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October 2015

Humanities West Presents Dawn of the Italian Renaissance (1275-1400)

October 23, 2015 - October 24, 2015
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Tickets: $25-$80

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Meetup with Humanities West at the Hotel Rex Library Bar

October 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
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Humanities West Book Discussions Led by Lynn Harris: Dante’s Divine Comedy

October 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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$5

HW discusses Dante's Divine Comedy in the Clive James’s translation, which was decades in the making and which renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. James’s translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian, propelling the reader along the pilgrim’s path from Hell to Heaven, from despair to revelation. October 26, Paradise.

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What is Vernacular? How Dante Invented Italian

October 29, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA United States
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FREE

Albert Russell Ascoli (Terrill Distinguished Professor in the Department of Italian Studies, UCB) A reading and commentary on verses from The Divine Comedy and The Convivio (the Banquet). Lecture will be followed by a Q & A session. Sponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Society. Events@davincisanfrancisco.com or media@sfiic.org Free

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January 2016

The Music of the Spanish Golden Age with Richard Savino

January 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
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$25

Humanities West Salon at the Rex, featuring Richard Savino, David Morris and Ann Moss Prior to the Salon there will be a Meetup in the Library Bar at 5 pm (no host bar) Vihuelist and guitarist Richard Savino and friends will explore the rich and and varied musical repertoire of the Siglo de Oro, the Spanish golden age. Included will be settings of villancicos, romances and tonos humanos performed alongside solo fantasias, tientos, danzas and diferencias from the 16th through 17th century.…

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February 2016

Shakespeare/Cervantes Fireside Chat

February 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA United States
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FREE
Shakespeare & Cervantes

George Hammond (Humanities West)

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Performance: Heroes and Antiheroes in Shakespeare and Cervantes

February 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Shakespeare & Cervantes

Bruce Avery is Professor of Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University. He holds a PhD in English Literature and Classics from UC Santa Cruz. He has written on Spenser, Joyce, Kipling, Salman Rushdie, Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare, and pedagogy. He is an actor and director, and has played Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Polonius in Hamlet, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Old Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, among others. His directing credits include Venus in Fur, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,…

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Meetup with Humanities West at the Hotel Rex Library Bar

February 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
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Shakespeare & Cervantes

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Humanities West Presents Shakespeare & Cervantes| Friday Program

February 26, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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$55
Shakespeare & Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) and William Shakespeare (1564 –1616), two of Western civilization’s greatest writers, helped to define modern forms of literature, while enriching the power and expressiveness of their respective languages. They lived amid the tumultuous interconnected histories of the Spanish Golden Age and the Golden Ages of Jacobean and Elizabethan England. On the 400th anniversary of their deaths, we celebrate the enduring themes and vivid characters in the timeless stories they created.Their respective literary contributions have become deeply…

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Humanities West Presents Shakespeare & Cervantes | Saturday Program

February 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Shakespeare & Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) and William Shakespeare (1564 –1616), two of Western civilization’s greatest writers, helped to define modern forms of literature, while enriching the power and expressiveness of their respective languages. They lived amid the tumultuous interconnected histories of the Spanish Golden Age and the Golden Ages of Jacobean and Elizabethan England. On the 400th anniversary of their deaths, we celebrate the enduring themes and vivid characters in the timeless stories they created.Their respective literary contributions have become deeply…

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Humanities West Book Discussion on Shakespeare Led by Lynn Harris, Will of the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

February 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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$5
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Humanities West Book Discussion on Shakespeare led by Lynn Harris - Will of the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2004) by Stephen Greenblatt Club members Free, non-members $5

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March 2016

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero – Timothy Egan

March 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Mechanics’ Institute is pleased to co-sponsor this series with the Irish-American Crossroads Festival, Irish Literary and Historical Society, Humanities West. Timothy Egan tells the Irish American story through the life of Thomas Francis Meagher.  A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York — the…

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Music of the Celtic Nations

March 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
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$25
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Music of the Celtic Nations Multi-instrumentalists Shira Kammen and Jim Oakden celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a performance of the music of the Celtic nations–Brittany, Galicia, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc.–on piano, bagpipes, and other Celtic instruments. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Shira Kammen has spent much of her life exploring the world of early music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia; Hesperion XX; the Boston…

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Humanities West Book Discussion on Cervantes Led by Lynn Harris, Don Quixote (1605), Edith Grossman translation

March 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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$5

Humanities West Book Discussion on Cervantes led by Lynn Harris - Don Quixote (1605), Edith Grossman translation Club members Free, non-members $5

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Women’s Roles in the Easter 1916 Rising and its Aftermath

March 31, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Sinead McCoole, author of Easter Widows. Cosponsored by Mechanics’ Institute and the Irish-American Crossroads Festival.

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April 2016

Humanities West Book Discussion on The Celts Led by Lynn Harris, How the Irish Saved Civilization

April 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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$5
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Humanities West Book Discussion on The Celts Led by Lynn Harris - How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill.   Club members Free, non-members $5

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Voices of the Easter Rising 1916: A Theatrical Evening of Irish Poetry, Stories, and Song

April 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Voices of the Easter Rising 1916:  A Theatrical Evening of Irish Poetry, Stories and Song expresses the passions of protest and the yearning for Irish independence on the centennial  of this momentous event.  Cosponsored by Mechanics’ Institute and the Irish-American Crossroads Festival.

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May 2016

The Celts Fireside Chat

May 3, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA United States
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FREE
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The Celts Fireside Chat with George Hammond (Humanities West)

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Meetup with Humanities West at the Hotel Rex Library Bar

May 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
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Meetup with Humanities West at the Hotel Rex Library Bar No-Host Bar

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Humanities West Presents The Celts: History, Culture, Legend | Friday Program

May 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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From Galatia in modern Turkey to Galicia in northwest Spain, Celtic peoples dominated pre-Roman Europe, a Celtic past evoked in such place names as Paris, Vienna, and Edinburgh. Celtic culture outlasted Roman military rule and generated a rich archive of art (metal and textiles), religious and cultural traditions, and legends that inspired epic and lyric poetry in Europe’s successor languages. Some Celtic polities (Wales, Brittany) were absorbed into larger national units only in the late medieval period, and Celtic cultural…

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Humanities West Presents The Celts: History, Culture, Legend | Saturday Program

May 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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celts

From Galatia in modern Turkey to Galicia in northwest Spain, Celtic peoples dominated pre-Roman Europe, a Celtic past evoked in such place names as Paris, Vienna, and Edinburgh. Celtic culture outlasted Roman military rule and generated a rich archive of art (metal and textiles), religious and cultural traditions, and legends that inspired epic and lyric poetry in Europe’s successor languages. Some Celtic polities (Wales, Brittany) were absorbed into larger national units only in the late medieval period, and Celtic cultural…

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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, The Celts, Celts Myths & Legends

May 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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$5
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Humanities West Book Discussion on the Celts Led by Lynn Harris - Celtic Myths & Legends by Peter Beresford Ellis Club members Free, non-members $5

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Adam Hochschild on Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

May 25, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Adam Hochschild presents his latest book: Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. Free to Donors of Humanities West and Members of Mechanics’Institute, Public $15

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July 2016

Vienna and the Movies

July 7, 2016 @ 8:00 am - October 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2120 Oxford Street
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive presents Vienna and the Movies. Vienna is an essential cockpit of modernism, and the breeding ground for some of the most beautiful movies ever made. Major directors were born or raised in Vienna, or affected by working there: Erich von Stroheim, Fritz Lang, G. W. Pabst, Josef von Sternberg, Billy Wilder, Max Ophuls, Michael Haneke. This series outlines the role and influence of the city that, in just a few decades, went…

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September 2016

Richard Savino and The Kingdoms of Castile: A Salon

September 12, 2016 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Recital Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street
san francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Richard Savino and The Kingdoms of Castile: A Salon Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Tix: $25 general admission (includes VIP seating at the 7:30 pm concert) www.cityboxoffice.com or 415 392 4400 Richard Savino, guitarist/lutenist and Director of the ensemble El Mundo, performs and discusses Hispanic music and the making of El Mundo’s Grammy-nominated CD, The Kingdoms of Castile. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries the Spanish Vice Royalties of Central and South America, as well as those in Italy, were well-springs…

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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Vienna 1890-1918, A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889 (1979) by Frederic Morton

September 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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Humanities West Book Discussion on Vienna Led by Lynn Harris - A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889 (1979) by Frederic Morton Club members Free, non-members $5

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October 2016

An Evening with Alma Mahler, Muse to Men of Genius

October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
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$25
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Kayleen Asbo (Mythica Foundation, Humanities West), Karen Clark (contralto) and Karen Rosenak on piano. Wife of three extraordinary men (composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and novelist Franz Werfel), lover of artists Klimt and Kokoshka and muse for many more men of genius, Alma Mahler (1879-1964) was at the very center of fin de siecle Viennese cultural life. Her story is one of the most scandalous—and ultimately memorable—stories you’ll ever encounter. In association with the Humanities West program Vienna on…

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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Vienna 1890-1918, “The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European”

October 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Vienna 1890-1918:  The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European by Zweig, Stefan.

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November 2016

Vienna on the Verge Fireside Chat

November 1, 2016 @ 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA United States
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Vienna on the Verge Fireside Chat with George Hammond (Humanities West)

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Egon Schiele: A Feminist Artist Ahead of his Time / Kerrin Meis

November 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
$20
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Nov 3, 6:00 pm. Egon Schiele: A Feminist Artist Ahead of his Time / Kerrin Meis Egon Schiele, working in Vienna in the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, adored women! Sex preoccupied the Viennese, buzzing about Sigmund Freud's 1905 Theories of Sexuality, Gustav Mahler’s music so suggestive of post-coital exhaustion, and Gustav Klimt's gorgeous images of desire. Schiele was even more audacious in his nudes and explorations of self in his Self-Portraits Masturbating. There is more to Schiele: in…

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Humanities West Presents Vienna on the Verge (1890-1918) | Friday Program

November 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Humanities West Presents Vienna on the Verge (1890-1918)

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Humanities West Presents Vienna on the Verge (1890-1918) | Saturday Program

November 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Humanities West Presents Vienna on the Verge (1890-1918)

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February 2017

Love, Longing and Madness: Letters and Love Songs

February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
$25

Kayleen Asbo (Mythica Foundation, Humanities West) and Karen Clark (contralto) Join Humanities West for a lecture/recital about the tumultuous love affairs of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, featuring Kayleen Asbo (piano) and Karen Clark (contralto) Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, SF TIX: www.cityboxoffice.com or 415.392.4400. 

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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Wanderlust: Vikings, “The Age of Vikings” by Sanders Winroth

February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Wanderlust: Vikings,  The Age of Vikings by Sanders Winroth

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The Vikings Fireside Chat

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA United States
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Free
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George Hammond

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The End of the Vikings? / Linda Rugg

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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$20
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February 23, 2017, 6 pm The End of the Vikings? / Linda Rugg (Scandinavian Studies, UC Berkeley) In the year 1000 CE, at the annual Althing (national assembly) in Iceland, a decision was made to make Christianity the official religion of the island. The road from paganism to Christianity was not, however, completely smooth, nor did the conversion process happen as abruptly as the political decision implied. A key text describing the declaration at the Althing appears in Njal’s Saga,…

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Humanities West Presents Age of the Vikings | Friday Program

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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February 24-25, 2017 Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco Save the dates!

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Humanities West Presents Age of the Vikings | Saturday Program

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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February 24-25, 2017 Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco Save the dates!

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March 2017

Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Wanderlust: Vikings, “The Prose Edda” by Jesse Byock

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Wanderlust: Vikings  The Prose Edda by Jesse Byock

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Celebrating Irish Music

March 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
$25

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with a performance of Irish music featuring multi-instrumentalists Shira Kammen and Jim Oakden  Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco. Tix at City Box Office 415 392 4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com . $25.

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Outrageous Muse: Alma Mahler

March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA United States

The Outrageous Muse: An Evening of Story and Song of the irrepressible Alma Mahler, featuring her music, along with that of her husband Gustav Mahler and her teacher Alexander Zemlinsky.   Kayleen Asbo, Karen Clark, Karen Rosenak.  March 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma. Tickets at www.kayleenasbo.com

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April 2017

Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh, “Cleopatra” by Stacy Schiff

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh,  Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

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Cleopatra’s Lament and Other Lost Operas

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Humanities West La Cleopatra release 3_5_15

Celine Ricci and Derek Tam perform the aria lament of Cleopatra from the long—lost Baroque Opera La Cleopatra, composed by Daniele da Castrovillari in 1662. Celine also discusses Ars Minerva’s 2017 Opera schedule. In association with the Humanities West program Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh in May 2017. Hotel Rex etc.

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May 2017

Cleopatra Fireside Chat with George Hammond

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA United States
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George Hammond (Humanities West)

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Stacy Schiff presents her new book The Witches: Salem, 1692

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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Stacy Schiff presents her new book The Witches: Salem, 1692

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Humanities West Presents Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh | Friday Program

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Humanities West Presents Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh

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Humanities West Presents Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh | Saturday Program

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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Humanities West Presents Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh

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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh, “Antony and Cleopatra” by Wm Shakespeare (Folger Shakespeare Library) Edited by Barbara A. Mowat

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, United States
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Humanities West Book Discussion Led by Lynn Harris, Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh "Antony and Cleopatra" by Wm Shakespeare (Folger Shakespeare Library) Edited by Barbara A. Mowat

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October 2017

Beethoven’s Skull and Shakespeare’s Ear: Tim Rayborn performs and talks about the Macabre in Music & Theatre

October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street
San Francisco, United States
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Beethoven’s Skull and Shakespeare’s Ear: Tim Rayborn performs and talks about the Macabre in Music & Theatre. Come and explore some of the strange, dark, and fascinating pieces of fact and folklore that inhabit a hidden history of classical music and drama. Tim will perform ancient and medieval pieces and discuss how the bizarre and the grotesque permeate the history of the arts in the West, right into modern times. Murder, violence, the unexplained, the tragic, the darkly funny, and…

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November 2017

Pirandello’s Sicily / Italian Cultural Institute

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA United States
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Pirandello’s Sicily As the third installment of the Literary Locations series, the Italian Cultural Institute presents a screening of the film Kaos, a brilliant adaptation by the Taviani brothers of four short stories by Pirandello. “The country's harshly beautiful landscape mirrors the hard life and fierce passions of Pirandello's people, yet Kaos is a warm and embracing experience, both amusing and rueful, its camera movement as graceful as baroque scrollwork.” Wednesday, November 1 – 6:00pm Italian Cultural Institute 601 Van…

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