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FREE Online Entertainment

Computers are great. Seriously, think of all they do for us. They spell check our horribly written term papers, they help us find dinner for date night, and they help us keep in contact (some say too much so) with all our friends on Facebook. Most importantly tho, they can distract us for hours on end when we are trapped inside by a couple feet of snow. Here are some suggestions of places you can go for free online entertainment:

Music:

Pandora.com - On Pandora you can create radio stations that play the type of music you like. You start with an artist or song and Pandora tries to find similar songs for you to listen to; this has the added bonus of being a great way to learn about new bands!

Grooveshark.com - Grooveshark allows you to create a playlist by searching for artists or titles you like. You then drag them into a play bar and it will play the songs you have chosen in the order you have put them in.

OpenAir - Sample New and Old Music with a bit of Colorado Flavor

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NEW RADIO STATION??

There’s a new radio station in town, commercial-free and it came in without much fanfare. New since Oct. 31 and part of the Colorado Public Radio (CPR) family, it’s called OpenAir on 1340 AM.

The focus for this new station is new Indie Rock. In the email I received recently CPR said: “Explore new music and new possibilities on OpenAir.” They go on to say that “OpenAir will provide a comprehensive music experience focusing on new and recent music of the past 15 years with a Colorado perspective.”

It's List Season!

My Morning Jacket Circuital album cover

It's List Season! Best-of lists are popping up everywhere, and music lists are my favorite of the best-of lists. Here are some lists and their top choices of 2011. Several of the lists below have Bon Iver and Adele in their top three, but there is some variety in the picks.

Topping Stereogum's list is Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls, followed by Drake's Take Care and the eponymous Bon Iver.

Hop in My Chrysler, It's as Big as a Whale

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Known for their eclectic sound, energetic live performances, retro fashion sense - and huge bouffant hairdos! - the B-52s were popular on college radio and the live music scene of the early '80s.

After playing their first show at a house party in Athens, Georgia on Valentine's Day 1977, they moved to New York, headlining at CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. Introduced to a national audience after appearing on Saturday Night Live in 1980, they released several successful albums and had a couple of hits - Rock Lobster and Private Idaho.

Intuition, Crafts, and Food!

Sharing Mountain Recipes

Before Fresh City Life My Branch programming takes a bit of a break for the holiday season, enjoy one of these programs this week!

Tonight, Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman, Man of 1,000 Songs Rob Wivchar is back to soothe your winter stress with his holiday stylings! Stop by and listen for a while!

On Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. you have many craft choices:

Me and Emiliana Torrini

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If you were knocked out by the Sucker Punch soundtrack like I was you might want to further explore the work of Emiliana Torrini.

Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.

From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.

Uke Can Play the Melody

YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"

May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.

Great documentaries about the arts

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I’ve been looking for some extra inspiration in the studio lately, so I’m revisiting favorite documentaries on the arts.

Exit Through the Gift Shop - Banksy created this film using footage from a French shop owner obsessed with graffiti and meeting Banksy. Beautiful images, and a surprising twist.

Music For Kids That Adults Can Love Too

As both a parent and a librarian, I recognize the importance of--and usually enjoy--fun and vibrant music made for children. Classic songs like "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "The Hokey Pokey," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" are wonderful for helping kids learn about the sounds of words through repetition, get ready to read, as well as develop a love for music.

But sometimes we as parents need something a little different--something for the kid in us to enjoy along with our kids.

Does Your Retirement Dream Involve a Ukulele?

Ukulele for Dummies

Start planning your retirement now--whether you're in your 20s or your 60s, you can learn something--and have some fun--with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Get a better idea of the financial planning side of retirement on Tuesday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch with Social Security and Retirement: What You Need to Know. Bring your questions about your future Social Security benefits, and Social Security Administration representative Mike Baksa will answer them.

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