Discuss film noir with SOMAS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More of an attitude than a genre, film noir began in Hollywood in the 1940s — though it wasn’t named until the French critics rediscovered it in the 1950s. Full of rain-swept streets, femme fatales and doomed heroes, film noir continues to influence filmmakers today. On Monday, April 2, from 7:30 to […]

‘Van Gogh: After Arles’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In one of the most shocking and infamously haunting incidents in art history, Vincent Van Gogh, consumed with paranoid delusion, sliced off his left ear. After a relatively short hospital stay, he returned to the Yellow House but could not maintain his mental equilibrium. A South Orange-Maplewood Adult School class on Thursday, […]

Healthy eating for Dr. Seuss’ birthday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, join the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School and author CC Minton, a West Orange resident, to hear the story of “Daddy’s Greek Potato Pie” on Saturday, March 3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood. Students in kindergarten through fourth […]

Register now for spring classes at SOMAS

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School’s spring catalogs are out and registration is open. Highlights this semester include Star-Ledger film critic Stephen Whitty on April 2, who will use stories and film clips to examine the rain-swept streets and femme fatales of film noir; author Lori L. Tharps will explore […]

Secret life of stadiums

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Sports journalist Rafi Kohan spent more than a year visiting stadiums across the country, learning their histories and quirks and embedding with a wide range of colorful characters. In a South Orange-Maplewood Adult School lecture on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Columbia High School Library, Kohan pulls […]

The Bohemian Modigliani

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Amedeo Modigliani, painter and sculptor, was born in Italy but spent most of his tragically short life in France among his avant-garde peers: Severini, Brancusi, Soutine, Gris and Picasso. He is known for portraits and nudes in a contemporary style characterized by the elongation of faces and figures. Award-winning art history education […]

Romantic-era piano music

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Janet Armuth Wolkoff will perform selections from Romantic piano literature, including works by Schumann, Brahms and Chopin at a classical piano music appreciation show held by the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room C237 at Columbia High School. In between pieces, Wolkoff will […]

Edvard Munch: more than ‘The Scream’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Edvard Munch, famous for four versions of “The Scream,” was a prolific Norwegian painter and printmaker. Award-winning art history education Janet Mandel will look at his fascinating and unconventional life — he was damaged by alcoholism, hallucinations, social isolation and paranoia — as well as his psychologically evocative paintings in a South […]