding and end with a funeral, while his comedies start with a funeral and end in a wedding. As the Colorado Shakespeare Festival wraps up this weekend, let's end it on a happy note with these Shakespearean comedies made for the big screen.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You - Set in a Seattle high school, this adaptation of Taming of the Shrew was Heath Ledger's movie debut. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the merry cast.
  • As You Like It - Like many Shakespearean film adaptations, Kenneth Branagh is the director.

On This Day in History - August 5

Marilyn Monroe

August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, the circumstances of which are still shrouded in mystery. Born on June 1, 1926, Norma Jean Mortenson's transformation into Marilyn Monroe was not without tragedy. Today we honor her short but stellar life.

Shockingly, Marilyn never believed she was beautiful and struggled with her perceived appearance. She was married 3 times - at 16 to James Dougherty, then to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and finally to playwright Arthur Miller.

Let's Fiddle Around

Whether you fancy a jig, a reel, or the bluegrass sound, fiddle music is sure to get anyone's toe tappin'.

Fantastic Fiddlers

Happy Birthday President Obama!

President Obama celebrates his 49th birthday August 3. Did you know that he has won Grammys for both his audio books? Did you sign his birthday card?

There have been many books written about the President, documenting his first term in office and his life before.

Penned by the President

About the Obamas

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