In the final year of a life cut tragically short, Anthony Bourdain—celebrity chef, journalist, and globe-trotting host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown”—tackled one of the most shocking and significant problems of our time: food waste. Planet New Canaan will be screening his award-winning and powerful documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, at New Canaan Library on Monday, June 10 at 6:00 pm. Fully one-third of all food grown in the world is wasted before it reaches our plates. That’s a very big deal, since 80% of the world’s water, 40% of the world’s land, and 10% of the world’s energy goes toward cultivating the food we eat.
New Canaan Library welcomes author Robert Mc Williams on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Mc Williams will speak about his recently published book, The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain, which extols the beauty, culture and history of Scotland, as discovered by him on a cross-country journey. Please register to attend, online at newcanaanlibrary.org. From Cape Wrath in the lonely northwest to a muddy estuary overlooking England, The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain takes the reader on a walk across Scotland. For Rob McWilliams–Scots-born but exiled since childhood–the walk is an obstinate ambition, and the start of a new direction in life.
“Internal Landscapes,” a highly personal and arresting exhibition from Beverly Crilly, illustrates the multi-layered landscape of a life’s journey. The exhibition opens at New Canaan Library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery on Thursday, June 6 and runs through Sunday, July 15, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 6–8 p.m.; a Q & A with the artist will begins at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Richly hued, textural and fluid in mood, Beverly Crilly’s art draws the viewer in, and prompts an internal dialogue. Crilly’s work is informed by her life journey and all the rich material that particular journey can produce.
New Canaan Library and the UN Committee of New Canaan are pleased to present a unique and compelling look at the topic of climate change, with a dual presentation by Abel Gustafson, PhD, from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and Melissa Fleming, MFA, and member of International Environmental Communication Association. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s Adrian Lamb Room. Please register for this program online at newcanaanlibrary.org. Scientists are fully in agreement and the solutions are ready-and-waiting. At this point, addressing climate change is now primarily a question of shifting hearts and minds.
Artist Anne Doris-Eisner captures the forces of nature, and its warmth, with dramatic interpretations in black and white. “Primal Forces, in Black and White” opens at New Canaan Library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery on Thursday, April 25 and runs through Sunday, June 2, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 3 – 5 p.m.; a Q & A with the artist will begin at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Doris-Eisner works almost exclusively on paper because of the immediacy and physicality of that medium. Her work depicts and echoes the struggles and resilience of the natural world: a tree in its growth and decay, revealing strength; a rock strata reflecting the power of upheaval and renewal; water in its destructive and life-giving forms.
Her unique technique is part of her creative process.