The New Rochelle Public Library has lined up several events offering a Walt Disney movie based in the city, listen to an eclectic chorale concert and a presentation on collage art that includes a discussion of the invention of paper.
A dozen participants can learn to make collages in a hands-on workshop led by artist Nancy Nikkal.
At 2 p.m. May 13, the library will screen the 1979 comedy “The North Avenue Irregulars,” a Disney comedy about a reverend and six church ladies battling mobsters who have come to town. Shown in the downtown library’s Ossie Davis Theater, the film will cap a film series that is part of the city’s 325th anniversary celebrations.
At 7 p.m. the same day (May 13), Nikkal, the artist, will offer “A Brief History of Collage” in the theater. The presentation is open to the public, but if you want to join the workshop, pre-register by calling the library’s Community Relations Office at (914) 813-3706.
And hurry. The workshop is limited to 12 people.
At 2 p.m., May 19, the library will present “The Rites of Spring,” a concert performed by the chorale group Cantemus. It will feature classics, pop tunes, opera and Broadway melodies. A $2 donation is suggested at the door.
Here are the texts of the library’s press releases:
“MOVIES SET IN NEW ROCHELLE” SERIES TO FEATURE DISNEY CLASSIC,
NORTH AVENUE IRREGULARS
The New Rochelle Public Library will conclude its afternoon film series celebrating the community’s 325th Anniversary with the comedy, North Avenue Irregulars, on Monday, May 13, at 2:00 pm. The free movie will be shown on the big screen of the library’s Ossie Davis Theater.
In North Avenue Irregulars, the Reverend Albert Fay Hill joins forces with the most unlikely group of organized crime fighters anyone has ever dreamed up—six lady church members, who are dedicated, eager, ready, willing…everything but organized! It is based on a true story chronicled in the book, The North Avenue Irregulars: A Suburb Battles the Mafia by the Reverend Albert Fay Hill. Published in 1968, it is based on Rev. Hill’s actual experiences with six church ladies of his North Avenue Presbyterian Church congregation, and how they tried to shut down gambling and organized crime in New Rochelle. The Disney version of the story, released in 1979, is an action-packed comedy that stars Edward Herrmann as the newly arrived minister, and Barbara Harris, Karen Valentine, Susan Clark, Cloris Leachman and Patsy Kelly as the church ladies. Ruth Buzzi of Laugh-In fame makes a scene-stealing appearance late in the movie.
The New York Times wrote about the film: “The North Avenue Irregulars” transforms energy into optimism and ends with an automobile chase and pileup that is as exhilarating as a demolition derby.”
The color film runs 100 minutes
ARTIST TO SPEAK ON ART OF COLLAGE AT LIBRARY
A free Artist’s Talk, “A Brief History of Collage”, will be presented in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 pm. Artist Nancy Nikkal will take participants from the beginning with the invention of paper in the Far East in the 12th century to contemporary times, in a fascinating, illustrated presentation. Following the presentation, a hands-on workshop will be guided by Ms. Nikkal. The presentation is open to the public, but the workshop is limited to twelve participants and pre-registration is required, by calling the library’s Community Relations Office at (914) 813-3706.
Nancy Nikkal’s primary media is collage: she draws and paints with paper. Most of her works are geometric, structured as grids, and focus on color. She always works in series in painting, printmaking and collage. Ms. Nikkal’s work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the Republic of Singapore, NZ, India and Japan in galleries, in solo and group shows, and is included in private and museum collections in the US and Japan. She received her undergraduate education at the School of Art at Syracuse University, New York University, and Hunter College, CUNY, where she received her B.A. Post-graduate: studies were completed at Pratt Manhattan Graphics, the Center for Contemporary Graphics (Norwalk, CT), The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, and Art New England at Bennington College, VT. Ms. Nikkal is a working artist with a studio in the Media Loft in New Rochelle.
This program is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and is presented in partnership with the New Rochelle Art Association and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.
CANTEMUS CHORAL GROUP TO PERFORM “RITES OF SPRING”
The talented chorale group, Cantemus, will present, The Rites of Spring, a delightful performance of classics, pop tunes, opera and Broadway melodies—all woven together with an engaging and often humorous narrative, on Sunday May 19th, at 2:00 pm in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library. The singers, under the direction of Jena Smith and accompanied by pianist Marianne Salzman, will delight the audience with numbers illuminating spring holidays and rituals from around the world. A donation of $2.00 is suggested at the door. The concert is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.
Cantemus (Latin for “Let us sing”) was formed in 1989 for the pleasure of a group of musicians, each of whom is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, or has an extensive choral background. Directed by Jena Smith of Scarsdale, the group is comprised of members from Westchester and Connecticut. Cantemus has performed internationally, including four concerts in France by invitation of the Cultural Attaché of the Loire Valley.
Jena Smith, conductor, is known to Westchester audiences as conductor of the Performing Arts Society, which presented opera and chamber music from 1973 to 1979. A Juilliard graduate who made a career as a singer here and abroad, Ms. Smith has toured with the Robert Shaw Chorale and sung with professional choruses in the New York area. A voice teacher for more than thirty years, she utilizes choral and vocal techniques to enhance the sound and texture of Cantemus.