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Classic film, music and opera

It will be week of high culture at Waterstone at Wellesley next week with lectures on classic film and opera and a performance of Rodgers and Hart music by the talented musician Jack Craig.

Film critic Dan Kimmel will start the week with a lecture on one of cinema's most well-known musicals, "Singin’ in the Rain," starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor. The film came out in 1952 and has perhaps one of the most recognizable moments in movie history as Gene Kelly dances down a neighborhood street amidst a downpour.

The film chronicles movie history, taking place in Hollywood as silent films transitioned to talkies and was directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen.

Then on Tuesday, Jack Craig is visiting to perform the classic songs of songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The duo wrote such hits as "My Funny Valentine," "Blue Moon" and "My Heart Stood Still." They began writing together while students at Columbia University, writing Broadway shows and hit after hit until Hart's death in 1943.

Helen Sagan will end the week's events on Thursday with a lecture on the opera "Tosca." The opera was composed by Giacomo Puccini and is separated into three acts that take place in Rome during the turn of the nineteenth century as the city was under threat of invasion by Napoleon.

Find the full details of each event below.

Dan Kimmel discusses "Singing in the Rain"
Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 p.m.
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Jack Craig performs the music of Rodgers and Hart
Tuesday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m.
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Helen Sagan lectures on "Tosca"
Thursday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m.
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