Events for January

A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art January 01, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

A Usable Past features highlights of the Museum's extensive holdings of folk art of the United States, including many artworks from the American Heritage collection of Edith and Ellerton Jetté--one of the earliest collections to enter the Colby College Museum of Art.

Image featured: Thomas Chambers, Landscape, c. 1830. Oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. Colby College Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ellerton M. Jetté, 1956.086

MET: Nabucco  January 01, 2017, 12:55 pm

January 7 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people. Estimated Run Time: 2 hours 43 minutes

A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art January 03, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

A Usable Past features highlights of the Museum's extensive holdings of folk art of the United States, including many artworks from the American Heritage collection of Edith and Ellerton Jetté--one of the earliest collections to enter the Colby College Museum of Art.

Image featured: Thomas Chambers, Landscape, c. 1830. Oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. Colby College Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ellerton M. Jetté, 1956.086

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] January 03, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Between 1941 and 1943, Walt Disney and a team of his employees made several trips to Latin America. A manifestation of the “Good Neighbor Policy” initiated by the Roosevelt administration in 1933, these visits were designed to bolster pan-American alliances. However politically unifying Disney’s encounters were meant to be, they yielded curious, even contradictory results: in a string of films released beginning in 1942, his animators introduced José, or, more familiarly, “Zé,” Carioca, the “Brazilian jitterbird.” A cigar-smoking, soccer-loving parrot from Rio, Carioca embodied multiple cultural stereotypes, serving, in the words of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967), “to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which Neuenschwander grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of work by the artist since 2004. For the series to which this piece belongs, she scrubs images and text from the original Carioca comics, leaving intact only the narrative’s graphic architecture. She then enlarges these comic-book panels and transfers them to a wall, inviting members of the public to write or draw directly onto them. With this gesture, Neuenschwander substitutes self- and collective expression for ideology masquerading as popular culture. Image Featured: Rivane Neuenschwander, Zé Carioca e amigos (O rapto da donzela) / Joe Carioca and friends (The Abduction of the Maiden), 2005. Wall paint, chalk, eraser, wood tray, dimensions variable. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA. Photo by Whitney Curtis

In the Studio: Picasso’s Vollard Suite January 03, 2017, 10:00 am

The Vollard Suite (1930–37) is the most significant prints series made by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Containing one hundred etchings, a selection of which are on view at the Colby Museum, it was commissioned by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in Paris. Inspired by his work in sculpture, Picasso made the relationship between artist and model in the sculptor’s studio the suite’s central theme. This relationship is one of the most symbolically charged in the history of art. Many male artists have regarded the studio as a masculine space of creativity and have viewed the female model’s body as a source of inspiration and a symbol of their ability to transform life into art. Picasso draws from these art historical precedents and the world of classical mythology to explore the nature of creativity. In the suite, Picasso’s studio is a sanctuary for aesthetic contemplation, self-discovery, and artistic mastery. In this imagined space, Picasso scrutinizes the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of his relationship to the model and, by extension, to art. Melding various styles, media, and art historical references, Picasso destabilizes fixed notions of artist and model. Both are shown in various physical and mental states as figures caught in a free-flowing process of creation. He mythologizes the artist’s creative power to direct his ever-changing relationship with the model, life, and art. Despite the suite’s expanded sense of creativity, Picasso is still grounded in an art historical tradition in which creativity is a gendered activity that the male artist enacts on the female body. Featured Image: Pablo Picasso, Minotaure aveugle guidé par une filette dans la nuit (Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl in the Night), 1934. Etching, 15 3/16 x 19 13/16 in. (38.7 x 50.4 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 006.2016. Photo by Gary Green. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Craft Afternoons: Doily Snowmen!  January 03, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous!   A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up.    If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

 This week:  Doily Snowmen!

Artist Reception for Jean Ann Pollard & Laurie Sproul, "Earth: Love it or Lose it"  January 05, 2017, 5:30 pm

Come visit Jean Ann and Laurie's beautiful show at the Waterville Public Library's Carnegie Gallery any time during library hours! Then join us on this night to meet the artists who made it possible and learn about what inspired the exhibit! 

 

Earth: Love It or Lose It!

 J. A. Pollard, Sculpted Acrylic Paintings

Laurie Sproul, Floral Wood Sculpture

 

EXHIBIT DATES

DECEMBER 7, 2016 – FEBRUARY 28, 2017

 

ARTIST RECEPTION & 

CLIMATE CHANGE CONVERSATION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017*
5:30P-7:00P

CONVERSATION LED BY PETER GARRETT


Light refreshments.
Free and open to the public.
*Snow date: Friday, 1/6/17

Opening Reception for Strata: Works by Sarah Vosmus  January 05, 2017, 5:00 pm, Railroad Square Cinema

STRATA: Works by Sarah Vosmus will be on display in the lobby of Railroad Square Cinema as part of the Art in the Lobby Series from January 5 - February 19. An opening reception will be held on January 5 from 5:30-7:00pm. Sarah Vosmus is a Maine native, returning from a three-year stay in high desert of the American Southwest. Strata, is a body of work rooted in response to this environment and temporality of form. She uses the language of printmaking to explore the physical world, influence, and limits of perception. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally. The goal of Maine Film Center's Art in the Lobby program is to provide an opportunity for Maine visual artists of various ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. Exhibitions run yearround, with a new artist on display every 6-8 weeks.

Special Screening: Imitation of Life  January 05, 2017, 1:30 pm, Railroad Square Cinema

On Thursday, January 5th, Railroad Square Cinema will present a special, one-time, restoration screening of IMITATION OF LIFE at 1:30pm. A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. “The toughest-minded, most irresolvable movie ever made about race in this country. For all its reputation as a relentless tearjerker, this story of Annie, a black maid trying to hold on to a light-skinned daughter determined to pass as white, is characterized by director Douglas Sirk’s deeply ironic control. That’s most apparent in Sirk’s handling of Lana Turner as Lora, Annie’s boss, the generous stage star who is nonetheless oblivious that the opportunities she takes for granted aren’t available to everyone. What makes the movie so thorny is that Lora’s is the world Annie’s daughter Sarah Jane aspires to—and Sirk refuses to judge her for that. Sirk lays out the life Sarah Jane would settle for and dares us to impugn her desire to escape. The depth and bitterness of Sirk’s irony, his refusal to provide easy answers, shames those who’d bring any less to this American masterpiece.”—Charles Taylor, Village Voice.

Teen Movie Night!  January 05, 2017, 4:00 pm

Join us in the Teen Room at 4pm every Thursday

for a screening of a popular movie!

 

The movie changes every week!

To discover which movie is playing this week, go to the Library's calendar event: http://www.watervillelibrary.org/events/view-event.php?id=5563

Please call (207 ) 872-5433 or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org

 

These events are free and open to attendees under the age of 18!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border January 05, 2017, 12:00 pm

Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border: An Interrogation of Political, Natural, and Interior Borders January 11 - February 25 Tracking the Border is the culminating event of a year-long project supported by a Kindling Grant from the Warhol Foundation. The project focused on the artist’s navigation of the 611 miles that make up the Maine-Canada border. The resulting work takes many forms, including installation, drawing, and photography, all of which will be represented in the Common Street Arts exhibit, alongside other, related bodies of work. Several years ago, Bliss’ passion for running began to influence her drawings–GPS records of her runs became source material for works on paper. This process then began to inform a range of approaches to considering place, environmental concerns, and issues of identity. Though the Tracking the Border project was initially inspired by global politics–Lucinda was in Paris during the attacks in the fall of 2015–throughout the year, her exploration became increasingly linked to personal questions about gender and power. Mirroring the conceptual shift, photographic processes became a more central part of the artist’s creative process. Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017 4pm-6pm Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm-5pm Saturday 10am – 1pm CLOSED: Sunday-Tuesday For more information visit: http://commonstreetarts.com/event/lucinda-bliss-tracking-the-border-an-interrogation-of-political-natural-and-interior-borders/

Teen Craft: Painting Bookends  January 06, 2017, 2:00 pm

Personalize your library! Join us in the Bartlett Room for Teens at the Waterville Public Library on Friday, January 6th, and help make it a more colorful place.
Design a bookend based on your favorite book or fandom! The possibilities are endless!

After they are painted, the bookends will be sealed and returned to holding up books with a lot more style!

This program is free, and open to attendees under the age of 18.

For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org.

Art + Storytelling: This Place is a Zoo! January 07, 2017, 11:00 am

After a brief exploration of the Museum, we will read a children’s book related to animals. Children and their grownups will then be invited to the Mirken Education Center to have a snack and create their own works of art. This program is designed for preschoolers and toddlers. Featured Image: Bernard Langlais, Untitled (Lions), c. 1973. Painted, stained and blackened wood, 48 x 48 x 1 3/8 in. (121.9 x 121.9 x 3.5 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Bernard Langlais Collection, Gift of Helen Friend Langlais, 2010.297

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] January 08, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

Between 1941 and 1943, Walt Disney and a team of his employees made several trips to Latin America. A manifestation of the “Good Neighbor Policy” initiated by the Roosevelt administration in 1933, these visits were designed to bolster pan-American alliances. However politically unifying Disney’s encounters were meant to be, they yielded curious, even contradictory results: in a string of films released beginning in 1942, his animators introduced José, or, more familiarly, “Zé,” Carioca, the “Brazilian jitterbird.” A cigar-smoking, soccer-loving parrot from Rio, Carioca embodied multiple cultural stereotypes, serving, in the words of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967), “to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which Neuenschwander grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of work by the artist since 2004. For the series to which this piece belongs, she scrubs images and text from the original Carioca comics, leaving intact only the narrative’s graphic architecture. She then enlarges these comic-book panels and transfers them to a wall, inviting members of the public to write or draw directly onto them. With this gesture, Neuenschwander substitutes self- and collective expression for ideology masquerading as popular culture. Image Featured: Rivane Neuenschwander, Zé Carioca e amigos (O rapto da donzela) / Joe Carioca and friends (The Abduction of the Maiden), 2005. Wall paint, chalk, eraser, wood tray, dimensions variable. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA. Photo by Whitney Curtis

In the Studio: Picasso’s Vollard Suite January 08, 2017, 12:00 pm

The Vollard Suite (1930–37) is the most significant prints series made by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Containing one hundred etchings, a selection of which are on view at the Colby Museum, it was commissioned by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in Paris. Inspired by his work in sculpture, Picasso made the relationship between artist and model in the sculptor’s studio the suite’s central theme. This relationship is one of the most symbolically charged in the history of art. Many male artists have regarded the studio as a masculine space of creativity and have viewed the female model’s body as a source of inspiration and a symbol of their ability to transform life into art. Picasso draws from these art historical precedents and the world of classical mythology to explore the nature of creativity. In the suite, Picasso’s studio is a sanctuary for aesthetic contemplation, self-discovery, and artistic mastery. In this imagined space, Picasso scrutinizes the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of his relationship to the model and, by extension, to art. Melding various styles, media, and art historical references, Picasso destabilizes fixed notions of artist and model. Both are shown in various physical and mental states as figures caught in a free-flowing process of creation. He mythologizes the artist’s creative power to direct his ever-changing relationship with the model, life, and art. Despite the suite’s expanded sense of creativity, Picasso is still grounded in an art historical tradition in which creativity is a gendered activity that the male artist enacts on the female body. Featured Image: Pablo Picasso, Minotaure aveugle guidé par une filette dans la nuit (Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl in the Night), 1934. Etching, 15 3/16 x 19 13/16 in. (38.7 x 50.4 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 006.2016. Photo by Gary Green. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Craft Afternoons: Watercolor Resist Snowflake Painting!  January 10, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous!   A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up.    If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

 This week:  Watercolor Resist Snowflake Painting

Watercolor Resist Snowflake Painting

Opening Reception for Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border  January 11, 2017, 4:00 pm, Common Street Arts

Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border: An Interrogation of Political, Natural, and Interior Borders Common Street Arts Tracking the Border is the culminating event of a year-long project supported by a Kindling Grant from the Warhol Foundation. The project focused on the artist’s navigation of the 611 miles that make up the Maine-Canada border. The resulting work takes many forms, including installation, drawing, and photography, all of which will be represented in the Common Street Arts exhibit, alongside other, related bodies of work. Several years ago, Bliss’ passion for running began to influence her drawings–GPS records of her runs became source material for works on paper. This process then began to inform a range of approaches to considering place, environmental concerns, and issues of identity. Though the Tracking the Border project was initially inspired by global politics–Lucinda was in Paris during the attacks in the fall of 2015–throughout the year, her exploration became increasingly linked to personal questions about gender and power. Mirroring the conceptual shift, photographic processes became a more central part of the artist’s creative process. Exhibition Dates: January 11 - February 25 Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm-5pm Saturday 10am – 1pm CLOSED: Sunday-Tuesday Artist Statement:Tracking the Border: An Interrogation of Political, Natural, and Interior Borders Lucinda Bliss For the last several years, my creative work has sprung from the intersection of my life as an artist, academic, and runner. The work now takes many forms, but it began with a process of drawing the GPS records of my runs on print fragments (Daily Patterns­). This initial work led to my current project, Tracking the Border, for which I received a 2016 Kindling Grant from the Warhol Foundation. This project involved a year-long navigation of the 611 miles that make up the Maine-Canada border. My process included conducting interviews with a Passamaquoddy Council member, a Maine geologist, a former border patrol officer, and a forester, among others, and the stories and perspectives that emerged from these conversations led me to question assumptions about the nature of borders that had far-reaching and personal implications. Narratives that emerged from these dialogues guided me to specific points along the border, where I would run, reflect, write, build site-specific temporary installations (rock border walls, for example), as well as shoot photographs that have been reworked as mixed media pieces in the studio. Exploring remote areas of the border on foot, learning about the history of the land, experiencing its boundaries physically, as a woman alone—these navigations led me to an unexpected body of photographic work. I became interested in experimenting with strategies for representing the female body in nature—for depicting the physicality of my process in a way that would not obfuscate the complexities and misogyny in the history of such representation. The initial project was inspired by global politics, as I was in Paris during the attacks in the fall of 2015; over the last year, my concerns have been linked to questions about gender and power. Biography Lucinda’s studio practice consists of drawing, painting, photography, and installation. She is based in Maine and has shown widely in New England, Chicago, and the Southwest. Exhibition venues include the University of Arizona; the Tucson Museum of Art; Dinnerware Artspace; The Brattleboro Museum; Aucocisco Gallery; Whitney Art Works; Rose Contemporary; The University of New England; Space Gallery; The Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Bates College Museum of Art; Boston Center for the Arts; The Ross Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Gallery 312 in Chicago. Bliss recently received a Kindling Grant through the Warhol Regional Regranting Program in support of her project, Tracking the Border. In addition, she has received two Maine Arts Commission grants and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hewnoaks, Shotpouch Creek, Anderson Ranch, and the Vermont Studio Center. Bliss’ career has led her to ancillary projects, including co-writing the chapbook Anatomy of Desire: the Daughter/Mother Sessions (Kore Press, 2000) and blogging about art and running (lucindasrunningblog.com). Her work has been featured in magazines and journals including Maine Farms, Terrain.org, Maine Magazine, The Saint Ann’s Review, and Hunger Mountain. She currently serves as Dean of Graduate Studies at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. For more information visit: http://commonstreetarts.com/event/lucinda-bliss-tracking-the-border-an-interrogation-of-political-natural-and-interior-borders/

Teen Movie Night!  January 12, 2017, 4:00 pm

Join us in the Teen Room at 4pm every Thursday

for a screening of a popular movie!

The movie changes every week!

To discover which movie is playing this week, go to the Library's calendar event: http://www.watervillelibrary.org/events/view-event.php?id=5564

Please call (207 ) 872-5433 or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org

These events are free and open to attendees under the age of 18!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Ukuleles at the Library January 12, 2017, 6:00 pm

If you play the Ukulele, are learning, or are just curious what the international Uke phenomenon is all about, join us for our twice-monthly meet-up.  
Our group is informal, we learn from each other and enjoy strumming and singing all kinds of music.  
Coaching is available and there are instruments to try if you don't have your own.  


We use a common songbook, but continue to glean songs from other sources.  We use the songbook preferred by  many other Uke groups in Maine and elsewhere: "The Daily Uke, 365 Songs for Better Living" by Liz and Jim Beloff.  

 http://www.dailyukulele.com/

The Library has copies has of both Liz and Jim's books to check out:   http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S41?/abeloff/abeloff/1%2C2%2C5%2CB/exact&FF=abeloff+liz&1%2C2%2C
The book is also available for sale locally at Downhome Music in Fairfield  http://downhomemusicshop.com/db/index.php
 Bull Moose http://www.bullmoose.com/
Or, through the authors' website http://www.dailyukulele.com/  or various online retailers.  There's even a Kindle version. 

These online resources are useful for beginners:

 additional online chord and lyric sources members of our group recommend -- these are guitar-based arrangements, mostly:

Chordie http://www.chordie.com/

Ultimate Guitar Tabs  http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/

I AM A… Poster Making Workshop  January 12, 2017, 4:00 pm, William D. Adams Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art

“I AM A MAN” was a statement that echoed throughout the Civil Rights Movement. Conceived in Memphis, Tennessee, after two African American trash handlers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck, the phrase was a declaration of humanity, a demand for better wages and safer working conditions. The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike began on February 12, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. joined the cause a month later and gave speeches throughout the state. Today prominent African American artists like Hank Willis Thomas and Glenn Ligon—both artists represented in the Colby Museum collection—have incorporated this phrase into their own artwork. Visit the Museum and create your own “I AM A…” posters. Polaroids of guests holding their final posters will hang in the Museum’s Williams D. Adams Gallery. Students, faculty, and staff who will be engaging in the “Local Women’s March” on January 21st in Augusta, Maine, and the “Woman March On Washington” on January 19-22, 2017 in Washington, D.C., are encouraged to participate in this workshop as posters can be used during these demonstrations. This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs Jordia Benjamin at jordia.benjamin@colby.edu. Featured Image: Richard L. Copley, “I AM a Man,” I Am A Man (Striking members of Memphis Local 1733 hold signs whose slogan symbolized the sanitation workers' 1968 campaign), 1968. AFSCME Communications Department Records.

Mid Maine Global Forum Program- "The Crisis of the Syrian Civil War and Refugees in the EU"  January 12, 2017, 12:00 pm

Mid Maine Global Forum Program Announcement

UMF Professor Scott Erb

Maine Humanities Council

“The Crisis of the Syrian Civil War and Refugees in the EU”

January 12 (snow date the 13th)

Alfond Center,

126 North St, Waterville

12 noon


    Scott Erb is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine at 
Farmington, whose specialty is German politics and the European Union.   In 
this talk, Professor Erb will discuss both the background of the Syrian civil war 
and refugee crisis, and the profound impact this has on Germany and the 
European Union.  The crisis has challenged the core principles of the EU and 
brings to the forefront the dilemmas of modern politics in the age of 
globalization and terrorism.

 

For more information, here is the link to Professor Erb’s  Maine Humanities Council “World in Your Library” page:

Please Register by Email: bsammons829@gmail.com or by telephone: Bonnie Sammons at 716-1022

Lunch catered by Jorgensen’s for $10 - Please pay at the door.

Please register for this Thursday lunch program no later than Tuesday January 10.

Please indicate your lunch choice:  

Sandwiches:

Roast beef with lettuce, tomato, cheese on Italian roll,

Curried Chicken Salad on Spinach wrap,

Californian Wrap (avocado spread, cheddar, veggies on spinach wrap)

 Lunch includes your choice of sandwich, soup, cookie, coffee or tea.

Please note: Registrants who request lunch are responsible for lunch fees.  If your plans change and you are unable to attend,  please notify us so that lunch orders may be adjusted.

 

Waterville Public Library is proud partner of the Mid-Maine Global Forum.

Rhymetime for babies, toddlers and their grownups! January 13, 2017, 10:30 am, Waterville Public Library

Babies are born ready to learn!  By singing, clapping, and sharing stories with their grownups, children from birth to age 3 gain valuable skills and knowledge for later learning success.  

Join us at the Waterville Public Library for a half-hour of active fun!  

MET: L'Amour de Loin  January 14, 2017, 12:55 pm

January 14 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

Cinema Explorations: The Anthropologist  January 14, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The first film in the 2017 Cinema Explorations series, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST screens January 14 & 15 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. At the core of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides. Cinema Explorations is a venture of the Maine Film Center dedicated to fostering the voices and choices of our community of film lovers. Our winter film series is programmed by a volunteer steering committee drawn from this community. Our goals are to present works of cinema from around the world that will enrich, educate and entertain filmgoers and encourage the shared experience of communal film viewing and thoughtful discussion. Full list of 2017 Cinema Explorations screenings: The Anthropologist January 14 & 15, 10:00am Speed Sisters January 28 & 29, 10:00am As I Open My Eyes February 4 & 5, 10:00am Disturbing the Peace February 11 & 12, 10:00am After the Storm February 25 & 26, 10:00am The Babushkas of Chernobyl March 4 & 5, 10:00am

January 14, 2017, 10:00 am

Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border: An Interrogation of Political, Natural, and Interior Borders January 11 - February 25 Tracking the Border is the culminating event of a year-long project supported by a Kindling Grant from the Warhol Foundation. The project focused on the artist’s navigation of the 611 miles that make up the Maine-Canada border. The resulting work takes many forms, including installation, drawing, and photography, all of which will be represented in the Common Street Arts exhibit, alongside other, related bodies of work. Several years ago, Bliss’ passion for running began to influence her drawings–GPS records of her runs became source material for works on paper. This process then began to inform a range of approaches to considering place, environmental concerns, and issues of identity. Though the Tracking the Border project was initially inspired by global politics–Lucinda was in Paris during the attacks in the fall of 2015–throughout the year, her exploration became increasingly linked to personal questions about gender and power. Mirroring the conceptual shift, photographic processes became a more central part of the artist’s creative process. Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2017 4pm-6pm Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 12pm-5pm Saturday 10am – 1pm CLOSED: Sunday-Tuesday For more information visit: http://commonstreetarts.com/event/lucinda-bliss-tracking-the-border-an-interrogation-of-political-natural-and-interior-borders/

Percussion Workshop and Open House  January 14, 2017, 10:00 am, Waterville Creates!

Percussion Workshop and Open House Join SPCMS percussion instructor Ben Bowman for a morning filled with all thing percussion! Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:00am-11:00am Percussion Workshop For student percussionists. Free of charge! Please bring your own sticks/mallets/instruments, if possible. RSVP to joanna.nelson@snowpond.org. 11:00am-12:00pm Percussion Open House Open to the public! Free of charge! Come visit our percussion instrument petting zoo - learn about the many instruments of the percussion section and try a few!

Cinema Explorations: The Anthropologist  January 15, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The first film in the 2017 Cinema Explorations series, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST screens January 14 & 15 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. At the core of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers and rising tides. Cinema Explorations is a venture of the Maine Film Center dedicated to fostering the voices and choices of our community of film lovers. Our winter film series is programmed by a volunteer steering committee drawn from this community. Our goals are to present works of cinema from around the world that will enrich, educate and entertain filmgoers and encourage the shared experience of communal film viewing and thoughtful discussion. Full list of 2017 Cinema Explorations screenings: The Anthropologist January 14 & 15, 10:00am Speed Sisters January 28 & 29, 10:00am As I Open My Eyes February 4 & 5, 10:00am Disturbing the Peace February 11 & 12, 10:00am After the Storm February 25 & 26, 10:00am The Babushkas of Chernobyl March 4 & 5, 10:00am

Malcolm X (part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions)  January 16, 2017, 6:30 pm, Waterville Opera House

“The much-hyped “Malcolm X” happens to be a spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change — and surely Spike Lee’s most universally appealing film. An engrossing mosaic of history, myth and sheer conjecture, this ambitious epic manages to sustain itself for 3 hours 21 minutes, and also overcomes an early frivolity of tone and Lee’s intrusiveness to achieve a stature befitting its subject. Lee, whose enormous affection for his hero suffuses his work, nevertheless resists the temptation to sanitize Malcolm as Richard Attenborough did Gandhi. The civil rights leader, as eloquently portrayed by Denzel Washington, emerges as an immensely likable human being — a onetime black separatist who overcame his own prejudices. Still, this biopic will ruffle a few white feathers – and probably a few black ones too; that’s a given — but “Malcolm X” addresses itself to all Americans, reminding us none too gently with its opening footage of the Rodney King beating that the work is never done”—Rita Kempley, Washington Post. NY Film Critics Best Actor Award to Washington, as well as Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. R. 201 Min. 1992.

Monday Night Movies Series Sponsors: Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities and Colby Cinema Studies

Museum Docent Training  January 16, 2017, 10:00 am

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you wish to be part of a team of lifelong learners? Are you interested in learning about art and helping others to discover it? Are you available to volunteer on weekdays between 10 am and 1 pm? If you answered “yes” to these questions, we want YOU to join the team of docents at the Colby College Museum of Art! The Colby Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each year, including schoolchildren from all across Maine. Volunteer docents provide invaluable support in engaging these visitors and have the opportunity to inspire a lifelong love of art in thousands of students. No previous knowledge or experience is needed to become a docent, only a love of learning! As part of the docent program, participants will enjoy benefits such as access to Colby College classes and libraries, Museum gift shop discounts, social gatherings, and field trips. As a docent, you will be surrounded by art, improve your public speaking skills, and be an essential part of a team that is deeply committed to art and the Central Maine community. Docent training is is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Jan 20, 2017, from 10am to 4pm each day. This will be a week-long intensive training course with instruction in art history, teaching, and storytelling techniques. To sign up for training or for more information, please contact Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs Margaret Aiken, at 207.859.5623 or mmaiken@colby.edu. RSVP by Monday, January 9, 2017.

The 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Breakfast  January 16, 2017, 7:30 am, Spectrum Generations Muskie Center

The 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community breakfast will be held at Spectrum Generations Muskie Center on Gold Street in Waterville from 7:30-9:00am on Monday, January 16, 2017. At this popular annual event, cosponsored by the Waterville Rotary Club and Spectrum Generations, Rev. Dr. David E. Anderman will give a talk titled “Dreams, Nightmares, and Hope.” The event is open to the public, tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under and can be purchased through Spectrum Generations. Tina Chapman, President of the Waterville Rotary Club, will be master of ceremonies, Rotarian Jennifer Olsen will offer the invocation and Rotarian Tammy Rabideau will provide the benediction. Under the direction of Joanna Nelson and accompaniment of Anna Beth Rynders, members of the First Congregational, UCC, Choir will provide music for the event. Students from the George Mitchell School in Waterville will share their dreams for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Following the breakfast program, a video of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be screened for those who wish to see it. Rev. Dr. David E. Anderman retired from active service as a United Church of Christ clergy person after serving congregations in Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and for the last fifteen years of his ministry. in Waterville, Maine. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where his doctoral dissertation was a practical theological study of a large African American congregation on the South Side.

Craft Afternoons: Cottonball Snowmen!  January 17, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous!   A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up.    If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

 This week:  Cottonball Snowmen!

Cottonball Snowmen

Teen Movie Night!  January 19, 2017, 4:00 pm

Join us in the Teen Room at 4pm every Thursday

for a screening of a popular movie!

The movie changes every week!

To discover which movie is playing this week, go to the Library's calendar event: http://www.watervillelibrary.org/events/view-event.php?id=5565

Please call (207 ) 872-5433 or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org

These events are free and open to attendees under the age of 18!

Light refreshments will be provided.

K-12 Educators Only: Educator Evenings January 19, 2017, 4:00 pm

Enjoy refreshments while learning about artworks and how to incorporate them into your classroom teaching. This evening will be dedicated to a field trip experience on balance and motion. Those attending will receive contact hours for certification.

MET: Romeo et Juliette  January 21, 2017, 12:55 pm

January 21 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.

Teen Game Night!  January 23, 2017, 4:00 pm

Starting January 23rd, join us in the Teen Room every Monday from 4-6pm for Game Night!


There will be board games available as well as games for the Library's Wii and PS3!

This program is free and open to attendees under the age of 18.
Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, 
or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org

Craft Afternoons: Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes!  January 24, 2017, 2:30 pm

Drop by the Children's Department between 2:30 and 4 and make something fabulous! A different project each week, designed for kids 5 and up. If you're younger than 7, please bring a grownup helper.   

 This week:  Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes!

Teen Anime Club: Log Horizon  January 24, 2017, 3:00 pm

  Come join us for our first bi-weekly anime club! Already a fan or curious to know what it's all about? Join us for old and new favorites, plus snacks and socializing. For our first meeting, we'll be watching the first two episodes of Log Horizon

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2942218/

 

This event is free, and open to attendees under the age of 18. For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org .

Library Closed for Repair Work Following 12/17/16 Flood January 25, 2017, 10:00 am

The Waterville Public Library will be closed January 25-January 31, 2017. The closure is due to reconstruction work necessary following unexpected water damage from a burst frozen pipe on December 17, 2016. Flooring and woodwork in the Library’s entryway and lobby, ruined by several inches of standing water, will be replaced from January 25-January 31, 2017. Checked out materials due between 1/25/17-1/31/17 will be extended to Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The Waterville Public Library will have a book return and pick-up station in Waterville City Hall, 1 Common Street, Waterville, ME. This station will be staffed and open 10a-5p, Wednesday-Friday, 1/25/17-1/27/17 and Monday-Tuesday, 1/30/17-1/31/17. Patrons will be able to return items and get items ready for pick-up at the City Hall location. Patrons may place holds by stopping by the station during open hours, calling 207.872.5433, or making requests online through the Library catalog: http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S41/.

For assistance, please call 207.872.5433 or email
librarian@watervillelibrary.org. Library staff plan to reopen the Library on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Thank you to every member of the community for their support, patience, and understanding during this transformative time for the Library! 


About the Waterville Public Library

Since 1896, the Waterville Public Library has been a center for community and learning, a place where people and ideas connect. It is the mission of the Waterville Public Library to empower people and strengthen community. With the largest collection of materials in public libraries in Central Maine, the Waterville Public Library is sure to have something that will interest everyone! The Library has an outstanding collection of books for readers of all ages, graphic novels, audiobooks, films, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, music CDs, and a fabulous Large Print collection. The Library regularly provides diverse programs for people all ages. There are 20 public computers as well as a teaching and learning space with 12 laptop computers, projection capabilities, and flexible seating. The Library offers affordable printing, copying, and faxing services. The Waterville Public Library Business & Career Center provides a large array of services for job seekers, career changers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and creative types. Visit the website at http://www.watervillelibrary.org/ to learn more.

Teen Movie Night! - CANCELLED  January 26, 2017, 4:00 pm

CANCELLED DUE TO LIBRARY REPAIRS. This movie will be rescheduled to February.

Join us in the Teen Room at 4pm every Thursday

for a screening of a popular movie!

The movie changes every week!

To discover which movie is playing this week, go to the Library's calendar event: http://www.watervillelibrary.org/events/view-event.php?id=5566

Please call (207 ) 872-5433 or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org

These events are free and open to attendees under the age of 18!

Light refreshments will be provided.

It's Only a Play  January 27, 2017, 7:30 pm

A celebration of theatre at its best . . . and theatre people behaving their not-so-best. It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play on Broadway as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the lines, he shares the big First Night with his television star best friend, the novice but wealthy producer, the pill-popping leading lady, the unstable yet genius director, and a lethal drama critic. Tickets: $21 Adults, $19 Youth/Senior

It's Only a Play  January 28, 2017, 7:30 pm

A celebration of theatre at its best . . . and theatre people behaving their not-so-best. It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play on Broadway as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the lines, he shares the big First Night with his television star best friend, the novice but wealthy producer, the pill-popping leading lady, the unstable yet genius director, and a lethal drama critic. Tickets: $21 Adults, $19 Youth/Senior

Cinema Explorations: Speed Sisters  January 28, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of SPEED SISTERS on January 28 & 29 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. “An eye-opening doc that succeeds in its goal of shattering stereotypes.” – The Hollywood Reporter. “A spirited, crowd pleasing portrait.” – Indiewire Cinema Explorations is a venture of the Maine Film Center dedicated to fostering the voices and choices of our community of film lovers. Our winter film series is programmed by a volunteer steering committee drawn from this community. Our goals are to present works of cinema from around the world that will enrich, educate and entertain filmgoers and encourage the shared experience of communal film viewing and thoughtful discussion. Full list of 2017 Cinema Explorations screenings: The Anthropologist January 14 & 15, 10:00am Speed Sisters January 28 & 29, 10:00am As I Open My Eyes February 4 & 5, 10:00am Disturbing the Peace February 11 & 12, 10:00am After the Storm February 25 & 26, 10:00am The Babushkas of Chernobyl March 4 & 5, 10:00am

It's Only a Play  January 29, 2017, 2:00 pm

A celebration of theatre at its best . . . and theatre people behaving their not-so-best. It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s new play on Broadway as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the lines, he shares the big First Night with his television star best friend, the novice but wealthy producer, the pill-popping leading lady, the unstable yet genius director, and a lethal drama critic. Tickets: $21 Adults, $19 Youth/Senior

Cinema Explorations: Speed Sisters  January 29, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of SPEED SISTERS on January 28 & 29 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could. “An eye-opening doc that succeeds in its goal of shattering stereotypes.” – The Hollywood Reporter. “A spirited, crowd pleasing portrait.” – Indiewire Cinema Explorations is a venture of the Maine Film Center dedicated to fostering the voices and choices of our community of film lovers. Our winter film series is programmed by a volunteer steering committee drawn from this community. Our goals are to present works of cinema from around the world that will enrich, educate and entertain filmgoers and encourage the shared experience of communal film viewing and thoughtful discussion. Full list of 2017 Cinema Explorations screenings: The Anthropologist January 14 & 15, 10:00am Speed Sisters January 28 & 29, 10:00am As I Open My Eyes February 4 & 5, 10:00am Disturbing the Peace February 11 & 12, 10:00am After the Storm February 25 & 26, 10:00am The Babushkas of Chernobyl March 4 & 5, 10:00am

Teen Game Night!  January 30, 2017, 4:00 pm

Starting January 23rd, join us in the Teen Room every Monday from 4-6pm for Game Night!


There will be board games available as well as games for the Library's Wii and PS3!

This program is free and open to attendees under the age of 18.
Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, 
or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org