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The Antaeus Company

LA Times critic Charles McNulty listed Antaeus’s “Peace in Our Time” as one of his top 10 picks for best theater experiences of 2011 (that was worldwide, and the list included Book of Mormon on Broadway!). Come see the finest acting ensemble in LA!

Find out who’s really crazy when a pair of lovebirds bring their mismatched families together in Kaufman and Hart’s classic screwball comedy. The delightfully mad Sycamores celebrate independence, freedom from conventionand merry mayhem, while the exacting Kirbys believe in rules, hard work and rigid organization. When young Alice Sycamore falls in love with Tony Kirby, the two families are forced to sort out their differences and ultimately determine what’s really important in life. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, You Can’t Take It With You has been a perennial favorite for more than 70 years.

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UnWINEd with LA's BEST October 5

Just a reminder about the upcoming “UnWINEd with LA’s BEST” event on October 5. As Carla mentioned at our last meeting, it’s a delightful evening in the beautiful courtyard at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica with wine tasting, desserts and a range of silent auction items from vacation packages to spa treatments. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the last two years and I’m thrilled to be helping out on this year’s host committee.

I hope you can join us! Please see the invitation below or click on the link for tickets.

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REMINDER! JWT's Fall Party is Oct 14th 1:30 PM — Almost Sold Out!

Two weeks away from our Fall Party — almost sold out!
If you haven’t already booked your ticket, click on the link below. Do it today!

Happy 5th Anniversary, JWT!
Celebrate With Us
at a Beautiful Home in Brentwood
Sunday, October 14th
1:30 Dessert Buffet
2:00 Program
Salon Show Sampler, Art Exhibit, Raffle, Door Prizes, Schmoozing, & Old Friends

Click Here to Buy Tickets
Ticket Price–$25

See what JWT is up to this season….

JWT is excited to reprise some of your favorite stories from past seasons in the Salon Sampler. This is a perfect show to share with friends who haven’t yet experienced JWT salon theatre and a great day to introduce them to JWT!

Salon Sampler Stars: Caroline Aaron, Monica Piper, Carole Schlanger, Kate Zentall, Shira Fox and Naomi Ackerman.

Once you buy your ticket, you will receive a confirmation and the address of the home at which the party will be hosted.

“Woman of Valor Who Shall Find”
Painting created for JWT
by Marilee Tolwin
A project of Community Partners, a 501 c3 company

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iPalpiti/Schmieder festival & grand-finale at Disney Hall JULY 28, 8PM

Festival’s FREE Concerts in Review:
Chamber concerts exquisite offerings selected for our audiences by Director Laura Schmieder for the rarity of performing, beauty, and surprising discoveries. Click here to get more info to attend!

Tuesday, July 17 iPalpiti Soloists
12:00PMFREE UCLA/Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater 310.206.8552
Click here for parking information.
Kodaly Sonata Solo Cello/ Ysaye LeLondres String Trio/
Beethoven Serenade in D Major, op 25
Ann, Dyo, Radauer-Plank, Chen – violins/ de Almeida, Shagidullina-violas/Shaw, Soltani – celli, Khoury – flute


Thursday, July 19 iPalpiti Soloists
12:00PMFREE UCLA/Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater 310.206.8552
Click here for parking information.
Bruckner Adagio from String Quintet in F Major
Dyo, Dossumova -violins/ Shagidullina, Kauffman – violas/ Shaw -cello
Beethoven Quintet Opus 4
Bruckner String Qunitet Op. Posth. – Intermezzo
Chow, Chepizhnaya violins/Shagidullina,Kauffman -violas/Draiblate, cello


Friday, July 20 iPalpiti orchestra/Eduard Schmieder, conductor
8:30PMFREE Suggested Donation $20 will benefit iPalpiti artists
Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre,
8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211 (323) 658-9100
J.S. Bach Overture in b, BWV1067
Maron Anis Khoury – Flute soloist
Sharon Farber ONLY A BOOK Variations New Commissioned Work WORLD PREMIERE


Sunday, July 22 iPalpiti Soloists at Sundays Live!
6:00PMFREE LACMA, Bing Theater,
5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 857-6234
Kuhlau Flute Quintet N 2 in E major, op. 51
Maron Anis Khoury – flute/ Radauer-Plank -violin/ Victor de Almeida, Bogdan Banu -violas/ Kian Soltani – cello
Peteris Vasks (b.1946) Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (2001)
Catharina Chen -violin/ Victor de Almeida -viola/ Kian Soltani -cello/ Svetlana Smolina -piano
Michael Tzeitlin (b. 1950) “Everyday Life & Midnight Chimes” Intermezzo & Ten Waltzes, Op 11
Catharina Chen -violin/ Kian Soltani -cello/ Svetlana Smolina -piano

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My Child: Mothers of War

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The Jewish African Heritage – From Egypt, Ethiopia and Beyond

Friday, August 26th at 8 p.m.
Pre-Service Reception: 7 – 8 p.m.
RSVP required for reception: 323-658-9100

Capers Funnye, a cousin of Michelle Obama, is the chief rabbi of the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, one of the largest African-American synagogues in America.

Rabbi Funnye earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Israelite Board of Rabbis, Inc., Queens, NY. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies and Master of Science in Human Service Administration from Spertus Institute of Judaica, Chicago, IL.

Rabbi Funnye is married and he and his wife Mary have four children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandsons and two granddaughters.

Also appearing with Rabbi Funnye are the Mendes Brothers.

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Writers Faire

Date: Sunday 8/28/11

This festive day features 24 free mini-classes and panel discussions in creative writing and screenwriting, hosted by fall Writers’ Program instructors. Students get free writing instruction, chat with instructors, register for most fall courses at a 10 percent discount, learn more about the Writers’ Program, discuss goals with advisors, and visit with graduate writing programs, community and professional organizations, and writing-allied businesses. The event will be held in the Young Hall Courtyard on the UCLA campus.

Lisa Doctor will be on the panel, “Creating Compelling Fictional Characters.” 11am – 11:40am. Boulter, 3400.

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Lisa Doctor's UCLA Extension Writers Program Workshops

Beginning Monday, October 3rd (7 PM – 10 PM) for 10 weeks

Course # X466.16 Registration # W6917
Before You Begin the Novel: An Exploration of Character and Story

Facing the blank page can be an intimidating experience. What is the universal theme you’re trying to communicate? What does the protagonist really want? In this workshop, you create a personalized “encyclopedia” of material to use as a reference when writing the novel. Through individualized exercises tailored to each writer in the room, you explore the protagonist’s history, fears, and desires, as well as his or her relationship to the antagonist. You identify the larger theme that draws you to this particular story, a basic outline of the beginning, middle, and end, and the emotional arc of the protagonist. By the end of the workshop, you have in your arsenal many important elements to get you started so that the blank page remains blank no more. This course is open to writers of all levels who are eager to begin writing their novel.

To enroll online:

By phone:
(818) 784-7006

By mail:
UCLA Extension
P.O. Box 24901
Department K
Los Angeles, CA 90024-0901

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Deepening the Characters We Create: A Writing Workshop

Lisa DoctorWeek of September 25-30, 2011

Lisa Doctor

The characters we create can and will evolve from caricatures into real people if we allow them to speak in their own voices without interference. But how do our characters turn into dynamic beings? How do they find their own truths?

Through a series of writing exercises and discussion, we will create the profile of a character and then allow him or her to answer challenging questions designed to reveal hidden truths. Each prompt will be chosen specifically for the character; no two characters will receive the same questions. As the week progresses, these emerging people will open up about that which haunts and thrills them. They will explore their personal histories, their concerns about aging, their longings, disappointments, and uncertainties. We will ask them to speak freely about old wounds and their compassion for others. They will tell us what used to be important to them but no longer is. By the end of the week the character each writer has created will have begun to emerge into a separate being with an authentic voice and a distinct identity.

This workshop is designed for writers of every level, including beginners, who are seeking a group writing experience in a safe and nurturing environment. The method used is particularly effective for those wishing to begin or are in the midst of writing a novel, memoir, short story, screenplay, or stage play, where a richly drawn character takes center stage.

Reservations Information (Accommodations & Pricing)

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July 23 – August 27, 2011 Opening Reception: July 23, 2011, 6 – 8 pm

(Beverly Hills—July 2011) Ephemera is a series of large paintings by artist Yvette Gellis that appears abstract at first viewing but, upon closer examination, reveals discernible fragments of representation. Perhaps Gellis explains it best herself: ―the work teeters back and forth between the ambiguity of abstraction and the restraints of representation.‖ GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY now represents Yvette Gellis. Ephemera will be on view at the gallery’s Beverly Hills space, July 23 – August 27, 2011.

Entropy, 2011, oil on canvas, 102" x 541⁄2"

Gellis’ painting process begins as a gestural dialogue with particular homes and buildings near her 18th Street Arts Center studio, which she will often document in various states of destruction or decay. As Gellis liberally and deftly applies paint in a series of wide, muscular swaths offset by delicate calligraphic swipes, an impending sense of abstraction emerges. Vantage points are obscured, compositional liberty is taken, angles are askew, and ultimately, what began as a quasi- representational rendering is transformed into a phenomenological, psychological, or even a spiritual response.

There is an emotional charge to Gellis’ work. Her first major exhibition (a 2008 solo exhibition at LA’s impactful Kim Light Gallery) garnered critical praise in Art in America for its, ―lively repartee between the illusion of deep, infinite space and the immediate surface pleasure of energetic abstract painting.‖1 She was chosen in 2009 by artist Lita Albuquerque to participate in the group exhibition In Bed Together at ROYAL/T, with Albuquerque writing that in viewing Gellis’ work she finds herself, ―engaged in Theatre, where perception directs movement, an exchange of energy between the viewer and the performance of paint.‖2 She will also have a solo exhibition at Brunnhofer Galerie, Austria, in September 2011.

Gellis’ work invokes elements of the schools that came before her—Light and Space artists James Turrell and Robert Irwin in their push to explore perceptual phenomena; AbEx’s unremitting return to the ―mark‖; and the Hudson River School’s romanticism—yet there is no single word or movement that can encompass the work.

Sylmar, 2010-2011, mixed media, 108"x168"

The artist likens her work to an event, a situational explication of the sublime, or as she prefers to quote philosopher Edmund Burke, ―tranquility tinged with terror.‖3 In recent projects—including her 2009 Violet Jolt sculptural installation at Stuyvesant and 9th outside of New York University—the event aspect is indeed clearly present in Gellis’ work, compelling the passerby to experience and engage the artist’s ―mark‖ in three dimensions. Yet the paintings in Ephemera are a return, and more importantly, an expansion of something much more essential to the artist—paint.

Breaking Point; Interior, 2011, oil, acrylic, pencil on canvas, 66" x 102"

Holding a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, Gellis has both an exceptional vision and imagination, and the breadth of technical skill necessary to bring it to life. For all her creative capacity however, Gellis’ work is ultimately about the act of painting itself—about forgetting everything and allowing the work to take on a life of its own.

1. Constance Mallinson, Art in America (November 2008), pp 201-202
2. Lita Albuquerque on the occasion of the exhibition In Bed Together at ROYAL/T in Culver City, CA (2009-2010)
3. Edmund Burke, from ―A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful” (1757)

Breaking Point; Interior, 2011, oil, acrylic, pencil on canvas, 66″ x 102″

Ephemera – Large Paintings by Yvette Gellis

Opening Reception: July 23, 2011, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: July 23 – August 27, 2011
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm, or by appointment

427 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-5205

Brent Turner
the Campbells [ideas + communications for contemporary culture]
(323) 300-6132

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Mission Statement

The Women’s Professional Network (WPN) was formed by Adrian Grant, an established Los Angeles Realtor and philanthropist, to build a network and community of successful and like-minded dynamic women. Together with her co-chairs, WPN has grown from a small gathering to a vibrant dedicated group of women from professions including medical, mental health, art, finance, and law.

The mission for WPN is to foster, enlighten, and educate women who want to expand their professional services as well as charitable services by offering their time and financial assistance to the larger community. One of the goals of WPN is to expand the support and growth of women through chapters around the country and world because we believe in being mindful of our role(s) in society and the many contributions we make. Madeleine Albright said it best - "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."

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