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News: 03/01/2020

A little magic and art at Sunday Symposium

Now you see it … now you don’t. For a fun change of pace, on March 8, the Oakmont Sunday Symposium will be razzle-dazzled and mystified by Tom Tremont. He promises not to make anybody disappear for longer than a minute or two. (But he will need a willing volunteer to be cut in half.) Bring your courage and your curiosity.

Tremont, an Oakmont resident, has had a long career in magic, coming from a magical family. Early on, he learned sleight of hand magic from his father, “Honest Mike.” Tom entertains at trade shows, renaissance fairs, home and corporate parties and has done television appearances.

On March 15, Dr. Bruce Elliott will speak on “Dueling Artists: Titian & Tintoretto.”

Money, passion and talent clashed in brilliant creations of artistic mastery in the 16th century. For more than 60 years Titian was the undisputed master of Venetian painting. Tintoretto, a former apprentice to Titian, rose to challenge his technique. Tintoretto was a professed and ardent admirer of Titian – but never a friend. Competition for recognition, patrons, and influence drove one of the most fruitful artistic duels of the Renaissance.

Elliott, Ph.D. History (U.C. Berkeley) teaches highly popular history courses for Stanford, Berkeley, Sonoma State University, and SRJC. For Oakmont Lifelong Learning programs he has taught classes on the Renaissance, The Northern Renaissance, and the Great Cities of History. Every summer, Elliott leads travel-study trips to historic sites in Europe.

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium meets every Sunday at the Berger Center, 10:30 a.m.-noon. A $3 donation is requested.

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