Upcoming Events

Teen Game Night!  February 20, 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

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] February 21, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

This event is ongoing until March 18, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

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

Crafternoons: Yarn Jewelry!  February 21, 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:  Yarn Jewelry!

Yarn Jewelry

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki February 21, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

This event is ongoing until June 03, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is the first American retrospective of this pioneering Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) immigrated to Paris in 1948 and soon took the international art world by storm. Renowned for the fluidity with which he moved between European modernism and Chinese aesthetics, Zao’s work is distinguished by his unique approach to abstraction.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and Asia Society Museum, New York. The exhibition is cocurated by Dr. Melissa Walt, Research Associate, Colby College; Dr. Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, Colby College; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society.

Image featured: Zao Wou-Ki, Décembre 89–Février 90—Quadriptyque (December 89–February 90—Quadriptych) (detail), 1989–90. Oil on canvas. Each canvas: 63 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (162 x 100 cm); overall: 63 3/4 x 157 1/2 in. (162 x 400 cm). Private collections, Taiwan. © Zao Wou-Ki/ProLitteris, Zurich. Photography by Jean-Louis Losi

Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I February 21, 2017, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

This event is ongoing until September 02, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

Of the more than 170 lithographs that American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) produced between 1916 and 1924, twenty belong to his “War Series.” Graphic Matters reflects on the centennial of American entry into World War I by reexamining Bellows’s prints for the timely questions they raise about representation, aestheticized and institutionalized violence, nationalism, and masculinity.
Image featured: George Wesley Bellows, Massacre at Dinant (Village Massacre), 1918. Lithograph on onion skin paper, 18 5/8 x 30 3/8 in. (47.3 x 77.3 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 117.2013

Cardboard Square Building Challenge!  February 21, 2017, 11:00 am

Use your imagination and use cardboard to create unique sculptures! The possibilities are endless!

Cardboard Square Building Challenge

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call(207) 872-5433, or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org 

Lucinda Bliss: Tracking the Border February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm

This event is ongoing until February 24, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

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/

Bookend Painting- Decorate Your Library!  February 22, 2017, 11:00 am

Personalize your library! Join us in the Bartlett Room for Teens on and help make it a more colorful place!  Design a bookend based on your favorite book or fandom, the possibilities are endless!

After they're painted, the bookends will return to holding up books on the teen room shelves with a lot more style!

Bookend Painting!

This program is free, and open to the public.

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

Winter Break Special -- Design our own buttons  February 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking for something to do during school vacation week?  Drop by the library between 2 and 4 pm on Wednesday to design and make your own personal pins and badges.

For kids 7 and up; younger kids bring a grownup helper!

Come read with the Reader Dogs!  February 22, 2017, 3:30 pm

Come read with our friendly therapy dogs.   Great for kids who want to practice reading aloud or for families who want a calm time to read together with a furry friend.

Spaces are limited, so call 680-2604 for your appointment today!  Or stop by the Children's Desk, too!

Ukuleles at the Library February 23, 2017, 6:00 pm

This event is ongoing until May 25, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

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/

Teen Movie Night!  February 23, 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=5750

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.

Date Night in the Museum  February 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Grab a date (or a friend) and head to the Colby Museum for a night of food and fun! Partner challenges such as a blindfolded sketching competition will come with prizes for the winning pair. Sponsored by the Museum’s Student Advisory Board.

Noontime Art Talk: Zao Wou-Ki and Calligraphy  February 23, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us at the Colby Museum of Art! Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art Ankeney Weitz, co-curator of No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, will discuss the calligraphic impulse in the artist’s paintings.

Duct Tape Crafts!  February 23, 2017, 11:00 pm

Duct Tape Crafts!

What can you create with duct tape? The possibilities are endless! Come to the library and learn how to make  wallets, bow ties, and more!

 This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org 

Winter Break Special -- Slime Science  February 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

Why do slugs have slime?  Does it help them at all, besides keeping the rest of us away?   Drop by between 2 and 4 pm to find out the science behind the slime!  

Don't worry!  No actual slugs will be included in this program.  

For kids 7 and up; younger kids must bring a grownup helper.   


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Rhymetime for babies, toddlers and their grownups! February 24, 2017, 10:30 am, Waterville Public Library

This event is ongoing until June 30, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

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!  

Marble Maze Madness!  February 24, 2017, 11:00 am

Work in teams or on your own to create an amazing marble maze out of recycled materials!

Marble Maze Madness!

This program is free, and open to the public. For more information, please call(207) 872-5433, or email staylor@watervillelibrary.org 

Winter Break Special -- Ready-for-Spring!  February 24, 2017, 2:00 pm

Drop by the library between 2 and 4 for an activity that includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art:  STEAM!

Explore how seeds grow into flowers and food plants.

For kids 7 and up; younger kids must bring a grownup helper.

Missoula Children’s Theatre Performance: Alice in Wonderland  February 25, 2017, 2:00 pm

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND, an original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

The story begins with Alice and her older sister Margaret reading together. Margaret becomes frustrated as Alice is curious about absolutely everything. Suddenly, a White Rabbit appears from nowhere. After a quick and nonsensical conversation, Alice follows the rabbit to a strange and wonderful place. In the course of her adventures, Alice meets a band of Flowers, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Knave and the rest of the suit of Cards, a giant Caterpillar, a Fish, a Frog, the Duchess, the Cook, the Cheshire Cat, the Gryphon, the Mock Turtle, a group of singing Lobsters, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and Humpty Dumpty. Through it all, Alice grows “curiouser and curiouser” as to where she is and even who she is. In the end, the answers she seeks are unimportant. Wonderland is all nonsense, anyway. As the White Rabbit explains, “Nonsense is fun!”

 

Tickets: $7 Adults, $5 Youth/Senior

Cinema Explorations: After the Storm  February 25, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of AFTER THE STORM on February 25 and 26 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. AFTER THE STORM is from the profoundly humanist Japanese director, Hirokazu Kore-eda (OUR LITTLE SISTER). Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. Wendy Ide of Screen International opines, “Like Kore-eda’s 2008 family drama, STILL WALKING, this is a film which is interested in the architecture, both emotional physical, of the family home.” Deborah Young of the Hollywood Reporter states, “the filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated, it sticks with you.” 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

February 25, 2017, 10:00 am

This event is ongoing until February 25, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

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/

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] February 26, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

This event is ongoing until March 12, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

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

Cinema Explorations: After the Storm  February 26, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of AFTER THE STORM on February 25 and 26 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. AFTER THE STORM is from the profoundly humanist Japanese director, Hirokazu Kore-eda (OUR LITTLE SISTER). Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. Wendy Ide of Screen International opines, “Like Kore-eda’s 2008 family drama, STILL WALKING, this is a film which is interested in the architecture, both emotional physical, of the family home.” Deborah Young of the Hollywood Reporter states, “the filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated, it sticks with you.” 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

No Limits Zao Wou-Ki February 26, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

This event is ongoing until June 04, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is the first American retrospective of this pioneering Chinese-French artist. Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) immigrated to Paris in 1948 and soon took the international art world by storm. Renowned for the fluidity with which he moved between European modernism and Chinese aesthetics, Zao’s work is distinguished by his unique approach to abstraction.

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki is co-organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and Asia Society Museum, New York. The exhibition is cocurated by Dr. Melissa Walt, Research Associate, Colby College; Dr. Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jetté Professor of Art, Colby College; and Michelle Yun, Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia Society.

Image featured: Zao Wou-Ki, Décembre 89–Février 90—Quadriptyque (December 89–February 90—Quadriptych) (detail), 1989–90. Oil on canvas. Each canvas: 63 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (162 x 100 cm); overall: 63 3/4 x 157 1/2 in. (162 x 400 cm). Private collections, Taiwan. © Zao Wou-Ki/ProLitteris, Zurich. Photography by Jean-Louis Losi

Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I February 26, 2017, 12:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

This event is ongoing until September 03, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

Of the more than 170 lithographs that American artist George Bellows (1882–1925) produced between 1916 and 1924, twenty belong to his “War Series.” Graphic Matters reflects on the centennial of American entry into World War I by reexamining Bellows’s prints for the timely questions they raise about representation, aestheticized and institutionalized violence, nationalism, and masculinity.
Image featured: George Wesley Bellows, Massacre at Dinant (Village Massacre), 1918. Lithograph on onion skin paper, 18 5/8 x 30 3/8 in. (47.3 x 77.3 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 117.2013

Teen Game Night!  February 27, 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

Crafternoons: Cardboard Cutout Necklaces!  February 28, 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:  Cardboard Cutout Necklaces!

Cardboard Cutout Necklaces

Teen Anime Club: "Log Horizon"  February 28, 2017, 3:00 pm

Come join us at the Waterville Public Library for our bi-weekly anime club! 

This week we'll be watching the first two episodes of Log Horizon

Already a fan or curious to know what it's all about? Join us for old and new favorites, plus snacks and socializing. 

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.

Noontime Art Talk: What Are the Nun and the Priest Doing in Jacob Lawrence’s Protest Rally?  March 01, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us at the Colby Museum of Art! Professor of Religious Studies Debra Campbell will discuss Lawrence’s depiction of a Catholic priest and nun in his c. 1968 painting, and the complex position of the Catholic Church within the Civil Rights movement.

You’re Speaking My Language March 02, 2017, 4:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

This event is ongoing until April 13, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

Join us on Thursdays for a new language-based social event to practice your language skills and converse with other art lovers. To suggest another language, contact Assistant for Access and Outreach Miriam Valle-Mancilla.

1st Thursday of the month: Español/Français
2nd Thursday of the month: русский/Deutsch
3rd Thursday of the month: Italiano/中文

Noontime Art Talk: Betye Saar’s Leader  March 03, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us at the Colby College Museum of Art! Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs Jordia Benjamin will discuss the liberation of Aunt Jemima through Saar’s Leader.

Cinema Explorations: The Babushkas of Chernobyl  March 04, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL on March 4 and 5 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers—scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’—young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk. THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL has won 11 prizes during its festival appearances – including 4 Audience Awards. George Johnson of the New York Times states, “A beautiful film…Captures the subtleties and uncertainties of Chernobyl and, moreover, the resilience of the human soul.” The Chicago Tribune calls it “a haunting and provocative movie, powerful and poignant and, frankly, unforgettable.” 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

Art + Storytelling: Shapes March 04, 2017, 11:00 am

This event is ongoing until March 25, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

Join us for a brief exploration of the Colby Museum of Art. After, we will read a children’s book. 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.

Cinema Explorations: The Babushkas of Chernobyl  March 05, 2017, 10:00 am, Railroad Square Cinema

The 2017 Cinema Explorations series continues with screenings of THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL on March 4 and 5 at 10 AM at Railroad Square Cinema. Free bagels provided by Bagel Mainea. In the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4, a defiant community of women scratches out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of interlopers—scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’—young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna Zavorotyna, Maria Shovkuta, and Valentyna Ivanivna, chose to return after the disaster, defying the authorities and endangering their health, is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk. THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL has won 11 prizes during its festival appearances – including 4 Audience Awards. George Johnson of the New York Times states, “A beautiful film…Captures the subtleties and uncertainties of Chernobyl and, moreover, the resilience of the human soul.” The Chicago Tribune calls it “a haunting and provocative movie, powerful and poignant and, frankly, unforgettable.” 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

I Am Cuba (part of Monday Night Movies: Revolutions)  March 06, 2017, 7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

“When Mikhail Kalatozov’s I AM CUBA—a long-lost, phantasmagoric Cuban-Soviet propaganda film from 1964—was rediscovered and reissued in late 1995 (with the prominent support of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola), critic Terrence Rafferty wrote the following in his New Yorker review: “They’re going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theaters on stretchers.” That’s about right. Personally speaking, I certainly needed medical assistance to reattach my jaw, which had dropped permanently to the floor during one of the film’s famed tracking shots. Though I Am Cuba is fascinating enough as an historical footnote the reason it endures is almost exclusively cinematic: Given the virtually unlimited resources of two countries at their disposal, Russian director Kalatozov (THE CRANES ARE FLYING) and his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky turned the newly Communist Cuba into a lush playground where they could experiment with wide-angle lenses, whooshing camera moves, and towering crane shots held for minutes at a time. Their assignment was to affirm the revolutionary spirit that had just given birth to a new Cuba, but within those broad parameters, they were free to pull off all the technical wonderments they could dream up. After all, in a movie where the country itself serves as voiceover narrator, there’s no danger in getting bogged down in the particulars of character….The four vignettes that comprise the film have a poetic simplicity, building from personal hardships and tragedy to the triumphant movement of the collective…. But where a run-of-the-mill propaganda film might drive home its Communist sentiments with, say, a hammer and sickle, Kalatozov and Urusevsky’s technical acrobatics carry them across with dazzling, unceasing sensuality….”—Scott Tobias, AV Club. Unrated. In Spanish with English subtitles. 135 Min. 1964.

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

Crafternoons: Popsicle Stick Dinosaur!  March 07, 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: Popsicle Stick Dinosaur!

Popsicle Stick Dinosaur

North Pond Hermit Story Book Launch Event!  March 09, 2017, 5:00 pm

Unless you have been living in the woods for the past several decades, you likely have heard of Central Maine’s North Pond Hermit. Author Michael Finkel has written a book about the North Pond Hermit called "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit." Mr. Finkel will share his new book at a free book launch event on Thursday, March 9, 2017. All are invited to attend. From 5p-6p that evening, join the author at a reception in Waterville City Hall, 1 Common Street, Waterville, ME 04901. The reception is sponsored by the Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities and will include free light refreshments by the Last Unicorn. Beginning at 6p in the Waterville Opera House, Mr. Finkel will then give a presentation that will include photographs, video clips, as well as a question and answer session. The author will sign books immediately following this presentation. This event is free, but tickets are required. Free tickets can be picked up at any Bull Moose location or at the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901. Books can be pre-ordered at any Bull Moose location. Books will also be available for purchase at the event. This event is presented by the Waterville Public Library, Bull Moose, and publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Event partners are the City of Waterville, Waterville Opera House, Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Waterville Creates!. For more information about the event, please visit the Waterville Public Library web site at www.watervillelibrary.org or email librarian@watervillelibrary.org.

Noontime Art Talk: Men at War: George Bellows and World War I  March 10, 2017, 12:00 pm

Join us at the Colby Museum of Art to hear Justin McCann and Diana Tuite, co-curators of Graphic Matters, in conversation about George Bellows’s “War Series.”

MET: La Traviata  March 11, 2017, 12:55 pm

March 11 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Estimated Run Time: 2 hours 33 minutes

Crafternoons: Make an Edible Rainbow!  March 14, 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: Make an Edible Rainbow!

Edible Rainbow!

K-12 Educators Only: Educator Evenings March 16, 2017, 4:00 pm

This event is ongoing until May 18, 2017. For full list of dates, click here

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: Rusalka  March 18, 2017, 12:55 pm

March 4 Saturday at 12:55PM Tickets: $20 adults Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

Workshop: Chinese Architecture  March 18, 2017,

Join us at the Colby Museum! Enjoy a special visit to the exhibition No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki, then make prints inspired by Chinese architecture. Open to adults and children ages 5 and up.

Bolshoi: A Contemporary Evening  March 19, 2017, 12:55 pm

March 19, 2017 at 12:55 PM Tickets: $15 adults For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity in Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.