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  We will read and discuss novels about art and artists.  Every author reserves the right to taken some “artistic license” and we forgive each author for doing so!  But we will make a point to separate the facts from the fictions in this program.  Attendees are asked to finish reading each novel, prior to the class session.  Students may register individually or for all classes within the January book discussion series.     The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham   Loosely based on the life of painter Paul Gauguin, this 1919 novel tells a story in episodic form by first-person narrator Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. Monday, January 8 • 1 – 3pm • Westchester Reform Temple   A Painter of Our Time by John Berger   This 1958 detective story, set in 1956 as Soviet tanks are rolling into Budapest, centers around the mysterious disappearance of fictional Hungarian painter Janos Lavin following his triumphant one-man show at a fashionable London gallery.  The clues to his whereabouts may lie in the artist’s diary, discovered by his friend John, an art critic.  With uncanny understanding and aesthetic insight, John Berger, a novelist and author of several works of art criticism, has written one of the most convincing portraits of a painter in modern literature.   Monday, January 22 • 1– 3pm • Westchester Reform Temple The Recognitions by William Gaddis   This 1955 novel is a masterwork about art and forgery and the increasingly thin line between the counterfeit and the fake.  A series of interconnected plots portray the Faustian adventures of a Calvinist minister’s son, Wyatt Gwyon, who rejects the ministry to follow the call of the artist.   Monday, January 29 • 1– 3pm • Westchester Reform Temple  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 3 sessions; starting 1/8/2018, ending 1/29/2018 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 1/15/2018)

Tuition: $75.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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    Loosely based on the life of painter Paul Gauguin, this 1919 novel tells a story in episodic form by first-person narrator Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist.  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 1/8/2018, ending 1/8/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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When moviegoers reflect upon and discuss those elements that contributed to their enjoyment of a film, comments such as “terrific acting,” “wonderful dialog,” “beautiful period costumes,” and “lush scenery” usually dominate the conversation.  Often overlooked is the work of the most important individual on the set, the director.  In post-WW II France the term auteur theory became prominent, eventually becoming an essential part of film lexicon among lovers of cinema not only in Europe but in the United States.  This theory equates the director of a film with that of the author of a book in the sense that the finished product reflects his personal creative vision.  By means of video clips from a variety of classic movies, this program will attempt to demonstrate just how essential good direction is to the overall film experience.  We will have an opportunity to examine how great directors past and present such as Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, and Steven Spielberg make use of key elements such as montage, tracking, effective editing techniques, and musical cues to make their films enjoyable even after repeated viewings.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 1/10/2018, ending 1/10/2018

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Temple Israel New Rochelle Location : 
  Temple Israel New Rochelle.

Instructor : Richard Knox 



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Is this "the best of all possible worlds?"  Is the solution to "cultivate our own garden?"  Do we need Voltaire and his Candide more than ever?  For five Fridays this winter, heat up with this brilliant little novel!  Please use the paperback edition published by Bantam Classics in 1984 and translation by Lowell Barr.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 1/12/2018, ending 2/9/2018

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Estha Weiner 



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This 1958 detective story, set in 1956 as Soviet tanks are rolling into Budapest, centers around the mysterious disappearance of fictional Hungarian painter Janos Lavin following his triumphant one-man show at a fashionable London gallery.  The clues to his whereabouts may lie in the artist’s diary, discovered by his friend John, an art critic.  With uncanny understanding and aesthetic insight, John Berger, a novelist and author of several works of art criticism, has written one of the most convincing portraits of a painter in modern literature.  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 1/22/2018, ending 1/22/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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With a career spanning over five decades and having won three Academy Awards as best director, William Wyler has been acclaimed by critics and fans of the classics as one of the greatest American filmmakers in the history or Hollywood.  This program will provide an opportunity to reflect on many memorable scenes from timeless classics including: Wuthering Heights, Roman Holiday, Ben Hur, Funny Girl, The Best Years of Our Lives, Mrs. Miniver, The Heiress and The Big Country.  Included in the presentation will be excerpts from interviews of prominent actors such as Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and Barbra Streisand reflecting on their experiences working “on the set” with Wyler and how his perfectionism and creative genius enhanced their performance in front of the camera.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 1/24/2018, ending 1/24/2018

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Temple Israel New Rochelle Location : 
  Temple Israel New Rochelle.

Instructor : Richard Knox 



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  We will read and discuss novels about art and artists.  Every author reserves the right to taken some “artistic license” and we forgive each author for doing so!  But we will make a point to separate the facts from the fictions in this program.  Attendees are asked to finish reading each novel, prior to the class session.  Students may register individually or for all classes within the January book discussion series.     The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham   Loosely based on the life of painter Paul Gauguin, this 1919 novel tells a story in episodic form by first-person narrator Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. Monday, January 8 • 1 – 3pm • Westchester Reform Temple   A Painter of Our Time by John Berger   This 1958 detective story, set in 1956 as Soviet tanks are rolling into Budapest, centers around the mysterious disappearance of fictional Hungarian painter Janos Lavin following his triumphant one-man show at a fashionable London gallery.  The clues to his whereabouts may lie in the artist’s diary, discovered by his friend John, an art critic.  With uncanny understanding and aesthetic insight, John Berger, a novelist and author of several works of art criticism, has written one of the most convincing portraits of a painter in modern literature.   Monday, January 22 • 1– 3pm • Westchester Reform Temple The Recognitions by William Gaddis   This 1955 novel is a masterwork about art and forgery and the increasingly thin line between the counterfeit and the fake.  A series of interconnected plots portray the Faustian adventures of a Calvinist minister’s son, Wyatt Gwyon, who rejects the ministry to follow the call of the artist.   Monday, January 29 • 1– 3pm • Westchester Reform Temple  

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 1/29/2018, ending 1/29/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Art and Film Historian Jill Kiefer will introduce each movie, and lead a discussion that will separate fact from fiction following each film.   Amadeus (1984)   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham).  Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men.  Stars F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, and Elizabeth Berridge.  Directed by Milos Forman.        

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 2/5/2018, ending 2/5/2018

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Synagogue  Location : 
  Scarsdale Synagogue .

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Scarsdale Adult School welcomes celebrated author George Saunders whose first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, was the 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner.  Following his revered short story collections with this eagerly anticipated debut novel, Saunders continues to shake readers to the core.  An original and transcendent work, Lincoln in the Bardo unfolds over the course of a single night in a graveyard, narrated by a chorus of dazzling voices. Advanced registration is highly recommended.  Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins.  Credit cards will not be accepted at the door. Books will be available for purchase at the event.  The author will be signing them upon request.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 2/8/2018, ending 2/8/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : N.A. 



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This registration includes one standard admission, plus a paperback copy of Lincoln in the Bardo which will be distributed on the evening of the event. Scarsdale Adult School welcomes celebrated author George Saunders whose first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, was the 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner.  Following his revered short story collections with this eagerly anticipated debut novel, Saunders continues to shake readers to the core.  An original and transcendent work, Lincoln in the Bardo unfolds over the course of a single night in a graveyard, narrated by a chorus of dazzling voices. Advanced registration is highly recommended.  Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins.  Credit cards will not be accepted at the door. Books will be available for purchase at the event.  The author will be signing them upon request.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 2/8/2018, ending 2/8/2018

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : N.A. 



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Art and Film Historian Jill Kiefer will introduce each movie, and lead a discussion that will separate fact from fiction following each film.   Shine (1996)   As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's (Geoffrey Rush) musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter (Armin Mueller-Stahl).  When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms.  However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions.  The storyline is a testament to the ability of the human spirit to heal itself.  Stars Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Justin Braine.  Directed by Scott Hicks.          

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 2/12/2018, ending 2/12/2018

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Synagogue  Location : 
  Scarsdale Synagogue .

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Art and Film Historian Jill Kiefer will introduce each movie, and lead a discussion that will separate fact from fiction following each film.   Walk the Line (2009)   This movie follows the rise of country music legend Johnny Cash.  It begins with his days as a boy growing up on a family farm in Arkansas, where he struggles under the scorn of his father.  As the years pass, Cash ends up in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife, Vivian.  He breaks into the music scene after finding his trademark sound.  While on tour, Cash meets the love of his life, singer June Carter, but Cash's volatile lifestyle threatens to keep them apart.  Remarkable performances grace this film that is as much about Cash’s loves as it is about his life.  Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, and Ginnifer Goodwin.  Directed by James Mangold.          

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 2/26/2018, ending 2/26/2018

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Synagogue  Location : 
  Scarsdale Synagogue .

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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