The BOLLI Bulletin - November 17, 2023

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BOLLI CAST members

See information about their coming performance below.

BOLLI Calendars and Schedules


BOLLI Events Calendar

Fall 2023 Course Schedule

Fall 2023 Distinguished Speakers Series

Winter 2023 Lecture Series

Winter 2023 Faculty Seminars


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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.  

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:

Registration for Brandeis Faculty Seminars is open. BOLLI members should look for an email sent on November 6 at 9 am for a personalized link to register. Registration information for others: click here for Billy Flesch; click here for Gil Harel.

Seminars are open to the public. BOLLI members receive a tuition discount. Space is limited and registration is first come, first served. All 2023 Winter Seminars will take place on Zoom. Don't miss your chance to study with BOLLI favorites Billy Flesch and Gil Harel.

For detailed information, click here

Macbeth Noir with Billy Flesch

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

This seminar is now full. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please contact Dom Restivo at

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

Wednesday, December 20, Curator’s Tour of "Fashioned by Sargent,”  Museum of Fine Arts

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!

Distinguished Speaker Series - 1:00 to 2:00 on Fridays

There is no need to RSVP. A link will be sent out the morning of the talk.

For a full schedule of speakers, click here.

Friday, November 17, 2023, 1:00pm

Steve Pifer, Former Ambassador to Ukraine and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution 

"Russia-Ukraine War: What's Next?"

For more information about the speaker, please click here. 

BOLLI Meetings in Upcoming Weeks

Writers Guild

Friday, November 17, 10:00 am

Prompt for November 17: What kinds of shows do you watch on TV? 

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

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.

BOLLI Photography Group

Friday, November 17 from 10:30 am to 12:00

We welcome all Bolli members to join the BPG. The group includes all levels of photographers, so even those starting a new hobby in photography need not be shy in joining us. We meet on zoom once a month on the third Friday of the month. For further information contact Joanne Fortunato at:

For the upcoming meeting on November 17, members are invited to submit up to 2 images by Tuesday, October 17. Up to 3 additional images can be submitted which will be displayed if time. This month the theme is “Patterns,” but all subjects are welcome. BPG members will be receiving an email for details on how to upload all photos to our Brandeis Box. 



The CAST (Creative Acting, Storytelling and Theater) group at BOLLI will be performing scenes and monologues from the great canon of Neil Simon’s plays. The live performance will be Tuesday, November 21st at 1:00 PM. To register and receive the link to the performance, click here. For more information, contact

New Yorker Fiction Salon

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 10:30 am on Zoom. Note the time!

For details of the story please scroll down to the NEW YORKER FICTION SALON section below.

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.

This tour is full. Contact Jennifer Coplon at to be placed on a waiting list.

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 TBD. Contact Lois Gerson at to register and for payment information.   

Curator’s Tour of "Fashioned by Sargent,”  Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, December 20, 1-2 PM

Senior Curator of American Paintings Erica Hirshler will lead this 1-hour tour. “Fashioned by Sargent” explores the artist’s complex relationship with his often-affluent clients and their clothes. Alongside about 50 paintings by Sargent, over a dozen period garments and accessories shed new light on the relationship between fashion and this beloved artist’s creative practice. Click here for more information.

Wait list only. Contact Jennifer Coplon at

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.

New Yorker Fiction Salon and BOLLI Book Group Selections

New Yorker Fiction Salon

Wednesday, November 22 at 10:30 am on Zoom. Note the time!

The story we will discuss on Wednesday, November 22 at 10:30 am is “I am Pizza Rat” by Han Ong. It appears in the October 23, 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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