Jul 232014
 July 23, 2014  Film


Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

Nebraska - BRD N3625 - DVD N3625After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern), who’s slowly sliding into dementia, thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip—from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska—to claim the apparent fortune. By turns deadpan, poignant and absurd, writer/director Alexander Payne (Sideways; About Schmidt) has a deft comic touch that is evident in the various red-state oddballs who turn up along the way, all with designs on the old man’s supposed jackpot.

“A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots, offering a beautiful insight into the way families migrate and change.” (Damon Wise, Empire)

“Shot in beautiful tones of black and white (and silver and gray), Nebraska is steeped in nostalgia, regret and bittersweet moments. Yet it’s also a pitch-perfect cinematic poem about the times we live in.” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)

In English only

United States — 2013 — 114 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her.

Click here to download a PDF of the latest Bright Lights Film Club pamphlet

Jul 182014
 July 18, 2014  Book Clubs

Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 am

 How the García Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Come and participate in the upcoming book discussion of How the García Girls Lost their Accents written by the acclaimed Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez.

This rollicking, highly original first novel tells the story of four sisters and their family, as they become Americanized after fleeing the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. A family of privilege in the police state they leave, the Garcías experience understandable readjustment problems in the United States. Julia Alvarez’s novel sets the García girls free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America. Alvarez is a gifted, evocative storyteller.

Join us on Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 am.  Our monthly meetings are informal and relaxed. There will be café con medialunas!

For more information and to register, call us at 514-485-6900 or e-mail us at reference@cotesaintluc.org.

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014  Art, Art Gallery

Exhibit Launch & Meet the Artist Event —Thursday, July 31 at 7 pm

New York Reflections by Paul Hunter

Meet New York City-based artist Paul Hunter and gain more insight into his work. Refreshments will be served.

More about the artist: Paul Hunter’s exhibit features contemporary original abstract and minimal  cityscapes using gold and metal leaf in combination with acrylic paint applied on canvas.

P1070764 bloggyBorn and raised in Québec City, Paul Hunter obtained his MFA in Montreal and currently lives and works in New York City. His art has been shown both in solo and group exhibits in North America, Europe, Asia and the United Arab Emirates. His current artworks can be viewed at his website.

Jul 162014
 July 16, 2014  Film

The Spirit of the Beehive

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

bwkynkRVxRHoP5wxnQc7CHtAJDdIn a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of Spain’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. Widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s, Víctor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive is a bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life and one of the most visually arresting movies ever made.

“Graceful and potent, it’s a sublime study on cinema’s poetic capacity to reflect and hyper-charge reality.” (Michael Atkinson, Village Voice)

In Spanish with English subtitles

Spain — 1973 — 95 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her.

Click here to download a PDF of the latest Bright Lights Film Club pamphlet

Jul 092014
 July 9, 2014  Film

The-Hollywood-Black-ListBlacklist: The Politics of Film-making in the 1950s

Wednesday, July 30 at 2 pm

The “blacklist era” in Hollywood, roughly from about 1947 to 1960, adversely impacted the lives of many film-making professionals, especially screenwriters, who were investigated by U.S. government officials for their alleged communist and other left-wing political beliefs. Those who refused to cooperate were deemed “subversive” and made unemployable by the Hollywood studios or had to work secretly using other people’s names. This blacklist also dramatically altered the content of Hollywood movies themselves. Join movie librarian Steven Tomlinson for a lecture/discussion on this fascinating period in Hollywood movie history.

Free for Members (Registration Required)

$15 for Non-members/ for 3 sessions of Let’s Talk Movies

Location: Multi-purpose room of the library

Jul 042014
 July 4, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Rock 'n' Roll with Vintage WineThursday July 24, 2014 at 7 pm ~ Free
Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Road)
*Please bring your own chair*

Vintage Wine specializes in authentic rock ‘n’ roll and soul from the 1950s and 1960s. Founded in 2003, the band has played to great acclaim at concerts, dances, conventions, weddings, reunions, and house parties. The members, all vocalists, are Gary Sharkey (drums), Craig Morrison (guitar), Alex Nesrallah (keyboards and guitar), and Ryan Fleury (bass). They have recorded several CDs.

Visit their website to find out more info about Vintage Wine!

In case of rain on the day of the show, please call 514-485-6900, ext. 5503 for further instructions. The concert will then be moved to the Harold Greenspon Auditorium and a limited number of rain passes will be available.

Jul 022014
 July 2, 2014  Film

Ginger and Rosa

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 2 pm – Free

Ginger and Rosa - DVD G4927Set in the London of the early 1960s, this is writer/director Sally Potter’s beautifully-acted coming-of-age drama about two inseparably-close teenage friends (Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) who dream of lives bigger than that of their mothers’ frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, their lifelong friendship is shattered when one of them falls passionately in love with the roguishly-handsome bohemian father of the other.

“A viscerally charged movie that foregrounds surface tensions and gripping performances, Ginger and Rosa is the filmmaker’s most accessible and technically surefooted work to date.” (Eric Kohn, IndieWire)

“Beautiful, yet dark and moving, unsparing, but told with a sympathetic eye, Ginger & Rosa is sometimes relentless in its examination of emotional pain.” (Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist)

In English only

United Kingdom — 2012 — 90 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her.

Click here to download a PDF of the latest Bright Lights Film Club pamphlet

Jun 262014
 June 26, 2014  Concerts, Music, Performance

Ranee-Lee-concert_150px Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2 pm ~ Free
Due to the weather forecast, today’s concert has been moved indoors to the Harold Greenspon Auditorium (5801 Cavendish Boulevard). A limited number of rain passes for the show will be available starting at noon in the atrium at 5801 Cavendish. One pass per person, first come, first served. 

Ranee Lee is now celebrating forty years in Montreal where she enjoys a successful, multi-faceted career as one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists, an award-winning actress, a songwriter, and a proud author of children’s books.

Jun 252014
 June 25, 2014  Book Clubs

The Imposter BrideWednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7 pm
(This session is Full.  You must be registered and a library member to attend.)

The Imposter Bride
by Nancy Richler

What drives someone to steal another person’s identity?  How could a mother abandon her child and live a normal life?  How does said child cope with the absence of  her mother?   These questions are the main points that carry the novel, which is set in post war, Côte Saint-Luc.

Ruth is trying to find out what caused her mother to leave everything behind, when she was just a baby.  Every year she is reminded of her mother, when she is sent a different rock for her birthday (revealing where her mother is possibly located).  Ruth has strong ties to the other members in her family but she struggles to find peace because she has never found out why her mother left.  She is determined to get answers and hopefully meet the woman who gave her life.  Melissa is looking forward to having a thoughtful discussion with the group, as there is a lot to dissect.