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Weird Al Yankovic

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, "Weird Al" Yankovic!

October 19, 2018

Musical comedians don't tend to have long careers. Political satirist Tom Lehrer retired after about a decade; folk-singer parodist Allan Sherman's moment in the spotlight lasted for two years.

Portrait of playwright Eugene O'Neill

A Week to Remember: Eugene O'Neill

October 15, 2018

Eugene O'Neill was born on October 16, 1888. O'Neill was one of the great American playwrights, a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the recipient of the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dixie Chicks

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Dixie Chicks!

October 12, 2018

This week, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the three members of the country group the Dixie Chicks. Martie Maguire was born on October 12, 1969, and Natalie Maines was born on October 14, 1974.

Barney entertains a crowd in 1993

A Look Back at 1993

October 09, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Central Library's re-opening, let's look back at what else was happening in 1993.

Photo of author Elmore Leonard

A Week to Remember: Elmore Leonard

October 07, 2018

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11, 1925. Leonard was a writer of novels, short stories, and screenplays. At the beginning of his career, he wrote mostly Westerns; when he shifted to crime and suspense novels, he became one of the country's most popular novelists.

Photograph of composer Guiseppe Verdi

Music Friday: Giuseppe Verdi

October 05, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 9, 1813. Verdi was a composer of opera, and many of his works are among the most beloved operas in the repertoire. He had an unusually long career as a composer, spanning almost sixty years.

Exterior view of the Supreme Court of the USA

A Week to Remember: The Supreme Court of the United States

October 01, 2018

It's the first Monday in October, which is the traditional starting date for a new session of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Music Friday logo and Jerry Lee Lewis

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis!

September 28, 2018

The career of Jerry Lee Lewis began in a burst of glory before imploding in scandal; a decade later, he made one of the biggest and most unlikely comebacks in pop music.

Truman Capote carries an armload of In Cold Blood.

A Week to Remember: Truman Capote

September 24, 2018

Truman Capote was born on September 30, 1924. For the first twenty years of his adult life, Capote was one of America's finest writers; later in life, his writing became infrequent and he was principally known as a charming, witty celebrity and talk-show guest.

Saxophonist John Coltrane

Music Friday: John Coltrane

September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.