Libraries Are Not Dead

Phoenix, Arizona – The Phoenix area has a large network of modern libraries. One library is the Cesar Chavez library in south Phoenix. It is next to a large park and lake. The library is spacious, modern, and engages in community outreach. It is important for the surrounding community and is often a meeting places for groups. It is also a good place to reach out to if you are in need of reference materials as they have a full-time librarian.

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Becoming a Film Composer: What Does It Take?

Todd Thommes, a transplant for Los Angeles, has been trying to break into film scoring for two decades. He worked in Hollywood as a script reader and other jobs, while trying to make contacts in the music industry. Hollywood is a competitive environment and this was in an age before the proliferation of music on the internet. Mr. Thommes got a gig playing at the Sofitel Hotel. There he mostly played jazz piano. He met a few jazz greats, but none led to the big break.

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Hola: The Irish in Latin America

Phoenix, Arizona – The Irish Center in Phoenix, Arizona was established twenty years ago and has been important in informing the public about Irish culture, Irish language, and Irish history. The Irish Center currently has an exhibit – created by the Irish government – entitled the “The Irish in Latin America”. Thousands of Irish went to Latin America during the Famine and many more followed during the Irish Revolution.

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