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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art

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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art

2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 & 2/29 @ 3:00 PM/ CH

Instructor: Stuart Liss 

2/1 Tina Turner The hair. The strut. The voice. It could only be one woman: Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock & Roll. Here is the enduring story of this tough-as-nails legend.

 

2/8 Stevie Wonder is a music legend. His songs about love and social justice have topped the charts and moved hearts for decades. But it’s a “wonder” we have his music at all. From his near-fatal birth to an accident that almost took away his talent, Wonder’s music is a rare gift.

 

2/15 Etta James had a legendary singing voice, but there was something else legendary about her: her lifestyle. The girl knew how to party, which she probably learned from her teenage mother. Unfortunately, it led her straight to the psych ward.

 

2/22 Pearl Bailey was a tough woman to put in a box. Sure, she was a fantastic singer, but she was also a dancer, actor, “humorist,” humanitarian—and even with all that going on, she still had time for a scandal-filled personal life. When it comes to this legend, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

 

2/28 Nina Simone There’s a reason people called Nina Simone “The High Priestess of Soul”—her talent was almost other-worldly. Yet for every demon Simone exorcised on stage, two more were waiting in her dressing room. From her erratic behavior to her heartbreakingpersonal life, Simone’s genius was at once utterly staggering and acutely tormented.