Wednesdays

 

September 27-November 15, 2017

Beginning Bridge
Ted Szatrowski

9:00-10:30
Room B5

This class is for individuals who may or may not have played bridge before but would like to learn. We will start by learning point count, basic bidding, and some basic bridge conventions. Students learn the game by playing. We play bridge for fun – and downplay the competitive aspects. You will make new friends, improve your memory and have a wonderful time.

Intermediate Bridge
Ted Szatrowski

10:45-12:15
Room B5

This class is for bridge players who have some bridge knowledge.

Class Limit: 28

Shakespeare’s Sonnet Sequence
Bobbie Simone

10:45-12:15
Room B2

Petrarch’s sonnet sequence to Laura and Dante’s to Beatrice as vehicles to a greater (divine?) “love” were imitated by French poets and in 1590 by Sir Philip Sidney with his “Astrophil and Stella” (star-lover and star), setting off a very popular genre in England. Many poets tried their hands at it, but Shakespeare was the only dramatist who did.  So, is his sonnet sequence a kind of fictional story-drama or is it autobiographical? Many critics snoop around, looking for clues into Shakespeare’s private life: who were the young man and the “dark lady,” and was Shakespeare gay? Should we care? Let’s appreciate some of the best lyrical poetry ever written.  Bring your own text.

The Theban Plays: Self Knowledge and Suffering in Greek Tragedy
Hamida Bosmajian

1:00- 2:00

Room B4

A doctor recalls a patient dying of cancer in 1987. Her last wish is to see the current production of “Oedipus at Colonus.” Her doctor does not permit it—too risky! This patient knew that what blind and old Oedipus found at Colonus would give her great solace!  As we read and listen to the words, each of these tragedies speaks to us across 2,500 years and we’ll realize that this ancient form resonates with our own blindness, our need to know ourselves, our suffering, and our painful and joyful wisdom. Study aids and questions will be provided for each play.

Please purchase prior to class: Sophocles’ The Theban Plays—King Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone (trans. E.F Watling); Penguin Classic.

Recommended Text: The Bacchae of Euripides Trans. C.K. Williams or bring a previous text.

Class Limit: 15

What’s for Dinner? Films from Around the World

Bobbie Simone

1:00-3:30
Room B-5

Lots of laughs, warm feelings and recognitions.  Have lunch before you come.  All films are in the original languages and have subtitles.  Optional discussions follow the films.

Babette’s Feast: A French refugee cooks for a minister and his daughters in Sweden (in French and Swedish).
Tampopo: Setting up the perfect noodles in Japan (in Japanese).
Like Water for ChocolateTita can do magic with her cooking (Mexico, in Spanish).
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman: A Taiwanese chef cooks dinner on Sundays for his grown daughters (in Mandarin and French).
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: Six people keep trying to have dinner together (in French and Spanish).
Mid-August Lunch: Gianni takes care of Mama and other mothers during the summer holiday (in Italian).
Kitchen Stories:  A Swedish institute studies the kitchen habits of Norwegian bachelors (in Norwegian and Swedish).
What’s Cooking?: Latinos, Jews, Vietnamese, and WASPS celebrate Thanksgiving in Los Angeles (In Vietnamese, Spanish, Yiddish, and English).

On-line Registration Open on August 28, 2017