Art and literature are an important part of our culture, giving us happiness from artistic beauty and emotionally engaging stories, inspiring our own creativity. We experience this monthly through regular activities like Michelle DeSantis helping us make decorative flower arrangements or our monthly book discussion with librarians from Upper Arlington. But this month we’re giving art and literature a special focus in the movies we are showing, as well as programs by novelist Susanne Jaffe and artist Bryan Everett.



April 22, 2019     Monday Movie:  Big Eyes

This 2014 biographical drama tells the story of Margaret Keane, an American artist famous in the 1960s for her portraits of people with unusually large eyes. Amy Adams stars as Margaret and Christopher Waltz as her husband Walter Keane.  The film focuses primarily on the lawsuit Margaret filed against her husband for managing the sales of her paintings and claiming them as his own. She was able to prove by painting in court that she was indeed the painter. Amy Adams won the Golden Globe for Best Actress. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Eyes  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xD9uTlh5hI




April 24, 2019       Great Courses:  Jericho and Its Walls

Our lecture today in Professor Tuck’s course on Ancient Cities of the worod is Jericho. Jericho is located near the Jordan River in the West Bank of Palestinian Territories and today has a population of about 20,000.  Copious springs in and around the city created what is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world with the oldest known protective wall in the world. Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of more than 20 successive settlements in Jericho, the first of which dates back 11,000 years (9000 BCE)




April 24, 2019        Lunch: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus & Restaurant

Today our bus will be taking us to German Village. Our first stop is lunch as the legendary Schmidt’s Sausage Haus & Restaaurant. J. Fred Schmidt emigrated from Germany and started Schmidt’s Meat Packing Co. in 1886, his son George L. began a food stand at the Ohio State Fair, his grandson George F. opened the restaurant in its present location in 1967, and today the entire operation is operated by the 4th generation – John, Geoff & Andrew. Check out their menu at at: http://www.schmidthaus.com/restaurant-menu-2/   including their famous Bahama Mama sandwich – a grilled link of their original, signature sausage on a toasted New England split top bun. Maybe you have to bring home “the best cream puff in the world” – a half pound of Vanilla, Chocolate, Peanut Butter Fudge or the Flavor of the Month whipped filling in a lightly baked pastry shell.




April 24, 2019        Tour: Franklin Art Glass

This afternoon we are touring Franklin Art Glass, which was founded in German Village in 1924 and today sells art glass products both retail and wholesale all over the world. Their craftsmen do both custom and repair work and offer classes. Their show room offers glass gift items to the public and supplies to glass artists. To to their website to check showroom shopping and studio tours. https://www.franklinartglass.com/    








 April 25, 2019          Shopping: Tuttle Mall

This afternoon our bus will take anyone interested to Tuttle Mall for shopping. It’s a good time for sales and not too soon for a spring preview. This two-story enclosed mall is anchored by major department stores Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears. Over one hundred specialty stores offer men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories, bedding and furnishings, toys, books, electronic goods, and more. For a detailed store directory go to: http://www.simon.com/mall/the-mall-at-tuttle-crossing





April 25, 2019       Demonstration of New Voting Machines

New voting machines are coming to Franklin County this year, offering voters a choice of electronic or paper ballots. Officials say the new equipment is more secure, user-friendly and efficient. It also will provide better services to voters with disabilities, with customized options for audio ballots and font sizes. Today a representative of the Franklin County Board of Elections will be here today to demonstrate how they work. 2019 has only a few local elections but is a good time to practice before the 2020 presidential primaries and elections.

April 25, 2019       Book Club: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

This novel by Lisa See is described by the publisher as a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. When a girl from an ethnic minority in western China has a baby out of wedlock, she leaves the baby near an orphanage in the nearest city. She is adopted and raised by a loving couple in California. Wondering about her origins, the daughter discovers her mother’s heritage by studying the rare tea produced in that region of China. For more details, go to: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Tea-Girl-of-Hummingbird-Lane/Lisa-See/9781501154836



April 25, 2019       Movie Special: Green Book

This  evening we will be having a special showing of Green Book, the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Picture. This biographical comedy-drama is based on a true story. Mahershala Ali stars as a Jamacian-American classical and jazz pianist making an eight-week tour of the southern states in 1962. Viggo Mortenson stars as the nightclub bouncer looking for temporary employment while the club is closed for renovation whom he hires as a chauffeur. The film takes its title from “The Negro Motorist’s Green Book,” a mid-20th century guidebook to hotels and restaurants serving blacks. The film has received both positive and negative reviews regarding its treatment of the relationship between blacks and whites of that era. In addition to the Oscar for Best  Picture, Mahershala Ali won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Book_(film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkZxoko_HC0

April 26, 2019      Susanne Jaffe – Arts in Ohio: A Thriving Scene

In honor of this month’s theme we will have a program today by Susanne Jaffe, Thurber House Director from 2001 to 2016, and prior to that an editor with Simon & Shuster and Random House in New York City. She is also the author of several suspense novels. As a Speaker for the Ohio Humanities Council she emphasizes that as our cities grow, Ohio is becoming home to ever more opportunities to attend, learn about, participate in, and simply enjoy a diversity of disciplines including theatre, dance, visual arts, music, literature.



April 26, 2019        Artist Docudrama: Lust For Life

This 1956 biographical film is on the life of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. Kirk Douglas stars as van Gogh, the mentally troubled painter who became friends with Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn) while studying Paris, but cut off his ear after they disagreed. His brother Theo (James Donald) provided both moral and financial support for his painting career but Vincent became so frustrated  by his inability to produce the image he saw in his mind that he committed himself to a mental institution and eventually shot himself. The film won Golden Globes for Best Picture, Best Director for Vincent Minelli, as well as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Douglas won an Oscar for Best Actor and Quinn for Best Supporting Actor. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lust_for_Life_(film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z3xHMNHQUs




April 27, 2019      Saturday Matinee: The Thomas Crown Affair

This film in a 1999 remake of the 1968 crime thriller by the same title starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. In this film, Pierce Brosnan stars as a billionaire art thief who develops a plot to steal an entire gallery from the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art. The plot is discovered and the thieves caught but Brosnan gets away with a valuable Monet. Rene Russo stars as a  private insurance investigator who has an intuition about Brosnan’s guilt but ends up have an affair with him. The movie reprises “The Windmills of Your Mind,” which won an Oscar for Best Original Song in the 1968 film. For more details about the complicated plot, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thomas_Crown_Affair_(1999_film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDaYmYR2LXQ




April 27, 2019          Happy Hour with Cathi Aldrich

The Forum’s favorite Happy Hour pianist, Cathi Aldrich, will be back tonight playing requests. Cathi has long been the rehearsal pianist for Ballet Met as well as an experienced lounge musician admired throughout the Columbus area. So far we’ve never requested a song she didn’t know from memory. Welcome back, Cathi.








April 28, 2019        Family Pizza Night with the Scalafini’s

Invite your family to come for pizza this Sunday evening and be entertained by  vocalists Gary and Linda Scalafani accompanied by Gary’s acoustic guitar. This husband and wife couple have been writing, performing, and recording music for over thirty years. Originally from the New York City/New Jersey, they now live in Columbus and perform for church groups, senior centers and senior living communities throughout central Ohio. Welcome back Linda and Gary.




 April 29, 2019          Monday Movie:  Her Alibi

This 1989 romantic comedy stars Tom Selleck as a mystery novelist suffering from writer’s block. He sees a beautiful Romanian murder suspect (Paulina Porizkova) while visiting a  courtroom in search of inspiration. He poses as a Catholic priest to secure her release claiming as her alibi that they are having an affair. She moves in with him to become inspiration for a novel he believes with restart his career. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her_Alibi   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVszRIBAT8A






 April 29, 2019        Dinner Out: Hyde Park Steakhouse

Tonight we are headed out to dinner for the early bird special at the Upper Arlington Hyde Park Steakhouse. This “grille” became the place to go for the best steaks in town soon after it opened in 1988 and is now the original restaurant in the Hyde Park Restaurants chain, which is headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio. Yes, the emphasis is definitely prime beef but there is also also an excellent seafood selection, a variety of  appetizers, sides, and desserts. To see a sample dinner menu, go to: http://www.hydeparkrestaurants.com/menus/HP%20WEB%20SAMPLE%20MENU%204-17-18.pdf








Mother’s Day in the US was first celebrated when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, a Civil War nurse who died in 1905, at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, however by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day a national holiday to honor mothers on the second Sunday in May. It is now an international  holiday celebrated in over forty countries around the world. We join this month in honoring our own mothers and mother figures.                   



May 1, 2019      Great Courses: Uruk –  Star of Mesopotamia

Today’s lecture in Professor Turk’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Uruk, the oldest known city in the Middle East. Originating c. 5000 BCE in modern Iraq, it reached its height c. 2900 BCE when it probably had 50,000–80,000 residents living in a 2.3 square mile walled area, the largest city in the world at the time. It was the seat of the legendary Sumerian king Gilgamesh. The city began to lose its importance around 2000 BCE but remained inhabited until it was finally abandoned during the Islamic conquest in the 7th century CE. This Uruk knife from c. 3300 BCE depicting the Mesopotamian king as master of lions reflects the advanced state of Mesopotamian royal iconography.




May 2, 2019       Concert: Pianist Fred Kass

This evening we welcome back pianist Fred Cass.  Mr. Kass is the founder of MartinKass Media, a consortium of artists who believe that music is important for brain health, happiness, and knowledge. He often brings another performer with him. Fred Kass has been performing and composing for over fifty years – forming his own dance band at the age of thirteen and playing organ for church whilce in college. Today he specializes in music for senior citizens to retain memories and induce calm for meditation.




May 7, 2019     Upper Arlington Sandwich Stroll

The Upper Arlington Sandwich Stroll has become a Forum tradition. The Stroll is all about fun. Walking the paved paths, through the gardens of Sunny 95 Park, grab your reusable lunch bag, collect your food, meet with vendors, make friends and try activities to add more fun to keeping fit. The walk leads to the Amelita Mirolo Barn for live music and dancing with the “Turbo Accordions”, picnicking, socializing and games. It’s a rain or shine event, so prepare with hat, umbrella or sunscreen as needed.




May 8, 2019      Great Courses: Mohenjo-daro of the Indus Valley

Today’s lecture in Professor Turk’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Mohenjo-Daro, built c. 2500 BCE in the Indus River Valley in modern Pakistan. It was abandoned in the 19th century BCE as the Indus River changed course and the population declined. The site was not rediscovered until the 1920s when excavations began. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1980 but the entire area is still not excavated. Mohenjo-daro had a planned layout with rectangular buildings arranged on a grid plan. Most residences were two-stories built of fired and mortared brick.  The city had a central marketplace with a central well.  Objects found in excavation include seated and standing figures, copper and stone tools, carved seals, balance-scales and weights, gold and jasper jewelry, and children’s toys. However, much about the city remains a mystery because its script has not been deciphered.  




May 9, 2019      Movie Special: The Highwaymem

This 2019 Netflex film stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelston as two former Texas rangers in pursuit of the 1930s gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. During a chase through several states, the pair follow their trail of  robberies and murders and finally catch them in an ambush and gun them down when they refuse to surrender. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Highwaymen_(film) To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH6vC-BBKOc



May 10, 2019       Tram Ride: Blacklick Creek Metro Park

Today  we will be heading to Reynoldsburg for our first Metro Park tram ride of the season. These monthly tram rides are one of our most  popular summer activities. Blacklick Woods features 643 acres of woods, fields, seasonal swamp ponds, a small prairie and a golf course. It has one of the best remaining beech-maple forests in Central Ohio along with a buttonbush swamp. The forest areas are laced with trails that wind through a swamp forest with oak and white ash along with red maple, elm, shagbark, bitternut hickory and dogwood. We might even see Mother raccoon teaching her kids to  forage under the birdfeeder at the nature center.




May 11, 2019       Mother’s Day Tea – BYOTC 

Yes, we know Mother’s Day is officially tomorrow,  but most of us will be celebrating then with our families. Today we’re inviting our daughters and daughters-in-law to join us in a very special Mother’s Day tea.  Many of us have a treasured tea cup or two, perhaps an entire collection, so each of us is invited to Bring Your Own Teacup to display it’s beauty with others.





May 12, 2019       ProMusica Concert Southern Theatre

For a poignant end to their 40th season, ProMusica turns to the Viennese masters—beginning with Mozart’s choral work Allegri Miserere, and continuing with eloquently orchestrated Schubert songs. Conductor David Danzmayr and the orchestra conclude with Beethoven’s massive Symphony No. 9, leading listeners through an emotional journey from grief into fury, before emerging into pure joy and celebration. In this they are joined by the Lancaster Chorale and soloists Kathrin Danzmayr, soprano;
Abigail Nims, alto; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor; and Aaron Wardell, baritone

ALLEGRI – Miserere mei, Deus

SCHUBERT/arr. Liszt – Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel
SCHUBERT/arr. Reger – Night and Dreams
SCHUBERT/arr. Benjamin Gordon – Ganymed
SCHUBERT/arr. Benjamin Gordon – Serenade

BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9



May 14, 2019     Fireside Chat: Social Security

This afternoon, Emily Jones, President of Seniors Servicing, will be with us to discuss Social Security Changes and Decisions.









May 15, 2019    Great Courses: Kahun in the Egyptian desert

Today’s lecture in Professor Turk’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Kahun in the Egyptian dessert. It was apparently built c. 1890 BCE to house the workers building the tomb of Sesostris, a twelfth dynasty pharaoh of Egypt. The town was laid out in a grid pattern and had both an exterior wall and an inner dividing wall separating single-room workers houses (apparently Semitic slaves) from multi-room homes of the elite. Archaeologists have compared it to mining towns of Wales or West Virginia where small houses for workers are the lowest and large houses for managers were on hills above. Numerous archaeological discoveries like this 12th Dynasty medical papyrus provide glimpses of life in the village.



May 16, 2019     Concert: Mark Snow

This evening after dinner, vocalist Mark Snow will be back to entertain us with mellow tunes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. In addition to senior living communities Mark performs for corporate parties and family events such as special birthdays or anniversaries. He also has a diversified ‘voice over’ business being everyone from the boss to a teenager or the friendly next door senior citizen. Mark graduated from Miami University, lives in Springfield, Ohio and began his successful buisness, Mark Snow Entertainment, as a professional vocalist in 2010.

May 17, 2019       Trip to Strader’s Garden Center

Calling all green thumbs! Time to get your annals planted in crocks or baskets for  your porch or patio. Strader’s Garden Center also is a good place to get supplies like gardening gloves or Miracle Gro for your houseplants, hanging baskets, decorative garden pottery for gifts (or yourself). Or just go wander the aisles and take time to smell the roses (and everything else).




May 22, 2019     Great Courses: Life at Deir el-Medina

Today’s lecture in Professor Turk’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Deir el-Medina, c. 1550-1080 BCE on the west side of the Nile across from modern Luxor, Egypt. Its inhabitants made their living excavating, constructing and decorating the tomb complexes west of the river now known as the “Valley of the Kings.” Mud-brick houses covered with stucco and whitewash fronted a street running the length of the village, most with four or five rooms totaling about 750 square feet. Many artifacts from excavations of the site give a remarkably complete picture of community life in this period. From personal letters to official records scholars have learned a great deal about family life, the roles of workers, women and slaves, religious beliefs and ceremonies, law and order, and medical care. Artifacts from the tombs testify to their skilled craftsmanship.




May  22, 2019       Granville Inn Lunch + Denison & Granville Tour

Today we’ll be making a scenic half-hour trip to the quaint college town of Granville for lunch at the Granville Inn. This Jacobethan style inn and golf course were built in    1924 on the site of the former Granville Female College by John Stuphen Jones, a wealthy railroad and southeastern Ohio coal magnate. He died three years later and the inn was inherited by his daughter Sallie whose first love was raising and showing championship horses. By the 1970s she was bankrupt and the inn was sold. In 2013 it was purchased and elegantly restored by Denison University, and last year won a Diner’s Choice Award.  Their lunch menu includes the original recipe for the Lazarus Chintz Room Chicken Salad some of remember fondly. To see the entire Tavern Room menu, go to: https://1018xntg0gm2ogyib2pbtfrr-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Tavern-10.1-1.pdf 

Afterwards  our bus will give us a tour of the Denison University campus, a liberal arts college founded in 1831 and the picturesque village of Granville settled by New Englanders in 1805.



May 23, 2019     Wild Birds Unlimited: Hummingbirds

The Wild Birds Unlimited store on Sawmill Rd. specializes in bringing people and nature together through the hobby of backyard bird feeding, unique nature gifts and local expert advice. Today they will be presenting a program on Hummingbirds. What flowers can you plant in the crocks on your porch or boxes on your balcony railing or how to select a feeder that will attract these fascinating little birds?




May 28, 2019         Tucci’s of Dublin

Located in the heart of Historic Dublin, Tucci’s invites us to an intimate, yet friendly, dining experience. Tucci’s sign focuses on wine, steak and fish and prides itself on offering the finest and freshest local ingredients in a culturally diverse menu.  Tucci’s is known for its outstanding wine inventory of more than 270 bottles. We’ve been here before and were treated royally. To see their extensive dinner menu, go to: https://www.tuccisdublin.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=Na0gyOEudBY%3d&portalid=3



May 29, 2019        Amarna – Revolutionary Pharoah’s capital

Today’s lecture in Professor Turk’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World features Amarna, the archaeological site of the remains of the capital city built in 1346-1341 BCE by Pharaoh Akhenaten dedicated to his new monotheistic religion worshiping Aten, the sun god. The city was laid out along a north-south road designed for royal processions. In the center were the palace and a temple to Aten. The city plan is unusually well preserved because the city was abandoned after the pharoah’s death. It appears that it was a city of middle class skilled workers with upper and lower classes interspersed. Art, like these school children with their pens bent over their work, was more realistic and less mythical than in other cities of the period.