Tavern Club January 2020

January 2020 Calendar

January 2020 Calendar

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Arts Round Table Lunch

Wednesday, January 8; Noon

Pieranna Cavalchini

Taverner Pieranna Cavalchini will speak to us about her current exhibition at the Gardner Museum, In the Company of Artists: 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence.

As Curator of Contemporary Art at the Gardner, Pieranna has hosted artists from around the world to produce works in a variety of media in a dialogue with the museum’s collections and the spirit of its inimitable founder.

Guests welcome – Reserve with Mr. Fay.


Thursday, January 9 and 16; 12:20 p.m.

Welcome to all Taverners who like to sing! Downbeat at 12.20, lunch afterward.

Reserve with Mr. Fay.

Gallery Opening with Brett and Will Donham

Monday, January 13; Gallery Reception 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Brett & Will Donham Drawing

Brett Donham and Will Donham will show drawings and photographs, their haunting and distinctive two ways of seeing the world.

Guests welcome.
(Monday Night Dinner members only)

Brett & Will Donham Photography

Poetry Lunch

Tuesday, January 14; Noon

Amid the current plenty on Robert Lowell’s midlife (“Me, too, dislike it”), Poetry Lunch is set to revisit early memories conjured in Life Studies (1959), particularly Part II, “91 Revere Street”; revel in his ancestral motto, malo frangere quam flectere (turned by Lowell or a sly master-narrator?); and only then, time permitting (big if), speculate on the Woe That Is in Marriage, his wine-soaked “wash me as white as the sole I ate last night” (“Flounder” in the 1973 “Dolphin”), and the whole thing there.

By all means, do bring guests & first editions.

Reserve with Mr. Fay.

Special Event: Charades

Thursday, January 16

Start the New Year with laughter. Come to Charades Night on Thursday, January 16. How would you act out “Gone with the Wind?” Hum to the tune of “Yesterday“?

Charade Maestros James and Connie Houghton will lead us in an evening of fun and creativity as we join different teams to compete in the Great Charades Playoff.  An informal buffet will invigorate the players. This is an evening for all ages. Bring friends and family.

Drinks, appetizers, and billiards at 6, charades instructions around 6:30 and play begin at 7:00.

Reserve early with Mr. Fay.

New Members’ Lunch

Friday, January 17; Noon

If you are a new member (and haven’t been invited) or if you still feel that you are a new member (and haven’t been invited) please let Secretary Nancy Maull know if you would like to have lunch and hear more.  Contact Nancy Maull at maullnancy65@gmail.com.

Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20; CLUB CLOSED

Play Reading Lunch

Tuesday, January 21; Noon

The conclusion of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warrens’s Profession.

At the half-way point, we reached last time, things looked good for Mrs. Warren and crew.  But twists and turns are in store in the second half of Shaw’s delightful, feminist, family drama that provokes thought, laughter, and empathy.  Come, read, listen, and see how it turns out!

Guests welcome.

Reserve with Mr. Fay.

History Lunch

Wednesday, January 22; Noon

A follow-up to our Vietnam panel last year and the first of several lunches this winter/spring focused on post-Vietnam foreign policy, Taverner and eminent foreign correspondent David Greenway with his friend Andrew Bacevich will explore why we keep losing wars and how we squandered our cold war victory. A retired Army Colonel whose active military service extended from Vietnam to the first Iraq war, Bacevich went on to become a distinguished historian, teaching until recently at Boston University where he headed the Center for International Relations. The different vantage points and shared experiences of the two participants over some four decades should make for an unusually lively, timely and well-informed discussion.

Guests welcome.

Reserve with Mr. Fay.

Tavern Song Retrospective

Thursday, January 30

Treasures from the Trove of Tavern musicals

Taverners are being gathered to sing works of Philip Rhinelander, Randall Thompson (known to some from prior retrospectives), and Francis Moore (just added to the trove). Phil wrote the music for six of his own plays from the disturbing and prophetic “Heil Herzog” in 1936 to the Sherlock Holmesian “The Affair of the Red Leech and the Terrible Death of Crosby the Banker” in 1949. Randall showered us with his wonderful music in five shows from the year he joined us (Phil’s “The Millionaire” 1950) to 1979, with the apex of apexes his two songs from Bobbie Wolff’s “Fearful Symmetry,” 1976.  Frannie Moore did the music for six shows of his own or with collaborators in the SciFi mode, from “Futures and Sutures” in 1968 to  “Moonglow” in 1990, including “Ladies First, or, 2020 Vision,” performed seven weeks after Taverners voted to admit women. Jim Terry and Elaine Woo will accompany.

Please bring guests and family, as these works share the character we modestly admit we have as a Club, being fun themselves, fun to sing, accordingly fun to hear.

Drinks at 6:00, dinner at 7:00, with the program of song after.

Guests welcome.

Please reserve with Mr. Fay.

In case you missed it:

December 5 Special Event: Journalist and author Stephen Kinzer illuminated for Taverners a dark CIA chapter when the agency conducted a secret program of mind-control experiments on unsuspecting men and women. From his new book, Prisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and The CIA Search For Mind Control, Kinzer described the reach of this program to universities, hospitals, and foundations to test drugs and use prisoners as guinea pigs. A lively, if somber, discussion and questioning ensued.

December 12 Caroling Night.  Bob Osteen and Jim Terry led the annual Caroling, pulling every discordant pitch into perfect harmony.  As she has graced us in the past, Nancy Armstrong sang O Holy Night.  And again, it was a gorgeous evening, lightening the darkness with our friends and families. 

December 19 Christmas Feast and Play: The Christmas Feast proceeded with its time-worn and wondrous confusion of solemn and absurd. MeistUrsingers sang in front of the still-unlit Yule Log.  Bear (Sam Dennis) and Santa (Jock Herron) appeared.  Joe Bassett delivered a fine blessing and Deborah Warren’s beautiful poem was read.   Medals were presented to new members Anthony Pangaro,  David Godine, Mary Waters Shepley, Peter Brooke, Judith Thomson, and Phyllis Thompson; Anil Khosla received his Silver Medal. Gold Buttons were awarded to Mary Rhinelander, Rusty Tunnard, and Gabrielle Wolohojian. The faux Boar’s Head was paraded. The Perry Address was mellifluously delivered and the staff thanked, as ever inadequately, for all the warmth they provide.

The Christmas Play was set high in orbit aboard the International Space Station.  Written by Mary Rhinelander, with music by George Perkins, and directed by Bill Strong, the play opened when two American astronauts, Joe Jetski (George Steel) and Colin (Bob Peabody), and one American space scientist, Barbara (Martha Sieniewicz) greeted their Russian counterparts, cosmonauts Boris (Frank McGuire) and Natasha (JoAnne Dickinson), just arriving from the docking module.  Soon, a billionaire space tourist, Andre Ashcroft (Andy Doherty) also arrives and reveals he’s determined to make a fortune (“fortch”) on his space voyage.  All seems routine when the storyline takes a sharp turn as four extra-terrestrials (Owen AndrewsStephanie CabotEleanor Andrews, and Anson Wright) make their eldritch appearance with purpose uncertain.  It turned out that the ETs are just curious scientists, fascinated with the same things that fascinate us earthlings:  What is this thing called love and how does it come about?  After several delightful songs, and some romantic pairings, Santa Claus (Jock Herron) appeared handing out candy canes and wishing all a Merry Christmas.

A full and talented orchestra played the overture, (violin, Gabrielle Wolohojian; cello, Andy Calkins;  French horn, Jeff Peters;  saxophone, John Rabinowitz;  electric guitars, Chris Whitlock and Albert LaFarge, and underpinning it all, George Perkins on the piano.

Chris Whitlock constructed the sets; Warren Ross kept all in order and provided amazing special effects; costumes were coordinated by Martha Sieniewicz; lighting was seamlessly managed by David Lawrence and Gabrielle Wolohojian, with a star-like illumination of the entire ceiling of the theater hall: and the poster shone, the creation of Anne Carter Aitken.

Upcoming Tavern Book Club Books

Wednesday, February 26; Noon

Mark Twain’s The Annotated Huckleberry Finn by Michael Hearne. Includes Twain’s original, plus Kemble and other illustrations and extensive background info – Twain’s notes, etc.
Discussion led by Ed Tarlov

Wednesday, April 1; Noon

How the Brain Lost its Mind – Sex Hysteria and the Riddle of Mental Illness by neurologist Allan Ropper. Discussion led by Dr. Ropper

Wednesday, April 22; Noon

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Discussion led by Laurie Coolidge

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Special Notes

Reserve all lunches and dinners with Mr. Fay at manager@tavernclub.org or call 617-338-9682. 

To access the Tavern Club website, go to https://tavernclub.org.

  1. Click on “Register” (top right) even if you’ve already registered.
  2. Register if you have not yet done so.

If you have registered, scroll to the very bottom of the Registration page, and click on the tiny little “Log In” box and enter/save your email and password.

Guests: Guests are warmly welcomed at lunches and special events; also at Monday Night dinners with Secretary’s permission.

Important Dates

  • Narrenabend March 26, 2020
  • Annual Meeting May 11, 2020

Jo Frances Meyer
Lover of music, literature, film, and stage
Skier and biker
Lawyer turned non-profit maven

— Nancy Maull, Secretary

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