Explore some “ideas worth spreading” in a variety of scientific, cultural, and academic topics. How do our brains affect our emotions, sensations, memory, and illusions? This month we’ll delve into discussions on brain development and function.
Starring Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard and Chris Sarandon. Directed by James Ivory. Based on author Tama Janowitz’s collection of short stories of the same name, Slaves of New York immortalizes a cultural moment in the New York art world. The film centers on a group of struggling artists and creatives who will go to great lengths to have their fifteen minutes of fame. Bernadette Peters turns in one of her most memorable film portrayals in a movie that reflects both the noble and ignoble potentials of a life in the arts. 124 minutes. Rated R.
Starring Patty Duke, Susan Hayward, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Parkins. Directed by Mark Robson. In the opening scene of Valley of the Dolls, Susan Hayward barks, “The only hit that comes out of a Helen Lawson show is Helen Lawson. And that’s me, remember, baby?” From that moment forward the audience is treated to a camp classic of the first water. “Show business corrupts nice girls — that’s Valley’s sad, funny truth. Stay away from Hollywood (or Broadway), girls, if you want to keep your virtue and your sanity.
Starring Chris Rock. Directed by Jeff Stilson. “The inspiration for Rock’s film was an encounter with his youngest daughter, who tearfully asked him, “Why don’t I have good hair?” That launched Rock on an odyssey that took him from Harlem to Atlanta to India, examining the various aspects of the black hair-care industry. In the process, he opens a window on both a world of commerce and offers an insight into black self-image.” – hollywoodandfine.com. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Tuesday, May 19, 7-9:30 p.m., B2 Conference Center https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
Starring Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman. Directed by Gregory V. Sherman and Jeff Sherman. “The Boys documents the extraordinary lives of two radically diverse siblings: the multi-award-winning songwriting team-- the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman). The documentary traces the origins of their remarkable careers--from their childhood and young adulthood, through a six-decade collaboration that included 50 motion pictures and a catalogue of more than a thousand songs for television, records, theme parks and stage.” – rottontomatoes.com. 101 minutes.
Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Directed by John Lee Hancock. “When Walt Disney’s daughters were young, they loved a little book about a magical (and slightly sadistic) nanny named Mary Poppins. He promised them that he would someday make a movie out of the series, and 20 years later, he delivered. But it was no easy task, which is what the film Saving Mr. Banks is about.” – mentalfloss.com. 125 minutes. Rated PG-13.
Tuesday, May 5, 7-9:30 p.m., B2 Conference Center https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh