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  • Artists and Their Models

    Wednesdays, April 19–May 24, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    Who were the real-life women and men who posed for artists and inspired them to create their greatest works? In this lecture class, uncover the relationships between artists and their muses: the dancers of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Moulin Rouge, the sitters of Vincent van Gogh, the passionate creatures of the British Pre-Raphaelites, and more.

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  • Flavors of Africa

    Wednesdays, March 29, April 19, May 17, 7:30–9:00 p.m. (3 sessions)

    $125 General; $100 Members

    Take a culinary journey through Africa and explore the cultures and cuisines of Sudan, Tunisia, and Ethiopia. These three chefs add a uniquely Southern California flair to African flavors. Each session features a discussion, cooking demonstration, and plentiful samples for tasting.

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  • The Decade of the Singer-Songwriter

    Tuesdays, May 9–June 13, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    While the 1970s are often remembered as the decade of disco music, the disco craze didn’t take hold until the end of the 1970s. Throughout the decade, singer-songwriters dominated the music charts.

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  • drawing and composition class

    Drawing and Composition

    Thursdays, February 9–May 4, except March 23, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (12 sessions)

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    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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    Autobiography, Memoir, or Fiction

    Tuesdays, February 7–April 18, except March 21, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (10 sessions)

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    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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    Broadway’s British Invasion

    Wednesdays, March 1–April 5, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

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    Since the opening of the West End musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim in 1976, Cameron Mackintosh has become the most successful producer in musical theater history and the main player in Broadway’s British invasion. Through lectures and analysis of video clips, this class examines Mackintosh’s mega-hits, like Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Miss Saigon, along with some of his smash revivals, ranging from Oliver! to Oklahoma.

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  • great decisions course

    Great Decisions: A Current Events Discussion Group

    Thursdays, January 26, February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, May 11, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (8 sessions)

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    Become an informed citizen! In this stimulating discussion group, discuss and debate important international current events with the guidance of an experienced moderator and guest lecturers from area universities and think tanks.

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    Skirball Book Groups: What If?

    Choose from four groups.

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    Celebrate the power of imagination with this selection of books. Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, analyzing characters, themes, and motifs and learning about the author’s background. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session. GROUP 1: Tuesdays

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