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  • January 2019

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    Inequality and the American Dream Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Public discussions and policy debates often mention rising income inequality as one of the greatest challenges. This talk will consider how recent trends in economic inequality shape our local, state, and national communities today. We will discuss how inequalities in income and wealth shape the prospects for upward mobility for future generations. And we will examine whether improving education – long seen as the most forceful way to strengthen social and economic opportunity – can still reduce inequality and its consequences.

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    Ceramics - Winter Workshop #1 *SOLD OUT* Date: Wednesday, January 23, 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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    Sip & Paint Winter *SOLD OUT* Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Location: Long Trail School Art Room Fee: $35

    Come in from the cold and paint this wintery scene by artist Gregor Pratneker. Enjoy wine and cheese while Anharad leads you through the steps of good composition and color theory. You are guaranteed to have fun while sipping and painting your colorful masterpiece!

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    An Overview of Jazz Piano from Ragtime to Hip Hop Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    This presentation will observe the development of the piano throughout jazz history. Beginning with ragtime and blues music, we will explore how features from those styles were incorporated by Jelly Roll Morton into New Orleans and traditional jazz. We will listen to the kings of stride, highlight the impact on Art Tatum, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. We’ll observe the influences of boogie-woogie and delight in the piano’s role in bebop, hard-bop and cool jazz. This talk will conclude with a look at pioneers of modern jazz piano such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and players making the scene today.

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    Demystifying CNC (Computer Controlled) Woodworking Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy Woodshop, Larson Hall Fee: $75

    Come get an overview of the use of a computer controlled (CNC) router. This workshop will cover the basic CNC concepts, an introduction to CNC software (VCarve Pro), and the opportunity to make a simple project on Burr and Burton’s Axiom CNC router. No woodworking experience is necessary.

  • February 2019

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    Sip & Paint Pottery Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019 Time: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $40

    Come paint a ceramic platter, bowl or other functional item in this fun and relaxed studio setting. Stacy will demonstrate methods for transferring designs and text that will allow you to achieve fabulous results. You will leave your finished project at the studio to be glazed and fired again. They will be available in time to give as a Valentine Day present if you’d like.

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    Pasta and Sauces Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Cueman Residence, Dorset Fee: $75

    Chef Ian will cook up comfort food d’italia. The evening’s menu will include Potato Gnocchi in Fresh Herb Pesto, Handmade Fettuccine with Roasted Vegetable Primavera in Garlic and Olive Oil, and Linguine Sugarosa with Scallops and Artichoke Hearts. Hand-tossed Caesar Salad will be served as a side dish. The evening will finish with a warm dessert of Banana Bread Pudding with Sea Salt Caramel Sauce.

  • 05

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Still Coming to Life 200 Years Later Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Since its publication two centuries ago, Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" has allowed each generation to find within it a reflection of their current hopes and fears. Over time, the novel has been read as a commentary on such issues as slavery, women’s rights, imperialism, Freudian psychology, education, gay identity, and of course, the perils and promise of scientific advances. Along with "Frankenstein’s" remarkable ability to renew itself for every age, we will also discuss why we owe the existence of Shelley’s novel to the eruption of a volcano, and why the film versions of the story have diverged so far from its author’s original conception.

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    BRIDGE: The Wonderful World of “2 OVER 1” Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    “2 OVER 1” is a modification on the Standard American bidding system that allows for the easier bidding sequences to reach game contracts or search for a slam. It is not a universal solution to all of our bidding problems; you still need to know Standard Bidding for situations where 2/1 is not applicable. We will cover how 2/1 changes basic Standard and facilitates easier communication. “1 NoTrump Forcing” and “Inverted Minors” conventions are essential additional tools for our transition to a new approach. If this sounds Chinese to you, then you’re the right candidate for the course! For intermediate players only.

  • 09

    Aromatic Indian Daal Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019 Time: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm Location: Vermont Kitchen Supply Fee: $30

    Join Lini of Anjali Farm for a cooking class on Daal, an Indian lentil stew. Daal, a staple of an Indian meal is a great source of protein for vegetarians. There are many variations of daal, including the spices you can use, as well as the taste combinations you can create with them. We’ll have fun learning to cook and then sample two types of daal.

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    The Arctic – Scandinavia and USA Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    In this third talk on the Arctic, we will study the geography, history, nature, and culture of the Arctic regions of four countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the United States. We’ll start with an expedition to Norwegian Svalbard located half way between the northern coast of Europe and the North Pole. Then we’ll play tourist in the Arctic regions of Sweden and Finland, which despite being above the Arctic Circle, are surprisingly similar to Vermont. We’ll conclude by exploring one of the last true wilderness remaining on earth – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

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    Gardening on the Edge: Gardens on the West Coast of Scotland Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    This presentation will introduce you to three of the most remarkable coastal gardens on the British Isles where visionary gardeners have created landscapes of extraordinary natural beauty containing both native and subtropical plants. Simon Jones will take us on a tour of these gardens, maintained and protected by the National Trust for Scotland.

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    Introduction to Woodworking Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 Time: 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy Woodshop, Larson Hall Fee: $200

    This workshop will provide an introduction to woodworking using both machinery and hand tools. We will explore some of the properties of wood along with basic principles of design and furniture construction. Participants will complete a small project of their choosing.

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    The Emergence of Life Date: Tuesday, February 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

    The transition from inanimate molecular mixes to something we would agree is “alive” is one of the most profound events that have occurred on Earth. Based on what we know about modern living systems, two questions immediately arise. First… How do we get sufficient amounts and concentrations of essential raw materials (pre-biotic compounds) such that the formation of self-contained systems has a reasonable chance of emerging? Second… Is there anything in current living systems that may be construed as representative (or critical) to the emergence of life?

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    Alcohol Ink Flowers on Tile - Workshop #1 Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 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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    Astrology 101: Learn How to Read a Birth Chart Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Fee: $60

    In this four-week course we will learn the alphabet of astrology, consisting of signs, planets, and houses, and how to interpret the information they hold. We will look at the history of western astrology, its current use, the structure of a chart, and the basic methods of chart analysis. We’ll explore the ethics and art of astrological readings. Using your own birth chart, you’ll begin to develop a fluency with astrological language.

  • March 2019

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    Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 Time: 4:00 pm- Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts Fee: $15

    Take a fresh look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist’s work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), one of the first to recognize the genius of Van Gogh. In the early 20th century, Kröller-Müller amassed nearly 300 of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings now housed at her namesake museum in Holland.

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    Cooking with Maple Date: Monday, March 4, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Graham Residence, Manchester Fee: $75

    It’s tapping season and Chef Ian will show us how to infuse our beloved liquid gold into a delectable spring menu. Dishes will include Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Citrus Maple Glaze, Mixed Green Salad with Maple Caramelized Walnuts and Garlic Maple Vinaigrette, Herb Seared Chicken Breast with Maple Balsamic Reduction, Ginger and Maple Sauteed Vegetable Medley, and Maple Crème Brûlée with Cinnamon Anglaise. A seated dinner with wine will follow the cooking instruction. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required.

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    Ceramics - Winter Workshop #2 Date: Wednesday, March 6, 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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    Mandala Dot Painting Date: Monday, March 18, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $35

    In Buddhist culture, mandalas are said to transmit positive energy to the environment and to the people who view them. They are believed to affect purification and healing, and to achieve a sense of oneness with the universe. We will be painting our mandalas on 4” x 4” canvases after learning the relatively easy methods for creating perfect symmetrical dots of all sizes. Your finished artwork will be perfect for hanging in an entryway, bedroom or little nook.

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    The Road to Appomattox: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-65 Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    This talk will examine the changing face of battle during the latter half of the Civil War as trench warfare and battles of attrition began to dominate the American battlefields. Relying primarily on soldier letters and diaries from the war, Sodergren will discuss the issue of soldier morale, while demonstrating how Union soldiers adapted to the changing battlefield and went on to achieve victory over the Confederacy.

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    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: TBD 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.