Watch Party: In the Time of Butterflies (book club selection)

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 26, 2024
1912 E. Loyola Drive, Tempe AZ 85282

Free event

Length of movie: 1h 35m • Year released: 2001 • Rated PG-13

What: Tracy leads the Armchair Adventure Book Club. At the May book club meeting (Wednesday, May 29), we will be discussing In the Time of Butterflies, a historical novel written by Julia Alvarez. Attendees may read the book OR watch the movie (or both). [Event page for the book club meeting: ] To prepare for the book club meeting, everyone is welcome to join Tracy in watching the movie at a watch party. We will eat dinner while watching the movie.

About the movie: Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek gives a powerful, passionate performance as an idealistic young woman who wages a daring struggle for freedom against a murderous dictator (Academy Award nominee Edward James Olmos) in this moving thriller that, "with brutal simplicity, dramatizes the personal toll of political tyranny" (San Francisco Chronicle). For generations, General Rafael Trujillo (Olmos) has ruled the Dominican Republic with a mixture of terrorand savagery until Minerva Mirabal (Hayek) dares to oppose him. Inspired by her love for a rebel leader (Marc Anthony), Minerva and her sistersknown as Las Mariposas ("The Butterflies") endure unimaginable hardships in a battle for the very soul of a nation. But as their acts of bravery gain notoriety, Trujillo's forces close in, determined to put an end to Minerva's heroics.

Anyone can come to the watch party, even if they aren't planning to go to the book club meeting. And anyone who wants to go to the book club meeting can watch the movie OR read the book (or both) on their own, without going to this watch party.

What should I bring? Guests may bring any food item they want to bring, enough to share with 10 to 12 people. Main dish, side dish, salad, bread, appetizers, etc. Bring food only. Special Bonus Points (!) if you bring a Dominican dish. Hosts are providing plates, utensils, cups, drinks.

RSVP required in order to attend: To RSVP, use your standard RSVP buttons, or use the form at the top of this page, or email: [or] text: 480-269-5823

Items guests have signed up to bring:
D. K: too soon to tell
E. C: pizza
G. T: Something small and cheap. I come mainly to take food.
P. H: la Bandera
S. M: Dessert
S. H: veggie tray
S. F: unsure