Author Sean Brennan: "Bridie's Boy -- A Memoir

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

You don't have to be from Chicago or Irish to fall in love with Bridie, the Gaelic-speaking, fresh-from-Eire heroine of "Bridie's Boy," by Sean Brennan. Sean's parents, Tom and Bridie Brennan moved to Oak Park and settled into a glorious Victorian on South Euclid Avnue. Born the 10th of 11 Brennan children, Sean beganhis writing career at the dining roo table in Pop's sewing room. Come hear his entertaining stories of growing up in Chicago and Oak Park in the 1950's and 60's.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Straight Talk About the N-Word with Dr. Neal Lester

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Like no other word in the English language, the N-word spawns leading news headlines particularly when celebrities utter it: comedian Michael Richards, Dog the Bounty Hunter, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Walters, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, or Jesse Jackson, Sr. This word shows up in American childhood rhymes and ditties, in minstrel songs that are now popular Disney children’s songs and in commercial advertisements. It punctuates some rap songs, is euphemized, buried in mock funerals, and bleeped from media broadcasts.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "Splendor in the Grass"

Wednesday, November 5, 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.

"Splendor in the Grass" features Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty as young lovers in the late 1920s -- a tale of sexual repression, love, and heartbreak. 124 minutes.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "A Face in the Crowd"

Wednesday, October 29, 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 Face in the Crowd" (1957) features Andy Griffith, as a rural drifter who becomes an overnight media sensation, but also grows drunk with fame and power. 126 minutes.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "East of Eden"

Wednesday, October 22, 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.

"East of Eden features James Dean in a Cain and Abel story based on a John Steinbeck novel about brothers competing for their father's love. 115 minutes

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "On the Waterfront"

Wednesday, October 15, 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.

"On the Waterfront" features Marlon Brando as an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggling to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. The film won Best Picture of 1954 and Kazan won Best Director.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Wednesday, October 8, 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.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Films of Elia Kazan: "Pinky"

Wednesday, October 1, 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.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

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.

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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.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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