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Fidel Castro Didn't Show up for Rehearsal: How I Produced the First New Cuban Opera in 50 Years ... and Survived

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 6:00pm

Charles Koppelman, Producer, Writer, Librettist

Cubanacan, the first new Cuban opera since that country’s revolution, is the story of Fidel Castro commissioning architect Ricardo Porro to design and build art schools on the site of the Havana Country Club in 1961. Koppelman will present video excerpts from the opera’s performance at the Havana Bienal last May, reveal the 13-year journey of this project, and explain what it's like to work in Cuba at the dawn of U.S.-Cuban rapprochement. 

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Valentine's Day, the INFORUM Way: Science of Seduction with Dr. Jennifer Rhodes

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Thu, Feb 11 2016 - 7:00pm

Skip the fancy restaurant and expensive roses: make INFORUM your date this Valentine's Day (our annual party!) and sharpen your seduction skills!

Join INFORUM and Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, a licensed psychologist, dating coach and image consultant (and possibly your new best friend as a result), for an evening exploring what seduction really means and how it plays into all of our interactions. Read more »

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An Evening with Conleth Hill and Frances McDormand

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Mon, Feb 8 2016 - 6:30pm

Conleth Hill, Actor; Olivier Award Winner; Tony Award Nominee; and Lord Varys in "Game of Thrones"
Frances McDormand, Actor ("Olive Kitteridge"); Tony, Academy, and Emmy Award Winner
Tony Taccone, Michael Leibert Artistic Director, The Berkeley Rep Theatre—Moderator Read more »

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Sanjay Patel: Pixar Animator and Author of "Sanjay's Super Team"

Thu, Jan 21 2016 - 7:00pm

Sanjay Patel, Animator; Short Film Director; Author, Sanjay’s Super Team

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

In the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay's Super Team, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his family’s traditions.

Come learn more about the film that was nominated for an Academy Award in the short films category. Read more »

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Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Thu, Oct 22 2015 - 5:30pm

Our meeting is open to all members who have an interest in the visual and performing arts. We welcome your ideas and your energy. This is a chance for you to take a more active role in planning the Club’s calendar of events.

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Adam Johnson: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

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Mon, Oct 19 2015 - 6:30pm

Adam Johnson, Associate Professor, Stanford University; Author, The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles 
Kathryn Ma, Author, The Year She Left Us and All That Work and Still No Boys; Jury Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards — Moderator

This program is part of the Good Lit series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation Read more »

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Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

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Tue, Oct 6 2015 - 6:00pm

Alva Noë, Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley; Author, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

What is art? Why do we value art as we do? What does art reveal about our nature? Alva Noë offers new answers to these questions through his book Strange Tools, which makes provocative use of examples in philosophy, art history and cognitive science. Listen to Noë explain why recent efforts to frame questions about art in terms of neuroscience and evolutionary biology alone have been, and will continue to be, unsuccessful.

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Dialogos: Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S. Through the Lens of Ballet and the Arts

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Thu, Sep 24 2015 - 7:00pm

José Manuel Carreño, Artistic Director, Silicon Valley Ballet
Carla Dirlikov, Singer; Founder, El Camino Project 
Additional Speakers TBA Read more »

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Novelist Erica Jong: From Fear of Flying to Fear of Dying

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Tue, Sep 15 2015 - 6:30pm

Erica Jong, Novelist; Author, Fear of Flying and Fear of Dying

In conversation with Linda Gray Sexton, Author, Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians and Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

This program is part of the Club’s Good Lit Series, sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Body Music: An Interactive Lecture and Demonstration by Keith Terry

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Mon, Aug 31 2015 - 6:00pm

Keith Terry, Percussionist; Rhythm Dancer; Educator

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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