AV Newsletter October/November 2010 Extreme Jobs

AV Newsletter
October/November 2010
New DVDs
Babies. PG
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. R
Get Him to the Greek. R
Iron Man 2. PG-13
Just Wright. PG
Letters to Juliet. PG
Ondine. PG-13
Prince of Persia: The Sands of
Time. PG-13
Robin Hood. PG-13
The Secret in Their Eyes. R
Solitary Man. R
Agora. R
The Girl Who Played with Fire. R
How to Train Your Dragon. PG
I Am Love. R
The Karate Kid. PG
Please Give. R
Predators. R
The Secret of Kells. Not rated
Sex and the City 2. R
Splice. R
Winter’s Bone. R
Charlie St. Cloud. PG-13
Disney’s A Christmas Carol. PG
Grown Ups. PG-13
Eat Pray Love. PG-13
The Expendables. R
The Kids Are All Right. R
Knight and Day. PG-13
Lennon Naked. Not rated
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. PG
Toy Story 3. G
Despicable Me. G
The Other Guys. PG-13
New CDs
6 Partitas—Johann Sebastian
Bach; Vladimir Ashkenazy,
Cantique—Arvo Pärt; Rundfunk
Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin
Caprices—Nicolo Paganini; Julia
Fischer, violin
Complete Piano Concertos—
Ludwig van Beethoven;
Paul Lewis, piano
Late Masterpieces—Frédéric
Chopin; Stephen Hough,
The Preludes & Fugues—Dimitri
Shostakovich; Alexander
Melnikov, piano
A Year at King's—Choir of King's
College, Cambridge
Band of Joy—Robert Plant
Bom Tempo—Sergio Mendes
Cowboy's Back in Town—Trace
Doo-wops & Hooligans—Bruno
Going Back—Phil Collins
The Guitar Song—Jamey
Hands All Over—Maroon 5
The Other Side of Down—
David Archuleta
Teenage Dream—Katy Perry
A Thousand Suns—Linkin Park
Tiger Suit—KT Tunstall
Wake Up!—John Legend & The
Wonder—Michael W. Smith
You Are Not Alone—Mavis
You Get What You Give—Zac
Brown Band
DVD Spotlight:
Extreme Jobs
Workplace reality shows are all the rage on cable, and
the more dangerous and esoteric the job, the better.
Here are some of the best, all shelved in the nonfiction
DVD alcove.
Ax Men
Explore the treacherous lives of timber
cutters in the remote forests of the Pacific
Deadliest Catch
A group of iconoclastic fisherman endure
the tumultuous Bering Sea—and one
another—while on the lucrative hunt for crab.
Dirty Jobs
Host Mike Rowe gets down and dirty with dozens of
squirm-inducing jobs, including turkey inseminator, dump
truck cleaner, and many more.
Ghost Hunters
Two plumbers turned paranormal researchers
investigate claims of haunted houses from coast to coast.
Ice Road Truckers
Follow truckers who have only a few
weeks to shuttle supplies over the
tundra that connects the booming
North Slope oil fields to dry land.
Pawn Stars
The quirky Harrison family operates a
Las Vegas pawn shop. This hit show
features fascinating information about
the eclectic items they appraise.
World Film Fest
Jaffa (Not rated, Israel, 2009)
Monday, November 1 at 7:00 pm in the Petty Auditorium
Visit us online!
Can't-Miss Music by Toby Greenwalt
One of the greatest things about music is its
continued ability to surprise the listener. One
would think that with such a limited number of
notes and chords, we’d have discovered all the
possible combinations. This month’s Can’t-Miss
Music proves that we’re not likely to run out of
new sounds for quite some time.
I reviewed Janelle Monae’s first EP
back in April 2009, and her fulllength debut The Archandroid more
than builds on her initial promise.
The album merges the swooping
horns of classic R&B with 23rdcentury production values, all tied together by
Monae’s powerful voice. Imagine James Brown
turning into Ziggy Stardust and you’re somewhere
in the right sonic galaxy.
Fans of Caribou have long known the group for its
psych-influenced rock-'n'-roll that would be equally
at home on both MP3 blogs and the King Biscuit
Flower Hour. Which is all the
more surprising to hear their
latest album Swim. Eschewing
Woodstock for the dance floor,
the band has created a set of
swirling rave-ups with an air of
melancholy just beneath the foot-stomping surface.
Caribou has crafted a sound just as welcome
through headphones or blasting in a crowd.
Owen Pallett got his start as a violin player in
Arcade Fire, and has only grown as an
artist since stepping out on his own.
Heartland is his first album under his
own name. Using loop effects alongside
a mix of electronic and organic
percussion, Pallett approaches his airy compositions
like a jazz musician, using repetition to turn simple
melodies into complex works of songcraft. Fans of
hometown hero Andrew Bird would be welladvised to check him out.
Looking for more? The sonic surprises don’t stop
there. Check out the expanded edition of
Can’t-Miss Music (including audio) at
The New TV Classics
In our July newsletter we featured TV classics such as The Honeymooners
and Bonanza. In this issue, we want to turn the spotlight toward
acclaimed and award-winning shows that have aired during the past
decade or so. All the titles below are shelved in the nonfiction DVD
alcove under the call number 791.4572.
30 Rock
Ally McBeal
Arrested Development
Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Freaks and Geeks
Friday Night Lights
Gilmore Girls
Mad Men
Northern Exposure
The Office (both the U.K. and U.S. versions)
Sex and the City
The Shield
The Simpsons
Six Feet Under
The Sopranos
Twin Peaks
The X-Files
The West Wing
The Wire
Skokie Public Library Trustees:
Diana Hunter, President/President Emerita;
John J. Graham, Vice President; Zelda Rich,
Secretary; Richard Basofin; Susan Greer;
Karen Parrilli; John M. Wozniak
Director: Carolyn A. Anthony