Thursday, April 22, 2010

Movie Monday to feature The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock’s Academy Award-winning performance distinguishes The Blind Side, the Asheboro Public Library’s Movie Monday at 2 p.m., May 10.

The film is the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by wealthy white family who helped him fulfill his potential as a person and as an athlete. He worked hard on the field and in the classroom and became an All-American in college and was picked in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, changing his life and the lives of the loving family who were there to watch him succeed.

The movie is free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more here, or call 318-6801.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ragsdale, Liles put new spin on library cabaret shows

In a twist on his popular cabaret shows for the Friends of the Library, Lane Ragsdale will honor the Friends with a brand new show called “Hits and Misters: An Evening With Lane Ragsdale and Tom Liles” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Asheboro library.

The program is free and the public is invited.

The two-man show will focus on stories from Lane’s travels to New York; Asheboro in 2010; and his love for jazz, of which Tom is a master. With these stories woven among songs like “St. Louis Blues, “ “Summertime, “ “Laura” and “After You’ve Gone,” the show is a departure from past shows that have included multiple cast members and varied genres of music.

“We are in tough economic times and this show offers a threefold opportunity,” says Ragsdale. “It will be a vivid and relaxing escape into the world of jazz and blues with some funny and poignant stories for the audience. For me, it will be an opportunity to honor the Friends of the Library, Arlene Smith and Ross Holt for their loving support over the past five years, and an opportunity to work with the brilliant Tom Liles on the style of music he has mastered, not merely at UNC-Greensboro but in travels and performances all over the world. I’m excited!”

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Auction of Owen/Owens pottery to benefit library Friends

The Randolph County Public Library’s second annual Marjorie W. Memory Pottery Auction will take place during a Friends of the Library program featuring Holly George-Warren at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Sara Smith Self Gallery of the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro.

The program is free and the public is invited.

The silent auction will feature nine Owen/Owens family pottery pieces dating from the 1920s to the 2000s. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library.

Pieces available include a dishpan (1920s), a pie dish in tobacco spit glaze (1950s) and two Chinese white rice bowls (1960s) by Ben Wade Owen; a pitcher from M.L. Owens (1990s); a Vernon Owens blue vase (1998); a Pam Owens teapot (2003); and a bowl and vase from Ben Owen III (1999).

Anyone who wants to bid but cannot attend the silent auction can submit a bid in advance. Bids received in advance will be entered as the first bids in the silent auction.

For information about how to bid, go here or call the Asheboro library at 318-6801. The pottery can be viewed at the library.

Memory was a longtime librarian at UNC-Greensboro and author of A History of the Randolph Public Library, 1935-1967. Following her death, colleague and good friend Stanley Hicks, now of Enid, OK, established the auction by donating two pieces of Jugtown pottery.

This year, Stanley arranged for Earl Senger and his wife Frances Freeman Senger (formerly of Asheboro) to donate the pottery to be auctioned. The Sengers are premier pottery collectors in the Southeast.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Love Happens at Asheboro library Movie Monday

Love Happens at 2 p.m. April 26 at the Asheboro library – the cinematic kind, anyway, on Movie Monday.

The film stars Aaron Eckhart as author Burke Ryan, whose book about coping with loss becomes a best-seller and turns him into a self-help guru. While headlining a grief seminar in Seattle during his national tour, he encounters a charming hotel florist, Eloise, played by Jennifer Anniston, and learns some unexpected lessons about rediscovering love and happiness.

Martin Sheen also stars.

The movie is free and the public is invited; refreshments will be served. Find our more at here, or call 318-6824.

Music journalist Holly George-Warren returns for Friends of the Library event

Asheboro native Holly George-Warren, one of the nation’s preeminent music journalists, returns home for a talk entitled “From Gene Autry to Woodstock to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: A Writer’s Musical Journey,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Sara Smith Self Gallery of the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the program is free and the public is invited.

George-Warren will discuss her journey as a writer, which has led her to a variety of music-related topics. She penned Public Cowboy No. 1, the authoritative biography of singing cowboy star Gene Autry, and recently co-authored the best-selling The Road to Woodstock, an insider account of the1969 festival with its producer Michael Lang.

She served as editor of the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction program and a subsequent book commemorating the hall's silver anniversary. She has edited books with the founders of Farm Aid and Martin Scorsese and other filmmakers; curated 2,000 photographs for the new Grammy Museum in Los Angeles; and written a book on the history of cowgirls, The Cowgirl Way, due out this summer.

Other titles from George-Warren’s prolific pen include Honky Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country Music; Cowboy: How Hollywood Invented the West; How the West Was Worn, the definitive book of western wear; and two recent photography books, The Grateful Dead 365 and Punk 365.

She was also a 2001 Grammy Award nominee as co-producer of the Rhino Records five-CD boxed set R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music.

A resident of New York for the past 31 years, she's spent most of the past decade in the small Catskills village of Phoenicia with her husband musician/writer Robert Burke Warren and their son Jack

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tazewell shares world’s beauty

Illustrator, author and educator Barbara Tazewell strives to present the world in a way that encourages others to see in new and exciting ways.

Tazewell will share her vision in a Friends of the Library program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 at the Asheboro library. The program is free and the public is invited.

An Akron, OH, native and 20-year Asheboro resident, Tazewell taught French and English at Akron University, the Akron public schools, St. Augustine College, Bennett College and Randolph Community College.

She’s author and illustrator of the children’s flip book Ola, the Water Bearer, and illustrator of the Jamaican-themed Jelly Bread and Water Juice, written by her daughter-in-law Lora Tazewell. Many of her illustrations use origami paper or fabric printed on paper to form pictures.