The Sound of Silence
Back by popular demand, composer, teacher and pianist Pete Tavalin will return to the Bay Village stage on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Pete has a unique talent. He provides improvisational music to silent films. He started doing this about 30 years ago and it was met with universal acclaim! To improvise is to be highly prepared. It took Peter years of training and practice to be able to seamlessly respond to a comic scene in a film and to create the proper mood that unfolds in a drama.
Peter first learned about the music for silent films from his father who played the violin for one of the orchestras in a theater in Astoria, Queens. Live orchestras provided the original “soundtracks” for films, of course.
Tonight, we’re showing “Steamboat Bill,” one of Buster Keaton’s most hilarious! It follows the story of a college boy, son of a riverboat captain, who proves to be quite the embarrassment to his river-dog dad, until proving his manhood when a cyclone hits their small town.
We’re going to make popcorn and serve soft drinks tonight as well!
Book Group News
Bay Village chaplain Chuck Moffett and Bay Village resident Paul Binder will present the Book Group program on Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. The topic: A Book Review and Open Dialog. The book is Being Mortal by best-selling author and physician Atul Gawande. The book is about the modern experience of mortality and a personal meditation on how we can better live with age-related issues. The Book Group committee is pleased to present this important program to begin the 2015-2016 season. By Louise Porter.
Day Trips and Travel
We have a great cruise on the Mississippi River planned from Feb. 21-29! It’s a “big band swing” cruise that includes a 13-piece big band performing every night. In this “Spirit of the Antebellum South” cruise, you’ll visit some of the most iconic cities that make the American South so charming. After a one-night stay in New Orleans and a guided tour of the city to kick things off, head for the 420-passenger paddle wheel ship “The American Queen,” where you will spend the next 7 days. Visit Oak Alley, La.; St. Francisville, La.; Nachez, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Nottoway, La., before stepping back off the ship in New Orleans. You received the flier in your mailbox a few weeks ago with all the details and pricing! Coming in October, we have a trip to SouthEastern Guide Dogs School and lunch as well as another walk on the Bradenton RiverWalk and lunch. Happy travels, everyone!
Our current DVD series is from The Teaching Company and National Geographic titled “Polar Explorations.” Delve into the fascinating history, science, culture and wildlife of Antarctica and the Arctic.
During this series, we will have four evenings that we take a “break” from the DVD and speaker Baila Miller will present “Paris The Luminous Years (or La Belle Epoque (1870-1914).” Our first class in that series was Aug. 4 and it was very well received!
Who would have dreamed that the once traditional city of Paris would become the center of freedom in Europe? This course examines the exhilarating, scandalous and intimate relationships of young artists and authors who shaped this magical era that came to be known as “La Belle Epoque” (1870-1914).
Artists such as The French Impressionists, Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, writers such as Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway, booksellers Sylvia Beach, Adrienne Monnier, and many others made up this legendary milieu.
Class Two will be held on Sept. 1 and is titled: Art Nouveau and the French Impressionists. Post-Impressionism, also known as Art Nouveau (1890-1914), was an arts and crafts movement that was heavily influenced by the Oriental World. The simple and sublime Far Eastern way of seeing the world created new opportunities and modalities of expression for classically trained Western Artists. The effect of Orientalization in traditional art produced a new look that was influenced with a love of nature and transcendent emotion.
Our next class from Adult and Community Education is another “How Novel” series with popular instructor Alice Blueglass. Class will be held on Tuesdays in the board room on Sept. 29 and Oct. 13 and 27.
By Petra Mueller
It is starting to get a little cooler outside and with that, it is time to get back to more outdoor activities.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, we are heading to Siesta Key Beach where Petra will teach the Splash Class in the Gulf of Mexico. Then you will have time to relax or go for a walk on the beautiful and flat beach before we go to lunch.
Our regular Bridge Walks across the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota are starting back up on Saturday, Sept. 26. We leave Bay Village at 9 a.m. You will have the opportunity to walk the bridge one or both ways or just relax in the picturesque park by Bird Key. Afterwards, we are having breakfast at the Sand Dollar Restaurant at Lido Beach with a beautiful view of the beach.
Next month we have an outing planned to the Mineral Hot Springs in North Port, combined with a lunch at a local restaurant.