Tapping your feet at the Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancers perform in A Sense of DoubtBallet is a feast for the eyes. But don’t forget your ears. DIRECTOR’S CHOICE, the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s March 2008 program, includes some material from new choreographers and some unusual composers. Musical selections by Mikel Rouse, Arvo Paart, Phlip Glass and Thom Willems will be previewed in the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library on Tuesday, March 11, at noon. See The Library Calendar for more information. And once you’ve been to the preview or to the performance, explore more unique musical offerings by some of these composers.

  • Arvo Paart is a unique electronic book that combines a biography of this Estonia composer as well as selections from his music including material in the distinctive “tintinnabuli” style developed by Pärt. You can download the book by clicking on the link above.
  • Orient & Occident – a 2002 recording of Paart’s work by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. According to some critics this performance reveals Paart’s music genius at its most mystical.
  • Heroes Symphony – a 1997 recording by the American Composers Orchestra of this classic Philip Glass piece, which includes music by David Bowie and Brian Eno.
  • The Illusionist– a 2006 recording of Philip Glass’s score from the award-winning film from the Czech Film Orchestra. Glass’s dreamy and dramatic work won several awards for Best Score.

Goats do roam…in Seattle

cheese.bmpWhy is our book Home Cheese Making : Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses so popular?  Perhaps because it’s authored by home cheesemaking superstar Ricki Carroll.  In Seattle, local artisan cheese is readily available at farmer’s markets and grocery stores.  A cheese festival takes place each year, even though we are far from Wisconsin.  It’s highly likely that some Seattleites have chosen to take their adoration for cheese a step further and make it themselves, with milk from their own goats.  If you haven’t already heard, last September the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to allow miniature goats to be kept as pets. They are an urban sustainabilist’s dream: they can mow a lawn or eat a blackberry bush and produce milk without use of fossil fuels.  So yes, Seattleites can now make cheese with milk straight from their own backyards!

Shelf Talk: The Seattle Public Library Blog.

image-of-girl-reading-courtesy-of-carl-alexander.jpegShelf Talk is one of two blogs created and maintained by the staff of The Seattle Public Library; the other one is our teen blog: Push to Talk.  This is our first post.    

Seattle loves its libraries. Four out of five Seattlites has a library card (what’s with you other fifth, anyway?), and our per capita library circulation is among the highest in the country. We’ve been ranked the nation’s most literate city several times; either we read a lot of books, or we buy a lot of books and pretend to read them. In either case, Shelf Talk is a blog aimed at serving our lively and diverse community of readers. Here you will find book reviews and discussions, topics of local interest and human interest, literary events and links to the world of readers here in the Queen/Jet/Emerald/Rainy City, and beyond.

Read any good books lately? Have any great ideas for things you’d like to see here? We invite you to share your own favorite reads and other enthusiasms by commenting here, or drop us a line, at shelftalk@spl.org.