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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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.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

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.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Astronomy for Everyone

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

International award-winning astronomer and former consultant to NASA Kevin Manning wants us to "look up to the stars!" The world beyond our own is vast and he'll explain some of the most fascinating parts. We'll start inside with an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe, then head outside to view the amazing rings of Saturn, craters of the moon and other jewels of the night sky through a powerful telescope, weather permitting. Best for ages 5+ with an adult. *Please register all attendees, not just children.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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"UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry"

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Richard Thieme will present "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" which is a scholarly historical study in a field which sees a lot of dubious speculation. As a CHOICE review says, it's "an exception." The subject has been marginalized over the years but the history of the subject has not and,can not be, inasmuch as the government responded continuously to the challenge, and that's what Richard and others document in a fascinating account.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Folk Music Concert: Andrew McKnight

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist Andrew McKnight when he performs a free folk music concert hosted by the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. Andrew celebrates rural America, weaving his masterfully crafted songs, humorous stories and poetic drama into a musical soundscape sketched with shades of Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, and rustic folk.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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