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  • March 2019

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    The Jazz Piano - Bebop and Beyond Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The history of jazz piano continues with part two and provides a lens to experience the evolution of jazz from a distilled perspective. In this presentation, video examples will be used to see and hear how piano and jazz music has evolved from the 1940s to current times. Styles that will be discussed will include bebop and its derivatives (hard-bop, cool jazz, post-bop), Latin jazz, modal jazz, electric fusion and free jazz. Using the piano as an arbiter, we will examine the influence of other cultures on jazz and finish up with examples that demonstrate the reciprocal relationships between jazz and current styles like hip-hop and jam band music.

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    *CANCELLED* NATO and Russia: Rising Geopolitical Instability and the Threat of Conflict Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Following Russia’s seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine in early 2014, tensions have risen steadily between Moscow and the West, with economic sanctions, expulsions of diplomats and the closure of legations, and an unending barrage of mutual recriminations not seen since the darkest days of the Cold War. What do these unsettling developments portend for relations between the West (especially the US) and Russia?

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    Ukulele Practice Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Location: Rupert Kittay Library Fee: $60

    This four-week class is for those who have some basic ukulele skills and want to take it further. Jane will provide some fun music the group can play together, practicing both strumming chords and playing melodies. She will also provide ways that you can practice at home to improve your skills. Students should have their own ukulele, know how to tune it, and be willing to practice at home every week (ten minutes a day is enough) so the group can progress together.

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    Silent Partner: Creating Live Scores for Movies from the 1920s Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    In this entertaining talk, film historian/accompanist Ben Model will explain the history, technique and practice of creating and performing live musical scores to movies from cinema’s “silent era”. The program includes an informative slideshow, a demonstration of scoring a scene, and accompaniment to two silent film shorts.

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    Sunday Brunch Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019 Time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm Location: Silver Service Inn, Manchester Fee: $60

    Plan your weekend brunch with around this incredible menu! Citrus Mimosas, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Chesapeake Hollandaise, Grand Marnier French Toast with Melba Sauce and Vermont Maple Syrup, Tri-Color Potato Hash, and Mixed Berry Lemon Parfait. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required.

  • April 2019

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    Alcohol Ink Flowers on Tile - Workshop #2 Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $35

    Alcohol Inks have a mind of their own and they are crazy fun! In this workshop we will learn to tame the ink and will focus on creating flowers on tiles. Various tools will be used to place the ink on the tile, including brushes, toothpicks, cotton pads and Qtips. We will also move the ink by blowing air through a straw and using canned air to create dramatic floral designs. Each participant will complete two tiles in class.

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    Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 Time: 4:00 pm- Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts Fee: $15

    Take an immersive journey through the life, works and struggles of the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio. Roberto Longhi, a Caravaggio expert, explores in the artist’s masterpieces the echo of personal experiences and the expression of the human state, both physical and emotional. These evocative moments – thanks to the use of light and cinematic techniques – allow viewers to go deep inside the mind and soul of Caravaggio, empathizing with his impulses and fears.

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    Children of Immigrants and the Future of the U.S. Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Underlying the recent debates over immigrants and immigration policy is the mostly unspoken belief that recent immigrants cannot or will not “melt” into U.S. society because of their Asian, Latin American, and Caribbean origins. This presentation will use the U.S. Census Data to trace patterns of social and economic integration among the U.S. born children of immigrants in the 21st century and find out whether they are succeeding and/or assimilating the way children of 20th century immigrants did. The success and assimilation of this “new second generation” will significantly influence the character and prosperity of our society going forward. In this way, we will spend the evening glimpsing our country’s future.

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    Writing Fiction – An Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop Date: Monday, April 29, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $100

    In this close-knit, interactive and enjoyable 4-week writing clinic, we will delve into the proven techniques of creative writing, re-learning how to create unforgettable characters, writing compelling dialogue and strong scenes and settings, studying the techniques for showing rather than telling, and creating strong points of view. Overall, we will learn how to write compelling stories. This is an opportunity for you to hone and sharpen your fiction writing skills.

  • May 2019

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    Ceramics - Summer Workshop #1 Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $150

    Students will learn the basic skills of hand-building – pinch, coil, and slab – as well as basic wheel-throwing techniques. All projects will be kiln fired. Materials include a 25 lb. bag of clay, glazes, and firing. Additional clay may be purchased for $18 a bag. This workshop is open to all levels. Class size is limited.

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    The Weekly Roundtable (Wed. Mornings) Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    This weekly discussion group will consider the broader issues that underlie current events. A moderator proposes topics, may suggest relevant readings, and guides the discussion. Come hear what others are thinking and voice your own opinion. Limited to 15 participants. Moderated by Derek Boothby.

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    The Weekly Roundtable (Wed. Afternoons) Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    This weekly discussion group will consider the broader issues that underlie current events. A moderator proposes topics, may suggest relevant readings, and guides the discussion. Come hear what others are thinking and voice your own opinion. Limited to 15 participants. Moderated by Peter Radford.

  • July 2019

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    The Weekly Roundtable (Tues. Mornings) Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    This weekly discussion group will consider the broader issues that underlie current events. A moderator proposes topics, may suggest relevant readings, and guides the discussion. Come hear what others are thinking and voice your own opinion. Limited to 15 participants. Moderated by Steven Sinding.

  • August 2019

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    Fundraising Event 2019 Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm- Location: Celebration Barn at the Inn at Manchester Fee: $150

    Please save the date for our Annual Fundraising Event!