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Darien Library Friday Night Feature: ‘Puzzle’ at 6:30 and 8:30 PM

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Darien Library’s Friday Night Feature is “Puzzle,” a 2018 drama much praised by critics. The library will have two showings: 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m.

From Darien Library’s announcement:

“After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something that she wants to do: puzzling. “Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. “Each day she spends out in the world takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself. “(2018) Kelly Macdonald, Austin Abrams, Mandela Bellamy, Myrna Cabello Rated R for language ; 103 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.”

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‘Lives Well Lived’ Documentary About Seniors Living to the Fullest, Shown Thursday Evening in Greenwich

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“Lives well Lived” Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age, a documentary that celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest, will be presented Thursday night at Greenwich Library. After the film is shown, there will be a question-and-answer period with the film’s director, Sky Bergman. Bergman has said his film grew out of love and passion. “I started filming my grandmother cooking about five years ago, when she was 99 years old,” Bergman said. “I filmed her at the gym because I thought, no one will believe that my grandmother is still working out.

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What You Can Find This Week at Darien Library

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At Darien Library this week: Halloween stories, more Halloween stories and a Halloween film, a chance to improve your digital know-how, movies, a Civil War lecture, a Sunday concert, learn about Social Security. — This article has information from “This Week at Darien Library,” the library’s newsletter of events (you can see this edition here). You can subscribe to it on the library website. Highlight of the Week

Is your child afraid of the dark? Join us for an evening of bone-chilling stories at the Darien Historical Society at 45 Old Kings Hwy.

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See ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ the Way It Was Meant To Be Seen (and Works Best): On a Big Screen

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Continuing the 50th-anniversary celebration of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros. Pictures has brought Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for a four-week IMAX theater run, ending Nov 11. The film’s star, Keir Dullea, was on hand at the opening, Oct. 19, and afterward met fans and sign autographs. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

This special anniversary release of 2001: A Space Odyssey marks the first time ever that moviegoers have the opportunity to view the seminal film in the IMAX format.

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‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ — Friday Night Feature at Darien Library

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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.

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No-No Boy Project: Multimedia Concert Sunday at Darien Library

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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.

‘RBG’ Movie About Ruth Bader Ginsberg Friday Night at Darien Library

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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. _____________

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Don’t Just Watch ‘Grease’ Thursday: Sing Along, Dress Up for the Costume Contest, Go to the Reception

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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!

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Darien Library Friday Night Feature: ‘Journey’s End’ Shown at 6:30 and 8:30 PM

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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.

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‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’: Darien Library Friday Night Feature

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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.

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Summer Season of 50 Shows Starts at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion This Week

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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.

See the Movie ‘Letters from Baghdad’ Monday Night and Talk With the Executive Director

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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.

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Darien Library Programs in June for LGBTQ Pride Month

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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.

“The Runaways”
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.

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Director Mira Nair Takes Questions at Avon Thursday After Her Film ‘Salaam Bombay!’

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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.

Greenwich International Film Festival’s 2018 Program Lineup Announced

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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.