Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

ACCL Film Series: American Graffiti

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 • 7:00 pm

It's the last night of summer in 1962 in a small southern California town in pre-Vietnam America, the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) and Steve Bolander (Ron Howard), are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. They, along with their friends Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat), cruise the streets while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock'n'roll tunes. Steve's high-school sweetheart, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.

The film has been highly influential and launched the film career of Director George Lucas, as well as actors Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Somers, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Kathleen Quinlan, Wolfman Jack, and others.

This film is rated PG. The screening is free and open to the public.

We regret that the concert by Voices of Truth scheduled for August 1 has been cancelled but will be rescheduled for a date in the near future. Sorry for the inconvenience.

 

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Live @ The Library: Voices of Truth

Athens-Clarke County Library
Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650

Sunday, August 1, 2021 • 3:00 pm

Live @ The Library returns with a free afternoon concert by acclaimed gospel group Voices of Truth.

Voices of Truth has been an Athens fixture for over 40 years. They have been based out of several locations through the years, including First A.M.E., Hill First Baptist Church, Timothy Baptist Church, and others.

The choir was begun in 1979 by James R. Smith, who remains its director to this day. Smith was born and raised in Athens during the Jim Crow era and was a student at the Tuskegee Institute during the civil rights movement. He then moved back to Athens, where he eventually founded Athens Voices of Truth. They have performed contemporary gospel, traditional hymns, spirituals and beautiful anthems across the Southeast.

Athens Voices of Truth differs from a typical gospel choir in that they sing anthems, spirituals and hymns, along with both traditional and contemporary gospel music. The choir also includes members from multiple denominations, a rarity among church-based singing groups.

This free performance is a part of Live @ The Library and is sponsored by the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library.

 

Stories Told: Artist's Talk/Workshop by Susan Pelham

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
Athens, Georgia
706 613 3650

Artist’s Talk/Reception: Monday, July 19 2021 • 6:30 pm  Multipurpose Room B
Exhibition: July 7—August 29, 2021 • Quiet Gallery

Monroe Artist Susan Pelham will be showing her work in the library’s Quiet Gallery during the months of July and August, and will be giving a talk on her work and leading an all-ages workshop in the art of collage in Multipurpose Room B on Monday, July 19 2021 at 6:30 pm. Ms Pelham graduated from Florida State University in 1963 with a degree in Fine Art; her major was in Painting with a minor in Art History. Twenty years later she spent three months in London updating her Art History at Sotheby’s Styles in Art course.

Lately, Susan's interest in art has shifted from painting primarily in oils to exploring mixed media collage. Her collages often develop themes from Renaissance painting to 20th century folk art, but always with playful visual puns. 

Ms Pelham: “Magic Realism of the 1940s in painting intrigued me when I was a student at FSU. I liked the work of Cadmus, Tooke, Albright, and Hopper. Only recently have I begun to explore Magic Realism in my own work. Often nursery rhymes, Haiku, Limericks, and children’s camp songs inspire the subject of a collage.“

The exhibition and Artist’s Talk/Workshop are free and open to the public.

Being There

Athens-Clarke County Library • Appleton Auditorium
2025 Baxter Street • Athens, Georgia • 706 613 3650

Thursday, July 15, 2021 • 6:30 pm

The ACCL Film Series returns to the library with Jerzy Kosinski’s brilliant adaptation of his novel Being There. The film will be screened on Thursday, July 15, at 6:30 pm in the Appleton Auditorium. In one of Peter Sellers’ final films, he portrays Chance the gardener, a simple man who unwittingly rises to a position of great influence in politics and business. The film also stars Shirley MacLaine, Melvin Douglas, and Jack Warden, and was directed by Hal Ashby. The 1979 film received many awards, including the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Douglas), and Golden Globes for Best Actor (Sellers) and Supporting Actor (Douglas).

Peter Sellers, who died in 1980, was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, and became known to a worldwide audience through his many film roles, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films.

This film is rated PG. The screening is free and open to the public.

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