Friday Night Feature - 'The Age of Adaline'

Friday, September 18th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Age of Adaline (2014) Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman , Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew; Rated PG-13; 109 minutes;


Adaline (Blake Lively) has kept to herself for decades in order to keep secret the fact that she has remained 29-years-old for nearly a century. However, when she meets a handsome philanthropist named Ellis (Michiel Huisman), she strains against the self-imposed exile she's lived in. When her secret may become public, she is forced to take greater control over her life. Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker co-star.

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

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Cinderella'

Friday, September 25th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Cinderella (2015) Starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger , Sophie McShera; Rated PG; 112 minutes;

Kenneth Branagh directs Disney's 2015, live-action take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella, which stars Lily James as the put-upon young women forced to endure a life of labor at the hands of her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) after her father dies unexpectedly. Forced to do every menial chore imaginable, Ella maintains her good spirits and eventually strikes up a friendship with a stranger in the woods who turns out to be the prince. When the royal court holds a gala ball, Cinderella wants nothing more to attend, and although her stepmother won't allow it, she gets help from a surprising source.

 

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

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

Musical Film Fest - 'Chicago'

Monday, September 14th  at 6:30 P.M. - Chicago (2002) Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere; Rated PG-13 113 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story -- or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie's story -- all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines.

 

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

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

Musical Film Fest - 'Funny Girl'

Monday,  September 21st  at 1:30 P.M. -  Funny Girl  (1968) Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis,  Lee Allen; Rated G; 145 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest Star." Hired as a "dramatic" singer by impresario Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Brice defies orders to play it straight, turning a "Beautiful Bride" tableau into a laugh riot by dressing herself up as an extremely pregnant newlywed. The stratagem turns Brice into an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. But all is not roses for Brice, especially in her turbulent private life as the wife of big-time gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Nicky at first finds it amusing to be referred to as "Mr. Brice," but he begins to resent his wife's fame and fortune and starts taking foolish risks with other people's money. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Kay Medford for her portrayal of Brice's mother, Rose. Funny Girl was produced by Ray Stark, Brice's real-life son-in-law, who had enough material left over for a sequel, 1975's Funny Lady

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

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

Musical Film Fest - 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Monday,  September 28th  at 6:30 P.M. -  Little Shop of Horrors  (1986) Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Levi Stubbs, Vincent Gardenia, Tichina Arnold; Rated PG-13; 88 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent Wong), naming the plant after his girlfriend Audrey (Ellen Greene, one of the few carry-overs from the Broadway version). Gradually, Seymour learns to his horror that "Audrey II" (given the voice of R&B performer Levi Stubbs) craves blood and flesh. With each of Audrey II's "FEEED MEEE"s, Seymour must scare up human food to satisfy the plant's appetite. One such victim is dentist Steve Martin, a leather-jacketed Elvis type (the dentist's ultra-masochistic patient played by Jack Nicholson in the 1960 original is here impersonated by Bill Murray). The lighthearted tone of the film darkens as Audrey II grows in monstrosity, but the unhappy ending of the Broadway version is avoided herein.

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

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

Musical Film Fest -'Evita'

Monday,  October 5th  at 1:30 P.M. -  Evita  (1996) Starring - Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus &  Julian Littman; Rated PG; 134 minutes; "Evita"  tells the story of Eva Peron (1921-52), a woman whose name evokes powerful feelings in her native Argentina. Throughout this film, as in the musical, the story is explained and commented on by a character known as "Che," played   by Antonio Banderas.

 

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

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

Musical Film Fest - 'Cabaret'

Monday,  October 12th  at 6:30 P.M. - Cabaret  (1972) Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York, Marisa Berenson, Helmut GriemFritz Wepper; Rated PG ; 128 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey, and Fosse.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

In Library Auction

The In Library Auction closes on Wednesday, April 24th at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be notified on Thursday, April 25th. To make your bid, come to Main Street on the first level of the Library and visit the auction display table. 

All proceeds to benefit Darien Library.

In Library Auction Items
Certified to Fly -- Value: $1,500

Flywheel, that is… Invite your friends for a private Flywheel Indoor Cycling Party at Flywheel Stadium Cycling at Chelsea Piers CT.

Donated By: Flywheel Sports Inc.

A Musical Birthday Party -- Value: $680

Treat your friends to a party featuring the tunes of Jay and Ray and pizza from Heights Pizza. The lucky birthday boy or girl also receives a ride-on “Kids Car” from BMW!

Donated By: Jay and Ray, Heights Pizza, and BMW of Darien

Sharpen Your Cooking Skills -- Value: $400

Madalene d’Etiveaud of Bash will teach a cooking class for four people. The menu and date can be coordinated with Madalene directly for a mutually-beneficial date.

Donated By: Bash

Enjoy The View -- Value: Priceless!

Head into NYC for the day with a friend and enjoy tickets to a taping of “The View.”

Donated By: Jim Ornstein

Summer Cover-Up -- Value: $240

Enjoy wearing this hot pink tunic all summer long!

Donated By: Letarte

Girly Girls -- Value: $120

Plan the ultimate girl get together for your daughter and her two friends with a private bracelet making session at Sparklers Design Studio (lemonade & snacks included). Top it off with frozen yogurt at Swizzles and you'll have some happy little girls!

Donated By: Swizzles and Femmegems, Greenwich

Oh Baby, Baby! -- Value: $450

Wheel up in this fabulous black Maclaren XLR! Couple the stroller with something adorable from Wiggles and Giggles with a $50 gift certificate and he or she will be the talk of the playground.

Donated By:Maclaren and Wiggles & Giggles

Drinks Anyone? -- Value: $265

Enjoy this lovely painted tray from Palmer’s Market made complete with glasses from Coleur Provence, a lovely pitcher and cocktail mixers!

Donated By: Palmer’s Market, Coleur Provence, and Anne and Gil Holmes

Jack Dog Photography -- Value: $800

Receive a personalized full portrait session and 11” x 14” custom studio print.

Donated By: Jack Dog Photography

Sunset Cocktails -- Value: $85

Head to the beach or out on the boat with your Lilly Pulitzer acrylic wine glasses and insulated beverage bag.

Donated By: Lilly Pulitzer

Bell Portraits -- Value: $850

A signature portrait session (1-2 hours) with photographer Erin Bell plus a 20” x 30” fine art-framed print.

Donated By: Erin Bell

Say Cheese! -- Value $350

A studio sitting with Classic Kids Photography that includes an 8” x 10” portrait print.

Donated By: Classic Kids Photography

Dress Yourself Up and Take Yourself Out! -- Value: $335

Splurge on a new outfit from Togs to go with your Alyssa leather stud tote and scarf from Bling. Then take yourself out for a dinner for two at Aux Delices Bistro in Westport – Yum!

Donated By: Togs, Bling, and Aux Delices Foods/Westport

Meet Senator Bob Duff -- Value: Priceless!

Enjoy lunch at Estia's American in Darien with three of your friends and Senator Bob Duff. Get to know our Senator and share and discuss ideas.

Donated By: Senator Bob Duff, Estia's American

 

2015 Darien Library Spring Gala

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

 

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times

Saturday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $150 ($100 is tax-deductible)

Purchase a ticket through Paypal, or by mailing a check to:

Darien Library
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT  06820
Attn: Cathy McLachlan

Number of Tickets

Join us at our annual Spring Gala, where all funds raised from the event will be dedicated to expanding library resources, including purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.

This year, Gala attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner featuring local food trucks: LobsterCraft, Bounty (gourmet sliders & fries) and Wood Fired Pizza.

The evening will also include a silent and live auction – stay tuned for our exciting list of items!

The Gala is sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank.

Event Co-Chairs
Melissa Baiera
Marisa DeVicaris
Kristin Nemec

Board of Trustees
Amy Cammann Cholnoky, President
Townsend C. Smith, Vice President
Randall M. Heck, Treasurer
Charles E. Barnett, Secretary
Edgar W. Barksdale, Jr.
Pamela Van Hoven Clark
Robert A.N. Cudd
Sara Franzese
Kevin Gasvoda
Suzanne McGraw
Tara B. Ochman
David C. Ott
Todd Raker
John P. Shutts
Tammy Sload
Jan Smith
Susan Vogel
Susan N. Weaver

Honorary Trustees
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)
Harold W. McGraw, Jr. (1918-2010)
Ann S. Mandel
Stephen F. Mandel (1931-2009)
Kimberly D. Huffard
George U. Wyper

Darien Library is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

 

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