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Wendy Rosenberg: Creativity Workshop
Our hands connect us to the world and the world to us. They are filled with memories, sensations, and experiences we have collected throughout the course of our lives.
In this workshop, you are invited to explore through writing, poetry, and a hands-on art activity the things you know first hand, have kept close at hand, made by hand, touch, pointed to, grabbed onto, held in your hands, or, perhaps, hand in the palm of your hand.
Hands-down, this is going to be a fun and creative time. I hope you'll join me. You do not have to be an old hand at art or writing. No previous art or writing experience is necessary.
Enigma and Codebreaking During WWII
In honor of D-Day, this excellent presentation will discuss code-breaking and Enigma's impact on World War II.
The gripping movie 'The Imitation Game' brought to light Alan Turing's deciphering machine, Enigma. However, it didn't tell the entire story of the creation of the machine and its contributors. Author and historian James Gannon will discuss the details left out in the movie, and the Enigma's effect on three major campaigns including the defeat of the German U-boats in the North Atlantic, the defeat of Romel in North Africa, and the successful landing in Normandy on D-Day. In all of these events, codebreaking was central, as were double agents and visual and audio deception.
A graduate of Gonzaga University and American University, James Gannon is a former award-winning producer and writer of documentaries for NBC News and Channel 13. He is the author of 'Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies: How spies and codebreakers helped shape the Twentieth Century' as well as several other books. His articles have appeared in The Nation and other publications.
In a review of his work 'Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies' Publisher's Weekly stated, 'Gannon's basic strength is in depicting the delicate balance of espionage and showing how a nation's fate can hinge on the concealment or discovery of vital information. Overall, this is an entertaining survey that successfully plants the subliminal question: What if?'
Hudson Shakespeare Company Presents Richard II
A return of fabulous Shakespeare performances by the Hudson Shakespeare Company! In politics, it's important to project an image of confidence, but it's quite dangerous when you start believing your own press. Richard II, a king since childhood, has continually been told he is God's representative on earth and he takes on that role with relish as he wraps himself in iconic imagery while disregarding his citizens. Enter the pragmatic and straight shooter Henry Bolingbroke, Richard's cousin, who seeks an inheritance that was stolen from him by Richard. What begins as a minor skirmish between two very different men spirals into a contest of competing philosophies about whose vision is best to rule England.
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Kiddle Rock with Polka Dot
Ron Albanese (POLKA DOT!) and his POLKA DOT PALS will be performing a colorful, peppy, one-of-a-kind children’s and family music show that you won’t want to miss! These high-energy musical numbers will have everyone clapping, singing, dancing and laughing along.