Tavern Club March 2021

March 2021 Calendar

Guests welcome to all Zoom events

(Except Monday Members’ Zoom Cocktails,
which will be announced via email and continue until in-club dining resumes.)

Reserve for all events with Mr. Fay, manager@tavernclub.org.

Message from the President:

It is almost a full year since the Club’s first pandemic closing in March 2020. You may remember that Ovid Night, scheduled for March 12, 2020, had to be canceled.

The Club didn’t reopen until last fall, and then only for Monday dinners and Friday lunches. We had to close again in January 2021, while the number of deaths and cases rose again in Massachusetts and in the nation.

You filled these gaps brilliantly, with online-everything, including Halloween and Christmas plays, and even an outdoor Fête in August. All the while, we were able to pay the staff their full compensation. Now there are vaccinations alongside falling infection numbers. We hope that by mid-March we can open the Club for Monday dinners and Friday lunches, still carefully staging meals with COVID-time rules.

Thank you for enduring friendships, indomitable creativity, and inspiring steadiness. I hope to see you soon.

—  Nancy Maull

Monday, March 1; 5:30 pm

Monday Night Cocktails by Zoom

Has living in quarantine changed how you make or appreciate art?

Tuesday, March 2; 9 – 9:45 am

Writing Gym by Zoom

All welcome – An impromptu writing workshop to engage our muses, share thoughts, and a virtual cup of coffee.

Thursday, March 4; 5:30 pm

Tavern Film Festival; The Retrospective

George Perkins and Jim Terry have assembled an outstanding team of experienced and totally novice filmmakers to bring you a tour of historic Tavern songs, ranging from 1892 to 2000, re-enacted by a cast of singers and musicians never before seen and heard quite this way.

Wednesday, March 10; 5:30 p.m.

Arts Round Table via Zoom

Belinda Rathbone writes: Taverner George Steel, Abrams Curator of Music at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will speak informally about his role at the museum, and his exciting plans for upcoming programs, including a sample video. “A deeply skilled trailblazer in the performing arts,” in the words of ISGM director Peggy Fogelman, George will also discuss a “business model” to meet the particular challenges of our times.

Thursday, March 11; 5:30 p.m.

Conversations with Taverners via Zoom

A panel of Tavern medical experts will discuss the COVID 19 epidemic and answer the questions that you were too embarrassed to ask and the press has been too superficial to explore. The panel covers a range of expertise including virology (Victor Peña-Cruz), immunology (Hal Churchill), patient care (Mary Scott), and psycho-social issues (Watson Reed).  Moderated by Bob Osteen.

Wednesday, March 17; 5:30 p.m.

History Cocktails via Zoom

Jock Herron writes: “Our own David Greenway will discuss his recently published Loaded with Dynamite: Unintended Consequences of Woodrow Wilson’s Idealism – a timely exploration of Wilson’s disingenuous call for national self-determination at Versailles. As Stephen Kinzer writes, “In Greenway’s hands…Italian pirates, Moroccan warlords and Chinese revolutionaries shape a grand narrative of rising nationalism and anti-colonial passion.” Having reported firsthand from ninety-six countries, David’s rare mix of political savvy, historical insight and global experience bring a more relevant than ever but potentially dry topic fully to life.”

Attendees are encouraged to read David’s book beforehand.  It is currently available at Tidepool Press (https://www.tidepoolpress.com) and soon on Amazon.

Thursday, March 18; 5:30 p.m.

Braving A New World: Role of Diplomacy in Global Competition

Ambassador Nicholas Burns will be our speaker at a special Zoom event on Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 pm. The professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School, Ambassador Burns has served in the U.S. government for almost three decades. He was the lead US negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program and he was the Director for Soviet Affairs in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. Early in his career, he served in the American Consulate in Jerusalem. What are the critical challenges facing the new world order of Great Powers?

Tuesday, March 23; Noon

Play reading at noon via Zoom

George Heaton writes: “Incest!  Regicide!!  Delusional demons!!!  All this and more come to the fore in Camus’ marvelous “Caligula” It’s another in our exploration of French history plays;  this time going deep into “existential” questions.  Not for the faint-of-heart, Caligula will bring out the best in all Tavern thespians.” We will read from the Vintage edition of “Caligula and Three Other Plays,” which is available both on the Kindle and in hardcopy.

Wednesday, March 24; Noon

Book Club Zoom at Noon

Ed Tarlov writes: Alice Cornwell will lead a discussion of  Marguerite Duras’  The Lover, set in the French Indochina of the author’s youth and telling the story of an adolescent girl from an impoverished French colonial family and her affair with a richer Chinese lover.  This will be the simplest of book club events: a gathering over lunch to talk about a book that inspired one Taverner to become a writer. There will be no guest speaker or expert. Still, no participant has an excuse not to read The Lover as it is a short 100 pages and completely mesmerizing. What intrigues Alice most about Duras’ writing are voice, rhythm, and the book’s kaleidoscopic structure, which she is still trying to figure out after reading it many times over many years.

Thursday, March 25; 5:30 p.m.

An Evening with Tom Kelly – What Were Those Old Monks Singing?

In medieval times, music framed the Christian liturgy, perfected the chant, and dominated performances. Once again, Taverner and Harvard professor emeritus Thomas Forrest Kelly will conduct a special Zoom event to reveal his adventures sleuthing around amidst medieval manuscripts with pictures of singing.

Wednesday, March 31 & Thursday, April 1; 5:30 p.m.

Zoom: Narrenabend 2021, Pandemic Edition.

So you thought the Tavern has been closed during the pandemic?  Tune in to this year’s Narranabend production to find out what’s really been happening at 4 Boylston Place while we’ve all been stuck at home.   Don’t miss it!  Sign up for the virtual Narrenabend on April Fool’s Day, aka Thursday, April 1, 2021.  And come for the dress rehearsal night performance for friends and family on Wednesday, March 31.

Bridge continues online.  All levels of competence are welcome.  Just contact George.r.heaton@gmail.com.


In case you missed it in February:

On Thursday, February 4, David Scudder and Anthony Pangaro addressed and debated the future of capitalism.

On Wednesday, February 10, Rob Perkins showed the film and led a discussion of his solo journey down the Arctic Back River in 1987.

On Thursday, February 11, Abbie Trafford and Rusty Tunnard hosted a Valentine’s party featuring musical performances by Jim Terry (as Pete Rollins,) Elaine Woo, Watson Reid, Sandy Righter, and Peter Randolph.

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 pm:  The Third Tavern in the Sky

Andy Calkins and the Tavern Film Club team hosted and led a fascinating discussion of I Am Not Your Negro  a film that imagines what James Baldwin’s final, the unfinished manuscript might have looked like, brought to life on the screen.

Upcoming events:

It’s in the book:  The 2nd Annual Tavern Prospective, April 22

The organizers are still on the hunt for lyricists and composers:

Calling All Lyricists: here in the link below are the lyrics received so far to give you inspiration!  Don’t worry about finding a composer.  They are waiting for your words!  Send your lyrics to albert@thelafargeagency.com or drelainewoo@icloud.com   and we will add them to the folder.

Calling All Composers: we will keep updating the file as lyrics come in but you can start consulting your Muses now!  Let Al and Elaine know your choice so we can post your name next to the lyrics. Don’t worry if more than one of you wants to tackle the same lyrics – makes it all the more interesting!! And plan on finding your performer(s).   We stand ready to help you!

— Rusty Tunnard, Secretary

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