PBK Delaware Valley Upcoming Events

August 12, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Book Club - "Interior Chinatown"

Virtual discussion of the book, "Interior Chinatown", winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, and both a 2020 Book Club pick by the NY Times and a 2021 Book Club pick by PBS.  Authored by Charles Yu, corporate attorney and then full-time script writer and author, the book addresses the cliches and marginalization of Asians in the film industry, with "brilliant characterizations". The author uses both satire and humor to address themes of pop culture and assimilation. Obtain from your favorite library or book seller, and meet via Zoom on August 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event. Click here to register.

August 14, 2021 - 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Summer Evening in the City - Mural Arts Walking Tour + Casual restaurant dinner

Meet at 4:15 pm for a 4:30 pm start of a Mural Arts Center City walking tour (rain or shine), followed by a 6:00 pm casual dinner at Barra Rossa Ristorante located near the end of the tour. Stroll for 90 min. with an experienced guide to see a number of the iconic murals in Center City Philadelphia.  Mural Arts supports the creation of 50-100 outdoor murals a year in our region, and uses the income from its tours to help support projects in restorative justice (training recently incarcerated people to be job-ready), environmental justice, community healing, and community arts education.  Meet at 4:15 pm at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Lenfest Plazz, 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.  Tour fee $23 (supporting a good cause); restaurant - order as you wish. Deadline to register = August 1, 2021, so Mural Arts can line up sufficient guides for as many sub-groups as needed. Click to register & prepay tour fee.
 

September 9, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Movie Club - "Roma"

Virtual discussion of the film, "Roma", 2019 Academy Award winner for Best International Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The film was written and directed by aclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron as a semi-autobiographical take on his upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, from the point of view of a live-in housekeeper with a middle-class family.  A cinematic "tour-de-force", the film explores the nuances of class divisions, the impact of a divorce on children, and the nature of altruistic love, featuring actresses Yalitza Aparicio as the housekeeper and Marina de Tavira as the wife. View on Netflix, and meet via Zoom on August 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event. Click here to register.

September 11, 2021 - 2:00 pm

Longwood Gardens Walk

Meet at 1:45 pm outside the Longwood Gardens main entrance for a 2:00 pm entry and a pleasant and informative walk, guided by a PBK member who has worked at Longwood.  We have 20 complimentary tickets courtesy of our PBK member.  If more than 20 PBK registrants participate who are not already Longwood Garden members, we will then divide the total of entry fees for the number of participants greater than 20, among all participants, and assess that sub-amount to each of the participants after the event.  Longwood Gardens address: 1001 Longwood Blvd., Kennett Square, PA.  For Sept. Saturdays, the gardens are open until 9:00 pm, and both the Cafe and Beer Garden are open until 8:00 pm (limited menu in the last hour). Click here to register.
 

October 14, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Book Club - "Where the Crawdads Sing"

Virtual discussion of the novel, "Where the Crawdads Sing".  Written by wildlife scientist Delia Owens and 129 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, it is currently being filmed on location, with the film to be released in summer 2022.  The novel intertwines the story of a young woman growing up isolated in the marshes of North Carolina, along with the murder investigation of a local celebrity in a coastal North Carolina town. Obtain from your local bookseller or library, and meet via Zoom on October 14, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event. Click here to register.

November 11, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Movie Club - "The Florida Project"

Virtual discussion of the film, "The Florida Project", named by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the best 10 films of 2017. It explores the lives of parents and grandparents raising children in a low-end motel in the shadow of Disney World, with insight for the marginal and at risk lives the parents live yet the spunk and joy of the children, under the watchful eye of a caring but levelheaded motel manager played by Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA awards for this role.  Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%.  View on Netflix, and meet via Zoom on November 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event. Click here to register.

December 9, 2021 - 7:00 pm.

Virtual Book Club - "The Yellow House"

Virtual discussion of the memoir, "The Yellow House", written by Sarah M. Broom, which won the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and was named one of  the Top Ten Books of 2019 by both the NY Times Book Review and the Washington Post. The book tracks her family's history back 100 years, her growing up in New Orleans East, the demise of her beloved home after Hurricaine Katrina, how Katrina altered her neighborhood and New Orleans, along with New Orleans as a reflection of issues facing America. Obtain from your local bookseller or library, and meet via Zoom on December 9, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion.  No charge event. Click here to register.

To be rescheduled in 2021

Saturday tour of Doylestown Museums with Lunch.

 

Meet at 10:45 am at the Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, for an 11:00 am private guided tour followed by a private lunch.  We will then proceed across the street to the Mercer Museum for an introductory staff talk followed by a self-guided tour. Time later to return to Michener if desired. The Michener Museum exhibits the art and cultural heritage of the Delaware Valley and has a focus on Pennsylvania impressionists.  The Mercer Museum is a six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer (1856-1930), archeologist, ceramist, scholar, and antiquarian, which was completed in 1916. Currently a Smithsonian affiliate, it has over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools covering sixty different crafts/trades, and is one of the world's most comprehensive portraits of pre-Industrial American material culture. 

*Free adjacent parking or short walk from Septa Regional Rail Station.  Click here and then click on "Directions".  Group entry fees for two museums, Michener private tour, private lunch, Mercer intro talk: $50 adults, $48 seniors; $40 Michener members, $10 less for Mercer members.  Register and pre-pay here including selecting lunch option.

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