FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D., and Bill Bowen
 
 

Music Appreciation


Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D., (Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University) is a 30-year professor of education, author, and international consultant and Bill Bowen is a 35-year journalist, including 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music — Joan (keyboard, guitar, harmony arranger/vocalist), a classically trained musician, has played and sung in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois, and Florida, and Bill (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has had several stints busking in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous, as their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents as writers and educator to create programs about their musical heroes. Recent ventures include “Woody Guthrie: 100 Years of Song” at the Lake Worth Playhouse in March 2013, written and directed by Joan and Bill, which elicited standing ovations and favorable reviews, “This Land is Your Land: The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie” for FAU-Jupiter LLS, and “John Lennon: Nixon’s Pariah, The Left’s Messiah” for FAU-Jupiter LLS: and Grand Edventures.

Bleecker Street and Beyond
The Greenwich Village Music Scene of the ‘60s

Beat Generation poets held forth in the parks and coffee shops of New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1950s, but by the next decade, a new movement was taking over — a wave of politically conscious, guitar strumming poets who turned the Bohemian coffeehouses of the Village, like The Gaslight Cafe, Gerde’s Folk City, The Bitter End, and more into the focal point of the sixties folk revival. Inspired by the Weavers and others, young troubadours like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, Simon & Garfunkel and the Kingston Trio, rose to prominence there while others, like the Mamas and the Papas and The Lovin’ Spoonful had a more oblique connection. In a live music-spiced examination of this cultural phenomenon, singing duo Bill Bowen and Joan Friedenberg, who perform professionally as the PinkSlip Duo, retrace the steps of these music legends and iconic locales — and bring you with them. PowerPoint photos illustrate as the story wends its way through the Village, with commentary that recalls its coffeehouses and folk and pop heroes and their poignant ballads, sung in harmony-rich arrangements, for an educational and nostalgic journey.

Lecture # F1W2
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesday, November 5, 2014
  Time:7:00–8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member
If I Had a Hammer
The Life and Song of Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger honed his banjo skills while traveling in Appalachia and became the most stalwart of America’s troubadours for social justice, peace and the environment. He founded such iconic groups as the Almanac Singers and the Weavers and continued to entertain and rally crowds around their causes after others of his generation had long since faded away. Seeger sang for striking workers and union rallies in his youth, withstood with aplomb the brunt of the McCarthy communist witch hunt, bore with dignity the 19 years of blacklisting from TV appearances because of his communist associations and continued performing and singing for causes he believed in right up until his death in March 2014 at age 94. This powerful program blends the story of Seeger’s life, illustrated with dramatic photographs (via PowerPoint), with a live performance of his songs by Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen, who sing professionally as the PinkSlip Duo. Seeger penned iconic songs like “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” “Turn Turn Turn” and “If I Had a Hammer.” His lyrics will be projected on a screen and the audience encouraged to sing along. PinkSlip’s music combines with gripping photography and intellectually stimulating commentary for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Lecture # F1W7
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesday, December 17, 2014
  Time:7:00–8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member