Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friendswood Library flicks

Friendswood Library flicks is an ongoing movie series held every other Thursday evening in the Friendswood Public Library Activity Room.  Films are shown on an 8 X 10 ft. screen.  Movies are free and begin at 6:20pm.  Refreshments provided.

Thursday, September 11 at 6:20pm: The Red Shoes starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, and Marius Goring. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in 1948.  This film is not rated and runs 133 minutes.  

Filmmakers such as Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese have named it one of their all-time favorite films.  Scorsese has stated that The Red Shoes, along with Jean Renoir's The River, are the two most beautiful color films. 

Thursday, September 25 at 6:20pm: (AKA) A Big Hand for the Little Lady starring Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Paul Ford, Jason Robards, and Burgess Meredith. Directed by Fielder Cook in 1966.  This film is not rated and runs 95 minutes. 

Thursday, October 9 at 6:20pm: Moonstruck starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and Danny Aiello. Directed by Norman Jewison in 1987. This film is rated PG and runs 102 minutes. 

Ranked #41 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs. Won Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Original Screenplay.

Thursday, October 23 at 6:20pm: The Others starring Nicole Kidman. Directed by Alejandro Amenabar in 2001. This film is rated PG-13 and runs 104 minutes. 

It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for Best Film and Best Director. Kidman was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Drama, with Amenábar being nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, a rare occurrence for a horror film. 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Poet in the Loop: John Milkereit

Friendswood Public Library's off the page poetry series presents Poets in the Loop on Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm. Poets in the Loop is a Houston area poetry critique group with published and award winning poets. Join us for an evening of creative and insightful poetry. 

John Milkereit is from Chicago and was a traveling salesperson selling industrial pumps for over fifteen years. He began writing poetry in 2005 after attending a poetry seminar at his local church. Since then, Pudding House has published two of his chapbooks and his poems have appeared in various literary journals such as Big River Poetry Review and San Pedro River Review. Not satisfied with his work in print, he recorded sixteen poems in March at a recording studio and made a download card with a CD version forthcoming. He is currently enrolled in his second year of a low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA.

Gumbo Season

Dark, glimmering roux, another pot
done for the Super Bowl
ten-count gulf shrimp pinked
and anchored in Houston,
a wave of bayous cutting through spreads
of chocolate greens. I’m an authentic chef
standing in my own kitchen chopping
white onions with naked hands,
slaying celery stalks, hulling poblano
peppers. Today, I sizzle pecan-smoked
sausage and come-to-Jesus cups
of stock. I’m not tenderness, rather more as leather
is standing on a wood-slatted floor, stirring.
I’m on the up and up over okra, a sin
not to have what is rightful. Cilantro is a song
I sing until my arm hobbles away from this spoon.
I’m orthodoxy about a Lone Star’s beer dribbling
into soup. My tongue can’t hitch with sherry.
My head is thick and bursts open, a robin,
yearning for flavor, cradling astonishment
and quiet apertures of those seasons before.
It’s that season again when friends return,
oiled for seconds.

If We Lived at Sarah Oppenheimer’s D-17

you’d paint the switch plates
under the hammered aluminum roof
even though there is no electricity.

Jutting through glass and brick is what broke apart
as if snow fell and drifted against alleyways.

You’d say we’re living under a white, sleek jet wing,
and I wouldn’t disagree.

I don’t know where you’d hang your dresses.
We’ve never opened closet doors together.

Windows, who ever needed windows? You’d want rain
droplets falling onto your face even though I’d spiral
into a weathered personality disorder.

I’d want to ski a slope into the entrance
of your heart, but what I learned in
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin failed.

Every elevator pretends I’m an elephant slowly
descending into corners with busted flaps.

Yet this is where we’re magnificently crashed.

You’d awaken under a rhombus lifting off mornings.
I’d crust open imbedded parallelograms,
and we’d break boundary layers under the long
neck of this swan.

~John Milkereit

Monday, August 18, 2014

Poet in the Loop: Varsha Shah

Friendswood Public Library's off the page poetry series presents Poets in the Loop on Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm. Poets in the Loop is a Houston area poetry critique group with published and award winning poets. Join us for an evening of creative and insightful poetry. 

Varsha Shah’s poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies including Borderlands, Convergence, Five Inprint Poets and UT Press. She regularly reads at Archway Gallery and Rice Gallery Words & Art events. Travels, hiking, music, dancing, gardening, and good poetry inspire her life’s work.

Ars Poetica

You trouble me too much.

I agonize your landing––
I dread your departure, always abrupt.

In your disguise I ache
from not quickening that instant.

You stay back, I’m destitute.
Fallen on a leaf a multi-headed beast,

I can’t unfold enough
to enfold you in whole.

Promise me––
No one will dare you from me.

To be free, I must flee
from hangout to our hideout,

From bourgeois to bohemian
Be it known

Yours Truly,
You trouble me too much.

Little Black Dress

She finds a woven evening of raw silk
pondering over crêpe de chine, taffeta and chiffon––
the small scooped neck seamed to a half-moon back.
Perfect curves darned to a maiden hour-glass
carved from black marble descending
firm, flowing knees.

Bosom tucked inside dainty waist,
trimmed shoulders hold up
postured for the bolero, the back drop
just deep enough to swallow
body’s light into a becoming night.

Tiny roses fashioned in satin,
their embroidered eyes hold heat
the three-way mirror carries––
queries that transcend skin folds, shapes
the motherhood defies, twisting answers
to archetype standards:  how long must they fit
her body and its contrived images?

~Varsha Saraiya-Shah

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FPL Featured Artist Vivian Pollock presents Frank Lloyd Wright

Vivian Pollock will present Frank Lloyd Wright: the most famous American architect at the Friendswood Public Library on Wednesday, September 3 at 7pm.  Her presentation will also include other innovative architects who have changed the look and design of buildings around the world; focusing on Wright's influence and legacy.

Vivian Pollock is an art historian, professor, and practicing artist with work featured in many shows and galleries throughout Houston and the Bay Area. She has taught as an art historian at Alvin Community College, Houston Community College, and University of Houston - Downtown and Clear Lake campuses.

Vivian Pollock’s artwork will be on display in the Friendswood Public Library Activity Room beginning September 1 through the end of October.

Vivian’s Bio: My studio is in Friendswood, Texas.  I teach classes in intermediate and advanced painting.  I have taught sculpture and ceramics including Raku firing.  “Painting on Silk” is another technique I demonstrate.  I have painted on location in the Houston Arboretum, the Mercer Arboretum, the Texas Hill Country, Colorado and Mexico.

My style emphasizes bold and transparent color.  With watercolor techniques I capture a variety of moods with light and shadow.  I experiment with photography, drawing, painting, lithography and sculpture. Themes that fascinate me are nature, the flight of birds, inner peace, and romance.  Other subjects of interest are architecture, dance, music and songs. The beauty of the human figure and flowers are subjects that I return to again and again.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Poet in the Loop: Dom Zuccone

Friendswood Public Library's off the page poetry series presents Poets in the Loop on Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm. Poets in the Loop is a Houston area poetry critique group with published and award winning poets. Join us for an evening of creative and insightful poetry. 

Red Lodge

In false dawn came a moose cow into the back alley

to nuzzle the ruff along the fence and mud rut tracks.

Her calf came trailing through its own bleat and bray

past a camper top rusting near the neighbor’s garage.

Under the quilt remains some warmth of my own body

divided between a  me composed of heat, and one  lacking

the corpse shivering at the window. The beasts trot away.

I pad stiff feet to bed to re-search some dream dislodged

when the moose called its name. Such a place is sleep;

like an odes of Keats spoken in the winter air, shy beasts

search alone, pursued by cares. Bear Tooth Mountain is

about to rise out of the depression the dark only blankets.

Each feature appearing to make a mouth of stone, or that 

chattering to devour what seeks home at the end of night. 

~Dom Zuccone