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May 2019

What’s Happening at the Larchmont Public Library

M & M Performing Arts Company Performs BOTANIC GARDEN

M&M Theater presents BOTANIC GARDEN, a play by Todd Logan, directed by Melinda O’Brien and starring Karen Quinn-Panzer and Frank Panzer,  on Sunday, May 5, at 4:00pm, at the Larchmont Public Library.


BOTANIC GARDEN is presented free. Refreshments available at 3:30pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library.


Botanic Garden is a funny, poignant drama about a widow - Kate Goodman - who is desperate to get out of a first date. She turns to the one person who can help: her deceased husband, Jake. The play is an inventively constructed portrait of an imperfect marriage between people who always loved each other, even when they didn’t get along. Scenes shift between the present and scenes from their marriage - scenes that will ring familiar to anyone married a long time. It is a fresh, engaging portrait of the intricacies of a long-term relationship. Unique and heartwarming, this play will charm the audience as it touches them, identifying with the story about the trials and joys of long-term relationships, loss and renewal. Botanic Garden premiered in 2008 at the Victory Garden Theater and was directed by Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis.


M&M is the resident theatre company of Lyndhurst, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lyndhurst is a Gothic Revival masterpiece on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY. M&M Performing Arts Company, Inc. has been producing extraordinary theatre in the Hudson Valley since 2000.


New Exhibit by Philip Wallace to Open in the Oresman Gallery

Philip Wallace will be exhibiting his paintings in The Oresman Gallery at the Larchmont Public Library, in a new exhibition that opens May 2nd and extends to May 30th and is called “What We See and What We Feel.”


On Saturday, May 11 between 2 and 4 pm, there will be an Artist Reception for Philip Wallace in the Oresman Gallery  open to the public.


As a child growing up in Brooklyn during the Great Depression, Philip’s parents gave him a copybook and a pencil so he could amuse himself. He started drawing pictures. Now and then, he would take an art class if it were offered for free. When he retired from account management in advertising, Philip took lessons in watercolor at the Westchester County Center and began painting with oils at the Artists’ Barn in Ridgewood, NJ, studying with Chip Osborne.


“I have always felt that creative people are only limited by the number of disciplines they master,” said Philip. In his case, he has published two historic novels on the early American Navy, produced two travel films - Majesty of America, on the natural beauty of our country, which won a Cine Golden Eagle Award and represented the U.S. in foreign competition, and Just Off Main Street, which is about what insiders know and what outsiders often miss in great American cities.


Today, Philip enjoys painting landscapes and seascapes as well as creating abstract art. In short, he enjoys anything that involves the creative process.


Author Todd Strasser Reads From His New Novel SUMMER OF ‘69

The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library will  present renowned author Todd Strasser, on Sunday, May 19, at 4:00pm, as he reads from his new novel, SUMMER OF ‘69 (Candlewick, April 2019).  Strasser’s presentation will be held in the Larchmont Village Center located directly behind the Larchmont Public Library. Refreshments will be available at 3:30pm.


Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser’s SUMMER OF ‘69 revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically tinged trip of a lifetime. With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker’s only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But life veers dramatically off track when he suddenly finds himself in danger of being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam.


 If that isn’t heavy enough, there’s also the free-loving (and undeniably alluring) Tinsley, who seems determined to test Lucas’s resolve to stay faithful to Robin; a frighteningly bad trip at a Led Zeppelin concert; a run-in with an angry motorcycle gang; parents who appear headed for a divorce; and a friend on the front lines in ’Nam who’s in mortal danger of not making it back. As the pressures grow, it’s not long before Lucas finds himself knocked so far down, it’s starting to look like up to him. When tuning in, turning on, and dropping out is no longer enough, what else is there?


In 1978, Strasser published his first novel, Angel Dust Blues, and used the money to start the Dr. Wing Tip Shoo fortune cookie company. For the next 12 years, Todd sold many more fortune cookies than books.


In 1990, Todd moved with his family to Westchester County.. He is the author of more than 140 books for teens and middle graders including the best-selling Help! I’m Trapped In series, and numerous award-winning Young Adult novels including The Wave, Give A Boy A Gun, The Accident, Can’t Get There From Here, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up and Fallout.


Several of his books have been adapted for television and his novels The Wave and How I Created My Perfect Prom Date became feature films. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he has also written for television, newspapers such as The New York Times, and magazines such as The New Yorker and Esquire.


Strasser now divides his time between Westchester and Montauk. He likes to read and watch movies, spend time with his grown children, play tennis and ski, but his favorite new sport is surfing.