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Events for: Friday, April 25, 2014

Fahrenheit 451

Massillon Fire History Exhibition at Sippo Lake Park Exploration Gateway

Visit the Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center at the Exploration Gateway in Sippo Lake Park for this special exhibition as part of the 2014 The Big Read, celebrating Ray Bradbury's "Farhenheit 451." Opening March 10 through May 30, the exhibit showcases famous fires of Stark County's past from the Massillon Museum archives. The exhibit is available during regular Canalway hours. Admission is free. Visit www.starkparks.com for more information and Canalway Center hours.

Event Location: 5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH, 44708

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Community: Massillon Museum

Book: Fahrenheit 451

True Grit

Gordon McConnell Art Exhibit

The Yellowstone County Museum will present the work of artist Gordon McConnell. The show opens on Friday, February 7 in association with The Big Read True Grit celebration and will be on display throughout the summer. McConnell draws inspiration and images for his paintings from classic western films such as Red River, Stagecoach, Rio Grande and others. Emblematic of vitality, fearlessness, and the austere self-reliance of the western matinee hero, McConnell’s paintings are often darkly nostalgic, haunted by the legacy of popular western imagery and the savage, sometimes tragic, aspects of human nature and history it portrays.

Event Location: Yellowstone County Museum, 1950 Terminal Circle, Billings, Montana, 59105

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: YMCA Writer's Voice

Book: True Grit

The Things They Carried

"War Stories" at the Government Center

This art exhibit at one of the largest art venues in Ventura County seeks to reflect what soldiers in all wars carry with them physically, mentally, and emotionally – during war, but also afterwards. Exhibit reception will be held on the closing day and serve as the closing ceremony for the Big Read. Sponsored by the Ventura County Arts Council and cruated by Moses Mora, this exhibit is free and open to the public.

Event Location: County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Ventura, CA, 93002-0099

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Art Exhibit

Buenaventura Art Association (BAA) presents a group exhibit reflecting the themes from “The Things They Carried”

Event Location: E.P. Foster Library, 651 Main Street, Ventura, CA

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

True Grit

Reading Rodeo

Storytime children will enjoy a week's worth of western-themed books, games, and activities.

Event Location: Scott County Public Library, 297 W. Jackson Street, Gate City, VA, 24251

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

The Namesake

The Colors of India: Traditional Sari Exhibit

From April 7-26 the Matthews Art Gallery will host an exhibit of Indian saris; the traditional female clothing from India. Mannikins will display customary dress and also the art and skill displayed within the fabrics of India. OPEN BUSINESS HOURS: Mon. - Saturdays, 10 am to 5pm Opening Night Reception The kick off for this exhibit will be on April 11, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Refreshments and cash bar will be available. This entire event is free and open to the public during gallery hours.

Event Location: 612 N Main St, Spearfish, SD, 57783-2445

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

Book: The Namesake

The Great Gatsby

Women Artists at Arte Americas

Women Artists at Arte Americas. Exhibit exclusively of Women Artists in honor of Zelda Fitzgerald and Women’s History Month.

Event Location: Arte Americas Casa de Cultura, 1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA, 93721

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Fresno County Public Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

Sun, Stone, and Shadows

Gallery Exhibit: Beyond Reading

Susan McNally and Karen Fulk showcase their visual and written works of art that include the themes of surrealism and transcendence. McNally's work relies heavily on symbolism and portraiture, with art historical references to Frida Kahlo's work and accompanying poetry. Information about The Big Read will be displayed in the gallery, and books available for purchase by gallery visitors.

Event Location: 624 E Street, Marysville, CA, 95901-5503

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

The Namesake

The Big Read in Boyle Heights

Stop by Libros Schmibros, a membership lending library, to pick up a copy of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri and join a community of book lovers in reading and discussing the book. Libros Schmibros Lending Library and Bookshop seeks to foster the literary and cultural life of Boyle Heights, a once majority-Jewish, now majority-Latino, neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded in 2010, Libros Schmibros offers low-or no-cost literature and literary events to Latinos, Jews, and everybody else east of the ocean. Working with local residents, artists, writers, readers, and public officials, Libros Schmibros is dedicated to both the exploration of literature and the study, questioning, celebration, and betterment of Southern California. Libros Schmibros works with residents, writers, and public officials as catalysts towards the greater revitalization of Boyle Heights and the enrichment of the literary life around greater Los Angeles. We advocate for the literary arts through public presentations, workshops, film series, museum exhibitions, reading groups, symposia, and conferences. For more information, please call 323.302.9408 or email: info@librosschmibros.org.

Event Location: Libros Schmibros, 1711 Mariachi Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90033

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

The Namesake

Reading Groups at Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library hosts reading groups of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri at various sites throughout Los Angeles, representing every region of the city. The library will distribute free related materials to supplement and enrich the reading experience, including Reader’s Guides, bookmarks, and a copy of the book. Select branch sites will also host viewings of the feature film and other related activities. For more information, including dates and times of the reading group at a respective library site, please visit: lapl.org. Participating library branches: Arroyo Seco 6145 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA, 90042 Atwater Village 3379 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90039 Baldwin Hills 2906 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90016 Brentwood – Donald Bruce Kaufman 11820 San Vicente Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90049 Central Library 630 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA, 90071 Durant 7140 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90046 Eagle Rock 5027 Caspar Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90041 Lake View Terrace 12002 Osborne Street Los Angeles, CA, 91342 Memorial 4625 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90019 Northridge 9051 Darby Avenue Northridge, CA, 91345 Palisades 861 Alma Real Drive Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 Palms – Rancho Park 2920 Overland Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90064 Studio City 12511 Moorpark Street Studio City, CA, 91604 Sunland – Tujunga 7771 Foothill Boulevard Tujunga, CA, 91042 Valley Plaza 12311 Vanowen Street North Hollywood, CA, 91605 Wilshire 149 North Saint Andrews Place Los Angeles, CA, 90004 Free

Event Location: select sites, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

True Grit

Hangman Wii Tournament

We will host a Hangman Tournament (Wii Wheel of Fortune) and discuss the criminal justice system of the Wild West.

Event Location: Coeburn Community Library, 111 Third Street, Coeburn, VA, 24230

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Community: Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Book: True Grit

The Namesake

Teen Art Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA will host creative workshops for teens through its partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library. Teen participants will learn about the museum's South and Southeast Asian Art collection and engage in discussions about Jhumpa Lahiri’s "The Namesake." Young people will reflect on their own culture and sense of expression through art, making connections between cultures. This program combines literature and art in a dynamic and creative program. This program is offered by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Education Department. For a list of participating libraries, please visit: lacma.org or lapl.org.

Event Location: Select library sites through the Museum's Education Department, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

Housekeeping

Keynote: "Housekeeping" & Vagabond Happy Hour

We’ve spent the past few months being inspired by "Housekeeping," the nuanced and beautiful novel by Marilynne Robinson, and now it’s time to celebrate, to honor, and to share all that we’ve learned about belonging, sisters, trains, and hobos. It’s also time to applaud the winners of the Big Read photo and writing contests, and to be mesmerized by all the creative work inspired by "Housekeeping"—including films, poems, stories, paintings, and more. Join us for the Vagabond Happy Hour—part minstrel show, part mini-lecture, part art-show, part reading, part shindig. This is a free event open to the public. Doors open at 6 PM.

Event Location: Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe , Denver, CO, 80204

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Book: Housekeeping

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Poetry Slam for Charity

A final poetry slam for the Big Read! We are inviting all previous winners, contestants, and new comers to compete in a poetry slam for charity. Donations of any amount will be gladly accepted and greatly appreciated! All donations raised will be given to the Thom Dean Scholarship fund. The rules of a poetry slam: Each poet will present one Emily Dickinson poem and one original poem by the presenting poet. Poets have 3 minutes to present each poem. Each poem will be judged by 5 randomly selected judges on a 10.0 scale. The highest and lowest scores are dropped and the three middle scores will stand for the final score for that poem. Costumes and special effects are not permitted in poetry slams. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the highest combined scores. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate great poetry, promote literacy and show the benefit of literature today! **It is suggested that participants should be at least 18 years of age, unless they are traveling with their parents, or guardians.

Event Location: Garden at Reed, Reed Library, Fredonia, NY, 14063

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Great Gatsby

Big Read 2014 Jazz Series: Premier Big Band

Join local favorites Premier Big Band as they return to Cromaine to celebrate the Jazz Age! Register - Held at Hartland Music Hall.

Event Location: Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon Street, Hartland , MI, 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

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