Speakers Series

Feb 20, 2020 — Nick Vallelonga & Mike Hatton

A conversation with Nick Vallelonga, the Oscar Winner for Best Picture "Green Book" and the actor who played the Bass in the film, Mike Hatton! Wine reception prior to conversation. Tickets are $25 for Members, $35 for non-members. Register here. 

The first of our Speakers Series is being kicked off by the Writer/Producer of the Oscar winning film, “Green Book.” Nick Vallelonga (left) who also won two Golden Globes for Original Screenplay and Best Picture which is based on the true story of Nick's father Tony Lip, who went on tour of the south with the brilliant pianist Dr. Donald Shirley in 1962.  

Mike Hatton (right), co-starred as George Dyer, the Bass player of The Don Shirley Trio. Mike won several awards for his performance in Green Book including a Hollywood Film Award and he returned to his second home here in Palm Springs to accept the PSIFF Chairman's Vanguard Award.  Mike is also a producer and can be seen next in Pay Dirt, which he produced in The Coachella Valley.

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May 21, 2020 — Mädchen Amick, star of the hit series "Riverdale"

Location TBD: Tickets are $25 for Members, $35 for non-members. Register here.

Mädchen Amick was born and raised in Sparks, Nevada. Mädchen was encouraged by her parents to follow her own creative instincts where she learned the skill of playing the piano, bass, violin and guitar as well as being able to do tap, ballet, jazz and modern dancing. In 1987 at the age of 16, she traveled to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Mädchen is best known for her character, Lena in Dream Lover (1993); Shelly Johnson in Twin Peaks (1990-1991), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992); and Alice Cooper in Riverdale (2017-2020). In 1995, Mädchen was nominated for Best Actress by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for her role as Lena in Dream Lover, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in Prime Time by Soap Opera Digest for her role as Shelly Johnson in Twin Peaks in 1991.  

Location TBD


September 17, 2020 ~ Novelist Luanne Rice

Wine reception prior to conversation. Tickets are $25 for Members, $35 for non-members. Register Here

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-four novels, including three YA novels, that have been translated into twenty-four languages. LAST DAY will be out from Thomas & Mercer on February 1, 2020.

Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature, and the sea. The Beautiful Lost deals with teen depression, something Rice experienced herself.  She is an advocate for mental health awareness, a participant in McLean Hospital's Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life

Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for a mini-series on Lifetime.  Rice contributed a monologue to Motherhood Out Loud, a play that premiered at Hartford Stage Company and was performed Off-Broadway and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree.  Her papers are located in the college's Special Collections Library. A profile of Rice appeared in Connecticut College Magazine, Fall 2014.

She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn.

In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist.  Christopher Plummer, actor, and Tim Prentice, sculptor, were also celebrated, and Rice was thrilled to share the moment with them.

Rice, an avid environmentalist, is honored to be a creative affiliate of the Safina Center.

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