SevenVenues Culture Club: July 2021

Welcome to the July 2021 SevenVenues Culture Club!

We have a lot to celebrate this month, so let’s get started:

 

  • Canada Day – July 1 – In honor of our neighbors to the north, we have curated a list of our favorite Canadian performers who have graced the many stages of SevenVenues.
  • International Joke Day – July 1 – We never underestimate the power of humor at SevenVenues, which is why comedy is such a staple in our programming. If your stand-up routine could use some brushing up, this category’s selections featuring a few of our past comedians will surely inspire you.
  • World UFO Day – July 2 – Still not sure what to believe when it comes to UFOs? Neither are we! But we do know NASA astronaut and former SevenVenues speaker Jim Lovell can enlighten us on the glory days of the NASA space program and the perilous adventures he experienced as Commander of Apollo 13.
  • Independence Day – July 4 – As we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Britain check out our selections from former SevenVenues speakers that discuss the people, stories, and events that make up our great country.
  • International Chocolate Day – July 7 – On this date in 1550, chocolate was first introduced to Europe, leading to its arrival to Florida on a Spanish ship in 1641…where it eventually made its way to Buddy Valastro’s pantry. We kid! But we do know there is no one better than Buddy Valastro to inspire you on this most important day. Check out our selections for some of Buddy’s most sought-after recipes.
  • Bastille Day – July 14 – In honor of the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, this category’s selections celebrates the inspirational French performers and performances that have passed through our venues over the years.
  • National Scotch Day – July 27 – Drinking Scotch is a legendary part of his routine, so no SevenVenues performer better personifies National Scotch Day than Ron White. If you missed one of his many performances at Chrysler Hall, pour a glass and check out our selections to see what you’re missing.
  • Harry Potter’s Birthday – July 31 – Dust off your broomstick, pick up your wand and plan on joining us in celebrating the magical world of Harry Potter! Our selections focus on the behind-the-scenes stories of the Harry Potter film series including interviews with the cast and crew, never-before-seen photographs and illustrations, and unseen manuscript pages.

Remember, all our book, music and video selections are related to artists and performances that have taken place at a SevenVenues property. If you have a request, please let us know on our SevenVenues Culture Club Facebook group.

Happy reading, listening and watching!

 

JULY RECOMMENDATIONS

Canada Day   Joke Day
World UFO Day   Independence Day
Chocolate Day   Bastille Day
Scotch Day   Harry Potter's Birthday
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JaggedLittlePill_Book.jpg   Jagged Little Pill: You Live, You Learn: The Stories Behind the Iconic Album and Groundbreaking Musical
Alanis Morissette


Celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2020, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette's Grammy-Award winning album Jagged Little Pill has come to define a generation and inspired the hit Broadway musical of the same name. Now, for the first time, this book will take you behind the scenes with stunning photography, original in-depth interviews with the cast, crew, Alanis Morisette, and Diablo Cody, and an introduction from Morissette herself on the album's genesis and journey from release to acclaimed musical-including details and anecdotes on her collaboration on the show.

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AnneMurray_Book.jpg   All of Me
Anne Murray

An unflinching self-portrait of Canada’s first great female recording artist, All of Me documents the life of Anne Murray, from her humble origins in the tragedy-plagued coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, to her arrival on the world stage. Anne recounts her story: the battles with her record companies over singles and albums; the struggle with drug- and alcohol-ridden band members; the terrible guilt and loneliness of being away from her two young children; her divorce from the man who helped launch her career, Bill Langstroth; and the deaths of two of her closest confidantes. The result is a must-read autobiography by Canada’s beloved songbird.

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PaulAnka_Book.jpg   My Way
Paul Anka

Teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the singer/songwriter/heartthrob combination that still tops pop music today, Paul Anka rocketed to fame with a slew of hits—from “Diana” to “Put Your Head on my Shoulder”—that earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. My Way is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the business and the people in Anka’s life. Anka is forthcoming, funny and smart as a whip about the business he’s been in for almost six decades. My Way moves from New York to Vegas, from the casino stage to backstages all over the world.

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NeilPeart_Book.jpg   Far and Near: On Days Like These
Neil Peart (from the band Rush)


Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind. These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.

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NeilYoung_Book.jpg   Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
Neil Young


For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires; leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles; He recounts forming Crazy Horse and writing “Cinnamon Girl,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” and “Down by the River” in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Déjà vu, and writing the song, “Ohio;” falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young’s journey as only he can tell it.
 

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MichaelBuble_Book.jpg   Michael Bublé: Onstage, Offstage
Michael Bublé


He’s sold more than 25 million records. His live shows fill the world’s biggest stadiums to capacity. He has captured hearts everywhere with his classic style. Now, for the first time ever, Grammy Award–winning singer Michael Bublé offers fans an all-access, behind-the-scenes glimpse at his private life, onstage and off. Pairing the singer’s own heartfelt words with hundreds of exclusive, never-before-seen photographs, this unique diary reveals Bublé’s inspirational journey, from singing into a hairbrush in his suburban Canadian bedroom to entertaining thousands onstage at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. The humble man, the eager-to-learn young musician, the hardworking professional, the adoring husband, the fun-loving guy—the singer’s many faces are here in stunning, intimate detail. Fans will experience what it’s like to be on tour and in the studio with Bublé as he unveils the private person beneath the public persona.
 

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GuyLombardo_Book.jpg   Auld Acquaintance: An Autobiography
Guy Lombardo


For over fifty years Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians have been playing "the sweetest music this side of heaven" to ever-faithful and ever-expanding audiences.
 

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MartinShort_Book.jpg   I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
Martin Short

Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard, found success, and maintained a normal, happy family life. His memoir is a reflection on his diverse collection of experiences, both hilarious and heartbreaking. This deeply private man brings us into the circle of his family life, from raising his children to the legendary parties he and his wife hosted in their Los Angeles home. He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was twenty and of the devastating death of Nancy, his wife of thirty years, in 2010. Despite the hardships, Short’s life has been full of laughter, and he remains perennially upbeat. In this wise and entertaining memoir, he shares his irrepressible joy.

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Justin Bieber Selections

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Anne Murray
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Paul Anka:
Classic Songs, My Way


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Gordon Lightfoot Selections

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Rush Selections

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Michael Bublé:
Michael Bublé


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Natalie MacMaster:
In My Hands


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Martin Short:
Fame Becomes Me


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JustinBieber_Video.jpg   Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Teen idol Justin Bieber provides personal snapshots from throughout his career, culminating with scenes from his triumphant 2010 concert tour.
 

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Rush_Video.jpg   Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Celebrate the remarkable 40-year career of influential Canadian rockers Rush with this documentary, which details the band's formation and evolution.

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NeilYoung_Video.jpg   Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Filmmaker Jonathan Demme captures the rocker in concert before a live audience at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

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NeilYoung2_Video.jpg   Neil Young: Journeys
Following rocker Neil Young to his Toronto hometown, Jonathan Demme captures the artist live in concert at Massey Hall and on the road in Ontario. This film is the third in Demme's Neil Young concert trilogy, following Heart of Gold and Trunk Show.

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MichaelBuble_Video.jpg   Michael Bublé: Simply Bublé
A man with swing and swag, he's the Jazz star of the 21st century. Meet the real Michael Buble from where it all began to the star and family man we all know and love.

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FatherBride_Video.jpg   Father of the Bride with Martin Short
Steve Martin turns in a winning performance as George Banks, the befuddled father who has a hard time letting go of his young daughter when she unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Tickling funny bones and touching hearts of critics and audiences alike, this entertaining treat chronicles George's hysterical trials and tribulations leading up to the big event. Diane Keaton shines as George's patient, level-headed wife, while funnyman Martin Short lights up the screen as the off-the-wall wedding consultant. 

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WhoseLine_Video.jpg   Whose Line Is It Anyway? Season One with Colin Mochrie
Drew Carey hosts this American version of the British improvisational comedy series as an ensemble performs unrehearsed games before a live audience.

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KidsHall_Video.jpg   The Kids in the Hall – The Complete Collection with Dave Foley
The groundbreaking five-man sketch comedy troupe discovered by SNL’s Lorne Michaels in the late 1980s took their blockbuster live shows from the packed performance spaces in and around Toronto, Canada and brought it right into the living rooms of Canadian and American audiences desperate for hilarious, edgy, timeless, REAL takes on who we are and what we think when we’re not trying to be polite. No subject is too sacred; no corner of the human experience is too strange or too scary to hide from the harsh but blisteringly funny comments Kids in the Hall have to make on them. 

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Schmucks_Book.jpg   Schmucks! Our Favorite Fakes, Frauds, Lowlifes, Liars, the Armed and Dangerous, and Good Guys Gone Bad
Jackie Mason


Jackie Mason, one of the true kings of comedy, and his partner in crime, federal prosecutor and celebrity attorney Raoul Felder, go after America's lowlifes, scumbags, and everything else that really gets on their nerves. Schmucks! combines Mason's and Felder's nails-to-the-wall political satire with insightful observations on the foibles of modern life to create material that will leave you crying with laughter.

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SebastianManiscalco_Book.jpg   Stay Hungry
Sebastian Maniscalco

At twenty-four, Sebastian Maniscalco arrived in LA with a suitcase and saved up minimum wages. He knew no one and nothing about standup comedy, but he was determined to go for it anyway. At forty-four, he’s on the Forbes’ list of highest earning comedians, sells out arenas, and has starred in four hit comedy specials including Why Would You Do That? on Showtime. Stay Hungry tells the story of the twenty years in between. On the way from clueless rube to standup superstar, Seb was booed off stages; survived on tips and stolen food; got advice from mentors Andrew Dice Clay, Vince Vaughn, Tony Danza, and Jerry Seinfeld; fell in love; and stayed true to his Italian-immigrant roots. The one code that always kept him going: stay hungry, keep focused, never give up, and one day, you’ll make it.

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WKamauBell_Book.jpg   The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene... or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

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Hannibal Buress:
Live from Chicago


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Daniel Tosh:
Happy Thoughts


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BroadCity_Video.jpg   Broad City with Hannibal Buress
Created by UCB alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating life in New York City. Abbi and Ilana are broke and flawed, and they don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them – they dive right into the muck. No matter how bad it gets, these broads are always down to tackle whatever hits them.
 

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DanielTosh_Video.jpg   Completely Serious with Daniel Tosh
Daniel Tosh, comedy's chosen one, has been healing the sick, stopping wars, helping underprivileged children... not to mention filming Completely Serious, the single greatest hour in comedy. What have you been doing? Tosh has appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman, and his debut CD, True Stories I Made Up, is close to reaching ten million copies sold (That's diamond!). The torch has been passed and stand-up's newest superstar will try not to drop it.

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JaneaneGarofalo_Video.jpg   Janeane Garofalo: If I May
Filmed live in San Francisco, Janeane Garofalo takes on society's intolerance of gluten and House Hunters International. With her unapologetic attitude, Janeane proudly states her AARP membership, her love for Febreze but the disdain for their commercials, and her disinterest in doctors.

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JackieMason_Video.jpg   Jackie Mason – Freshly Squeezed
Jackie's back! Armed with all-new material, the reigning king of one-man shows on the Broadway stage - the irascible, irreplaceable and incomparable Jackie Mason - debuts his 7th one-man comedy tour de force Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed. The show focuses on, among other new topics, same-sex marriages, stock market fraud, celebrities on trial, the epidemic of new diets, and politics.

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Gallagher_Video.jpg   Gallagher: Messin’ Up Texas
In this 1998 comedy special, Gallagher gets a lot of help! The props are all children's toys he can't quite seem to work. But have no fear, the Sledge-O-Matic makes its presence known.

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SebastianManiscalco_Video.jpg   Sebastian Maniscalco: Gotham Comedy Live
America’s fastest rising comedy star Sebastian Maniscalco will blow the roof off the house in a LIVE and UNCENSORED hour of stand-up from New York’s Gotham Comedy Club. You’ll laugh out loud with Sebastian and four of the country’s best young comics: Mike Gaffney, Deb DiGiovanni, Derek Gaines and Dan St. Germain.

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RushHour_Video.jpg   Rush Hour with Chris Tucker
The fastest hands in the East meet the biggest mouth in the West when martial arts daredevil Jacki Chan teams up with comedic powerhouse Chris Tucker to investigate a kidnapping.

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KingofQueens_Video.jpg   The King of Queens with Kevin James
Set in the working-class suburb of Queens, New York, the show follows Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), an amiable deliveryman, and his wife, spitfire secretary Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini), as they explore the everyday challenges of love, life, family and marriage.

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TomGreen_Video.jpg   Tom Green Live with Bill Burr
Seriously. Funny. Talk. Comedy heroes converge on Tom Green Live when comedian’s comedian Bill Burr and charter SNL cast member Garrett Morris go for the laughs with Tom.

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KathleenMadigan_Video.jpg   Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again
Comic Kathleen Madigan delivers new material derived from time spent with her Irish Catholic Midwest family, eating random pills out of her mother's purse, touring Afghanistan, her unparalleled love of John Denver and more.

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LostMoon_Book.jpg   Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
Jim Lovell


April 1970. The glory days of the Apollo space program. NASA send Commander Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only fifty-five hours into the flight, disaster strikes. A mysterious explosion rocks the ship. Its oxygen and power begin draining away. Lovell and his crew watch as the cockpit grows darker, the air grows thinner, and the instruments wink out one by one. In this tale of astonishing courage, brilliant improvisation and thrilling adventure, the reader is transported right into the capsule during one of the worst disasters in the history of space exploration.

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Apollo13_Video.jpg   Apollo 13 – The film based on Lost Moon by Jim Lovell
Technical troubles scuttle the Apollo 13 mission in 1970, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew in this chronicle of a true story.
 

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GeorgeWill_Book.jpg   One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation
George Will


In his provocative and compelling new book, America’s most widely read and most influential commentator casts his gimlet eye on our singular nation. Moving far beyond the strict confines of politics, George F. Will offers a fascinating look at the people, stories, and events–often unheralded–that make the American drama so endlessly entertaining and instructive.

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FoundingMothers_Book.jpg   Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
Cokie Roberts

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts comes New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families–and their country–proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it.

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RossPerot_Book.jpg   United We Stand: How We Can Take Back Our Country
Ross Perot

Unless we take action now, our nation may confront a situation similar to the Great Depression. This book is a dynamic plan to stimulate discussion and debate to create the plan that best serves the American people. Covered inside are needed reforms, an American that pays its way and prospers, that heals and leads the world.

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BillMoyers_Book.jpg   Moyers on America
Bill Moyers


Identifying what he sees as a political system increasingly at the mercy of a corporate ruling class, Moyers urges a reengagement with the spirit of community that makes the work of democracy possible. Not only a trenchant critique of what is wrong, Moyers on America is also a call to arms for the progressive promise of the people of America, in whom his faith is strong.

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HenryKissinger_Book.jpg   Diplomacy
Henry Kissinger


Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of diplomacy has created the world in which we live, and how America’s approach to foreign affairs has always differed vastly from that of other nations. Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly incisive, Diplomacy stands as the culmination of a lifetime of diplomatic service and scholarship. It is vital reading for anyone concerned with the forces that have shaped our world today and will impact upon it tomorrow.
 

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Virginia Symphony Orchestra:
Americana: The Dream Comes Alive

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John Philip Sousa:
Stars and Stripes Forever


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Morton Gould: American Salute

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Charles Ives: Symphony No. 4

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Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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YouAreThere_Video.jpg   You Are There: The American Revolution Prepares
with Walter Cronkite
Hosted by the famous Emmy Award winning Walter Cronkite, this is the best DVD ever made featuring The Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. You Are There is factual and professionally presented.
 

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LibertysKids_Video.jpg   Liberty’s Kids by Walter Cronkite
Travel back in time to witness history in the making with Benjamin Franklin s teenage reporters as they confront the real and physical dangers of the American Revolution. Trapped in opposite sides of the war—James, an American colonist, and Sarah, a young English reporter—are forced to choose between friendship and allegiance to their countries. All while they try to look after mischievous Henri, a French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble. Journey through history and discover the high points of the American Revolution through this fun and animated educational adventure!

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CakeBoss_Book.jpg   Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets
Buddy Valastro

Call it the Buddy system, because Baking with the Cake Boss is an education in the art of baking and decorating, from kneading to rolling, fondant to flowers, taught by Buddy Valastro himself, the star of TLC’s smash hit Cake Boss. With more than 100 of his most sought-after recipes, including birthday and holiday cakes and other special theme designs, this book is a master course that culminates in the showstopping cakes for which Carlo’s Bake Shop is famous.

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PhilippedeMontebello_Book.jpg   Rendez-vous with Art
Philippe de Montebello


Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford talked in art galleries or churches or their own homes, and this book is structured around their journeys. But whether they were in the Louvre or the Prado, the Mauritshuis of the Palazzo Pitti, they reveal the pleasures of truly looking.

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TheHolocaust_Book.jpg   The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews
Father Patrick Desbois

The Holocaust by Bullets tells the poignant story of how a Catholic priest uncovered the truth behind the murder of one and a half million Ukrainian Jews.

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Maurice Ravel:
Boléro


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Clair de lune


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Claude DeBussy:
La Mer


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RonWhite_Video.jpg   You Can’t Fix Stupid with Ron White
Irreverent bad boy Ron White will crack you up with a nonstop stream of hilarious jokes and clever observations. As described by Daily Variety, "White's inspired comic mind finds a dozen sources of humor where the average comic would find only one or two." In this brand-new stand-up performance, he explores the pitfalls of marriage, offers some hysterically funny advice on picking a spouse and introduces the unforgettable "Squirrel Man," plus much more. A well-loved Comedy Central favorite, star of the popular DVD They Call Me "Tater Salad" and the bestselling CD Drunk in Public, this extraordinary comedian will keep you laughing till your sides ache!

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BeetleBardl_Book.jpg   The Tales of Beedle and the Bard
J.K Rowling


The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales and reveals snippets of information about life at Hogwarts. A uniquely magical volume, with illustrations by the author, J.K. Rowling, that will be treasured for years to come.

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Quidditch_Book.jpg   Quidditch Through the Ages
Kennilworthy Whisp

The most checked-out book in the Hogwarts Library, and a volume no Quidditch player or Harry Potter fan should be without! If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence, or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES. This invaluable volume is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis.

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MovieMagic_Book.jpg   J.K. Rowling Wizarding World, Movie Magic
Jody Revenson

From the gilded halls of Gringotts and Hogwarts to the New York City of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, each page of this book delivers a fun, interactive experience for young readers as they discover how the extraordinary places and fascinating characters of the wizarding world took shape onscreen. Filled with lift-the-flaps, stickers, and other engaging inserts, this engrossing book overflows with captivating facts about the movie magic used to create a world fit for witches and wizards. Including insights from the actors who played Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore, Newt Scamander, and many more, this book is a must-have for young fans of the Wizarding World.

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FilmWizardry_Book.jpg   Harry Potter: Film Wizardry
Brian Sibley


Harry Potter: Film Wizardry gives readers a front row seat to the magical journey that brought J.K. Rowling's wizarding world to the big screen. Step off Platform Nine and Three Quarters and into the hidden world behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film series. Brian Sibley is the author of other bestselling behind-the-screen books, like The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy and The Land of Narnia. The book includes Producer's Diaries from the Harry Potter films' executive producer David Heyman.

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PagetoScreen_Book.jpg   Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey
Bob McCabe


Harry Potter: Page to Screen opens the doors to Hogwarts castle and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to reveal the complete behind-the-scenes secrets, techniques, and over-the-top artistry that brought J.K. Rowling's acclaimed novels to cinematic life. Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, "Page to Screen" is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere.
 

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HistoryMagic_Book.jpg   Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic
British Library


An irresistible romp through the history of magic, from alchemy to unicorns, ancient witchcraft to Harry's Hogwarts – packed with unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts that have been magically released from the archives at the British Library. This spellbinding book takes readers on a journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, including Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, Divination and more.
 

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JKRowling_Book.jpg   J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter
Marc Shapiro


Harry Potter is loved throughout the world - so is his creator. Joanne Kathleen (J.K.) Rowling is a true wizard, a woman who has the ability to recall vividly her days as a child and capture those wild, wonderful, difficult times-an ability that helps make her creation, Harry Potter, seem so real. In this revealing look, fans of the Harry Potter series will get to see their favorite author as they never have before. From a child with a wonderful imagination who didn't quite fit in, to a single mother with almost overwhelming responsibilities, the J.K. Rowling story is a wonderful chance for adults and children to enjoy a heartwarming, magical story... together.
 

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HistoryMagic_Video.jpg   Harry Potter, A History of Magic
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, this documentary visits the real-life magical history behind J.K. Rowling’s beloved classics. With footage from The British Library’s exhibition in London, and exclusive access to a priceless collection of artefacts, experience the fascinating, real history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Includes interviews with J.K. Rowling herself as she examines the most exciting items on display and talks for the first time about her own personal drawings and drafts featured in the exhibition. 
 

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HarryPotterKids_Video.jpg   Biography: Harry Potter Kids
They were virtually unknown when they were cast in the first `Potter' pic in 2000; Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have since become spectacularly famous around the globe.

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DiscoveringRealHP_Video.jpg   Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter 
Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter picks up where the blockbuster film and bestselling books leave off. This critically acclaimed documentary explores the myths and legends that inhabit the real world of Harry Potter. Follow award-winning documentary filmmakers as they offer insights to witches, wizards, Greek Gods, Ancient Celts, ghosts, magical creatures, alchemy, and ancient spells.

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Video_Icon.png SEVENVENUES STAFF PICK

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  Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morisette

Nicha Petrakos
Event Coordinator

“I was a teenager when Jagged Little Pill debuted. I was a big Tori Amos fan, and was immediately drawn to this new powerhouse vocalist whose lyrics were incredibly poetic, passionate, and at times eerily relatable. Alanis Morissette burst onto the music scene with lots to say. This album drew me in, and I learned every single word to every song. My girlfriends and I would drive around with all the windows rolled down blasting “You Learn,” “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” “Hand In My Pocket,” and “Head Over Feet”. We were all theater kids who all wanted to be rock stars, and Alanis was the pinnacle of female rockstars in the mid-nineties. I recently shared this album with my 18-year-old daughter. She loved watching my reaction every time a new song would start, “I LOVE THIS SONG! TURN IT UP!,” and we rolled down the windows so I could sing at the very top of my lungs. This album is still a perfect story from start to finish, and I cannot wait to see how this translates onto the stage.”
 

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