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Out and About: David Sedaris

Hello all,

Click for biography

I would like to  highlight an event presented by ASO (the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)that will be taking place next Saturday. The event is…

An Evening with David Sedaris

Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:00 pm
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Ticket Prices: $55 – $47.50

Yes I know the ticket prices are a little expensive, but if you’ve ever read his books you might feel that the price is worth it. If you haven’t read his books, then you should definitely check out some of our library resources listed below. He is a phenomenal writer and I personally enjoy reading his stories.

  • When you are engulfed in flames / David Sedaris [ Call #: PS3569.E314 W48 2008]
  • Dress your family in corduroy and denim / David Sedaris [Call #: PS3569.E314 R47 2004]
  • Me talk pretty one day / David Sedaris [ Call #: PS3569.E314 M4 2001]

Blurb from the ASO website:

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, DAVID SEDARIS has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.(click for link)

I recommend that if you do have the time and the money, you should go to this event and soak up as much talent from this author as you can. And if you don’t have the time, still read the books listed above. They are a goldmine! And when the next opportunity to meet David Sedaris arises, I know you won’t pass it up. =)

Also, I would like to — really quickly — announce that ASO is also having an event this upcoming Sunday; Halloween on Hogwarts. If you’re interested, (Click here for the link).

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Out and About: Carnegie Bound

Hello Scotties,

The event I want to highlight today is presented to you by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra:

Carnegie Bound (Click for Link)

Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $23 – $67

The Program includes pieces by Copland, Bernstein, and Walton, an I definitely encourage you to get OUT and experience this event.

Some resources we have in the library that would be related to this even are:

  • Appalachian spring [sound recording] Copland [Call #: M (cd) .C79 su/or/se 1988]
  • Chichester psalms / Leonard Bernstein [Call #:M (cd) .B458 sgs/ ch-or/ 1990 ]
  • Belshazzar’s feast / Walton. [Call #: M (cd) .W26 ca/ ch-or/ 1989]
  • Belshazzar’s feast [sound recording] ; Suite from Henry V / Walton [Call #: M (cd) .W26 ca/ch/ 1986]

This event will also present the chance to experience, in person, the ASO Chorus.

So there you have it. This event is not free, but I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity regardless as I believe it will be worth it.

And remember, before you go OUT… well you know the rest =)

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Out and About at the High Museum

Image Credit:
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923‐1997)
Girl with Ball, 1961
Oil on canvas
60 1/4 x 36 ¼ inches
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson
© 2012 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Hi Scotties,

The event I want to highlight today is Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 >> 2013 at the High Museum of Art. This event starts October 13, 2012 and ends January 20, 2013.

As you can probably guess, this isn’t a regular event that’s being hosted for one night, but rather it is an exhibit that is being showcased during multiple events. I encourage you to get OUT and see this exhibit at some point in time before it ends in January.

One opportunity for you to see this exhibit would be…

Friday Jazz with Raphaël Imbert

Friday, October 19, 2012 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Robinson Atrium @ the High Museum

Blurb from the website: Join us for Friday Jazz in October with Raphaël Imbert. Friday Jazz is an evening of art & music every third Friday of the month with extended hours with full gallery access including special exhibitions. Friday Jazz is free with Museum admission and free to members. This event is presented within the framework of France-Atlanta 2012 with the support of the Institut Français.

Some things you can learn ABOUT before attending this event…

Library Art Resources

  • Umberto Boccioni. Incisioni e disegni. Scelti e annotati da Maurizio Calvesi [Call#: NC257.B6 C34]
  • Salvador Dalí 1904-1989 / Robert Descharnes, Gilles Néret ; [Call#: ND813.D3 D4513 1998  ]
  • Kirchner, his graphic art [Call#:  NE654.K4 D813  ]

Library Music resources

  • Naxos Music Library

– Raphael Imbert Project (click for Link)


Jazz Night webpage

Art Exhibit webpage ( Note: From this page, you can click on the “related events” tab and see more events that are happening in relation to this exhibit.)

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Out and About: Jasper Fforde

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Jasper Fforde (Reading / Q&A / Signing)

Friday, October 5, 2012

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Free and open to the public

GEORGIA CENTER FOR THE BOOK (Click here for link)
First Baptist Church Decatur/ 308 Clairemont Avenue/ Decatur, GA 30030

Blurb from the website:

International bestselling author Jasper Fforde makes his first visit to the Center for the Book with a literary thriller that just might be his best book yet: ”The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel.”…His books skillfully and playfully combine doses of reality with plenty of fantasy and sci-fi, and they have sold millions of copies all around the world. The author, who lives and writes in Wales, will be making an American tour this fall, and we’re proud to be on it and invite you to join us and meet this very fine, distinctive writer. We’ll have copies of his new books and some older ones for sale and signing.


In-Library Resources

  • The fourth bear : a nursery crime / Jasper Fforde [Call #:  PR6106.F67 F68 2006 ]

Online Databases

– A Search for “Jasper Fforde” will bring you a variety of biographies, book reviews, and literary criticisms.

– A search of “Jasper Fforde in this database will result in many biographies and reviews (including a review of “The Woman Who Died A Lot”, the book Mr. Fforde will be talking about at the event) as well as a list of multimedia interactions.

I hope you all go, and do check out the website for Georgia Center for the Book. they have a ton of events with many different authors. Who knows, maybe even your favorite author will be making an appearance this year.  As always I encourage you; before you go OUT, learn ABOUT it.

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Out and About: Opening Night with ASO


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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Presents…

Opening Night: Midori Plays Beethoven

Thursday, October 4, 2012 8:00 pm

Saturday, October 6, 2012 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 7, 2012 3:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $32 – $84

Blurb from the website: Click here for website

Robert Spano opens his 12th — and the Orchestra’s 68th — season with twin peaks of the repertoire: Beethoven’s grand and poetic Violin Concerto, with the luminous Midori; and Tchaikovsky’s fateful 4th.

Learn ABOUT it

Suggested Library resources:

  •  Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61 / [Sound Recording] / Beethoven ; Cadenzas By Kreisler ; Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 [Call #: M (cd) .B39 co/vi/ 1981
  • Concertos, Violin, Orchestra, Op. 61, D Major; Perlman, Itzhak, 1945- [Call #: M (cd) .B39 co/vi/ 1981]
  • Symphony no. 4 [sound recording] ; 1812 overture / Tchaikovsky
    Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 [Call #: M (cd) .C34 sy/or/4 1991]

Suggested Online Databases:

–  This awesome database will  not only let you listen to Beethoven’s and Tchaikovsky’s classical creations, but you can also listen to Midori’s beautiful renditions. (Click here for Midori’s biography)

Suggested Online Articles:

  •   Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

–  Citation:  Sommers, L. (1934). Beethoven’s violin concerto. Music & Letters, 15(1), pp. 46-49.

– Link:

  • Tchaikovsky

– Citation: Sabaneev, L., & Pring, S. W. (1929). Tchaikovsky. The Musical Times, 70(1031), pp. 20-23.

– Link:

So these were only a few suggestions as to how you can do a little research on the event. There are so many more! If you’re interested in this sort of event, I encourage you to dig a little more – do a little of your own research – and enjoy the show. And remember! Before you go OUT, learn ABOUT it! =)

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Out and About: Alice Walker & Pearl Cleage


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

4:00pm(Free and open to the public)

Cannon Chapel at Emory

University, 515 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta Ga 30322



  •  Pearl Cleage

(Hint: Click on the picture to make it bigger)

– Some additional resources we have on Pearl Cleage are video recordings of her at ASC’s 1997 Writer’s Festival, as well as the 2007 MLKJ Convocation.Check out  this link for more information on Pearl Cleage brought to you by McCain Library.

  • Alice Walker

– Some additional resources we have on Alice Walker include a video recording of her at ASC’s 1997 Graduation Ceremony, as well as a recording of the well known movie, “The Color Purple” [Call #: DVD 676], which was based upon her book.

– An online database I would recommend for researching these two wonderful authors would be the Literary Reference Center. Simply type in either one of their names and you can find plot summaries, literary criticism, reviews, and more.

So there you have it. I definitely encourage you to go to this event. These two ladies are women that you should absolutely take the time to see at least once in your life and this event is free so take advantage! And remember, this is a conversation! You want to be able to participate in the conversation and show these ladies how brilliant you are =), so before you go OUT, learn ABOUT them and their works!

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Out and About

Hello fellow Scotties and welcome to the new addition to the library blog; Out and About. In this blog I will be bringing your attention to events that are going on around campus as well as in the Atlanta area (And maybe even further out). My intention is to encourage you to get OUT and see what Georgia has to offer in terms of literary, theatrical, and musical events. Even more than that, I want to encourage you to learn something ABOUT that event before you attend. In the coming months, I will be highlighting events and listing a few resources that we have in our library related to each event in the hopes that one or many of them will inspire the intellectual curiosity that is inside each of you. =)

Today I’ll be highlighting two events that are both taking place at Georgia State’s Rialto Center for the Arts.


Discover Colombia Through Dance

Saturday, September 22, 2012

7:30pm ($25 general admission fee)

Blurb from the website: Ballet Folklorico de Colombia, “Danzas Genericas” is proud to invite you to share in the celebration of our 20th Year Anniversary by hosting a spectacular 2-hour dance show event, “Discover Colombia Through Dance” at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts. This celebratory event will feature our group’s talented dancers showcasing our authentic and beautifully custom designed costumes as they perform a variety of regional folk dances that represent many of the diverse regions located throughout our alluring and intoxicating countryside of Colombia.

Learn ABOUT it

In-Library resources:

  • The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways video anthology of music and dance of the Americas (Call#: ML3549 .J832 2005 v.5 )
  • Music in Latin American culture : regional traditions(Call#:ML199 .M86 1999  )

Online Databases:

  • Country Watch

–  How to access the database from the Library webpage:  go to the “Find a database” tab, click on “C” and scroll down to “Country Watch” (#28).  On the left hand side of that webpage click on the “Select a Country” drop down menu under Quick Links and scroll down to Colombia. Explore! (Be sure to check out the Social Overview section on the left.)

Online Articles:

  •   Changing Values in Cuban Rumba, A Lower Class Black Dance Appropriated by the Cuban Revolution

–  Citation:  Daniel, Y. P. “Changing Values in Cuban Rumba, A Lower Class Black Dance Appropriated by the Cuban Revolution”. Dance Research Journal , Vol. 23, No. 2,(Autumn, 1991) pp. 1 -10

– Link:

  • An Introduction to the Folk Dances of Colombia

– Citation: Delia Zapata Olivella. “An Introduction to the Folk Dances of Colombia”. Ethnomusicology , Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jan., 1967), pp. 91-96

– Link:

 Get OUT

(Georgia State) University Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, September 30, 2012

3:00pm (FREE)

Blurb from the website: (Michael Palmer, conductor – Christopher Rex, cello – Christos Galileas, violin – Brandt Fredriksen, piano) Featuring Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56, Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 and Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings. This concert will be dedicated to the memory of Atlanta arts supporter L. Neil Williams.

Learn ABOUT it

  • Beethoven’s Triple  is available through our wonderful new online music database; Naxos Music Library. I embedded the link in “Beethoven’s Triple” at the beginning of this page so you should be able to just click on it.
  • Hayden’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor, is available in the Library in LP form [Call#: M H32 sy/or/92 (V. 37)]

–          On the inside cover you will find a brief synopsis which you should definitely take the time to read.

  • Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings is available in the library as a CD  [Call#:M(cd) .D95 su/or/se 1988].

–          If you take out the front cover on the CD, you’ll see that it’s a little booklet. I recommend that you read the first two pages.  These synopses will help you understand the music a lot better, so take advantage of them.

So there are your first two events. If you think there is something here that interests you check it out. And remember! Before you go OUT, learn ABOUT it! =)