October 7, 1:00 pm:
Lifetime of a Jew in Song with Cantor-Rabbi Sharon Steinberg
Learn about the customs, superstitions and songs that surround Jewish Lifecycle Events from birth through marriage. Features a live performance by Cantor-Rabbi Sharon Steinberg.
October 7, 7:30 pm:
Hall Of Fame Actors with Dan Hudak
They’ve been heroic, downright nasty and as sweet as can be. But the greatest actors of all time share one unique quality: their humanity. These larger-than-life stars had the uncanny ability to morph into a variety of individuals from vastly different walks of life, and did so with what appeared to be the greatest of ease. This hour-long presentation celebrates the men who’ve moved us, and in one instance, changed acting for the foreseeable future. Clips and images from these great performances make this a presentation you will not want to miss. See lecturer bio below.
October 21, 1:00 pm:
Broadway Overtures with Richard Knox
The idea of using a symphonic introduction for a musical theater production had its roots centuries earlier when composers of grand opera decided to begin their works with a collection of musical motifs that allowed audiences to become acquainted with melodies that followed once the curtain was raised. This musical “foreshadowing” became a key ingredient in productions such as “Showboat," “Oklahoma!," “Guys and Dolls," “My Fair Lady," and “Gypsy." The act of weaving one song into another within a narrow time frame is an art unto itself and allows the composer to work independently of the lyricist to create an often underappreciated component of the show. See lecturer bio below.
October 28, 1:00 pm:
The Golden Age of Hollywood with Brian Rose
From the late 1920s through the end of World War II, studios like MGM, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and RKO would dominate film production, not only in America but throughout the world. The reasons for Hollywood's success during this period are intriguing. Despite the economic problems posed by the Depression, the studios became virtual entertainment factories, with each studio producing more than 50 movies a year. The legacy of these years of frenzied activity are among the best-loved, and most significant films ever made. See lecturer bio below.
November 4, 1:00 pm:
The Movie Club - A Serious Man
A Serious Man, 2009, 1h 46min | currently available on Netflix In this film by Ethan & Joel Coen, Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoil, he seems to keep sinking. Moderated by Linda Horowitz
November 4, 7:30 pm:
Hall Of Fame Actresses with Dan Hudak
It brings a smile to any movie lover’s face to remember the greatest actresses the silver screen has known. They’ve demanded our attention, inspired us, and broken our hearts. Young or old, rich or poor, these actresses have stood the test of time to become icons of their profession. In this hour-long discussion clips and images showcase what made them unforgettable, and why we still revere them today. See lecturer bio below.
November 11, 1:00 pm:
The Films of Alfred Hitchcock with Brian Rose
Alfred Hitchcock is probably the most famous film director who ever lived. For five decades, first in England, then in Hollywood, he made fifty-four films, including classics such as The Thirty-Nine Steps, Rebecca, Notorious, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. Few filmmakers have been as popular, critically celebrated, and as influential. See lecturer bio below.
November 18, 1:00 pm:
“Dream” Songs with Richard Knox
The subject of dreams and dreaming has been an essential ingredient in the history of music dating back centuries. Two excellent examples are Franz Liszt’s “Liebestraum” (Love Dream) and Robert Schumann’s "Traumerei" (Dreaming), both written for solo piano and an essential part of the Romantic Era repertoire. Around this time, America’s greatest 19th century songwriter Stephen Foster continued this tradition with melodies such as "Beautiful Dreamer" and "(I Dream of) Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair." See lecturer bio below.
November 25, 1:00 pm:
The Movie Club - The Squid and the Whale
November 25: The Squid and the Whale, 2005, 1h 21 min, currently available on Netflix When two married writers at different points in their careers head for divorce, they struggle to co-parent a pair of sons. Written & Directed by Noah Baumbach; starring Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney and Jesse Eisenberg. Moderated by Roberta Presser
December 2, 1:00 pm:
Sight and Sound....Integration of Film and Music with Richard Knox
Having motion pictures be accompanied by music has been a tradition in Hollywood that goes back to the silent film era when pianos and organs were commonplace in theaters. Movie directors, working closely with composers, have continually attempted to enhance the audience involvement and enjoyment of their films by adding musical scores and specific motifs which help us identify with particular characters or add an atmospheric tone to certain scenes. With the passage of time, many of these film scores have become iconic. Who can imagine, for example, Gone With The Wind without Max Steiner’s “Tara’s Theme” or the conclusion of The Natural without Randy Newman’s uplifting score. See lecturer bio below.