An Evening at 'Wolf Hall'

Sunday, May 3rd at 5 p.m.

Join us for ‘An Evening at Wolf Hall’, a concert featuring authentic music from 16th century England. The event is inspired by the award-winning novel and Masterpiece Theatre mini-series, Wolf Hall.

The historical novel, Wolf Hall, provides the observer with an accurate glimpse into the world of Tudor England as it documents the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir/Saint Thomas More. It won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Observer named it as one of ‘The 10 best historical novels’.

‘An Evening of Music at Wolf Hall’ will provide a special glimpse into the music of the time period of the novel. Dr. Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, and his colleague, Peter Walker, a renowned Renaissance instrumentalist and vocalist, will perform at the concert on authentic instruments, including the lute and Renaissance bagpipes. Members of the Darien High School Tudor Singers will collaborate with them. This event provides a unique opportunity for both the audience to hear these authentic instruments, and for a group of students from the Tudor singers to be accompanied by them. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Arts Center.

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

Run Your Business Smarter: The Art Of Lowering Costs and Keeping Customers Happy

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, May 5th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Register

Reducing costs is a very effective way of  improving your cash flow --better than higher sales or increasing your price. This workshop will cover how to uncover problems of cost and inefficiency and will review some tools to solve them.

Participants will learn: 

• 5 Useful Concepts and Principles in managing your business
• How to look for and define important operational weaknesses
• Examples or typical operational problems and tools to fix them
• How to best measure and improve customer satisfaction

About the speakers

John Harmon is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services which advises small and medium size businesses on strategies for growth and operating excellence.  He is also a SCORE Counselor. Andy Jawlik is Managing Director at Jawlik and Associates, LLC which provides consulting and training in process and quality improvement.  He is a Lean Six Sigma black belt, and he draws on experience from IBM as a process executive. He is currently writing a book, Statistic from A to Z – Confusing Concepts Made Clear.  He is also a SCORE volunteer.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

How to Organize Your Photos

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Image courtesy of flickr user hawkexpress

Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m.

This class is full. To register for the waitlist, please email marents@darienlibrary.org

How long has it been since you had a roll of film developed? Forever, right? However, you still have all those photos sitting around, waiting to be organized and shared with family and friends for #throwbackThursday. In this one hour class, we'll look at different techniques for making sense of those piles of photos. We'll talk about how to digitize the photos, get them into folders on your computer, and software programs that can help you easily access your visual memories.

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

MoMA Lecture: Gustav Klimt's Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918). Adele Bloch-Bauer II. 1912. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzika
Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918). Adele Bloch-Bauer II. 1912. Oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Jonathan Muzika

Tuesday, May 5th at 7 p.m.

Get a sneak preview of a new painting on display at the Museum of Modern Art. One of two formal portraits that Gustav Klimt made of Adele Bloch-Bauer, an important patron of the artist, is now on view at MoMA as a special long-term loan from a private collection. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist in Vienna, where Klimt lived and worked. Completed in 1912, the composition emphasizes Bloch-Bauer’s social station within Vienna’s cultural elite. Her towering figure, in opulent dress, is set against a jewel-toned backdrop of nearly abstract patterned blocks that suggest a richly decorated domestic interior. In 1938, the Nazis took possession of this portrait along with other works of art in the Bloch-Bauer family’s collection (including Adele Bloch-Bauer I, now in the collection of the Neue Galerie, New York). In 2006, after years of legal negotiations, the works were returned to the Bloch-Bauer heirs and subsequently sold to other collections. 

About the Presenter

Larissa Bailiff (PhD, ABD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a specialist in late 19th-century and early 20th century French art and culture. Formerly an associate educator at MoMA, she continues to give tours and teach online and in-person classes for the museum. Larissa also serves as the coordinator for the Center for Curatorial Leadership’s new Mellon-funded Seminar in Curatorial Practice.

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served.

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

Meet the Author: The Pollan Family

The Pollan Family
The Pollan Family

Wednesday, May 6th at 7 p.m.

The Pollan Family, author of The Pollan Family Table, will be our featured speakers.

Sitting down together for dinner every night has been the cornerstone of the Pollan family for generations. Corky Pollan, despite a busy career as the Style Director of Gourmet magazine and the acclaimed Best Bets editor at New York magazine, managed to make wholesome and nourishing meals every night for her husband and four children, utilizing local and fresh ingredients long before the advent of the ―eat local movement. The shared family meal inspired Corky’s daughters ― Dana, Tracy, and Lori ― to carry the tradition into their adult lives, making it a point to cook and share meals with their own families. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.

The inspiration for The Pollan Family Table began when Dana, Tracy, and Lori––busy with careers, marriages, and children––found themselves routinely calling each other to ask, ―What are you making for dinner tonight? ―We kept turning to each other for fresh ideas whenever we felt stuck or we would regularly call Mom and ask for one of her recipes. Although we each had a large repertoire of our families’ favorite dishes, we would find ourselves, time and again, unable to remember the whole range of possibilities.

About the Authors

The Pollan women decided it was time to collect all their family recipes and write them down. Now, in The Pollan Family Table readers will delight in a bounty of more than 110 time-tested family recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, wholesome, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan women―mother Corky and daughters Lori, Tracy, and Dana—with a foreword from Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have shaped our culture and the way we think about food.

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).

Iraq: Creation of Colonialism

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Image courtesy of flickr user soldiersmediacenter

Thursday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

On October 3, 1932, the British Mandate in Iraq ran out and Iraq was admitted into the League of Nations.  This bundle of grievances known as Iraq is a product of World War I/Colonialism; the result of the imperialist agendas of Britain and France in expectation of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Borders were etched in the sand with little regard for tribal affiliations, clannish associations, religious differences and ethnic passions. This talk will trace this progression beginning with the British East India Company's arrival in Basra in 1763.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq:  Creation of Colonialism, Iraq:  A History, Vietnam:  A History, World War I, The Turning Points of World War II, The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Friday Night Feature - 'What If'

Friday, May 8th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - What If (2013) Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Oona Chaplin, Rafe Spall; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Michael Dowse's romantic comedy What If explores the tried and true question can men and women ever be just friends. Dropout med student Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) makes the acquaintance of aspiring animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan), and though they quickly take an instant liking to each other, she is committed to her live-in boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). They agree just to be friends, but when Ben is forced to live in Europe for work, Wallace and Chantry grow more intimate. Meanwhile, Wallace's best friend Allan (Adam Driver) encourages him to stop dithering and tell Chantry how he really feels about her. What If screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. 

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).

ESPN Documentary Screening - 'The Lost Trophy'

Saturday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. - The Lost Trophy: You Can't Take Back History (2015)

Syracuse University has dominated Men's Division I Lacrosse for over thirty years. With a record 11 NCAA Championships, they first made history in 1983 when they defeated top-seeded John's Hopkins, 17-16. The Orange continued to roll to an unprecedented 22 straight final fours. The 1990 team, arguably the greatest college lacrosse team ever, achieved an NCAA championship three-peat. They were led by Canadian box players, twins Paul and Gary Gait, and coached by the legendary Roy Simmons Jr. Together, along with a talented group of All Americans, they transformed the record books and the game of lacrosse forever. This is the story that celebrates a team that continues to inspire today's players and explains why there is an *asterisk next to their vacated 1990 title.

The Lost Trophy is Produced and Directed by Fred Cambria (Syracuse '85) and a member of the 1983 NCAA National Championship SU lacrosse team. Mr. Cambria is an Emmy Award winning Producer ("Assault In The Ring") and has worked with many broadcasting and cable networks including HBO Sports, Court TV, CBS, ABC and NBC News.

A Q&A with the producers will follow the screening.

This event is cosponsored with the Darien Athletic Foundation.

Arab Nationalism, Arab Socialism

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Image courtesy of flickr user piaser

Tuesday, May 12th at 7 p.m.

Credit for the current Arab Spring has been accorded to President Obama with his 2009 speech in Egypt, or President Bush with his unseating of Saddam in 2003, or President Carter with the Camp David Accords in 1978. Yet, the Western military leader who has done more than three American presidents to change the face of the modern Middle East was Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1798, Napoleon led a French Revolutionary Army into Egypt and the Levant.  With this army came the ideas unleashed by the French Revolution:  Liberalism, Democracy, Republicanism, Socialism, Secularism, Nationalism, Parliamentarianism; ideas that would help to accelerate the demise of an already tottering Ottoman Empire.  This talk will explain this phenomenon in relation to the present situation in the Middle East.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq:  Creation of Colonialism, Iraq:  A History, Vietnam:  A History, World War I, The Turning Points of World War II, The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

First Look Darien: Lauren Acampora

Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.

Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden, will be our featured speaker.

In the affluent and tranquil town of Old Cranbury, a man strikes an under-the-table deal with a surgeon to spend a few quiet seconds closer to his wife than he's ever been; a young soon-to-be mother looks on in paralyzing astonishment as her husband walks away from a twenty-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal; an elderly artist risks more than he knows when he's commissioned by his newly-arrived neighbors to produce the work of a lifetime. Beneath their dreamy suburban surfaces, none of Acampora’s characters are anything like they appear. Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.

Advance Praise for The Wonder Garden

“Spooky and fabulous... a cleareyed lens into the strange, human wants of upper-class suburbia.”—Kirkus (STARRED review)

Acampora brilliantly captures the heartaches and delusions of American suburbanites.”—Booklist (STARRED review)

About the Author

Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

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

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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