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Lawrence Schulman to talk on Judy Garland at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor

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BAR HARBOR — Acadia Senior College, in conjunction with Reel Pizza, has invited music producer and critic Lawrence Schulman to talk about singer and actress Judy Garland on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 12:30 P.M. at Reel Pizza. The one-hour talk will be followed by the projection at 2 P.M. of the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis, which Schulman will introduce. The talk and film are open to all at no charge.

Entitled “Judy Garland: Moments of Magic,” the talk, which will feature nine audio and video clips from Garland’s career, will examine Judy Garland’s life and career. Schulman will endeavor to answer the question: “If I had just one hour to convince you of Judy Garland’s place in classic American popular music, what film and television performances would I choose?”

Schulman, who saw Garland in concert in 1965 and 1967, states that “Judy Garland (1922-1969) is often called the ‘world’s greatest entertainer.’ It is an epithet that misses the point. For, Garland was more than a mere entertainer. In the course of a career which spanned more than four decades on film, radio, record, stage and television, she earned the respect of her peers and the public, and as such earned a place at the heart of the classic period of the Great American Songbook. Garland was important to American cultural history, and the tabloid tumult of her short life should not overshadow an artistry of exceptional value. Exploring that artistry, and the life behind it, means exploring not just “the end of the rainbow,” but, above all, her contribution to a uniquely American art, that of the popular song in mid-century America. The icon Garland is less interesting than the artist Garland, who made song an intensely personal experience.”

Lawrence Schulman has produced and written the liner notes for numerous CD sets devoted to Judy Garland over the past twenty years, and has written extensively about her for the ARSC Journal. His most recent collection is Judy Garland: Creations 1929-1962 Songs She Introduced (JSP Records, 2013).

Doors open at noon. For more, visit www.acadiaseniorcollege.org or www.reelpizza.net, or call 288-9500 or 288-3811.