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!

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Revolutionary Painter

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842). Self-portrait, 1790. Oil on canvas; 100 x 81 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Corridoio Vasariano, Florence (1905)
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842). Self-portrait, 1790. Oil on canvas; 100 x 81 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Corridoio Vasariano, Florence (1905)

Tuesday, March 1st at 7 p.m.

Living during the late 18th century, one of the most turbulent periods in European history and one in which women were essentially excluded from the official French Painting Academy, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun defied the odds. A mostly self-taught but extremely talented artist, she achieved incredible success, even becoming, by her mid 20s, the favorite portraitist of Marie Antoinette. Forced to flee France during the upheaval of the Revolution, Vigée Le Brun lived in exile for several years, earning a comfortable living for herself and her daughter Julie by painting European heads of state. The painter’s fascinating, cosmopolitan life story is the the stuff of movies, avant la lettre.  In honor of both Women’s History Month and the Metroprolitan Museum of Art’s wonderful monographic exhibition of Vigée Le Brun’s work (running from Feb. 15-May 15), we celebrate this exceptional artist and cultural figure.

About the presenter
Over the last 12 years, art historian Larissa Bailiff has worked as an educator and instructor for MoMA, teaching more than 25 in-gallery courses. Her specialty is modern European art and culture, especially that of France and Spain. In recent months, Larissa has been developing content for a new immersive arts-education and technology company called WoofbertVR.

Submit Your Play for the Catherine Lindsey Workshop

Plays must be submitted by Tuesday, March 1st
Submit your play

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 24th year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Playwrights are invited to submit their final scripts for consideration to the Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights contest by March 1st. 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 font. 

Four plays will be selected to be workshopped on Tuesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m.  Interested actors are invited to audition on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 22nd 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 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 May 22nd program, which will feature four staged performances.