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Topic: library

Sugar sugar

Kids can’t get enough of the Sugar Free Allstars’ ooey-gooey funk rock. Good thing the Oklahoma City duo has a new album to munch on.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Sugar Free Allstars with Heidi Swedberg
2 p.m. Sunday
Cafe Evoke
103 S. Broadway, Edmond
cafeevoke.com
285-1522
free

 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Quilt it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Opening Friday at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard in Edmond, is an exhibition that tells the history of Oklahoma Land Run families, schools, churches and more through the medium of quilts. Yes, quilts. See period clothing and photos of our 89ers in scrapbook form, running daily through September. Admission is free. Call 341-9282 or visit metrolibrary.org.

Friday, ongoing

 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
raisinghell

‘The Devils’ made me do it

Read any good books lately? About movies, that is?

When I’m not watching movies, there are few things I like doing more than reading about them. Luckily, the weeks leading up to the holidays brought three brand-spanking-new ones to my desk for my reading and reviewing pleasure.


Should you forgo a few matinees and time from your Netflix Instant Queue to consume the words they hold within? You’ll know in a matter of minutes ...

Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils
Richard Crouse
ECW Press


The sign of a good “making of” book is if it’s compelling even if you’ve never seen the film whose production it documents. Such is the case with Richard Crouse’s Raising Hell, covering the shooting and subsequent public skewering of 1971’s The Devils.

While director Ken Russell (Altered States, Tommy, Lisztomania, Trapped Ashes) had his troubles with oft-blitzed leading man Oliver Reed, the real storm rolled in after the film was released. After all, would you expect a historical horror epic that combines Christianity with sexuality to be controversial? Of course!

With a mix of his own reporting and other sources, Canada-based film critic Crouse paints an intriguing portrait of the events both on-set and off. One actress quips, “Have you ever tried writhing sexually for 10 hours at a time? Try it one day. It’s not easy.” The real tumult arrived once word of its content — particularly a “rape of Christ” sequence — leaked; while branded with the X rating in England, it somehow scored an R in good ol’ America, yet that hardly resulted in big box office.

Today, Warner Bros. still hasn’t released The Devils in any post-VHS format, at least not uncensored. Other than locating a *cough* torrent *cough*, reading Crouse’s book may be the next best thing. While it’s not on the masterful level of Julie Salamon’s The Devil’s Candy, it is a fascinating read that peels back the veil on the Hollywood studio system and those mavericks who, God bless ’em, attempt to shake it up every once in a while.  

Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie
Rob Christopher
Huron Street Press


With tens of thousands of titles available at your fingertips at home, it’s easy to forget that your local libraries are a viable outlet for renting movies. (Hell, these days, they may boast a better selection than dying dog Blockbuster Video.) I think I’ve only rented one there, because back in 2004, my wife and I needed some instructional video to teach our kids about how that bump got in Mommy’s belly. Therefore, one free VHS rental later, animation narrated by Howie Mandel taught our kids about the birds and the bees, but all I remember is him referring to the orgasm as a “really big tickle.”

That’s a roundabout way of getting to Queue Tips, a fun paperback published by an imprint of the American Library Association and edited by Chicago critic Rob Christopher.

Sticking to no particular number, he and his guests tick off recommendations for unusual romances, disaster flicks, Nicolas Cage vehicles, Westerns that aren’t Westerns, unconventional Christmas films, half-good flops and more. Novelist Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) offers his choices for “late-night spooky films,” while Saturday Night Live vet Julia Sweeney simply discusses random titles that were on her mind.

You can build up quite a “to see” list of your own, but even if you’ve seen a majority of the works referenced, the presentation is lively enough for rediscovery. I have one big complaint: It’s too damn short! Lists about movies can be a blast, and the 24 here are just that ... but 24 is not quite enough to satiate my addiction.

Contemporary Erotic Cinema
Douglas Keesey
Kamera Books


SEX! And now that I have your attention, you might want to read an entire book about it, or at least movies that deal directly with "it," and rather frankly at that.

California film/lit professor Douglas Keesey digs through decades upon decades of blue movies and smutty skinema for flick-by-flick examinations of more than 100 examples. Divided into specific fetishes themes like incest, gay, anal or Nazis, he discusses the acts and themes present — often in all their glory — in The Reader, Porky’s, Boogie Nights and even Team America: World Police.

It's certainly not for the prude, and the full-color photo section in the middle should be kept from young, prying eyes. Speaking of eyes, I sure got some strange looks as I read the book while waiting in line to vote in the presidential election. USA! USA!

While his mini-essays can verge on the pretentious, I cannot deny reading every page. I’m just not sure I learned anything beyond what movies I can go without seeing for life, as many entries end with having raised more questions than providing any answers. Often, he literally closes with a question, i.e. “We see them in their all, but do we really know them?” or “Is the man insufficient just because the woman enjoys her own sex?”

You be the judge, I guess. It’s certainly not taxing study. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Horror Films book review     
Lisztomania DVD review   
Phallic Frenzy: Ken Russell and His Films book review    
Samurai Films book review   
Trapped Ashes DVD review   

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A new chapter


News

Clifton Adcock
The Metropolitan Library System’s newest library location in the Almonte Shopping Center officially opened today, with a larger grand opening scheduled for Feb. 19.
 
Monday, February 4, 2013

Oh, baby


CFN

Gazette staff
A local group that had planned to hold a Valentine’s Day party at a southwest Oklahoma City library canceled its event after the Pioneer Library System received complaints about the shindig.
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

'Love’s Labour’s' libraries


Performing Arts

Rachael Cervenka
Love’s Labour’s Lost
1 p.m. Saturday,
through April 13
Metropolitan Library System
Various locations
mls.lib.ok.us
Free
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Overdue books


Food and Drink Features

Alyssa Grimley
The Facebook pages for The Library Food and Spirits and The Nook bore a poignant message early last week: the news that it was closing its downtown location after 23 years of service.
 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lofty goal

A local developer is converting the old downtown library into upscale lofts.


News

Tim Farley
Growing up in Pauls Valley, Judy Hatfield loved going to the public library. She would sit in a corner and read for hours.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
 
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