ARTS AND LEISURE MAY 22 2014 THE SUNDAY NIGHT BALLROOM DANCE GROUP will meet June 1 for a “June is Busting Out All Over” party featuring the Velvetones, a 19-piece band under the direction of Carl Hatheway, with vocalists Laurie Banta and Tommy Williams. The evening begins with dinner at 6 in Clubhouse 4; dancing starts at 7. For more information or to make reservations, call Shirlene Chavez at 596-2669, or Melinda Nicolet, 598-4056.
The Producers Club invites people to tell stories about their moms and dads. Come to the Superwire office today, May 22, at 1:45 p.m.
The office is located behind Clubhouse 3.
Marcia Baltimore is collecting family stories for her online podcast.
The Leisure Whirlers will have a dance party Friday, June 6, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. “The Meet Me in St. Louis, Meet Me at the Fair” dance will feature music, square and round dancing and an ice cream social potluck.
Bring a pint of favorite ice cream and/or favorite toppings and build an ice cream dessert. The potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. after the dancing. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dancing will be alternated from 7-9 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation, so everyone can dance. Parties are $6. For more information, call 237-2682.
A beginners round dance class is held Sundays from 6:45-8 p.m. An ongoing beginners round dance class is held Sunday from 5:30-6:45 p.m. People who want extra help can arrive at 5. Classes are $5 and are held at 5946 Westminster Blvd. at Springdale and Westminster in Westminster. Singles and couples are welcome. For information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.
Experienced square dancers are needed for the square dance class, so all students may dance. Classes are held Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave., in Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation, so everyone can dance.
The ongoing beginners line dance class is also held Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place. For information, call Mel Branham.
Leisure Whirler Dance Club parties are held the first Friday of each month. On Friday, July 4, the Whirlers will celebrate the Fourth of July.
LEISURE TIME DANCE
Leisure Time Dance classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 6. This month, instructor Richard Sharrard will teach the rumba at 2 p.m. and the tango at 3. Everyone is welcome to dance their way into summer. For more information, call 434-6334.
The Community Sing started at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1, with Betty Ballen playing “Where or When” as a piano solo to open amateur time.
Carmen Edwards followed with a solo, “I’m In the Mood For Love,” and Rick Reyando sang “Once In a While.” Anita Ragole did a high soprano rendition of “Summertime,” followed by Jerry Tester and Janice Chapman harmonizing on “It Is No Secret.”
Ben Berg closed with a jazz solo, “Whole Lot of Shakin.” Piano accompanist was Pat Kogok.
Group singing, led by Ethel Carter, was off to a great start, as an enthusiastic group of Leisure Worlders joined in for her first selection of yesterday’s pop songs.
Then, at half-time, she brought out Valentino Perry as her guest soloist.
Valentino’s performance included longtime favorites “Always On My Mind,” “Softly,” “’Til the End of Time” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” His performance was loudly applauded.
Ethel led her wrap-up of group singing with gusto, until it was time to close a fine musical evening by everyone joining Lewis and Felicia in “Kum ba Yah.”
Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Pat Kogok, pianist; and Felicia Ward, emcee.
The Genealogy Workshop will meet from 10-11:30 a.m., May 28, at Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Social time starts a 9:30.
The topic is “Maiden Names,” with guest speaker Vera Broyles. She is a new club member with a vast background of experience in genealogy research. Maiden names can be a major roadblock to family researchers, and Vera will cover ways to overcome that.
A new series of workshop discussions will start in June. Discussion groups are held at the Genealogy Library on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 10. The library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. Discussion topics for the month are as follows:
•June 4—How to prepare for research trip (local or long distance), Mary Yearwood
•June 11—Cemetery Research, Kay Fluharty and Andrea Thresh
•June 18—Scrapbooking Your Heritage, Linda Johnson
The workshop meeting will be June 25, with speaker Alvis Ward on DNA and African American Genealogy.
The Genealogy Library is seeking donations of flatscreen monitors 18 inches or larger. To donate one, contact Linda Johnson at (714) 742-4044.
Volunteers are needed to help at the Genealogy Library. Contact Linda Johnson for more information.
The club will have a picnic July 23.
by Margie Thompson
Come to Clubhouse 1 on Wednesday nights to listen or sing and forget about the heat. Linn Atkinson was a happy gal while singing “Maybe This Time.” Pete Tupas did a beautiful “Mama.” Dave Noble sang “I Got Stripes,” a Johnny Cash song, and first-timer Ken Harpham did just fine singing “Why Me Lord?” Rick Reynado did a mellow “Try A Little Tenderness.” Ben Chaffey had fun with “Don’t Fence Me In,” and Ray Barnum and Linn Atkinson harmonized with a beautiful “Smile.” Doris Edwards and Ray Jarris did “Story of My Life,” followed by Barbara Chambers singing “Crazy” and Rosemary Freman with “You’ve Got a Friend.”
It was a happy singing group on a hot night last week. People brought their snacks and drinks, relaxed and had a nice evening. All are welcome to come and find a tune to sing from the club’s big song book.
It’s a friendly group, so people are not afraid to experiment with their voices. Practice sessions are held from 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6 to help people become familiar with the tunes.
TOUCH OF CLASS
A Touch of Class musical theater will perform “Maiden Voyage” a musical tour of Route 66 at 2 p.m., May 29, and at 6 p.m., May 30, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 1:30 on May 29 and at 5:30 on May 30. All are welcome to come and see the visual presentation featuring the famous Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Bring snacks and beverages. There will be a 50/50 raffle.
The following performers will be featured: David Noble and dancers Amy Waker, Debbie DeGrazia and Leeter Kesler; “Meet Me In St. Louis,” by Lou Joseph; “Kansas City,” by Ben Berg; “Oklahoma,” by Gerry Imhoff; “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” by Chuck Burnett and David Noble and “Along the Navajo Trail,” with Carol Robinson and Sam Calderone accompanying; “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” Sam Calderone and Carol Robinson on piano; “California Here I Come,” by Audrey McKenzie, Carmen Edwards, Chuck Burnett, Lou Joseph, Sally Glaueser and Phil Vlaic; “Off To Hollywood nightspots, the “Melody Lane” nightclub and the “Blue Velvet” lounge. All are welcome for a night of musical entertainment.
“When in Rome,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m., May 28, in Clubhouse 4. Some scenes and language may offend some people.
Beth is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes starting May 19 from 9-11:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up as soon as possible because space is limited. Sign up from 1-3 p.m., weekdays. There will be a waiting list available in the event a class fills.
The following is the list of classes:
•Thursday, May 22, Android Smart Phone
•Tuesday, May 23, XP Tips and Migration
Refreshments of coffee, tea and snacks will be available during the break. New computers are available, and laptops can be used where possible. Handouts will be provided. Classes cost $5 each. Customized training for groups can be arranged by talking to John Retterath, 544-2210. Additional training features can be covered in class sessions.
Editor’s Note: This poetry feature will showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The Poetry Workshop meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
Ask and Ye May Not Receive
Something went wrong in my mail slot this very day,
A day without someone asking for money—no way!
Should you once donate to some worthy organization,
They surely will give others your address with great elation.
All of them praise your kind heart and your open purse:
Once you are on their list the mail only gets worse.
They appeal for support and put you under pressure,
With others hurting you should not have too much pleasure.
Let it be known that I contribute my appropriate share—
Yet it is impossible to take all indigents under your care.
What irks me—once they got me—they just won’t let go,
They use all kinds of incentive, very inventive, you know.
Most of them will ask you not to use the prepaid envelope,
Please send money and use your own stamp, you silly dope.
To give to charity is a fine and noble thing to behold:
But believe me, but of these requests are getting too bold!
A BALLET CLASS meets at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, in Clubhouse 6, second floor, taught by Mel Lockett (center). All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. Dancers are creating a ballet in class, so join them for the ballet exercises and then to dance a ballet. The class is $3. For more information, call Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or contact Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com.
Mini Farm Club will meet today, May 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 9 a.m. The July picnic will be discussed.
There will be awards for best plot, most improved plot and several honorable mentions. Refreshments will be served.
Barbara Magie teaches a line dance class for new beginners every at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome. The first class is free, $3 per class afterward. For more information, call Barbara at 596-4690.
The Dance Club will rumba Friday the 6:15 p.m. and Latin club dances at 7:15 upstairs in Clubhouse 6, Room C.
Singles and couples are welcome. Invite friends and family. Partners are not needed; $5 a class per person. Instructor Jeremy Pierson is an experienced teacher. For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.
GRF WEEKLY DANCE
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Fabulous Footnotes will play May 24.
The executive board of the newly organized Dancing Feet Club announces a night of dancing and merriment from 6-10 p.m., Friday, June 13, at Clubhouse 4. All are welcome. For more information, call Ric Dizon or Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.
“different words for the same thing,” a new play by Kimber Lee; now playing at the Kirk Douglas Theater, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232, through June 1, (213) 628-2772, www.centertheatregroup.org; ticket prices: $20-$55, running time: 1 hour 50 minutes, performed without an intermission.
by Larry Blake
For centuries, society in the United States has been defined by wealth and racial lines. In my lifetime I have seen the lines of division start to fade, slowly. When society changes, it is reflected in its literature. Playwright Kimber Lee, in her enchanting new play, “different words for the same thing,” serves the audience a bouillabaisse of entertainment, demonstrating how the monetary and racial lines are changing. And like a good bouillabaisse, the play is full of memorable, succulent and tasty moments.
Structurally, this play reminded me of a Robert Altman film. Exposition is interwoven into the fabric of the play, never slowing it down. As we receive each thread, the past that these characters are concerned about finally is revealed through a tragedy that occurred 10 years before the play begins.
We meet Alice (Jackie Chung). She is returning home. Why she left is not initially revealed. Alice is of Korean descent, adopted as a baby by a white couple, Marta (Alyson Reed) and Henry (Sam Anderson). Alice has a half-sister, Maddy (Devin Kelly), who we meet later.
Marta and Henry go shopping for coffins, where Marta displays strange behavior. In a different scene we finally learn what is wrong with Marta as she shops for wigs anticipating losing her hair from her cancer treatment. Then in a truly devastating scene, Marta, the church organist, plays a hymn with increased passion and frustration, until the mood is shattered by a banal cell phone call about defrosting meat.
Other interesting people in this mixed family who have some connection to Maddy include an assortment of ethnicities that reflect today’s society. There is Maddy’s Hispanic father-in-law, Angel (Hector Atreyu Ruiz), who owns a restaurant serving Mexican cuisine. There is Sylvie (Savannah Lathem), Maddy’s daughter. For comic relief there is Oren (Stephen Ellis). Oren’s romantic paths have been blocked in the town because no woman wants to date the man who annually portrays Jesus in the local pageant. And there is more comic relief from Dottie (Monica Horan), the town’s premiere bigot and racist.
Finally all is revealed in a play-ending scene at the restaurant. Alice, a budding chef, prepares a meal at the restaurant for everyone on a Monday, the day the restaurant is closed. She prepares a Korean meal in a Mexican restaurant. When the tragedy is finally revealed I found myself hoping that this would put to rest the troubles of this truly troubled family.
Last year Jennifer Haley directed the stunning “The Nether,” also at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. She again shows her superior skills in this production. The ensemble cast is terrific. But on the ride home the performances of Alyson Reed (Marta), Monica Horan (Dottie), and Jackie Chung (Alice) continued to reappear in my memory banks.
This play is a fascinating look at who we are today. It combines comic and tragic moments in a whirlwind of motion. One can only look forward to the continuing career of playwright Kimber Lee. We are becoming a more diverse society, and Ms. Lee helps us to celebrate those changes.
SATURDAY A.M. DANCE
Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In May, she will teach the rumba from 9-10 and nightclub two step from 10-11.
Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.
by Mark Barnett
The Science Discussion Club will discuss history of science in the western world from 2-3:15 p.m., today, May 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
The club will examine the history and developments of the Scientific Revolution, specifically the work of Kepler, Galileo and Newton.
This club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. There are no dues or membership requirements.
For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.
The South Bay Dixie Jazz Band, hosted by the Dixieland Jazz Club, played to a full house at its concert last week. Loud applause followed a performance by talented sousaphone player Dan Zellinger.
Thanks to the volunteers who help with the shows.
The South Bay Dixie Jazz Band is rehearsing for its next show that will feature guest banjo player Dick Serocky.
The next concert will be held at 6:30 p.m., June 4, in Clubhouse 4. Members pay $5 for the year; guests, $2; there will be a 50/50 raffle.
A Zydeco dance class is offered in the air-conditioned lobby of Clubhouse 3 Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Now is a good time to take these classes because the Zydeco and Cajun festival season is in full swing in Southern California. On Memorial weekend, May 24-25, the dancers will have the opportunity to enjoy an excellent lineup of authentic Zydeco, Cajun and blues at Simi Valley’s annual Cajun and Blues Festival. The Long Beach Bayou Festival is held in June, followed by the Long Beach Crawfish Festival in August. Class attendees will receive a list of local festivals, so don’t miss out.
Instructor Karen Redding says it’s easy to learn Zydeco: “If you can walk, you can learn to do the Zydeco. It’s just shifting your weight from one foot to the other. After that, all you have to do is practice. Doing the basic footwork until you get it into your muscle memory takes time and repetition, but it will be worth the enjoyment once you have it down.”
For those who have never seen the dance, it’s a form of two-step closely emulates a type of swing. Zydeco is a partners, eight-count dance that is danced in place rather than traveling around the outside of the dance floor. The partners move in and out of open and closed dance positions, and each partner can freestyle in open position, which is where the fun really comes in. Once the dancers have learned the basic pattern, there are many intermediate and advanced moves to learn, as well as variations on styling.
Those fun styling variations and intermediate moves—a tilt of the head, a smile, a saucy look—are what add the cool to the dance. Most notably incorporated into the music by the iconic Clifton Chenier, the blues’ influence is what adds the cool to the music. Between the two, Clubhouse 3 is the place to be on Wednesdays at 3. Come join the fun for $5 per person per class.
Chanteurs, a small, classical jazz ensemble, will make its debut performance Monday, May 26, at the American Legion Memorial Day ceremonies. “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful” will be performed.
Chanteurs, meaning “singer,” has been formed to bring classical jazz to Leisure World. The group will present its debut concert in late September.
Among the performance pieces will be “Deep Purple,” its signature song, “Stardust,” “Alfie,” “Dream,” “Mood Indigo,” “Moonglow,” Duke Ellington’s, “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and many other well-known pieces. Piano, bass and drums, and occasionally, soloists will be performing at the concerts.
Chanteurs is looking forward to bringing more beautiful music to Leisure World.
The Art League will sponsor a watercolor workshop today, May 22, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Art Room of Clubhouse 4. Watercolorist Joan Boryta will be teaching technique. Supplies are needed. Call Joan at (714) 842-0674 or e-mail her at email@example.com for a materials list, to reserve space and for more information.
LW THEATER CLUB
The Leisure World Theater Club will have a general membership meeting at 10 a.m., Friday, May 23, in the Loft. All members are urged to attend. The club will discuss important business, including the dates and times of the next productions. New members are welcome.
TERRY OTTE AND ABILENE
TERRY OTTE & ABILENE will perform in concert May 24 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2, which will be set up with tables and chairs. Bring beverages and snacks. Dancing is allowed. The band plays on the fourth Saturday of the month.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
•Caregivers and visitors are not permitted to use the swimming pool, golf course or exercise room. These facilities are for use of shareholders/homeowners only.
• Each mutual’s laundry facilities are for the exclusive use of residents of that mutual, not other mutuals or guests. Use of those facilities by non-residents is prohibited.
THE COMPANY The successful production of “An Evening with the Company at the Copacabana” is on Superwire channel 995 and Channel 95.861.
People can also view the show on SBTV-3 (channel 37 on Verizon) in June. DVDs of the show are available for $10 to “The Company.” Contact Steve Nichols at 221-4745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn R. Heath, president of The Company, invites LW residents who can sing, dance, perform magic, comedy or otherwise entertain to an open audition Thursday, June 26, in Clubhouse 1 at 6 p.m. Each audition needs to be less than five minutes. Bring a picture ad bio, and dress for the audition.
People must live in Leisure World to participate.
The auditions are entertaining. Be a part of the audience. It’s a happy hour so bring favorite beverages and snacks. There will be a 50/50 cash drawing. The production committee could be persuaded to put favorite acts in the next show.
People are needed to be part of the production support team named Behind the Scenes. Help with the costumes, stage crew, sound, scenery, and all those important jobs that help make a production happen.
For more information, contact Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com.
PHOTO ARTS CLUB—The winners for the May meeting of Photo Arts are Andrea Thresh (l-r) with cell phone photo of a cactus, Nancy Smith with picture of water pump, and John Harper photo of the LW Dixieland Band trumpeter. The next meeting June 12 will be the first in a series on how to take great pictures without the “auto” setting on cameras. Meetings are held on the second Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Everyone is welcome.
LW ART LEAGUE
The Leisure World Art League will meet at 7 p.m., today, May 22, in Clubhouse 4. Guest artist Tom Fong will create a watercolor painting.
Art League members who want to submit artwork for the monthly competition should bring paintings for judging by 6:30 p.m.
Tom was born in Sacramento, Calif., and graduated from USC with a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial design. He worked at Hughes Aircraft as an aerospace engineer until retirement. During this time, his wife worked for the Los Angeles Police Department, and one of the officers there introduced Tom to watercolor painting. Tom was hooked, and he studied watercolor painting with James Cooper Wright and Robert Uecker. After retiring from Hughes, Tom began a second career as a watercolor artist and teacher.
Tom paints bold, spontaneous and direct, and his watercolors have been juried into national exhibitions. He has conducted watercolor demonstration workshops for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, where he served as president. His work has appeared in numerous art magazines, most notably, he was included in the article “20 Great Teachers” in the collector’s edition of “Watercolor” magazine put out by American Artist Magazine. He was also featured in the “North Light Books Splash 6” magazine and in the North Light book, “My Friends, Today’s Great Masters,” a Jack Richeson Fine Arts series.
Tom teaches at various colleges and at the Artist Magazine trade show, the Palm Springs Desert Museum Workshop and the San Diego Watercolor Society Workshop.
He continues to be a guest instructor for the Yosemite National Park Association. Tom is married and has two children and currently teaches watercolor painting at Mount San Antonio Emeritus College in Walnut, Calif.
To see more of his artwork, visit his website at www.tomfongwatercolors.com.
HUI O HULA and friends spent a wonderful afternoon with the music of Uncle Roddy and his band O’ahu. It is a Hawaiian tradition to end Kanikapila/jam sessions singing “Hawai’i Aloha” in a circle. Uncle Roddy (in cap) led one of the circles in singing the song. Hui O Hula is looking forward to seeing everyone again with the band Kolohes on Sept. 18, following the LW summer concert series. The Hui O Hula Group meets Monday at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C, for Hawaiian dance classes. For information on hula classes, call 252-9676 or email email@example.com. Call event coordinator Kaye Huff to book an authentic hula show for clubs and organizations. The hui has an active event calendar, especially during the holidays and is known in LW for festive entertainment.