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March 2017

Film: “Arrival”

March 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Based on “Story of Your Life” a short story by Ted Chiang, this science fiction film tells the story of a linguistics professor who leads an elite team of investigators in an effort to communicate with extraterrestrials who land in 12 locations around the world. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards. 1 hour, 58 minutes. Part of the First Friday Feature series.

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Radio Play: “Moby Dick”

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Metuchen-based Raconteur Radio presents a staged radio based on the Herman Melville classic about a wandering sailor who takes work aboard a whale ship and learns its captain has one purpose: to confront the monstrous white whale that bit off his leg. The show features theatrical lighting, period costumes, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment and sound effects. Community Room

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“Ceol agus Cairde – Music and Friends”

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Helen O’Shea and her Celtic band SHENANIGANS return by popular request for a second round of “Ceol agus Cairde – Music and Friends”. In celebration of St Patrick’s Day and all things Irish, Helen O’Shea and her wonderful band of musicians and singers will take you across the Atlantic Sea for a traditional “kitchen party”, inspired by Ireland’s rich tradition of music, songs and stories! From love and war to drinking and storytelling, SHENANIGANS will take you on a Celtic…

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A Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theater

March 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In this lecture/concert, award-winning professor and performer Diane Cypkin tells the life story the “First Lady of the Yiddish stage.” Community Room Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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PSO Soundtracks: “Following the 9th”

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

PSO presents a screening of "Following the 9th," a documentary surveying global influences of Beethoven's final symphony. Community Room Co-sponsored by the library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Film and Discussion: “Equal Means Equal”

March 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This documentary offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues including workplace harassment, domestic violence, the judicial system and more. Amada Sandoval, director of the Princeton University Women's Center, will lead a post screening discussion. Community Room

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April 2017

Performance: Sonic Liberation 8 with Oliver Lake

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts Council of Princeton, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This eight-member ensemble is deeply rooted in the traditions of Afro-Cuban music and has spent years fusing that grand tradition with new sounds, including composed jazz, modern chamber composition, and the powerful Orisha spirit. They have played extensively in the Philadelphia and New York areas and at festivals and cultural institutions throughout the Midwest U.S. and Canada. Sonic Liberation 8 has consistently won international critical acclaim and has been named No. 1 or Top 10 by the Village Voice, All…

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Film: “My Life as a Zucchini”

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In this Academy Award-nominee for Best Animated Feature, 9-year-old Zucchini moves into a group foster home after the death of his mother. Much to his surprise, he begins to make friends with the other children, who have had similarly difficult lives. As he matures and wrestles with feelings about his complicated past, Zucchini gains the confidence to shape his future. 1 hour, 10 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Part of the Princeton International Cinema Series. Princeton Garden Theatre, 160…

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Jazz Performance and Discussion

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Musicians and recording artists Lewis Porter on piano, Kenny Davis on bass and Adam Niewood on saxophone, present a performance and discussion of jazz music. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. Community Room   Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities

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Film: “Fences”

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, “Fences” explores the struggles of a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who was too old to pursue his dream of becoming a professional baseball player by the time the major leagues began admitting black players. 2 hours, 19 minutes. Part of the First Friday Feature series. Community Room

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The Masters of Swing

April 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

In this lecture/performance Gordon James and his quartet showcase big band and swing music from the 1920s through the 1960s including that of Paul Whiteman, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month. Community Room   Co-sponsored by the library and the Arts Council of Princeton.

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Family Film: “Pete’s Dragon”

April 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

This remake of the 1977 children’s movie is the story of an orphaned boy who finds an unlikely caregiver in the form of a dragon he names Elliot. Community Room.

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Film and Discussion: “Satchmo the Great”

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

For this 1956 film by Edward R. Murrow, the broadcaster followed Louis Armstrong around the world, filming him in Paris, Sweden, Switzerland, England, and Africa, before returning to New York for an unforgettable performance of "St. Louis Blues" with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. This film captures "Ambassador Satch" at his 1950s peak, entertaining 100,000 fans in the Gold Coast of Africa, playing his big hit "Mack the Knife" in London, and humorously explaining the definition of…

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Film and Discussion: “Swim Team”

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

The struggles and triumphs of three young athletes with autism are chronicled in this documentary that shows how a swim team can bring hope to a community. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Following the screening, producer/director Lara Stolman and members of the cast of the film will participate in a discussion. Community Room

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Film: “Lion”

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Based on the nonfiction book “A Long Way Home,” by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose, this drama is the story of a 5-year-old boy who gets lost on a train in India and finds himself thousands of miles from home. Raised by an Australian couple, he sets off 25 years later to find his lost family and first home. 2 hours. Community Room

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