Upcoming Events at Oxnard Public Library

Documentary “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective” (NR)

Thursday, January 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

A staunch advocate of peaceful resistance to injustice and racial violence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the vortex of the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s.  This award-winning documentary takes a look at Reverend King’s ideas, actions, and influence on the fight to end racial segregation.  The program’s highlights include rare archival footage, photographs, and interviews with King associates.

LA OPERA Talk “The Abduction from the Seraglio”

Saturday, January 14, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an interactive presentation given by LA Opera’s Community Educator Rose Vardanian.  Updated to the Roaring Twenties, this riotous staging marries the brilliance of Mozart’s comic gem with the flair of a classic Hollywood comedy. En route from Istanbul to Paris, two beautiful damsels in distress are held captive aboard the luxurious Orient Express by a notorious Ottoman royal. It’s up to their faithful lovers to rescue them before it’s too late!

Oxnard Sugar Beets: Ventura County’s Lost Cash Crop” Book Talk and Signing

Saturday, January 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Local author and historian Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt has written a book about the crop that birthed Oxnard – sugar beets.  Learn about the rise and fall of a powerful enterprise and the entrepreneurial laborers who helped create a city.  Afterwards, Maulhardt will sign his book, which will be available for sale.

The Negro Baseball Leagues:  An American Legacy

Saturday, February 11, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In this multimedia lecture presentation, Byron Motley brings to life an era that was prosperous and exciting, yet a time when men who simply wanted to “play ball” were ostracized by the color of their skin.  Byron’s own father is the last surviving umpire from the leagues.  Byron discusses the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues and how our lives today have been impacted by them.  A short clip will be shown from an upcoming documentary Motley is producing on the subject.

Marc Berger, Exploring the American West Through Music

Thursday, February 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Marc’s album “Ride” evokes the sights and sounds of the West, from the vast expanse of its wide open spaces to shadows gliding over canyon walls.  Artists have used film, canvas, and the printed page to convey the West’s unique landscape.  Marc expresses it in song, while also sharing stories of his experiences and the ways those experiences influenced the writing of these songs.  Marc has opened shows for Bob Dylan, and other national acts.  His song “The Last One”, was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for over twenty five years, and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News.

 

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