Oct
3
Tue
Salem Writers’ Group
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Oct
4
Wed
Introducing Salem Artist Quinton Oliver Jones (1903-1999)
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This lecture presented by Connie Gephart orients viewers to the Athenaeum’s Fall-Winter Exhibit of Quinton Oliver Jones.

Salem native Quinton Oliver Jones (1903-1999), was a reclusive Harvard-trained artist whose paintings and sculptures filled his home to the brim. This Fall the Salem Athenaeum presents an exhibition drawn from Quinton’s body of work, most of which has never been seen by the public before. Discover his colorful, fantastical visions and learn about the world in which he lived and drew inspiration for his artwork.

Oct
5
Thu
Scrabble Club
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tennessee Williams Course
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7 Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. — October 5-November 16

Last fall, we considered the plays of Arthur Miller, one of the two greatest American playwrights of the mid-twentieth century. In this fall’s 7-week course, we will examine the work of the other great playwright of this period: Tennessee Williams. While Miller’s realistic plays were rooted in the industrial North, Williams’ expressionistic dramas seemed to be thoroughly Southern.

Upon closer examination, we discover that Williams’ plays constitute a much broader critique of post-war America with its ambivalent attitudes towards class, success, sexuality, and outsiderness. As a technical innovator, Williams was the true master, as even Miller had to concede. Through an examination of his life, his recorded conversations and published essays, we will also learn how Williams transformed his life experiences into bold dramas; how he felt about the American theater in his time, the price of fame, the critical reviews he received, and the filmed adaptations of his works. On several occasions, we will view filmed versions of the plays in class.

Plays to be considered are:

The Glass Menagerie (1944)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1949)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
Orpheus Descending (1957)
Suddenly Last Summer (1958)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1959)
Night of the Iguana (1961).

Oct
7
Sat
Dickens Fellowship
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Dickens Fellowship North of Boston Branch, Chartered Branch #204, is part of an international community celebrating Charles Dickens and promoting readership and appreciation of his works while educating about the ideas and social issues that were close to his heart.  The North of Boston Branch was founded in 2010 and meets monthly at the Salem Athenaeum.  Meetings involve book discussion as well as other Dickens-related programming and activities.  All are welcome to join the Fellowship and rekindle your enjoyment of Dickens or start anew.

Oct
10
Tue
La Tertulia
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Oct
12
Thu
Scrabble Club
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tennessee Williams Course
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7 Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. — October 5-November 16

Last fall, we considered the plays of Arthur Miller, one of the two greatest American playwrights of the mid-twentieth century. In this fall’s 7-week course, we will examine the work of the other great playwright of this period: Tennessee Williams. While Miller’s realistic plays were rooted in the industrial North, Williams’ expressionistic dramas seemed to be thoroughly Southern.

Upon closer examination, we discover that Williams’ plays constitute a much broader critique of post-war America with its ambivalent attitudes towards class, success, sexuality, and outsiderness. As a technical innovator, Williams was the true master, as even Miller had to concede. Through an examination of his life, his recorded conversations and published essays, we will also learn how Williams transformed his life experiences into bold dramas; how he felt about the American theater in his time, the price of fame, the critical reviews he received, and the filmed adaptations of his works. On several occasions, we will view filmed versions of the plays in class.

Plays to be considered are:

The Glass Menagerie (1944)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1949)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
Orpheus Descending (1957)
Suddenly Last Summer (1958)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1959)
Night of the Iguana (1961).

Oct
13
Fri
Ziad Hamzeh
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Acclaimed filmmaker and Syrian native, Ziad Hamzeh, will discuss his films and give an artist’s perspective on the refugee crisis.

A Director, Producer, and Writer, Ziad’s work has earned over 40 awards and honors. Presently Ziad is in pre-production for the film Sushi Tushi slotted to begin filming in New York May 2017. Most recently he produced the film The Flower of Aleppo in Tunis which is slotted to be the opening film at the Carthage Film Festival this October. The film was chosen to be Tunisia’s entry into the 2017 Oscar and the Golden Globe Awards.

In April Ziad’s film Irrefutable Proof swept the Beverly Hills Film Festival earning three top awards. The Golden Palm for Ziad, Best actress, and best cinematography. Ziad shared The Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s Black Pearl Award for Best Producer with acclaimed Tunisian filmmaker Ridha Behi for Always Brando, which had its world premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival. Always Brando also received the Jury prize at The Algerian Film Festival and the Best Picture Award at The Alexandria Film Festival.

Ziad teaches advanced and graduate classes in filmmaking at Lesky University and Emerson College.  He earned an M.F.A. in directing from California State University, Fullerton, an M.A. in writing and criticism from California State University, Los Angeles, and a BA in theatre from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Oct
14
Sat
Book Group
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.