Wednesday, March 16th | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Silver Screen: The History of The Oscars and Ourselves


The silver screen entertains us, but it is also a mirror, reflecting our culture’s greatest ideals and injustices through the ages. Much of this is distilled at the Academy Awards, popularly known as The Oscars. Every nomination and snub, every category realignment, every publicity decision since the Awards began with a 15-minute ceremony in 1929 reveals something about the changing ways we see art, ourselves, and others. Ahead of the 2022 ceremony on March 27, this class will trace our cultural heritage through the history of the Oscars at its glamorous best and its marginalizing worst. Tux / gown optional (but the class instructor will be dressed fit for a journey through film and American history as seen from the red carpet).

This class is appropriate for all ages.

This class will take place indoors at Rochester Brainery, located at 176 Anderson Ave F109, Rochester, NY 14607.

Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
Since seeing Beauty and the Beast in a theater at the age of three, Tyler Lucero, now a geologist, historian, and community theater actor, has been enamored of the silver screen, relishing films for their artistry, and for the glimpse they provide – like rocks and historical documents – of past worlds. He is on a lifelong quest to see every film ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar – 581 as of February 2022! Depending on the day, his favorite movie is variably Jurassic ParkOn the WaterfrontBirdmanOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia, Lost in Translation, or A Hidden Life.

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