Best Celebrity Breakup Songs

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Reigning queen of celebrity breakup songs, Taylor Swift, just announced that her new album, 1989, will be released October 27. Of all her confessional tunes, "Dear John" is my favorite. She really stuck it to John Mayer on this track from 2010's Speak Now. Well...allegedly the song was about him. Ahem. "Don't you think I was too young to be […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

Being raised by Star Trek and sci-fi/fantasy geeks meant knowing the title of a TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) episode 10 seconds in and keeping mostly quiet about many of the TV shows I watched and most of the books I read. It was not until adulthood that I found other like-minded people. The […]

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Fifty Years of Beatlemania!

The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on February 7, 1964

Fifty years ago this April there was a new sound on the airwaves. It came to the United States from Great Britain and was inescapable on the radio and television, often accompanied by the shrill screech of millions of teenage girls. It was the sound of the British Invasion and it was lead by the […]

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Up Next on My Playlist: Gutsy Garden Galaxy

Photo by: Kyle Mistry

Wait what? Gutsy Garden Galaxy as in the song from Super Mario Galaxy? This doesn't quite sound like it exactly, but this is definitely the melody. Thanks to the creative genius of Andrew Skeet and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, you can enjoy orchestral renditions of songs from your favorite video games. This is seriously very cool stuff. […]

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Music to Pump You Up for Spring Cleaning

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Believe it or not, the first official day of spring is March 20. It’s so close! I can almost feel it! For some reason, spring is traditionally the time when people do a massive cleaning overhaul on their homes and apartments. Personally, by the time spring rolls around I want to be out of my […]

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Look Behind the Scenes at Soul Train

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Author Ericka Blount Danois talks about the making of her book, Love, Peace, And Soul: Behind The Scenes Of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train: Classic Moments, at 6 p.m. Monday, February 10 at the Harold Washington Library Center. Danois will play clips from the show, and some contributors to the book will be on hand to answer […]

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Celebrating Dr. King in Song

Martin Luther King Jr.

Please join Woodson Regional Library for a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 19 in the auditorium. Featured musical guests are the Junta Ensemble with acclaimed vocalists Grace Gaston and Krystal Gaston-Hammond.

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Little Miss Ann a Big Hit at West Town Branch

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Little Miss Ann of the Old Town School of Folk Music performed a musical jamboree for a crowd of more than 200 children and adults on December 18 at the West Town Branch.  A fun time was had by all! A BIG thank you to the East Village Association for making this program possible.

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Bing-le Bells

After seeing White Christmas at the Music Box's Annual Christmas Show this weekend with my family, I remembered how much Bing Crosby's holiday songs warm my heart this time of year. Of course the title song is great, but my favorite Bing Crosby song is his version of "Jingle Bells" performed with the Andrews Sisters. I challenge anyone to stay […]

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Holiday Music Program for Families at the Lincoln Park Branch

The Lincoln Park Branch will present Songs of the Season:  Featuring the Old Town School of Folk Music's Lindsay Weinberg from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Saturday, December 7. Families with children ages 3 to 10 are invited to attend this festive holiday music performance with Ms. Weinberg, who is a popular Wiggleworms (TM) teacher at the […]

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