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Horror and Music at the Oscars

hand holding a sharp knife

When I sat down to enjoy Sweeney Todd again the weekend before the Oscars, I was under the impression that it had won in 2007 for Best Picture. I was wrong: that honor went to No Country for Old Men, another film with a high creep score. Of course, for pure spine tingling, it's hard to […]

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Jubilee Showcase Gospel Music Video Collection

One of the longest-running programs in Chicago TV history, Jubilee Showcase aired for 21 years—January 10, 1963, through January 8, 1984—on WLS-TV, Chicago's ABC station. Presenting the widest variety of gospel and inspirational music, this historic, pioneering program reached a vast audience every Sunday morning. It featured America's greatest gospel artists, including many of Chicago's […]

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Black Music Month Breakfast Supports Harsh Society

Join the Vivian G. Harsh Society, which supports the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection at Woodson Regional Library, at its 17th Annual Black Music Month Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 at the Apostolic Church of God Banquet Hall, 6320 S. Dorchester Avenue. This year, the society will recognize and honor…

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Theodore Charles Stone Papers

Theodore Charles Stone Papers, 1899-1998 Dates: (1899-1998, inclusive; 1940s-1980s, predominant) Size: 32 linear feet (61 archival boxes) Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628 Collection Number: 1998/04 Provenance: Donation of nine cartons of material by Barbara […]

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Chicago Theater Collection-Historic Programs

Dates: 1848- (bulk dates 1880-1960) Size: 47.5 linear feet Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605 Collection Number: Archives_CTC_Historic Programs Collection Provenance: The collection was transferred to the Special Collections and Preservation Division from what is now the Visual and Performing Arts Department of the […]

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Lucy Smith Collier Papers

Lucy Smith Collier Papers, 1891-2002 Dates: 1891-2002 Size: 9 linear feet (11 archival boxes) Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628 Collection Number: 1996/07 Provenance: Donated by Lucy Smith Collier, July 1996. The photographs in Box […]

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Heavily Ambient

You may consider heavy metal music and ambient music to be genres that have nothing in common.  If so, you  could be surprised to discover that bands exist which are simultaneously metal and ambient. Two prime examples of this music are the albums Monoliths & Dimensions by Sunn 0))) and Celestial Lineage by Wolves in the Throne Room. Of […]

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Leonard Wash Papers

Leonard Wash Papers, 1958-2011 Dates: 1958-2011 Size: 67 linear feet (85 archival boxes) Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628 Collection Number: 2000/04 Provenance: Deed of gift from Leonard Wash, May 5, 2000. Subsequent donations were […]

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Sydonia Brooks Collection/National Association of Negro Musicians Papers

Dates: 1915-2000 Size: 3 linear feet (4 archival boxes) Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628 CollectionNumber: 1995/06 Provenance: Donated by Sydonia M. Brooks, 2006 Access: No restrictions Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation […]

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Sounds of Sabor!

Photo of Latin percussion instruments

From samba to cumbia to norteñas to merengue, Latin music is filled with upbeat cadences and robust sounds that tantalize the senses, transporting listeners on an exquisite auditory journey. Here are a few biographies, recordings and movies about and from some of my favorite Latin musicians. Born in Havana, Cuba, Celia Cruz (affectionately known as […]

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