From Bugs to the Big Bang, virtually enjoy cool science talks. We’ll hear University of Chicago scientists discuss their latest research.
4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 From Law to Astronomy to Data Science and Back: A UChicago Journey
Dark matter is here, everywhere but we have no idea what it is. We think it could be made of very light Having operated his own law firm for more than 15 years, Charles Lee Mudd Jr. decided to explore a hobby the nature of which would be completely different from his day to day practice. Choosing between learning the “Game of Thrones” theme on the cello or enrolling in graduate coursework, he chose the latter and was admitted to the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies GSAL program. In March 2017, he enrolled in “Galaxies,” a graduate astrophysics course in the U Chicago’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. This course and other events prompted his practice to expand into space law which brought him to speak at United Nations events and testify in Washington D.C. Over the next few years, he completed additional astrophysics coursework. With the support of the GSAL Program and Graham School, he also explored options for a part-time degree which led him to the perfectly suited Master of Science in Data Analytics program to which he applied and was accepted. Over the last five years, the graduate coursework and lifelong learning at the University of Chicago have broadened and expanded the scope of his practice and interests. Come hear Charles talk about this exciting journey through law, astronomy, and data science.
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Craft Circle is back, weather permitting! Come recharge your creative muscle. We want to see what everyone has been doing and making. Things are really looking up when the Craft Circle comes out to show and tell. Bring a chair and your handwork.
3rd Wednesdays 10:30am Queen of Angels, 4412 N. Western, 2nd floor
We’re stepping away from this pandemic-era program. Hopefully, we can see movies together very soon.
We’ll watch a movie or documentary (at our own convenience) chosen by the group and then discuss it on the
First Wednesday of each month at 5:00pm
You’re encouraged to bring your critiques and your favorite refreshments. Come with one or two suggestions of what to watch so we can vote on it.
August 4, 2021 – “Diane” – A 2018 movie with Mary Kay Place.She plays a woman trying to keep her world together while coming to terms with her past life choices.
June 2, 2021 – “Bagdad Cafe” – The 1987 film centers on two women who have recently separated from their husbands, and the blossoming friendship that ensues. It is a comedy-drama set in a remote truck stop and motel in the Mojave Desert.
May 5, 2021 – “Quartet” – Once-popular opera diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a home for retired performers. Most of the other Beecham residents are delighted, and try to convince Jean to join them in a performance of “Rigoletto.” Jean, however, knows that she is long past her prime and is reluctant to sully the memory of her once-lovely voice. Directed by Dustin Hoffman – synopsis by Rotten Tomatoes
April 5, 2021 – “Poms” – It’s a comedy about an introvert who befriends an extrovert and they decide to start a cheerleading squad. Starring Diane Keaton and Jackie Weaver, plus lots of other great actors.
March 3, 2021 – “The Lady in the Van” – This film is our next choice. It tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s somewhat strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, a crabby, eccentric and unsanitary homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home “for three months”.
February 3, 2021 – “Noises Off” – The film follows the rehearsal and performance of a dreadful farce called Nothing On, a hit British show that is preparing for its American debut in Des Moines, Iowa, with a second-rate, Broadway-bound theatrical troupe.
January 6, 2021 – “The Good Liar” – Watch two masters of the acting craft joust in what should be an easy con. Helen Mirren was our inspiration, also starring Ian McKellon. (available on various video platforms)
December 2, 2020 – “Age of Adeline” – (available on various video platforms)
If you were born after the advent of television or maybe you were very young when that technology took over the planet, you might have never depended on your ears for entertainment. Oddly enough, in this highly technological age, listening is back, and it’s all free.
People are too busy to sit down and watch a show or read a book. They need to be multitasking. Doing dishes while there’s a podcast in the background can help us stay up to date on the news. Listening to your favorite comedian while you make a bed or fold laundry turns it into something you look forward to, instead of something you dread.
Listening as a “second task” is enjoyed in many different ways. Some like to listen to sports experts while they do something else. Some people listen to politics and news. Others like a good crime drama or a how-to podcast. Everyone has a podcast these days. Oprah has a podcast. NPR has about a dozen podcasts. Even Rudi Guilani and Joe Biden have podcasts.
But how do you access this wonderful world of listening? It can seem like it’s another world, if you’ve never done it. Here is a guide to accessing podcasts.
How to Access Podcasts: Step-By-Step
Choose your device. You can use a smartphone or a computer. All of these links work on both. If you use your smartphone, you will be more mobile. Identify if you have an Android or an Apple phone. On a computer, do you have a Mac or a PC?
The simplest app option is right on your smartphone. You have a “Podcast” app, whether it’s Apple or Android. You can Search your phone for that app. On Android, you can also use Google Play Music. There are other apps that you can use on your computer or smartphone:
Within that app there is a Search function. Look for a podcast that sounds interesting, and you’re off to the races. You can “Subscribe” or just listen to one episode. Unsubscribe anytime.
One note of caution: if you find that the memory on your phone begins to fill up quickly, don’t be alarmed. Delete podcast episodes you know you won’t have time for or make sure to unsubscribe from any podcasts you no longer listen to. This will free up memory for other things.
Some Podcasts We Love
This list will take you to a website, and the website will take you to the Podcast app on your phone to listen to the podcast. Warning: if you prefer not to hear the occasional expletive, make sure you check closely for “Explicit Content” ratings in the Podcast app before you listen.
Mysteries are also popular options. One of the most popular podcasts ever is called S-Town about a small town Alabama eccentric who thinks someone in his town got away with murder, and then someone ends up dead. It’s amazing that it was even recorded. Other mysteries include:
Serial – High schooler, Hae Min Lee, has been murdered and her boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is the prime suspect. Did he do it? This is a series of 12 episodes, but there are three seasons, each dealing with a different crime.
My Favorite Murder – This “true crime comedy podcast” features the best murders ever committed, with great commentary from two women who are rockstars in the podcast world, with sold out tours all over the world. The beautiful thing about podcasts like this is that they are always adding new content. You can go back to the beginning and listen to a trove of great, timeless content, whenever you have time.
History podcasts are enriching. Public radio produces great content, but they come from every corner of the internet.
Making Oprah is from right here in Chicago by WBEZ’s former star, Jenn White. She followed that up with Making Obama and Making Beyonce. These are amazing gems. (The webpage says “Making Beyonce” at the top, but all three podcasts are on this page.)
Sports are normally fun to follow on podcasts. Get the breakdown of NFL, MLB, NBA games. Figure out who to draft for your fantasy teams. Find out how to play Fantasy Sports. It’s also fun to hear about the game you just saw from a new perspective or with a comedic twist. A favorite website for sports (and pop culture fans) is TheRinger.com.