Hitchcock’s villains with SOMAS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Stephen Whitty, a writer, film critic and lecturer, will discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s villains on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood, as part of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School fall lecture series. The Master of Suspense was known for […]

Exploring the Glass House

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Join the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School for a day in the mid-century modern mecca of New Canaan, Conn., on Friday, Nov. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a Coach bus leaving from the Maplewood Community Pool parking lot, 187 Boyden Ave. Enroute to the destination, attendees will watch the documentary […]

Pissarro painting nature

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Award-winning art history educator Janet Mandel will give a presentation on Camille Pissarro, “Have But One Master – Nature,” on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood, as part of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School fall lecture series. Pissarro […]

SOMAS fall catalogs just hit mailboxes

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Back to school is not just for the children! Be on the lookout in your mailboxes for South Orange-Maplewood Adult School’s fall catalog, which features a trove of exciting classes, lectures and events. “We’ve taken time to really streamline our course listings, giving some classes a break and adding new classes to […]

WO residents honored by NCJW/Essex

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At the NCJW/Essex annual Installation and Awards Evening on Wednesday, May 30, at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, West Orange resident Patti Nathan received the Hannah G. Solomon Award and West Orange resident Penny Sherry received the NCJW/Essex Service to Section Award. The Hannah G. Solomon Award is presented by […]

SOMAS honors Kopecky and Lester at annual meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School presented The Gus & Thelma Sickles Lifelong Learners Award to South Orange Public Library Director Melissa Kopecky and Maplewood Memorial Library Director Sarah Lester at its annual meeting on May 21 in recognition of their dedication to lifelong learning. Kopecky has been the director of the South […]

Alice Neel’s influence

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although mostly unheralded, Alice Neel was one of the great American painters of the 20th century and a pioneer among women artists. A painter of people, landscape and still life, Neel was never fashionable or in step with avant-garde movements; when abstract expressionism and pop art were all the rage, she painted […]

Learn all about Renoir

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s philosophy can be summed up in this quote: “A picture must be an amiable thing, joyous and pretty — yes, pretty! There are enough troublesome things in life without inventing others.” Renoir’s joie de vivre made him one of the most beloved impressionist painters. On Thursday, April 26, from 7 […]

‘Same Family, Different Colors’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School will present its Eva Samo Lecture on Wednesday, April 25, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood. Colorism or color bias — the preference for or presumed superiority of people based on the color of their skin […]

‘Soccer Town, USA’ with SOMAS

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In a year when the United States men’s national team will miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986, join the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School and discover the story of how three boyhood friends helped the USA qualify for its first appearance in 40 years. John Harkes, […]