Outreach & Community

Outreach & Community

 

Miller Center in the Community

The outreach and community enrichment opportunities that the Miller Center is able to offer to Berks County organizations and residents are a vital part of the mission of our programming. We are proud to be bringing artists and experiences to schools and the community through workshops, assemblies, library craft and story times and other unique activities, many of which are free of charge.  Please enjoy the following presentation that shares some of the exceptional activities based in music, theatre, dance, film, and cirque that our community has enjoyed.

Homebound Arts & Film Toolkit

A selection of favorite books, films, music, TV shows, artists and events to brighten and enlighten!

Cathy's Picks

Film

1.     All the President's Men (1976, Best Picture) (PG) (Political Thriller) (2 hrs. 18 min.) Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation. 

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden
Director: Alan Pakula
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Amazon Prime: $3.99 rental

2.     Best in Show (2000) (Mockumentary Comedy) (PG-13) (1 hr. 30 min.) A hilarious and often surreal documentary of five dogs and their owners destined to show in the prestigeous Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show.

Cast features: Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Jayne Lynch and Frank Williard
Director: Christopher Guest
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Amazon Prime: $3.99 rental

3.     The Thin Man (1934) (Mystery Comedy) (NR) (1 hr. 33 min.) A mean-spirited inventor discovers that his girlfriend has stolen $50k and is carrying on with other men.  Not long afterward, he disappears.  Anxious to locate her father, his daughter goes to private detective Nick Charles for help.

Cast: Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton and William Powell
Director: W. S. Van Dyke
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Amazon Prime: $2.99 rental

Books

1.     The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, Back Bay Books, The "extraordinary" story of a boy, his mother, and a life-changing work of art.

2.     (Any book by David Sedaris!)

Music

1.     Genuine Negro Jig, Caroline Chocolate Drops

2.     Torch this Place, Atomic Fireballs

3.     Greatest Hits, Sly & the Family Stone

4.     The Gadfly Suite, Dmitri Shostakovich

Events

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, June 24-August 20, 2020, in the beautiful Berkshires of Becket, Massachusetts.

 

Colleen's Picks

Film

1.     Where’d You Go Bernadette (2019) (PG-13) (Comedy Drama) (1 hr. 49 min.) A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig
Director: Richard Linklater
Amazon Prime: $3.99 rental

2.     Penelope (2006) (Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama) (PG) (1 hr. 44 min.) A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with “one who will accept her as one of their own”.

Cast features: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Catherine O'Hara, Richard E. Grant, Reese Witherspoon
Director: Mark Palansky
Amazon Prime: available with Amazon Prime, or to purchase

Books

1.     Wolfpack, Abby Wambach, Celadon Books, Based on her  2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates – Abby Wambach’s message to all women is: If we keep playing by the Old Rules, we will never change the game. 

2.     No Matter the Wreckage, Sarah Kay, Write Bloody Publishing, Kay's debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay's knack for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects, among other curious topics.

3.    The Testaments, Margaret Atwood, Nan A Talese, The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion piece to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Music

1.     Hurts 2B Human - P!nk

2.     The Best of Everything – The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016, Tom Petty

Events

1.     This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing – A Celebration of Women In The Arts Event, Yocum Institute for Arts Education, July 31, 7pm & August 1, 2020, 11am & 3pm

2.     Lyons Fiddle Fest - The 36th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival 2020 will be held at the Lyons Community Park, 15 Park Avenue, Lyons, PA, Sunday, September 20th, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

 

Natalie's Picks

Film

1.     Dan in Real Life (2007) (Comedy, Drama, Romance) (PG-13) A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend.

Cast: Steve Carrell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook
Director: Peter Hedges
Amazon Prime: $3.99 rental

Books

1.     A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles, Penguin Books, A novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

2.     The School of Essential Ingredients, Erica Bauermiester, Berkley, A national bestseller about a chef, her students, and the evocative lessons that food teaches about life. 

Music

1.     Come Away With Me, Norah Jones

2.     40 Days, The Wailin' Jennys

Events

Spring Gulch Folk FestivalOur annual Folk Festival is a weekend-long event of excellent music, workshops, sing-along campfires, dancing and crafts. Thursday, May 14th – Sunday, May 17th, 2020

 

Brett's Picks

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