OlioNote Vol 2 Launch Weekend

Charles Riley at Strand Bookstore

Fri, Apr 7 at 7 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Come celebrate the launch of the OlioNote Vol 2 with three special events // The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald // **Live Music** Art in the Age of Alternative Facts // **Read-in** Tough Poetry in Dark Times

The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Deeper Look at the Creative Life of a Jazz Age Legend

Fri, Apr 7 // 7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Taught by Charles Riley

Complimentary beer and wine provided by Sixpoint and Maison Cubi.

The flapper roll call from Josephine Baker to Dorothy Parker and Edna St. Vincent Millay is incomplete without Zelda Fitzgerald. Hard-drinking sybarite relentlessly on the move to be wherever the party was, an artist and amateur ballet dancer, a journalist and novelist con brio, the fashion-forward Zelda was a meal ticket for gossip columnists from the time she hit Manhattan.

Biographers batten on her dalliances and feuds (notably, with Ernest Hemingway), even as literary critics call for greater recognition for her novel Save Me the Waltz. Join cultural historian Charles A. Riley II for an insider's look into the creative life of a Jazz Age legend, including the secret role she played in the revision of The Great Gatsby.


A Crucial Critique of the Ruling Order: Art in the Age of Alternative Facts

Sat, Apr 8 // 10 p.m. at Bed Stuy Brownstone

Taught by Ward Regan

This is a live classical music concert and an Olio with complimentary beer.

Assumptions about the nature of scientific theory and truth are being called back into doubt after years of general acceptance—in most instances for political rather than epistemological reasons (climate change, evolution, vaccines, etc.). These doubts are evident in the actions of large segments of the population and exhibited by the present leadership; politicians can say more or less whatever they want to and overwhelming numbers of people either believe, don’t understand, don’t care, or somehow think they can’t be affected by the hegemonic “truth” of the moment.

Art, a form of expression with highly symbolic emotional content, can bypass conscious filters or “reason,” and may actually be the best route inside peoples’ heads—to their understanding of the world. And, for art to be a crucial, visionary contributor to the human project, it must be critical of the ruling order.

Let's talk about the role of art in the age of alternative facts.


Tough Poetry in Dark Times: Shelley, Melville, Brecht, Pope & Yeats

Sun, Apr 9 // 4 p.m. at IDIO Gallery

Taught by Geoff Klock

Olio Brunch: Includes coffee & bagels.

Life sucks. Da Fuk poetry gonna do about it. Maybe nothing, maybe something. Join us for this two hour Olio where we read difficulty poetry that asks some tough goddamn questions: Do we give up and die? Do we retreat into quietude and wait for the storm to pass? Do we surrender to easy pleasures? Do we fight back?

The last question we will take seriously, but we will take the others seriously as well. Poetry: our last bastion.

Teacher: Charles Riley

Charles Riley II is the director of the Nassau County Museum of Art, an arts journalist, curator and professor at Clarkson University. He graduated from Princeton and received his Phd from City College of New York.


Venue: Strand Bookstore

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Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

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New Toys and New Tyrants: Capitalism and the Rise of Platform Economics

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Teacher: Rob Larson

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A Dialogue: Buddhism and the Stoics

Location: at Online

Teacher: Bhante Kusala & Michael Prettyman

June 5, 2020, 8 p.m.

Seeing the Subconscious: Mindfulness, Psychology, and the Road to Healing Racism

Location: at Online

Teacher: Darryl Aiken-Afam & Robin Schlenger

June 7, 2020, 7 p.m.

Internet Omnipresence & Critical Thinking

Location: at Online

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

June 8, 2020, 8 p.m.

Escape From The City

Location: at Online

Teacher: Ted Barrow

June 10, 2020, 8 p.m.

Progressives, Radicals & Well-Meaning Liberals

Location: at Online

Teacher: Angie Beeman

June 11, 2020, 8 p.m.

Plato Goes East: The Republic and The Bhagavad Gita

Location: at Online

Teacher: Vishwa Adluri

June 14, 2020, noon

Socialism, A Day in the Life

Location: at Online

Teacher: Danny Katch

June 15, 2020, 8 p.m.

Government Action and Inaction in Response to Covid-19

Location: at Online

Teacher: Andres Bernal

June 19, 2020, 8 p.m.


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