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Offering you an opportunity to get "inside the story" of world famous art and culture 
with expert instructors in their fields.

Our programs are detailed explorations into a particular artistic genre or 
movement aimed at satisfying the curiosity of those who want to develop or enhance their appreciation of the creative mind at work.
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Award season is upon us!  George Saunders just won the Man Booker prize for "Lincoln in the Bardo" (which we read in David Ulin's literary series last year).  Viet Ngyuen just won a "MacArthur Genius Award" after writing his celebrated novel about Vietnam, "The Sympathizer" (which we read with David this past summer).
Now, we turn our attention to this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. We hope you can join David Ulin for this close reading of of Ishiguro's masterpiece, "The Remains of the Day."  This unforgettable novel, about a butler (made immortal by Anthony Hopkins in the film of the same name) serving an English lord in the years leading up to World War II, explores themes of mortality, the fallibility of memory and the porous nature of time.  Although it is not his only great novel, it certainly embodies the genius lauded by the Nobel Committee.  If you haven't read this literary gem, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience Ishiguro's literary virtuosity.  If you are coming to this novel for a second read, David's insightful commentary on literature will surely deepen your appreciation of what makes a Nobel laureate.  





Enrollment is limited!  If you plan to attend, please enroll below. Series:  $180.  Individual sessions:  $65.








WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: Sold out


David is returning to short form fiction, focusing on two great masters of the craft.  
One is famous and revered for his novels and stories.  We will be reading some of David's favorites from the recently released anthology of Kurt Vonnegut's short stories, aptly entitled "Kurt Vonnegut - Complete Stories."  Many of us read and loved Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" with David. What you may not know is that more than half of Vonnegut's output was short fiction, gems which illustrate Vonnegut's imaginative genius. David will select his personal favorites for us to read and discuss.
As his counterpart, we will have the special opportunity to read another master of the form, Lucia Berlin, whose genius was discovered by literary critics and scholars after her death in 2004.  Her collection of short stories, "A Manual for Cleaning Women" has become a modern literary classic and over this six weeks, we will see why.   Often compared with Raymond Carver, Berlin's own fascinating and peripatetic experiences fuel these unforgettable stories.  As Lydia Davis writers hin her insightful introduction to the anthology, "This is exhilarating writing."
The six-week series begins on January 4 and continues every Thursday through February 8.


Enrollment is limited!  If you plan to attend, please enroll below. Series:  $360.  Individual sessions:  $65.







DATES: 6 THURSDAY MORNINGS  Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 Feb 1, 8

WHERE: Pasadena Address Forwarded Upon Enrollment

TICKETS: $360/series   $65/session



Individual Session


"The most exciting museum shows in the United States this year" declares art critic Christopher Knight in his review of the Getty's special Bellini exhibition -- here in our own backyard!




Join Italian Renaissance art historian Robin Trento in an in-depth exploration of this extraordinary show. Giovanni Bellini launched the Golden Age of Venetian painting, with his sensuous and luminous use of color.  And what a spectacle they are!  The Getty has accomplished the amazing feat of assembling the first solo exhibition on Bellini in an American museum, culling his work from public and private collections throughout the world.  




Robin Trento has devoted her study of art history to the Italian Renaissance.  Her breadth of knowledge about this period in European history brings the art and the world in which it was made alive for the 21st century viewer.  Don't miss this special opportunity to see the work of Bellini with Robin as your guide.




Enrollment is limited, if you wish to attend please enroll below. 














WHERE: Getty Center





Our popular dance series with former NYCB soloist Zippora Karz continues in 2018.  Zippora will use a combination of lecture, live demonstration and video to immerse us in the world of contemporary ballet.  
From 21st century choreographers like William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp and so many others to iconic dancers like Mikhail Barishnikov, Gelsey Kirland and Tiler Peck, we will have a rare opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for this "artform of the gods."  
We hope you can join us!  If you wish to attend, please enroll below.  Our December series sold out so don't delay! 
















WHERE: Pasadena Address on Enrollment


TICKETS: $90/series   $50/session





Individual Session