3. February 2016 15:14
Working as a public librarian I see all the wonderful Star Wars material that comes through the library. From musical CD's to the movie DVD's to William Shakespeare's Star Wars Collection, I have seen it all!! One of the collection librarians at HCPLC put together this wonderful sampling of materials available through my library system! If you don't live in Tampa you can check with your local system about the availability of the titles, or request an ILL! I have already placed a hold on the John Williams CD so you'll have to wait for me to finish listening to that one with the #TampaTrio Or if your library subscribes to Hoopla you can get it RIGHT AWAY by clicking HERE.
JOHN WILLIAMS CONDUCTS MUSIC FROM STAR WARS
John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra
Travel through the cosmos with over two hours of space-themed music from the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by the original Star Wars soundtrack composer, John Williams. Contains the music from the original Star Wars trilogy as well as other intergalactic music, ranging from the themes of Alien and Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica and Gustav Holst's The Planets.
STAR WARS EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES
Ten years after the Trade Federation's hostilities against Naboo, Queen Padme Amidala has traded in her crown for a seat on the Galactic Senate. An assassination attempt on Padme brings Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi back into her life.
STAR WARS EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH
Torn between loyalty to his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the seductive powers of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker ultimately turns his back on the Jedi, thus completing his journey to the dark side and his transformation into Darth Vader.
STAR WARS EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE
Luke Skywalker, with his new allies, attempts to rescue rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels make an attack on the Empire’s most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.
STAR WARS EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Fleeing the evil Galactic Empire, the rebels abandon their new base on Hoth. Princess Leia, Han Solo, R2-D2 and C-3PO escape in the damaged Millennium Falcon. Later, on Bespin, they are captured by Darth Vader. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker follows Ben Kenobi's posthumous command and receives Jedi training by Yoda on Dagobah.
STAR WARS EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI
Darth Vader and the Empire are building a new, indestructible Death Star. Meanwhile, Han Solo has been imprisoned, and Luke Skywalker has sent R2D2 and C3PO to try and free him. Princess Leia, disguised as a bounty hunter, and Chewbacca go along as well. The final battle takes place on the moon of Endor, with its natural inhabitants, the Ewoks, lending a hand to the rebels.
STAR WARS VII – THE FORCE AWAKENS
By Alan Dean Foster
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S STAR WARS COLLECTION
By Ian Doescher
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. Includes William Shakespeare's Star Wars; The Empire Striketh Back; and The Jedi Doth Return.
HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE
By Chris Taylor
How did a few notes scribbled on a legal pad in 1973 by George Lucas turn into a four billion dollar franchise? Taylor unearths the stories that have gone into the making of the legend, and describes how and why Star Wars has been such an astonishing success. He traces the history of the series from its difficult birth through four drafts, a disastrous first cut, and many sequels and spin-offs. It's the saga of how a young filmmaker's idea became such an immense, transformative cultural force.
2. February 2016 11:43
Our family LOVES Busch Gardens, but you guys already know that. In 2014 we had the most AMAZING opportunity to see the Steve Miller Band at Busch Gardens and it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Seriously, memories to last a lifetime!!
Busch Gardens recently published their entire lineup for the 2016 Food & Wine Festival and this year there is another MUST SEE on my list....can you guess which performer it is??
It's THE COMMODORES!!
I mean who doesn't love a little Brick House??
From Busch Gardens:
The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival brings together the best in pop, soft rock, Latin, country, contemporary and classic music. Headlining concerts begin at 6 p.m. Concerts are included with admission to the park, so cheers to great music and good times!
The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival takes place starting Saturday, March 5 and runs through Sunday, April 24. The event is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5KENNY ROGERS
SUNDAY, MARCH 6HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
SATURDAY, MARCH 12COMING SOON
SUNDAY, MARCH 13O.A.R.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19GEORGE THOROGOOD& THE DESTROYERS
SUNDAY, MARCH 20MERCYME
SATURDAY, MARCH 26COMING SOON
SUNDAY, MARCH 27THIRD EYE BLIND
SATURDAY, APRIL 2COMMODORES
SUNDAY, APRIL 3ANDY GRAMMER
SATURDAY, APRIL 9COMING SOON
SUNDAY, APRIL 10THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
SATURDAY, APRIL 16MEAT LOAF
SUNDAY, APRIL 17LYNYRD SKYNYRD
SATURDAY, APRIL 23GENTE DE ZONA
SUNDAY, APRIL 24JORDIN SPARKS
Which concert would you like to see?
29. January 2016 13:22
Wow! How is it already the end of January and I have not yet done a "What I've Been Reading" post? I guess that means I've been busy. And I have been. Between the holiday season, Haley's birthday, the circus, Monster Jam, and just my day to day life, there has hardly been time to do any blogging. But I have been reading, and reading quite a bit!
During this month I finished the Paper Magician trilogy. It was a quick series to read. I enjoyed it and recommend it to someone looking for a quick fantasy series.
I also read Into the Wilderness. Many compared it to the Outlander series and Jamie and Claire even make a brief cameo appearance. But I really didn't see too many similarities and it didn't hook me enough for me to want to go out and finish the rest of the series, so I moved on to something else once I finished it.
I next moved on to the All Souls Trilogy which includes A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life.
I enjoyed this trilogy very much, though there were a lot of repetitive parts. I almost think I could have read the third book alone and understood what was going on. But I really liked the science and history woven throughout the series.
And this week I started Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.
I am now on chapter 4 and I have to admit that I am hooked. There are a few parallel stories going on and I know that they will merge soon and I am intrigued to see what will happen.
The summary of the book was what got me intrigued.
From the publisher: A sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.
My friend Bianca had just finished it and when I asked her about it she told me that "it gave me everything that Gone Girl didn't." I liked Gone Girl but I didn't love it, so I am really looking forward to getting deeper into Pretty Girls and seeing if it does for me what it did for Bianca.
So that's what I've been reading. What have you been reading?