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NBPLF presents filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and his memoir, Five Hundred Summer Stories; event to benefit Witte Hall

Join the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPLF) as it celebrates Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and his memoir Five Hundred Summer Stories on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at Newport Beach Central Library. Festivities will follow with musicians Steve Wood and Beth Fitchett Wood of Honk performing. Honk produced the original soundtrack for Five Summer Stories. Tickets for this special event are $200, benefiting the Audio/Visual Technology Fund for Witte Hall.

NBPLF Greg and Jim

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(L-R) Filmmakers Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman (MacGillivray Freeman Films), shooting “Five Summer Stories,” that explores the joy of surfing amid the backdrop of the 1970’s political and environmental problems

The new library lecture hall, Witte Hall, will include technically advanced stage lighting and audio-visual equipment to maximize the patron experience. There will be computer-controlled lighting instruments over the audience and above the stage to provide multiple lighting settings for lectures, performing arts, film and other presentations. The back wall of the stage will be a 9’x16’ LED video wall for slide and video presentations, film, and will display a selected image like curtains or organization logos if slides or video are not used. Multiple speakers and excellent acoustics will mean that the human voice, musical instruments, and sound from the video display will be clear, precise and vivid everywhere in the auditorium.

Additional advanced technology includes the capability to livestream presentations and a wireless Assistive Listening System and a transmitter to provide Wi-Fi transmission for use with smart phones with a Bluetooth hearing aid connection.

Advanced technology will add significantly to the cost of the library lecture hall, but will be critical to making Witte Hall the state-of-the-art experience that will serve Newport Beach Library patrons, Foundation patrons and the community organizations that will benefit from having this space available for their programs.

To purchase tickets and for donation opportunities, click here. There is limited seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event includes a lecture, book sale and signing plus a light supper and wine, following the program.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

For more information on the NBPLF, visit

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