Mark Bialczak

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Chadwick Boseman Demonstrates the Mighty Mountains of Inequity So Well in 'Marshall'

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago

Before Thurgood Marshall could become one of the icons of American culture by righting so many injustices and becoming the first African American Supreme Court Justice, the young attorney had...

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Gary Oldman Embraces Winston Churchill for All He's Worth in 'Darkest Hour'

Mark Bialczak | 21 months ago

The history lessons in Darkest Hour shine various lights on Winston Churchill, the King and his Empire, and the oh-so-many players linked to them in the days that Adolph Hitler’s...

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'The Breadwinner' Delivers a Big Message with Heart, Soul

Mark Bialczak | 22 months ago

Don’t let the fact that The Breadwinner uses the format of animation to drive home its message fool you.

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Learn the Value of Family with 'Coco'

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

Just imagine if your family beat down your dream at every turn. And I mean your extended family. Parents, grandparents, cousins, the whole mass of generations.

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This Kid's Reality Truly Grows into a 'Wonder'

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

Nate and Isabel Pullman know they have something special with their son Auggie. The kid’s a true delight marching around in his NASA astronaut helmet, brandishing his love for space...

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It's Easy to Get Bullish for 'Ferdinand'

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

Get the bigs and littles together for a feel-good viewing of Ferdinand, why don’t you? The bull who first made a name for himself in the picture-book world of Munro...

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Music to Smile about from Julie Falatico and Rick Montalbano

Mark Bialczak | 23 months ago

The third of four Origins of Jazz III The Jazz Singer series shows had the big Carman Community Room crowd toe-tapping and smiling widely the afternoon of Sunday, March 18.Vocalist...

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Get Ready to Have Your Heart Tugged by 'Only the Brave'

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago

Only the Brave was ripped from the news. So anybody who followed the course of the Yarnell Fire of 2013 or the GQ story No Exit by Sean Flynn from...

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Kids Get Over Their Clash for the Common Good in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Mark Bialczak | 24 months ago

The Walker four and the Blackett pair are most definitely British kids floating around in their boats on the lake they reluctantly share in Swallows and Amazons.

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The Ames Kids Put Their Time and Talents Behind Their Love for their Library

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Why the Liverpool Public Library for this generosity?

“This is ours,” Meg Ames says. “We enjoy everything about it. We enjoy perusing all the books.

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Savoring the First Half of the Winter Music Series

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

The day following the concerts, I posted song videos on our Facebook page. They scored lots of views.I squirreled away a couple for here, though.

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Ronnie Leigh's Ready to Perform with a Smile as Part of The Jazz Singer Series

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

I recall him talking about his relationship with Frank Sinatra’s music for my podcast with community radio station WAER, complete with his snippets of The Chairman of the Board’s familiar...

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Judi Dench, Ali Fazal Show Us (Mostly) True Mushi Business as 'Victoria & Abdul'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Some things are not supposed to happen. An aging and bored queen eats herself into a stupor at a feast in her honor until a 24-year-old Indian clerk marches up...

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You Can Tell Us Why You Love the LPL

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Do you have any words of love for your favorite library?

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Gaming for Adults with Special Needs Is a Good News Story

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

And Andrew Rubino brought his microphone and recorder for a radio segment for the same site.They reported that the program does very good things.

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Mom Follows the 'The Book of Henry' No Matter the Chill

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Genius has no limits, Henry figured, even when you’re 10 years old and raising your mother and little brother.

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We've Got Much to Celebrate the Music, Man with Neil Diamond

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Neil stuff for sale at the show. Karen got a T-shirt.In fact, I don't know which I enjoyed more.

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The Big D Orchestra featuring Sharon Allen Kicks Off 2018 Origins of Jazz Series

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

It's time for America's music to sweeten the Carman Community Room again.The 2018 edition of the Origins of Jazz series will honor The Jazz Singer.The first of four concerts, on...

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'Dunkirk' Paints the Tensions of Escape on Land, Sea and Air

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

There was no getting away from the unbearable tension at Dunkirk those striking days during World War II when the German forces had the Allied troops sealed off on the...

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Emma Stone, Steve Carell Capture a Snapshot of Cultural History in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

If you lived through the ‘70s, the phrase Battle of the Sexes is no stranger. Women were working hard to get their just due, and certain men were quite reluctant...

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Enjoy a Song for the Holidays from the Salt City Harpers at the LPL

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

The seats were full to experience the holiday sounds from the Salt City Harpers on Sunday, Dec.

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Salt City Harpers to Let Loose Lush Carpet of Four Majestic Instruments

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

There's bound to be a marvelous holiday spirit when the world of harp music visits the LPL.The Salt City Harpers will turn their four big stringed instruments onto a batch...

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Sally Hawkins Captures the Spirit that Lets 'Maudie' Emerge

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

For the front portion of Maud’s life, oh, so much tried to make a point that she wasn’t worth the effort.

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The Young Bird Travels Far to Prove Good Can Prevail in 'Americano'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Life is sort of smooth for this Mexican flock as the papa and mama birds pull off their magic in making the family circus work as their son Cuco pays...

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'A Man Called Ove' Intrigues from Start to Finish

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

And one of the glories of the movie is we get to see why in bits and pieces of flashback to Ove’s youth growing up virtually in a train yard...

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Big Mike Fiss Leaves Legacy with 2 Complete Local Holiday Music CD Packages for LPL Collection

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

A present from Big Mike Fiss to the LPL local music-loving community.

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Dan Duggan to Treat Carman Community Room Music Series to Sound of His Hammered Dulcimer

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

The third installment of the Fall Music Series reaches the Dulcimers stage of the proceedings Sunday, Nov.

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Meet the Art of John Mariani through November

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Artist John Mariani hangs a painting commissioned by an Eastwood neighbor from a park that honors the artist's late son, Louis.

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Past, Present, Future Blend Majestically in 'Kaili Blues'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Kaili Blues presents a poetic prism on modern Chinese cinema.

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Songwriters of All Styles, Levels Share Their Songs and Suggestions

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Phrases such as "I like they key changes" and "It's all in the phrasing" met with nods and, and maybe even a smile or two.It was obvious that all were...

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The Kids Are Cool, but Mom Thinks She Knows It All in 'Everything, Everything'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Teens being teens, they both want more. Especially Maddy, who longs to actually go to the ocean, which by the looks of things, can’t be so far from this gorgeous...

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You'll End Up Pulling for the Busker and the Whiskers in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

You can’t help rooting for James to turn his life around for good. And for Bob to come out OK, too.

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Be Ready for String Music to Be the Talk of the Carman Community Room

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

The Jefferson String Quartet will include Sonya Williams and Edgar Tumajyan on violin, Lindsay Groves on cello and Dana Huyge on viola.Classical music, yes.Traditional string quartet show, no."We will show...

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Johnny Depp Sails 'Pirates of the Caribbean' into Creepy Waters for 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow to continue Disney's moneymaking Pirates of the Caribbean series.

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She's Pretty Wonderful, Sure, This Woman

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Comic book lovers and TV viewers of a certain vintage certainly are no strangers to the powers of Wonder Woman.

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Flipping Through the Pages of the 2017 Used Book Sale Down Under

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

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When 'A Monster Calls,' Brave Lad Conor Searches for Answers

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Some things in Conor O’Malley’s life are all too real.

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The Kid in the Middle Is Truly 'Gifted'

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Frank Adler stood up when hard times came knocking.

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'The Shack' Brings You to Places You Can Only Imagine

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Mack had things good in life. Lovely and loving wife. Three smart and connected children. A robust family dynamic that included curious talk and practice of faith that strayed just...

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New Blog Post

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

The new music series that fills the LPL’s Carman Community Room with wonderful sound starts this Sunday, Sept.

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The Emotional Roar of Lion Stretches Long and Far

Mark Bialczak | 2 years ago

Oh, what happened to 5-year-old Saroo.

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Find Your Way to Personalized Gift Giving, Courtesy of Mr. G

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Keith Gatling, also known as our tech expert Mr. G, shows off his personalized sweatshirt at his Drop In Tech Help station in the LPL main room.

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The Kid returns a man, and he's ready to be a rock for his community

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Josh Burke was 17 years old the last time I sat with him in a conference room, talking rock music and life.

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Denzel Washington comes up large in 'Fences,' and Viola Davis is more than his match

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis find the uneasy peace in 'Fences.' (From IMDb.com)

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We all won because these 'Hidden Figures' reached for the stars

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

African American women mathematicians played a critical role in the early success of NASA. (Photo from IMDb.com)

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Gosling, Stone sing and dance their way into a faraway 'La La Land'

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling spin for each other's affection in 'La La Land.' (Photo from IMDb.com)

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Volunteers boost Big Book Sale Down Under year round

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Patrons roll up in the underground parking garage and drop their once-cherished books into the big blue bins.They walk up to staffers behind the customer service desk and hand over...

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Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' lets us love his characters but not his whole story

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

Woody Allen did a lot right in his direction of Cafe Society, the Hollywood legend’s period piece about a New York City kid coming of age in the 1930s.

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Our Communication Guy's 10 worst movies from 2016

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

There were some stinkers on my list this year.

The Nice Guys

Our Communication Guy's favorite 10 movies from 2016

Mark Bialczak | 3 years ago

I sat and pondered with the list of first-run and Blu-Ray/DVDs I’d watched these past 12 months, thinking about the effect they’d had on me in the theater or on...

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