Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

Have  you  explored  our  links  under entertainment, recently? A lot has been added in the last week.

Under music we just added Music Online From Alexander Street Press. It is a huge collection that can be searched by artist , genre, instrument, and includes a large number of playlists. You can make your own playlist, too.

To get into this database you will need your library card.

However, my new favorite is in the movie section and it is called IndieFlix.


Indieflix is a database full of independent films that can be streamed to you computer.Some are classics like Nosferatu but there are also a number of new films . You can search by genre ( including Zombies), film festival, or even length of film.

To get into this database, you will need to create a username and password, and then do it a second time. Yes, it is a double log in. Happily, they can be the same and my computer (and ipad ) remember my sign ins.

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Mark your calendar now:  The Fremont Main Library will come alive with free dance and music programs on two Saturday afternoons this month.

Jhankar Live performs Oct. 13

On October 13, local Indian music group Jhankar Live performs Bollywood music, both fast-paced and melodious, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.at the Library’s Fukaya Room.  The Jhankaris, a group of passionate music enthusiasts, have performed for charitable causes and supported education and artistic development for poor children since 2006.

A classical music concert comes the next Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. also at the Fukaya Room.  Guest artist and award-winning

Guest artist Howard Na headlines Oct. 20 classical music concert.

pianist Howard Na will headline a concert showcasing keyboard, string and vocal talents from Fremont’s Anna Poklewski Academy of Music  and featuring compositions by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Bussoni, Liszt.  A former child prodigy, Mr. Na at age 7 received a full music scholarship from Taiwan’s Department of Education to the Yong-Fu Music Academy.  At age 13, he was the youngest student to finish the certified programs at the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Mr. Na has won top honors in competitions, including the 2012 Eastman Concerto Competition in Rochester, New York, where he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (with his own cadenza – an homage to Godowsky) with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra.

Free tickets will be available at the Information Desk a half hour before each performance.

The Fremont Main Library at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, is wheelchair accessible.  The Library will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working days notice.  Please call 510-745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660.   For your cultural enjoyment and entertainment, come to the Fremont Main Library!

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If you’re a fan of police procedurals on TV such as the CSI franchises, there’s one that provides a refreshing change of pace.  Here criminals are apprehended and mysteries solved when the lead character uses his skills of deduction, detection and innovation, solid police work without the help of  the high-tech tools  his counterparts enjoy today, at least on TV.

Murdoch Mysteries” is a Canadian TV series that features characters created by novelist Maureen Jennings.  Set in the 1890s, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) of the Toronto Constabulary applies his scientific knowledge and improvises with available materials to devise gadgets to further crime solving.  Murdoch makes collecting “finger marks” and trace evidence, not commonly done then, routine procedures at his crime scenes.  He sets up a “scrutiny camera” to capture nefarious deeds as they happen, prompting his loyal assistant, eager learner Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), to observe that he would “hate to be a copper of the future, just drinking tea and exuding intestinal vapors.”

Also assisting Murdoch as he untangles his cases is Dr. Julia Ogden (Helene Joy), a female pathologist with progressive ideas of her own.  She and the detective obviously (for the viewer) share feelings for one another,  and their future as a couple is an unresolved subplot in the series so far.  Murdoch’s supervisor, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), often is impatient with Murdoch’s explanations of some contraption or method of analysis Murdoch is using, but Brackenreid supports Murdoch’s unusual ways and is proud of Murdoch’s successful sleuthing.

The plots suggest events and developments that we know came later in history.  Story lines also show real-life personalities of the period in fictitious situations.  In early episodes, Arthur Conan Doyle visits to observe Murdoch at work, H.G. Wells headlines a conference on eugenics, and Murdoch marvels at Nikola Tesla’s experiments.  Harry Houdini becomes a suspect in one episode.  When he exiles himself to the remote Klondike region, Murdoch befriends a young Jack London.

The Murdoch Mysteries series is not shown in the U.S.  I became acquainted with Detective Murdoch in a serendipitous moment, while browsing through the library’s DVD collection, and started following the exploits of this fascinating character, awaiting my turn on the holds list for the later DVDs.  I enjoy seeing how each episode captures the social attitudes of the time and provides reminders of how things have changed, how much of what we take for granted today in all aspects of daily living was unthinkable or totally unacceptable in the 1890s.  See for yourself; the library has all four seasons of Murdoch Mysteries in DVD format.  I can’t wait for the Season 5 DVD to become available.

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