ARTS August 14 2014 by Marge Archibald LW contributor The temperature was rising inside Clubhouse 4 Aug. 3 when the Velvetones, under the direction of Carl Hatheway, brought its great sound to the Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group’s Steam Heat party. Terry Humphrey’s hot pink decor and the tremendous voice of Laurie Banta added to a great night.
On Aug. 17, the Goldentones, under the direction of Carol Robinson, will play for the “Everything is Coming Up Roses” party. Vocalists Terry Humphrey and Carmen Edwards will be featured, along with Sam’s Twilight Strings. Doors will open at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Reservations are required for the dinner dance and may be made by calling 598-4056 or 596-2669 by Aug. 15.
The Whirlers will meet from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Clubhouse 4 for music, dancing and a finger-food potluck.
The theme will be Vacation Tee Shirt. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will alternate from 7-9 p.m.
The potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. after the dancing. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance.
Parties are $6. For more information, call 237-2682.
Everyone had a good time at the Aug. 1 party.
Thanks to Marj Earls, Joan Wise, Evelyn Cardenas, Mel Branham and Eleanor Thompson for their hard work in promoting club dances.
Over 60 dancers and visitors danced the night away and enjoyed the finger-food potluck after the dancing.
The new round dance class for beginners is held from 7-8:15 p.m. Sundays.
The ongoing beginners round dance class is held Sundays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. For extra help, arrive by 5.
Classes, $5 each, 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.
A beginners square dance class meets Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman, Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome.
There is a singles rotation.
A beginners line dance class is held Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place.
For information, call Mel Branham.
FUN WITH MUSIC
Fun with Music, a music appreciation class, meets from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays, in the Clubhouse 4 Art Room. Cost is $5 per session.
Topics include the history of American popular music, and the class is currently covering the post-World War II era (1945-1955). Professor Jim Spencer will talk about rock and roll, the British invasion, the world’s influence on American music and America’s influence on the world for the past 60 years.
All are welcome.
FUSION GLASS CLASS
A fusion glass class will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4.
The class will teach people how to make jewelry by fusing glass.
All skill levels are welcome.
There is a limit of people so each student can have more time with the teacher.
Cost is $10, which includes two large pieces of glass or five small pieces.
Sign up at the Lapidary Room.
GRF WEEKLY DANCE
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Don Peterson will play Aug. 16.
The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes from 9-11:15 a.m., Aug. 18-22, in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up for classes, $5 each, at the lab weekdays from 1-3 p.m.
The following is the list of classes:
• Monday, Aug. 18, Introduction to the Android, Tablet, Phone, Windows 8 and iPad
• Tuesday, Aug. 19, Introduction to iPad
•Wednesday, Aug. 20, Introduction to Android Tablet and Phone
• Thursday, Aug. 21, Introduction to Windows 8
• Friday, Aug. 22, Introduction to Facebook
Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. Handouts will be provided.
Bring tablets, phones or Windows 8 laptops for integration, when possible.
Customized training is available upon request.
STAMP AND COLLECTIBLES CLUB
The Collectibles and Stamp Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. People are welcome to bring their collections to share with the club.
Past programs have featured cigar bands, celebrity autographs, Disney collectibles, dolls, baseball memorabilia, stamps and more.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Due to sell-out crowds, the Long Beach Playhouse is extending its production of “Fiddler on the Roof” for one additional weekend: Aug. 22 and 23.
Each year, Long Beach Playhouse closes its Mainstage Season with a musical. This year, it’s the popular classic, “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Set in 1905 Czarist Russia, it tells the story of Tevye, a humble dairy farmer and his quest to find suitable mates for his five daughters. Despite his efforts, the daughters are feeling the influences of a world beyond the village.
The play first opened in 1964 featuring music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein.
It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won nine. In 1971, it was made into a movie.
Adult admission is $24; seniors, $21; and students $14
Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org or by calling 494-1014, option 1.
Performances are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The box office is open from 3-8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; and from 1-2 p.m. on Saturdays; and Sundays.
Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, 90804, across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theater.
The Leisure World Library presents AuthorSpeak! 2014 with Greg Horbay, author and Leisure World shareholder, at 11 a.m. on Aug. 27. Horbay will give a talk on his crime fiction novels. AuthorSpeak! features presentations by authors held on the patio of the Leisure World Library on Wednesdays during the summer. Light refreshments will be served, thanks to the Friends of the Library. All are welcome to attend.
Inspired by writer Raymond Chandler and others, Horbay decided that reading was no longer enough, and he wanted to share his own original stories. Under the pseudonym “Blackie Noir,” Horbay has written three novels: “Blacktop Styx,” “Kiss Me, Evil” and “Requiem for the Widowmaker.” Originally published as eBooks, the novels are now available on paper. Following his talk, Horbay will be available to answer questions and interact with the audience.
To sign up to give a talk or suggest someone else, contact the Leisure World Library at 598-2431.
The next talk featuring Mariana Williams on “Local Fiction” will be held Sept. 24.
The Genealogy Workshop general meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Aug. 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Social time is from 9:30-10. Guest speaker Paul Lipinski, editor, Polish Genealogical Society of California, will give a talk on “Finding Your Village.” Handouts will be available.
Everyone is invited to visit the Genealogy Research Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. There are discussion topics on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. People are welcome to suggest discussion topics. Upcoming discussions include:
•Aug. 13: Timelines Revisited on how to fill out timeline worksheets.
•Aug. 20: Family Tree Maker
Copies of previous speaker handouts and, in many cases, audio recordings of presentations are available at the research library.
VELVETONES BIG BAND TO PLAY
The Velvetones Big Band will host a night of swing music at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 in Clubhouse 4. The band plays on the third Friday of each month. Admission is free. Bring beverages and snacks. Singles are welcome. There is a 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Spend the night dancing with the Velvetones and enjoy the singing of Lori Banta and Tommy Williams.
Karaoke singers love ice cream, and they enjoyed ice cream bars along with sweet songs wafting from the stage last week.
Joe Mesner was in good form with “It Had To Be You.” Ren Villanueva, wearing his straw hat, sang “Blue Hawaii.” First-timer Chris Stephens was applauded for “Mercury Blues.” Joe Sabroso did a lusty “Volare,” followed by Tino Tupas’ mellow “I Only Have Eyes For You.” “When You’re Smiling,” sung by Helen Schultz, went along with the cupcakes she gave the crowd.
Come at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in Clubhouse 1.
The Science Discussion Club will meet Aug. 14 and 28 at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
The topic is the history of science in the Western World, including the history and developments of the scientific revolution.
The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, from 2-3:15 p.m. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.
LEISURE WORLD BOOK CLUB
The Leisure World Seal Beach Book Club will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Clubhouse 4.
The books of Carl Hiaasen will be discussed. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, call Thomas Gan, 248-8711.
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: The Dancing Feet Club will host a ballroom and line dance on Friday, Sept. 12, at Clubhouse 4. Dance lesson begins at 6 p.m. followed by non-stop music for ballroom and line dancing until 9:30 p.m. Admission fee is $5, which includes dance lesson, light snacks and bottled water. People are welcome to bring beverages. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (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.
• Saturday Morning Dance Club holds classes taught by Candi Davis at 9 and 10 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1. Learn the waltz from 9-10 and the salsa 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 class is taught 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.
•Line Dance, novice beginners, meet at 10 a.m., Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6; beginners, 10:30 a.m., Mondays in Clubhouse 1; and advanced beginners, 6 p.m., Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome; $3 per class. Barbara Magie is the instructor.
• The Grapevine Line Dance Club meets every Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Newcomers, beginners and dancers who need practice are invited to come early. Beginning classes are from 2-3 p.m. and intermediate dance are from 4-5. New dances will be taught from 3-4. Classes are free. For more information, call Jack or Aranee Carrigan, 596-8273.
PHOTO ARTS CLUB
The Photo Arts Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, for a talk on different types of photo paper and how it enhances the finished quality of photographs. Nancy Hayes, who has worked in the photo processing industry, will give the presentation. For more information, contact Regine Schumacher, 430-7978.
Line Dance novice beginners, meet at 10 a.m., Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6; beginners, 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1; and advanced beginners, 6 p.m., Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome; $3 per class.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY SERVICE
The Friends of the Leisure World Library offers a book delivery program for homebound residents. Volunteers will deliver books to people who cannot physically get to the library. For more information and to sign up for the program, call 598-2431.
HUI O HULA
Many have asked about another hula class for beginners. Hula dancer Yo Kishi has agreed to teach basic steps and movement, The beginner class will be held from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. This is a change of date from Sept. 11.
There will be six sessions held on Thursdays through Oct. 30. Cost is $15 for the entire course. Yo will teach island favorite “Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) in preparation for the holiday season. This hula is perfect for parties and performances.
The Kolohes band will perform in concert Thursday, Sept. 18, in Clubhouse 2. Alan Lee, Manny Lagod and Max Komine will sing familiar Hawaiian songs as well as other old favorites. All are welcome; dancing is encouraged. Admission is free.
Hui O Hula kicked off the first week of August with performances at the Orange County Fair, the Nikkei Club and the Italian-American Club. This week the hula dancers will be entertaining at Katella Senior Living, Quaker Gardens, Town and Country Healthcare, the Long Beach Care Center and the Los Alamitos Community Center.
Everyone is welcome to learn and practice Hawaiian dance, perform and have fun together.
For more information, call 252-9676 or email Jojo@huiohula.com.
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The Leisure World Theater Club will perform “In the Good Old Days” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Clubhouse 2. Bring beverages and snacks. The variety show will feature singing, dancing and comedy skits.
Sam Jones and Toby Richman will entertain as they try to relive their childhoods “In The Good Old Days.” Other performers have pieces suited to their unique abilities and the costumes are an added attraction. Admission is free, and there will be a 50/50 drawing.
MULTICULTURAL COUNCIL HOSTS SATURDAY SHOW
by Anna Derby
The Golden Rain Foundation presents a performance hosted by the Multicultural Council of Leisure World at 8 p.m., Aug. 16, on the Amphitheater stage. It is the second in a series of Saturday shows featuring Leisure World talent. All are welcome. Admission is free.
Multicultural Council of Leisure World
The Multicultural Council of Leisure World (MCC) show will feature cultural dances, songs and musical instruments showcasing the diversity of cultures in Leisure World.
The 90-minute show includes the Filipino Association of LW, Hui O Hula, India Club, Korean-American Club, Leisure World Cloggers and the Vietnamese-American Club.
Hui O Hula
Hui O Hula instructor Jojo Weingart teaches authentic hula in the Beamer Family Style, which goes back 150 years. Dancers learn the history, language and significance of each hula. Costumed dancers will perform several graceful hula, swaying to lyrical music.
The Cloggers Club will perform to three songs, starting with a beginner’s dance to show off basic steps, followed by a ballad and a jazz standard. Betty Currie is club president, and Diane Van Stralen is director.
The Vietnamese American Club of Leisure World will perform the traditional hat dance, a favorite dance by girls in costume from Central Vietnam. Singer Quynh Hoa will express memories of the city where she was born. There will also be an umbrella dance among others. Trung Tran is club president. The performance is directed by Debbie Le Tran.
India Dance Group Devis
With help of resident Shama Sulakhe, the India Dance group Devis will present three songs in the energetic Bollywood style. The performance will include a traditional song from the Indian state of Gujarat.
Manisha Sulakhe is the director of this group.
The Korean-American Club invited the Hana Traditional Korean Dance Group from Laguna Woods to perform a fan dance, or bucheachum, an exuberant display of large fans that form butterflies, flowers and ocean waves.
The Ogomu, or five drum dance, consists of dancers simultaneously beating various patterns and rhythms on drums in a synchronized fashion. Esther Kim is president of KAC, and Hana Park is the director of this group.
Filipino Association of LW
The Filipino Association of LW ( FALW) will present three songs and two dances with colorful costumes and folk songs. The first song is “Sa Libis Ng Nayon,” about rural life in the Philippines.
The dance “Paseo de Iloilo” is a courtship dance from the early Spanish era.
LONG BEACH PLAYHOUSE
One of the most popular programs at the Long Beach Playhouse (LBP) is the New Works Festival. Conceived more than 20 years ago, the New Works Festival invites novice and experienced playwrights from all over the world to submit their unproduced plays to the LBP’s New Works Literary Committee. Members of the committee review 100-plus scripts and select four winners for staged readings. The playwrights hear their words brought to life by actors, hear feedback from the audience, and receive detailed written critiques by professional theater critics.
“We receive so many really good plays, it’s hard to choose just four,” said Lisa Morrison, chair of the New Works committee. “And while we didn’t start out with the intention to choose works set in historical moments in time, this year’s plays do have that in common. The topics range from racism, to the gay experience in Nazi Germany to the assassination of JFK.”
The winning plays will be presented during the last week in August, beginning Thursday, Aug. 28, and concluding Sunday, Aug. 31. The 2014 New Works winners and specific staged reading dates and times are:
Thursday, Aug. 28, 8 p.m.
“Children of Camelot,” by Nakisa Aschtiani, directed by Kate Felton
The Kennedy assassination has inspired countless books, films and conspiracy theories, but “Children of Camelot” asks, “What if?” What if Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t murdered in prison? What if he was put on trial? An alternate history of this major turning point in our country’s history, this thought-provoking play reexamines assumptions.
Friday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
“Caesar’s Blood,” by Rich Rubin, directed by Anthony Galleran
It is late November, 1864. Civil War is raging and President Lincoln was just re-elected. At New York’s famed Winter Garden Theater, a one-night only performance of Julius Caesar starring the most celebrated American actors of their time, the Booth brothers, is about to begin. John is a fervent believer in the Confederate cause, and Edwin and Junius are ardent supporters of Lincoln and the Union. The drama of the bloody tragedy onstage is rivaled by the drama backstage. Family relationships, racism, and egos are all challenged in this provocative drama based on true events.
•Saturday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m.
“Sugarhill,” by Linda Ramsay-Detherage, directed by Anna Kate Mohler
On a hot December evening in 1941, in Sugarhill, La., Marietta Trudeau returns home from a hospital stay following the death of her son. After reading her late son’s composition on “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells, Marietta believes the sudden appearance of a dark-skinned fugitive is that of a time traveler from the future who can undo her son’s death. Marietta and her family defy racism and Jim Crow law to protect the man who has given her hope.
•Sunday, Aug. 31, 2 p.m.
“Dietrich Danzig,” by John Pisano-Thomsen, directed by Phyllis M. Nofts
Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code in effect from 1871-1994 made homosexual acts between males a crime. When Nazis broadened the law in 1935, widespread social persecution took place, and the prosecutions that followed resulted in thousands dying in concentration camps.
Dietrich Danzig is the fictional story of a successful young ballet dancer and his attempts to survive Nazi Germany. In this compelling drama, love, courage and perseverance are all tested.
Suggested admission is a $10 donation.
Submissions are currently being read by the committee.
Playwright interested in submitting scripts for next year’s New Works Festival should check out the New Works page on the Long Beach Playhouse website at www.lbplayhouse.org.
OLLI FALL REGISTRATION
Fall Registration at OLLI senior university will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, in person in the OLLI Classroom HSD 101. Thereafter registrations will be accepted in the OLLI office in the CSULB Human Services and Design Building, Room 100, near the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and East University Drive or by mail. Request or pick up a copy of the course catalog, “The Sun” for a list of fall classes from Oct. 6-Dec. 9. The registration form is included in The Sun.
LW ART LEAGUE
The Art League will hold its annual potluck luncheon from noon-3 p.m. on Aug. 15 in Clubhouse 4.
The cost is $6 at the door or $5 pre-paid. Bring a side dish, such as rolls, salads, casseroles, etc., to serve eight people.
There will be a jukebox. Everyone is invited to come, have lunch and dance to the music.
The Art League will supply fried chicken, dessert, coffee and tea. Bring a favorite painting or some artwork to display. Everyone is invited.
The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present the 2014 Amphitheater Season. For a complete list of performances, see the show schedule on page 19 and online at www.lwsb.com. To ensure an enjoyable season for everyone, people are asked to adhere to the following rules for the Amphitheater shows:
•No video or audio taping of performers. This could result in the performer walking off the stage and canceling the show.
•Do not save seats. Amphitheater seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
•Do not sing along with performers unless asked to do so by the performer on stage.
•Dancing is only allowed in the upper patio areas to the right or left of the Amphitheater seating area.
•All guests must be accompanied by a resident with a Golden Rain Foundation photo identification card.
•The number of non-resident guests will be limited to one per GRF member when a program is considered popular and will attract a large audience. Residents will be required to show their member photo identification card when entering the Amphitheater for these popular shows.
•No one is allowed to sit or stand in the aisles.
•No smoking is permitted in the Amphitheater area. (GRF Policy 1412.2)
•Lower flags on scooters so people can see the stage.
•Walkers should be left in the aisle; do not take walkers to the seating area.
•Handicap seating is at street level where the blue handrails are located at the middle of the Amphitheater.
•No pets are allowed at the Amphitheater (GRF Policy 1023).
The Primetime Players, a senior acting troupe that recently performed in Leisure World, is taking the show on the road.
The show highlights favorite TV shows, including “The Addams Family,” “All in the Family,” “Cheers,” “The Golden Girls,” “I Love Lucy,” “Laugh-In” and “Keeping Up Appearances.”
First time director Marlene Clark will be assisted by Jack Martinez and Tod Spence.
Admission is free.
The rest of the performance schedule is:
• Monday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m.
Long Beach Senior Center
1150 Fourth St., at Orange Avenue, 570-3533
• Tuesday, Aug. 12, 12:30 p.m.
El Dorado Senior Center
2800 North Studebaker Road, 570-3225
• Thursday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m.
Signal Hill Park Community Center
1780 Hill Street, Signal Hill, 989-7324
• Monday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.
Silverado Park Canyon,
3150 Santa Fe Ave., 750-1675
• Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m.
Gold Star Manor
3021 North Gold Star Drive, 426-7151
• Thursday, Aug. 21, 1 p.m.
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Oliva Ave, Lakewood, 630-6141
• Friday, Aug. 22, 1 p.m.
Long Beach Senior Center
1150 4th St., Long Beach, 570-3533
• Friday, Aug. 22, 1p.m.
Long Beach Senior Center
1150 4th St., 570-3533
2014 AMPHITHEATER SCHEDULE
The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present Amphitheater season 2014, which will continue on Thursdays through Sept. 11. Shows begin at 8 p.m. until September, when they will start at 7:30.
This year, three shows were designated as “popular.” One popular show is left in the schedule 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.
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:
•Aug. 14: A Patriotic Salute to Veterans
•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