ARTS & LEISURE

Ballroom dance classes are Monday

The Leisure Time Dancers meet Mondays for ballroom dance classes in Clubhouse 6. Jeremy Pierson is filling in for Richard Sharrard for this series of classes.

The first class is big band swing starting at 2 p.m. and country/Texas two-step starts at 3. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. Cost is $5 for one hour; $9 for two hours. For more information, call Jeremy at (909) 996-7713.

—Richard Sharrard

Meeting is today at 2 p.m. in CH 3

The Science Discussion Club will meet at 2 p.m., today, Nov. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. There will be no meeting Nov. 28 due to Thanksgiving.

The club presents various topics in science and is currently examining the history of science in the western world, with emphasis placed on how the science is vital today.

This club is open to all. There are no dues or membership requirements.

For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.

—Mark Barnett

 

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 November, she is teaching the waltz from 9-10 and the bolero from 10-11. Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. Sessions are $5 each.

 

CREATIVE WRITERS

The Leisure World Creative Writers Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. John P. Callos, whose first book is titled “Luck is Not a Strategy” will speak.

The book, political fiction based on actual events, traces a young man’s journey from the beaches of Southern California to the sands of Cairo, Egypt. Finessed into the CIA, the hero gets involved in globe trotting adventures and intrigue. Mr. Callos, a native of Long Beach, graduated from the University of Southern California. He has three adult children and three grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Army Aviation Branch during the Korean War. His government service has spanned three U.S. presidents and four administrations while he served four U.S. embassies in Paris, Brussels, London and Nairobi.

When he is not conducting historical research, he enjoys oil painting, fine woodworking and serving on the boards of the Todd Cancer Institute of Long Beach Memorial Hospital and the Long Beach Rowing Foundation. 

Club President Fred Wind will conduct a business meeting after the presentation. Refreshments hostess is Janice Bellin.

—Ethel Carter

THE DANCE CLUB

The Dance Club offers a Social Dance Sampler Level 1 class Fridays from 5-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Waltz will be taught this Friday from 5-6. Classes are on basic social dance skills which include counting the music, basic dance patterns, and leading/following skills.

The Dance Club offers a six-week Intermediate Social Dance Level II class from 6-7 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. The nightclub two-step will be taught this Friday.

An ongoing West Coast swing dance class will be taught every Friday from 7-8 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C.

The six-week dance class series and the ongoing West Coast swing dance class will focus on building routines, adding patterns and working on dance technique.

Students who attend will improve leading and following skills, develop dance styling, and learn fun routines suitable for social dance events.

A Dance Club board meeting will be held from 8-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. The club is looking for candidates to be on the board.

All club members and anyone interested in helping with the club are welcome to attend the board meeting.

Instructor Jeremy Pierson welcomes singles and couples. Partners are not needed. Cost is $5 a class per person and $5 per person for supervised practice.

For information, call Jeanine Greb at 296-5921.

—Jeanine Greb

‘Young Frankenstein’ is masterful parody of 1930s horror film

“Young Frankenstein,” a revival of the musical; music and lyrics by Mel Brooks; book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Now being presented by Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, 90815, through Nov. 17, 856-1999, www.musical.org; ticket prices: $22-$90; Running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes.

 

by Larry Blake

LW contributor

 

Parodies, when well written, can be an amusing form of entertainment. In the last half of the 20th century, the master of parody was Mel Brooks. Starting as a sketch writer for comedians like Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, Brooks developed his skills and then set the film business on end with his parodies of film genres. His most popular film, “Young Frankenstein,” is a parody of the horror films of the 1930s. In 2007 Brooks wrote a musical version of “Young Frankenstein” for the stage. It is now being presented in a funny production that is respectful of the original and yet makes some marks of its own.

Only the warped mind of Mel Brooks could envision such a story as that of “Young Frankenstein.” We start in a village located in Transylvania. The villagers celebrate the death of Baron Frankenstein, who created the monster that terrified their village. But it is pointed out to the villagers by Inspector Kemp (Jeffrey Rockwell) that the Baron has a grandson, Frederick Frankenstein (Zachary Ford). The Inspector warns the villagers of the dangers of a living Frankenstein.

The grandson Frederick, a successful doctor, initially wants nothing to do with his grandfather’s work. Though frustrated in his personal life with his fiancée Elizabeth (Rebecca Ann Johnson), he is, after all, the rightful heir. He reluctantly travels to Transylvania, arriving at track 29, where a shoeshine boy asks if he’d like a shine. And thus we are quickly introduced to the level of humor that the entire evening will embrace.

He is met at the station by Igor (Ben Liebert), who pronounces his name Eye-gore, and a voluptuous laboratory assistant, Inga (Andi Davis). After a “roll in the hay,” they are taken to the castle, where they meet the imposing housekeeper, Frau Blücher (Tracy Lore). Frau Blücher, it is revealed, was the Baron’s lover. “He vas my boyfriend,” she informs Frederick.

Frederick finally uncovers his grandfather’s journals. He is smitten and becomes convinced that his grandfather’s theory can be realized. He and Igor set out to rob a body from the cemetery. Then the crucial brain needs to be obtained. Frederick wants to use the brain of a learned man. Igor is sent for the brain at a brain depository. However, he drops the brain of the genius, and it is ruined. This is not a problem as Igor takes the next brain available. “Abby Normal” is the new name of the brain, Igor informs Frederick. They have put an abnormal brain into the large body.

From here the laughs continue. If you are a fan of the film you won’t be disappointed as the musical sticks close to the original film and is as entertaining.

In Long Beach, we are given an outstanding production, led by Zachary Ford as Frederick in a superb performance. He is helped by a wonderful supporting cast, including Ben Liebert as Igor, who seems to solicit laughs every moment he is on stage. All of the actors have to compete with the legendary performances of their counterparts in the original film. All succeed in helping me, at least temporarily, forget the film version.

All of the corny jokes from the film are here. These include the one about the Transylvania Station, a secret passage controlled by a candle, reaction to the name Frau Blücher, Abby Normal and many others. They are joined by songs that are entertaining, and delivered with polish and pizazz. Anyone who has a fondness for the film “Young Frankenstein” will not go wrong in attending this musical version. The musical remains true to the film without destroying any of its endearing qualities. This “Young Frankenstein” is a graveyard smash.

Carmen Edwards will lead sing-along

The Leisure World Community Sing meets at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 1. Since Amateur Time opens the evening, prospective singers must sign in at 6 with two copies of sheet music, ready to perform for three minutes. Group singing, led by Carmen Edwards, starts at 7. Her half -time guests are the Hui O Hula dancers.

On Nov. 4, amateur performer Mark Barnett played “A Time For Us” as a piano solo; Byong Choi sang “Ave Maria,” with Carol Robinson at piano. Sam Calderone played a lively “Ain’t Misbehavin” on the ukulele. Ellen Brannigan sang “Pearly Shells,” accompcinied by Barbara McIlhaney. Bob Bacon played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on his harmonica, and Margie St. Clair played “I’ll See You Again” as a piano solo.

Ethel Carter had a fine crowd of songsters singing her first selection of scattered-era oldies with great gusto until half-time, when she introduced soloist Donna Burr and husband, Ron. He introduced each song in her presentation by giving its origin and/or why it was popular. Her program included: “They Say It’s Wonderful,” “God Bless The Child;” “Sweet Dreams” and “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.” Donna’s presentation was greatly enjoyed.

After Felicia introduced the first timers, Ethel did her wrap-up of group songs. Then everyone was invited to join Lewis and Felicia in “Kum ba Yah.”

Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Carol Robinson, pianist; and Felicia Ward, emcee.

Primetime Players will perform classics of Irving Berlin on Nov. 20 in CH 2

The Leisure World Producers Club will sponsor the Primetime Players’ Classic Lyrics of Irving Berlin, directed by Carol Hess, at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Clubhouse 2.

The show’s grand opening, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” is performed by volunteers who love what they are doing. They have been rehearsing for two months and are ready to perform for the Leisure World audience. Jody White, at 94, is the senior member of the group. She will cap off the performance with Berlin’s “God Bless America.” An American flag will be brought onto the stage for that song.

All performances are free. The rest of the performance schedule is:

•Thursday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m., Gold Star Manor, 3021 N. Gold Star Dr., west of Santa Fe at 31st, Long Beach

•Friday, Nov. 15, at noon, Ability First, 3770 E. Willow St.

•Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m., Silverado Park Auditorium, east of Santa Fe at 31st St., Long Beach

•Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m., El Dorado Park, 2899 Studebaker Road, Long Beach

•Thursday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m., Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood

•Friday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m., Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St., Long Beach

Variety of classes start today in CH 5

The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes from 9-11:15 a.m. starting today, Nov. 14, in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up for classes at the lab weekdays from 1-3 p.m. Class size is limited. The following is the list of classes:

•Thursday, Nov. 14, Windows 8

•Monday, Nov. 18, Windows 7 vs. XP

•Tuesday, Nov. 19, PC/Digital Camera

•Wednesday, Nov. 20, Internet and Email

•Thursday, Nov. 21, iPad

Coffee tea and snacks will be available during the break. Handouts will be provided. Classes cost $5 each. Arrangements can be made for people who want to work together on assignments by calling John Retterath, 544-2210.


CREATIVE WRITERS CLUB

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 club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Fiction-Nonfiction Group meets on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Round and Round

by Otto Ross

(on the occasion of his 101th birthday Nov. 13, 2013)

Eons ago there was a wise man who found

That the shape of our good Earth was round.

 

Yet, other sages would jeer and scoff -

They said: it has an edge and you fall off.

 

They insisted that the Earth was very flat.

It just came to an end and that was that!

 

They saw the sun and moon were not square,

But there was roundness to Earth anywhere.

 

Thus you had to take this discovery truly on faith;

You had to take the man’s word: we are on a round place!

 

Then came space age and we could see from above

That it is on a globe we all live and die and love.

 

That is why so many of us go round and round, I guess

Because we know not where we are, more or less.

 

Thus it all comes down to the shape of things:

Be it our good Earth, hula hoops or wedding rings!

‘Fallen Angel’ will be shown at 6

The Hallmark movie “Fallen Angel” will be shown at 6 p.m, tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 15, at First Christian Chapel on Northwood Road behind Carport 125.

In this heartwarming story filmed in wintry Canada, hardworking Los Angeles attorney Terry McQuinn (Gary Sinise) returns to his boyhood home just before Christmas to settle family affairs. Terry’s plans change when he learns a childhood friend, Kathrine Wentworth (Joely Richardson) has also returned for the holidays.

Though it’s been nearly 30 years since a tragic event forever changed their lives, both Terry and Katherine find themselves being drawn to the town and one another. As they grow closer, Terry and Katherine discover unresolved family issues that each must confront and overcome. By coming home to face their pasts, they both find love in unexpected places.

The Hallmark movies have been so well-received and so popular, that people should arrive before 6 to find seating of their choice. Hearing enhancement devices are available upon request. Everyone is welcome.

Doo wop, pop featured Saturday at 6

Let the Good Times Roll performers will host a show featuring the rock, pop and doo wop music of the 50s and 60s in Clubhouse 2 on Saturday, Nov. 16. Doors will open at 6 p.m. At 6:30, the Ben Berg Rhythm Rockers will play jumping rock and roll favorites.

Bring beverages, and meet new and old friends before the show starts at 7 p.m. “We are planning an entertaining show with some new performers as well as our regular members. Come out for a fun evening and meet some new friends,” said President Frank Destra.

There will be a 50/50 drawing and snacks, coffee, ice and cups provided. After the show there will be more golden oldies for dancing.

Friendly host Walt Bier kicked off night

Community Karaoke hosted a pleasant evening out of the recliners for all last week. Friendly host Walt Bier began the evening singing “There’s a Kind of Hush.” Walt Trent received applause for his “Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot,” and Janice Chapman, a first-timer, was heartily approved with her “The Wayward Wind.” “Send in the Clowns” was sung by Jerry Imhoff for his girlfriend in the audience. Joanne Gado won the approval of her husband, Galal, who waved some bucks for her singing of “Moonlight in Vermont.” other enjoyable tunes were Sandy Hunt’s, “Who’s Sorry Now”; Rick Hering, “Lucky Old Sun”; Donna Hughes, “When I’m 64”; and Ren Villanueva “Around the World.”

Candlelight, decorations and fine music is enjoyed Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. All are welcome. Practice songs each Tuesday in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.

 

ENTER LAUGHING

Enter Laughing will hold classes on the first and third Thursdays in November and December at the regular time, 10 a.m., at its regular place in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The meeting dates are Nov. 7 and 21; and Dec. 5 and 19. All are welcome.

 

GRF WEEKLY DANCE

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Don Peterson will perform Nov. 16.

 

SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE

The Sunday Night Ballroom Dancer will host The Velvetones,who will play Nov. 17 for the Harvest Time in Napa dance.

The club meets for dinner at 6 p.m., followed by dancing at 7 in Clubhouse 4. For more information or to make reservations, call 598-4056.

 

Geraniums are focus Nov. 18 in CH 2

The Leisure World Garden Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 2. Speaker Donna Leslie-Dennis will give a talk on geraniums. She has a degree in fine arts from UCLA and worked for over 30 years as a teacher. She and her husband have an antiques business, and she teaches jewelry-making.  

Donna’s love of geraniums came from her mother and grandmother. But it wasn’t until many years later, after a visit to Descanso Gardens, that she became aware of the many different varieties of geraniums that can be grown in Southern California. She began growing plants and entering them in competitions. She joined the South Bay Geranium Society and currently serves as president. She will share her enthusiasm for these beautiful flowers.

People are asked to bring donations for the We Care charity to the meeting. The November donation drive is the most important of the year. Non-perishable food and cash donations provide families throughout Orange County with holiday dinner meals. In addition, the Garden Club will make a generous monetary donation to We Care on behalf of all members.

The Tours Committee will sell tickets for the December trip to the International Printing Museum, featuring a Dickens Holiday Celebration.

The trip is scheduled for Dec. 14 and will cost $40 per person. The ticket price includes transportation, gratuities and a box lunch. All LW residents and their guests are welcome to attend.  

A 50/50 raffle table, a plant-sales table, and the We Care donation table will be available at the meeting.

People are welcome to stay afterward for light refreshments and conversation. All residents of LW and their guests are welcome.

—Katie Hamilton

 

 

Club members made quilts galore to give away to needy In between making quilts of the own, members of the Leisure World Quilting Bees have made over 40 quilts that will be donated to Long Beach Memorial Hospital and to Interval House, a shelter for women and children.

They have been working on them for several months. A couple of prolific quilters have made more than five each.

Most of the fabric has been donated by residents of Leisure World or their families who are settling their estates.

The club’s philanthropic chairman is Susan Rose (striped shirt in the middle.)

Everyone is welcome to attend meetings at 9 a.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

President Carol Munn will give an update from the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas, one of the largest quilt shows in the country, when she returns in the next week. 

Call her at (714) 496-5607 for information about the club. All are welcome.

The group consists of beginning quilters, those who are still learning and advanced quilters who willingly help other members by sharing tips and patterns.

—Barbara Houck

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON ARTIST

The Leisure World Art League will host a Spotlight on the Artist featuring the work of Anne Howard Friday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. In 2007, she began taking classes in art at the ABC Adult School in Cerritos, and then enrolled in art classes at Long Beach City College in 2009. She is currently majoring in fine art oil painting and life drawing and this year, added photography.

Anne thanks LW art teacher Jean Diamond for her support, expertise and encouragement.