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Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002. Money Smart Week partners will be hosting their events April 20 – 27, 2013.
Sat. April 20, at 10AM
Watch Be a Money Smarty Live at http://www.dptv.org/moneysmarty
The Be a Money Smarty! presentation will be delivered in a high-energy ‘lightning round’ fashion, where 4 recognized experts ‘leave it all at the podium’ and share their ‘top 5 tips’ in just 10 minutes. Hosted by veteran television talent, Christy McDonald, this program will now be made available live, in real-time, via web stream, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20th. More information…
Now through April 26
The 2013 Money Smart Week Scavenger Hunt is a FREE, nationwide, photojournalistic, scavenger hunt that uses the Scavenger Hunt with Friends mobile application. All of the tasks require participants to demonstrate how they are financially savvy. More information can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org/hunt. The hunt starts April 1st and runs through April 27th. Instead of collecting physical items, participants upload photos of the found items using the Scavenger Hunt with Friends mobile app. Happy hunting!
Sat. April 6, 2013 at 7pm
What to bring? White elephants, hand-crafted items, Aunt Minnie’s table napkins that you “mean” to use every Easter but somehow never quite make it to the table…..just things that you’ve growntired of and someone else might enjoy. We already have 2 paintings, 4 Red Sox tickets and a handmade ruffle scarf. Come and make Woody’s and Jed’s evening even more hilarious!
The money raised will support the popular Museum Pass Lending Program that we sponsor.
Friday, April 12, 2013, 7pm
Again, they won’t let us tell you the name of movie, but we can tell you that is involves a motorcycle trip all over South America in the 30s, and the growing political awareness of a young Argentine medical student as he sees first-hand conditions on the land.
Free! Argentine Refreshments!
Review by Robert Moore
As most potential viewers know, this film is based on diaries and letters to home written by Ernesto “Che” Guevara during a motorcycle and foot tour of a significant portion of South America during the early 1950s, years before Guevara achieved international renown as a Communist and Latino revolutionary. Thus, the film functions as an attempt to get at the heart of the person who preceded the myth. The film is therefore difficult to judge as pure cinema. Is this, on its own merits, a great film? Or is it a great film about Che Guevara? Interestingly, the person I saw this film with knew absolutely nothing about the subject of the film before it started, and did not connect Ernesto Guevara with Che Guevara until very late in the film. Her reaction was interesting. Until she realized that it was about Che, she says that she considered it a decent but only slightly above average “road” picture, but it gained considerably in her estimation once she realized who the film was about. I think she was correct, and I would agree with those who feel that what merits the film has depends to some degree on who the film is about. If Ernesto hadn’t become Che, it would be a good film but of considerably less interest than it is.
The film does a good job of rooting Che’s eventual concern with the liberation of the oppressed by depicting his broad and constant encounters with everyday people throughout the continent. Camus wrote that it was important to side with the victims and not the executioners, and in his travels Ernesto spends most of his time with the victims. His near-epic exposure to the continent clearly condition his sympathies and inform his vision. At the end of the film it is easy to understand why Che chose a life dedicated to aiding the oppressed in Cuba and elsewhere. The great question left unanswered, and the one reason one can find Che’s life morally troubling, is why he felt that the causes he espoused demanded a violent, military response. Why follow in the steps of Trotsky and Lenin rather than Gandhi? Apart from a single line which merely hints that Che felt violence might be necessary, the film doesn’t come anywhere close to answering this question.
In many ways, the star of the film is the South American continent. I have seen many films over the years set in one corner of the continent or another, but none provided a panoramic view. This film, however, by swinging through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Columbia, and Venezuela provides a graphic impression of the continent’s immense geographical diversity, expanse, and enormous beautiful. I don’t think it would be possible to see this film without a deep urge to visit the land. The scene shot in Machu Picchu reveals the incredible beauty of the site better than anything else I have ever seen.
Gael Garcia Bernal is a remarkably handsome, talented young actor, formerly best known for one of the two young men in Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, and is outstanding in portraying the young Che Guevara. One suspects that his days as an actor in primarily Latin productions is close to an end, his next several projects originating in Hollywood. Rodrigo De la Serna does not have the enormous charisma of Bernal, but he more than holds his own in the film. The cast is rounded out by a large roster of professional and amateur performers.
Che Guevara is such a controversial figure that this film could elicit a host of differing responses. How one will respond to this film will be deeply conditioned by how one views him. But I do think that it is a film that virtually every viewer will respond to with great interest, and I defy anyone not to find the remarkable landscapes anything short of stunning.
Wed. April 3, 7pm
Growing up as a privileged only child in Buenos Aires, Perla Correa learned early on not to discuss the profession of her naval officer father in a country still reeling from the abuses of a deposed military dictatorship. But when an uninvited visitor appears in Perla’s home, this encounter sets her on a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has suppressed all her life—and to make a wrenching decision about who she is, and who she will become.
“Beautiful. . . . Wrenching. . . . De Robertis is an extraordinarily courageous writer who only gets better with every book.”
“Mesmerizing. . . . A moving, poetic novel about the costs of revolution and the evolutionary process that is identity.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Haunting . . . a sensitive exploration of love, loyalty, and hope in the wake of atrocity.”
—The New Yorker
“De Robertis brings the best of two cultures to bear in her work, melding the Latin literary tradition of magical realism with a thoroughly modern, politically charged North American sensibility. . . . [Her] extraordinary gift makes this brave, important book an object of beauty.”
“De Robertis holds the reader’s attention with her entrancingly rhythmic and pulsating prose. . . . [Her] voice is distinctive and her novel vivid and memorable.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“A gripping journey that’s as heart-wrenching as it is healing; a reminder that the Disappeared must not be forgotten. . . . Both the story and prose flow like a glistening Rio de la Plata. . . . De Robertis’ writing . . . from beginning to end hypnotizes with poetic, crushing beauty.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Impressive. . . . Bold. . . . In an artful blend of beauty and horror, De Robertis has made the disappeared visible once again. With that, she has done them—and us—a great service.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“This ambitious narrative . . . is propulsive and emotionally gripping. . . . Culminating in a wrenching catharsis about rebirth and healing.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Perla] is a literary descendant of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, but very much its own achingly original, hauntingly lyrical outing.”
—East Bay Express
—New York Daily News
“It’s no exaggeration to say I’ve rarely read a more poetic novel than Carolina De Robertis’ Perla. What makes it doubly impressive is the subject matter that this author takes on. . . . De Robertis is a new voice for Latin America, following in the footsteps of Isabel Allende, and dare I say it, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”
—Washington Independent Book Review
“De Robertis skillfully weaves a lyrical voice around her characters that treats victims, perpetrators, and bystanders with the same care and honesty. The result is a powerfully humanizing effort that examines a nation struggling with a very dark, recent past.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Lyrically combining into reality both the fantastic and the horrific, De Robertis weaves a beautiful and plain-faced tale about birth, rebirth, and the responsibility of inheritance from complex, startling history.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“An elegantly written and affecting meditation on life in the wake of atrocity.”
About the Author
Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents. Her debut novel, The Invisible Mountain, was an international best seller that was translated into fifteen languages; it was an O, The Oprah Magazine2009 Terrific Read, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and the recipient of Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize. She is the recipient of a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her fiction and literary translations have appeared in Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.
Free! Fun! Refreshments!
Friday, February 22 At 7 pm
A film for the young at heart!
Kermit and Miss Piggy star in their first Muppet movie adventure!
See it again or for the first time!
All ages welcome!
As part of New Boston’s 250th celebration, February Perspectives will remember the years when one of America’s most respected and honored playwrights lived on the unpaved Bedford Road. Author Horton Foote and his family spent a quarter of a century in town, and his daughter Daisy is returning to share her memories of the family’s New Boston years beginning in 1965. The program will be held on Friday February 15th, in the New Boston Community Church, starting at 7:15 p.m., following the monthly Church family supper.
Horton Foote, a Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, was born in 1916, in Wharton, Texas. At the age of ten, he felt a “calling” to become an actor, and when he was 16 he convinced his parents to allow him to go to acting school in Pasadena, California.
His fate was sealed when he received better reviews for his writing than for his acting. Over the course of his 60-year prodigious career he wrote screenplays including “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Tender Mercies” (both Oscar winners) and “The Trip to Bountiful”. His play “The Young Man from Atlanta,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Foote’s television adaptation of Faulkner’s short story “The Old Man” won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special.
Horton Foote’s success can be attributed to his honest examination of the human condition, and why some people survive tragedies while others are destroyed. His central themes of the sense of belonging and longing for home have resonated with audiences for over half a century.
Horton and Lillian Foote had four children, two of whom grew up in New Boston, Walter and Daisy. Walter’s name is still on the record books at Goffstown High School for his basketball abilities. Daisy, now a Broadway playwright, producer and actress in her own right, returns to town regularly to visit.
All are welcome to come and share Daisy’s memories. There is no charge for Perspectives presentations and refreshments are served following the programs. For more information, contact the New Boston Library at 487-3391.
Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:15pm
Join us as Antonio Carnovale talks about his book:
The Dark Side of High School Sports
Coach Carnovale, with 40 years of coaching experience, tackles the do’s and don’ts of coaching. In particular, the unscrupulous coaches and the health of the athletes, and of coursed the meddling parents. There are many irresponsible and unscrupulous individuals who are lurking in the ranks of High School sports and parents need to be vigilant.
Friday, October 26 at 7pm
Vanessa Redgrave and Amanda Seyfried star in this timeless love story that starts in Verona, Italy – the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet - and reminds us all that sometimes, the greatest love story ever told is your own. Free refreshments!
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 at 7pm- rescheduled for weather
Why read a book about North Korea?
In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin’s life unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden’s harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival.
North Korea is almost completely unknown in this country, and we ignore it at our peril. As noted in a Washington Post editorial, “High school students in America debate shy President Franklin D. Roosevelt didn’t bomb the rail lines to Hitler’s camps,” the editorial concluded. “Their children may ask, a generation from now, why the West stared at far clearer satellite images of Kim Jong Il’s camps, and did nothing.” Read complete article here.
Watch an interview with Author Blaine Harden as he tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. He talks with WSJ’s John Bussey.