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  • Hijiki, carrot, and shiitake onigiri, photo by Matt Armendariz from Rice Craft by Sonoko Sakai

    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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    The Golden Age of Opera: Nineteenth-Century Europe

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

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    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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  • drawing and composition class

    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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  • Skirball Book Groups: Journeys Near and Far

    Choose from four different groups.

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    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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  • The Sons (and the Sins) of the Fathers

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

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    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)

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    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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