Arts, Culture and Language

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at CSUDH

Classic Jazz 106: Swing, Swang, Swingin’

Chet Hanley continues his concise, sights-and-sounds primer on America’s musical gift to the world, Jazz. Included in the presentation is a consideration of music originating in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century and subsequently developing through increasingly complex styles, generally marked by intricate, propulsive rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, improvisatory, virtuosic solos, and melodic freedom which serve to link the music to the entire realm of the performing arts.

Video selections will be followed by discussions of the music, the performers, and the literature.

Session #1: January 31
Los Angeles-born Jazz Legends
Session #2: February 7
Jazz Dance Revisited
Session #3: February 14
The Violin and Cello in Jazz? Let’s Explore.
Session #4: February 21
Latin Jazz = Infectious Rhythms
Session #5: March 14
A Profile of Norman Granz & His Monumental Contribution to the Music
Session #6: March 28
Voice Your Choice: Let’s Do It Again; you select the artist to be profiled.

Lecturer: Chet Hanley, Lecturer for DHTV at CSUDH/LA 36,
Broadcast on Channel LA 36

  6 Thursdays
January 31
February 7, 14, 21
March 14, 28
10:00am – 12:30pm

Extended Education Building, EE-1213 (Auditorium)

Fee: Free to OLLI Members
NLLL 152 Section 01
Course No. 23904

[NEW] Exercising the Creative Spirit

A combination of scrapbooking and journal writing, designed to express your creativity and capture memories for all time. Poetry and creative writing exercises will help you express what is in your heart and leave a record of lasting memories.

Please join us as we explore scrapbooking, creative writing and journaling.

For the first class meeting, bring a photograph that has special meaning to you.

Facilitator: Kai Tate-Packer

  4 Fridays
May 3, 10, 17, 24
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Extended Education Building, EE-1201

Fee: $1.00 fee for composition book at class 1st meeting, all other materials will be provided.
NLLL 151 Section 01
Course No. 23900

[NEW] Oral Shared History Series
Chinese Tea Tasting with Claire Li

You already know how Americans and Europeans drink tea. But, how does the Chinese in the Far East drink tea traditionally? It is said, some teas with herbs have certain cure properties and no side effects. How does this work when they have so many types of teas? How many have you tried? There were many teahouses in ancient China filled with traditions of daily life. Why were teahouses a good family business for generations?

Would you like to try some tea the traditional Chinese way? You are invited to Chinese Tea Tasting with Claire Li, a former university professor in China. She will prepare different types of teas with traditional Chinese tea sets, answer your questions about Chinese tea, China, and Travel to China.

Presenter: Claire Li, OLLI Member, former university professor in China

  4 Wednesdays (8 seats each class)
February 6, 13, 20, 27
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Extended Education Building, EE-1201

Fee: Free to OLLI Members
NLLL 155 Section 03
Course No. 23987

[NEW] Hat Making: Free Form Straw Hat

Spring is the best time to add a new straw hat to your accessory collection in this new class with milliner and crafter, Yolanda Fielder. Yolanda worked at Eric Javits Hats in New York while studying millinery at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She was owner of a hat shop called King George’s Daughter. Yolanda also studied fashion design at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. She has other various craft experiences under her belt.

For your next spring event create the look you want to impress family and friends. You will free form a straw hood by creasing, pinching, pleating and adding straw braid. Then trim your creation with flowers, fabric, ribbon, and beads or charms. Bring a hat box 12”x 7”. Most class materials will be provided. Additional materials needed for the following class will be announced at each meeting.

Instructor: Yolanda Fielder, OLLI Member, CSUDH Alumni, and City of Carson Women’s Issues Commissioner

  3 Tuesdays
February 12, 19, 26
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Extended Education Building, EE-1218

Fee: $15 (Course Materials)
Registration is limited to 10 participants.
NLLL 151 Section 02
Course No. 23901

[NEW] Enjoying Opera: La Traviata

Enjoying Opera

LA Opera invites you for an engaging lecture of one of the most popular Opera productions La Traviata. Unlike more traditional opera companies, LA Opera Talks are for the community to expand opera experience by presenting several productions. Their purpose is to share the rich, emotional, and intellectual culture of opera to the public.

Come experience glamour and romance from the upcoming production La Traviata presented by Steve Kohn. La Traviata is an unforgettable production that presents the audience love, passion, and sacrifice. Learn more about other performances such as Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus in March, Penella’s The Wildcat.

Presenter: Steve Kohn, Speaker for LA Opera Talks, LA Opera

  Monday, May 20
10:00am – 11:00am

Extended Education Building, EE-1213

Fee: Free to OLLI Members
NLLL 154 Section 03
Course No. 23986

Let’s Paint a Picture...
It’s easier than you think.

Let's Paint

Presented by Rick Irons, this art class begins with the basics. Rick will share his experience and methods as creative graphic artist and toy designer. Step-by-step lessons will show you how to create your own painting renditions using water-based pigments (water colors) as our primary media.

Some painting experience is good but beginners are welcome.

We may introduce other added materials to be mixed into your composition. Rick plans to show some art samples to the class, followed by a discussion of the first class project. He plans for the class to begin their painting on the first day.

Every student will need to buy a basic watercolor set, some brushes, watercolor paper, and pencil. Bring a one-quart plastic container for water to clean our rushes, some newspaper and masking tape to protect our classroom tables.

Below is a list of course materials you will need. If you already have these items, bring them on first day of class. Available at and most Art and Hobby stores.
1. Canson XL Series Watercolor Textured Paper Pad (30 sheets) ]$9.97)
2. VisualPro Watercolor Paint Set w/24 tubes of paint $12.97)
3. Darice 13” by 10” 20-Well Palette $3.50

Instructor and Facilitator: Rick Irons, OLLI Member, a creative Graphic Artist and Toy Designer

  6 Mondays
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 8, 15

Extended Education Building, EE-1218

Fee: Free to OLLI Members
(Course materials below, not included in OLLI fees)
Class is limited to 15 students
NLLL 151 Section 03
Course No. 23902

Let's Read a Play!

No stage or acting experience required. Join us for the opportunity to have some fun and to polish our dramatic skills. Our director, Maria Ruiz, will introduce the authors and theater history of each play before readings begin. You are invited to become a part of this interesting and interactive approach to enjoying a play and to experience cold readings. Expect lively discussion about meaning and content.

Students usually obtain copies of the plays from libraries or purchase copies. Refreshments will be served.

Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
March 6, 20

Blanche Dubois arrives without warning and moves in with her sister Stella and Stanley, her sister’s husband. When she learns that Stella is pregnant it is the beginning of her mental breakdown. Stanley learns that Blanche lost her teaching job for having sex with a student, and had been living in a hotel known for prostitution. Stanley repeats the rumors, upsetting Stella, who goes into labor.


After the Fall, by Arthur Miller
April 3, 17

In the early stages of a new love, paralyzing memories of past relationships haunt Quentin, a liberal New York attorney who questions his own ability to truly connect with the women in his life. The author unflinchingly tackles the emotional brutality that can unfold within a marriage, against the backdrop of politics and celebrity. The drama revolves around addiction, alcoholism, and ultimately his wife’s suicide attempts.


Source: ChicagoCritic.comStick Fly, by Lydia Diamond
May 1, 15

The LeVay family is spending a weekend at their Martha’s Vineyard summer home and end up airing more than the drapes. Younger brother Kent, struggling to find direction in his life, brings his fiancée, Taylor. Elder brother Flip, a successful plastic surgeon and womanizer, brings his new girlfriend, Kimber. Tensions flair as race, class and family become prime topics of discussion.

Instructor and Facilitator: Maria Ruiz is a member of both OLLI and Omnilore; a District Toastmasters Qualified Speaker; and the “drama guru” at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach. She also directs and produces at the Dramatic Readers Theater in two South Bay locations.

  6 Wednesdays
March 6, 20
April 3, 17
May 1, 15
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Extended Education Building, EE-1222

Fee: $20
NLLL 154 Section 02
Course No. 23927

Crafts with Norma Bates

Norma Crafting

Join in this fun and productive class with crafter-extraordinaire, Norma Bates, an 11-year OLLI Member, volunteer and Ambassador. Norma brings a lifetime of crafting experience to this class. We have all seen examples of her crafting with prizes and table décor at OLLI Open Houses and other special events.

You will be surprised at the ingenious projects she has in store for us: gift boxes, small purses, cards and envelopes, flowers, and t-shirt tote bags. Projects are completed at each class.

Projects and supplies needed for the following class will be announced at each meeting.

Facilitator: Norma Bates, OLLI Member, Crafts Raffle Prize Contributor for OLLI and Juneteenth Celebrations

  3 Tuesdays
April 9, 16, 23
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Extended Education Building, EE-1201

Fee: $15 (Course Materials)
Registration is limited to 10 participants.
NLLL 151 Section 04
Course No. 23903

[NEW] Oral Shared History Series
Memories of Thailand, the Land of Smiles

When I think back to Thailand I remember the food, the beaches and the smiles. Thailand is a country that ignites the senses with its rich culture, natural beauty and incredibly hospitable people. From the bustling metropolis of Bangkok to the pristine islands and rolling highlands, there is so much to discover.

Please join me as I share amazing experiences from one of my best trips so far. It was difficult to pick just a handful of highlights from such a memorable trip, but here they are:
• The energetic and entertaining Capital
• Chiang Mai, the cultural north of temples, bazaars and hill tribes
• Chiang Rai culture
• Costa Fortuna Cruise
• Return to Bangkok

Presenter: Nita Juhasz, OLLI Member

  Wednesday, April 24
10:00am – 12:00pm

Extended Education Building, EE-1218

Fee: Free to OLLI Members
NLLL 180 Section 01
Course No. 23988


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