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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Campbell Community Center Book Discussion

Discussion of "The Great Gatsby" - welcome to all!

Event Location: Campbell Community Center, 155 High Street, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: The Great Gatsby

Theatre: "The Great Gatsby"

A powerful realization of Fitzgerald's novel of obsession, love, money and the American dream. Authorized and granted exclusive rights by the Fitzgerald Estate, Simon Levy's adaptation is a beautifully crafted interpretation of the novel which defined the Jazz Age.

Event Location: Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 West Broadway , Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2014 – Sat, Mar 1, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014 – Sat, Mar 8, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Date: Sun, Mar 9, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2014 – Sat, Mar 15, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Date: Sun, Mar 16, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2014 – Sat, Mar 22, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

"The Great Gatsby" Online Book Discussion

Readers are invited to engage in a lively book discussion on our Big Read blog. Thoughtful questions will be posted on a regular basis throughout the month of March.

Event Location: https://www.eugene-or.gov/library, Eugene Public Library, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 – Fri, Apr 4, 2014

Book: The Great Gatsby

Exhibit: Flapper Fashion

All are welcome to see a display of glitzy flapper dresses and accessories from Very Little Theatre and Merry Jane's Clothier.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 – Fri, Apr 4, 2014

Book: The Great Gatsby

Bethel Branch - Book Discussion

Discussion of "The Great Gatsby" led by Eugene Public Library staff. Welcome to all!

Event Location: 1990 Echo Hollow Road, Eugene, OR 97402

Date: Sat, Mar 1, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Springfield Book Discussion - "This Side of Paradise"

A discussion of Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise," open to all.

Event Location: Springfield Public Library, 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: The Great Gatsby

Cubism and the '20s Fashion Revolution

This illustrated talk by June Koehler Black will examine the connections between the avant-garde artistic movements of the early 20th century and their impact on the world of fashion. Looking particularly at Cubism and its effect on the clothing of the Roaring ‘20s, works by such designers as Coco Chanel, Paul Poiret, and Madeleine Vionnet will be discussed in relation to paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso. June Koehler Black is the Assistant Curator for the Arts of the Americas and Europe at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Her research interests include modern art, how art can be used as propaganda, and how collective memory can inform cultural production.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Tue, Mar 4, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Film: "Midnight in Paris"

See Woody Allen's Oscar-winning time trip to 1920s Paris, where would-be writer Gil (Owen Wilson) parties nightly with the Lost Generation's A-list, including Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Mar 5, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read Kick Off: Muse to Madness

At 5:00, Debra Conner performs "Muse to Madness," a dramatic one-woman show about the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, from her glory to her disintegration. Zelda and her husband, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, were the golden couple of the 1920s. Their brilliance and excesses defined the age -- and like the decade itself, their brief, tempestuous lives ended in calamity. America’s first flapper and the model for Scott’s fictional heroines, Zelda spent much of her life after age 30 hospitalized for schizophrenia, ultimately perishing in a fire at age 48. A writer and teacher as well as a performer Debra Conner began portraying Emily Dickinson in 1997, thanks to a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, she has also performed as author Margaret Mitchell and Civil War surgeon Dr. Mary Walker. After the show, enjoy a concert of Jazz Age music by The Carl Woideck Quartet, starting at 6:00.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read Kick Off: The Carl Woideck Quartet

The Downtown Library stays open until 8:00 p.m. for a First Friday high-energy concert by the Carl Woideck Quartet, featuring Jazz Age favorites including "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Oh, Lady Be Good!," "Bye Bye Blackbird," and “Tea for Two." The Quartet is comprised of Carl Woideck (saxophone), Tony Glausi (trumpet), Torrey Newhart (keyboard), and Sean Peterson (bass).

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Fri, Mar 7, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Get Square: Hands-on Cubism for All Ages

In the 1920s, Cubism was a radical new movement in the art world. At this lively hands-on session, learn about Cubism and the artists who pioneered it, then make a Cubist-inspired creation. Led by Debra Conner of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. All ages are welcome to join in the fun: children, teens, and adults.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sat, Mar 8, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Crack Up: Fitzgerald's Last Years

F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his last years in emotional and financial ruin. In 1936, just four years before he died at age 44, Fitzgerald wrote and published several gloomy autobiographical essays (“part self-autopsy and part funeral sermon," according to literary biographer Jeffrey Meyers). Presenter Debra Conner will explore the reasons behind Fitzgerald’s “crack up” and how his reputation as a writer was rescued after his death.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sat, Mar 8, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Did Eugene Roar in the '20s?

How did Eugene and the Pacific Northwest participate in the Roaring '20s? Did this area share in the prosperity and class distinctions so prominent on the East Coast and critiqued in "The Great Gatsby"? Join David Turner for an illustrated talk showing Modernism's influence on local architecture, fashion, music, and art in the 1920s, reflecting cultural movements then spreading across the nation. Now retired from a long career in art museums as a curator and director, including at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Turner teaches the history of photography, art and visual literacy, and other subjects at the University of Oregon. He recently published "Eugene," a collection of photographs tracing the history of Eugene from 1879 through the 1970s, for the Images of America series

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Mon, Mar 10, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Exhibit: WPA Impressions - The Reality of the American Dream

A selection of Great Depression-era prints by Works Progress Administration artists reflecting the pursuit of the American Dream after the Roaring Twenties. Organized by student curator Merrit Thompson. Graves Gallery, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Open Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Wednesday until 8:00 p.m.)

Event Location: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, !430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 – Sun, Mar 16, 2014

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 – Sun, Mar 23, 2014

Date: Tue, Mar 25, 2014 – Sun, Mar 30, 2014

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014 – Sun, Apr 6, 2014

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 – Sun, Apr 13, 2014

Book: The Great Gatsby

Learn to Charleston

Learn how to do The Charleston, the signature dance of the Roaring '20s, with Denise Steele of The Joint Is Jumpin'! Dance Studios. She will teach a fun solo routine that can also be danced with a partner. Then if you like, show off your new skills to live Jazz Age music at the Big Read Finale on April 4. The Joint Is Jumpin'! offers lessons in Swing Era dances, specializing in the Lindy Hop, 20's style Charleston, Swing Blues, and Vernacular Jazz. Steele taught and performed with Frankie Manning, the father of the Lindy Hop, nationally and internationally for over 15 years.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Sheldon Branch - Book Discussion

Discussion of "The Great Gatsby" led by Eugene Public Library staff. Welcome to all!

Event Location: 1566 Coburg Road, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Mar 12, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Film: "Chicago"

See the film based on the Broadway musical about celebrity, scandal, corruption, and murderous mayhem in Jazz Age Chicago. Starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, and the iconic choreography of Bob Fosse, it won six Oscars, including Best Picture.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Mar 12, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

2nd Friday Art Walk: Jazz Age Music

Enjoy art in style with Jazz Age music, refreshments and featured work by a local artist. Come dressed in 1920s elegance. Sponsored by the Springfield Arts Commission.

Event Location: Springfield Public Library, 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

What Makes Gatsby Great

Dr. Jackson Bryer, noted Fitzgerald scholar and president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, talks about why "The Great Gatsby" was a radical departure from the author's previous work, and why it is widely considered a masterpiece. In the spring of 1925, Fitzgerald, the author of two highly autobiographical novels, "This Side of Paradise" and "The Beautiful and Damned," suddenly and surprisingly published "The Great Gatsby," a novel that both in subject matter and, above all in style, was unlike any of his previous fiction. It has since become an iconic work of American fiction, selling well over 500,000 copies annually and inspiring four major Hollywood movies. Bryer is a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses for 41 years. He is the co-founder and president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. Among the books he has authored, edited, or co-edited on Fitzgerald are "Approaches to Teaching Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby," "Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald," "New Essays on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Neglected Stories," "The Critical Reputation of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Bibliographical Study," "The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Approaches in Criticism," "F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Critical Reception," "Dear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence," and "F. Scott Fitzgerald in His Own Time: A Miscellany."

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sat, Mar 15, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Chrysler Building: '20s Architecture

Manhattan's Chrysler Building is an icon of Art Deco style, the "look" of the Jazz Age. Learn the story and meaning of this famous building at an illustrated talk by architectural historian Dr. Leland Roth. The Jazz Age encompasses a period of two decades following the end of World War One. The period is noted for an attitude of "anything is possible," a sense that everyone could get rich, and that the already rich faced no limits. In fact, a handful of wealthy, ambitious Americans embarked on a race in New York City to outdo each other in raising the highest skyscraper in the world. This presentation will explore that contest of wills, focusing on the soaring architectural design achievement of the gleaming Chrysler Building. Roth is the Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History, Emeritus, at the University of Oregon. He is the author of many books, including "American Architecture: A History," "Understanding Architecture: Its Elements, History and Meaning," and three books on the work of New York architects McKim, Mead, and White. He is currently at work on a broad history of Oregon architecture.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sun, Mar 16, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Gatsby and the 99%

Daniel Pope, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Oregon, and Marcus Widenor, Associate Professor Emeritus at the UO Labor Education and Research Center, will give a brief presentation and lead group discussion about the role of class in "The Great Gatsby." Legend has it that F. Scott Fitzgerald once said to Ernest Hemingway, "The rich are different from you and me." (Hemingway allegedly replied, "Yes, they have more money.") At this gathering, explore both the subtleties of class distinctions among the rich that Fitzgerald traced in his great novel and the realities of the poor and working class majority of New Yorkers in the 1920s that lurk in the story's background. The journeys of Fitzgerald's characters through the "ash heaps of Flushing" represented a social as well as a physical landscape, a context for the psychological and moral complexities of their lives. Pope is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Oregon, where he has taught classes ranging from the history of American business to radical movements in American history. He is the author of "The Making of Modern Advertising," "Nuclear Implosions: The Rise and Fall of the Washington Public Power Supply System," and editor of a collection of articles, "American Radicalism." Widenor is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon. His career began as a union organizer, followed by 35 years as a university based labor educator, specializing in labor history, workplace dispute resolution, and collective bargaining. He grew up on Long Island, not very far from Gatsby's "East Egg."

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Mon, Mar 17, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Springfield Book Discussion - "The Great Gatsby"

Discussion of "The Great Gatsby," open to all.

Event Location: Springfield Public Library, 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Date: Mon, Mar 17, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Bethel Branch - Book Discussion

Discussion of "The Great Gatsby" led by Eugene Public Library staff. Welcome to all!

Event Location: 1990 Echo Hollow Road, Eugene, OR 97402

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Film: "Pandora's Box"

See Georg Wilhelm Pabst's 1929 classic film starring notoriously free-spirited silent film legend Louise Brooks. Sensationally modern in its time, this psychologically complex melodrama details the downward spiral of Lulu, an innocent showgirl whose bold sexuality has a devastating effect on everyone who meets her.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Downtown Library - Book Discussion

Linda Ague of Friends of Eugene Public Library will lead a discussion of "The Great Gatsby." Welcome to all!

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sun, Mar 23, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Family Fun: Radio Theatre

Step back into the early days of radio! Help generate an adventure story and join our reader’s theatre troupe-of-the-day. We'll use the story to produce our play, complete with fabulous sound effects. The show will be recorded for later “broadcast.”

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sun, Mar 23, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Film: "The Great Gatsby"

(2013) Leonard Di Caprio in the "big and bold and brassy" Baz Luhrmann version of our great Fitzgerald classic. Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times) says "it turns out Luhrmann’s “Gatsby” is first and foremost F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Gatsby.” Exactly what we wanted.

Event Location: Springfield Public Library, 225 Fifth Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Film: "The Roaring Twenties"

See the 1939 classic gangster film starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in a world of bootlegging, murder, and good boys gone bad.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Mar 26, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Book Discussion Group for Teens

Attention teens in middle and high school! Read the same book and then gather to chat about it! Delicious snacks included! This month's book: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back. March 27, 2014, Downtown Library, 4:00-5:00, 2nd Floor Singer Room. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Downtown Teen Reference Desk starting the 1st of each month.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Book Discussion Group for Tweens

Attention kids in grades 4-6! Read the same book and then gather to chat about it. Fun activities and delicious snacks included! March 27, 2014, Downtown Library, Children's Program Room, 4:00-5:00. This Month's Book: "Dave at Night" by Gail Carson Levine When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys where he is treated cruelly, he sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the music- and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance. Pre-register and pick up the book at Downtown starting the 1st of each month.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

"The Art of the Possible: Jazz and Community Building" with Tim DuRoche

Jazz is a highly democratic art form that is deeply concerned with participation and community, where risk, collaboration, and individual voice are all highly valued. This conversation will look at the literature, economics, and history of jazz, as well as invite participants to think about the social values, such as unity, equality, integrity, and freedom, inherent in the genre. Independent scholar and professional jazz musician Tim DuRoche will explore how jazz represents an “art of the possible” where, as communitarian Peter Block has written, “diversity of thinking and dissent are given space, commitments are made without barter, and the gifts of each person are acknowledged and valued.” The conversation will also consider how jazz as a “community of memory” might inspire us to embrace cooperation once again as an important cornerstone of our culture.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Film: "The Great Gatsby"

(2013) Leonard Di Caprio in the "big and bold and brassy" Baz Luhrmann version of our great Fitzgerald classic. Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times) says "it turns out Luhrmann’s “Gatsby” is first and foremost F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Gatsby.” Exactly what we wanted.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read Finale - Roaring '20s Party

The Big Read is going out with a bang! Come dressed in your flapper dresses and Oxford bags for a Gatsby-style bash, complete with live music by Eugene's very own Calamity Jazz, dancing, cake, and door prizes.

Event Location: Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-3035

Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Radio Redux: "My Man Godfrey"

Classic screwball comedy about a charming derelict who becomes a butler to the idle rich, with surprising consequences. Love battles class, again.

Event Location: Wildish Theatre, 630 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 – Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Date: Sun, Apr 13, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

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