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Art History Talk: Documenting the Dust Bowl:  Dorothea Lange and Marion Post Wolcott

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, Rebecca’s first five lectures this season will feature the work of women artists, some well-known, others nearly forgotten.  Frida Kahlo has become a feminist icon, but how many people know that the sculptor of Lincoln in the US Capitol was the work of Vinnie (Lavinia) Ream?  Or that women photographers were crisscrossing Depression-era America making photographs of dignity amidst squalor?  A final lecture on Impressionist Gardens will serve to whet our appetite…

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Peter Rinearson & Steve Scher – Journalism Today—Polarizing Force or the Backbone of Democracy. . .or Both?

Join two seasoned journalists for a wide-ranging discussion of the news media, and in particular its role in polarizing society—today and historically. Fractious voices on the web bring news, rumors, lies and propaganda into civic discourse with alarming efficiency. Today Facebook, Twitter, Fox News, and even the New York Times contribute to the polarization of society. Vashon resident Peter Rinearson is a Pulitzer Prize winner who wrote a book with Bill Gates, an entrepreneur who developed web-publishing systems for community content, and a former vice president of both Microsoft and a cable network. Steve Scher was a popular host and interviewer at local radio’s KUOW for almost 30 years. He is a podcaster, interviewer, and instructor in the UW Communications Department.

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LaVon Hardison – Earshot Jazz Fest

Friday, October 4, 7:30pm

What do The Clash, Katy Perry, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Chiffons have in common? Their songs are all fair game for joyous reinterpretation by one of today’s most compelling voices in jazz,
LaVon Hardison.

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Laura Bialis – Documenting the Untold Story of Roman Vishniac

Documentary filmmakers are always on the lookout for a good, multi-faceted story—preferably one that has never been told. Some 20 years ago, at a lecture by the late Elie Wiesel, documentary filmmaker Laura Bialis met Mara Vishniac Kohn, daughter of the legendary photographer Roman Vishniac. Following his death in 1990, Kohn became the sole custodian of her father’s legacy, including 10,000 images. Bialis’ and Kohn’s chance meeting developed into a close friendship between the two women during which Bialis would…

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Joel Ross – Earshot Jazz Fest

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm

Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists - Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris - as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and many more.

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Art History Talk – Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo took up painting after a devastating streetcar accident and wed Diego Rivera a few years later. She adopted a flamboyant persona, slugging tequila and taking lovers of both sexes, and used art as a way of combating her physical and emotional pain.

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Kiki Valera – Earshot Jazz Fest

Friday, October 25, 7:30pm

Kiki is a virtuoso. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer, he’s best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with 8 strings grouped in sets of 2.

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