The BOLLI Bulletin - December 1, 2023

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James and Friends

See information about their coming performance below.

BOLLI Calendars and Schedules


BOLLI Events Calendar

Winter 2023 Lecture Series

Winter 2023 Faculty Seminars


Wednesday, December 6 - final performance!

James Heazlewood-Dale and Friends: Fall Musical Interludes: Wednesdays at BOLLI

Bring your lunch to 60 Turner Street and listen to virtuoso bassist James Heazlewood-Dale and friends perform during the lunch hour. All members welcome!

Socializing begins at 12:30pm with performance and discussion from 1pm to 2pm.  

Snow day policy

BOLLI closes anytime Brandeis University campus is closed and may also decide to close 60 Turner Street out of weather-related safety concerns even if Brandeis University does not close its campus. An email from the BOLLI office will be sent by 7:30 a.m. at the very latest of the day in question. A closure message will be recorded on the office phone at 781-736-2992 and left in an out-of-office message on staff emails. It is the member's responsibility to check email before departing for 60 Turner Street. Safety is our paramount concern.

Winter Program 

(all events are on Zoom) 

BOLLI Lecture Series:

Complimentary for BOLLI members. For detailed information and to RSVP, click here

The Enigma of Macbeth with Billy Flesch

December 11-15, 10:30 am -12 pm ET

Is Macbeth a tragic hero? What is tragedy and how does someone evil, like Macbeth, get to be the central figure in a tragedy?

Five Revivals: Reimagining Classic Broadway Shows for a New Generation, with Gil Harel

January 8-12, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

A look at what makes some classics ripe for revival.

BOLLI membership is required to participate. Winter membership registration is available here, on the BOLLI website.

Faculty Seminars:

Seminars are now full. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please contact Dom Restivo at

For detailed information, click here

Macbeth Noir with Billy Flesch

December 18- December 22, from 9:30am - 12:15pm ET

From Bach to Beethoven: Music in the 18th Century with Gil Harel

January 15 - January 19 from 9:30am - 12:15 pm ET

Please note: Monday, January 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr Day. No BOLLI activities will take place except for this seminar.

Arts and Culture excursions

Monday, December 4, A Tour of Developing Boston: Berenice Abbott & Irene Shwachman Photograph a Changing City

Saturday, December 9, to the Huntington Theater to see "The Band's Visit"

Monday, December 11, A Tour of Boch Center Wang Theatre

Thursday, January 11, 2024, A Tour of the Citizen’s Bank OPERA HOUSE

See the Arts and Culture section below for details about how to purchase tickets or attend the tour.

Wondering about being a SGL?

BOLLI Members who've taught courses almost universally say that the experience was stimulating, fulfilling and a highlight of their BOLLI experience. Additional benefits of being a SGL include reduced tuition and prioritization in the course lottery. The Curriculum Committee website is a great starting point to consider whether being an SGL is right for you - check it out!

BOLLI Meetings in Upcoming Weeks

Writers Guild

Friday, December 1,10:00 am

Prompt for December 1: Talk about your best professor or teacher. Or talk about your worst teacher. 

Prompt for December 8: Try to convince the reader that the earth is indeed flat. 

Due to time constraints, writing should be limited to 500 words max. If you're not a writer but want to share a photograph with a lighthearted caption, please do so.

 A Zoom link will be sent to those on the Writers Guild mailing list prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact Marty Kafka to be added to it.

Make A Difference

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 4-5 pm on Zoom

We will focus on three topics: (1) High school voter registration action

for the 2024 presidential election, (2) Climate change and relevant action, and (3) Results of the Nov. 7th elections.

Based on research showing that people ages 18-30 are the largest

unregistered demographic today, we will follow up on Vicki Shapiro's inspiring

presentation last month on high school students. Specifically, we will consider aspects of The Civics Center Tool Kit to help register high school

students in swing states as well as in Massachusetts. In addition, we'll discuss themes and possible outcomes of the current United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Finally, we’ll discuss results of the November 7th elections and celebrate our involvement.

Make a Difference welcomes all BOLLI members, old and new! Some attend

meetings regularly, while others attend occasionally. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and want the zoom link for meetings sent to you, please email Rosalie Fink at

New Yorker Fiction Salon

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 10:30 am at 60 Turner St, Waltham.

This is an in person only meeting with masks optional and the discussion will not be recorded. We will have a social hour starting at 9:30 am so please, if you wish, bring some light snack that you can share.  BOLLI will supply coffee and tea and water. Our discussion of the story will begin at 10:30 am. For details of the story please scroll down to the NEW YORKER FICTION SALON section below.

Aging with Resilience and Enthusiasm

Friday, December 8, 10:00 - 11:30 am

We'll be discussing how we change over each year! Are we more involved with friends or have we moved on to new or older friends? Can we arrange different times to meet with others? Do we compare the ways we interact with others? Can we do something new? How will Christmas and Hanukkah provide new ideas for fun and discussions? 

Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom! For more information or a link to the Zoom meeting, contact Sandy Miller-Jacobs.

Current Events Discussion

Wednesday, January 10 from 1:00 to 2:30


Winter Current Events Discussions will meet each Wednesday from Jan 10 through Feb 28. The format for each session will try to feature discussions of international, national/ domestic, and local news.


Come and participate in what is certain to be lively and informative debate. We welcome all points of view. This is a drop-in program which does not require attendance at every meeting.


For more information and/or to register and receive the zoom link, contact Beth Davis,

Arts & Culture Excursions

Click here for the A&CE website

Tour of Developing Boston: Berenice Abbott & Irene Shwachman Photograph a Changing City, at the Boston Athenaeum

Monday, December 4 at 11am

The Arts & Cultural Excursions SIG in partnership with the BOLLI Photo Group have arranged a 1-hour guided tour of a temporary exhibit of two photographers capturing the developing landscape of Boston during the mid-20th century. The photographic survey considers Boston’s past, present, and future. A display of teen photographs from Artists for Humanity shows Boston’s continued redevelopment in the 21st century. For more information, click here. The tour is free for BOLLI members and will be followed by lunch nearby, TBD.

Space is available. Contact Jennifer Coplon at to attend.

Huntington Theater - The Band's Visit

Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 pm  

A Tony Award-winning musical of an Egyptian band stranded in a small Israeli town with no lodging available. The locals take them in for the night, and surprising connections and friendships are forged over moments of shared humanity and love of music. 90 minutes with no intermission. For more information, click here. Optional group lunch at LUCIE, 120 Huntington Avenue at 12:30 pm.

1 or 2 tickets for $25.00 each by sending email no later than November 20 to Limited ticket availability. Pay by PayPal, Venmo or Zelle. Or, send a check tp to Glenda Fishman, 29 Fairmont Avenue, Newton MA 02458. Please include your email address on your check.

A Tour of Boch Center Wang Theatre

Monday, December 11 at 11 AM

Join a 1-hour guided tour of this historic building. We will visit the opening of the Music Hall of the new Folk Americana Hall of Fame with its current exhibit of memorabilia of music legend, Bruce Springsteen. Next we will see Alan Lequire’s seven sculptures of artists closely connected to the Civil Rights Movement. Click here for more information, including details about public transportation and parking. Note: Lots of walking and climbing stairs.

Cost: $17 per person. Lunch following the tour at the nearby Rock Bottom Restaurant. Contact Lois Gerson at to register and for payment information.   

Tour of the Citizen’s Bank OPERA HOUSE

Thursday, January 11, 2024 At 12:00 pm

This one-hour tour will include historical information about this building, including its murals. From backstage and onstage, we will learn what happens when there is a production, including an opera or a ballet. For more information, click here. Cost: $15, limited to 15 people. Lunch following at a nearby restaurant TBD.

Please contact Judy Diamond, for reservations and payment.

In Memoriam - Bill Carleton

Dr. William Michael "Bill" Carleton, BOLLI member, caring physician, and husband of BOLLI member Donna Carleton, died on November 11, 2023 at the age of eighty-three. We offer our condolences to Donna. May his memory be a blessing. Click here for more information about his life and family.

New Yorker Fiction Salon and BOLLI Book Group Selections

New Yorker Fiction Salon

Wednesday, December 1 at 10:30 am at 60 Turner St. Note the place!

The story we will discuss on Wednesday, December 1 at 10:30 am is “Bruises” by Graham Swift. It appears in the October 2, 2023 issue of The New Yorker Magazine.

To read the story, please click here. To read a companion interview with the author, click here.

For further information, please contact Aaron Goldberg at

BOLLI Book Group


We love to read! And we love to talk about the books that entertain, inspire, and inform us! 

We meet once a month for a lively discussion of a work of contemporary literary fiction. We are a “drop-in” group: All BOLLI members are invited to join us every month or once in a while, no registration required.

All meetings are via Zoom.

Friday, December 1 at 9:30am

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett: How are children affected by the lives their parents led before they were born? Who could be better than Ann Patchett to tell the story of three daughters and their feelings about their mother’s youthful romance with a famous actor? We can count on Patchett to combine compelling narrative with emotional subtlety and keen insights into family dynamics.

Friday, January 5 at 9:30am

Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry: As a recently retired policeman looks forward to a quiet life overlooking the Irish Sea, a decades-old case pulls him back into the darkest recesses of his past and he finds himself unable to distinguish dreams from reality or false memories from real ones. In this haunting novel by one of Ireland’s finest writers, nothing is quite as it seems.

For more information contact Charlie Marz ( or Abby Pinard ( If you haven't previously attended a BOLLI Book Group meeting and would like to receive the Zoom link, contact Abby Pinard and she will add you to the mailing list.

Brandeis Campus Events

Rose Art Museum: Click here for a preview of events at the Rose.

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Brandeis Arts Engagement: click here for offerings. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. All scheduled events are listed in Eastern Time.

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