Join the Kershaw County Library for "The Jazz Age: Charleston and Beyond," a survey of jazz culture through both time and place, using story and film. Dr. Bill Funderburk will lead the discussions. The series will consist of discussions of two movies, a short story and a novel. Come by the Camden Main Library to register and sign out reading materials. The movies will be shown in the meeting room -- there will be two showings of each movie. This series is free and open to the public.
The series begins with a discussion of the short story Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin, this evening at 6:30 p.m. Sonny’s Blues is about a young African-American man who gets caught in a heroin bust and tries to leave Harlem to escape drugs. Sonny’s story is told through memories and conversations with his brother. Sonny is revered in club circles for his ability to enchant with his piano jazz.
The series continues with a discussion of the movie, The Benny Goodman Story, starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed. The movie will be shown on Monday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., and again on Monday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Discussion of the movie will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
The final event in the series will be a discussion of the novel Coming through Slaughter, by Michael Ondaatje on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Coming through Slaughter is a fictionalized biography of the jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden of New Orleans. Bolden’s music becomes more radical and he behaves erratically as he begins to lose his sanity. Bolden’s journey from jazz musician to schizophrenic takes him through the town of Slaughter just before being committed to a mental institution. While the basics of the story are real, this is not a true biography of Bolden.
This program is sponsored by The Humanities Council SC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. For more information about this program series call the library at 425-1508, or go to www.kershawcountylibrary.org., a fictionalized memoir about a 1950’s era African-American saxophonist living in France is our next film up for discussion. The film, starring Dexter Gordon, will be shown on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and again on Monday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. Discussion of the film will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m.