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Delia Ephron Out, Filmmaker Burns In at Four Arts

Delia Ephron, the novelist, playwright and screenwriter whose credits include “You’ve Got Mail” and “Bewitched,” has canceled her Jan. 23 lecture at Society of the Four Arts. Faithful readers of Boca mag’s A&E coverage will remember that we previewed Ephron’s appearance in the 2017/2018 Season Preview in our November issue. She was scheduled to discuss “Creativity and Collaboration.” Ephron confirmed the cancellation in an email; no reason was given.

In her place, the Four Arts has scheduled another dynamic talent with ties to the movie industry. Ric Burns, younger brother of influential documentarian Ken, has established a career in public-TV docs that is nearly as robust as his sibling’s. His eight-part, nearly 18-hour-long “New York: A Documentary Film” is the essential portrait of the United States’ most significant metropolis, from its founding as a Dutch trading post to the tragic twilight of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Burns also directed films about Ansel Adams, western expansion, the U.S. whaling business, and the trials and tribulations of contemporary Native Americans. The Emmy winner’s most recent movie, “VA: The Human Cost of War,” chronicling the dysfunctional operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs, premiered in November to much acclaim.

The title of Burns’ Four Arts lecture has not been decided at the time of this writing, but with so many areas of expertise, it will surely make for a fascinating listen and Q&A session. His previous lecture topics have included “Seeing the Invisible World: The Art of Filmmaking” and “New York: Capitalism, Democracy and the Culture of Change.”

Burns will take the stage at 3 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets for nonmembers are $35 and are available at 2:30 p.m. the day of the lecture. For information, call 561/655-7226, or visit

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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