ARTS July 31, 2014 AMPHITHEATER SHOW The Golden Rain Foundation will present Music in the Miller Mood, featuring the Tex Beneke Orchestra and the Modernaires, at 8 p.m., tonight, July 31 on the Amphitheater stage. Shareholders and their guests are invited to the complimentary summer entertainment program that will continue through Sept. 15.
Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. starting in September. Mini bus transportation, including the handicap access bus, is available to and from shows.
Tex Beneke Orchestra
During the pre-war years, Tex Beneke’s artistry made up one of the outstanding chapters in the Glenn Miller story. With Miller, Beneke sang the lead vocal on what was to become the first gold record in history—“Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
On Dec. 15, 1944, Maj. Glenn Miller vanished over the English Channel on a flight to Paris. Miller’s widow appointed Tex Beneke to take over the Miller Air Force Band, soon to become known as the Tex Beneke Orchestra.
The band has played the great hits of the Miller era and hits of its own ever since. The Tex Beneke Orchestra is currently under the direction of Jim Snodgrass, who has toured with The Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
The Modernaires, now celebrating over 70 years in show business, began as a trio in Buffalo, New York, in 1935. The boys—Hal Dickinson, Chuck Goldstein and Bill Conway—were called Don Juan-Two-and-Three. Soon after that they joined the Ozzie Nelson Band and became known as The Three Wizards of Ozzie. Next came a stint with Fred Waring, where they recruited Ralph Brewster, and The Modernaires were finally a reality.
Their biggest break came in 1939 when Glenn Miller recorded a tune called “Make Believe Ballroom Time,” a sequel to the original “Make Believe Ballroom,” which they had recorded earlier for Martin Block’s Big Band Show. Glenn Miller was sold, and soon after, The Modernaires became an important part of the most popular big band of all time. When Paula Kelly joined the Miller band and recorded with The Mods, it was the beginning of a group that is popular today.
The Mods recorded “Juke Box Saturday Night,” Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Serenade in Blue,” “Kalamazoo,” “Moonlight Cocktails: and other hits. The songs featured the group’s harmony and style.
There have been many changes in personnel over the years, and many changes in music. But The Mods have returned to their roots, in leading their own big band in the concept of “Music In The Miller Mood.”
2014 AMPHITHEATER SCHEDULE
The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to be presenting the 2014 Amphitheater season, which will continue on Thursdays through Sept. 11. Shows begin at 8 p.m. until September, when they will start at 7:30. There are two remaining shows designated “popular,” as shown in bold print below. When a large audience is expected, GRF members will be limited to one non-resident guest. GRF identification is required.
The minibus will make a special evening run Thursdays to accommodate shareholders attending Amphitheater shows. See page 23 of the 2014 Minibus Schedule for more information. Access bus service is available by reservation. A bus will be waiting after the show to take passengers home. The following is the show schedule, which can also be found online at www.lwsb.com:
•July 31: Music in the Miller Mood, featuring Tex Beneke
Orchestra and the Modernaires
•Aug. 7: Debbie Reynolds, sponsored by Superwire
•Aug. 14: U.S. Navy Band, sponsored by the Y’s Service Club
•Aug. 21: The Rat Pack
•Aug. 28: Frankie Avalon
•Sept. 4: Country-western Tribute to Roy Orbison & Patsy Cline
Kelly McDonald, comedy host; sponsored by
the Golden Age Foundation
•Sept. 11: Terry Otte & Abilene
Another birthday party with cake was held on karaoke night last week to celebrate Tina Schaffer and Ervine Bernstein.
Ray and Bob Barnum began the evening with a nice duet “World Without Love.”
First-time singer Norris Bernstein got the girls dancing to “New York New York,” and Sally Glauser ended strong on “Forty-Second Street.” The club welcomed back Marie Anselmo as she did “Dancing Queen.” Tosca Lies did a fine version of “My Guy,” followed by Ric Dizon, who dedicated his song to the birthday girl changing the title from “Venus” to “Tina.” Birthday girl Tina Schaffer responded with a fun “Welcome To Burlesque.”
Over 30 vocalists enjoyed the evening.
There’s a variety of song titles to choose from and a relaxing way to spend Wednesday nights in Clubhouse 1 from 5:30.
GRF WEEKLY DANCE
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.
The Jim Gilman Band will play Aug. 2.
The Producers Club will sponsor a performance of “Those Were the Days” by The Primetime Players at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Clubhouse 2. The show will highlight favorite bygone TV shows, including “All In the Family,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” “Laugh-In,” “The Addams Family,” “ Golden Girls” and “I Love Lucy.”
Firstime director Marlene Clark will be assisted by Jack Martinez and Tod Spence, two veterans of the Primetime Players. The show is free, but donations are accepted.
“Ever After,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m., Aug. 3, in Clubhouse 4. When mistreated orphan Danielle stumbles onto Prince Henry, who’s fleeing an arranged marriage, the two inspire each other to resolve their troubles.
The Astronomy Club will meet from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The program will include a DVD presentation, “The Beginning Of Earth.” People will discuss the objects in the evening sky, and there will be a talk on “Mars, The Birthplace of Man.” The club’s large Dobsonian telescope will be available to observe the sky. All are welcome. Free coffee and snacks will be available.
Enter Laughing, a comedy improvisation class, meets from 10 a.m.-noon the first, third and fifth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Galliani, 430-1388.
HUI O HULA
Learn to hula dance with the Hui O Hula Club. Beginners are welcome.
Give it a try on Monday mornings at 10 and Tuesday afternoons at 1:15, upstairs in Clubhouse 6, next to the gym.
A new hula will start Aug. 4, after Jojo Weingart returns from Honolulu.
Call 252-9676 for more information.
“Buyer & Cellar,” a new comedy by Jonathan Tolins. Now playing at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012, through Aug. 17, (213) 628-2772, www.CenteTtheatreGroup.org ; ticket prices: $25-$85; running time: 1 hour 50 minutes, performed without an itermission.
by Larry Blake
Americans are fascinated with celebrities. Whether it is a Hollywood star, a politician, an athlete or even a reality television personality, we enjoy watching the lives of our favorite celebrities. One of the most famous from the last 50 years is Barbra Streisand. Her privacy issues make any knowledge about her newsworthy. Although she, as a performer, never enters the stage, she is the focus of the clever new comedy, “Buyer & Cellar,” now being presented at the Mark Taper Forum.
In 2010, Barbra Streisand wrote a book titled “My Passion for Design.” It is a coffee table book that shows her decorating skills in her various residences. In her Malibu home, Streisand devised a unique way to display her collections of memorabilia over the years. In the cellar she has a personal shopping mall. There is a store to display her large doll collection, a store of vintage clothing, a sweets store containing a frozen yogurt machine, etc.
Playwright Jonathan Tolins saw a play in this book that probably no one else saw. How does Streisand utilize this shopping mall? In “Buyer & Cellar,” he creates a character, Alex, who gets to know the mall more personally than any of us could, or possibly would, want to.
Alex (Michael Urie) is an unemployed actor in Los Angeles. His luck at auditions is not good. Then he is sent on a different kind of job. He is to be the daytime guide of the Malibu cellar’s shopping mall. It is a tedious job with no responsibilities other than waiting.
Eventually Streisand shows up to shop. We never physically see her. And yet, actor Michael Urie, using now-familiar mannerisms and a Brooklyn accent, evokes Streisand through theater magic.
She wants to buy a doll. At first Alex is confused, but he quickly understands the game and role he is to play. So he is now the shopkeeper and Streisand, the buyer. She wants to buy one particular doll. Quickly he says the price is $800, and they haggle. He stands his ground. The star leaves the shop disappointed. The next day she returns with a coupon that just happens to be worth $300, and now the doll is the price she wanted. The star has triumphed over the novice. If all of this sounds a little surreal, that’s because it is.
The evening is full of fun stories like this giving us an insight into the personality of Streisand, as conceived by playwright Tolins. It’s almost all speculation; however, it is amusing. The danger is that some in the audience took it as truth, instead of the fiction that it is.
One can only wonder what Streisand herself would think about this invasion of her private life. However, one of the prices that celebrities pay for fame is constant attempts by the public to invade their private lives. “Buyer & Cellar” is mostly a humorous poke at one of our most celebrated of personalities. Streisand is a long way from her Brooklyn roots. This is one for the many Barbra Streisand fans out there.
DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND
The South Bay Dixieland Jazz Band will perform in concert from 6:30-8:15 p.m., Aug. 6, in Clubhouse 4. The concert is hosted by the Dixieland Jazz Club and will feature guest singer tenor Tommy Williams. There will be a 50/50 raffle. For more information, visit www.dixielandjazzclub.com.
DANCERS AND MIXERS CLUB
The Dancers & Mixers will hold a country western dance Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Clubhouse 4 from 7-9:30.
The dance will be sponsored by Caremore Health Care Group. Admission is free but bring money for the 50/50 drawing. Caremore will supply light snacks. Live music will be provided by Linda Herman. Partners are not needed as there is a mixer and some line dancing. Everyone is welcome.
The 4th of July celebration dance was well attended.
Thank you goes to decorating committee members Dave and Marion Lufitz, Linda Herman, and John Hayes. Greeters at the door were Cathy Boufford and Mark Barnett. Linda Herman provided the music including a few danceable patriotic songs.
The Dancers & Mixers is an easy-going, fun social group. For more information, call 431-1257.
The Leisure World Theater Club will perform a summer show, “The Good Old Days,” Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The variety show will feature singing, dancing and comedy skits. The music director is Steve Nichols with drama director Alice Lemon, dance director Jeannine Greb; executive producer Taylor White and assistant producer Sam Jones.
Each director will conduct separate rehearsals, with the entire cast coming together for three rehearsals, a tech rehearsal and a full dress rehearsal.
All are welcome. Bring beverages and snacks on the appointed date and time.
DANCE CLASSES IN LEISURE WORLD
The following is a partial list of dance classes and venues available weekly in Leisure World:
Leisure World Cloggers: Classes are held Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. for advanced and intermediate students and at 10:30 a.m. for beginners on the Amphitheater stage. All are welcome. For more information, call Betty Currie at 598-9974.
Dancing Feet: Richard N. Sharrard, choreographer and instructor, will teach a tango line dance at the ballroom dance event at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8, in Clubhouse 4. The DJ will play music until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes the dance lesson, light snacks and bottled water. Bring beverages. For information, call (551) 998-4223.
Leisure Time Dancers offers a big band swing class Mondays at 2 p.m., followed by salsa/mambo at 3 in Clubhouse 6. For more information, call 434-6334.
The Saturday Morning Dance Club holds classes taught by Candi Davis at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1. Learn the waltz from 9-10 and the samba from 10-11. Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.
Kang Nam: A line dance class is taught by Young Ah Ko from 9-10:30 a.m. and Korean folk dance is taught by Grace Lee from 11 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 2. No prior experience is necessary. All are welcome. To sign up or for more information, call Philip Bak, 431-0321.
Ballet Class: The class is held in Clubhouse 6, second floor, every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for an hour of stretch and dance. Beginners are welcome; $3 each. For more information, call Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588.
The Lapidary Club will have its annual barbecue from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug. 6, in the Clubhouse 1 barbecue area.
There will be a sign-up sheet in the Lapidary Room to RSVP. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, dips and chips and more will be available. Cost is $5 for members; guests, $7. People should bring a side dish. People whose last names start with A through M should bring salads; N-Z, dessert.