Items tagged with WestportREADS

Workshop for January Artist-in-Residence Challenge: "Identityville" Selfie

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Using an easy folded-paper technique that Miggs Burroughs will demonstrate, create an 8"x8" "Identityville" Selfie showing two parts of your personality or what you were then and now (in conjunction with WestportREADS focusing on George Hodgman's memoir Bettyville). Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Wednesday, January 4 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. 

Miggs Burroughs, a Westport illustrator and photographer, is the Library's Artist-in-Residence for the year. Bring submissions any time during January to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

WestportREADS 2017 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

The Great Hall
Seminars & Workshops, WestportREADS
All ages

WestportREADS 2017: January Artist-in-Residence Challenge—"Identityville" Selfie

Please see full event listing for date.

Using an easy folded-paper technique that Miggs Burroughs will demonstrate, create an 8"x8" "Identityville" Selfie showing two parts of your personality or what you were then and now (in conjunction with WestportREADS focusing on George Hodgman's memoir Bettyville). Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Wednesday, January 4 at 4 pm or the Family Workshop on Saturday, January 7 at 2 pm. Both workshops are in the Great Hall.  

Miggs Burroughs, a Westport illustrator and photographer, is the Library's Artist-in-Residence for the year. Bring submissions any time during January to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

WestportREADS 2017 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

The Great Hall
Seminars & Workshops, WestportREADS
All ages

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: Funny Girl

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Funny Girl is a bittersweet, classic musical drama with Barbara Streisand as the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice. She starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), is another story. (1968; 2h 31m)

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
Films, WestportREADS

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: The Boy Friend

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In The Boy Friend, the leading lady of a traveling theatrical troupe injures herself, the group's shy and demure stage manager, Polly (Twiggy), is suddenly thrust into the spotlight to take her place. As luck would have it, she makes her debut on the same day that a movie director attends the performance. It stars starring Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Tommy Tune, and Max Adrian. (1971; 2h 17m)

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
Films, WestportREADS

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: Sunday in the Park with George

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Sunday In The Park With George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's stunning masterpiece merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. Inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, it is one of the most acclaimed musicals of our time and is a moving study of the enigmatic painter. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. (1986; 2h 26m)

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
Films, WestportREADS

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: The Music Man

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Con man Harold Hill arrives in staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him while he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music. Robert Preston and Shirley Jones star in this classic musical. (1962; 2h 31m)

Enjoy a special Shake Shack frozen custard from our community partner Shake Shack.

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
Films, WestportREADS

Date & Speaker Change to Saturday, January 14: WestportREADS: Lecture

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Lecture date & topic may change. Check back later for details.

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WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

McManus Room
Talks & Readings, WestportREADS

WestportREADS 2017: Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: “Where Were You in the 1970s?”—Can You Help?

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The Westport Library’s WestportREADS selection for 2017 is Bettyville by George Hodgman, a humorous, insightful memoir about an accomplished gay man who leaves New York City to care for his aging, ailing mother in Paris, Missouri, where he grew up and came of age in the 1970s. Entitled “Where Were You in the 1970s?,” the WestportREADS exhibit will look at Westport in the ’70s and also where and how current Westporters passed the era of pet rocks and lava lamps, whether here in town or elsewhere. So tell us where you were—and who you were—in the 1970s.

Share memories & photos of your life in the 1970s.
Whether you spent the 1970s in Westport or elsewhere, write and tell us about yourself or your family in the ‘70s—and share a photo or two from the period. Be sure to include the names of the people in the photo, when they or you came to Westport and when and where the photos were taken.

Submission guidelines:

  • Keep your text to 500 words or less.
  • Email your text and digital photo submissions to ctimmons [at] westportlibrary [dot] org, using “SEVENTIES” in the subject line. Include in your email your full name, the town you live in now and your phone number (in case we have questions).
  • Submit images as jpegs, with the file name marked with your full name; ALSO, in the email, identify who’s in the photo, using “from left to right” if there’s more than one person.
  • If you have photos but are unable to scan them, email us for scanning help. 

DEADLINE for Submissions: Monday, November 28
Got questions? Email Chris Timmons at ctimmons [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

The display will run December 20, 2016—March 20, 2017. 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Riverwalk Level Hallway
Exhibits, WestportREADS

Postponed from January 30: WestportREADS 2016: Keynote Talk with Author James McBride

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James McBridePostponed from January 23, same time and location (6 pm at the Westport Country Playhouse.) All tickets honored on the new date.

National Book Award winner, New York Times bestselling author and musician James McBride discusses his book Miracle at St. Anna, the WestportREADS 2016 book. Set in Italy during WWII and based on true events, it is the story of a six-year-old Italian orphan who befriends a shy, giant Negro soldier of the all-black 92nd Infantry Buffalo Division. The two are joined with three other soldiers and are trapped in an Italian village as the German army closes in. Register online.

Community partner: Westport Country Playhouse

Note location: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

James McBride is a renaissance man and a born storyteller. He is the author of The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, a moving narrative about his mother, a white Jewish woman from Poland who married a black man, founded a Baptist church and put 12 children through college.

The Color of Water is an American classic, read in colleges and high schools nationwide. It has sold more than two million copies and spent two years on The New York Times Bestseller List. McBride’s second book, Miracle at St. Anna, is now a Touchstone/Disney film that he wrote the script for and was directed by American film icon Spike Lee. McBride co-wrote the film Red Hook Summer with Lee, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. A coming-of-age story about a young black boy, the film probes issues of race, neighborhood gentrification, impotent police, and the ravaging effects of drugs and gang violence on the African American community, to name a few.

His book, Song Yet Sung, is a national bestseller, the 2009 choice of “One Book/One Maryland” and is being adapted into a miniseries on FX. In his latest novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride tells the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. The Good Lord Bird went on to win the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013, a prestigious honor amongst authors, and will be turned into a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith.

McBride’s newest book, Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown, is an authorized biography of James Brown, embarking on a search that leads from America’s South to England to New York. The book is due for release in March 2016, and uncovers the saga of Brown’s childhood, including a never-before-revealed story of Brown’s sharecropper family who were uprooted by America’s largest nuclear bomb-making facility.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia School of Journalism, McBride has written for The Boston Globe, People and The Washington Post. Also an award-winning composer and saxophonist, McBride has penned songs (music and lyrics) for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and Gary Burton, as well as for the PBS character “Barney.”

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Westport Country Playhouse
Talks & Readings, WestportREADS

WestportREADS 2016: Black Heroes of D-Day

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forgottenwr buttonPhotographer and journalist Linda Hervieux talks about Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in this blend of military and social history—a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose made crucial contributions at D-Day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation’s highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in World War II.

linda hervieuxIn telling the story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, Linda Hervieux offers an account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice. 

"Forgotten is an utterly compelling account of the African-Americans who played a crucial and dangerous role in the invasion of Europe. ... The story of their heroic duty is long overdue."—Tom Brokaw, bestselling author of The Greatest Generation

Linda Hervieux is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News, and the Fodor’s Paris guide, among other publications. This is her first book.

 

McManus Room
Authors, WestportREADS