ARTS & LEISURE-Nov. 21, 2013

Genealogy Lunch is Dec. 11

The Genealogy Workshop will have a holiday luncheon on Dec. 11 from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Sign up and pay by Dec. 4 in the Genealogy Library located in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.

Members are $10; guests, $12. A traditional holiday meal will be served. There will be door prizes and entertainment.  The Genealogy Library will be closed the week of Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

In addition to the Thanksgiving library closure, the Genealogy Workshop will not have monthly meetings in November and December.  The Genealogy Library will also be closed from Dec. 24-Jan. 7.

Everyone is welcome to come by the library, sign up for the luncheon and see what the club has to offer.  Members are happy to assist people in their research.

—Kay Fluharty


The South Bay Dixie Jazz Band will perform in concert from 6:30-8:15 p.m., Dec. 4, in Clubhouse 4.

Featured will be guest musicians, including Jim Jones, banjo player, singer, jazz historian and emcee, and David Burns, a professional trombone player who has released a new CD.

For more information, see

—Luis Schillaci


The Lapidary Christmas Party will be held Dec. 9 in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Meet at 11:30 for socializing. Lunch will served at noon. Members are asked to buy tickets in advance from Nelson Melville on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. A correct count is needed so the caterer prepares enough food.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 5.

The cost is $9 per person for members and their guests. People who are not in the Lapidary Club are welcome to attend; tickets will be $12.50 per person.

—Rod Carpenter



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



The Astronomy Club will meet from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Clubhouse 3, Room 3, for a Christmas party and program. The program will include a talk by noted amateur astronomer Michael Beckage. He will speak on the large astronomical telescope (The Leviathan of Burr) that he viewed in Ireland.

The party will feature pizza and coffee, and if time permits, members will view the sky through a large Dobsonian telescope for the remainder of the evening.

All are welcome. There are no dues. Loaner scopes are available.

—Michael Clairmont



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 is political fiction based on actual events. Club President Fred Wind will conduct a business meeting after the presentation. Refreshments will be served.  Refreshments hostess is Janice Bellin. All are welcome.  



The Dance Club offers a Social Dance Sampler Level 1 class Fridays from 5-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Nightclub two-step 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. A six-week nightclub two-step will start this Friday from 6-7.

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 to assist with the club. 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



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.


Voices from Erin’s Past!


Don’t depart yet from tricentennial Mollassey Cottage door

Congregated here are eons-old generations of yore.

Can you hear their amused titters, curious whispers, blarney galore:

Eager excitement to regale you with beloved Irish lore!


How the Scots, Celts, Romans, Gaels, Vikings, Danes and more

Came by raft, boat, scaled summits or swam ashore,

Barbarians, pirates, pillagers also—a diverse band

Descended to usurp beautiful Hibernia’s lush land!


Fought rivals then bonded electing king, chieftan, clan

Each evolving its own escutcheon—skirl, tauth, plaid and tartan!

Eire’s trolls, leprechauns too, wish to flaunt skills of wit, bluffs,

Jigs, harp music, epic poetry and malarkey of the MacDuffs!


How did that white, red-trimmed abode get its “Mollassey” name:

Had a like-addressed forebear received a worthy acclaim?

Or was its present farmer-heir’s “Morris” denomination

Gaelicised into the lilting “Mollassey” appellation!


(This poem was devised on a visit to Kilkenny’s County town Callen and a stay at Mollassey Cottage.)

—Louisa de Sa



The Mini Farmer’s annual Christmas potluck and dinner dance will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Clubhouse 2.Tickets are $5 and will be on sale at the meeting today, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

The dinner will include a 50/50 raffle and entertainment by The Versatiles.

To obtain tickets or for more information, call Glinda Davis at (714) 943-1818 or Gladys Sumners at 290-7593.

The club will hold annual elections for the vice president and secretary at today’s meeting. It is on the third Thursday this month because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Light refreshments will be served.

Annual dues of $5 need to be paid to retain plots.



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. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.

—Gordon Flewell



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.

—Janice Laine


A variety of Leisure World-produced programs are scheduled to show in December on local Time Warner Cable Channel SBTV-3, or 15.102 and Verizon Cable Channel 37 .

These programs are submitted by members of the Video Producers Club, who are certified video producers. Members are volunteers, and not employees of SBTV-3.

Copies of the programs are available for $15 per DVD from Station Manager Robin Fort-Lincke at or 696-1404.

Information about the club is available at

•Holiday Party

The Video Producers Club gathered to celebrate the holidays. The Abilene Band members were the guests along with the Pure Joy Dancers headed by Lynn R. Heath. The Pure Joy group danced to “Jingle Bell Rock.” The 15-minute program was filmed by Mary Apte and Joe Osuna.

•Abilene Halloween

Terry Otte and Abilene performed for Halloween for an audience of residents in costumes. They can be seen dancing in the background as the band played. Band members are Terry Otte, vocals and guitar, Rod Anderson, lead guitar, Harry Reichman, base guitar and Robert Salampessy, drummer. Tina Schaffer, the band’s female soloist, was dressed as “Elvira.” The first set is presented in a 45-minute program by Video Producer Joe Osuna.

Mobility Aids

The Golden Age Foundation Mobility Aids program is featured in this nine-minute video program. Frank and Joan Shramek demonstrate walkers and wheelchairs available for loan to Leisure World residents. Frank delivers one to a resident. Joe Osuna is the video producer.

•Hospitality Room

Meet many of the Golden Age Foundation volunteers who make and serve coffee for residents who socialize there on weekday mornings. This half-hour program is by Video Producer Joe Osuna.

Halloween Show

The second set of a concert by Terry Otte and Abilene Band is featured. It was well attended by a bunch of ghouls and goblins. Paul Bassett was the editor and Mary Apte, the video producer of this one-hour program.

•Video Producers Club 2013

State of the Club 2013: A look at the year in review and some of the positive changes that have taken place according to a sampling of members. Joseph Valentinetti is the video producer of this 25-minute program.

•A Poem

“New Shell-Spoken Verse” is a poem by Joseph Valentinetti.

—Joe Osuna



The Long Beach Symphony Association announces the departure of Music Director Enrique Arturo Diemecke at the end of the Orchestra’s 2013-2014 Classics season. Maestro Diemecke will serve as music director for the season’s four remaining concerts from Jan. 25-May 31. Among the 2013-2014 Classics Series concerts will be the performance on Jan. 25, a cadenza written by Maestro Diemecke for Silvestre Revueltas’ La noche de los Mayas – a piece performed twice before by the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra to standing ovations. 

“My years on the podium of the wonderful Long Beach Symphony Orchestra have been filled with joy,” says Maestro Diemecke. “The orchestra and I have had great musical adventures and many sublime concerts that I will take with me for the rest of my days.”

“Maestro Diemecke has served the Long Beach Symphony as a consummate performer and valued director,” says John DiCarlo, president of the Long Beach Symphony Association. “We are very proud of his long tenure with the orchestra and are looking forward to his four remaining concerts with us this season.”

During his 13-year tenure, Maestro Diemecke brought original compositions, world premieres, and celebrated soloists to the Terrace Theater. Under his artistic direction, the Symphony premiered Diemecke’s own Conceierto a Celedonio composed at the request of the celebrated guitarist Pepe Romero, receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim. Maestro Diemecke also conducted the U.S. premiere of a multimedia composition, Dos Visiones—a collaboration between the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) with Gregory Luke, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico. 

Maestro Diemecke will be celebrated at Long Beach Symphony’s Classics finale May 31 at the Terrace Theater. The 2014-15 series will feature a roster of acclaimed guest conductors and soloists to be announced in January.



“The Black Suits,” a new rock musical; music and lyrics by Joe Iconis; book by Joe Iconis and Robert Emmett Maddock. Now playing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232, through Nov. 24, (213) 628-2772,; ticket prices: $20-$55; running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes.


by Larry Blake

LW contributor


In a broad, general way, plays can be divided into two major categories. There are the plot-driven plays. The plays of Shakespeare are a good example of this genre with their plot points of deaths, appearances of ghosts and the revelations of mistaken identities. The character-driven play is another category. The plays of Chekov move along based on the relationships of the characters on stage. Character-driven plays are tricky to pull off. They require exceptional acting presenting present characters on stage that you not only desire to meet, but also wait in anticipation on how these characters will grow in one evening. The new musical, “The Black Suits,” now being presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, is a character-driven, entertaining evening about that awkward transition period of going from the comfort of your parents’ protection into a world where you’re on your own.

We are in a garage located in Long Island, N.Y., during the summer break with young adults in the beginning stages of their development as a band. In fact, they’ve only just recently come up with their band’s name, The Black Suits. The band is an interesting assortment. They are led by Christopher (Coby Getzug), who will be a senior in high school. Christopher’s father left the family, leaving Christopher with an anxiety disorder and dreams of starring locally in the Nassau County band scene.

The handsome John (Jimmy Brewer) is home from his duties with the Merchant Marine Academy. He has no solid plans for his future. All he’s really certain of is that he doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of his father, who is serving a prison term.

Nate (Will Roand), the bass player, is the one who has been most successful academically in school and will attend college. He carries around a ceramic frog that he calls Mr. Ribbit. There is a cartoon quality about Nate that is endearing.

Brandon (Harrison Chad) is an overweight drummer. He has been accepted at a prestigious music school. Brandon’s desire is to be as cool as the others. But his enthusiasm often leads him into putting his foot in his mouth resulting in displaying that his maturity level has not yet moved beyond the nerd level.

We watch these members grow as they try to get a real paying job. Life and some fate intercede. They most likely will never be the new Metallica or Led Zeppelin. But they are interesting to watch as they make mistakes that you may recognize in either yourself or someone you know. It is the growth of these characters that is important. They are on the precipice of maturity. We’ve all been there.

What elevates this musical above the average is its exceptional musical score. It’s the most exciting rock score I have heard in many years. Based on this score, much more can be expected from composer/lyricist Joe Iconis in the future.

There is no formula in writing a play or musical. If there were, it would be a lot easier. Genres or categories have many subgenres and subcategories. The bottom line is making the play or musical entertaining for the audience. On that level, “The Black Suits” succeeds and may take you back to mistakes you made in your youth as you transitioned from adolescence to adulthood. The advantage as an audience member is that you won’t have to repeat those mistakes, but just smile at the folly of youth.



Cirque du Soleil and its trademark blue-and-yellow big top has returned to the greater Los Angeles area with “Totem,” an acrobatic journey into the evolution of mankind. See the show at the Port of Los Angeles, Irvine and Santa Monica. It will be in Irvine Nov. 21 at the Orange County Great Park festival site, and in Santa Monica, Jan. 17, at the Santa Monica Pier

Tickets are available at



Lynn R. Heath will be interviewed about hiking over 400 miles on the Camino de Santiago on the digital talk radio show Silver Moments with Dr. Marcia Baltimore. The show will be podcast today, Nov. 21, from 10-11 a.m. Tune in and listen on the computer as they talk about Lynn’s journey to Santiago, Spain, other adventures she has taken and how to be an adventurous senior.

It’s easy to tune in—go to to set up before the program airs.

Put it on the favorites list and then just click and listen. People can also call in at (800) 336-2225 with questions during that time. A screener will take people’s questions, then they will be announced on the program and be able to interact with guest speakers.

Everyone is welcome to call in and get their questions answered. Later the show will be on a podcast for download.

Dr. Baltimore honors America’s seniors on her weekly radio show, the only one in the nation tailored just for seniors.

She discusses a wide range of topics, including nutrition, living choices and exercise. She has written two novels, which can be viewed on her website,

Tune in to Silver Moments with Dr. Marcia Baltimore every Thursday at 10 a.m.

To suggest a topic or guest to be interviewed, contact Marcia at or email her at

—Lynn R. Heath



by Lynn R. Heath

LW contributor


Fun was had by all at the Company holiday Party Nov. 8 in Clubhouse 4 to kick off the holiday season.

The evening started out with a fabulous potluck that turned out to be a huge success. Everyone brought wonderful dishes and enjoyed every morsel. DJ Michel Bond played smooth music while everyone socialized.

Tommy Williams set the ambiance for the evening with beautiful decorations with the help of all his elves. It was a winter wonderland. People who would like Tommy to decorate or entertain this holiday should call him at 922-5059. He was so kind to give away the grand prize, Christmas Decorations by Tommy Williams. The winner’s home will be decorated for the holidays, and Maria Solis was excited to be that winner.

The Pure Joy Dance Group danced “Jingle Bell Rock” and also backed up the singers. The group makes holiday events more festive. Call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or to book to group.

After all the holiday singing and dancing, DJ Bond played his favorite tunes. Vickie Van Ert and Tommy Williams added their voices to the mix so everyone could dance the night away.

The evening ended with a 50/50 raffle. Lou Joseph won twice along with Helen Schultz, Tommy’s mom, for the three cash prizes.

Bonnie Z. Cooper filmed the event, and it will air on the local channel in December. Check the GRNews for times. To purchase a DVD, call Bonnie at 822-6358.

The Company thanks the following: Tommy Williams, vocalist, emcee, decorations; Lynn R. Heath, director, producer, Pure Joy dancer; Ric Dizon, singer, sound; Pat Kogok, singer; Vickie Van Ert; singer, Pure Joy Dancer; Jeanine Greb, singer, Pure Joy dancer; Margaret Humes, Pure Joy dancer, announcer; David Noble, Pure Joy dancer; Shirlene and Joseph Chavez, Pure Joy dancers; DJ Michel Bond, deejay, lighting; Sandi Post, chair, Behind the Scenes volunteer group; Bev Silva, Helen Schultz, Margie and Walt Sinclair, and Harold Hughes, decorating crew; and Bonnie Z. Cooper, videographer

The club has decided to make the holiday party an annual event. Call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or to get involved. 



“The Big Wedding,” rated R, will be shown Nov. 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Some scenes and language may offend some people. A long-divorced couple feigns years of wedded bliss to please a special guest, his birth mother. at their son’s nuptials. As the hoax spins out of control among family and friends, it leaves behind a poignant and funny tale about the ties that bind.



On Monday, Nov. 25, the Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. People who want to take part in amateur time should sign in at 6 with two copies of sheet music, prepared to sing for three minutes only. Group singing starts at 7, led by Ellen Brannigan. Her halftime guest is versatile entertainer Pat Kogok.

On Nov. 11, Bob Smallwood sang a hopeful “It Might As Well On Monday, Nov. 25, the Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. People who want to take part in amateur time should sign in at 6 with two copies of sheet music, prepared to sing for three minutes only. Group singing starts at 7, led by Ellen Brannigan. Her halftime guest is versatile entertainer Pat Kogok.

On Nov. 11, Bob Smallwood sang a hopeful “It Might As Well Be Spring” as the first amateur. He was followed by Barbara Chambers and Shalla Callahan singing “America the Beautiful” in honor of Veteran’s Day; Mark Barnett, “That’s the Way It’ll Be” as a piano solo; Ethel Carter sang “What a Wonderful World”; Peter Innerbickler did “More,” and Byong Choi sang Gounod’s “Ave Maria.” Margie St. Clair closed with “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” as a piano solo. Accompanying pianists were Betty Ballen and Carol Robinson.

Lewis Ward got a large group of songsters singing favorite songs until half-time, when he introduced Anita Ragole as his guest artist.

Her songs, accompanied by Pat Kogok, were all from light operas and musicals, “Make Believe,” “One Alone,” “Sound of Music” and “Romance.” Her voice must have been fashioned for such music. Everyone was delighted with her artistic performance.

After Felicia greeted four first timers, Lewis led his wrap-up selection of group songs until closing time.

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

—Lewis Ward



The Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group saluted veterans at the Nov. 10 dance.

Members gathered for a picnic in the park under the direction of Carol Robinson. Manny and Kitty Miranda, clad in military attire, were the stars of the evening with side-splitting comedy and musical duets.

Manny emceed the introductions of each veteran as the music of their branches of the service played in the background.

The program concluded with Bill Frambach leading a sing-along of nostalgic and patriotic songs.

Harvest in Napa was celebrated with a performance by the Velvetones Nov. 17. The 10-piece band, under the direction of Carl Hathaway, features the vocals of Lori Banta and Tommy Williams. The band played great music for dancing. The menu included lasagna, salad and spumoni for dessert.

The club will not meet Nov. 24 because of Thanksgiving.

On Dec. 1, the club will have a Holiday Celebration Around the World. For for information, call 596-2669 or 598-4056 for reservations.



The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Stardust will play Nov. 23.

—Marge Archibald