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This course explores an old form, the ode, recently made new.  We will trace the permutations of the form beginning with celebrations of public events and nature on through its contemporary re-invention in poems that are amusing, thoughtful and, less frequently, full of praise.  Unchanged through the ages is the quality of attentiveness these poems embody and evoke.  Both new and returning students are welcome to participate in the enjoyment and stimulation these poems offer.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 3/21/2017, ending 5/2/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/11/2017)

Tuition: $180.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Ruth Handel 



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Many writers have found the short story, with its single focus, compression, and immense concern with language, the perfect vehicle for their efforts.  Late twentieth century authors have chosen timely interests or timeless ones and, using a typical format or a novel one, have pulled readers into rich and memorable experiences.  With such mind-opening stories, discussing them becomes both delightful, provocative and valuable.  Using Martone, Michael and Lex Williford, eds., The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Short Stories Since 1970 (2nd ed., Touchstone, 2007) (available online in paperback), the first readings will be ZZ Packer’s “Brownies” p.503 and David Leavitt’s “Territory” p.335.  Please mark for language, structure and character development.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 3/22/2017, ending 5/10/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/12/2017, 4/19/2017)

Tuition: $180.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Marilyn DeRight 



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This class explores contemporary memoirs of childhood and youth by writers from diverse social backgrounds.  How do authors translate lived experiences of family life into compelling literary works?  How do they chronicle the creation of complex identities shaped by race, class, gender, ethnicity, geography, religion, and disability?  Analyzing both the possibilities and the limitations of the memoir genre, we will discuss how authors map the emotional landscape of private life while addressing broader themes in American history, politics, and culture.  Come share your ideas with other passionate readers in a stimulating yet relaxed environment.  Please read Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family by Yoshiko Uchida before our first class meeting on March 22.  Other assigned books include: Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming; Emily Rapp, Poster Child; and J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; 4 sessions; starting 3/22/2017, ending 6/14/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 3/29/2017, 4/5/2017, 4/12/2017, 4/19/2017, 5/3/2017, 5/10/2017, 5/24/2017, 5/31/2017, 6/7/2017)

Please read: Class meets on 3/22, 4/26, 5/17, 6/14

Tuition: $120.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Lori Rotskoff 



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Each SAS semester, BookTalk introduces readers to a carefully chosen, provocative selection of novels for reading and informal discussion.  In this installment, we will consider the authors’ writing techniques and their characters’ personal journeys.  For the first meeting please read Moonglow by Michael Chabon.  Later classes will be devoted to Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.      

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 3/28/2017, ending 5/30/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/4/2017, 4/11/2017, 4/25/2017, 5/9/2017, 5/23/2017)

Please read: This class meets on 3/28, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, ...More

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Teacher's Home In Scarsdale Location : 
  Teacher's Home In Scarsdale.

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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Each SAS semester, BookTalk introduces readers to a carefully chosen, provocative selection of novels for reading and informal discussion.  In this installment, we will consider the authors’ writing techniques and their characters’ personal journeys.  For the first meeting please read Moonglow by Michael Chabon.  Later classes will be devoted to Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Nutshell by Ian McEwan, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.    

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM; 5 sessions; starting 3/29/2017, ending 5/31/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 4/5/2017, 4/12/2017, 4/26/2017, 5/10/2017, 5/24/2017)

Please read: This class meets on 3/29, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, ...More

Tuition: $150.00

Location : Teacher's Home In Scarsdale Location : 
  Teacher's Home In Scarsdale.

Instructor : Harriet Sobol 



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Pablo Picasso is widely regarded as the most revolutionary artist of the twentieth century.  This examination of his work is conducted by his friend and biographer, John Richardson, in this British Channel 4 documentary series from 2001.  Contributors to the film include Picasso’s descendants and a number of authorities on the artist — as well as the great modern master himself.  Each session will be followed by a presentation on Picasso, designed to separate the facts from the fictions — and shed light on the Picasso legend.        

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 4/25/2017, ending 5/2/2017

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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The Great Masters is an informative and entertaining series on the lives and works of some of the world’s greatest artists — filmed throughout Europe.  This program will focus on the great Umbrian Early Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca, the Late Renaissance painter Tintoretto, and the proto-Baroque master Caravaggio.  The program will be followed by a presentation on some of the major contributions of these three artists, each of whom helped to shape their own eras.          

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 5/9/2017, ending 5/9/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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This 2011 drama from French Director Gilles Lagrand looks at the imposing owner of a vineyard with hopes that his lazy and unprofessional son will take over the business.  Things may take a tragic turn, though, when it’s the estate manager’s son who is much more talented and driven with desire to move the vineyard forward into a thriving business.  In French with English subtitles.  Rated R.      

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 5/11/2017, ending 5/11/2017

Tuition: $15.00

Location : Mid-Westchester JCC Location : 
  Mid-Westchester JCC.

Instructor : Val Franco 



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From the Great Artists series, this film surveys the life and work of the public’s most favorite artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir.  It includes a visit to the artist’s home as well as rare footage of an Impressionist festival.  The journey takes us from the artist’s youth, through his years as an Impressionist, and to his later work that focused on more classical approaches.  A truly dedicated artist, Renoir continued to paint even when arthritis crippled him so badly that his paintbrushes had to be strapped to his wrists.  The film will be followed by a presentation on Renoir’s artistic evolution.            

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 5/16/2017, ending 5/16/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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This fascinating 2013 film written by Penn & Teller follows the journey of inventor Tim Jenison, as he seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer, in order to test his theory that Vermeer painted with the help of optical devices.  A critics’ consensus of film reviews on Rotten Tomatoes reads: “Entertaining and profound in equal measure, Tim's Vermeer uses its seemingly esoteric subject to pose fascinating questions about art and obsession.”  The film will be followed by a presentation that addresses the ways in which Vermeer used the camera obscura to create his magnificent paintings.              

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 5/23/2017, ending 5/23/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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This PBS production from 2014 chronicles the story of a group of American landscape painters — led by British born artist Thomas Cole — who forged an artistic vision of the American wilderness.in the vicinity of New York’s Hudson River Valley, the Adirondack Mountains, Catskill Mountains, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The movie will be followed by a presentation on the Hudson River School painters.    

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 6/6/2017, ending 6/6/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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The use of music to accompany motion pictures has been a tradition in Hollywood dating 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 their films with musical scores and specific motifs that help us identify with particular characters or that 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?  This program will examine how, through the assistance of outstanding music composers such as John Williams, Maurice Jarre, and Dmitri Tiomkin, great directors such as Steven Spielberg, David Lean, and William Wyler teamed to make filmgoers laugh and cry or add the elements of fear or suspense while creating some of the most memorable motion pictures in the history of Hollywood.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 6/13/2017, ending 6/13/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Richard Knox 



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