Friday Night Features in June

We will screen QUARTET on June 21.
We will screen QUARTET on June 21.

Friday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Late Bloomers (2011) Starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Mary and Adam aren’t your typical older couple, they’re high functioning and stylish and to their great surprise, they’ve entered the senior category. Adam is in frantic denial, desperately looking for the fountain of youth as Mary decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best, taking care of her husband and family. After 30 years together, the married couple confronts the unpalatable realities of getting older and concludes that emotional absence is the easiest way to cope. But at what point does distance become divorce?

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Guilt Trip (2012) Starring Seth Rogan and Barbra Streisand; Rated PG-13; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A traveling salesman talks his mother into heading out on the road with him so that he can, unbeknownst to her; reunite her with a former fling in this comedy.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Quartet (2013) Starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon; Rated R; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond and Cecily Robson this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert?

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Well-Digger’s Daughter (2011) Starring Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Darroussin; Not Rated; 105 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

This remake of the 1940’s classic stars Auteuil as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia, has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But when she’s impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Solving Difficult Genealogy Cases

Image courtesy of Flickr user Pauldc
Image courtesy of Flickr user Pauldc

Saturday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m.
In the Community Room

Tony Lauriano will present actual difficult genealogy cases and how they were successfully solved. Her step by step approach will show you how she did it which may help you solve your own dead ends.

Some of the cases Tony will present:

  • Finding the cemetery where a child is buried.
  • Finding the orphanage where a child lived.
  • Verifying a family story about a tragic death.
  • Where did the immigrant come from?
  • Finding information about a biological mother.
  • Learning about victims of the Holocaust.
  • Finding a photo of an immigrant.
  • Why did a war hero die after coming to America?

This program is co-presented with the Middlesex Genealogical Society. 

Friday Night Feature - 'The Giant Mechanical Man'

We will screen THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN July 12.
We will screen THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN July 12.

Friday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Giant Mechanical Man (2012) Starring Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, and Topher Grace; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This is a charming comedic love story between Janice, a woman in her 30’s who has yet to learn how to navigate adulthood, and Tim, a devoted artist who finds that his unique talents as a silver-painted street performer don’t exactly pay the bills. Evicted from her apartment and forced to move in with her overbearing sister, Janice is on the receiving end of well-intentioned but misguided pressure to date an egotistical self-help guru. Everyone seems to know what’s best for Janice, but Tim helps her find her own voice and realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important.

"An earnest, good-hearted movie." -- Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in July.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Harmonica Concert with String Quartet

Sunday, July 14 at 5 p.m.

World-class harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He plays different kinds of harmonicas: Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, and Bass, as well as the largest harmonica and the smallest harmonica in the world. For this performance, he will be accompanied by a string quartet.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Wednesday Matinee - 'Elf'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30 p.m. - Elf (2003) Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel; Rated PG; 97 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

"A disarmingly funny holiday comedy." -- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"You'll laugh hard, you'll laugh often, and you'll leave wishing you still believed in Santa." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

 

Weekend One-Acts at Darien Library

The cast of
The cast of "Old Flame" [photo credit Jeffrey Wyant]

Evening Performance with Opening Reception -- Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
Matinee Performance -- Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

Darien Library is proud to present for the fourth time Weekend One-Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from three esteemed playwrights. The program of three works includes one-act comedies from 1988 (David Ives), from 2013 (Mira Gibson) and from 1995 (Elaine May).

"Sure Thing" by David Ives

Directed by Autumn Howard

This one act comedy features a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill.

"Old Flame" by Mira Gibson and "Hotline" by Elaine May

Directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant with Kathleen Sauer

"Old Flame": When a woman runs into her ex-boyfriend in a grocery store, life collides with what really matters.

"Hotline": A neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline late one night. The counselor who gets the call is overwhelmed - it is his first night on the job.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted.

This program is free and open to the public.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Health Care Reform: What You Need to Know

Randi Redmond Oster
Randi Redmond Oster

Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m.

Find the answer to these pressing questions about the Affordable Care Act and more:

When is this all taking place?
How much will the new insurance cost?
Will I qualify for health insurance premium subsidies?
What is the penalty if I don’t purchase insurance?
Does my business have to offer me insurance?
What happens if I am already covered?
Will my Medicare deduction change?

Presented by Randi Oster, a writer, an electrical engineer and a sandwiched-mom. She is a leading speaker on Health Care Reform. She completed legal training approved by the State on the Affordable Care Act and Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange.

Her passion stems from her personal experience caring for her son’s chronic disease – Crohn's. After spending a month advocating for her son in the hospital, Oster experienced first-hand the need for loved ones to understand the system prior to a crisis.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Meet the Author - Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb

Sunday, December 8th at 5 p.m.

Wally Lamb, author of We Are Water, will be our featured speaker.

With such New York Times bestsellers as She’s Come Undone and The Hour I First Believed, Wally Lamb has won the hearts of millions of readers. We Are Water, Lamb’s first full-scale novel in five years, is another probing exploration of contemporary themes, tempered with the wisdom and empathy that has marked all of this master storyteller’s work. Rooted in the world of a troubled family and driven by riveting drama, this warm-hearted, emotionally powerful novel explores childhood trauma, abuse, and family dynamics, as well as issues of class, race, and cultural inclusion.

Praise for We Are Water

“We are water: ‘fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.’ That’s evident in this emotionally involving new novel from the author of She’s Come Undone….Clear and sweetly flowing; highly recommended.” -- Library Journal, starred review

About the Author

Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much is True, were both number one New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep it to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for fifteen years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Friday Night Feature - 'Now You See Me'

Screening in our Community Room December 20.
Screening in our Community Room December 20.

Friday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Now You See Me (2013) Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson; Rated PG-13; 116 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

"...its cast is always fun to watch and the pace never lags. It has the magic..." - Tom Long, Detroit News

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in December.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Wednesday Matinee - 'The Great Gatsby'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m. - The Great Gatsby (2013) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire; Rated PG-13; 142 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

"It's a terrific adaptation that succeeds not only as a work of cinema but also, wonderfully, as proof of the novel's greatness." - Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

 

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