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Interested in seeing the library from a new, unique perspective? For the month of March, you can!
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is a series of black and white, site-specific photographs by Dan Lachacz. The exhibition, titled You Are Here, finds the artist using the library as his subject matter as he alters the space until it no longer appears familiar.
The exhibition is the fifth of its kind with the artist previously exhibiting his site-specific photography at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Islip Art Museum, Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, and the Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery.
In his artwork, Lachacz presents the exhibition space from unconventional angles, unique perspectives, and unusual points of view. Through this process, he challenges you to re-evaluate your surroundings, while making you consciously aware of the space you occupy.
Images like Site-Specific Photograph #7 depict close-ups in which it is difficult to figure out the artist’s subject matter. In this work, strong vertical lines, paired with juxtaposing shades of gray, divide the work into four distinct sections. The left-hand side of the picture is darkened and blurred with a band of white dividing it down the middle. Because of this, your eyes are naturally drawn to the right-hand side of the image. Here, the artist focuses his attention on a single word that is cursively written. The word honey haunts you as you frantically search the library’s collection for the books shown in the photo.
Other works in the exhibition, however, are much easier to read. Site Specific-Photograph #8 depicts the former Young Adult section after its move to Carnegie Library. The empty shelves and chair represent the transient period before the space was reutilized. The image offers you a behind the scenes look into the planning and preparation of the space.
About The Artist
Dan Lachacz is a fine arts photographer from Patchogue, NY. He is an Assistant Director of the New York Contemporary Artists Symposium and Co-President of Criterion Contemporary. He is also a 2010 alumnus of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ MARK program. Lachacz has previously exhibited his artwork at the East End Arts Council, Patchogue Arts Gallery and Islip Art Museum.
You Are Here, featuring the site-specific photography of Dan Lachacz, is on display at the Patchogue-Medford Library for the month of March 2017.
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and singer Ed Ryan will be bringing that Irish feeling through music this Sunday to Patchogue-Medford Library.
The Songs and Stories of Ireland show featuring Ryan will start at 2:30 p.m. and take place in Meeting Room A&B. The show is free and registration is not required.
Ryan is described as having both a big voice and a sharp wit, having not only performed musically throughout the New York region but also as a comedian.
As a singer he has previously performed as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, and released an album titled “Make It So.” As a comedian he has opened for the likes of Ray Romano and Paula Poundstone, according to his website.
For a preview of his sound, watch the video below of his 2013 performance of “Halleujah” at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center.
Anyone with questions about this show should reach out to Rose Marut by calling 631-654-4700 ext. 233.
Contained in this collection are photographs and postcards which depict some activities of the soldiers serving at Camp Upton, N.Y. during both World Wars, including pictures of the barracks, soldiers at work and at play, new recruits, various buildings on the site of the Camp, and soldiers making trips to and from the Camp.
The Camp was active from 1917 to 1920 and from 1940 to 1946, during which time it helped train and prepare new soldiers. Later, the Army used the site as a convalescent and rehabilitation hospital for wounded veterans returning from the second World War. The site upon which the Camp was once located is now occupied by Brookhaven National Laboratory.
How good are you at telling truth from fiction? At the next Library in the Lobby event at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, finding the hilarious truth can win you a prize.
(Mostly) True Things, taking place Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the theatre’s 71 E. Main St. location, will feature four storytellers that will each describe a story from the New York area. One storyteller will tell the complete truth, while the other three will be mixing a few lies into their tale.
Audience members will then get to question each of the storytellers, in a quest to seek out the one that hasn’t turned their facts into fiction. After that, the audience will vote on who is telling the truth.
This high-energy show is for all ages, and is completely free to attend. However, seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To guarantee a seat, please call the Patchogue Theatre Box Office at 631-207-1313.
For a preview of the show, watch the YouTube video embedded above that shows off storytellers as they weave their tales.
And for more information on the (Mostly) True Things shows, click here for the production’s website.
Ever wanted to eat your way through a foreign land? This Sunday, you can try out food from all over the world just by going to Patchogue-Medford Library.
The Everybody Eats event, taking place from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in Meeting Room A & B, will feature cuisine from a broad list of countries including Spain, Italy, Pakistan, Turkey, China, Ecuador and more.
Each food will be introduced by a speaker, and participants will be able to ask questions about each item that is shown off for tasting.
And if your family has its own special recipe, this event will give you the opportunity to share it with others as part of a Patchogue-Medford Library publication. Anyone participating is welcome to bring with them the recipe along with brief stories on how the recipe was passed down and what it means to your family. Copies of these recipes will be made, and distributed as part of a small collection that will be available at the library.
This event is free to the public, but it’s very important to register for the event beforehand. Register by either clicking this link to sign up online or calling the library at 631-654-4700. Any questions can be directed to Martha Mikkleson.
Introducing “Frames Of Reference”, a blog series showcasing occasionally overlooked gems in the Patchogue-Medford Library’s video collections.
It is, of course, a gross understatement to say that volumes upon volumes of analysis and history have been written on the complex subject of Charles Spencer Chaplin and his cinematic genius and legacy. At one time the most famous entertainer in the world, Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” character was an archetypal character for the ages who touched on something basic and universal in humanity, and who had a worldwide appeal that crossed the barriers of language and class in a way unmatched before or since. Naturally, the question of which film in Chaplin’s oeuvre is his greatest has long been the subject of much heated debate and discussion. Each one of his films brings to the fore one particular characteristic of his filmmaking. For romance and lyricism, look to City Lights (1931); for physical and slapstick comedy with a touch of pathos, look to The Gold Rush (1925/1942); but for historical importance and deflating satire, look to The Great Dictator (1940).
For this film, his second film to incorporate political themes, Chaplin bravely and presciently chose Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime as the satirical target of his comic arsenal. And the film began shooting in September of 1939, mere weeks after Hitler invaded Poland and first attempted to extend his power beyond the borders of his native land. The film was also Chaplin’s first to completely utilize the medium of sound, and Chaplin unleashes his proven facility with wordplay in his satirical names and in his mocking mimicry of Hitler’s mannerisms, gestures, language, and oratory style.
The film concludes with an impassioned plea delivered by Chaplin’s Jewish barber character in the accidental guise of the dictator of the fictitious nation of Tomania. Although the character that Chaplin portrays in the film is arguably a shadow or variation of the Little Tramp, Chaplin feared that endowing the Little Tramp with speech would destroy his worldwide appeal and limit his popularity to the English-speaking areas of the world. One imagines Chaplin torn, knowing that speech would be the death of the Little Tramp, but also knowing that in the coming new world of sound films it was inevitable. And the Little Tramp finally did speak in this film, walking into the sunset of cinematic history and immortality in a blaze of glory saying something in which his creator fervently believed.
All of this speaks for The Great Dictator as a cinematically and historically important and compelling film to watch and study, a shining testament to the power of art as a weapon against even the most politically powerful, horrible, and monstrous.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – from 2 to 4 pm
Storytelling is as simple as reading a story from a book. If you don’t have that much time, you can always share a story from memory, talk about your own childhood, or even read out loud from your phone. There are innumerable advantages of story telling for kids, especially for preschoolers, kindergarten and young children.
Explore the rewards of storytelling and how your family can engage in lively discussions about past stories.
What are some of the benefits of storytelling for kids?
— Instills virtues in your child
— Makes them aware of their own culture and roots
— Enhances verbal proficiency
— Improves listening skills
— A great tool for sharpening memories
— Encourages creativity and imagination power
— Makes academic learning easier
— Better communication
— Helps to face difficult situations with ease
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following link: http://momjunction.com/articles
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