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July Mini Courses   

Our Mini Courses are open to the public as well as members. We hope you'll try OLLI @ SF State by taking a Mini Course.
 
  • ZOOM: Bay Area Documentary Filmmakers: Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow - Town Destroyer (2022)
  • Fee: $22.00
    Dates: 7/22/2024 - 7/22/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Michael Fox
    Seats Available: 51

    **This class will be held on Zoom**

    **Accessing the Film: It is not necessary to watch the film ahead of time but is encouraged. Note that this film is not yet streaming but can be found at the SF Public Library and perhaps others as well. If you are unable to get the film on DVD, a downloadable version will be provided by the filmmakers one week before class to those who are enrolled.**

    Join Michael Fox and filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow for a discussion of objectivity and ethics in documentary filmmaking that will also include broader issues of artistic representation (historical and current), censorship and community involvement.

    About the film:

    TOWN DESTROYER explores the ways we look at art and history at a time of racial reckoning. Historic murals at San Francisco's George Washington High School, painted in 1936 by leftwing artist Victor Arnautoff (a student of Diego Rivera), praise Washington and—rare for the time—critically depict him overseeing his slaves and directing the bloody seizure of Native lands. The film explores debates over trauma, student safety and cancel culture: How should society deal with controversial works of art? Do the intentions of the artist matter, or just the impact on viewers?

    https://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/towd.html

    Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow's 's films include the award-winning Company Town, Between Two Worlds, Thirst, Secrets of Silicon Valley and Blacks and Jews. Kaufman founded and for 13 years was Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first independent Jewish film showcase in the world. She has been a Board member of the California Council for the Humanities, the New Israel Fund, and Amnesty International USA. She has been a consultant, programmer, lecturer, and activist with a variety of human rights, multicultural and media arts organizations. A member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Kaufman is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law and a member of the California Bar. Alan Snitow was a producer at top-rated KTVU-TV News (the Bay Area Fox affiliate) for 12 years. Before that, he was News Director at KPFA-FM (the local Pacifica Radio station), winning the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Gold Award for Best Local Newscast. Snitow served on the boards of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Film Arts Foundation, California Media Collaborative, Food and Water Watch and as Board President of the S.F. Jewish Film Festival. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and a graduate of Cornell University. 

    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • IN-PERSON: The Osher Collection: New Art at the DeYoung Museum
  • Fee: $29.00
    Dates: 7/23/2024 - 7/23/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: James Kohn
    Seats Available: 17

    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    The Fine Arts museums of SF has a new addition! The Osher Collection features thirteen significant American artists who are entering the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums for the first time, including Robert Blum, Frank Vincent DuMond, Frederick Carl Frieseke, William McGregor Paxton, Edward Henry, and Robert Henri. The first Southwest subjects by Georgia O’Keeffe will join the collection. These will be the first Southwest O’Keeffes to join the permanent collection.  The presenter, a docent at FAMSF for more than twenty years, will introduce these new additions in a 2-hour presentation.

    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • IN-PERSON: San Francisco's Crystal Palace Market
  • Fee: $29.00
    Dates: 7/23/2024 - 7/23/2024
    Times: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Lorri Ungaretti
    Seats Available: 14
    **This class will be taught In-Person**

    The Crystal Palace Market was a cavernous, 70,000-square-foot farmer’s market (and more!) that operated at 8th Street between Market and Mission Streets from 1922 to 1959. The market featured about 70 different vendors, many of whom were offering services and products that one never sees in a farmer’s market today. You will learn about the early uses of the large lot, how 8th and Market was considered the “outskirts” of San Francisco, several well-known owners of the market, the various types of items sold there, and what is there today.
    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • HYBRID (IN-PERSON): Highlights from SFMOMA’s “Art of Noise” Exhibit
  • Fee: $29.00
    Dates: 7/24/2024 - 7/24/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Downtown Campus; 160 Spear St
    Room: 505
    Instructor: Richie Unterberger
    Seats Available: 15

    **This class is a Hybrid. This section of the class will be taught In-Person.**

    Until August 18, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's special exhibit "Art of Noise" features a host of visual artifacts illustrating how the way popular music has been heard, promoted, and packaged has changed over the last hundred years. This two-and-a-half-hour mini-course spotlights several dozen of its most interesting vintage posters, album covers, turntables, stereo systems, radios, and advertisements, spanning the early 20th century to the present. We’ll discuss these artifacts' history with pictures and videos, adding historical context to how these formats have evolved over the past century.

    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • HYBRID (ZOOM): Highlights from SFMOMA’s “Art of Noise” Exhibit
  • Fee: $29.00
    Dates: 7/24/2024 - 7/24/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Richie Unterberger
    Seats Available: 65

    **This class is a Hybrid. This section of the class will be taught on Zoom.**

    Until August 18, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's special exhibit "Art of Noise" features a host of visual artifacts illustrating how the way popular music has been heard, promoted, and packaged has changed over the last hundred years. This two-and-a-half-hour mini-course spotlights several dozen of its most interesting vintage posters, album covers, turntables, stereo systems, radios, and advertisements, spanning the early 20th century to the present. We’ll discuss these artifacts' history with pictures and videos, adding historical context to how these formats have evolved over the past century.

    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • ZOOM: The Legacy of Black Baseball: From the Negro Leagues to Willie Mays
  • Fee: $29.00
    Dates: 7/25/2024 - 7/25/2024
    Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Alan Goldberg
    Seats Available: 62
    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    With the recent passing of Willie Mays, by any standards one of the most beloved and talented baseball players of all time, much attention has been brought to the legacy of the Negro Leagues where Mays made his professional debut with the Birmingham Black Barons. This storied franchise was one of many in the segregated world that was Black baseball before the color barrier was broken in 1947 by Jackie Robinson and Mays was finally able to break through as a star with the Giants in the early 1950s. To its credit, Major League Baseball has recently elevated the Negro Leagues to equal status including the hallowed realm of official statistics and by finally honoring the legacy of the great players and franchises that toiled for decades in the “shadows.” By the late 1940s and early 1950s, Mays and other black players were finally able to compete with (and oft-times surpass) the white players, thereby changing the fabric of baseball forever, though the indignities of prejudice persisted. Other non-white ballplayers, particularly Hispanics and later Asians finally made their mark in MLB which is now a sport with global reach and profound cultural influence. This class is designed to honor the legacy of the Negro Leagues unto the era of Willie Mays and resurrect its legends while not glossing over the painful exclusion suffered during this pivotal period in American life and culture. We will share many iconic images, video and movie clips, and anecdotes along the way that should appeal to diehard and casual baseball/American history fans alike.
    Non-members are welcome to register.
 

  • ZOOM: The Man Who Gave "Fiddler" Its Lyrical Heart: Sheldon Harnick
  • Fee: $29.00
    Dates: 7/25/2024 - 7/25/2024
    Times: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Bonnie Weiss
    Seats Available: 61
    **This class will be taught on Zoom**

    In this mini-course you’ll learn all about the lyricist who has penned the words to some of the most heart-warming and wonderfully witty songs ever written for Broadway.  You’ll learn what inspired him to write them and see a number of them sung by some of Broadway’s best performers, including Mr. Harnick, himself.  Included will be numbers from the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Fiorello", the legendary "Fiddler on the Roof", "She Loves Me" (your instructor's favorite), “The Rothschilds” and more.  Bonnie will also share the in-person conversations and email exchanges she was fortunate enough to have with him.
    Non-members are welcome to register.
 


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