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The Self Depicted: Masters of Self-Portraiture from Rembrandt, and Durer to Chuck Close

Lecturer, Vincent de Luise, M.D
Tuesday, June 2nd
2 pm - 3 pm

by Vincent P. de Luise M.D. ​Why does an artist choose paint themselves? What aspects of personality and psychology is an artist trying to capture by portraying their own visage?  What does self-portraiture tell us about the artists themselves? How do artists paint their hands when they are in the act of painting?  Why did two of the […]



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First Thursday – Open Mic

Hosts - Nancy McMillan & Cindy Eastman
Thursday, June 4th
7 pm - 9 pm

In the tradition of The Moth, Arts Escape invites writers to share their work in our first monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support and community! Reservations are required and seating is limited to 20. Please register by emailing […]



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Music & Lecture, George Gershwin: A Rhapsody in Blue

Lecturer, John Tuohy
Wednesday, June 10th
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

Online with Zoom NEW TIME George Gershwin: A Rhapsody in Blue – a profile of one of the most iconic songwriters of the 20th century“ – Join guitarist John Tuohy for a fascinating look at the short life and times of the composer of Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris, and many more […]



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Sunny Skies and Starry Nights: The Short Life and Timeless Art of Vincent van Gogh

Lecturer, Barbara J. Johnston, Ph.D.
Monday, June 15th
4 pm - 5 pm

Online with Zoom The epitome of the creative genius, Vincent van Gogh has become a mythic figure today. Who is this young man with the bristling red hair and the haunted eyes, this will-o-the-wisp we know as Vincent van Gogh? How can we know, if he didn’t know himself? He did 43 self-portraits in five […]



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Woodrow Wilson and the Great War

Lecturer, Michael A. Butler, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, June 16,23, 30
10:30 am - 12 noon

Online with Zoom This series of three lectures will examine the impact of one of our most significant Presidents on a world at war. Topics include Wilson as a political leader, his diplomacy during the war; the Paris Peace Conference; the Senate’s debate over ratification of the Treaty of Versailles; and Wilson’s influence on the […]



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Online with Zoom – Book Club

Facilitator, Barbara McKay
Wednesday, June 17
1 pm - 2 pm

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots […]



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Music & Lecture, Sammy Cahn

Lecturer, John Tuohy
Wednesday, June 24th
10:30 am - 11:30 pm

NEW TIME Online with Zoom “Sammy Cahn: Lyricist to the Stars.” From Sinatra to Berle, to Bob Hope and beyond, Sammy Cahn’s lyrics have resonated within the public’s heart from the 1930’s to today. Join guitarist John Tuohy as he discusses the impact of Sammy Cahn’s legacy and explores famous recordings of his classic songs. John graduated Magna […]



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Art History – Girls in the Clubhouse: Mary Cassatt, Berthé Morisot, and the Women of Impressionism.

Lecturer, Barbara J Johnston, Ph.D.
Monday, June 29th
4 pm - 5 pm

ONLINE with ZOOM We know their names so well—Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, and the other talented painters who made up the “boys club” known as the Impressionists. Audacious and visionary, they challenged the French Academy that had controlled art production for centuries to create a bold new art-form that truly captured modern life. What most […]



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The American Civil War: An International History

Instructor, Michael A. Butler, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, July 14, 21, 28
10:30 am - 12 noon

Online with Zoom This series of three lectures will examine the Civil War in its diplomatic context.  We will examine the international background to secession, Union and Confederate foreign policy, the role of European Powers in the conflict, and the Civil War’s impact on British, French, Spanish and Russian diplomacy.   Note that the lectures will […]



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An Afternoon with C.S. Lewis

Actor, JT Turner
Wednesday, August 5th
2 pm

A funny, engaging and fascinating look at the varied and rich life of C.S. Lewis, Author of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series, famed lecturer, and Christian theologian. This unique one-man show allows Lewis to come forth and relate his amazing life in his own words as he shares his journey from an […]



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An Afternoon with Author, F.Scott Fitzgerald

Actor, J.T. Turner
Wednesday, November 18th
2 pm - 3 pm

Award-winning actor and playwright, J.T. Turner returns to Arts Escape in his original & engaging one-man show, “Fitzgerald and Gatsby.” J.T. Turner appears as F. Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the author’s life, times, and work, with specific focus on The Great Gatsby. Participants can get involved through brief readings and questions during the hour long […]



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