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Select from the wide range of programs available, from music to theatre, fitness, and more!

Sign up for a discussion program for $15 each and receive a FREE annual membership.*

Watch your chosen masterclass, then join the virtual discussion group and explore your chosen topic with a local leader in the field on the scheduled discussion date and time.

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*must be 18-years or older to participate
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Discussion: March 16, 2021 | 7:00pm

Itzhak Pearlman, violinist

The world’s reigning virtuoso violin player, Itzhak Pearlman, leads his passion for teaching right to you in your home. Join Dr. Jacob Roseman in a discussion around the key musical and performance concepts and realize your most dynamic performance yet.

Facilitator: Dr. Jacob Roseman
Presenter: Wausau Conservatory of Music

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Discussion: March 23, 2021 | 6:30pm

electronic music production

Before he was deadmau5, all Joel Zimmerman wanted for Christmas was old toasters to take apart. Now, you can watch him take his music apart. In his first-ever online class, Joel teaches you how he approaches melodies, mixing and mastering to make unique sounds you can't find in a cookie-cutter sample pack.
*This program contains adult language.

Facilitator: Mike Fischer
Presenter: Wausau Conservatory of Music

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Discussion: April 8, 2021 | 6:30pm

Ron Finley,

When Ron Finley first grew a garden on a curbside dirt strip, he got cited—and then a warrant was issued for his arrest. He fought back, got the laws changed, and started a movement. Now the community activist and self-proclaimed “Gangster Gardener” is teaching you how to grow your own food, keep your plants alive, and find beauty and freedom in gardening no matter the size of your space.
*this program contains adult language.

Facilitator: Janell Wehr
Presenting Partner: UW-Madison Extension

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Discussion: April 21, 2021 | 6:30pm

Annie Leibovitz,

In her first-ever online class, award-winning photographer Annie Leibovitz teaches her process for working with light, creating concepts, and finding your point of view as an artist. Through case studies and on-site lessons with Annie during a magazine shoot, you’ll learn her photography techniques and be inspired to try new ways of approaching your craft.

Facilitator: Madison Hager
Presenting Partner: Center for Visual Arts

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Discussion: April 29, 2021 | 6:30pm

Gary Kasperov,
chess master

He went head-to-head with IBM supercomputer, Deep Blue, and won. He trained Carlsen and Nakamura. Now Garry Kasparov is ready to share what made him a six-time World Chess Champion.
Join Brad Mapes-Martins, UWSP Professor, and founder of the Central Wisconsin Chess Club to discuss Kasperov’s winning principles, strategies, and tactics. Explore detailed lessons and sharpen your instincts, allowing you to make more sophisticated decisions, and vastly improve your game.

Facilitator: Brad Mapes-Martins
Presenting Partner: UW-Stevens Point, Continuing Education and Outreach

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Discussion: May 5, 2021 | 6:30pm

Ron Howard,

Ron Howard made his first film in 15 days with $300,000. Today, his movies have grossed over $1.8 billion. In his first-ever online directing class, the Oscar-winning director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind decodes his craft like never before.

Facilitator: Justin Evans
Program Partner: Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre

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Discussion: May 14, 2021 | 1:00pm

Joe Holder,
fitness and wellness

Joe Holder is a nationally recognized master trainer and one of the most influential coaches in fitness and sports. Now he’s teaching you how to build the foundation for a lifetime of good health. With Joe’s holistic approach, you’ll learn how to work out for increased mobility and strength, maximize your nutrition, and build a positive mindset. Start achieving your health goals and living a more purposeful life.

Co-Facilitators: Kate Florek and Carley Hanney
Program Partner: The Landing

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