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Events for: Friday, April 18, 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 18, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Community: Massillon Museum

Book: Fahrenheit 451

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Family Poetry Activity

Friday April 18th & Saturday April 19th – Family Poetry Activity. For the final days of the Big Read, families can take part in a poetry themed activity in the Children’s Room.

Event Location: James Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, NY, 14701

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 9:00am – 8:30pm

Community: Research Foundation on behalf of SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Book: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

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 18, 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 18, 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 18, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

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 18, 2014

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Community: Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

Book: The Namesake

The Great Gatsby

1920s Game Day

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Come to the library and play games from the 1920s - Chinese Checkers, Mahjong, Sorry, Monopoly, and Crosswords! Snack on food invented during that era. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI, 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

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 18, 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 18, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Community: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council

Book: Sun, Stone, and Shadows

The Namesake

Exhibit of Traditional Indian Clothing

Enjoy an exhibit of traditional Indian clothing on display in the San Leandro Main Library atrium. The clothing can be seen during regular library operating hours. Visit www.sanleandrolibrary.org for hours.

Event Location: 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA, 94577-4706

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Community: San Leandro Public Library

Book: The Namesake

Housekeeping

Visual Art Exhibit: "Housekeeping"

The Art Students League of Denver will curate an exhibit of visual art created in response to Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Artwork will be displayed at ASLD, Su Teatro, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop from March 21 to April 20. In preparation for creating a piece for this exhibit, ASLD will host a book discussion facilitated by Lighthouse Writers’ Creative Curator, Dan Manzanares. For more information and details on submission criteria, please visit www.asld.org.

Event Location: Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant Street, Denver, CO, 80203

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Community: Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Book: Housekeeping

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 18, 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 18, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

Love Medicine

Book Discussion: "Six-Gun Snow White" at Stone Alley Books & Collectibles

Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix a popular fairytale with Native American mythology? Then join Tome Readers for a book discussion of “Six-Gun Snow White” by Catherynne M. Valente, the fantasy companion novel to The Big Read of “Love Medicine” at a favorite local bookstore.

Event Location: Q's Cafe, 319 E. Main St., Galesburg, IL, 61401

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Community: Galesburg Public Library

Book: Love Medicine

Housekeeping

Book Discussion at Lakewood Arts Council

Join the Lakewood Arts Council and Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Creative Curator, Dan Manzanares in a discussion of Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping."

Event Location: 85 S Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Community: Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Book: Housekeeping

The Namesake

Teen Theater Improv

Join us for Teen Friday Afternoon at the Improv! Teens grades 6-12 are invited to an afternoon of drama filled fun in conjunction with The Big Read. We welcome back Colin Colford to lead us through hilarious games and drama lessons, some of which will explore themes related to The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and Open Mic: Riffs On Life Between Cultures In Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA, 01867-2550

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Community: Reading Public Library

Book: The Namesake

The Call of the Wild

Klondike Strike!

Learn about rocks and minerals from a geologist with the Missouri Institute of Natural Science, then relive the Gold Rush days as we pan for gold, make poke bags to keep your treasures in, play rolling hoops and more. Materials will be provided. Registration starts April 11; call 417-883-1974. For grades 3-5.

Event Location: Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, MO, 65804

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Community: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Book: The Call of the Wild

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 18, 2014

Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Community: City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Book: The Namesake

Housekeeping

Things Are Not as They Seem: A Multimedia Presentation By Scott Kinnamon and Friends

Scott Kinnamon and Friends will present a multimedia, sensory meditation on "Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson. Utilizing music, sound, text, visual imagery and performance to capture the transparency of identity that is a central theme of the book. Family-friendly, artistically intriguing.

Event Location: Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO, 80206-1307

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Community: Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Book: Housekeeping

The Great Gatsby

A Portrait of Zelda: Excerpts from “The Last Flapper” An After Hours Drama

Cromaine presents Jen Thomas as the glamorous, controversial Zelda Fitzgerald. This moving, candid play takes place on the final day of Zelda’s life revealing facets of her fascinating character that so vividly represent the disillusionment and recklessness of the Jazz Era. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI, 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Community: Cromaine District Library

Book: The Great Gatsby

Housekeeping

The Big Read nights at Vintage Theatre, with Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens, a play based on the book by Doug Wright, explores the space between fitting in and living as an outsider, and how family bonds affect those circumstances. Vintage Theatre is hosting two Big Read nights: April 17, the night before the play officially opens, guests are invited to roll a die and add a dollar to the result for their ticket price. On both nights there will be a talk back with the performers and instructors from Lighthouse, discussing the parallel themes in the performance and the novel. The play, directed by Sheri Davis, runs April 18 to May 25.

Event Location: Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street, Auroa, CO

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Community: Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Book: Housekeeping

The Things They Carried

"Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generation"

“Under Fire” is a multi-media theatre piece based upon the collected interviews of combat veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, 1st Gulf War, and the Wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. The play presents the experience of combat veterans who, though separated by the differences in technology, communication, medicine, and the culture of the times, were very similar in their human reaction to engaging in wartime combat. The play is written and directed by Michael J. Arndt who is a Theatre Professor at California Lutheran University and also serves as Artistic Director for Kingsmen Shakespeare Company. The play will include film clips as well as original music and dance. A post-show moderated discussion will involve the artists and audience members. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Location: Ventura college Theatre, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA, 93002-0099

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Community: City of Ventura Community Partnerships Division

Book: The Things They Carried

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