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Weird Al Yankovic
Keith Chaffee, 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.


Collage of new films in Kanopy
Eileen Ybarra, October 18, 2018

Kanopy offers Los Angeles Public Library cardholders 24/7 online streaming access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers. These films are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere.


Composer Ennio Morricone conducting one of his many music scores.
Keith Chaffee, November 09, 2018

On November 10, 1928, Ennio Morricone was born. Morricone is the composer of more than 400 film scores and dozens of concert works, and one of the most popular and best-selling film composers of all time.


Documentary films of Frederick Wiseman
Sheryn Morris, October 17, 2018

The documentary films of Frederick Wiseman are compelling, thought-provoking, and chilling in their candor. Wiseman led the way in making us look at subject matter we did not necessarily want to look at, even think about.


Portrait of playwright Eugene O'Neill
Keith Chaffee, 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
Keith Chaffee, 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.


 Librarian Bob Anderson stands behind the reference desk of the Literature & Fiction Department
Sheryn Morris, October 10, 2018

Librarians who work at public libraries can find almost anything, even someone’s lost dog. No, they will not look for your lost pooch, but they will provide information about public and private agencies that will. Patrons ask questions and librarians provide information.


Barney entertains a crowd in 1993
Keith Chaffee, 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
Keith Chaffee, 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.


3 movie posters and books covers
Elizabeth Graney, October 05, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


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