Stonewall Inn a National Monument

Last week, President Obama designated the Stonewall Inn a National Monument.  In the summer of 1969, patrons of the bar stood up to raiding police, adding momentum to the gay rights movement and giving rise the Pride Parade.  As Pride Month comes to a close, learn more about the Stonewall Inn and the events of that night in 1969 by checking out PBS’s excellent documentary, Stonewall Uprising.  It’s currently in our Pride Month display on the first floor, but will soon return to the Media Center.  (Call number DVD HQ76.8.U6 A447 2011 AV.)

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June is Musical Month in the Media Center

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The Tony Awards are just around the corner – Sunday, June 12 – and we’d would love to help you get catchy show tunes stuck in your head.  Currently, 9 shows are running on the Media Center’s Broadway, all guaranteed not to flop with DVD viewers:

 

 

Chicago, full of razzle dazzle, follows 2 women who commit murder and turn the courtroom into a circus just to find fame in 1920s Chicago.

 

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Fiddler on the Roof is a traditional tale of life in a Jewish village in Russia with times changing more quickly than anyone realizes.

 

 

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Grease, the beloved musical of 1950s rebellious high schoolers in Chicago, didn’t win any Tony Awards but won the hearts of audiences everywhere.

 

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Into the Woods retells and interweaves many classic fairy tales, but is much darker than the traditional Disney wash.

 

 

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Les Misérables is an epic beyond a simple synopsis, but at the end of the day you’ll be glad you gave it a chance.

 

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My Fair Lady follows the shenanigans in one woman’s attempts to linguistically transform in order to move through the upper crust of British society.

 

 

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The Phantom of the Opera is one of the longest running and most beloved musicals on stage; save yourself a trip and some cash by checking out the DVD.

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The Sound of Music is the timeless musical based on the true story of the Von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria.

 

 

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West Side Story, winner of 10 Oscars and 2 Tonys and favorite movie of one Michal Bay, is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in mid-century New York.

 

 

These movies will be closing soon to make room for other musical adaptions of beloved movies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Shrek, Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, War Horse and The Lion King.

For more information visit: http://research.dom.edu/mediacenter.  Thank you to Jessica Barth for this post.