A few years ago, UNESCO marked every third Thursday of November as World Philosophy Day. And so it is, but what is philosophy? “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” says the Prince of Denmark in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Can the term philosophy have such a broad meaning as to encompass all branches of knowledge, learning, worldview and the human experience in general?
As fans enjoy the theatre release of Mockingjay Part 1, we encourage you to read (or read again) the books in the popular Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins. Place holds, stream or download titles from the list below or visit your local library to pick up copies.
There are new books topping both the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction and Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller Lists this week.
READINGS OF SCENES FROM GREEK DRAMA (FREE)
SUNDAY NOV 16th 2014 @ 2:00 PM, Mark Taper Auditorium
Featuring the actors of the Aquila Theatre, staged readings will bring power of classical drama to life. The performers will present selections from the ODYSSEY of Homer, AJAX and PHILOCTETES of Sophocles, and HERAKLES of Euripides.
FREE ACTING WORKSHOP (FREE)
SATURDAY NOV 15th 2014 @ 1:00 PM, Meeting Room B
The Aquila Warrior Chorus Workshop will be a participatory exploration led by Aquila's founder Peter Meineck and Aquila's artistic director Desiree Sanchez. The workshop will demonstrate the effects of the chorus as a shared embodied experience and relate how the Ancient Greek chorus was an effective tool in creating empathy.
Transgender Awareness Week takes place November 14th through 20th. It's an opportunity to celebrate so many of the great advancements, achievements and dialogues that have taken place this year. The week culminates with the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th and presents an opportunity to reflect upon those who have been victimized by violence, in part or in whole, because of their transgender identity.
Central Library’s Art Film Series for 2014-15, Made in L.A., offers five more films set and made in Los Angeles. While the films differ in story and tone, each one presents Los Angeles as an integral backdrop and a crucial character. The films would be vastly different if they didn’t take place in this city!
A brief discussion precedes each film screening followed by an open Q & A. All the screenings take place on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. in Central Library’s Meeting Room A and are free and open to the public.
For the first time since November 10, 2013, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is not in the top ten of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers List, falling to #11.
Recent conversations with the teenagers that visit Teen’Scape revolved around the history of words. They asked seemingly silly yet serious questions about why words needed to be spelled correctly, why there are so many words that mean the same thing, and why we had to study vocabulary words for college entrance exams, such as the SAT.
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