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Museum Tours with Judy Weitzman

Join docent Judy Weitzman at the Walters Art Museum where she virtually presents tours of collections at the Walters. The tours are curator reviewed and approved and the script is accompanied by high quality slide images and last approximately 50-60 minutes. This is FREE and open to all members and subscribers. The tours have different themes and include:
Children in Art 
The representation of children in western art has varied greatly over the centuries. From traditional portraiture and imagined scenes of play, to images of loss and hardship, we will explore how artists have portrayed children and the notion of childhood at different periods of time through painting and sculpture.
Teachers and Students
The notion of the great artist working alone and inspired only by his own creativity, is a modern one. For most artists over the ages, their development was expected to come from careful study with an expert teacher.  In this tour we will look at works in the Walters collection that allow us to examine how instruction was given and received. 
19th Century
One of the strengths of the Walters’ collections is the collection of 19th century European art- often commissioned and purchased by William and Henry themselves.  We will explore major works from masters such as Ingres, Delacroix, Millet and Rousseau to the modernists Monet, Manet and Sisley.
From the decorative arts, we can also visit our exceptional examples of Art Nouveau jewelry by René Lalique and jeweled objects by the House of Fabergé.
Art of the Islamic World
The term “Islamic art” encompasses the entire realm of artistic production in those lands where, from the 7th century onward, the Muslim religion took hold. Islamic art includes not only objects used in the service of religion but also those created for the courts of the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as articles used in everyday life. The Walters Art Museum’s holdings reflect the cultural diversity and geographical range of Islamic cultures, and we will explore some of the highlights.
Wednesdays, October 19 through November 16, no class 10/26
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Society & Culture in Victorian England with Dr. Julie Taddeo

Each week we will explore a different aspect of Victorian England: how Queen Victoria reinvented the monarchy for a new industrial age; the rise of the middle class and how their values of self-help and domesticity shaped Parliamentary reform and attitudes about poverty (for ex., workhouses); how the acquisition of a vast empire (1/4 of the world’s population) transformed daily life (from tea and curries, sugar and soup, museums to freak shows, to debates about who was truly “British”); and lastly how certain figures in the late Victorian period (1880s-‘90s) threatened to overturn the old order (suffragists and New Women; the trial of Oscar Wilde). “Victorian” came to encompass a set of values but also as we will learn, no two Victorians were alike: from the Queen to Jack the Ripper, they show us how complex and contradictory this age truly was. 
Dr. Julie Taddeo is a Research Professor of British History at University of Maryland. She is the author and editor of several books on such topics as the Bloomsbury Group; the novelist Catherine Cookson; period drama television and representations of medicine, masculinity, gender, and class; and Steampunk. She frequently gives public lectures on the British Royals; Victorian scandal and crime; and popular dramas like Downton Abbey, Bridgerton, and Poldark and how they represent the British past. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, August 2 through August 23
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cooking the Globe with Chef Alba Johnson

Cook alongside this incredible chef as she walks us through delicious dishes. We will provide the recipe and ingredient list ahead of time if you’d like to cook along. Each session is a separate class, and all are included with Gold subscriptions. Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. All recipes can be found here: http://www.myerberg.org/cooking

  • Discover Capri on a Plate
    Capri is an island in the Gulf of Naples with breathtaking landscapes, golden beaches, and clear sea. Food is an integral part of the experience for those who want to get to know the island to the fullest. Join Chef Alba as we create Caprese in Bicchiere, Pasta al Sugo di Pomodoro e Olive Nere, Cotolette di Melanzane (Eggplant Cutlets) Mozzarella and Arugula.
    Wednesday, August 3
    2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Delectable Pasta Sauces!
    Pasta comes in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes, which can be sauced in an equally varied number of ways. Learn to make sauces you would find in Nona’s or Zia’s kitchen. Discover delicious pasta recipes such as Fusilli e Crema di Ricotta e limone, Spaghetti e Salsa di Carne e Vino Biancho, Linguini alle Erbe e Olive.
    Tuesday, September 20, 2022
  • Cinque Terre Recipes
    The charm of hills that lean toward the sea, houses and paths suspended between heaven and earth, Cinque Terre is a unique area that remains untouched and faithful to tradition. In this class we will be making unique and original recipes such as Crostini Pesto e Pomodoro, Cod in Agrodolce, and Stuffed Zucchini with Pangrattato Pomodorini e Asiago.
    Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • Sides for the Holidays
    Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or attending as a guest and bringing a dish, why not make delicious sides to pair with the main course? Learn new side dishes that are easy to make while amazing to serve to your guests. Menu: Souffle di Patate, Tortino di Spinaci e Mozzarella, and Insalata Invernale.
    Tuesday, November 15, 2022
  • Holiday Entertaining Dishes
    While the thought of hosting a party might be overwhelming, it doesn’t need to be if you plan ahead to make simple but yet delightful dishes. These dishes are meant to be shared with friend in a calm environment, relish the tradition of entertaining for the holidays. Join chef Alba as we make these delicious dishes. Menu: Mushroom and Gruyere Bruschetta, Salmon and Potato Skewers, and Heirloom Tomato Quiche.
    Monday, December 12, 2022

Memoir Writing with Barbara Bass

The class is taking a break for the summer and will be back in the fall.

Current Events with Journalist John Rydell and Ron Matz

John Rydell is a TV reporter and longtime political reporter with strong journalism background who coordinated media coverage for State of Maryland during savings & loan crisis, has extensive network of contacts in media, public and private sector and is the winner of more than 25 awards for journalistic excellence. Join us each week for an exciting discussion on current events.
Sign-up by going on to the Virtual Center or email jennifer@myerberg.org. This is included in ALL subscriptions!
Mondays, alternating weeks between John Rydell and Ron Matz starting June 13.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Essentials of Watercolor with Mary Beth Dickman

This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with watercolor materials and techniques with a concentration on color mixing, color theory, textures, and layering to achieve realism qualities. Students will work in a variety of compositions and of course, have a lot of fun creating and learning. This course is for all students with little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beginner Oil Painting with Mary Beth Dickman

If you’re wanting to try oil painting but are feeling intimidated by it, now is your chance to learn how to use this media!  This course is geared for beginners but all levels are welcome. We will be focusing on the different techniques of how to mix colors, layering, thinning out the paint with various mediums and working Fat Over Lean. In this course you will gain experience with the basics of oil painting. Supplies: See file below. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Exploration of Pastel with Mary Beth Dickman

This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with chalk pastels and techniques with a concentration on mark making, texture, and color to create artworks they are proud of. Through this course, we will create nature drawings, animal artworks, and portraits. We will be exploring realism and abstraction. This course is for all abilities whether you have little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Wednesdays
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Mary Beth Dickman

In this 6-week course, students will learn the basics of proportions, composition and tonal gradation (shading) through the use of graphite (pencil) and charcoal. This is a messy medium that can be very fun and enjoyable!  Students will learn the use of materials through drawing from still life objects and from portraits. This course is for all abilities, no experience necessary. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Portrait Drawing with Mary Mayhew

This class will focus on the drawing of the face using pencils, charcoal and erasers. We will go over facial dimensions and proportions for different age groups and spend time perfecting features, expressions and shading. Join Mary on Monday afternoons and learn some incredible techniques from this experienced artist.
This is a Limited Enrollment Program, open to the first 25 Gold Subscribers who call 410-358-6856 to register.
Mondays
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Book Club with Wendy Matt

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura David.  Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn. This is free for all members and subscribers.
Thursday, August 18 at 12:00 p.m. (VIRTUAL)

The Beauty Of The Land Of Israel with Rabbi Harry Karp

A course journeying throughout the Promised Land. We’ll be seeking out both natural and historic wonders. Our class will be keeping an eye out for creative architecture as well. Your cameras will swing from Hebron, to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ein Gedi and will enjoy the offerings of “This Land of Mine!!” We’ll get some mountains in as well. Falafel and tahina optional. Singing the lyrics to Exodus will enhance your trip. Andy Williams says so.
These classes will be virtual as well as onsite. Included with GOLD subscriptions.
Tuesdays, July 19 through August 9
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Great Sing-A-Long Songs And How They Came To Be with Rabbi Harry Karp

All your favorites (I hope) will be included. Stephen Foster, Johnny Mercer and Mitch Miller will be all over the place putting a smiling tune in our throats. Get ready to warble away to songs like: The Band Played On, Autumn Leaves, I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl, Rosie O’Grady, Happy Days, Glowworm, Old Man River, Bicycle Built For Two, Shine On Harvest Moon, Straighten Up and Fly Right and on and on. Singing participation very much wanted, whether you are a singer from the choir, glee club or showering for Shabbat. Myerberg does not discriminate.
These classes will be virtual as well as onsite. Included with GOLD subscriptions.
Tuesdays, August 16 through September 6
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Indispensables! Four Pieces We Can’t Live Without! (Maybe 5!) with Jonathan Palevsky

There are certain pieces of music that have been fundamental in changing to the way we see, hear and think about music. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Handel’s Messiah come to my mind…I wonder what comes to yours?  Exploring these masterworks and their subsequent influences or musical children is time well spent.

Jonathan Palevsky is currently the Program Director here at WBJC. He has had the pleasure of working for the station since 1986 when he became a part-time announcer. He has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. Jonathan is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He has hosted just about every conceivable time slot at WBJC, but can regularly be heard hosting the WBJC Opera Preview, their music review program Face the Music and the Music In Maryland. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, August 8 through August 29
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Twelfth Night: Shakespeare’s Comedy of Tangled Love with Gail Lipsitz

“Nothing that is so is so,” and “That that is, is,” says Feste, one of Shakespeare’s “Fools,” whose riddles contain both wit and wisdom. Feste and his music are at the center of Twelfth Night, a merry and melancholy story of love and loyalty, disguises and mistaken identities, masters and servants, peril and pride. Called “the greatest hit of the 16th century,” the play features sparkling dialogue and unforgettable characters. We’ll read and discuss Twelfth Night, using the annotated Barnes and Noble Shakespeare edition, with copies provided by the instructor at a very discounted price.

Public health permitting, we hope to organize a class trip to enjoy a matinee performance of the play by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore on Sunday, October 23.  Tickets may be purchased through the instructor at the group rate in late summer. Transportation not provided through Myerberg.
(Costs of book and theatre tickets are extra.)

Included with GOLD subscriptions, this class has limited enrollment. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Wednesdays, August 24 through September 21
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1996) with Dr. Joseph Cassar

This course focuses on one of the most important American Modern women artists who pioneered a fresh new start in the representation of nature. The virtual lectures using the zoom platform focus on her art education at the Arts Students league in New York and her exposure to the ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow. Later she will show her work at Alfred Stieglitz Gallery 291 which will expose her work to a wider appreciative public. The lectures focus on Georgia O’Keeffe’s extensive travels and inspirations, her marriage to Stieglitz in 1924, settling in New Mexico in 1940, and her subsequent exhibitions focusing on flowers, desert landscapes, and depictions of bones. The course provides a critical analysis of an abundance of art works by O’ Keeffe which invite questions and discussion.

Joseph Paul Cassar is an artist, art historian, curator and educator. He is Professor of Art at the University of Maryland Global Campus with the Department of Art and Graphic Communications. He is currently engaged in designing online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Notre Dame University of Maryland, at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walters Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art among others. He exhibits his work regularly in Malta and the Baltimore-Washington area. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, October 3 through December 5 (no class 10/10 & 10/17)
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Broadway Fridays with Ellen Katz – She’s Back!

Join the fabulous edutainer Ellen Katz for a 7-week series on the greatest hits! Ellen tells the stories of their creation, introduces the people who brought them to life, and showcases the unforgettable music. For over twenty years, she has been invited to share her engaging presentations on “SuperMusicals!” for adults at prestigious organizations including The Chautauqua Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Osher Institute at Towson University and for Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples, Florida. Ellen has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland. She will be teaching:
10/7 – Wicked
10/14 – Les Misérables
10/21 – Hamilton Part 1
10/28 – Hamilton Part 2
11/4 – Phantom of the Opera
11/11 – Jersey Boys
11/18 – Mamma Mia

Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Fridays, October 7 through November 18
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Jews of American Jazz with Seth Kibel

The Jews of American Jazz: An examination of the personalities, lives and careers of Jewish-American musicians — including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz, Terry Gibbs, and others — whose pioneering contributions shaped this uniquely American genre of jazz music.  Classic recordings, video clips, and “live” performances from the instructor will make this course swing like the music itself!
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, “When You’re Smiling,” was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label.  His song “New Waltz” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).  When he’s not performing, Seth frequently lectures on a variety of topics in music history for numerous institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.  www.sethkibel.com Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Wednesdays, October 12 through November 2
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Road to Revolution: America, 1763-1776 with Dr. Richard Bell

In 1763 colonists across British North America could not have been prouder to be members of the British Empire. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with redcoat soldiers, the colonists had trounced their mutual enemies in the French and Indian War. In towns and cities across America, colonists toasted King George, his ministers, and his military. In New York City, grateful colonists erected a statute to their great king, a testament to the belief that their future lay with him. On July 9, 1776, a crowd of American soldiers and sailors tore down this same statue, and melted down its precious lead into 42,088 musket balls to fire at the king’s army. The two sides were now at war—delegates in Philadelphia had finalized the Declaration of Independence just five days earlier—and that war would rage for the next seven years.
 
In this four-week course, University of Maryland historian Richard Bell explores the tumultuous thirteen years between 1763 and 1776. These weekly sessions will examine four of the extraordinary events that turned thirteen loyal British colonies into a united confederation willing to go to war to achieve independence. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, October 31 through November 21
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

History of Hollywood with Barbara Blumberg-Ressin

We’ve all been movie fans as long as we can remember. We remember the names of the many Hollywood studios, from MGM to Fox Studios, from Paramount Studio to Universal Studio, and of course, the Warner Brother’s Studio. What you might not know is that these major studios were started by Jewish men who all came from Eastern Europe. (Louis B. Mayer, Adolf Zukor, Jack Warner, Carl Laemmle and William Fox, to name a few.) What you also don’t know about Hollywood’s history is that these movie moguls didn’t start the industry, women did. From the late 1800s until the talkies, women wrote, produced, starred in and directed movies. It wasn’t until men saw that money could be made that they entered the world of movies making. Learn what happened to the women and the interesting lives on the men. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, November 10 through December 1, no class 11/24
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.