2020-2021 Creative Living Season
The Creative Living Season has been re-imagined due to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions at the Woodstock Opera House. Live Zoom webinars are an exciting alternative, one that allows people to participate from anywhere. Click each of the "Get Tickets" links below to purchase tickets for the upcoming Zoom webinars.
Special Note for Last Season's Subscribers: Subscriptions have been suspended for the 20-21 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are pleased to let you know that your seats will be retained for the 21-22 season.
Upcoming Live Webinars Tickets $20
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A Grand Tour Of Italy: Art, Music, Film & Literature
April 15, 2021
"You may have the universe, if I may have Italy“ is Giuseppe Verdi’s oft-quoted praise of il Bel Paese. In an immersive tour of Italy’s cultural masterpieces—extraordinary, magnificent, haunting, transformative—Dr. Luzzi delves into what is behind Italy’s remarkable appeal and what makes it such an inexhaustible place of discovery. With passionate insight, he shares how art, literature and the humanities can change our world. A Renaissance man himself, Dr. Luzzi is a teacher, scholar and award-winning author of My Two Italies, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love, a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” selection.
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This Season's Previous Programs
Celebrating Jazz: America's Greatest Original Art Form
March 18, 2021
Jazz is a genre broad in scope, from Louis Armstrong’s rousing Dixieland and Billie Holiday’s smoky swing to the bebop rhythms of Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet and the cool jazz of Dave Brubeck's piano. In her return to Creative Living, Anna Celenza explores the power of jazz to cross geographical, political, economic, racial, and religious boundaries. A dynamic presenter, Celenza enlivens her talk with film clips, archival photos and recordings to trace the development of jazz as it is shaped by modern technology and becomes the first worldwide music phenomenon. Jazz fans and newcomers alike will dig this thrilling tour of America’s most distinctive music.
Ali: A Life
February 18, 2021
A brilliant fighter and a rebel who embodied the conflicts that shook our country, Muhammad Ali was among the most famous men of the 20th Century. But he had never been the subject of a full-length biography until Jonathan Eig put his story between covers. Eig conducted over 500 interviews during his four years of research and counted every punch the boxer threw. Winner of the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports writing, Ali: A Life is a sympathetic yet unsparing portrait that gives us the full measure of the man, tracing the arc of his career in the ring and bringing us to the heart of his colorful, incredible life.
Dawn Jackson Blatner
The New Healthy: The Best Things We Can Do for Our Health
January 21, 2021
You may have picked up some bad habits during the pandemic and over the holidays, but that doesn't mean you have to swear off your favorite foods. Instead, learn how to give them a nutrition boost. "You can eat what you CRAVE," says Dawn, a registered dietitian nutritionist. "Just do it with better-for-you ingredients." Dawn is the author of The "Flexitarian Diet" and "The Superfood Swap" as well as a regular guest on national television programs such as The Today Show and Good Morning America. She is ready to share her most powerful nutrition SUPER SWAPS that can restore your energy and help boost your immunity.
September 17, 2020
As a glass artist transforming molten liquid into something still and solid, Katherine Gray makes the invisible, visible. Her award-winning work has appeared in solo exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art and the Heller Gallery in New York City. Gray traces her artistic journey and discusses the continued relevance of glass as a material in her artistic practice, especially the value in making things in a society increasingly ruled by machines and simulated experiences. She will also relate her adventures as 'resident evaluator' on Blown Away, the competitive reality glassblowing series produced by Netflix. Partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Power of Bad
Why are we devastated by a word of criticism even when it’s mixed with lavish praise? Because our brains are wired to focus on the bad. The power of bad explains why couples divorce, why people flub job interviews, even how schools fail students. Acclaimed science writer and contributing New York Times columnist John Tierney, co-author of The Power of Bad, shares key insights on how to harness and overcome the negativity effect to become happier, healthier, more productive and more creative. Bad breaks and bad feelings really do create the most powerful incentives to become smarter and stronger.
Past Speakers Include
Miguel Cervantes, Robert Rodriguez, Bill Odenkirk, Anna Celenza, Judy Collins, Mary Badham, Rebecca Eaton, Dr. Temple Grandin, Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Carol Marin, Charlie Trotter, Phil Ponce, John Bredar, Dr. Michael Roizen, Beverly Sills, Martha Stewart, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Rick Kogan, Wally Phillips, Joan Benny, Rick Steves, Studs Terkel, Joseph Epstein, Amy Dickinson, Ann Patchett, Geoffrey Baer, Rick Bayless, John Callaway, Scott Simon, Robert Wittman, Bill Kurtis, Sarah Paretsky, Gene Siskel, Eddie Ross, Leslie Hindman, Jeffrey Lyons, Beekman 1802 - Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge