Films of Elia Kazan: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

One of the most revered directors of his era, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) also remains one of the most controversial. Kazan launched a revolution in realistic screen acting at mid-century. But when he provided names to the McCarthy era investigators in the early 1950s, damaging the careers of his peers, many regarded him as an unforgivable traitor for the rest of his life.

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945) profiles a family in a crowded tenement in 1915 who manages to enjoy life despite their poverty and Papa's alcoholism. James Dunne stars in this 129-minute film.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

A Breakthrough in Classical Music: Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Hear a recorded performance of the origins of Chinese music by the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Experience ancient Chinese instruments including the two-stringed erhu, the plucked pipa and Chinese bells leading a grand Western orchestra through melodies rooted in 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.

The ancient Chinese regarded music as a tool to contact the gods. Music was not only for enjoyment and entertainment but also part of a sacred ceremony to reunite humankind with Heaven. Discover an enchanting new sound. Discover Shen Yun.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Casa Italia: Italian Women in Chicago

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Meet editors and contributors of Casa Italia's newly published book, "Italian Women in Chicago: Madonna mis! QUI debbo vivere? (You mean I have to live HERE)?” published by the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia.

Editors Dominic Candeloro, Kathy Catrabone and Gloria Nardini will share stories from the book. The spotlight on Italians in Chicago has always been on the men. This anthology is a preliminary effort to “write” that wrong. Dominic Candeloro, lead editor, recruited almost 50 contributing authors, including attorney/author Theresa Amato of Oak Park.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Unexpected Lessons from the Heartland: Conversations with Rural Women

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

After completing an audio documentary workshop at Duke University, long-time Oak Park psychologist Jane Samuelson conducted oral histories of older women in rural Champaign County, Illinois. Samuelson heard stories of a way of life that has virtually disappeared. These women were first-hand witnesses to the transition from the family farm to mechanized agriculture, and then to agribusiness.

Location: 
Second Floor - Small Meeting Room
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Community Discussion on Race Post Ferguson

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Dan Haley, publisher of the Wednesday Journal, Rob Braymaier, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, and Village Trustee Glenn Brewer for a Community Discussion on Race Post Ferguson. The community leaders of Ferguson, Missouri, joined other communities to discuss integration efforts at the Oak Park Exchange Congress. In 1994, Ferguson actually hosted the Exchange Congress.

Location: 
Second Floor - Veterans Room
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genre X: Woke Up Lonely

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s at Fat Duck Tavern & Grill. November's selection is Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

For more information on genre X, and our upcoming discussions, visit our website and join our Goodreads group to see a list of upcoming and previous selections.

genre X: The Lottery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s at Fat Duck Tavern & Grill. October's selection is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

For more information on genre X, and our upcoming discussions, visit our website and join our Goodreads group to see a list of upcoming and previous selections.

Location: 
Fat Duck - Forest Park

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