Join your fellow Bronxites for the Bronx Museum’s second in the series of “Back in the Bronx” programs featuring writer Arlene Alda interviewed by her husband, the actor Alan Alda. Arlene will share personal stories and anecdotes about growing up in the borough and also preview excerpts from her upcoming book “Just Kids from the Bronx.” Lunch will be provided for all attendees by David Greco’s Arthur Avenue Caterers.
The event is sold out! Please check back at bronxmuseum.org soon for details on upcoming programs.
The next program in the Bronx Museum’s Back in the Bronx series will be April 27, featuring Bronxite actor and comedian Robert Klein.
About Arlene Alda
Arlene Alda was born Arlene Weiss, in the Bronx. She attended Evander Childs High School and Hunter College, graduating as a music Major, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude. Alda was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Cologne, Germany, where she studied clarinet at the Kolnisches Hochschule fur Musik. On her return to New York, she became a member of the National Orchestra, a training orchestra, conducted by Leon Barzin. She studied Clarinet with Abraham Goldstein and Leon Russianoff becoming a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, playing asst. first clarinet and bass clarinet under the baton of Leopold Stokowski. Ms. Alda married, became the mother of three children, and played first clarinet in the Ridgefield orchestra conducted by Beatrice Brown. She pursued an early interest in photography by studying with Mort Shapiro and Lou Bernstein. ultimately changing careers, becoming a photographer and writer. As photographer, Alda had several major one person shows, including those in Nikon House in NYC , Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton, NY. As a free lance, her photographs have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Vogue, People magazine, Life Magazine and Today's Health magazine, for which she received a Chicago Graphics Communications Award for her photo essay, "Allison's Tonsillectomy."
Alda is the author of 15 children's books, including the best seller, Sheep, Sheep Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep (Doubleday Books for Young Readers,1992) Arlene Alda's 1,2,3 (Tricycle Press 1998), which won an American Library Notable citation, The Book of ZZZs (Tundra 2005), Did You Say Pears? (Tundra 2006), and Except the Color Grey (Tundra 2011) . She also wrote the popular Hurry Granny Annie, published by Tricycle Press in 1999 as well as Hold the Bus (published by Troll Press in 1996) , Iris Has a Virus, (2008 ) and Lulu's Piano Lesson (2010) For much, but not all, of her career as an author, she has provided her own photography as illustrations used in her children's books. She is also represented in photo anthologies, Women of Vision, and Soho Gallery 2. Alda is the author of On Set (Fireside/Simon and Schuster 1981), illustrated with over one hundred of her photographs and The Last Days of Mash (Unicorn, 1983), with photos by Alda and co- written with her husband, Alan Alda. Her current book, Just Kids from the Bronx, an anthology of more then 50 interviews with prominent Bronxites, past and present, will be published by Henry Holt and Co.
Alda is married to actor Alan Alda. They wed on March 15, 1957, and they have three daughters, Eve, Elizabeth, and Beatrice, as well as eight grandchildren.