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  • An Evening with Jodi Livon: Everybody Must Get Stones

    Stones are conduits for moving energy. Learn how they can beautifully enhance your intuition, help you find your balance, and boost your mood. Insight into popular stones as well as intuition-building techniques will be shared. Jodi will conduct readings of randomly chosen audience members. Yes, stones can expand our intuition! Some people wear them in their ears, or around their neck and some use them for home decoration. Not only are gemstones, crystals, minerals, and rocks appealing to the eye, they have lovely energy, are delightful to hold and speak to us through the language of intuition.
  • Contemporary Art: Styles, Ideas and Artists

    Explore contemporary art practices starting in the 1950’s and continuing today by studying the iconic works of artists such as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and many others. Art styles for consideration will include Pop Art, Minimal Art, Environmental Art, Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Appropriation Art, and Video Art. This is a virtual class (live streaming) being offered via Zoom.
  • Contemporary Sculpture: From Mid-20th Century to Present Day

    Explore innovative and experimental contemporary sculpture practices starting in the 1950’s and continuing today by studying the works of artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, Eva Hesse, Maurizio Cattelan, Ron Mueck and Katharina Fritsch. Learn about the contemporary art styles associated with unique styles and approaches of these artists. This is a virtual class (live streaming) being offered via Zoom.
  • Everything about Chinese Tea

    Enjoy a discussion on the Chinese tea ritual, tea culture, and the tastes and benefits of tea varieties. Class includes a demonstration on the art of brewing tea. If you are interested in knowing more about the Chinese tea culture, and want to explore where to get your favorite tea and tea sets, this is the class for you!
  • Exploring Chinese Customs and Ancient Philosophies

    Discover the basics of Chinese ancient philosophical doctrines and views about life, happiness, success, universe and health. You'll explore these Chinese ancient mysteries and much more. It’s lots of fun for thinkers and inquisitors! Learn about Chinese ancient cultures, philosophies and medicines, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Chinese Five Elements, Chinese Astrology, and Lunar Calendars.
  • Film Appreciation Introduction: How Movies Work

    Plan for an entertaining and educational evening, where you'll explore aspects of film and film appreciation. During this six-week series, you'll gain an understanding of the elements that comprise a film: directing, cinematography, editing, sound, screenwriting and acting. A different film will be viewed and discussed each week. Week 1: Directing The Graduate (Dir .Nichols,1967) The Graduate is creative and visually fascinating from beginning to end. In addition to being one of the most entertaining movies ever made, it heralded the coming upheavals of the 1960s, both politically and culturally, as well as in film itself. The film is as visually entertaining as it is comedic, and is a perfect vehicle for examining various filmmaking elements and techniques, from framing (including one of the most famous shots in Hollywood history—you know the one?) and composition, as well as the use of different lenses, static shots and fluid shots, and more. Week 2: Cinematography Wings of Desire (Dir. Wenders,1987) Wings of Desire is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. Shot in both black & white and color by Henri Alekan, it tells the stories of guardian angels in “The Heavens over Berlin” (its title in German) watching over the people below. But while they can observe our most intimate moments, they cannot feel. One of the angels, played by Bruno Ganz, longs to feel human—and experience the world in color—even if it means losing his wings. As with The Graduate (and all the movies we’ll be watching), Wings of Desire is filled with interesting camerawork, and provides a good foundation to explore the duties of the cinematographer. Week 3: Editing Cabaret (Dir. Fosse,1972) Cabaret is considered one of the greatest editing achievements in Hollywood history. “[Cabaret has] a structure of extraordinary mechanical complexity. Since everything has to do with everything else and the Cabaret is always commenting on the life outside it, the film sometimes looks like an essay in significant crosscutting, or associative montage.” —New York Times review. Great movie to study film editing! Week 4: Sound Blow Out (Dir. DePalma,1981) A thriller about sound. Soundman Jack Terry (played by John Travolta) inadvertently records the sounds of a fatal car accident, and some people will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. The film is as much about sound in film as it is about Terry’s occupation putting sound in film as it is about Terry putting sound in the film that is the subject of the film Blow Out Week 5: Screenwriting Adaptation (Dir. Jonze, 2002) Adaptation is to screenwriting what Blow Out is to sound. The story concerns the inability of Charlie Kaufman—the Academy Award–winning screenwriter behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich—to write a good screenplay. Charlie Kaufman was nominated for another Oscar for the screenplay of Adaptation, along with his fictional twin brother Donald. Week 6: Acting Five Easy Pieces (Dir. Rafelson, 1970) The ’70s were a decade of stellar acting performances, and Five Easy Pieces is one of the best, starring Jack Nicholson as a disenchanted concert pianist, working on an oil rig when the movie opens, who goes home to visit his dying father. The “Five Easy Pieces” in the title refers to five “easy” piano pieces played during the movie, as well as, perhaps, the five main characters. Contains some of Jack Nicholson’s most iconic scenes (including one involving toast and knees).
  • Film Appreciation Series: Genres

    Enjoy an educational evening as you delight in classic movies from some of your favorite genres—crime/thriller, horror, sci-fi, and comedy. During this four-week series you'll examine what makes a “genre” movie, explore whether they are really so very different, or if you can find common threads running through all film genres. Week 1: Rear Window (Dir. Hitchcock, 1954) Hitchcock’s best. Thrilling and fascinating and edge-of-your-seat excitement from beginning to end. If you’ve never seen it before, you should not deprive yourself another minute. If you’ve already seen it 20 times (like I have) then you know it’s time to watch it again. Week 2: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Dir. Kaufman, 1978) One of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Starring Donald Sutherland, Veronica Cartwright at her weepy best, Brooke Adams, a very young Jeff Goldblum, and even Mr. Spock himself Leonard Nimoy. One of the things we will explore during this series is how genres cross over and borrow from other genres. Is this movie sci-fi or horror? What is really the difference? Week 3: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Dir. Hooper, 1974) Texas Chainsaw Massacre was an instant classic of the horror genre. Made on a shoestring budget, it broke the mold for what a horror movie can be. It is so shocking many reviewers had difficulty coming to terms with it. But here is the thing: despite its reputation this movie has almost no blood or gore. Hooper cut it specifically to get a PG rating! It makes us ask what it is about movies that can touch us in such deeply emotional ways, and what is it that we enjoy so much about climbing onto these emotional roller coasters! Week 4: After Hours (Dir. Scorsese, 1985) After Hours is a real oddball in Scorsese’s oeuvre. A rare comedy for him, it tells the story of an unfortunate man played by Griffin Dunne who is just trying to get home late one night in Greenwich Village, when literally everyone in the neighborhood seems to be conspiring to keep him from doing so in ever-more lunatic ways. Perhaps this movie is yet another example of a movie crossing genres. Although there is no violence or mayhem, it’s hard not to feel there is something “horrific” in Dunne’s frustration.
  • Film Appreciation Series: Ways of Reading Film

    Film scholars look at movies in very different ways from the casual viewer. Take a fascinating look at some of those perspectives and deepen your appreciation for what is possible to get out of movies (and watch several great movies in the process) You will never watch movies the same way again! Week 1—American Propaganda-- Meet Me in St. Louis (Dir. Minnelli, 1944) One way film can be “read” is as propaganda for the American way of life. One of the quintessential movies to see how Hollywood normalizes American values is Vincente Minnelli’s Meet Me in St. Louis. Even in 1944, American mythology was devoted to the more innocent, wholesome days of yesteryear, so this movie takes place in nostalgic small town America of the turn of the century. With Judy Garland as yet another innocent young woman? You don’t say! If you’re not familiar with this movie, you’ll be surprised by how many of the songs you know. Week 2—Hollywood Resistance - Midnight Cowboy (Dir. Schlesinger, 1969) Of course movies can also be read (and made) in the opposite way, as a criticism of that wholesome American mythology. It seems impossible that Midnight Cowboy and Meet Me in St. Louis exist in the same universe, only 25 years apart. I’m walking here! Week 3—Feminist / Freudian - Blade Runner (Dir. Scott, 1982) Blade Runner is one of the all-time great sci-fi movies, with a cult following, and is richly layered and fascinating and hence open to many interpretations. It’s a good introduction to Freudian film analysis and the closely-related feminist analysis. It’s full of juicy Freudian tropes about memory and the unconscious and the Oedipus complex. The list goes on and on! Week 4—Marxist Criticism - Boogie Nights (Dir. Anderson, 1997) Another lens through which film theorists examine the Hollywood construction of American culture is Marxist cultural theory. There are interesting similarities between feminist theory and Marxist theory in that both examine the commodification of American culture in various ways. Boogie Nights has proven to be ripe territory for exploring such issues. It is also one of the most important must-see classics of the last 20 years.
  • Intro to Backyard Chickens

    Thinking about keeping backyard chickens? This session will help you sort through key considerations including zoning rules, space needs, chicks v. pullets, regular care, eggspectations, and more.
  • Let it GO!

    For those of us who live in a world filled with deadlines, demands, and disappointments, is "letting go" even possible? This class is an easygoing, fun event to dip your toe in the history, science, art, and potential benefits of loosening up with a lifelong skeptic. What have you got to lose?
  • Modern Art: Movements, Masterpieces and Artists

    Learn about major art movements including Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Dada, and Abstract Expressionism. Explore and discuss some of the key works of Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Picasso and Jackson Pollock. This is a virtual class (live streaming) being offered via Zoom.
  • Modern Sculpture: From Impressionism to Mid-20th Century

    Learn about the most influential and famous sculptors from Impressionism to mid-20th century such as Auguste Rodin, Umberto Boccioni, Henry Moore, Man Ray and Alexander Calder. Explore the major art movements associated with unique styles and sculptures of these artists. This is a virtual class (live streaming) being offered via Zoom.
  • Navigating the College Process in the COVID19 World

    The complicated college admissions process just became more challenging for families in the wake of COVID19. Learn up-to-date info on relevant topics, including: changes in the college admission process, updates to ACT/SAT testing, and strategies to reduce the cost of college. This is a virtual (live streaming) course using ZOOM.
  • Writing for Television Workshop, Part I

    This unique 4-week course is one of two television writing classes designed for creative aspiring writers with no prior experience, as well as those with screenwriting experience wishing to break into television writing. Learn in an interactive environment the basics of creating, writing, and presenting your first television script for drama and/or comedy, including how to take your idea to the next step and create a complete half-hour or one-hour television script. The course will cover: The steps usually taken for a first-time television writer towards writing the first script (general idea, character development, style, story acts, etc.) The importance of your first script as a calling card Best ways to try and find an agent and get your script read Who should you be writing for Who does what job on a television series The outlets for new shows and new ideas The Writers’ Room The collaboration process Overview of winning past and current television show scripts Developing your idea
  • Writing for Television Workshop, Part II

    Continue to develop your writing as you delve deeper into individual projects, helping you structure concepts into scripts ("calling card scripts"). Gain an understanding of pitch materials, including concepts/presentation/sizzle reels. By end of session you'll have all tools necessary to pitch your non-scripted ideas and shoot your own sizzle reels. The course will cover: The genesis of non-scripted. How did we get where we are today. Development Presentations Sizzle Reels (with examples) Budgets Production Post Production Selling Importance of talent Importance of concept Getting representation Delivering the goods Reality vs. (scripted) reality How to know where to pitch How to pitch Alternative Main Stream Network options for pitching & selling opportunities (Hulu, Netflix, etc.) Realistic advice on getting into the business. Breakdown of all television jobs and responsibilities (From agents to writer’s assistants) Production Side: Differences between reality & scripted Network side – director of current programming – VP alternative – Pres development Agents/Managers/Lawyers - Options on getting an agent. Overview and discussion of written presentation examples (provided)