September 2012 Archives

Film critic Jeffrey Lyons, Cézanne biographer Alex Danchev and 2012 Orange Prize winner Madeline Miller are just three of the ten authors who will speak at Greenwich Library this fall. The series features something for everyone, including fans of film, art, fiction, music, cuisine and décor. All events will take place in the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library at 7 p.m. 

The popular series kicks off on Tuesday, September 18 with film critic Jeffrey Lyons, author of Stories My Father Told Me. Lyons, the son of acclaimed New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons, recounts his father's amazing life amongst the 20th century's most iconic figures such as Salvador Dali, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway. Lyons has enjoyed a four decade career in print, radio and television as an author and acclaimed film critic and has hosted three national film review shows including Reel Talk, Sneak Previews and MSNBC's At the Movies

On Tuesday, October 2, author Janet Wallach will discuss The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age. Look into Greenwich history and real estate and you may find stories of Hetty Green and her daughter Mrs. Hetty Sylvia Howland Wilks Green. The Richest Woman in America is a captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least $100 million, equal to more than $2 billion today. A strong believer in female financial independence, she offered valuable lessons for the present. Wallach is the author of several nonfiction books including New York Times Notable Book Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell

Then, on October 4, satisfy your taste for adventure with Naomi Duguid's Burma: Rivers of Flavor. Part cookbook, part travelogue, Duguid introduces the salads, stews and meats of Burma and explores the culinary crossroads between China, India and Southeast Asia. Duguid will also share photographs from her numerous journeys to Burma over the past 30 years. She is the author of Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet; a contributing editor at Saveur and a columnist at Cooking Light

Celebrate Louis Armstrong Month

During the month of October, Greenwich Library and BackCountry Jazz will host several exciting events and programs commemorating the life and music of Satchmo, the legendary horn player whose famous improvisational style remains a strong influence in jazz today. Louis Armstrong is synonymous with American Jazz, and we celebrate him, one of the most influential jazz performers of our time, all month long.

Thumbnail image for louis-armstrong.jpgOn Friday October 12, at 3 p.m., the program kicks off with a Master Class on "West End Blues". Trumpeter and bandleader Wendell Brunious, of the prominent New Orleans musical family, will have an open rehearsal followed by a discussion of Armstrong's music, beginning with the classic, "West End Blues". Armstrong's 1928 recording of "West End Blues" was considered a pivotal moment in the history of jazz. His interpretation of Joe "King" Oliver's tune would set the jazz standard and agenda for many years. 

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Later that evening, at 8:00 p.m. the Friends Friday Film Series will present Cinematic Satchmo, rare footage of Louis Armstrong from the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College in New York. Archivist and Armstrong biographer Ricky Riccardi will provide commentary. 

A highlight of the celebration takes place on Saturday, October 13 at 4 p.m. BackCountry Jazz presents The Music of Louis Armstrong with an all-star orchestra featuring vocalist Catherine Russell, drummer Herlin Riley and trumpeter Wendell Brunious under the direction of saxophonist Bennie Wallace. 

Catherine Russell is an award winning singer whose father, the late Luis Russell, was a pioneering pianist/composer/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong's long-time collaborator. Russell has toured with artists such as Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein and Rosanne Cash. 

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Master drummer Herlin Riley is steeped in the rhythmic traditions of his native New Orleans and brings those exotic flavors to all his musical projects. Herlin's more high visibility gigs include his six-year tenure with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Currently, he is a member of the Ahmad Jamal Trio. 

Bennie Wallace, BackCountry Jazz's founder and music director, has been a tenor saxophonist, composer, and recording artist for over 30 years. He has released over 20 jazz recordings, won five DownBeat awards and numerous recording awards, and has performed and recorded with many jazz greats, including Elvin Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Dr. John, Chick Corea, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Bennie is also the composer for Oscar-nominated films whose credits include Bull Durham, Paul Newman's Blaze, and White Men Can't Jump, among others.  

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On Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a Panel Discussion - Remembering Satchmo. Great stories about Louis Armstrong will be bandied about by four people who know him best: biographers Terry Teachout and Ricky Riccardi, legendary record producer George Avakian and Dan Morgenstern, jazz's most respected journalist. The panel will be moderated by Bennie Wallace as the experts discuss jazz icon Louis Armstrong and the immense impact he has had on American culture. 

The celebration ends with a bang on Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m. with a Young People's Concert. Louis Armstrong was adored by children the world over. Trumpet player Bria Skonberg presents a children's program and concert for kids of all ages. Skonberg has been performing since age four, and has toured all over the world. Best known for her knowledge of classical jazz, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans and blues with swing, pop and world music influences. The concert will last about 45 minutes. 

Louis Armstrong Month is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 30 minutes prior to each event. For more information, please contact David Waring at (203) 622-7917 or visit

The purpose of BackCountry Jazz is to present concerts and educational programs by celebrated jazz artists and use the transformative power of music to catalyze change in both individuals and communities. We work collaboratively with partner organizations to invigorate the community educationally and socially, while building future audiences for America's unique cultural heritage. Through concerts, educational programs, scholarships, and the Bridgeport public school summer music camp, BackCountry Jazz makes significant contributions to building stronger communities. More information is available at

Suggest a Book for Greenwich Reads Together 2013

To see the book selected for Greenwich Reads Together 2013, please click here.

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. Members of the community are encouraged to suggest their favorite books in the comment box below. 

In order to be selected, the book should be of high literary quality, reflective of universal issues and capable of generating thought-provoking discussions. It should lend itself to engaging public programs and appeal to a diverse population. It must also be currently in print and available in large quantities and in multiple formats, including paperback, e-book, audiobook and large print. The suggestions will be evaluated by a Library staff committee and announced later this fall. 

Please note: Due to our anti-spam procedures, your comment may take up to one day to appear on this blog. If do not want to leave your name, please choose a pen name such as "Greenwich Reader" instead of "Anonymous" in the name field.

Join us for a Market Stroll Fundraiser at Tarry Market

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We've teamed up with Tarry Market and Tarry Wine to offer an educational wine talk and Market Stroll fundraiser on Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m. to benefit Greenwich Library.

$75/ticket (limited availability) 

Greenwich Library has partnered with fine food and drink purveyors Tarry Market and Tarry Wine, owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, to offer an educational wine talk and market stroll fundraiser. Learn from a wine expert as you nibble on Italian charcuterie, cheeses, crostini and sip prosecco and other fine Italian wines. 

Proceeds benefit Greenwich Library's programs and services. 

For more information, contact Sarah Falvo at (203) 622-7957 or purchase your ticket securely online here.
On Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m., Greenwich Library will present an M&M Productions performance of the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and her sister, Delia. The plan ran for several years off-Broadway, closing last March. 

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Liz Smith declared that Love, Loss, and What I Wore is "so funny and so powerful; so dear and sweet; so remindful of our female wiles, our worries, our insecurities, our remembrances of mother, father, sisters, brothers, lovers." And the LA Times described the show as an "affirming chick outing that makes you want to rip off your Spanx and have another cosmo. Men...may come and go, but a killer outfit is forever. Even if you can't get into it anymore." The play is made up of many monologues that create a mosaic of all ages of life. 

Four actresses share stories common to all women with both humor and sentiment. This production is directed by Cos Cob resident Larry Schneider, who directed previous M&M productions of Almost, Maine, Rabbit Hole, Jake's Women, Collected Stories and Three Tall Women. It will feature Connecticut residents Karen Quinn-Panzer and Andrea Garmun and New York residents Kathy Files DiBiasi, and Olivia Rerek. Kathy performed in a Greenwich production of the Pulitzer prize-winning Crimes of the Heart, and Andrea also performed locally in a production of Neil Simon's Fools, both of which were directed by Schneider. 

Free and open to all through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and private donors. Cole Auditorium doors open at 1:45 pm. For more information, contact Alice Bonvenuto at (203) 622-7919.

Children's Puppet Show: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Greenwich Library will present a Puppet People production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. 


This show is a thrilling comic rendition of Washington Irving's haunting tale. Focusing on themes of bullies, jealousy and superstition, this show features hand crafted marionettes, two life-sized puppets, special lighting and smoke effects, and both classical and traditional folk music. It is a family show appropriate for ages 6 and up. 

The Puppet People, Mark Carrigan and Michelle Smith-Carrigan, have over 20 years of entertaining experience. They are members of Puppeteers of America and hand craft their own puppets, scenery and scripts. 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is made possible through the support of the Friends of Greenwich Library and contributions by generous donors. Free and open to all, no tickets required. Doors will open at 1:45 p.m. For more information, please contact Children's Services at (203) 622-7940.

Musicians from Marlboro return this October

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The Friends Cole Concert Series is pleased to welcome back the popular Musicians from Marlboro touring program on Sunday, October 21 at 4 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. 

A Washington Post review of Musicians from Marlboro said, "Impeccable ensemble work, unbridled energy and boatloads of virtuosity produced an electrifying performance," also calling the musicians, "Astoundingly gifted virtuosos...performances that radiate vitality and freshness."


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Now celebrating its 48th season, the acclaimed touring program offers not only joyous performances featuring unusual repertoire, but also invaluable experience to emerging artists. 

The ensemble will perform Haydn's String Quartet in A Major, op. 55, no. 1; Ligeti's Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano; and Mendelssohn's String Quintet No. 1 in A Major, op. 18. Artists include Soovin Kim and Itamar Zorman on violin; Lily Francis and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt on viola; Paul Wiancko on cello; Benjamin Jaber on horn and Matan Porat on piano. 

The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Foundation and the Friends of Greenwich Library. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Friends Office at (203) 622-7938.
Whole Foods Greenwich will donate 5% of their net sales on Thursday, September 27 to Greenwich Library.  

Whole Foods is located at 90 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. For more information about Whole Foods, please click here.

To donate securely online, please click here.

Bob Smith Returns to Greenwich Library

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Bob Smith will lead weekly discussions of Shakespeare's Richard III at Greenwich Library starting Wednesday, September 12, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium.

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For his 19th Shakespeare play at Greenwich Library, Bob Smith has selected the tragedy of King Richard III.

David Garrick as Richard III

David Garrick as Richard III (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"It's hard to believe that this blackest of black comedies was written three centuries before Beckett's End Game. And it's inspired so many great movies! From the classic Laurence Olivier version to Ian McKellen's fascist fantasma. Al Pacino also scored a hit with his iconoclastic Looking for Richard, and with a playful nod to the Bard's charismatic crook-back, Neil Simon guided actor Richard Dreyfuss to an Academy Award for his spoof of R3 in the much-lauded Goodbye Girl," said Smith.

Library Journal called Bob Smith "the teacher we all should have had to introduce us to Shakespeare." The Boston Globe calls him "inspired and inspiring."

This well-loved series will be crowned with a showing of Al Pacino's Looking for Richard.

The program is free and open to all. The Shakespeare series is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors.  Copies of the play will be provided. For more information, please contact Matthew Sgritta at (203) 622-7972.


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