Arts, Culture & Language

Opera Production

Rodger Hamrick, our Opera series guru, continues with a focus on Opera productions this spring. He will present a comparison of different productions of the same opera including directing, staging, set design, and costumes. Our discussions seek answers to questions such as, Why do productions differ? What productions are considered the most successful? How did a particular production enhance our opera experience?

Verdi's "Aida", Act One - Scene One
Monday, April 7, 10 am - 12 pm

Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro", Act One - Scene One
Monday, April 14, 10 am - 12 pm

Verdi's "Macbeth", Act One - Scene Two
Monday, April 21, 10 am - 12 pm

Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Act One - Queen of the Night's entrance
Monday, April 28, 10 am - 12 pm

Verdi's "Ernani", Act One
Monday, May 5, 10 am - 12 pm

Facilitator: Rodger Hamrick, BA History (Music Minor); MBA
5 Mondays: April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5 • 10 am - 12 pm
Extended Education Building EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $15
NLLL 152 Section 01, Course No. 22837

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Anyone Can Draw!
This course is for anyone who likes to doodle!

This beginning course in drawing is designed to develop and expand one's observational abilities and rendering skill, and is designed to train the beginner to draw with surprisingly fast and effective techniques. The course covers fundamentals of structures, aesthetics, and content using still life and natural forms. Students learn methods for drawing objects in terms of line, shape, contour, proportion, light logic, and compositional space. Students will be able to let go of the restraint of preconceived ideas to allow for the creative freedom of being able to draw what is seen.

The course is loosely based on the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards. Students are encouraged, but not required, to purchase the book.

Instructor: Sharon Fields
8 Fridays March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 11, 25; May 2, 9 [Note: No class April 18]
1 - 2 pm
Extended Education Classroom Building, EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $20
NLLL 151 Section 01, Course No. 22841

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Anyone Can Draw! II
The continuation of the Anyone Can Draw class

The course continues to cover fundamentals of structure, aesthetics, and content using still life and natural forms. Light logic, sighting/perspective, tonal drawing using pencils, pastels, and various other media as well as portraiture, watercolor, and oils.

Prerequisite: Anyone Can Draw
Instructor: Sharon Fields
8 Fridays March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 11, 25; May 2, 9 [Note: No class March 18]
10 am - 12 pm
Extended Education Classroom Building, EE-1205, CSUDH
Fee: $20
NLLL 151 Section 02, Course No. 22842

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Let's Read a Play!

No stage experience required! Join us for the opportunity to polish up your dramatic skills by reading a play(s). Our stage director, Maria Ruiz, will introduce the author(s) and theater history before readings begin. We invite you to become a part of this interesting and interactive approach to enjoying a play. Expect some lively discussion from the cast about meaning and context on three Wednesdays this spring.

Our format this spring focuses on a series of 10-minute plays. The book, The Best 10-Minute Plays for 2 or More Actors is edited by Lawrence Harbison. This is a "Contemporary Playwright Series" published by A Smith and Kraus in Hanover, New Hampshire. Please contact your library or bookstore to obtain a copy of the plays for class.

Instructor and Facilitator: Maria Ruiz is an OLLI member and District Toastmasters Qualified Speaker. She is the drama guru at Joslyn Center and regularly conducts play reading there. She also directs and produces dramatic readers theater in Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes. Ms. Ruiz is the Assistant Chair for the District Speakers Bureau.

3 Wednesdays, March 5; April 9; and May 14
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Extended Education Building, EE 1210
Fee: $15
NLLL 154 Section 02, Course No. 22839

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An Introduction to Islam

If you ever wanted to learn about Islam and Muslims and understand the faith practiced by nearly 2 billion people around the world, then this course is for you. Not only will you learn the basics of the beliefs, practices, and cultural diversity which comprises Islam but you will also understand why islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world today.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include: Are women second class citizens in Islam? What does Islam say about today's social issues? How do Muslims feel about other religions? What is Jihad? This class will cover these topics and more.

Included in this two-part lecture series will be an Islamic art and costume show as well as an informative panel question and answer session. So don't be left out. Sign up for this exciting adventure in learning about Islam!

Instructor: Dr. Sophia Momand, Staff Physician, Student Health & Psychological Services, CSUDH

2 Wednesdays, May 7, 14
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Extended Education Building, EE 1205
Fee: $10
NLLL 155 Section 03, Course No. 22851

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