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Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, built an impressive catalogue of some 54 feature films – dozens of other shorts, television series – during his 55-year directorial career. Averaging a film a year while filming in both England and the US, “Hitch” crafted one of the most impressive, influential, groundbreaking, and enduring catalogues in film history. This course will examine 7 of Hitchcock’s most well-known films, all of which are excellent examples art from a man driven by innovation in both technical and narrative realms, and whose ability to marry the two is nearly peerless. While many of his most famous films are missing from our discussion, the goal of the course is to lay bare the essentials of viewing a Hitchcock film, so that as you expand your personal viewing into his cannon, you will know what to watch for to make your screenings as fulfilling as possible. Similarly, when you return to the films chosen for our class for a second viewing, you will see even more details, nuances, and techniques hidden in each of these works. The films we'll be watching and discussing are: The Lodger The 39 Steps Shadow of a Doubt Rope Strangers on a Train Rear Window Vertigo We will consider these films in the context of the impact of editing and camera movement, especially as these tools carry over from the silent era; the narrative motifs that link his works across decades; the impact of popularized theories of psychoanalysis and gender norms as part of dominant culture vis-à-vis the technical and narrative choices employed; and other aesthetic choices that become motifs throughout his films.Find out more »
Learn to write beautiful letters with a pointed pen in this 6-week class. We’ll work with ink and a metal dip pen to create the beautiful shapes of the classic Copperplate script. Students will then learn how to vary the classical style to make expressive contemporary letters. Beginner to intermediate students welcome. Experienced students will learn how to apply calligraphy to projects. A supply fee of $30 will apply to new students payable to the instructor at the first class. Note:Class on 4/24 will be held at the instructor’s nearby home to visit her art studio and view calligraphy pieces, books, and journals. Karen Nordstrom Roberts is a professional calligrapher with more than 20 years of lettering art experience. For many years she provided calligraphy services for weddings and other special events including marriage certificates and wedding blessings. Currently, her practice is focused on creating original art combining calligraphy and expressive art. She serves as vice president of the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh.Find out more »
Stop by for a special evening of stories, songs, and more. Ages 2 & up. Kids are welcome to come in pajamas.Find out more »
Are you interested in researching your family heritage and sharing what you learned with others? Join us for an informal monthly meetup where we’ll exchange ideas, resources, and conversation about family history and how we trace it. New and experienced genealogists are welcome.Find out more »
Travel to new realms with Speculative Fiction Book Club! Join the quest for great discussion on the last Wednesday of each month.
This month's selection is the Afro-fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk.Find out more »