• Sessions: 3
    Class Date(s): 11-21-2023 to 12-05-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 2:00 PM → 3:30 PM
    Instructor: James Kraus, retired English teacher, Rochester City School District
    Term: 2023-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
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    This final course on Sinatra's musical career will focus on recordings from the 1970's to 1990's after a retirement of almost two years in the early 70's. When Sintra returned, he carefully alternated new material (Sondheim,  Jim Croce, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison) with reworkings of old chestnuts in both his recordings and personal appearances. A... read more
    This final course on Sinatra's musical career will focus on recordings from the 1970's to 1990's after a retirement of almost two years in the early 70's. When Sintra returned, he carefully alternated new material (Sondheim,  Jim Croce, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison) with reworkings of old chestnuts in both his recordings and personal appearances. A review and overview of his career will be included. Some film segments will be seen. Jim Kraus is a retired CSD English teacher with a deep affection for the songs and performers of the great American songbook.
  • 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: 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

    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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