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Staff Picks of the Month

“La La Land”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m.
La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life depicts the couple pursuing their Hollywood dreams – and finding each other – in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love. This most acclaimed film of the year won multiple Oscars, including Best Actress, Best Director, Cinematography and Musical Score. Rated PG-13 for some language. 128 minutes. This film was rescheduled from Sun. May 7th.

Squalus
Wednesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Historian David Ramsay will tell the story of the sinking, rescue and recovery of the USS Squalus submarine (SS 192), the most famous submarine rescue in US Naval history. The sub sank in 243 feet of water 9 miles off the coast of New Hampshire in May 1939. This fascinating talk will be illustrated with many
photographs from the period.

York History: Geology
Thursday, June 1  at 10:30 a.m.
York historian, James Kences covers the geology of York; the relationship of metamorphic and igneous formations of the region, plate tectonics, the movements of continents and the post-Pleistocene landscape. This series is co-sponsored by the Museums of Old York and the York Public Library.

Book Talk
Tuesday, June 6  at 10:30 a.m.
Mary Behnke, York resident and former educator at the University of Chicago and Phillips Exeter Academy, will present a new book by Laura Kipnis called “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to campus”. Laura Kipnis is a professor at Northwestern University. Jennifer Senior of “The New York Times” says in her review that “Few have taken on the excesses of university culture with the brio of Laura Kipnis”. William Deresiewicz, author of “Excellent Sheep”, says that the author is, “brave, honest, mature and self-aware. She has struck a mighty blow for sanity, equality and academic freedom.”

“Fences”
Spring Film Series
Sunday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play and reprise their roles in this film. Oscar winner – Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis) and Oscar nominated for both Best Picture and Best Actor (Denzel Washington). Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references. 139 minutes.

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