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Added THU, NOV 10TH 2016

Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter
Writers Series Returns with Four Events
Montalvo Writers Series

Our Montalvo Writers Series is a great way to get deep insights into the creative process, expand your appreciation of your favorite books, and mingle with fellow lovers of the literary arts. Join us in the coming months for these unique and enlightening conversations with leading writers as they present new work and discuss their craft and inspirations. 

Tuesday, November 22, 7pm: Sandow Birk in conversation with Lori Wood. Artist Sandow Birk's most recent project was nine years in the making: a hand transcription of the Qur'an, illustrated with relevant scenes from contemporary American life, entitled American Qur'an. The book has been hailed as a masterpiece by The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Huffington Post, and more.
Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm: Jesse Harris with Petra Haden, concert & conversation with Katherine Maxfield. Harris has been recording music for more than 20 years, and he received a Grammy Award for penning Norah Jones’s breakout hit “Don’t Know Why.” He will discuss the creative process that fuels the songwriter's craft. A musical performance with vocalist Petra Haden will follow.
Wednesday, January 25, 11:30am: Literary Luncheon - Karen Joy Fowler in conversation with Katherine Maxfield. Fowler, the award-winning author of The Jane Austen Book Club, has been a favorite of critics from the beginning of her career. Over a delicious lunch with wine, she will discuss her latest work, the best-selling novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.
Tuesday, April 18, 11:30am: Literary Luncheon - Lalita Tademy in conversation with Katherine MaxfieldThe novels of New York Times bestselling author Lalita Tademy have been translated into 11 languages and assigned as required reading for Stanford University freshmen. Over lunch, she will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing historical fiction.

Books are available for purchase at each event. You can get your tickets to these fascinating discussions by clicking below or calling the box office at 408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.


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Contemporary Floral Design Classes
Contemporary Floral Design Classes

Beginning in January, join us for Contemporary Floral Design - a series of classes that uses the principles of ikebana to refine and extend traditional European floral traditions.

In a relaxed and fun environment, you will learn to approach the art form much like a painter does a painting: creating highlights, depth, and adding visual interest by varying sizes, shapes, and colors. The courses, taught by Mickie Anderson and Diane Graham, can be taken independently or as a series. All skill levels are welcome!

Your $75 enrollment fee includes all flowers, a vase, and structural materials as needed. Here's the schedule

Sunday, January 8, 10:30am: The BasicsDive into the basics. This class will cover: color and texture; proportion and balance; line and form.
Sunday, February 12, 10:30am: Leaf Manipulation. There's a lot you can do with leaves! Discover how to fold, twirl, and bend them to form unique design elements.
Sunday, March 19, 10:30am: Line and RepetitionLearn how to use these principles to extend arrangements in space, creating beautiful, voluminous decorations.
Sunday, April 9, 10:30am: Structure. Master the use of structural elements to add bold interest and daring height to your designs.

Books are available for purchase at each event. You can get your tickets to these fascinating discussions by clicking below or calling the box office at 408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.


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Last chance: Diane Schuur Next Friday!
Diane Schuur

If you love jazz, you're in luck! A few tickets still remain to next Friday's performance by award-winning vocalist Diane Schuur in our intimate indoor Carriage House Theatre.

This leading lady of contemporary jazz and so-called "Queen of the American Songbook" has shared the stage with numerous luminaries throughout here career—including B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, and Dizzie Gillespie. Acclaimed for her vocal versatility and incredible 3-1/2 octave range, Schuur sings and swings with heartfelt intensity.

Tickets start at just $55. Get yours today by clicking below or calling the box office at 408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. You can also click here to see what other jazz shows we've got coming up!

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Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Friday, Nov 11, 8pm: Suzanne Vega SOLD OUT!
Saturday, Nov 12, 10am: Sudden Oak Death Blitz
Sunday, Nov 13, 3pm: 
The Saint Michael Trio: Dissecting Beethoven SOLD OUT!

Thursday, Nov 17-Sunday, Nov 20: Yuletide at Montalvo
Friday, Nov 18, 8pm: Diane Schuur LIMITED AVAILABILITY! 
Tuesday, Nov 22, 7pm: Sandow Birk
Thursday, Dec 1, 7:30pm: Jesse Harris with Petra Haden
Friday, Dec 2, 8pm: Soul 4 the Season
By Appointment: Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Photo Credits: NZ / Brett Hall Jones

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