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Their names may not be as familiar as those of Minnie Mouse or Betty Boop, but female animators have made significant contributions to the form since its earliest days. Mindy Johnson, a leading expert on women’s roles in animation and film history, tells their mostly little-known stories.

Event date Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Devoted followers of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” have production designer Deborah Riley—and a small army of crafts specialists—to thank for the highly detailed environment against which the saga of power, family, revenge, and romance plays out. Join Riley and executive producer Bernadette Caulfield as they discuss the show’s distinctive visual style and offer behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the series.

Event date Monday, April 1, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Author and cocktail expert Philip Green celebrates the spirit—and the favorite spirits—of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and other members of the swingin’, high-living clan who came to symbolize ’60s-style cool onstage and off.

Event date Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Despite decades in the spotlight, Bob Dylan remains a beloved enigma. Drawing on his new book, Bob Dylan’s Poetics, Timothy Hampton, explores the interplay of music and lyrics as a key to understanding the heart of Dylan’s artistry—and perhaps, the man.

Event date Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Late 18th-century England is the backdrop for the British series “Poldark” on PBS. Ross Poldark is the dashing hero caught up in the social, political, and economic changes swirling around him. Find out what the series, set in rugged Cornwall, gets right about the period.

Event date Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

From their first performance of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964 to “Let It Be” on their final album in 1970, the songs of the Beatles defined and shaped an explosive era in musical and cultural history. Join musical raconteur Robert Wyatt on a “magical mystery tour” of the life and works of the group whose influence still echoes in pop music—and our lives.

Event date Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.