New September programs will launch at the Westfield Memorial Library with two very different but powerful speakers. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., lecturer Evan Weiner will present “The Year 1969: 50 Years Later.” He will detail the historical events of 1969, and how these events shaped modern culture.
Milestone events of 1969 include the landing of the first man on the moon, the introduction of the artificial heart, the Stonewall Riots marking the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, Woodstock and the Miracle Mets World Series victory. It also saw the last public performance by the Beatles, as well as the introduction to the world of such classics as Sesame Street, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.
Evan Weiner, recognized globally as an expert in the politics of the sports business, produces a daily podcast on that topic in addition to being a regular on television and radio in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been a guest on BBC Radio, MSNBC and ABC television, and The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. Weiner has written eight books and speaks in a variety of venues, including cruise ships, colleges and libraries.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., musician Anton Del Forno will present “Guitar Power,” in which he’ll demonstrate the guitar's fullest capabilities as a virtuoso instrument. He'll share various guitar techniques through the performance of his own music, discuss what it takes to create a piece of music, and explain why and how he chose the guitar as his instrument.
When Anton plays another composer's work, he'll discuss biographical points of interest about that artist. This event is perfect for those who love listening to music or want to learn how to develop into a better musician.
The programs are free and open to all. To register, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.