Friday Night Feature - 'Side Effects'

We will screen SIDE EFFECTS November 15 in our Community Room.
We will screen SIDE EFFECTS November 15 in our Community Room.

Friday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Side Effects (2013) Starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Rated R; 90 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.

"Side Effects is a cracking thriller that ranks amongst Soderbergh's best, featuring electric performances by Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum." -- Peter Howell, Toronto Star

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

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

An Evening with Gregory Cowles of The New York Times Book Review

Gregory Cowles
Gregory Cowles

Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

Gregory Cowles, preview editor and best-seller columnist for New York Times Book Review, will join us to answer questions about what it's like to work for such a paramount publication. We'll ask him about headline writing, eBooks, small presses, and how he "discovers" new authors. Then we'll open it up to questions from the audience.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'What Maisie Knew'

We will screen WHAT MAISIE KNEW September 13.
We will screen WHAT MAISIE KNEW September 13.

Friday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.What Maisie Knew (2013) Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham, and Steve Coogan; Rated R; 99 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, this film tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.

"The result is a film that deeply engages us on multiple levels. Not only do we wonder what Maisie knows and how she knows it, we want to get this seedling to a place where she won't have to be transplanted every day." -- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Intimate, unnerving and entirely addictive." -- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

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

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

Meet the Author - Carol Rifka Brunt

Carol Rifka Brunt [credit Rose Cook]
Carol Rifka Brunt [credit Rose Cook]

Thursday, October 10 at 4 p.m.

Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell the Wolves I'm Home, will be our featured speaker.

RSVP here

June can only be herself in her Uncle Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, a victim of AIDS six weeks before the AZT cocktail is released, June’s world is turned upside down—she is alone again, shy and introspective, at odds with her older sister Greta, with her parents, and with herself.

Finn’s death leaves a gaping hole in June’s life; she's shocked when the awkwardly charming Toby, the boyfriend she never knew her uncle had and the man her family holds responsible for his death, makes a bid to fill that emptiness by contacting June secretly. Toby, who misses Finn as desperately as she does, with his own mysterious past, knows things June doesn’t—about Finn and his illness, about June’s family and their secrecy, and perhaps even about her own heart.

Praise for Tell the Wolves I'm Home

“A dazzling debut novel.” — O Magazine

“In this lovely debut novel set in the 1980s, Carol Rifka Brunt takes us under the skin and inside the tumultuous heart of June Elbus…Distracted parents, tussling adolescents, the awful ghost-world of the AIDS-afflicted before AZT—all of it springs to life in Brunt’s touching and ultimately hopeful book.” — People Magazine, 4 stars

About the Author

Carol Rifka Brunt’s work has appeared in several literary journals, including North American Review and The Sun. In 2006, she was one of three fiction writers who received the New Writing Ventures award, and, in 2007 she received a generous Arts Council grant to write Tell the Wolves I'm Home, her first novel. Originally from New York, she currently lives in England with her husband and three children.

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).

Friday Night Features in June

We will screen QUARTET on June 21.
We will screen QUARTET on June 21.

Friday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Late Bloomers (2011) Starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Mary and Adam aren’t your typical older couple, they’re high functioning and stylish and to their great surprise, they’ve entered the senior category. Adam is in frantic denial, desperately looking for the fountain of youth as Mary decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best, taking care of her husband and family. After 30 years together, the married couple confronts the unpalatable realities of getting older and concludes that emotional absence is the easiest way to cope. But at what point does distance become divorce?

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Guilt Trip (2012) Starring Seth Rogan and Barbra Streisand; Rated PG-13; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A traveling salesman talks his mother into heading out on the road with him so that he can, unbeknownst to her; reunite her with a former fling in this comedy.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Quartet (2013) Starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon; Rated R; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond and Cecily Robson this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert?

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Friday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Well-Digger’s Daughter (2011) Starring Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Darroussin; Not Rated; 105 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

This remake of the 1940’s classic stars Auteuil as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia, has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But when she’s impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Solving Difficult Genealogy Cases

Image courtesy of Flickr user Pauldc
Image courtesy of Flickr user Pauldc

Saturday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m.
In the Community Room

Tony Lauriano will present actual difficult genealogy cases and how they were successfully solved. Her step by step approach will show you how she did it which may help you solve your own dead ends.

Some of the cases Tony will present:

  • Finding the cemetery where a child is buried.
  • Finding the orphanage where a child lived.
  • Verifying a family story about a tragic death.
  • Where did the immigrant come from?
  • Finding information about a biological mother.
  • Learning about victims of the Holocaust.
  • Finding a photo of an immigrant.
  • Why did a war hero die after coming to America?

This program is co-presented with the Middlesex Genealogical Society. 

Friday Night Feature - 'The Giant Mechanical Man'

We will screen THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN July 12.
We will screen THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN July 12.

Friday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Giant Mechanical Man (2012) Starring Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, and Topher Grace; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

This is a charming comedic love story between Janice, a woman in her 30’s who has yet to learn how to navigate adulthood, and Tim, a devoted artist who finds that his unique talents as a silver-painted street performer don’t exactly pay the bills. Evicted from her apartment and forced to move in with her overbearing sister, Janice is on the receiving end of well-intentioned but misguided pressure to date an egotistical self-help guru. Everyone seems to know what’s best for Janice, but Tim helps her find her own voice and realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important.

"An earnest, good-hearted movie." -- Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in July.

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

Harmonica Concert with String Quartet

Sunday, July 14 at 5 p.m.

World-class harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He plays different kinds of harmonicas: Chromatic, Diatonic, Tremolo, and Bass, as well as the largest harmonica and the smallest harmonica in the world. For this performance, he will be accompanied by a string quartet.

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Elf'

Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Screening in our Community Room Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18 at 1:30 p.m. - Elf (2003) Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, and Zooey Deschanel; Rated PG; 97 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

"A disarmingly funny holiday comedy." -- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"You'll laugh hard, you'll laugh often, and you'll leave wishing you still believed in Santa." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

 

Weekend One-Acts at Darien Library

The cast of
The cast of "Old Flame" [photo credit Jeffrey Wyant]

Evening Performance with Opening Reception -- Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.
Matinee Performance -- Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

Darien Library is proud to present for the fourth time Weekend One-Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from three esteemed playwrights. The program of three works includes one-act comedies from 1988 (David Ives), from 2013 (Mira Gibson) and from 1995 (Elaine May).

"Sure Thing" by David Ives

Directed by Autumn Howard

This one act comedy features a chance meeting of two characters, Betty and Bill.

"Old Flame" by Mira Gibson and "Hotline" by Elaine May

Directed by Donna McLaughlin Wyant with Kathleen Sauer

"Old Flame": When a woman runs into her ex-boyfriend in a grocery store, life collides with what really matters.

"Hotline": A neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline late one night. The counselor who gets the call is overwhelmed - it is his first night on the job.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

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