Programs   Lecture & Literature

**Inclement Weather – If Region 15 is closed or delayed, please call the Gallery for class updates. A decision will be made by 9 am whether the daytime classes will be cancelled or delayed. For evening classes, a decision will be made by 4 pm. NBC will also post our information on the TV and on your phones if you have the app.

*For Information, enrollment, cancellations and tickets:
call the Arts Escape office at: 203-586-1474.

All registrations need to be paid for before program/workshop date.
There are no refunds for programs not attended.

Books and Bites

Facilitator, Barbara McKay
Wednesday, January 16
1 pm

The Children Act by Ian McEwan – A fiercely intelligent, well-respected High Court judge in London faces a morally ambiguous case while her own marriage crumbles in a novel that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

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Music in the Glen: A brief Journey through Irish Music & History

Jeanne Freeman & Dan Ringrose
Wednesday, January 30
3 pm

Ireland is perhaps the only country whose national symbol is a musical instrument, the harp – representing a powerful artistic legacy of music, poetry, and storytelling. Join fiddler Jeanne Freeman and balladeer Dan Ringrose for a fascinating musical journey of tunes and songs exploring connections between Irish history and the enduring tradition of Irish music.

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The Art of War

Facilitator, Professor, Alfred Hunt
Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26
10:30 am – 12 noon (Writer’s Loft)

Why wars?  Warfare is arguably the most neglected and least understood aspect of human history.  These four sessions will examine the nature of wars, considering  both the causes and effects of ancient and modern warfare on an American society that is becoming increasingly militarized. Following the lecture there will be time for Q & A. […]

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Jazz and the American Musical Identity

Lecturer/Pianist, Dr. Gil Harel
Thursday, February 21
3:30 pm

For casual listeners and historians alike, jazz is perhaps the defining musical idiom of the 20th century American soundscape. But after the Second World War, the identity of jazz itself began to change at a rapid pace. Gone were the large swing bands, replaced by smaller, tight-knit ensembles playing strange and virtuosic music.

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