Nov 112015
 November 11, 2015  Art, Art Gallery

Lacy Susan- 2013- 120 x 120cm-acrylic on canvas listThe exhibit of paintings by Brigitte Radecki  has been extended due to unforeseen circumstances and will now run until January 17, 2016.

Radecki will present her works in a series called Double Chance, alongside a handful of other pieces from previous bodies of work. Double Chance addresses the happy accidents created when relying upon elements of chance and randomness. Radecki initially creates a form by throwing paint and employing dripping techniques. She then goes a step further by adding to the equation a more rigorous methodology of photography, enlargement, printing, tracing, and reproducing in order to arrive at the final artwork. In this manner, her work differs from what is traditionally referred to as “action painting” as well as “geometrical abstraction” in the sense that deliberate and exacting methods are used in order to subvert the spontaneous and gestural aspect of the very process art critic Harold Rosenberg uses to describe the work of Jackson Pollock.

Brigitte Radecki received both her BFA and MFA from Concordia University.  She has exhibited throughout Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Her work is in several public and private collections such as the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal, the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, Air Canada and the National Bank. Her career initially began working in sculpture and installation and since the 1990s she has concentrated entirely on abstract painting installations. She lives and works in Montreal and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Her current artworks can be viewed at

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Nov 102015
 November 10, 2015  Film


Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Clouds of Sils Maria - DVD C6475Enduring French star Juliette Binoche plays a 40-something actress who is asked to star in a remake of the play that launched her career. Only this time, she is asked to portray the older character, while a younger, rising Hollywood starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) takes her former role, unleashing a myriad of frustrations and insecurities in the former. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart shines as the veteran star’s assistant. Writer-director Olivier Assayas’ meditation on aging, the art of acting and the role of women on film and in life is both moving and profound.

Clouds of Sils Maria is an expertly filmed insider’s look at the film business, the trappings of fame and the unstoppable, sometimes bone-chilling march of time. It’s complex and wickedly funny and dark, and it features the best ensemble acting of any film I’ve seen so far this year.” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)

In English, French and German with English subtitles

France / Germany – 2014 – 123 mins.

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

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Nov 052015
 November 5, 2015  Film


Wedneday, November 11, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - DVD S4444The old gang is back! Check in again for more love and laughter, as new arrival Richard Gere joins returning stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy for this heart-warming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Now that his first venture has proven successful, ever-confident young entrepreneur Sonny (the terrifically likeable Dev Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort in Jaipur, India, as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are hampered, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends. As lively in tone and spirit as its predecessor, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an entirely pleasing extension of the most unlikely of movie franchises, gently handling big themes and dissolving cynicism with charm and good will.

Great Britain — 2015 — 122 mins. — In English only

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Nov 052015
 November 5, 2015  Book Clubs

American WifeIf you missed November’s meeting, join us next month on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at 7 pm (This session is full.  You must be a library member and registered to attend).  It will be the last meeting before starting up again in April.

Next book title: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

As we are in the midst of a new government and U.S. political debates, Melissa thought it fitting to select the current title.  The novel focuses on a fictionalized account of Laura Bush’s marriage to president George W. Bush.  When her husband is elected president of the United States, Alice Blackwell finds her new position as first lady increasingly tumultuous as she recalls her early life, her courtship and marriage, and the crisis that nearly destroyed their relationship.  She reflects on the privileges and difficulties of her position as her private beliefs conflict with her public responsibilities.  The discussion should raise many issues and memories, sparking a mini political debate.  Melissa anticipates a well rounded conversation.

Nov 032015
 November 3, 2015  Film


Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 2 pm – Free


Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Pierre Darroussin embody the earthy chemistry of long-married spouses in this story of a cattle farmer and his restless wife. Their characters, Xavier and Brigitte, have always been a bit mismatched. He’s happy tending to the cows while her head is a bit more in the clouds. Now that their son has left for college, Brigitte is even more at odds with her agrarian life, and a nasty rash is physical evidence of her 20-year itch. After she meets a flirtatious young man at the neighbours’, she’s quick to take off for the big city in search of a possible fling while a suspicious Xavier follows behind. Paris Follies is a finely-tuned gem where below the light comedy lies a tender portrait of middle-aged yearning and rediscovery.

In French with English subtitles

France – 2014 – 98 mins.

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

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Oct 292015
 October 29, 2015  Special Events

Local Author Salon 2015Local Author Salon
Wednesday, November 25 at 7 pm
At the Harold Greenspon Auditorum, below City Hall at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Meet acclaimed local authors Anita Anand (Swing in the House and Other Stories), Susan Doherty Hannaford (A Secret Music), and Caroline Vu (Palawan Story and That Summer in Provincetown). They will be sharing from their recently published work.

Oct 292015
 October 29, 2015  Concerts

Orpheus Singers posterThe Orpheus Singers in concert: A Choral Tapestry
Wednesday, November 18 at 7 pm
Tickets $5, on sale now at the library’s main desk. We’re open from 10 am–10 pm every day.

The Orpheus Singers are an accomplished choir dedicated to the performance of vocal music. Experience their choral tapestry, featuring excerpts from the Song of Songs, to the music of Bach and beyond.

Don’t miss this ensemble’s entertaining and versatile concert, including choir member Farah Mohammed.

Oct 282015
 October 28, 2015  Art, Lectures

Beaver Hall Group posterMMFA Exhibit Talk: The Beaver Hall Group
Thursday, November 12 at 7 pm
In the auditorium
5851 Cavendish Blvd.


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts guide Grace Powell introduces this new exhibit which sheds new light on the Beaver Hall Group, an association of artists whose works of pictorial modernism shaped artistic life in 1920s Montreal.

Oct 282015
 October 28, 2015  Film


Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

timbuktu_xlgInspired by real events, this incomparably moving portrait of a cattle herder fending off jihadists in northern Mali unfolds during a fundamentalist occupation that enforces bans against sports, music, and laughter. Mauritanian-born filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako weaves together stories that capture all the absurdity, hypocrisy, and terror of living under such an occupation. Yet at the same time, his film is also lyrical, gorgeous, and exalting as it locates the warm human poetry that exists even under these conditions. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards and winner of two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, Timbuktu is the most universally acclaimed African film of the decade.

Timbuktu is as fresh as today’s headlines, but it’s paced and photographed like a timeless slice of life. It’s an exquisite, wise and even funny film, easily the best of the year.” (Joe Williams, St. Louis-Post Dispatch)

“In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch.” (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)

In Arabic and Bambara with English subtitles

Mauritania / France – 2014 – 97 mins.

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

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Oct 262015
 October 26, 2015  Book Clubs

neruda-case_277_420Thursday, November 5 at 10:30 am

Would you like to attend our next book club meeting? We are a group of reading enthusiasts who meet over a riveting book, a cup of coffee and croissants at the library.

On November 5, we will discuss The Neruda Case written by the award-winning Chilean author, Roberto Ampuero. This is his first novel published in English.

In this fictional interpretation of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda’s final days in 1973, the author successfully blends historical facts, including the hours prior to the coup that ended Salvador Allende’s government in 1973, with biographical details of Neruda’s complex life and love affairs.

Set against the backdrop of Chile’s political upheaval, Neruda, who’s ill with cancer seeks out and employs Cuban Cayetano Brulé in Valparaíso to investigate the whereabouts of a former acquaintance.

Never mind that Brulé is no detective. The aging poet persuades the young Brulé to become his “own private Maigret”. The mission seems straight forward, except Neruda has not only withheld critical information, but he has also sworn Brulé to secrecy. The plot twists from Mexico City to East Germany, from lies to truth, from uneasy peace to political coup, from life to death.

To sign up and for more information, call María Luisa at 514-485-6900, ext. 4110