Darien Library presents The Catcher Was a Spy, in two showings as part of the library’s Friday Night Feature series, shown for free in the Community Room. The movie is about a major league baseball catcher who becomes a spy during World War II and tries to stop Germany from making an atomic bomb. Based on a true story. (2018) Starring Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce; Rated R for some sexuality, violence and language; 93 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired. The movie will be shown in the Darien Library from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m., Friday, Oct.
Darien Library presents the No-No Boy Project: songs, films, and stories of the Asian American Experience. The event takes place from 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 in the library’s Community Room. The No-No Boy Project is a multimedia concert featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Inspired by his doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee in Tennessee, Saporiti’s original songs, interwoven amongst stories he has collected through the years, are performed against a backdrop of projections displaying archival photographs and films.
No-No Boy creates an immersive experience which shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities.
Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature, “RBG,” is a documentary about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The movie will be shown at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Here’s the Darien Library announcement:
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans — until now. (2018) Rated PG for some thematic elements and language; 96 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired. _____________
Official website | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes | Metacritic | Wikipedia
Rydell High’s most famous graduating class is going back to school (you could call it the 40th anniversary reunion). The highest-grossing musical of all time, Grease (1978), returns to the big screen as a sing-a-long at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 at Avon Theatre in Stamford. But there’s a lot more than that: You can dress up in 1950s clothing for the costume contest with prizes, and you can go to a 6:30 p.m. reception sponsored by Lucky’s Classic Burger & Malt Shop (who else?). Join Danny and Sandy with your own crew of T-Birds and Pink Ladies for a carnival ride back to those amazing summer nights!
Journey’s End, a well-received 2017 film about a World War I company facing an approaching German offensive, will be shown at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. as part of Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature series. — an announcement from Darien Library
In March, 1918, C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France, led by the war-weary Captain Stanhope (Claflin). With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers (Bettany, Graham, Sturridge) and their cook (Jones) use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable. A young officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), arrives fresh out of training and abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting — not least because he is to serve under Stanhope, his former school house monitor and the object of his sister’s affections. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer.
Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film, which came out late last year, follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. The movie will be shown from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. in the Community Room at Darien Library. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. ________
— Wikipedia article on Gloria Grahame
Along with Bening and Bell, this 2017 film features Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters.
The Levitt Pavilion in Westport boasts 50 shows this summer during weekends and weeknights including some big-name acts, kid-friendly Wednesday shows — and it’s all for free. You just have to fight traffic to get there from Darien. The Levitt features music, dance, comedy, theater and sometimes films in an outdoor setting through Aug. 25 this year, when Melissa Etheridge performs at the Levitt for a fundraising concert. The start of the season begins Sunday night, June 24 with a Neil Diamond tribute act that has already sold out.
At Darien Library on Monday night, you can both see the movie about Gertrude Bell, a British spy, explorer and political powerhouse, and then talk about the movie with the executive director. The event, which is free, starts at 7 p.m., this Monday, June 11. Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original – Gertrude Bell – the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association and Darien Library
Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of Bell. She traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders and establish the modern state of Iraq after World War I.
Using never-seen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles her extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British colonial power.
Throughout June, Darien Library celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month through film, art, workshops, and, you guessed it, a good book. Did you know LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan? ___________
— an announcement from Darien Library
This three-day protest is considered to mark the beginning of the gay liberation movement. Read more about Pride Month here. Pride Film Fest at the Library
“But I’m a Cheerleader”
Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m.
“The Adventures of Priscilla
Queen of the Desert”
Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night: Celebrating LGBTQ Voices
Tuesday, June 5
7 to 8 p.m.
Signups to perform begin at 6:45 p.m.
All speakers/poets/comedians/performers are welcome to share their original work or a piece from a favorite LGBTQ artist.
Avon Theatre presents the Anglo-Indian film Salaam Bombay! (1988) on Thursday, May 17, and after the performance, the director, Mira Nair, will take questions from the audience. The film, shown at 7:30 p.m. won the Golden Camera and Prix de Publique awards at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film joins the ranks of such previous “street children” classics as Shoeshine (1946) and Pixote (1981). Shafiq Syed plays Krishna, a country boy forced to grow up in the slums of New Delhi.
The lineup of events for the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) was recently announced at a party for the 2018 program, which runs from May 31 through June 3 in Greenwich. The announcement party, held Tuesday at the Richards store in Greenwich, is for GIFF’s fourth year of film and philanthropy. GIFF is a social impact festival run by women, and nearly half of the films in the program are either written or directed by women. — This article, with many more pictures, originally was published by Greenwich Free Press. The Opening Night Film on May 31 will feature The Price of Everything, a documentary by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker, Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect). The film examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society.
Actress and former Darien resident Chloe Sevigny, with her mother in the audience, answered questions from a sold-out crowd Saturday night at Avon Theatre, talking about her career in film and in particular about the movie Lean on Pete, in which she plays a jockey. When someone from the audience complimented her on her horsemanship and seemed to assume that Sevigny had become familiar with horses in Fairfield County, the actress corrected that impression:
“I had zero experience with horses,” before making the movie, she said. “My family tended to drift towards the water and water sports.” Lean on Pete is about a 15-year-old boy with a disruptive family life who gets involved by chance in the lowest rung of the horse racing business. His involvement starts when a down-at-heels horse owner, played by Steve Buscemi, offers him a job working with a racehorse named Lean on Pete.
Take a giant-screen journey to China to watch as a “bear whisperer” from New Hampshire helps a young panda learn to live in the wild in “Pandas,” a new IMAX movie opened Thursday, April 6 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Filled with scenes of the adorable black-and-white baby bears, “Pandas” will play at noon and 2 and 4 p.m. daily in Connecticut’s largest IMAX theater, with a screen that’s six stories high. (Times will shift on June 30.)
— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
“Pandas” arrives with excellent pedigree, having been made by the same team that created “Born to Be Wild,” one of the most popular movies ever shown at The Maritime Aquarium. (The Aquarium is the fifth-highest-grossing theater in the world for “Born to Be Wild,” a 2011 release that follows efforts to rescue and reintroduce orphaned baby elephants and orangutans back into the wild.)
This new IMAX film travels to Chengdu Panda Base in China, where scientists breed adult giant pandas in order to introduce the cubs into the wild. Those and other efforts have stabilized the panda population, to the point that the International Union for Conservation of Nature changed its listing for giant pandas in 2016 from “Endangered” to “Vulnerable.”
However, the IUCN also notes:
“The optimism engendered by these positive trends is dampened by evidence indicating that some panda populations are decreasing, particularly those found in the smallest and most degraded habitat patches …”
Threats include climate change, habitat loss, population fragmentization, and human intrusion.
In the 2017 film Lady Bird, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, Ca. in 2002, amid a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet ; Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying; 93 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired. Website — IMDb — Rotten Tomatoes — Metacritic — Wikipedia
Darien Library will screen a documentary, “Listen: Gerry Mulligan,” on the Jazz legend who spent the latter part of his life in Darien, dying here in 1996 at the age of 68. The film, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room, is a beautiful and interesting documentary,” according to Darien Library’s announcement, which goes on to say:
It is rich with footage of the artist himself; performing, interviewing and teaching, as well as interviews with friends and musicians, and insights into the depth of his musical genius, by Jon Newsom, then “Chief of Music” at The Library of Congress, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and others. Mulligan’s papers were donated to the Library of Congress, and in 2009 the library placed Mulligan’s saxophone on permanent exhibit, according to the Wikipedia article on the musician.