Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 18 - December 1

All Day

Watch A Conversations about ‘Americans, a presentation held at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Learn more about the history of Thanksgiving and the relationship between Native and non-Native Americans over the years.
Here is a link to the video on YouTube

Curators Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) and Cécile R. Ganteaume, and Director Kevin Gover (Pawnee), offer insights into “Americans,” the provocative new exhibition on view at the museum in Washington. Artist, curator, and writer Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree/Member of the Siksika First Nation) moderates.

American Indian images are everywhere, from the maiden on Land O’Lakes butter to the mascot on the Cleveland Indians’ uniform. American Indian words are everywhere, too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the familiar historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain reference points in everyday conversations. “Americans” asks how we should understand the evocations of American Indians that have surrounded Americans since before the Revolution to the present day. The exhibition also explores Native and non-Native Americans’ surprising, entangled history.

Americans is on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., through 2022. See the exhibition website at https://nmai.si.edu/americans/.

The companion book, “Officially Indian: Symbols that Define the United States,” by Cécile R. Ganteaume, with a forward by Colin G. Calloway and afterword by Paul Chaat Smith, can be purchased from the museum’s Books and Products page at http://s.si.edu/2Ei4XAz or from bookstores everywhere. Or ask your librarian to acquire a copy for the collection of via interlibrary loan.

This program was webcast live and was recorded in the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on January 18, 2018.

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*Online via ZOOM* Comedy Open Mic - hosted by Tim Deery (Registration)

*Online via ZOOM* Comedy Open Mic – hosted by Tim Deery (Registration)

Tuesday, December 1

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Following a traditional Comedy Open Mic format, comedians new and old — who want to work on new jokes, change old jokes, or just experiment — sign up and get 5 minutes apiece to perform via our ZOOM Online Meeting Room.

Personal webcam & microphone and pre-registration are REQUIRED.  Email tdeery@wlsmail.org for more info.
Intended for audiences aged 18 and up.

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Thursday Film Discussion via ZOOM (Registration) - "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"

Thursday Film Discussion via ZOOM (Registration) – “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”

Thursday, December 3

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Watch the film at your leisure – stream on Kanopy.  Afterwards we will come together via Zoom to discuss the film.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

“Going to see Nutcracker with the whole family has been a tradition in other countries for many years. Now it is a tradition in the Netherlands as well. It became apparent that the Netherlands had also adopted this tradition in 1996, when the Dutch National Ballet presented its own version of the famous fairytale ballet. It is a magical production that has won the hearts of more than 250,000 people to date. Choreographers Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling created a Nutcracker for the children and adults of today. It is more dynamic and exciting, and less sweet than usual. They also chose to give a Dutch twist to their interpretation of the story, with skaters on the canals and a living room that transforms into a snowy forest. Unlike the original story, the production by Eagling and Van Schayk (who also designed the delightful sets and costumes) does not take place on Christmas Eve in a German town, but during St. Nicholas celebrations in Amsterdam, around 1810.”

2011, 108 minutes

Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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Martial Arts Movie Mayhem Double Feature: Sun Wukong - Film Discussion via ZOOM (Registration)

Martial Arts Movie Mayhem Double Feature: Sun Wukong – Film Discussion via ZOOM (Registration)

Saturday, December 5

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

He is the Great Sage Heaven’s Equal; the immortal Monkey King – he is Sun Wukong.  Known the world over, the character of Sun Wukong has inspired countless adaptations and spin-offs of the epic Chinese Classical Novel Journey to the West. Join us for a two-part film series and discussion of a pair of these modern adaptations.

Watch the films (both available on Hoopla or may be borrowed as DVDs via the Westchester Library System) beforehand at your leisure, then join us for a discussion of the films, other adaptations of Journey to the West, and Martial Arts movies in general.

Links for the original story of Journey to the West here:
Journey to the West full narrative
Journey to the West synopsis

This Month’s feature: Journey to the West (aka Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons)

A novice Demon Hunter fights to rid the land of monsters, but is having a hard time of it. He is unable to defeat the demons he faces, and surpassed by rival hunters who outclass him at every turn. So how will he fare when he challenges the legendary King of the Demons – Sun Wukong?

2013 – 1 hour 50 min – Rated PG-13 (violence)

Hoopla link here

E-mail dobref@wlsmail.org for the Zoom Discussion meeting link

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COVID Diaries: One Man Show with Marc Palmieri via ZOOM (Registration)

COVID Diaries: One Man Show with Marc Palmieri via ZOOM (Registration)

Wednesday, December 9

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come to a series of monologues of life during the COVID shutdown with Mercy College professor Marc Palmieri.

Register and request a Zoom invitation at dobref@wlsmail.org – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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Friday Film Discussion via ZOOM (Registration) - "A Not So Silent Night"

Friday Film Discussion via ZOOM (Registration) – “A Not So Silent Night”

Friday, December 11

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Watch the film at your leisure – stream on Kanopy.  Afterwards we will come together via Zoom to discuss the film.

A Not So Silent Night

“The McGarrigle Sisters’ annual Carnegie Hall Christmas performance, captured live at the Knitting Factory stage, features the last filmed performance by Kate and Anne McGarrigle (together), since Kate’s passing on January 18, 2010. This unique concert also brings special appearances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, and famed performance artist Laurie Anderson.”

2009, 97 minutes

Register with dobref@wlsmail.org to get the Zoom link – please indicate you are registering for this program in the email.

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Cult Classic Movie Night Online via HOOPLA and ZOOM - Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Rated R)

Cult Classic Movie Night Online via HOOPLA and ZOOM – Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Rated R)

Thursday, December 17

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Movie starts at 8 PM via Hoopla: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

Patrons may set up an account via their Westchester System Library card.

A group film discussion / trivia / Q&A to follow at 9:30 PM via ZOOM: meeting id 869 2842 1145 (no password)

Both the film and discussion require Internet access / the ZOOM discussion requires a webcam and microphone.

Questions?  Email Tim Deery at tdeery@wlsmail.org

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987/Rated R/88 min/Black Comedy, Slasher)

The ultimate in holiday slasher cult classic camp, SNDNP2 is anchored by the tour-de-force performance of Eric Freeman as Ricky. Blurring the line between sublime and terrible, Freeman is memorable for all the wrong (and right) reasons.

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