The Center for Life and Learning:
   Special-Topic Classes

Center for Life and Learning (CLL) special-topic classes bring in experts from the Chicago area to enrich our annual curriculum and provide a flexible avenue of participation. One need not be a CLL member to register. The special-topic classes cover a broad range of topics from politics to bridge to the humanities; come and check us out!

For information about our special-topic classes, contact Sue Hakes at 312.981.3389.

Painting in India: From Caves to Contemporary

Good Memories Choir - Gold Coast

Art Workshop

Mindfulness Meditation

Current Events

French Practice Group

Summer Film Series

Line Dancing with The Clare

Painting in India: From Caves to Contemporary

   Thursdays, May 30–June 20
   2:00–3:30 p.m.
   Led by Betty Seid
   Register online here

This series of lectures will be a visually vibrant, historical overview of sacred and secular paining in India. We’ll begin with wall paining–from caves to palaces; next, the diverse ways the great epics have been depicted for centuries; then, album painting for royal patrons; and finally, the global impact of modern and contemporary works.

Betty Seid is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer living in Chicago and Santa Monica. From 1995 to 2005, she was Research Associate and Exhibition Coordinator for South Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her ten-year tenure, she curated and oversaw the installation of several important South Asian exhibitions. Her exhibition (and catalog) New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India was the first to show twenty-first century Indian art in the United States.

$40 for CLL members
$55 for guest registrants

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Good Memories - Gold Coast

  Tuesdays, June 18–August 6
   10:00–11:30 a.m.

For people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners, singing together.

Free Community Concert is Saturday, August 10, 5:00 p.m. at Fourth Church in Buchanan Chapel

Registrations are in pairs. Find out more and register online here.


Art Workshop (free for CLL members)

   Mondays, July 8–August 26
   11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Anderson Hall North Balcony

For those interested in keeping up their art skills during the summer, we have reserved a room for meeting and working together. Note: There will be no instructor.


Mindfulness Meditation (free for CLL members)

   Mondays, July 8–August 26
   11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Randolph Room

For those interested in continuing the mindfulness class, we have reserved a room for practice.


Current Events (free for CLL members)

   Wednesdays, July 10–August 28
   12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Randolph Room

For those interested in staying up to date on current affairs, we have reserved a room for discussion.

Note: There will be no instructor.


French Practice Group (free for CLL members)

   Wednesdays, July 10–August 28
   9:30–11:00 a.m. in the Randolph Room

Grammar and conversational practice for CLL members currently enrolled in French classes or planning to enroll in the fall.

Note: There will be no instructor.


Summer Film Series

   Tuesdays, July 9–August 13
   11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Bring a brown-bag lunch

Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP needed

Tuesday, July 9
Learning to Drive (2014)

As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor (Ben Kingsley) with marriage troubles of his own. In each other's company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel. A New York Times Critics Pick. (1 hour, 30 min)

Tuesday, July 16
On the Basis of Sex (2018)

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that led to her nomination and confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. (2 hours)

Tuesday, July 23
At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

Starring Willem Dafoe and directed by Julian Schnable, this film looks at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during his self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. A New York Times Critic’s Pick that critic Manohla Dargis called “not just an exquisite film but an argument for art.” (1 hour, 51 min)

Tuesday, July 30
Widows (2018)

Set in contemporary Chicago, and filmed partially at 860-880 North Lake Shore Drive, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. The New York Times said “Widows is a heist movie in a somber mood, a thriller not entirely comfortable with thrills. Though it has plenty of mayhem and a plot that twists, buckles and swerves, this movie....moves at a slow, contemplative pace, driven by grief, dread and desperation rather than the more familiar motives of greed, ambition and rebellion.” (2 hours, 9 min)

Tuesday, August 6
The Death of Stalin (2017)

This film is a dark comedy about Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s death and the subsequent scramble for power among his ministers. The New York Times found that “(t)he laughs come in jolts and waves…, delivered in a brilliantly arranged mix of savage one-liners, lacerating dialogue and perfectly timed slapstick that wouldn’t be out of place in a Three Stooges bit.” (1 hour, 46 min)

Tuesday, August 13
Stan and Ollie (2018)

This film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the comedians Laurel and Hardy, who embark on a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain. The New York Times said “Portraying the final days of the remarkable partnership of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the greatest double act in the history of movies, the tightly focused narrative finds these comedians past their prime, not just in their career but also in their relationship. … Like a married couple that stopped fighting long ago, their exchanges hint at buried resentments, muffled irritations and an abiding love.” (1 hour, 38 min)

Line Dancing Class with The Clare

   Tuesday, July 16; Thursday, August 15
   4:30–5:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall

RSVP for July 16 by Friday, July 13
RSVP for August 15 by Friday, August 9

How would you like to have fun as you’re getting some exercise and mental stimulation... all while making friends who live in the neighborhood? Who could say “No, thanks” to that? Twice this summer we will join folks from The Clare for an instructor-led Line Dancing Class. You don’t need previous experience, cowboy boots, or a partner. Just bring an open mind and readiness for a good time!

The class is free, but limited to 20 CLL members and 20 residents of The Clare.

For more information about the Center for Life and Learning, contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386), Director of the Center for Life and Learning.