Family Concert: From Jazz to Soul

Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét
Image courtesy of Rhonda Denét

Saturday, February 20th at 2 p.m.

The Darien Library welcomes the extraordinary vocal talents of Rhonda Denét, who, flanked by the Silver Fox Songs Trio, will perform a collection of jazz standards and soul classics that spans five decades. The group invites you on a musical journey from a time when the "First Lady Of Song," Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage to when the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha & The Vandellas, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight. Through the music, the magic and the message, there is something for everyone!

Refreshments will be served.

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

Dreadlocks, Rock 'n Roll, & Human Rights

Ron Kipling Williams
Ron Kipling Williams

Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 p.m.

Dreadlocks, Rock ‘n Roll & Human Rights is an autobiographical play about a black youth who rocks and rolls to his own beat and is forced to battle racism, stereotypes and ignorance. It is a thought-provoking tale of a man who struggles against society’s intolerance and fights to create a world of acceptance. The play has received critical acclaim from the Baltimore Sun and was a hit at both 2014 and 2015 Charm City Fringe Festivals, and the 2015 Artscape Festival.

About the performer
Ron Kipling Williams is an award-winning performance artist, poet, human rights activist, teacher, and mentor. His first one man show, If the World Were Like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids won a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In addition, he received a Baltimore City African American Male Unsung Hero Award, and a United Workers Human Rights Champion award.

Ron is slated to graduate this spring with an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society, the ‘Be the Change’ Advisory Council, and is a Student Fellow with the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ron has taught Summer Bridge, Writing Composition, and Civic and Community Engagement. For the last seven years, Ron has been volunteering as a voice over recording artist for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He is also the voice for the library’s voice mail system.
 

Sewing 101

Image courtesy of Chandni Thawani
Image courtesy of Chandni Thawani

Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Always wondered how to get started on fun DIY projects with a sewing machine? Hoping to get reacquainted with a beloved machine?

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Thread the machine & bobbin
  • Understand machine parts
  • Use sewing tools & terms
  • Investigate new book group websites
  • Sew a straight line

Feel free to bring your own machine for a hands-on approach. Our instructor can help you learn to use and troubleshoot your specific machine. A few sewing machines will be available for demo and shared use.

About the presenter
Chandni Thawani is a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design and Designer of Chaandu, a Collection of Indian & Elephant inspired smart and functional fashion. Visit her at chaandu.com. She is passionate about eco-clothing and design and enjoys teaching Sewing and Repairing Clothes as a way of preserving the health and value of your clothes.

Black History Film Fest- 'Akeelah and the Bee'

Can you spell?
Can you spell?

Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m. -   Akeelah and the Bee (2006) Starring Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, J.R. Villarreal, Erica Hubbard; Rated PG; 112 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), who was left on her own after the death of her husband. While Akeelah is a very bright girl, she's hardly a star student and seems afraid of acting like a bookworm around her friends and classmates. However,   Akeelah's teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school's spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the talent to win. Akeelah applies herself and emerges victorious in the local competition, but discovers the going gets tougher when she goes to a statewide bee.

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).

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 25th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Darien Holds 'Em: poker four-week class

Image courtesy of flickr user minhimalism / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Image courtesy of flickr user minhimalism / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Class begins Thursday, February 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Final class is Thursday, March 17th

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Poker is America’s game, played all over the world for matchsticks or for millions of dollars. It’s a simple game to learn and can be played at any level of skill. Join us as we cover the basics and then play several different poker games – 5 card draw, 7 card stud, Texas Hold’em (the one you see on TV) -- over four weeks. No experience necessary.

Friday Night Feature - 'Bridge of Spies'

Yes, more Tom Hanks
Yes, more Tom Hanks

Friday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Bridge of Spies (2015) Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Noah Schnapp, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch; Rated PG-13; 135 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In this historical drama set during the Cold War, a Brooklyn attorney (Tom Hanks) is tasked with negotiating a prisoner exchange between an American pilot who was shot down over the USSR and a Soviet spy serving a 45-year sentence for espionage against the U.S. Bridge of Spies was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Matt Charman and Joel and Ethan Coen.

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).

Sunday Matinee- 'Suffragette'

Set in the UK
Set in the UK

Sunday, February 28th at 2 p.m. - Suffragette (2015); Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, and Natalie Press; Rated PG-13; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

In this galvanizing feminist drama, a working-class laundress (Carey Mulligan) in 19th century London becomes radicalized when she meets a brave cadre of women organizing to obtain the vote. 

The Darien Library is proud to cosponsor this event with the Darien League Of Women Voters.

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

 

Men's Tailoring Class

Photo by jeremybrooks | CC BY-NC 2.0
Photo by jeremybrooks | CC BY-NC 2.0

Tuesday, March 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Keep finding that your favorite garments have holes, rips or are poorly sewn? Learn how to alter, patch or adjust your clothing for wear and tear instead of throwing them out or paying too much for a quick fix.

In this workshop we will cover:

  • Hand sewing
  • Sewing buttons
  • Iron-on patches
  • Iron-on hems

Please bring in a pair of pants or shirt that needs altering, patches and quick fixes.

About the presenter
Chandni Thawani is a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design and Designer of Chaandu, a Collection of Indian & Elephant inspired smart and functional fashion. Visit her at chaandu.com. She is passionate about eco-clothing and design and enjoys teaching Sewing and Repairing Clothes as a way of preserving the health and value of your clothes.

 

Learn a Language

Learn a language with Mango Languages!
Learn a language with Mango Languages!

Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.

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Interested in learning Farsi? Want to practice using your French? Come experiment with a lively, interactive method to make the learning fun, engaging, and impactful. Brush up on a foreign language or experiment with a brand new one using digital resources available with nothing but a Library card. No foreign language experience necessary, just a willingness to try!