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Monday, October 12, 2009

Editor's Note: Events are listed in alphabetical order of the organization sponsoring them.

College Avenue Older Adult Center
Lunch in the Sukkah— Jewish Family Service's College Avenue Older Adult Center will be offer a special holiday meal that will be served in the Sukkah. Participants may also opt for the Soup and Salad bar for the same price. The luncheon will be served at 12:00 noon (Salad Bar begins serving at 11;30am). Suggested donation for Seniors:$3.50 and a fee of $6.00 for all others.  After lunch, Bracha Craik will sing and play guitar at 12:30pm. She will play a selection of Hebrew and Yiddish songs. The center is located at 4855 College Avenue (inside Beth Jacob Synagogue). No reservations necessary. For further information, please call (619)-583-3300.

College Avenue Senior Adult Center—Monday activities— Classes and Activities offered at 4855 College Avenue: Aerobics with Kara Anderson (8:30 - 10 am, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays); Feeling Fit with Kara Anderson (10 - 11:15 am, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays); Meditation with Jeff Zlotnik (11:15 am - 12 pm); Bridge – (12:45-3pm); Movie Group (1 – 3 pm, new releases shown each Monday), no charge for members, $1 for non-members; Musical Comedy Group with Polly Columbo (1 pm - 3 pm). For more information on any of the classes or activities, call (619) 583-3300.

La Jolla Playhouse—Laramie Project—La Jolla Playhouse has added several exciting new cast members to its reading of Tectonic Theater Project’s new work: The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later on October 12. The Playhouse is joining with more than 100 theatres across the country and around the world in presenting a reading of this compelling and groundbreaking epilogue to the award-winning original work.   Joining the cast will be Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Mr. Holland’s Opus); San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis; Lisa Sanders, daughter of Mayor Jerry Sanders, who will also be participating in the reading; renowned comedian Bruce Vilanch, local theater writer Pat Launer, as well as acclaimed actors Nancy Anderson, Kandis Chappell, Wayne Duvall (Bonnie & Clyde), Logan Marshall Green, Kathryn Meisle (Creditors), Stark Sands (Bonnie & Clyde), and UC San Diego faculty members Allyson Green and James Winker.La Jolla Playhouse will host the only San Diego reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later on October 12 at 8:00pm in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. This sold-out reading will be helmed by acclaimed director Darko Tresnjak. Previously announced participants include: Mayor Jerry Sanders, Doug Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winner and adapter/director of the Playhouse’s current production of Creditors, San Diego Rep Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, theater writer Anne Marie Welsh, as well as the acclaimed actors Mare Winningham (Bonnie & Clyde), Robert Foxworth, Amanda Naughton, James Newcomb, T. Ryder Smith (Creditors) and James Sutorius.The epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community. The play also includes new interviews with Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard and Mathew’s murderer Aaron McKinney, who’s serving two consecutive life sentences. The writers also conducted many follow-up interviews with Laramie residents from the original piece, including, Romaine Patterson, Reggie Fluty, Jedediah Shultz, Father Roger Schmidt, Jonas Slonaker, Beth Loffreda and others. Proceeds from the Playhouse reading will benefit the Hillcrest Youth Center, a program operated by the San Diego LGBT Community Center.Opened in 2000 with the vision and leadership of Dr. Heather Berberet, Richard Burhene, Scott Gross, and Jim Zians, The Hillcrest Youth Center is the only youth center in San Diego County dedicated to serving the needs of LGBT and questioning youth. The Youth Center offers cyber/computer access, health education, basic financial education, youth leadership training, case management, HIV prevention education, life skills training workshops, discussion groups, counseling services, and amazing social activities. The Hillcrest Youth Center is committed to providing a safe, affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth to be proud of who they are and the encouragement they need to become responsible, productive, and fully participating citizens.The nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is renowned for its tradition of creating the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. The Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer and is considered one of the most well-respected not-for-profit theatres in the country. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Dracula, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jersey Boys, The Farnsworth Invention, Cry-Baby, 33 Variations and Memphis. Located on the UC San Diego campus, La Jolla Playhouse is made up of three primary performance spaces: the Mandell Weiss Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre, and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse, a state-of-the-art theatre complex which features the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted the violence and prejudice lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face.A month after the murder, the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, which they later made into a film for HBO. The piece has been seen by more than 50 million people around the country.Tectonic Theater Project (Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director, Greg Reiner, Executive Director, Jeffrey LaHoste, Managing Director, Dominick Balletta, General Manager) is an award-winning company whose plays have been performed around the world. Since 1992 TTP has produced innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with our audiences on the social, political and human issues of the day. The company has developed and produced works for theater and film, including: the smash hit Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; The Laramie Project (one of the most produced plays in the country, as well as an HBO movie written and directed by Kaufman); and I Am My Own Wife (2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play).  Tectonic has garnered numerous awards including the Humanitas Prize, the Obie, the Lucille Lortel Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award, the GLAAD Media Award, the Artistic Integrity Award from the Human Rights Campaign, and the Making a Difference Award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  The film of The Laramie Project was also honored with four Emmy nominations, The National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and a Golden Bear Award from the Berlin Film Festival.  In addition to creating theatrical works, Tectonic Theater Project works in residence at Universities around the country and hosts a New York based training lab for theater artists. For more information on the company, visit www.tectonictheaterproject.org.

Lawrence Family JCC—Art exhibit—The Gotthelf Art Gallery, part of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, is pleased to announce the new exhibition Like Water on Rock: Exhibit by the Jewish Women Artists’ Network, running September 10, 2009 – October 30, 2009. Art is for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the artists and the Gotthelf Art Gallery. The title of this exhibit relates the phenomenon of the soft continuous drip of water that eventually erodes a hard rock to personal, familial, communal or global challenge and change. The poetry and image of Like Water on Rock provoke a variety of responses and suggests a relationship between time, the human process, the persistence of change and the many layers of meaning that speak to each artist in her own way Dr. Barbara Gilbert, Senior Curator Emerita of The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, selected the work for this exhibition. Dr Gilbert points out the great diversity in this exhibition as well as the wide range of personal expression: “Beginning in the nineteen-sixties when artists in greater numbers began to explore the potential of their Jewish heritage, most efforts were identity-based. Like Water on Rock provides an opportunity for artists to transcend this earlier approach, challenging them to think expansively and take ideas and values inherent to Jewish tradition, adapting them to concerns of the larger society.” The participating artists are: Linda Arreola, Ruth Askren, Madeleine Avirov, Helene Aylon, Carol Buchman, Emily Corbato, Anne Doris-Eisner, Harriet Finck, Karen Frostig, Teresa Gale, Sari Gilbert-Batchelor, Fay Grajower, Beth Haber, Katherine Janus Kahn, Rachel Kanter, Julie Klaper, Wendy Sue Lamm, Elaine Langerman, Aline Mare, Freyda Miller, Priscilla Otani, Margaret Parker, Roxanne Phillips, Cindy Rinne, Launa D. Romoff, Dawn Saks, Masha Schweitzer, Margaret Silverman, Simone Soltan and Marian Yap.Thirty artists from across the United States were selected to comprise this exhibit. "To have thirty talented Jewish women artists exploring the theme of change is exciting to see, "says Randy Savarese, Gotthelf Art Gallery Committee Chair. "We are excited to give these artists a platform to exhibit their diverse work and the San Diego community an opportunity share art from around the country." The Jewish Women Artist’s Network is a special interest group within the National Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) and is the only organization of professional Jewish women artists in the United States. The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, is located at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Gallery hours are Sunday-Friday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. For more information about the Gotthelf Art Gallery and other programs of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, visit the web site at www.sdcjc.org or call (858) 457-3030.

Lawrence Family JCC—Figure Study Painting—Gesture and long painting poses, instructed by Annette Paquet of San  Diego Community College, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Free.  For more information (858) 457-3030 or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC—Film Fans—Defiance, a historical drama about the Bielski Brothers who saved many Jews from the Nazisby establishing a partisan camp in the woods, will be screened at 1:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Family JCC, with discussion, refreshments, to follow.  Admission: $2 JCC members, $3 non-member. More information: (858) 457-3030, or via the website, www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC—Law and the Retiree—Rick Levine of San Diego Community College discusses issues of interest to seniors including elections, court cases, law reform, tax cuts, foreign affairs, from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. For more information (858) 457-3030 or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC—Pan Card Game – For JCC members only, no fee; 11:45 a.m to 3:15 p.m. For more information (858) 457-3030 or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC –Piano Keyboard Lessons – 12:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m..  Basic skills and fundamentals, techniques in performance, improvisation and chord building.  Instructor: Naomi Hobbs, San Diego Community College.  Free.  For more information (858) 457-3030 or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC—Senior Aerobics –Improve cardiovascular fitness, range of motion, flexibility, endurance and energy levels, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.  Free for members; $10 per class, non members.  (858) 362-1337, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC
—Senior Double Tennis—Play on the Lawrence Family JCC courts, 4126 Executive Drive, at 8 a.m. Members free, non-members $5.  For more information (858) 362-1337, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC –Tai Chi/Qi Gong for Older Adults—Leslie Johnson Leech of San Diego Community College instructs simple moves to help increase energy, strengthen immune system, reduce stress and discover joy through movement, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  For more information (858) 362-1337, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC
– Watercolor Painting —Annette Paquet of San Diego Community College teaches color quality, theory, value and composition from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Free. More information (858) 362-1337, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Mesa Democratic Club
—Candidate forum—Two candidates for San Diego's 6th Councilmanic District, former state Assemblyman Howard Wayne ( a member of the local Jewish community) and Steve Hadley, chief of staff to incumbent Councilwoman Donna Frye--will answer questions at the 7 p.m. meeting in the North Clairemont Recreation Center, Room 2 at 4421 Bannock Ave, SD 92117 Information: email: president@mesa.sddem.org or visit the website,


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