Book Talk: Frank Hugus on his debut novel, The Improvisatore, Sept 18th, at the Scandinavia House

Master shareholder Frank Hugus will discuss his debut novel, The Improvistore, A Novel of Italy, at the Scandinavia House, 56 Park Avenue, on Tuesday, Sept. 18th, at 7 PM. 

Published to great acclaim in 1835, Hans Christian Andersen’s debut novel, The Improvisatore, initially eclipsed his fairy tales, which first appeared in the same year. This first English translation since the 1840s, by Frank Hugus, captures the brilliance and brio, the sweep and the nuance that made The Improvisatore one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most widely read and best loved works.

Andersen, the captivating teller of enchanted tales, is very much in evidence in this classic Bildungsroman inspired by his travels in Italy earlier in the decade. The novel’s hero, Antonio—much like Andersen himself—rises from impoverished beginnings to become a successful artist, at every turn learning charming and often alarming lessons in the ways of the world. Adopted by a nobleman, smitten with an opera singer, challenged to a duel, captured by bandits, beset by a temptress, Antonio follows a dizzying itinerary on his path to enlightenment and, perhaps, happiness. Along the way he experiences the delights of Italian culture and nature so clearly and deeply absorbed by his peripatetic author.

Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Frank Hugus is a Professor of German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has taught a wide variety of courses, from Old Norse to modern Scandinavian literature to Hans Christian Andersen.  Hugus has published numerous articles on 19th and 20th century Danish literature, with a focus on Hans Christian Andersen, and has written on medieval Icelandic literature.

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Thurs., Aug 2nd: Opening Reception for “Looking for Elsewhere,” photography by Donna Svennevik

The Master Gallery

in association with The Board of Directors

invite you to the Opening Reception of

Looking for Elsewhere

photography by Donna Svennevik

Thursday, August 2nd, 7pm – 8:30pm

Main Lobby

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An Introduction to Chi Gong, Monday, July 23

MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MASTER

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHI GONG, MONDAY, JULY 23

The class will begin at 6:00PM in the Riverside Lobby. After an introduction, weather permitting, we shall go into Riverside Park.

ELLIOTT CHARLES SHAPIRO

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I HAVE BEEN STUDYING AND TEACHING TAI CHI CHUAN, CHI GONG, AND ALLIED MOVEMENT DISCIPLINES FOR OVER
40 YEARS.

I HAVE STUDIED WITH MASTER TEACHERS AND PRACTITIONERS.

WE ARE PARTICULARLY FORTUNATE TO LIVE NEAR A PARK AND A RIVER, WHICH ARE EXCELLENT LOCATIONS FOR OUTDOOR CHI GONG.

THE CHINESE DEVELOPED OVER THE CENTURIES THE EXERCISE KNOWN AS CHI GONG. CHI GONG CAN BE TRANSLATED AS CULTIVATING ENERGY SKILLFULLY. CHI GONG HAS MEDICAL, MARTIAL, AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS. CHI GONG GENTLY RELAXES THE STIFFENED JOINTS OF SEDENTARY ADULTS AND COMPELS THE CIRCULATION OF ENERGY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BODY WITHOUT CAUSING UNDUE SWEATING OR FATIGUE. CHI GONG COORDINATES MOVEMENT, BREATH, AND VISUALIZATION. THE MOVE- MENTS ARE SLOW AND RELAXED. I WILL BE TEACHING SIMPLE EXERCISES SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.

PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FLAT SHOES. IF POSSIBLE, DON’T EATIMMEDIATELY BEFORE CLASS.

THOSE OPTING TO PARTICIPATE WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT/RELEASE FORM. COPIES ARE AVAILABLE, ALONG WITH A SIGN-UP SHEET, AT THE FRONT DESK.

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“Perfectly Normal For Me,” a Film by the Master’s Catherine Tambini, Featured at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival, Sunday, July 22

Dear Friends,

We’re excited to share with you that Perfectly Normal For Me will screen at Lincoln
Center’s Dance on Camera Film Festival on Sunday, July 22 at 6 PM at the Walter Reade
Theater. 
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29. 
 
Click here for more information about the festival. Official site for the film: https://www.perfectlynormalformedoc.com
 
We hope to see you there!

Best,
Catherine Tambini and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
 At a unique after school dance program in Queens, NY, we meet exceptional children
with a variety of physical challenges. Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica, ages 5 to 15,
teach us about perseverance, inclusion and self-acceptance in this intimate verité
documentary. With their teenage volunteer helpers they create an inclusive environment
too often absent in our world. The film features
 former New York City Ballet Prima Ballerina Jenifer Ringer.
 

“In this film, both optimistic and realistic, the abilities of people with disabilities are brought to the forefront. The footage records their extraordinary will and the surprising grace they bring to an activity apparently antithetical to their physical condition….It is an important contribution to our understanding of ability, disability, and it challenges our narrow image of beauty. It is told with sincerity and with humor.” Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree

 

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Monday, July 9: An Evening with Bonnie Lee Black, Author of “Jamie’s Muse.”

Monday Night at the Master Presents:

A Reading from Jamie’s Muse, a Novel by Bonnie Lee Black

July 9, 2018, 7:00 pm, Riverside Lobby

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Bonnie Lee Black, a twenty-year resident of The Master Apartments and a Columbia U. alum, who left New York to join the Peace Corps in 1996, now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, by way of Taos, New Mexico.
 

Bonnie has written three creative nonfiction books, about her experience in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, southern Africa, in her twenties; her Peace Corps experience in Gabon, Central Africa (the first book published by the Peace Corps Writers imprint), in her fifties; and her economic development work for three years in Mali, West Africa, afterward.

In between books, Bonnie writes a blog entitled“The WOW Factor” – Words of Wisdom from Wise Older Women (www.bonnieleeblack.com/blog)

In this, her first novel, Bonnie turns her attention to late-nineteenth century Scotland and South Africa, in a dramaticstory that grows out of her family’s history.

The designation “Unknown,” written on hergrandfather’s death certificate where his mother’s name belonged, sent the author on a quest to discover her mysterious Scottish great-grandmother, Helen Reid David Black, of Kirriemuir, Scotland.

With little to go on, beyond a sure grasp of place and history, Bonnie imaginesHelen’s dramatic short life and how it interwined with the early life of Kirriemuir’smost famous son, novelist and dramatist James Barrie, author of Peter Pan.

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