Art historian, Dr. Michael Norris returns with two armchair art tours. The first, Go, Van Gogh, takes place on Tuesday, January 22, 7pm. Dr. Norris introduces us to VanGogh, his art and life, and tells about VanGogh’s brilliant paintings, especially those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The second ‘tour’, Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, which takes place on Tuesday, February 26, 7pm, touches on the paintings of Franz Hals, Jan Vermeer, and Rembrandt. Along the way, learn about the Dutch Republic in its 17th century heyday, including its tulip mania and the Flying Dutchman! Spend an evening with us in the Chase Room and find out about these interesting artists. Please register online.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 4pm
Join us for a special afternoon craft series at the library. Free. Please register in advance.
Thursday, January 24th, 4-5:30pm
What is 'bad art'? Well... bad art is what you make of it! It's gaudy... it's outrageous... it's absolutely fun to make! Join us in the Chase Room for an evening of creations beyond anyones belief. Will you take home the Madison Public Library Bad Art trophy?
Registration is required. This program is only for Teens.
Sunday, January 27th, 2pm
The Super Bowl is much more than a football game, and as you might know, it is the only sports event that impacts every community in the United States. But, did you know that the Super Bowl rose out of the civil rights movement, specifically the African American Boycott of the AFL All Star Game in New Orleans? Evan Weiner, a veteran sports broadcaster will take us on a journey from the birth of the Super Bowl to the halftime shows, and everything in between, including how the famed football game got its name! Please register online.
Historian Joel Farkas will take you on a journey through the history of the Revolutionary War in 1 hour! This lecture spans 50 years of extraordinary people, and their achievements, presented in a “visual history” manner. Just in time to honor the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln! Please register online for this free program.
Tuesday, February 5th, 4pm
Help design and decorate a boat and then use your waterproof Sphero to race it against everyone else!
Registration online required for this free event.
Join us for the new Madison Public Library Craft Club! We will meet the first Thursday of every month in the library alcove at 1:30. We will explore a different craft each month - book folding, string art, decoupage, painting and much more! Registration is required so that supply needs can be determined. There is NO fee for this program.
Back by popular demand is tea expert, Marjorie Wang! Just in time for Valentine's Day, we have a tea and chocolate tasting! The guided tasting pairs three Chinese teas from historical terroirs with chocolate from Zotter, arguably one of the finest chocolate makers in the world. Participants will be introduced to the gangfu style of brewing tea, learn how to savor the tea in traditional three-sip cups, and observe the unique flavors that arise from the pairings. You won't want to miss this! Register early so you don't get shut out.
Tuesday, February 12th, 7pm
Please register online for this free event.
Standard programs for Presidents Day most likely include George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. BUT there are 45 presidents – or is it 44? Now it’s time to remember the little-known Presidents of the United States. If anything, at least they fill in the holes of American history, and you will be able to determine why the headline question exists, and who inspired it. Included in this program are The Hole in the Donut; Benjamin Harrison; His Accidency, John Tyler; Franklin Pierce,(who didn’t even know he’d been nominated for President until he was told); Chester A. Arthur, a man with zero qualifications, who was nominated for Vice-President solely as a political expediency; and, of course, the ever popular Millard Fillmore. (Or is it Filmore?) Join us for more fun presidential facts!
1959/109 min/ NR
Stars Maryilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
Two male musicians go on the lam posing as women in an all-girl orchestra after witnessing a gangland massacre in 1929 Chicago.