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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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

Lawrence Family JCC—Feldenkrais—10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Awareness through movement.  Info (858) 362-1338.  Free to JCC members; $10 per class for non members.  Instructors Roanne Gotthelf and Sue Turcotte.

Lawrence Family JCC –Joy of Opera—9:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Discover operas from Monteverdi’s time to present. Enjoy study of complete operas and compare productions, taught by Claudia Tornsaufer of San Diego Community Colleges.  No fee. More information: (858) 457-3030, or via the website www.lfjcc.org

Lawrence Family JCC
– Mah Jongg – 12 p.m.—3:15 p.m..  Information from Betty Pittluck.  (858) 202-1390.  For JCC members only. 

Lawrence Family JCC—Senior Aerobics –Improve cardiovascular fitness, range of moton, 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

Old Globe TheatreSammy—The late Sammy Davis Jr. broke ground as an entertainer and as an interreligious figure. His conversion to Judaism was a sensation, with Davis later explaining that after the car accident in which he had lost an eye, he had reflected with singer Eddie Cantor about the similarities between the Jewish and American experiences. Years later, he appeared on a television special with Nancy Sinatra, and the kiss they gave each other in greeting was believed to have been the first inter-racial kiss ever seen on television. Nancy's father, Frank Sinatra, was, along with Davis, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop were members of a high-flying group of popular entertainers known as the "Rat Pack." Sammy Davis, Jr., the man, his songs, and dancing are the subject of a world premiere to be performed at the Old Globe, September 19 through Nov 8, with the title role to be filled by Obba Babatunde, whose own career was influenced by Davis. Leslie Bricusse wrote the book, and most of the music and lyrics. Curtain times and other information available on line at www.theoldglobe.org.

San Diego Jewish Book Fair—Kati Marton —A journalist tells her family's story of their escape from Cold War Budapest in Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Solel, 3475 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea. Information and book fair tickets at (858)362-1348, or via www.lfjcc.org/sdjbf

San Diego State Jewish Studies Department —Klezmer concert—The Jewish Studies Department at San Diego State University has scheduled a free klezmer concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, in Rhapsody Hall (The Music Building).In addition to Yale Strom, SDSU's artist in residence, and his band, Hot P'Strom'i, these are the guest artists on tap:
Leo Chelyapov won first place in the Shostakovich Competition in Moscow at the age of twelve. In the US, he has appeared on several TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210, and Late Night with David Letterman. Gary Gould has lectured at universities and colleges for over ten years has led a clinic called "Gary Gould and Friends: A Klezmer Experience" introducing local music pros to the art of klezmer for the Orange County Musicians Union Bash. Robert Zelickman is a Lecturer of Music at UC San Diego where he has taught since 1983. He conducts the UCSD Wind Ensemble and lectures on The Symphony and Jewish Music. He is a member of Orchestra Nova San Diego and has performed with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera.

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