A Review of ‘Smurfs’ by Claire Ramsey A movie like ‘Smurfs’ comes only once in a Blue Moon… but only because blue moons are more common than the legend would have it. Starring Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria, ‘Smurfs’ has a lot going for it, especially for 80’s kids like me who grew up with them on Saturday mornings with our She-Ra pajamas and Cheerios. And my chosen descriptors for this reconstruction of the Peyo little blue darlings, from …
New Effects in the Final Chapter A Review by Claire Ramsey I think Peter Jackson and David Yates are secretly related. Long-lost cousins, or something. Based on my enthusiastic viewing of the final installments of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings film series, I have to say that here are two directors who knows how to end movie series. And I think I enjoyed the last Harry Potter film – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two …
Memories of his childhood have inspired Chris Brockman, an instructor of English at Vance-Granville Community College, to write his first book. Brockman’s memoir, entitled “Growing Up in Boom Times,” was recently published by AuthorHouse. He focuses on his life growing up in Oakland County, Michigan, but Brockman says the book calls up experiences that were typical of the times and shared by nearly all Baby Boomers — the generation referenced in the “Boom” of the title. “Times were simpler, and …
Review by Claire Ramsey May 2011 Strange and stranger, indeed, or perhaps, to quote from Lewis Carroll, curiouser and curiouser. The subtitle of the latest installation of the popular Johnny-Depp-headed saga is appropriate in more than one way. First, the strangers – which means the majority of the cast. Familiar faces include Kevin McNally as Gibbs, Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, another cameo by Keith Richards as Jack Sparrow’s father Captain Teague, and, as goes without saying, Johnny Depp back in …
Auditions for “The King and I” and “The Odd Couple” (Female Version) will be held Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. at Eaton-Johnson Middle School in Henderson.
Beastly A review by Claire Ramsey (c) May 2011 “Everyone knows that story,” says Lindy to Kyle, still darting her head as she looks for Hunter, the boy with whom she has fallen in love. It takes another minute and a cell phone ringing in Kyle’s pocket for her to realize that Kyle and Hunter were, or are, one and the same. Lindy is right. The story she and Kyle/Hunter share is better known as ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ In …
The Vance County Arts Council will host an Art Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 7th from 10am to 2pm. Free food and drinks, music and activities will be had at their gallery on Garnett Street.
Acclaimed Pianist to Perform this Friday in Benson Chapel. Louisburg College is pleased to welcome world-renowned pianist Teresa Walters to campus on Friday, April 29 for a special “Friends of the Arts” concert. Walters will play selections by Franz Liszt in the Benson Chapel beginning at 7:00 PM. Hailed as “The International First Lady of Piano,” Walters is described by Austrian National Television as “that rare musical phenomenon.” In recent years, she has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist on …
© Claire Ramsey Used by Permission I think, with the advent of Stephanie Meyer and the Twilight Saga, together with the continued popularity of Anne Rice and the once-and-future-king of vampire stories, Bram Stoker, I can make a safe assumption: humans, especially young adult humans, LOVE the tales of the bloodsucking fiends that look at us like we look at cheeseburgers.
by Claire Ramsey Mrs. Fox said it all: “My husband is a fantastic fox!”
Passion born of Youth, Courage born of Despair. A Review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon by Claire Ramsey “Eyes, look your last, Arms take your last embrace, and lips (O you the doors of breath) seal with a righteous kiss a dateless bargain to engrossing Death!”
Local children’s author Elizabeth Carroll will be at the Richard Thornton Library in Oxford this Friday, June 19, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the novel, copies will be available at Friday’s event.
by Claire Ramsey The latest installment in the popular Dresden series, Small Favor by Jim Butcher keeps the adventure and weird geeky humor going, keeping faith with Butcher’s many fans.
A review by Claire Ramsey “Tally smiled…. ‘I’m Tally Youngblood,’ she said. ‘Make me pretty.'”
Learning about Bugs (and Books, and Character, and…) in Summer Reading 2008 by Claire Ramsey Imagine the world from the view of a bug! An ant, a fly, a bee — or from a real bug, like a shield-bug — or one of the things that looks like a bug, but isn’t, (like a spider!).
Dear Home in Henderson readers, In one of my last acts as Vance County and Perry Library’s children’s librarian, it is my very great pleasure to introduce a new children’s librarian to you.
The Storytelling Festival is a a free event for Vance County’s fourth grade and fourth-grade-level students during the day, and a free Family Festival in the evening.
Home in Henderson is deeply saddened to report that author Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday at the age of 84.
Children’s author Tristan Perry reads Furry Tails New children’s author Tristan Perry brought furry tails, and tales, to the H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library Tuesday, February 20, to the delight of Vance County children and adults.
Cover art from the seventh book of the Harry Potter series to be released July 21 Though Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has been garnering some non-Hogwarts publicity (his London stage performance in Equus is about to open at the end of February), today it is J. K. Rowling’s books that began the whole Harry Potter craze that are getting limelight: more specifically, book seven–the last Harry Potter book ever–entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.