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Special Events

Special Interest Group: Patron of the Arts

Calling all Osher members who are passionate patrons of the arts, artists, musicians! We are creating a special interest group just for you! We are looking to create opportunities for small events where we gather together and dialogue with one another about music, dance, art, and all types of creative expression in a stimulating environment. Come share your passion and expertise with like-minded artists and patrons! Sign up now and watch for upcoming events! To sign up, please send your name, phone number, email address, and area of interest/expertise to Marilyn Maiello at

Dinner Club:

"All You Care to Eat" Buffet - Cohon University Center, Schatz Dinning Hall, 2nd floor
When: Wednesday, September 30th, at 5:45pm
Cost:   $10.50 to be paid upon entry to dining hall
Reservations are required. Register online under Member Events, or call the office.

Lecture Series:

"The People Powering the Entertainment Industry" with Jay Rayvid
When: Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30pm
Where: Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium
Sit in on a roundtable discussion of leading film writers, producers, and directors talking about the dynamics of the filmmaking process, both in and out of the studio system. Led by Jay Rayvid, a former executive producer, this lecture will feature video of stars such as George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, John Lesher, Christopher Nolan, Mike Leigh, and many others discuss their projects.  Jay will explain the movie business and its effect on the entertainment industry, including the role of studios, the independent community, and foreign films. The Oscar Academy will be used as an example of how the Awards at all the major and minor film festivals influence the creative and economic product stream of the industry.

Jay Rayvid was the creator, executive producer and producer of some of the most critically acclaimed and award winning adult and family/children’s programming on television, such as the WonderWorks Family Movie series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood , Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, Johnson and Friends, and The Fox Clubhouse. His work has garnered countless awards and nominations. Jay is teaching "An Insider's View of the Role of a Film Producer" for Osher at CMU this fall.

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"Pictures at a Virtual Exhibition" with Joe DeFazio
When: Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30pm
Where: Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium
Inspired by Mussorgsky's similarly titled iconic composition and his own family's artistic heritage, composer and jazz musician Joe DeFazio wil present a session that will be part lecture and part concert. The lecture will explore correlations between the language of visual art and the language of music.


No luncheons are planned.