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Art Exhibits

  • CLICK: Photos of Mamaroneck from 50 Years Ago. Warner Gallery & Glass Case at the Mamaroneck Public Library.  The public are invited to display photos of Mamaroneck from the late 1960s. Also on display will be historical photos owned by the Library and the Mamaroneck Historical SocietyFor details, contact Trish Byrne at tbyrne@wlsmail.org April 1-30.
  • 1968 Community Art Exhibit. Oresman Gallery at the Larchmont Public Library. This community art exhibit features works in all media by local artists of all skill levels with artworks created in the styles popular in the late 1960s. RECEPTION IN THE GALLERY: Saturday, April 7, 2 – 4pm. For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org April 3-29.

Movies

  • Thursday, April 5 at 10am. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library – The Vietnam War: things fall apart (January 1968 – July 1968) – Many things serve to define the year 1968; chief among them is the war in Vietnam. This episode from the remarkable documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick focuses on the Tet Offensive, Johnson’s decision not to run for President, the King and Kennedy assassinations and rising unrest in the United States.  Share your thoughts after the movie. For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.
  • Friday, April 6 at 10am. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library – The Vietnam War: the veneer of Civilization (June 1968 – May 1969) – Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam, the war goes on and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage. Share your thoughts after the movie. For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.
  • Tuesdays, April 10, 17 & 24 from 2pm – 5pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library – The Sixties: the decade that changed the world – Join us on three consecutive Tuesdays as we present parts 1, 2 & 3 of this series produced by Tom Hanks. With the Vietnam War, the British Invasion, Woodstock, the Civil Rights Movement, and JFK’s assassination, the 1960s represent, perhaps, the most consequential decade in U.S. history. It was a period of monumental social and political change, altering virtually every aspect of American life for future generations.   For details, contact Lori Friedli at lfriedli@wlsmail.org.
  • Wednesday, April 11 at 2pm. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library – 1968 in Film: Funny Girl. Theatrical debut September 19, 1968. The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, the film tells the life of Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand), the famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. Streisand won a best actress Oscar for this film. Rated G.  For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.
  • Thursday, April 12 from 10am – 6pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library – 1968 Film Festival. Join us as we present three classic films from 1968:
    • 10am – 12noon: Hair. The super hit based on the 1968 Broadway musical.
    • 1pm – 3pm: In the year of the pig. Award-winning documentary about Vietnam.
    • 3pm – 6pm: Yellow Submarine. Classic film by The Beatles, followed by a film discussion with Mamaroneck librarian and cineast Jack Weiss. For details, contact Jack at jweiss@wlsmail.org.
  • Thursday, APRIL 26 at 6:30pm. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library. 1968 in Film: Bullitt. Theatrical debut October 17, 1968. Bullitt (Steve McQueen) is an all guts, no glory San Francisco cop who’s determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed a witness under his protection. The film was among the first to present the world of policing in a gritty, “real” way. The cast inludes Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Duvall, Norman Fell, and Vic Tayback. Rated PG. For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.
  • Saturday, APRIL 28 at 2pm. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library. 1968 in Film: 2001: a space odyssey. Theatrical debut April 2, 1968. “2001” is perhaps the best-known of Stanley Kubrick’s films and is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth. Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon’s surface, where yet another monolith is found; one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Dr. Dave Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. Rated PG. For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.

Crafts and Games

  • Tuesday, April 3 at 2pm. Program Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library.Teen Tie Dye Workshop. Teens will learn a variety of groovy tie dyeing patterns and techniques. Ellen McTyre shows you how. One cloth and t-shirt provided. Bring your own to create more! Registration required (call  (914) 630 – 5875).  For details, contact Ellen McTyre at emctyre@wlsmail.org.
  • Wednesday, April 4 at 2pm or  at 3:30pm. Program Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library.3-D 60s Jewelry. Librarian Ellen McTyre will demonstrate how to use the 3-D printer to recreate some of the 1960s most iconic symbols. For teens and adults. Registration required (call  (914) 630 – 5875). Please select one session only. For details, contact Ellen McTyre at emctyre@wlsmail.org.
  • Sunday, April 8 at 2pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. 1968 Crossword. Join veteran puzzle-solver Ed Stein for a 1968 crossword puzzle solving session. Ed is also a crossword contributor to the New York TimesFor details, contact Lori Friedli at lfriedli@wlsmail.org.
  • Monday, April 9 from 4pm – 6:30pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. 60s Themed Coloring. Must be 18 to participate. Join in the fun by spending an afternoon of coloring, music, relaxation and refreshments. Drop in any time between 4pm and 6:30pm. For details, contact Trish Byrne at tbyrne@wlsmail.org.
  • Wednesday, April 11 at 6pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. Beadz by Mary. Mary Soto will guide participants in creating 60s themed bead jewelry. Supplies will be provided. Space is limited to ten participants. Adults only. Registration required (call (914) 630 – 5888).For details, contact Mary Soto at msoto@wlsmail.org.

Music and Television

  • Saturday, April 14 at 7pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. Peace, Love and Rock ‘n Roll Dance. Rock out and dance to the sounds of the late 60s with DJ Johnny G. Cover: $20 per couple, $15 per individual. Wine and beer available for purchase. Complimentary light snacks. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mamaroneck Public Library. For details, contact Susan Riley at sriley@wlsmail.org.
  • Monday, April 16 at 7pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. 1968: Somewhere Between Sgt. Pepper, The Summer of Love, and the Moon. World famous DJ Jimmy Fink explores the musical influences that led up to the sounds of 1968 and beyond. Don’t miss this amazing presentation! For details, contact Susan Riley at sriley@wlsmail.org.
  • Saturday, April 21 at 2pm.  Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. The Beatles: 68 rpm. Join World’s biggest Beatles fan Mark Hasskarl, and learn about the enormous influence that The Beatles had on popular music during the year 1968. For details, contact Susan Riley at sriley@wlsmail.org.
  • Sunday, April 29 at 4pm. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library. Beam Me Up: 50 Years of STAR TREK with Clive Young. Refreshments at 3:30pm. This fast-paced, multimedia program presented by Clive Young, explores how creator Gene Roddenberry first envisioned the original TV show as a western in space, and then steadily built a team of legendary actors, brilliant writers and clear-sighted directors who brought the original crew’s story to life across a TV series, animated children’s show and six feature films between 1966 and 1991. Aimed at both beginner and longtime fans, the program follows Star Trek‘s long, tumultuous history and its continuing impact on pop culture around the world. Sponsored by The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library. For details, contact Laura Eckley at leckley@wlsmail.org.

Lectures and Discussions

  • Thursday, April 12 at 7:00pm. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library. The 1960s: Birth of the Modern Media with Evan Weiner.  Join award-winning sports journalist Evan Weiner, for this in-depth look at how the media – especially television – came into its own in the 1960s. From the first of the Kennedy-Nixon debates in 1960, to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the scathing assessment of Vietnam by Walter Cronkite, Weiner explores how the media matured. You’ll learn how Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy laid the groundwork. The foundation for the media we have today can be traced to these events and these important figures. By the close of the 1960s, radio had become just an adjunct to television and the influence of newspapers had begun to wane. For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.
  • Fridays, April 13 & 27 from 10am – 11:30am. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library. What Do We Know About Vietnam? Discussion with Catherine Wald. Using selected short readings from the book The Other Side of Heaven: Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers. edited by Wayne Karlin, Le Minh Khue and Truong Vu, Catherine Wald will focus on what can stories teach us about a war whose wounds persist a half-century later in the American and Vietnamese consciousness. Wald will lead an examination of our memories and perceptions by reading fiction by writers from both cultures. Online registration required. For details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.
  • Sunday, April 15 at 2pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. Welcome Home: Reflections of Vietnam. Join a discussion about Vietnam with Mamaroneck’s Twelve Man Group. For details, contact Lori Friedli at lfriedli@wlsmail.org.
  • Wednesday, APRIL 18 from 10am – 11:30am. Village Center at the Larchmont Public Library. 1968: The Year That Rocked the World with Ann Hitchings. Join US History teacher Ann Hitchings, for this in-depth discussion of 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, By Mark Kurlansky. Were you alive in 1968?  If so, how did your “physical” location affect your “figurative” location? The themes of silence upended and truth revealed are woven throughout the book.  These changes sometimes came with violence, sometimes with passive resistance and sometimes with both.  If you had to choose one of Kurlansky’s discussions of silence and truth, which would you say was the one that made 1968 “the year that rocked the world”? Which would you say has had the longest lasting impact? Co-sponsored by the Woman’s Club of LarchmontFor details, contact June Hesler at jhesler@wlsmail.org.
  • Wednesday, APRIL 18 at 2:00pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. 1968: The Year That Rocked the World – Discussion with Mamaroneck Library Book Group and At Home on the Sound. Discuss the book 1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky and see a slide show based on the book by Reference Librarian, Lori Friedli. Open to allFor details, contact Lori Friedli at lfriedli@wlsmail.org.
  • Sunday, APRIL 22 from 2pm – 4pm. Community Room at the Mamaroneck Public Library. Postmodernism and 1968: A Context with Jill Keifer. Postmodern artists rejected the notion of knowledge—even history—being fixed or universal. Instead, they embraced the role and power of the individual to define art and bring about change. This presentation led by Jill Keifer of the Mamaroneck Arts Council, will focus on the years surrounding 1968, and illustrate how the tumultuous political and cultural events leading to the significance of that year were manifested in art. For details, contact Linda Bhandari at lbhandari@wlsmail.org.