SAVE THE DATE for May Events
Photography Exhibit and Camera Display
Friday, May 4 at 7 PM
Lecture and more details to come.
Second Friday Foreign Film
Friday, May 11
Gloria (Chile 2014)
A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs.
Effortlessly captivating, Paulina Garcia is irreverent, full of heart, and essentially as glorious as her name implies. It is impossible not to
fall in love with Gloria’s charisma and reinvigorating will to enjoy every second of the day. She is blessed with an unbreakable positivism, and even when the cards she is dealt are not all that favorable, she laughs it off and moves to the next adventure. Sebastian Leilo created a fearless character that is inspiring, mature, and who is living proof that is never too late for reinvention. Crafted by both actress and director, this is an astonishing performance up there with the best of the year from any female lead.
Uplifting like very few other films, Gloria is a work achieved with incredible sincerity and it embodies a joie de vivre sentiment
that is rapturous. Undoubtedly, the film places its director, Sebastian Leilo, on par with other masters of characterization as he shows his mastery of hitting the right tone and nuances to create a powerful story with a female protagonist, a sort of Chilean Woody Allen. Unmistakably truthful to his national particularities, yet engaging for everyone else, Gloria is an unforgettable, not-to-be missed, near perfect film.
Comedy, Drama, Romance
view the trailer
“Butterfly: the life and times of artist, James McNeil Whistler”
Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM
“Butterfly ” by Carl A. Rossi is a one man show about the life and times of James McNeil Whistler, the volatile American artist who struggled for artistic expression and personal freedom mostly in Victorian England. The play depicts Whistler at two phases of his life. First as a bankrupt artist in his forties on commission in Venice, then as the lonely but established legend in his sixties living in London. The play ends with an explanation of how it was he came to paint the iconic portrait of his mother. A not to be missed performance by Stephen Collins.
FREE and open to the public.
Book Party and Dessert
Wednesday, May 23 at 7 PM
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
Read the full book review at Goodreads.