Friday, September 17, 2010

Swim for equity: Finish Line Pool Party and BBQ

Featuring:Full BBQ
Hosted bar by Blue Angel Ultra Premium Vodka and
Blue Moon Beer
FREE Spray Tans by The Tan Man
At the Topanga home of True Blood music composer and OUT 100 award recipient
Nathan Barr Saturday, September 25
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $50
Free for Swim for Equality swimmers, swim advocates and $50+ donors.
This event will sell out. Get your tickets today!
All attendees must register in advance.
Address provided after registration.
Special thanks to the Swim for Equality sponsors for making the event possible:

BLOODlust Finale Episode! True Blood S:3 Ep:12 Recap

'True Blood' 's Rutina Wesley Recalls Early 'Fame,' On 'When I Was 17' Before she fought vampires, the actress got her start at a performing-arts high school.

Rutina Wesley is probably best known for her recent work on "True Blood," where she plays Tara Thornton, the spirited, sass-tacular sidekick of Sookie Stackhouse. But before that, she impressed on the Broadway stage and starred in the 2007 film "How She Move," both of which showed off her first passion: dance.

Wesley grew up in Las Vegas, the daughter of a tap-dancing father and a showgirl mother, and as a teen, she attended the prestigious Las Vegas Academy, a performing-arts school, where prospective students must audition to be accepted. Naturally, she danced to get her spot.

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The Man Behind the Music of HBO's "True Blood," Gary Calamar, Part 2 "True Blood" music supervisor, Gary Calamar, talks Led Zeppelin, record stores and spooky music.

Creatively speaking, where do you draw from other than the script itself, do you have a wall of records you talk to or how do you generate your ideas?
Yes. Sometimes I actually do that. My last resort, I just stand next to the wall of music and just sort of close my eyes and hope for a miracle. But, yeah after I read the script and we see a rough cut, different scenes just kind of reach out and kind of call out for different types of music. You know, a fight going on at Merlotte's or if there's some sort of party at Lafayette's or whatever it happens to be. I have that idea of what the overall sound of "True Blood" is so I... find the right songs. Then I'll play them for Alan Ball and he'll kind of make the final decision of what he thinks works. And then the next step for me is actually clearing them, and getting the license and negotiating the deal and all that.
Right, the glamorous part?
Yeah, it's not that bad but I guess you could say it's less glamorous, but definitely a huge part of the job.
I suppose your other job, DJ'ing at KCRW must help with your approach to finding the right songs.

Yeah, I've been at the station for a good, not quite 15 years yet, but probably 13 years or so. I'm always listening for new music to play on the show. The big difference between the radio show and the TV work is that I don't have to work by committee on the radio show. I'm the DJ, I can play what I want and suffer or get praised by that. With a TV show it's much more of a collaboration and the song that I might think is perfect may get shot down and vice versa. But yeah KCRW is an amazing thing for me to have been doing all this time. On "Six Feet Under" there was a song that got a lot of attention by Sia called "Breathe Me," the final song on the final episode. That was actually a song that I had been playing on KCRW for a good 6 months before we used it in "Six Feet Under."
Is your process with "True Blood" any different from what it was with say, "Weeds" or "Six Feet Under?"

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Banned Book week : Sookie books by Charlaine Harris make top of lists

The Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom has released the results of its annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2009

The most challenged author reported in the annual survey of Canadian libraries in 2009 was Charlaine Harris for her series of ten adult novels entitled The Southern Vampire Mysteries. The entire series was reported on four separate occasions within the same library system. Two other series were each challenged once, Negima! Magister Negi Magi, by Ken Akamatsu, a manga series of 29 titles known in Japan as Magical Teacher Negima!,and Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar, a young adult novel series of 15 titles that became the 2007 inspiration for the “Gossip Girl” teen drama television series.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 25−October 2, 2010

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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Blood Work! “True Blood” review 3.12: “That’s a NAP!”

The boys ( Andy and Brian) bring us their final vlog of the season!

So this is it, folks – our Blood Work! recap of the last True Blood of the season. Sigh. Kind of makes you want to vanish into thin air, don’t it?

We actually will likely be back in the coming weeks with more True Blood goodies, since there was just SOFUCKINGMUCH going on this season to talk about. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our take on makeovers, cliffhangers, and vanishing leading ladies.

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Sookie and Jessica "According To You"

True blood -Sookie Jessica