Contemporary Film A

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Wednesday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
In-person **Workshop Waitlisted**

Please join us for lively discussions of contemporary films. At each meeting we choose two films, released in the last 5 years and available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Kanopy, to view on our own before the next class. Films may be from any genre — indies, art films, documentaries, block-busters — or whatever moves the class when voting. Participants will volunteer in turn to create a presentation on one of the chosen films, stimulating discussion and reactions. The two presentations per class will focus on aspects such as themes, production values, and take-home values.

We rate the films individually, and then compare our class rating to the Internet rating, just for fun. In preparation for the first session, the co-facilitators will contact registered members with an invitation for two participants to volunteer. They will have the one-time opportunity to select and present a film of their own choice.

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The World Of Opera: Listening and Learning

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two; Wednesday; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
In-person

This workshop aims to touch the entire world of opera: from its early beginnings in the 16th C. to the modern day. We will learn about and listen to the music of the historic opera repertoire, the most beautiful music in the world, and view exciting performances on stage by the most enthralling voices. There will be presentations around individual composers, opera history, periods of opera, famous singers through the ages and much more. You may be a real enthusiast or a complete neophyte… this workshop will appeal to and engage everyone.

Participants will be expected to prepare and deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on the topic of their choice. Technical help will be available to those who may need assistance with sound or visual content in their presentation.

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Contemporary Film B

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Bi-weekly:  Week Two;  Tuesday;  12:15 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Come and join our Zoom discussion group where participants each select a current film available for viewing on Netflix. Two films will be presented at each workshop and all aspects of the film will be discussed. Members are expected to have viewed the two films recently and in advance of the workshop to ensure lively and congenial discussion.  Think of Film B like a tasting menu in a fine restaurant. In the same way as you’d try dishes on a tasting menu at a fine restaurant that you would otherwise never think to eat, in Film B you’ll view films that you would otherwise never think to watch.

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Travel Adventures

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday; 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom **Workshop Waitlisted**

Join us in exploring new adventures and sharing the exhilaration of discovery!  If you could take your next trip today, where would you go?  What entices you about this destination?  Alternatively, tell us about a memorable travel experience from the past.

Each participant will select a destination to research and prepare a 20-30 minute presentation, which will be followed by an informative and lively discussion.

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Celebration Of Song

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Friday;  12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Online via Zoom **NEW**

Songs are a vital part of our lives. First, participants will give presentations on their choice of performers (e.g., Tiny Tim, the Beatles, Mel Torme), composers (e.g., Cole Porter, Jim Webb, Lennon & McCartney), historical period or favourite songs.  Second, we can choose to sing the songs we discuss acapella or with accompaniment.  Just listening is welcome as well.  Third, we explore what makes music appealing.  It’s relaxing, fun and informative.

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The New Yorker Readers

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two; Wednesday ; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
In-person **Workshop Waitlisted**

The New Yorker Readers workshop provides provocative and thoughtful engagement with The New Yorker across its many platforms.  At each meeting, we tackle three to five items including articles, commentary, reviews, criticism, short stories, poems, cartoon contests and magazine covers.  Readers choose items to be discussed from recent issues and online material and signal their interest to the facilitator who prepares an agenda to be distributed electronically in advance of the workshop.  The presenter leads off the discussion with a five-to-six-minute presentation explaining why the item was of interest and posing any questions or issues it suggested.  After the presentation, the floor is opened for comments and opinions.  Participants are expected to have read the chosen items in advance so that everyone can assume a common knowledge base and engage fully.  The New Yorker magazine is available by subscription (print and online), at newsstands, and online through the Toronto Public Library.

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Jazz Appreciation

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Bi-weekly; Week Two; Thursday; 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In-person

Jazz music is considered to be America’s greatest original art form and is well known for its creativity and innovation. Since its emergence at the beginning of the 20th century, its evolution has been closely woven into the tremendous changes and upheaval in American society.

Our Jazz Appreciation workshop features examples and discussions of various different eras and personalities and how the evolution of jazz has reflected and contributed to those changes.

Each participant is requested to select a musician, personality, or genre and prepare a presentation of approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Examples of recorded music should be provided to share with the group and time allowed for group discussion to follow.

This is an enthusiastic, highly interactive and fun class in which all are welcome from curious beginners to those who have enjoyed all aspects of jazz for many years. Wherever possible, we invite a guest musician to explain and illustrate the role of their own instrument in jazz

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Short Stories: The Long and SHORT of It

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Bi-weekly;  Week One;  Monday; 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Online via Zoom **NEW** **Workshop Waitlisted**

“A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage” Short stories are one of the oldest types of literature and are a growing and important aspect of literature.  We will learn about significant and influential classical  and contemporary short story writers, read and discuss their short stories, compare them to one another, discuss how they are written, and what they reflect about society. Each participant will present a short story from either The Worlds Greatest Short Stories (Daley ed.)  or The Best Short Stories 2022: The O. Henry Prize Winners. Everyone is expected to read the story being presented so we can engage in a lively and thoughtful discussion.

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Artists’ Lives

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Online via Zoom

Small group workshop therefore membership will be limited

Join us as we continue our exploration of various artists’ lives, artwork, influences, challenges, themes, philosophies, and legacies. Using various texts (e.g. novels, biographies, films, podcasts, interviews), we’ll also analyze representations of these lives. Possible artists include Yinka Shonibare, Suzanne Valadon, Barbara Hepworth, Käthe Kollwicz, Prudence Heward, Niki de Saint Phalle, Katsushika Oi/Katsushika Hokusai, Daphne Odjig, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Amrita Sher-Gil, Egon Schiele, and Maira Kalman. Members are expected to read, watch, or listen to each session’s text/s and present once. Presentations should include interesting research findings, thought-provoking discussion prompts, and, ideally, some images. Note: this is a smaller-group workshop with one in-depth presentation and extensive discussion per session.

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For The Love Of Poetry

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two;  Tuesday; 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Online via Zoom

This workshop focuses on the power and wonder of poetry, with emphasis given to the reading out loud of a poet’s work. We will be looking specifically at poets and poems from 1950 to today. Participants will each select a poet to discuss – famous or obscure — and begin with a short summary of the poet’s life and work, followed by a reading of a few poems and a general discussion of the poems. A list of poets from around the world is provided, but participants are free to choose a favorite poet not on the list. There will be two separate presentations in each workshop.

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