• Sessions: 3
    Class Date(s): 03-29-2023 to 04-12-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 01:30 PM → 03:00 PM
    Instructor: Otto Bruno, host of Jazz 90.1 FM’s “Sinatra and Company”
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis Rochester
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    Come join us for a fun-filled getaway to picturesque and hilarious Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy Griffith had to be persuaded to translate his naive but shrewd mountain persona to the small screen by legendary producer Sheldon Leonard but the popularity of The Andy Griffith Show exceeded all expectations. The gentle humor and idiosyncratic characters... read more
    Come join us for a fun-filled getaway to picturesque and hilarious Mayberry, North Carolina. Andy Griffith had to be persuaded to translate his naive but shrewd mountain persona to the small screen by legendary producer Sheldon Leonard but the popularity of The Andy Griffith Show exceeded all expectations. The gentle humor and idiosyncratic characters of Mayberry continue to garner fan love and loyalty over 60 years after the program's network premiere. The class will cover the show's creation, popularity, individual episodes, and the legendary careers of its participants.
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-19-2022 to 09-19-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Elaine Miller, PhD, SUNY Brockport , retired; owner, ek miller Productions
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
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    Political cartoonists are a gift to society. They are among our most compelling social critics. Using artistry, humor, and in-depth knowledge of current events, cartoonists craft commentary that captures the essence of controversial issues and encourages us to think further. Let’s look at how cartoonists carry out their passion for creating change, as... read more
    Political cartoonists are a gift to society. They are among our most compelling social critics. Using artistry, humor, and in-depth knowledge of current events, cartoonists craft commentary that captures the essence of controversial issues and encourages us to think further. Let’s look at how cartoonists carry out their passion for creating change, as they take on issues of current social and political concern, both nationally and internationally – the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine, gun violence, Roe v. Wade, etc. We’ll talk about recent developments in the cartooning profession and the challenges cartoonists are now facing.  
  • Sessions: 3
    Class Date(s): 07-09-2024 to 07-23-2024
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 AM
    Instructor: Otto Bruno, author 'Barney Miller and the Files of the Ol' One-Two’
    Term: 2024-2
    Location: Oasis Rochester

    Flip Wilson was an up and coming stand up comedian in the 1960s. His popular appearances with Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In earned him a chance at his own variety series in the fall of 1970. By the end of the first season it was the #2 show on television. Wilson was a charismatic comedian and performer who welcomed all the... read more
    Flip Wilson was an up and coming stand up comedian in the 1960s. His popular appearances with Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In earned him a chance at his own variety series in the fall of 1970. By the end of the first season it was the #2 show on television. Wilson was a charismatic comedian and performer who welcomed all the greats of show biz to share the stage with himself and characters like Reverend Leroy, Herbie the Ice Cream Man, and the incomparable Geraldine Jones. Join us as we jump into the time machine to watch some priceless moments of TV and revisit the joy that was The Flip Wilson Show! What you see is what you get, honey!
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-12-2022 to 10-12-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 3:00 PM
    Instructor: Susan Carmen-Duffy, Owner, Create Art 4 Good
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Central Creatives
    REGISTRATION CLOSED
    Explore drawing with colored pencils! Participants will discover techniques of colored pencil art including initial sketching, layering, blending, and building colors. We will work on texture and details. Please have a few reference photos available to work from, landscapes are preferred. Materials needed: colored pencils, drawing paper, scrap paper,... read more
    Explore drawing with colored pencils! Participants will discover techniques of colored pencil art including initial sketching, layering, blending, and building colors. We will work on texture and details. Please have a few reference photos available to work from, landscapes are preferred. Materials needed: colored pencils, drawing paper, scrap paper, reference photos, pencil sharpener - Instructors favorite is Derwent Studio or Prismacolor pencils- Papers - Strathmore artagain, or mixed media paper is recommended. Q-tips or a blending stump are also recommended.
  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 06-05-2024 to 06-26-2024
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 4:00 PM
    Instructor: Otto Bruno, author 'Barney Miller and the Files of the Ol' One-Two’
    Term: 2024-2
    Location: Oasis Rochester
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    He was suave, sophisticated, and handsome. Women wanted to be with him and men wanted to be him. In fact, Grant once said to a reporter, "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." A revealing quote that hints at the artifice of Hollywood creations. Yet the one definite truth is that Cary Grant was a great comedic actor. He possessed... read more
    He was suave, sophisticated, and handsome. Women wanted to be with him and men wanted to be him. In fact, Grant once said to a reporter, "Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." A revealing quote that hints at the artifice of Hollywood creations. Yet the one definite truth is that Cary Grant was a great comedic actor. He possessed not only a gift for physical comedy that was rare among romantic leading men but he could deliver dialogue as gracefully as any star of the classic period. He made it look so easy that few appreciated his greatness during his years on the big screen. Join us for this delightful romp through four of Grant's early classic performances.
  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 07-10-2024 to 07-31-2024
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 4:00 PM
    Instructor: Otto Bruno, author 'Barney Miller and the Files of the Ol' One-Two’
    Term: 2024-2
    Location: Oasis Rochester

    Ford is unquestionably the greatest director of Western films in Hollywood history and yet his four Oscars for Best Director were all for non-Western films. Nevertheless, Ford identified most with that aspect of his career once famously introducing himself as, "John Ford. I make Westerns."  In this course, we'll examine four of his most famous and popular... read more
    Ford is unquestionably the greatest director of Western films in Hollywood history and yet his four Oscars for Best Director were all for non-Western films. Nevertheless, Ford identified most with that aspect of his career once famously introducing himself as, "John Ford. I make Westerns."  In this course, we'll examine four of his most famous and popular tales of the Old West. We'll examine Ford's sometimes questionable but almost always successful methods as a director and meet his "stock company" of players including  John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Harry Carey Jr., and Ben Johnson, to name a few.  It 's guaranteed to be an entertaining trip through American and Hollywood history.

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