The 2015 Read Easy project is sponsored by a generous grant from American Family Insurance.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – Book Club reading & discussions begin
Look for start dates at area Book Clubs. Please visit our Book Clubs page for links to local libraries and organizations that are participating in “The Great Gatsby” book reading and discussions. Individual locations will publicize their own Big Read related events.
Thursday, February 26 & Friday, February 27, 2015 – 1920s Immersion Through Dance Workshop
Dancing With Class® after school workshop (ages 10-18) from 4-6 p.m. at the Kachel Center (Young Auditorium). Two days; registration required. Contact Shannon Dozoryst at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 472-1432.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – “Calling All Jitterbugs” Dancing With Class® Family Dance Program
Clap and dance along at this interactive family story time and movement workshop! Learn the dance steps that go along with the new book, Jitterbugs! by Margot Toppen and illustrated by Karen Light, two Chicago area teaching artists. Jitterbugs! is an exciting picture book that will entertain children ages 2-10 with its scat rhythm under-tone and fast-moving story about two very different bugs who triumph through their unlikely dance partnership.
The story Jitterbugs! is inspired by real-life 1930s Lindy Hop dancers George Snowden (“Shorty George”) and Beatrice Gay (“Big Bea”) who used their height difference to their advantage to win contests at places like the famed Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York. This dance-along story re-casts George and Bea as adorable and engaging “Jitterbugs.” Young children and their families will love to dance along with the bugs in this fully interactive family dance workshop, while discovering that moving together can be a fun and healthy family activity. PLUS you’ll be treated to a special “swingin’” performance by local youth.
Friday, March 6, 2015 – R. Clifton Spargo Author Appearances
R. Clifton Spargo is the author of “Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald.” He will be speaking about the process of writing his book, and the parallels between the lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his story with Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby – the two main characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby,” written in 1925 (the book selection for Young Auditorium’s 2015 Readeasy Project).
- 9:30 a.m. – Parker High School (Janesville); closed to the public. Mr. Spargo’s discussion will be about writing historical fiction.
- 2-3:00 p.m. – Fairhaven Lecture Series (Whitewater); This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration required. “Beautiful Fools” will be available for sale and signing. Fairhaven lectures are held in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 West Starin Road in Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building.
- 5-6:00 p.m. – Lake Geneva Public Library; This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration required. “Beautiful Fools” will be available for sale and signing. Event will be held in the library, located at 918 West Main Street in downtown Lake Geneva. Street or metered parking is available.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.- Montana Repertory Theatre’s “The Great Gatsby” Stage Performance at Young Auditorium
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic literary work, “The Great Gatsby,” is now brought to the stage with this compelling production by Montana Repertory Theatre. Montana Rep reinvigorates this story with Simon Levy’s stage adaptation of the classic novel. With themes from the Roaring Twenties that resonate with the current times, this show brings the beauty and poetry of the original masterpiece to life.
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