Celebrate 2016 Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey at CPL

Chinese New Year illustration of a monkey

Happy New Year!!! February 8 marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese Zodiac animal for 2016 is the monkey, which is the ninth animal in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. People born under the sign of the monkey are said to be witty and intelligent with a charming personality. While traditional Lunar New Year […]

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Author of the Month Andrea Davis Pinkney

In 1959, in a bungalow in the heart of Detroit, with $800 and a dream, Berry Gordy, Jr. started the first recording label for African American musicians. It was here that the "Sound of Young America" was born and where the "Groove" got its beginning. Take a ride won't you—a Rhythm Ride—with February's Author of the Month, Andrea Davis […]

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January Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage

We invite you to take a relaxing yet entertaining midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section hosts a series of free afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local musicians and dancers. All performances take place at 12:15 p.m. Apollo Rosi, Piano Recital Friday, […]

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My Life in 3 Songs: What 3 Songs Sum up Your Life and Why?

smiling headphone

WBEZ host Tony Surabia (The Morning Shift and Radio M) posed this challenge: "My Life in 3 songs. 3 songs that tell your life." Listeners were enthusiastic; his guests were not spared. It has spread through the radio station: Jim DeRogatis  (Sound Opinions), The Takeaway, Rhymefest, and Vocalo host, Richard Steele (The Barbershop Show.)  In BBC Radio Scotland gave their […]

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Rockin’ Reading

Flickr, Dustin Gaffke

One of my other great loves of life, and I have several, is music. I can listen to anything and everything all day and just really lose myself to the words, melodies and beats. Some of my all-time favorite artists (past and present) have made me happier this year by sharing even more of themselves by writing memoirs. […]

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Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa

Source : Jean-Luc Ourlin, Flickr

Let’s celebrate the life and music of talented musician Frank Zappa, whose 75th birth anniversary is December 21. With more than 80 albums to his credit, the songwriter, composer, record producer, bandleader and filmmaker was the leader of the band Mothers of Invention and won a Grammy in 1988 for the album Jazz from Hell. He died in 1993. Music […]

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Do You Wanna Build _ _________? (Holiday Music)

Admit it; it’s so easy to fill in the blanks for those beautiful, but oh-so-tired lyrics! It’s kind of crazy how often the same old songs are played over and over again, especially around Christmastime. The holiday tunes one hears on the radio and in almost every store this time of year have similar expressions […]

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Jingle All the Way! Holiday Concerts at HWLC

red Christmas ornament with lights in the background

Seasonal sounds ring out with the 2015 lineup of holiday concerts at Harold Washington Library Center, along with a special event marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra. All performances take place at 12:15 p.m. Lincoln Park High School Chamber Singers Tuesday, December 8 Timothy R. Cooper, Choral Music Director Cindy Pritzker […]

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