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    The Golden Age of Opera: Nineteenth-Century Europe

    Wednesdays, November 9–December 14, 1:00–3:30 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $155 General; $125 Members

    Amidst political and social change throughout Europe, naturalism replaced romanticism in literature. Opera continued to dominate musical theater with creative works that harkened back to the past, reflected current trends, and pointed to the future.

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    The Sons (and the Sins) of the Fathers

    Thursdays, January 12–February 9, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (5 sessions)

    $135 General; $115 Members

    Explore the complex and problematic relationships Franz Kafka and Philip Roth had with their respective fathers, Hermann Kafka and Herman Roth, by reading and discussing Kafka’s Letter to his Father and Roth’s Patrimony.

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  • Vincent van Gogh lichtenstein class

    Bedrooms and Bulls: Van Gogh, Picasso, Lichtenstein

    Sunday, January 15, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., at the Norton Simon Museum
    Sunday, January 22, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., at the Skirball
    (2 sessions)

    $50 General; $40 Skirball and Norton Simon Members

    This class, jointly organized by the Norton Simon Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center, looks at three modern artists and the roles of repetition and re-imagination in their work.

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    Grains around the Globe

    Wednesdays, January 18, February 1, February 15, 7:30–9:30 p.m. (3 sessions)

    $160 General; $120 Members

    Take a trip around the world and back in time through the history and culture of grains. This three-session class features demonstrations, discussion, hands-on activities, and tastings.

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    Your Story: Memoir and Personal Essay

    Tuesdays, January 24–March 14, 1:00–3:30 p.m. (8 sessions)

    $220 General; $175 Members

    Focused on memoir and the personal essay, develop and craft your work, studying the elements that enhance your writing and help your stories to cohere.

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    Autobiography, Memoir, or Fiction

    Tuesdays, September 12–November 21, except October 3, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (10 sessions)

    This class has been canceled.

    In this dynamic writing workshop, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, uncover material from your own life experience to begin a memoir or work of fiction. 

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  • Funny Girl

    The Best of Broadway

    Tuesdays, September 13–October 25, except October 11, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    This class is now full.

    Delve into two decades of unforgettable musicals and comedies that still enchant audiences to this day. Focusing on the illustrious careers of Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Neil Simon, and Marvin Hamlisch, this class celebrates a generation of composers and writers who brought laughter and tears to millions.

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  • Roy Lichtenstein, Wallpaper with Blue Floor Interior (detail), 1992. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/Gemini G.E.L.

    Pop Art

    Wednesdays, September 14–October 26, except October 12, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    This class is now full.

    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. opening October 7, this class focuses on the group of young American billboard painters and commercial illustrators who broke away from the seriousness of abstraction to define “coolness” in the 1960s.

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  • The World of Dumplings class

    The World of Dumplings II

    Wednesdays, September 28, October 26, November 30, 7:30–9:30 p.m. (3 sessions)

    This class is now full.

    Through cooking demonstrations and tastings, learn about the history and practice of dumpling making in Chinese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Latin American cuisines. Find out what makes a dumpling and why they are so ubiquitous in diverse food cultures around the globe.

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  • Current Events: Election Season class

    Current Events: Election Season

    Thursdays, October 6–November 3, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (5 sessions)

    This class is now full.

    This fall, all eyes will be on the November election. In this class, hear experts present on various issues facing the electorate. Each session includes an informed, nonpartisan explanation of the current issues, followed by a discussion and Q&A. Both statewide races as well as the presidential contest will be covered.

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    Drawing and Composition

    Thursdays, September 15–December 8, except November 24, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (12 sessions)

    $435 Noncredit; $475 Certificate Credit; $1,370 College Credit (1.0)

    This beginning course, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, develops skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques, students explore concepts including contour line, cross contour, modeling, uses of marks to show form and space, perspective, scale and measurement, and positive/negative space.

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  • A Screen Print Workshop

    Pop for the People: A Screen Print Workshop

    Saturdays, October 15 and 29, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (2 sessions)

    $129 Noncredit*

    New! In conjunction with the exhibition Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. and in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, this two-day workshop offers a quick method of printmaking to explore and create Pop Art prints in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

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  • Skirball Book Groups: Journeys Near and Far

    Choose from four different groups.

    Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 are now full.

    Embark on journeys to exotic locales and to the underbelly of Los Angeles through fiction, memoir, and oral history. Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, learn about the author’s background, and analyze characters, themes, and motifs. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session.

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