Armchair Traveler Series
The Great Falls Public Library is presenting an Armchair Traveler Series on various Thursday evenings September – November. Each program will offer visuals, digital photos, and a narrative chronicling the speaker’s trip. Programs are free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm, Angola with Kristen Cates
Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm, South Korea with Kayce Milligan
Thursday, October 16, 7:00 pm, Jordan with Kristen Inbody
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm, France with Jim Heckel and Pam Smith
Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm, Cuba with Carrie Calahan
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm, Turkey with Whitney Olson
Montana Repertory Theatre Production
The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the University of Montana’s Montana Repertory Theatre’s Fall Educational Outreach production of Once Upon a Time in Ancient Greece on Thursday, October 9th at 7:00 pm. This comedy by Larmie Dean is a fantastic and comic quest of mythical porportions. Stheno, one of three sisters turned into hideous Gorgons by Athena for
catching the eye of Poseidon, is not going to take her sister Medusa’s murder lying down! As the oldest of the three Gorgon sisters, she’s decided it’s up to her to confront Athena, bring back
the head of her sister Medusa, and right the wrong that has been thrust upon her family. While on her quest, she will seek the support of Heracles, look into the heart of Orpheus, and scrutinize Poseidon with regard to his role in her sister’s fatal attraction. Her descent eventually lands
her some face time with Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Told in under 50 minutes, this epic story is played out by three actors donning a variety of Greek masks and employing puppetry, shadow play, and illusion to create this highly inventive theatrical experience.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Public Library.
The Page Forward book discussion groups introduced by the Great Falls Public Library this year continue in September.
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, October 11, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women.
October’s selection is Round House by Louise Erdich. Author Louise Erdrich, a member of the Chippewa (Ojibwa) nation, here writes one of her most powerful and emotionally involving novels. Though it starts as a crime story on the reservation, it quickly becomes an intense search for justice on all levels. It is also an examination of the lives of her characters, both old and young, as they face the challenges of reservation life. Their lives, as she shows in this novel, are seriously restricted by 1988, when this novel's action takes place, and any Native American who wants to honor the "old ways" on the reservation must now survive on infertile lands which cannot support him. Their culture has been seriously compromised by the arrival of Catholic missionaries who have weaned them away from their myths and traditions. Significantly, legal jurisdiction over crimes involving Native Americans now involves tribal officials, state police, and even the FBI.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month. October’s selection is The Phantom by Jo Nesbo. This Detective Harry Hole mystery by popular Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, continues Hole’s struggles with his inner demons, sensitive soul, and fast-paced mystery.