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THE MALDEN ADVOCATE
- Friday, March 17, 2017
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~ Malden Reads ~
March 17 – Malden
Reads film screening
of “Tyrus”
D
on’t miss a special Malden
Reads screening of the film
“Tyrus” on Friday, March 17 at
7:00 p.m. at the Malden Se-
nior Community Center. The
film celebrates the life and
achievements of a pioneer-
ing Chinese-American artist,
Tyrus Wong, and is cospon-
sored by the Chinese Cultur-
al Connection as part of their
East Meets West cultural dia-
logue program.
Wong, who came to the
United States with his father
at the age of nine in 1920, was
the original illustrator for the
Disney movie “Bambi.” The
beautifully textured brush
strokes of the settings for the
animated film were based on
original paintings that Wong
produced in his time off while
working at an entry-level job
as an animator at Disney. Walt
Disney choseWong’s art as the
basis for the look of “Bambi,”
and all the artists who worked
on the filmwere trained to im-
itateWong’s style.
Wong was let go from his
job at Disney before “Bam-
bi” was even finished, and he
went on to work for 26 years
at Warner Brothers, creating
the looks for dozens of films,
including “Around the World
in Eighty Days.” In addition to
being a painter, he was a mu-
ralist, ceramicist, lithographer,
designer and kite maker. For a
while he worked for Hallmark
creating Christmas cards, one
of which sold over a million
copies. For the last 30 years
of his life, he became local-
ly famous, especially on the
beaches around Santa Barba-
ra, for his flying works of art –
his breathtakingly beautiful
kites. Wong died last Decem-
ber at the age of 106.
The documentary picks up
on many of the themes of this
year ’s Malden Reads book
choice, “A Man Called Ove”
by Fredrik Backman, a nov-
el about an older man who
finds support in his neighbor-
hood and an unlikely group of
people. The two works share
themes of resilience, openness
and the power of diversity. The
filmscreeningwill followed by
a discussion.
Malden Reads Arts &
Crafts on March 25
Children and their families
are invited to join local art-
ists Greg Cook and Kari Per-
cival in creating fun crafts re-
lated to the themes of this
year’s Malden Reads book se-
lections. The event will take
place at theMalden Public Li-
brary on Saturday, March 25,
from2:00-3:00 p.m. The crafts
will eventually be displayed
as a diorama in the front win-
dow of MATV, Malden's Me-
dia Center.
Book Discussion at the
Dockside on March 29
Are you enjoying the book
“A Man Called Ove” by Fred-
rick Backman?
Come join other Malden
Reads enthusiasts for a facilitat-
ed discussion of the book at the
Dockside Restaurant (270 Med-
ford St.) on Wednesday, March
29beginningat 7:00p.m. in their
function room.Wewill start with
some yummy Dockside pizza
and then dive into a lively dis-
cussion of the book. No prior ex-
perience in book clubs or book
discussions is necessary!
The event and the pizza are
free. Alcoholic beverages and
other items off the menu are
at your own cost. Reading the
book and an RSVP is required
for this event. Email
malden-
reads@gmail.com
. Let us know
what kind of pizza you like!
Enter Ove’sWorld:
an age sensitivity
training on March 30
On Thursday, March 30,
from7:00-8:00 p.m., joinMal-
den Reads for snacks and a
discussion with a Lahey Hos-
pital expert on what it real-
ly feels like to become old-
er. We’re looking to have a
good discussion together
with adults of all ages – and
we encourage you to bring
your kids andgrandkids, ages
15 and up. The event will take
place at theMalden Public Li-
brary. Email
maldenreads@
gmail.com
with “Enter Ove’s
World” in the subject line for
more information.
Pictured is multitalented artist TyrusWong, who died last De-
cember at the age of 106. The film “Tyrus” is being screened
by Malden Reads in collaboration with the Chinese Culture
Connection tonight (March 17) at the Malden Senior Center.
MaldenReads participants take part in a book discussionof“TheMartian”last year atTriangle.
MATV’s ExecutiveDirector, RonCox, dressedasOve, takes part
in a skit with local young people in the Ryder Gallery at this
year’sMalden Reads Opening Celebration, whichwas held on
February 23 at the Malden Public Library.