April events - One Book One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie

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Twitter status: #StwOk Reads Woody Guthrie events continue through April.

darden smith  Darden Smith is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and will hold a songwriting workshop on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library.

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 21, 2013) –– “One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” events continue in April with sing-songwriter Darden Smith on Tuesday, April 2, music with Monica Taylor and film screening of “Bound for Glory” on April 4 and the final event, “Time Changes Everything” starring the Red Dirt Rangers on April 13.

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Darden Smith will hold a songwriting workshop on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library.  Smith, who has released 13 albums with labels from Epic Records, Columbia and CBS Records, will lead a workshop on using everyday life and real stories as the basis for songwriting.  Though the focus of the workshop is on the medium of songwriting, the techniques can be applied to all forms of writing.  “Everybody has a story to tell. That’s the heart of songwriting- telling stories and relaying emotion,” says Smith.  “Whether it’s love or loss, joy or fear, good times gone bad or bad times getting worse- a song has the power to communicate it all. It’s what I’ve spent my life doing, both on my own and with other musicians.”

The songwriting workshop, sponsored by the OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation, is for ages 14 to adult and seating is limited to 40. To register, contact the Help Desk at the Stillwater Public Library by calling 405-372-3633 ext. 106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org

Local Red Dirt musician, Monica Taylor, will perform at 6 p.m. on April 4 before the 7 p.m. showing of the Oscar award winning film “Bound for Glory” in the OSU Student Union Little Theatre. The movie, sponsored in part by the OSU Student Union Activities Board, is free and open to the public.  Concessions will be available and the film will be shown with closed captioning.

The Red Dirt Rangers will star in “Time Changes Everything” on Sat. April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stillwater Community Center.  Written by John Wooley and Thomas Connor, this one-act play highlights Oklahoma music icons, Bob Wills and Woody Guthrie, in a ‘what if they had met” story.  “Both Woody Guthrie and Bob Wills were men of the people, heroes to the hardscrabble farm families and blue-collar workers of America. And while it’s slightly possible that they actually met, family members and historians indicate that they never really talked with one another… but what if they had? That’s the premise of ‘Time Changes Everything’” says Wooley.  Doors open at 7pm and refreshments will be sold by the Stillwater Community Center Foundation.

Book discussions for Guthrie’s autobiographical novel “Bound for Glory” run through April 9.  For times and locations, visit www.library.okstate.edu/news/onebook.

All programs are free open to the public.

For more information, visit the Stillwater Public Library website at library.stillwater.org, email askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call 405-372-3633.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Woody Guthrie” is designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading experience, and to broaden and deepen an appreciation for Woody Guthrie as an Oklahoma musician, writer, and artist.  Sponsors are the Stillwater Public Library, Oklahoma State University Library and Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History. This project is supported in part by funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oklahoma Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major partners include Woody Guthrie Foundation, Friends of Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Friends of OSU Library, Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, Oklahoma History Center, OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation, and the Center for Oklahoma Studies.  Supporting partners include OSU Student Union Activities Board, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Stillwater Community Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and KOSU.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).