Friday Night Feature - 'The Theory of Everything'

Friday, March 27th at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.The Theory of Everything (2014) Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

James Marsh's biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the heart of Jane (Felicity Jones). After one of his earliest breakthroughs, Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to control his own body. With the loyal Jane at his side, he continues his work. However, as the years progress, Jane starts to feel more like a nurse than a wife, and Hawking begins to have feelings for a woman who is hired to care for him. The Theory of Everything screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. 

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

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Passport to Crime

Wednesday, March 25th at 7 p.m.

Crack a case and gain exposure to another culture, all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot! Come hear from the good folks of Soho Crime, an independent NYC based publisher, as they discuss what is hot in international mystery. Whether you're interested in WWII Berlin espionage, or a 1970's quirky Laotian mystery, we will have something for every mystery lover!

About Soho Crime

For more than twenty years, Soho Crime has been publishing atmospheric crime fiction set all over the world. Some of theirmost popular series will whisk you away to France, China, England, Laos, Northern Ireland, Australia, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Italy, Denmark, and Palestine. Their books run the entire range of crime fiction—detective fiction, police procedurals, thrillers, espionage novels, revenge novels, stories of thieves, assassins, and underworld mob bosses—but you can count on an immersive adventure steeped in cultural and setting detail.

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Music of the Grand Ole Opry: Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

Sunday, March 29th at 5 p.m.

Spend an evening on an entertaining musical journey to the Nashville, Tennessee landmark with local band Gunsmoke. The show will feature stories and songs from classic country stars from the longest running radio show in the world.

About the performer

Gunsmoke is enshrined into the Connecticut country music hall of fame, the country music and dance hall of fame in Mount Kisco, NY and elected band of the year six years in a row by the New York Metro Country Music Association.  They have performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States.  They received a citation from the state of Connecticut commemorating the bands silver anniversary of 25 years entertaining audiences with classic country music.

Refreshments will be served.

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Digital File Management

Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.
Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.

Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. 

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Do you have difficulty finding files on your computer? Is your computer a virtual display of that junk closet in your home where everything is shoved and nothing is organized? Come learn how to organize your digital documents all while keeping your computer running efficient and safe.

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The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Workshop your play.
Workshop your play.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 23rd year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Submit your play using this form. Submissions are due April 1st.

Selected plays will be presented for workshop on Thursday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 30th. The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts before the final public reading. 

On Sunday, June 7th at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading.

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the June 7th program, which will feature four staged performances. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee.

When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at robert.cusack1@att.net.

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Selling Your Treasures on eBay

Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.
Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.

Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

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Business Book Group: 'Zero to One'

Thursday, April 9th at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Peter A. Thiel's Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future

In Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future, Peter A. Thiel states that, doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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Rescheduled: An Evening with Emily Dickinson

James Sulzer
James Sulzer

Rescheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Join author James Sulzer as he discusses his newest novel about the fictional account of famous poet Emily DickinsonThe Voice at the Door recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor, Charles Wadsworth.  The fictional account weaves the letters and poems of this iconic American writer into a rich tapestry of intellectual and spiritual communion.  It encompasses the three great mysteries of Emily Dickinson’s life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860’s, her partial blindness in1863 – 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.

James Sulzer is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar. He is the author of Nantucket Daybreak (Walker and Co.) and the memoir Mom Comes Home. He has produced countless “sonic id’s” for National Public Radio, some of which aired on Ira Glass’s This American Life. He has spent the past 40 years of his life reading, living with, and cherishing the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Refreshments will be served.

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How to Edit Family Photos

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

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Do you have old family photos that need to be touched up? Using Pixlr, a free online image editor, you will learn how to fix your photos! You will learn how to color correct, crop, remove blemishes, fix stains, and more. There is no need to hire the professionals when you can edit your photos yourself!

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How to Organize Your Photos

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Image courtesy of flickr user hawkexpress

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

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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.

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