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Spike Lee’s Chi-raq & Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

You’ve Seen The Movie, Now Read The Book

( This class is part of the Polis Drinker’s and Great Thinker Series and we will have a wide selection of craft beers from Chicago and the Midwest available during class.)


Spike Lee & Lysistrata

Join us at Polis on Tuesday, March 1 from 7:00-8:30 PM for a lively discussion of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata and Spike Lee’s modern film adaptation of the book, Chi-raq. The class will primarily focus on the Aristophanes comedy and we will use Spike Lee’s film as a point of modern reference and comparison.  We will have a robust selection of craft beers from Chicago and the Midwest available to sample during class as part of Polis’ Drinkers and Great Thinkers course series.

Learn more about Lysistrata here.

Aristophanes’ comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written. Led by the title character, the women of the warring city-states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting. The war of the sexes that ensues makes Lysistrata a comedy without peer in the history of theatre” – Goodreads

Find Reviews of Chi-raq here.

Spike Lee’s latest, Chi-Raq, is designed to provoke: women in Chicago’s south side go on a “sex strike” to curb gang violence, cribbing from Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ comic account of the Peloponnesian War.”- NPR, Dec. 9, 2015

Click here to learn about options (in theaters and streaming) to watch Chi-raq in preparation for class on March 1.

Instructor: Mary Finn

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2015

Time: 7:00-8:30 PMthe-precint-beer-taster

WhereThe Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, SF

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Philosophy and Ethics for Teens: A 5 Week Course In Thinking About Life’s Big Questions

We will have classes in SF and the East Bay. Classes begin on January 13th. Learn more about the Polis courses for teens here.

Pizza will be served for all teens participating in this course.

Details: Course postponed until Spring 2016

The Duel-Short Story by Anton Chekov: January Drinkers and Great Thinkers

First published in 1891, this morality tale pits a scientist, a government worker, his mistress, a deacon, and a physician against one another in a verbal battle of wits and ethics that explodes into a violent contest: the duel. When Laevsky, a lazy youth who works for the government, tires of his dependent mistress, Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, Von Koren, the scientist, delivers a scathing critique of Loevsky’s egotism, forcing the young man to examine his soul. The Duel is a tale of human weakness, the possibility of forgiveness, and a man’s ultimate ability to change his ways. It is classic Chekhov, revealing the multifaceted essence of human nature.

This class will be paired with a selection of craft beers and spirits from the Eastern Europe.

InstructorAnton Krukowski

When: Date To Be Announced Soon! Class will be held in March 2015

Time: 7:00-8:30 PMthe-precint-beer-taster

WhereThe Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, SF

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