NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Women astronauts and beautiful music are just two of the featured topics for events coming up at the New Rochelle Library.
The next Extraordinary Women in Film Series will feature "Women in Space," on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. This PBS documentary from the "Makers" series traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program.
Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even President Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn't until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft.
The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride's classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983.
Narrated by Jodie Foster. Admission is free. The series is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library in partnership with Zonta Club New Rochelle.
Music lovers will want to attend From the Byzantine "Echos" to the Ottoman "Makam" on Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m. The concert will take attendees on a a compelling musical journey of Byzantine Chant and Ottoman and Turkish Classical Music performed by Eleftherios Eleftheriadis and Georgios Theodoridis, accompanied by an ensemble of instrumentalists.
A reception will follow the concert. The free concert is made possible by the Axion Estin Foundation, and a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The New Rochelle Library is at 1 Library Plaza.
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