Previously only seen at special screenings or on bootlegs tapes, Penelope Spheeris’ three-part documentary series chronicling the punk scene of the ‘70s, the heavy metal scene of the ‘80s, and the anti-establishment, homeless teens of the ‘90s, has been restored …Read More
I don’t have a whole lot of time to read music reviews so when NPR starts to put out their “best of” lists at the end of every year I usually just put them all on hold through the library. …Read More
This summer, after thirty years away from the silver screen, audiences were treated to a new Mad Max adventure. George Miller, creator of the original trilogy, has rebooted his post-apocalyptic universe with Mad Max: Fury Road. Set in …Read More
After 15 years in the public eye and more than 80 million records sold, Coldplay is back with what is being rumored to be their last album. Despite the inevitable, and perhaps earned, criticisms (predictable, middlebrow, populist, the poor man’s …Read More
Wow. The first snow of the year hit tonight. Tomorrow’s going to be a great day to make a pot of piping hot chili. I usually just mix up whatever’s in the fridge, but if you’re a recipe-kind-of-person, a great …Read More
The National Book Award Winner’s were announced yesterday. This year’s top fiction award went to Adam Johnson for his short story collection Fortune Smiles. This is yet another prestigious win for Johnson after nabbing the Pulitizer for his …Read More
November is Native American heritage month; check out some of the offerings in the Chicago area to learn more about Native American history.
National Archives, Chicago: Several hundred cubic feet of records are housed in the Chicago facility that documents …Read More
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is Carrie Brownstein’s latest project—a vivid memoir of her early life in the Pacific Northwest, and the creation (and eventual demise) of her band Sleater-Kinney.
She goes into detail on her early life …Read More
Have you noticed the surge in popularity of a capella music? Since The Sing-Off debuted on NBC in 2009, a capella has really hit the mainstream. The breakout stars of the singing comeptition show, Pentatonix, have won a grammy …Read More
According to music psychologist David M. Greenberg of the University of Cambridge and City University of New York, the best way to wake up in the morning is by listening to music that plays at a tempo of 100 to …Read More
When next visiting Eisenhower, please take a minute to view the exhibit in our display case. It features artwork, including paintings and wood carvings by Bruno Sowa, the father of one of our patrons. It’s beautiful work and we think …Read More
While certainly better known for the superhero masterpiece Watchmen, for my money, Alan Moore’s best and most satisfying work might be From Hell, the obsessively-researched recounting of the Jack the Ripper murders. Of course, no one knows who …Read More
Here are some spooky reads to get you in the Halloween spirit.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable …Read More
Mindy Kaling’s much-anticipated follow-up to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) was released in September to much fanfare, and a spot on the bestseller list right away.
Why Not Me? will appeal to fans of the author …Read More
In the mood to watch something dark? Check out a scary movie that you might have missed.
The Descent A group of women friends go on a caving expedition and encounter some unexpected inhabitants. Be prepared for some genuinely …Read More
It’s September, and to some that signifies the height of fashion season. This fashion week, check out some titles Eisenhower has recently added to the collection and get motivated to try a new look! If you sew your own clothes …Read More
We’re super excited that titles from Image Comics are now available for our patrons to access instantly on their smartphones, tablets, and computers using our digital media service, Hoopla Digital!
The addition of Image titles broadens Hoopla’s catalog of more …Read More
Aziz Ansari probably isn’t the first person you’d go to for dating advice, unless you’ve read this book. Unlike the usual books written by comedians, Modern Romance tells the statistical tale of mostly heterosexual relationships, specifically those of middle-class, university-educated …Read More
The author of the self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises that it will put your children to sleep, and many tired parents are willing to try anything. Swedish psychologist Carol-Johan Frossen Ehrlin wrote The Rabbit …Read More
Felicia Day has made a name for herself within “geek” culture as an actress on favorite TV shows like Buffy and Supernatural, as well as lesser known cult favorites like The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog. This week she …Read More
When next at Eisenhower, stop for a minute to take a look at the detailed miniatures of Sandy Dumalski. They’ll be on display in the lobby until the end of August.…Read More
Like last week’s recommended band, Veruca Salt, this week’s band released a new record after nearly 20 years apart. The members of the Swedish hard-core quartet Refused put aside their differences for a reunion tour, ultimately leading to the …Read More
Check out Arms and the Dudes and learn about a stoner trio’s unlikely success with foreign arms dealing before it comes to the big screen next spring. Arms and the Dudes is based on Rolling Stone reporter Guy Lawson’s research …Read More
After about 17 years of changing line-ups, the original members of mid-90’s, Chicago rockers, Veruca Salt have come together with “hatchets buried, axes exhumed” to release a new album. Called “unabashedly decade-specific” by NPR’s Katie Presley, Ghost Notes sound like …Read More