Saturday, September 22, 2012

C-SPAN's 2013 StudentCam Documentary Competition

Dear Mr. President
C-SPAN’s StudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme.

2013 Theme
“Message to the President”
What’s the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?

The competition is open to kids in grades 6-12. Click here for more information on how to participate.

Woof! Ruff! Bow-Wow! Arff! Hooowwwwl!

We Do Love Our Dog Movies...
Picture this... Your beloved pooch is home alone and secretly kicks back with full control of your couch, home entertainment system, and trusty remote. Which films will 'Shotzie' choose?

Three Hankies and a Biscuit
For pooches who need a cathartic moment now and again, try Old YellerLassie, or the original tearjerker, Lassie Come Home. High sniffs and sighs also go to Where the Red Fern Grows and Hachi: a Dog's Tale.

Adorable! Talented! Hope You're Insured!
For gangling, growing, or gigantic pooches -- loved enough to get away with eating your shoes -- try video time with MarleyMarmaduke, or Beethoven. For the athletically inclined dog, look for a partner in Air Bud or his doppelgangers.

Adventure Tails and Yes, There Are a Few Cats...
Any dog who enjoys an adventure or lesson about working together to overcome adversity, give it up for White FangHomeward Bound, The Adventures of Milo and OtisEight Below, or Iron Will.

Strays Who Stay
By a wide margin in a paw poll, winners include Benji, ShilohBecause of Winn-DixieHotel for Dogs.

Poochie Toons
Who doesn't love cartoon dog movies? From the classic to modern, try Lady and The Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Fox and the Hound, Balto, Bolt, A Goofy Movie, Doogal or Aaaarug? Scooby Doo...  

Monday, September 3, 2012

From the Small Screen to DVD and Back Again

TV Series Favorites
If you are saving money on your cable bill, don't subscribe to the premiums, or simply prefer to watch a season at a clip, here's a quick list of latest additions to our TV on DVD collection:

Breaking Bad
This series features fictional high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, and his alter ego, Heisenberg. This critically acclaimed show is now in the first part of it's final season on AMC.

Boardwalk Empire
This sprawling HBO drama is set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era (1920-1933). Meet Enoch "Nucky" Thompson and his powerful entourage. The second season on DVD was released this past week.

Morgan Dexter, that is; a fictional analyst for a fictional Miami police department and a character based largely on Jeff Lindsay's novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Season six is now available; season seven premieres on Showtime later this month.

Finn, Kurt, Mercedes, Mike, Puck, Quinn, Rachel, and Santana graduated from the fictional William McKinley H.S. in season three and go in new directions. Don't stop believing...

Jesse Stone
Robert B. Parker's detective, Jesse Stone, first came to TV in 2005. Enjoy great takes on Parker's most flawed and conflicted characters with future of the network series unknown.

From the BBC and a contemporary take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classics.

More to come on small screen-to-DVD front, including episodes from HBO's True Blood...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Gene Kelly: A Life of
Dance and Dreams by
Alvin Yudkoff
More Than a Song and Dance Man
Hats off today in celebration of what would have been Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly's 100th birthday.

For Your Viewing Pleasure
Just a few films to demonstrate Kelly's range as an comic and dramatic actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer...
An American in Paris  -- Anchors Aweigh -- Brigadoon -- A Guide for the Married Man -- Inherit the Wind -- Singin' In the Rain.

One of Our Favorites
Vera-Ellen and Gene Kelly performing in the tragic ballet Slaughter On Tenth Avenue from the 1948 movie Words and Music. Kelly choreographed the dance; music by Richard Rogers.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tunes for Kids and Families

Summertime's Selections
When you are out and about with your kiddos this summer, pop in any of our latest music CDs for the shorter set. Enjoy tunes from popular TV shows and films, as well as songs from kid-friendly performers such as Keller Williams, Pete Himmelman, the Doodlebops, and your favorite Sesame Street characters.

Click here for a quick list of latest additions to our music CD collections, including popular tunes for parents with time to listen on their own. As always, we welcome your suggestions for purchase.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

September Movie : Phantom of the Opera

Image Credit: Horror-
Join us in July for a special Sunday afternoon screening of 1925's classic silent film The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney. The film was the first among many adaptations of Gaston Leroux's 1909 novel. The story takes place in the Paris Opera House. Chaney plays the mad disfigued composer seeking love from a beautiful young opera singer, Christine (Mary Philbin). The film is arguably the best known silent film from the U.S.

Special Feature : Live Accompaniment
The film will be presented with a live piano score by noted film historian and pianist John Mucci.  Mr. Mucci has been accompanying silent films since 1972, and has been acclaimed as "bringing the silents back to life" and providing "hair-raising experiences" to delighted audiences in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and Arizona.

John Mucci
Screening Date
Saturday, September 22, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
East Hampton Library Community Room
Enjoy a film talk, the film, and a Q&A session followed by refreshments.

Click here to register

Surf's Up
Lon Chaney : PBS American Masters
Lon Chaney : A History of Horror
Lon Chaney Entertainment

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

America's Soundtrack

National Recording Registry
The Library of Congress (LOC), our nation's oldest federal cultural institution, annually adds sound recordings to the National Recording Registry.

The registry celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Today, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington selected 25 sound recordings for addition to the registry and preservation.  The registry now includes 350 recordings deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and at least ten years old.

2011 Registry
This year's 25 include influential music and spoken word performances spanning the years 1888-1984.  The oldest selection comes from Thomas Edison; the latest from Prince and the Revolution (Purple Rain).

Surf's Up at the LOC
You can check out blog news about 2011's National Recording Registry additions here and review the complete registry here.

Credit: Library of Congress
Yes, You Can Nominate a Sound Recording for Preservation
The LOC continuously accepts nominations to the registry. Check out the nominating criteria here. Public nominations do matter and next year's process is underway.

National Recording Registry in the News
The Washington Post and Style Blog
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
National Public Radio