Holiday Concert with Acabella

The Ladies of Acabella
The Ladies of Acabella

Sunday, December 7th at 5 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room as we enjoy a mix of holiday tunes and pop music favorites from local a cappella group - Acabella.

About Acabella

Acabella was founded in 2001 by two friends who had recently moved to Darien and were eager to sing a cappella music, as they had done in college. The group was named Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella, which means unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker, one of its founders, and Carolyn Woodberry, who has been singing with the group since its inception.

Acabella presently comprises 12 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Membership in the group is by audition, including musical exercises and a solo performance. Members’ musical backgrounds include singing in undergraduate and graduate a cappella groups and various choirs, as well as performing in musical theater, bands and coffeehouses (and the shower, of course!)

Refreshments will be served.

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

Art On View: Kari Cholnoky

"Head," 2014: faux fur, acrylic, spray paint, synthetic hair, foam, collage.

September 3rd through October 20th

The work of Kari Cholnoky will be on display in the Library's Lower Level Art Gallery.

Cholnoky's work examines contemporary psychology as it is affected by and interacts with physical material. She transforms the mass produced into the highly specific and handled, creating works that stare back at their viewer. Currently New York based, Cholnoky is a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art MFA program, located outside of Detroit, MI. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit and Singapore, and she has been awarded residencies in Singapore and Berlin, Germany. In May of 2014, Cholnoky was awarded the Merdeces-Benz Financial Services 2014 Emerging Artist Award, which provided her with a studio loft at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien during the following summer months.

Friday Night Features in October

We will screen CHEF October 3rd in our Louise Parker Berry Community Room.
We will screen CHEF October 3rd in our Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Friday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Chef (2014) Starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, and Sofia Vergara; Rated R; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

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

Friday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Railway Man (2013) Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; Rated R; 116 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Love Punch (2013) Starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson; Rated PG-13; 94 minutes.

Spanning locations in Paris, London and the French Riviera this film brings together Pierce Brosnan and Academy-Award winner Emma Thompson for the first time, as ex-husband and wife Richard and Kate whose biting banter suggests that the flames of their former relationship have not been fully extinguished. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for their retirement nest egg which is wiped out when Richard’s investment firm is defrauded and the pension fund is siphoned away.

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

Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Words and Pictures (2013) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; Rated PG-13; 111 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An English teacher and fallen literary star challenges an art teacher to a war of words versus images to determine which form carries the greatest meaning in this romantic comedy drama.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, October 31st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Practical Magic (1998) Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; Rated PG-13; 108 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens' sorcery also carries a price--some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.

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).

Friday Night Features in September

We will screen WINTER'S TALE Friday, September 12th.
We will screen WINTER'S TALE Friday, September 12th.

Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Good Will Hunting (1997) Starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver; Rated R; 127 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting, gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie, and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar. After MIT professor Lambeau stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will's problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions -- visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. 

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

Friday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Winter's Tale (2014) Starring Colin Farrell, Will Smith, Jessica Brown-Findlay, and Russell Crowe; Rated PG-13; 129 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Peter Lake is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn. But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames. Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down—winner take all and loser be damned. What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Other Woman (2009) Starring Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, and Scott Cohen; Rated R; 119 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An extramarital affair blossoms into a marriage defined by tragedy and hardship in this emotional family drama from director/screenwriter Don Roos. When Emilia met Jack, she was the other woman. In time, she became his only woman. Shortly after attempting to start their new life together by having a child of their own, their newborn dies suddenly. Compounding Emilia's grief over the loss of her child is the fact that her adolescent stepson, William, seems intent on making her life miserable. 

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

Friday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 90 minutes.

This critically acclaimed documentary is about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.

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).

Art On View: Trish Monahan

The work of Trish Monahan
The work of Trish Monahan

July 22nd through September 2nd

Closing Reception Friday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.

In her own words, "As an artist, I always seek to explore and capture moments of wonder in the natural world: the feeling of an open meditative space infused with light, the geometric patterns of a landscape, bodies in motion, twisted trees and gardens that tangle. These constantly changing rhythms and colors fascinate me, for in nature we find the vital force, the very essence of life itself.

My art education came mostly from seeing, from looking deeply at things, and from being exposed to so much great art in the cities where I have visited and lived. It seems I have been been studying art and science for most of my life. After attending art and design classes at Wayne State University, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League, I fine-tuned my eye working as a textile artist and clothing designer for several years in New York. I now paint in Westport, Connecticut as a member of "The Art Studio."

For many years now I have also been working in the Natural Healing field and this certainly influences my artwork. Working hands-on with people in such a close way increases your sensitivity to subtle currents of energy and what lies beneath the surface. The deeper unspoken truths are an integral part of my work, and I hope it is something the viewer feels when observing my paintings.

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.
We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.

Friday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - We Could Be King (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 80 minutes. 

Slashing budgets and still facing shortfalls, Philadelphia did the unthinkable. It shuttered Germantown High School and sent its students to archrival Martin Luther King, leaving a first-time head coach and a new principal to join together in a fight to unite bitter adversaries. An intimate and unflinching snapshot of urban America's education crisis, We Could Be King is a celebration of the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods and a city together.

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

Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Girl on a Bicycle (2013) Starring Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, and Louise Monot; Rated R; 101 minutes.

Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta, when the young French beauty, Cécile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek, finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife,” two Australian children who call him “Papa,” and his life upside-down.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Devil's Knot (2013) Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth; Not Rated; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Atom Egoyan adapts journalist Mara Leveritt's  non-fiction book to the screen in this docudrama centered on the investigation into the notorious West Memphis Three case. Centered on the investigation conducted by private detective Ron Lax, The Devil's Knot details the discovery of crucial DNA evidence that helped to win back the freedom of Arkansas teens Damien Echols, James Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were accused of ritualistically murdering three young boys in 1993.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Lunchbox (2014) Starring Irrfan Khan; Rated PG; 105 minutes; Presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Tim's Vermeer (2014) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

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).

Winners of the Tree Conservancy Photo Contest

Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.
Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.

Winning photographs in the Tree Conservancy of Darien’s 2014 ‘Celebration of Trees’ photography contest will be on display at Darien Library on the second floor by the fireplace beginning May 6th, 2014 until May 31st.

In its second year, the photo contest promotes the value of Darien’s trees by encouraging participants to capture the beauty of the majestic, historic, attractive and unusual trees around town.

The Tree Conservancy of Darien is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tree and forest resources for the benefit of the community, its health and its quality of life. Its goals are to educate the community about the value of trees and their care, to identify and revitalize significant (heritage) trees in town, to maintain a stewardship program for the care and maintenance of existing trees, and to build partnerships to achieve conservancy goals.

For more information visit the Tree Conservancy of Darien.

 

Art On View: Tom Kretsch

The work of Tom Kretsch
The work of Tom Kretsch

Tom Kretsch

Opening Reception Friday, March 21st at 6 p.m.

An exhibition of photographs entitled “Street Vibes- Places and Faces of Nicaragua” will open at the Darien Library on March 19th. The work by Tom Kretsch is the culmination of yearly visits to Nicaragua as part of the Norwalk Sister City Project, a non-profit that he serves on as a board member. Tom has traveled to various parts of Nicaragua including Granada, San Juan Del Sur, Leon and Nagarote where the project has helped a very poor barrio for over 25 years. With a keen eye and a wandering spirit, Tom has observed and captured the colorful architecture and the wonderful street life of this beautiful country.

About Tom Kretsch

An award-winning photographer who resides in Westport, Tom has turned his passion for photography into a business called Peaceful Places. A retired educator in Norwalk for 36 years, Tom now exhibits his work in shows in New England during the summer and fall. His work has appeared in Vermont Life Magazine and has been placed in a number of corporate and professional offices.

The exhibit runs March 19th - April 25th.

Friday Night Features in June

We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.
We will screen THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Friday, June 20th.

Friday, June 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Still Mine (2012) Starring James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, and Geneviève Bujold; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An older couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

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

Friday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Diana (2013) Starring Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, and Cas Anvar; Rated PG-13; 113 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

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

Friday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, and Mathieu Amalric; Rated R; 100 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

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

Friday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Invisible Woman (2013) Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, and Kristin Scott Thomas; Rated R; 111 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

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).

Friday Night Features in May

We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.
We will screen THE MONUMENTS MEN Friday, May 30th.

Friday, May 2nd at 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. - Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, and Paul Giamatti; Rated PG-13; 125 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A doting father, Walt Disney promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized on the big screen, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor.

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

Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Rated R; 104 minutes.

Llewyn Davis is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.

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

Friday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - The Book Thief (2013) Starring Roger Allam and Sophie Nélisse; Rated PG-13; 131 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

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

Friday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Delivery Man (2013) Starring Vince Vaughn, Brittany Robertson, and Chris Pratt; Rated PG-13; 105 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

An aging slacker and former sperm donor discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children, and that 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to learn his true identity in this comedy.

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

Friday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Monuments Men (2014) Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett; Rated PG-13; 112 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

George Clooney adapts author Robert M. Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world's greatest works of art.

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).

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