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Art House Saturday: Frida Kahlo

Directed by Roberto Guerra, Eila Hershon, Narrated by Sada Thompson, Produced by Roberto Guerra, Eila Hershon (Germany: ArtHaus Musik, 1983), 1 hour 1 minute

The Chicago Film Festival is going on now through October 25th. For those that cannot make it, the library has its own selection of films online. One that we recommend is the the documentary “Frida Kahlo.” This film gives the viewer an overview of the life and times of Mexico’s most famous female painter, Frida Kahlo. Learn about the devastating bus accident of her youth, how she expressed her anguish in art, her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera, and visit her famous “Blue House” in Coyoacán, Mexico. Hear selections from her diary, see old photos, and archived video that give a personal view into this legendary feminist icon.

Click here to view, Frida Kahlo

RIP Gale Sayers- Record Holder for Most Touchdowns in a Single Game

Gale Sayers -Chicagobears.com

This past week Chicago Bears fans mourned the death of Gale Sayers at age 77. With the passing of Gale Sayers closes the greatest running back chapter in Chicago Bears history.

How good was Gale Sayers? His coach and legendary founder George Halas called his 6 TD game the best single-game performance that he ever witnessed. That day Sayers rushed for 4 TDs, had 1 receiving TD, and capped it off with 1 punt return TD. Halas also said of Sayers, “If you want to see perfection as a running back, you best get a hold of a film of Gale Sayers. He was poetry in motion. His like will never be seen again.”

To many he was an amazing football player, but to those who knew him, he was an even better person. His friendship with fellow Bears player Brian Piccolo was memorialized in the film Brian’s Song. His social movement efforts and humanity garnered the respect of people outside of the sports world.

Here are items in our collection for you to enjoy to remember this all-time Chicago Bear legend.

Brian’s Song- DVD This pop culture is a drama about the deep friendship between Gale Sayers, halfback for the Chicago Bears, and his teammate, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970.

Game of My Life- Stories about and the memories of 28 former and current players on the Chicago Bears football team including Gale Sayers.

I am Third– I Am Third is the memoir of Gale Sayers, one of the best running backs in the history of the NCAA and pro football. It is also the story of his friendship with Brian Piccolo.

“Holy Molars! It’s Batman Day!

 

Before COVID, today was one of the biggest days of the year for comic shops, bookstores, and libraries across the globe as everybody celebrated Batman Day.

This year will be no exception! Here is a collection of Batman titles for you to check out online or in person.

Batman in our online Hoopla collection

Batman in our library collection

Here is a link to DC Comic’s official Batman Day website

Three Jokers a Morality Tale

3 Jokers- DC Comics

DC Comic’s release of “Three Jokers” is a massive hit. The first issue release of this comic book series is bound to have a second and third printing as issues are flying off local comic book shop shelves. Released on DC Comic’s mature content line, Black Label, Three Jokers is not just violent for violence’s sake. It is shaping up to be an incredibly dark morality tale. Readers who finished the first issue will find themselves questioning whether two classic DC characters have finally lost their way.

The question Three Jokers immediately asks is, “What happens if our comic heroes finally crack under the suffering and violent crimes of the Joker?”

For those that pondering this question, authors have written academic papers on the subject, and can be found through our resources.

The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime from University Press Scholarship eBooks.

“It’s What You Do That Defines You”: Batman as Moral Philosopher and other abstracts from Wiley Online Library

To find these articles and more from University Press Scholarship eBooks or Wiley Online Library, click here to access them through Moraine Valley Library’s eBook database page.

To read Batman or Joker comics and graphic novels online for FREE with your Moraine Valley Library account , click here try Hoopla.

Student Laptops!

We have more laptops in stock. Students needing a laptop can request one through MVConnect- Student-Forms- Loaner Technology! Contact the library for more information.

Rest in Peace, Chadwick Boseman

In the words of Mark Ruffalo, “What a man, and what an immense talent … you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning”. (@MarkRuffalo). August 28th, 9:56 pm. Tweet.

Here is a collection of item starring or about Chadwick Boseman’s brief but fantastic career:

Chadwick Boseman- Juvenille Biography

Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther– Juvenile Biography

The Kill Hole– Feature film starring Chadwick. The shadow of war follows a troubled Iraq War vet as he is forced to pursue one of his own into the Pacific Northwest wilderness to finally confront a war crime that has haunted them both.

Upstate Audiobook– Read by Chadwick Boseman- Upstate is an absolutely stunning, powerful coming of age novel filled with tragedy, struggle, love and triumph-a modern The Color Purple. Set in New York in the 80s and 90s, Upstate tells the story of two young lovers, Antonio and Natasha, torn apart by tragedy and struggling to survive against all odds. When a horrific tragedy sends Antonio to jail, their worlds turn upside down. Antonio struggles to stay alive on the inside; Natasha battles society on the outside. Over the course of 10 years, they share an intimate correspondence as their lives change dramatically and they often have only each other to turn to. Will fate bring them back together, or will they remain forever apart? Ripe with unforgettable characters and two haunting voices, Upstate is an audio program not to be missed.

Assorted Marvel Black Panther Graphic Novels– T’Challa is the king of the secretive and highly advanced African nation of Wakanda – as well as the powerful warrior known as the Black Panther.

The Comic that Foreshadowed a Pandemic

What if I told you that a title debuted in November of 2019 where the U.S was cut itself off from the world with a massive wall around its borders, and citizens were dying of a mysterious respiratory disease.

Seriously.

Soon after its release Undiscovered Country sold out its initial printing of 85,000 copies and Image announced it was issuing a second printing. An impressive feat for any independent title outside of the DCU and MVU .

Read Undiscovered Country Vol. 1: Destiny for FREE on Hoopla.

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo

Courtesy of The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art . Frida Kahlo on a bench, carbon print, 1938.

Today we celebrate the 113th birthday of Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican painter, famous for her surrealist portraits. Kahlo’s work is globally renowned and she has since become a feminist icon.

Learn more about Frida Kahlo by placing a hold on an item and picking it up curbside, or checkout out one of our many eBooks and streaming videos.

Then zoom some friends and take a digital tour of her Casa Azul (The Frida Kahlo Museum) in Coyoacan, Mexico where Frida Kahlo was born and passed away. 

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