John Steven Gurney
John Steven Gurney's books are all over your library shelves. He has illustrated many of America's best loved chapter book series, including The A to Z Mysteries , The Bailey School Kids , and The Calendar Mysteries . He is the author and illustrator of the picture book Dinosaur Train and the graphic novel Fuzzy Baseball . Every illustration tells a story, but how? How does a book get published? What is the editor's job? John answers all these questions and more. He takes the audience through his illustration development process, including visual research, sketch development, and painting. John's presentation is informative and often quite funny. Information is presented with clarity and humor. Then John switches gears and the session gets interactive. Volunteers from the audience experience what it's like to pose for an illustration. John answers questions and draws some cartoons. But the highlight is when John leads the audience in "draw-along" activities.
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Back in the 1800s, the Las Vegas Valley was given its name from the extensive meadows (“las vegas” is Spanish for “the meadows”) present in the area courtesy of the artesian wells drilled by local farmers. Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1905, in the days when it was a stopping-off point for pioneers travelling west. It eventually became a railroad town, although with the coming of the railroad growth halted as travelers began to bypass Las Vegas. The city’s tourism industry took off in 1935 with the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam, which is still a popular attraction. Then gambling was legalized, and things really started to move. Vegas was picked, largely by celebrated figures in “the mob”, as a convenient location across the California/Nevada state line that could service the vast population of Los Angeles. As a result, Las Vegas is the most populous US city founded in the 20th century (Chicago is the most populous city founded in the 19th century, just in case you were wondering).
Fred Stoller , Actor: Fred & Vinnie. Frederick " Fred" Stoller (born March 19, 1965) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, voice artist, and …
Al's first big parody success was "My Bologna," a sendup of a song called "My Sharona," which was extremely popular at the time . The song went straight to #1 … on Dr. Demento's countdown, which is still pretty cool, and gained just the tiniest bit of national attention. Not bad for a song that was literally recorded in the john.
By this time, Al was working as a DJ at his college radio station — while they had plenty of microphones, they didn't have a sound booth. So, Al picked the next most acoustically appropriate setting — the bathroom — and let 'er rip, once again with nothing but his own accordion accompaniment. While a more fleshed-out version with a full rhythm section would make its way onto his self-titled debut album, Dr. Demento's listeners were treated to an early glimpse of what one musical genius and his accordion could do. We're not sure if this is the origin of referring to a finished recording as being "in the can," but if it's not, it should be.
“Dreams”—one of the most mesmerizing songs in the band’s canon—acquired its hypnotic qualities through the use of a looped drum pattern, pulsing, repetitive bassline, and the subtle coloration of guitar textures that give the deceptively simple song its ebb and flow.
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