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Memorial Day Movies

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died in service to our nation. Many movies have been filmed about our fallen heroes and their surviving brethren and watching them can help us better understand the circumstances of their lives and keep us from reliving past atrocities.

Five Points Jazz Festival This Weekend

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The Five Points Jazz Festival is this Saturday, May 22nd and starts at 1pm.

The lineup on the KUVO main stage includes the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Park Hill Brass, The Elevation Jazz Orchestra and many more. Best of all, it's free!

Will Your Favorite Show Return Next Season?

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Which television shows are returning in the Fall 2010 season? Which ones aren't? Did your favorites make the cut? Need to catch up on the last season or start over from the very beginning? The library has a plethora of TV shows, new and old, so it's phenomenal that you can check out up to 10 at a time.

They check out for 3 weeks and can renew as long as no one is waiting for them, so you have time to dissect each frame of LOST in slow-motion.

Renewed*

The Windup Girl Wins Nebula Award

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The Nebula Awards are selected by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America annually. This year, The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, was their clear choice.

Previous notable Nebula Award winners include:

Work Getting You Down?

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During an economic crunch, the workplace can seem more arduous than ever. Why not celebrate this Wednesday with a comedic film that pokes fun at the work-a-day world. When I'm feeling blue, these gut-busters grant me some perspective and much appreciated laugh therapy.

 

  • Office Space - A funnier film has yet to be created that deconstructs the cubicle jungle that embodies the daily life of a majority of office workers. If you've ever fantasized about simply stopping going to work, this is the film for you. "Did you get that memo?"
  • Brazil - Terry Gilliam's masterpiece features a daydreaming bureaucrat set against a dystopian future where no one is truly safe.

Ronnie James Dio 1942-2010

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American rock legend, Ronnie James Dio, succumbed to stomach cancer yesterday.

He was a singer and songwriter with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his self-named band, Dio.

Books for a Rainy Day

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It's Raining, It's Pouring... it's a good day to stay in, and curl up with a good book. I think a good rainy day book transports you to another place and captures your imagination from the first page.

My Top Five Books for a Rainy Day

Book to Movie News

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Three bestsellers are in various stages of film pre-production and are sure to be blockbusters - The Life of Pi, On the Road and The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel was a Man Booker Prize recipient in 2002. M. Night Shyamalan was going to direct the fillm, but dropped out in 2002. Now set to be directed by Ang Lee, the 3D film is due out in 2012. Stars have not yet been announced. Who would you like to see play Pi?

Lena Horne Sings with the Angels

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Lena Horne, winner of two Grammy awards, a Tony award, the Spingarn Medal, and countless hearts, died yesterday in New York.

Ms. Horne revolutionized the image of African-American women on the silver screen, refusing to be cast as a maid or other stereotypical roles. Ms. Horne continued to wow audiences performing well into her eighties in the studio and on the Broadway stage. 

In Honor of Our Mothers

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Mother's Day is celebrated on varying days around the world.

No matter when or where, our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and other influential women deserve to be honored for the nurturing, guidance and wisdom they share with us each day.

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