Experience Talks Online – NOW POSTED: The L.A. Holiday Celebration + Bobbee Zeno Kwanzaa Rewind

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NOW POSTED:

LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

ADAM DAVIS talks with host CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB + BOBBEE ZENO KWANZAA REWIND (2011)

Adam DavisADAM DAVIS became Managing Director of Productions for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in the spring of 2006. In that capacity he serves as producer of the annual three-hour Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center, and of the live broadcast of that show on PBS So Cal. He also directs a year-round music program that funds more than 60 free concerts in public sites each year. In November 2006, he took on an additional role with the Arts Commission assuming the post of Managing Director of the John Anson Ford Theatres, where he oversees an eclectic summer season of culturally diverse music, dance, theater, film and family events. A graduate of Principia College with a degree in theater, Adam Davis previously held managerial positions at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse and the Pepperdine University theaters.

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December 24th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center. FREE! Free parking, too!

Get details about this year’s celebration!

 

 

 

 

ALSO: BOBBEE ZENO KWANZAA REWIND (2011)

featuring LULA WASHINGTON, IRWIN WASHINGTON, TAMIKA WASHINGTON, and LOWELL STEWART, PRESIDENT OF LA CHAPTER OF TUSKEGEE AIRMEN

UPDATED INFORMATION FOR 2014: Kwanzaa Dance Concerts Dec. 27 & 28 — Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Kwanzaa - Lula WashingtonPraised by dance critics as “one of the best dance shows in Los Angeles,” Lula Washington Dance Theatre is presenting its annual Kwanzaa concerts on Saturday, Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 28 at its Dance Studio Theater, 3773 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

The Kwanzaa Festival is a non-religious celebration of African-American cultural roots. It is a community and family coming together. It features students from the LWDT School, along with professional dancers from the LWDT national touring company.

The dancers will perform African dance, modern dance, and ballet. This year’s Kwanzaa celebration will run three performances: Saturday, Dec. 27 at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 28 at 3pm. Tickets are on sale on the website (www.lulawashington.org), and in person at the LWDT Dance School Mon – Saturday from 10 am until 7 pm. To purchase by credit card over the phone call: 323-292-5852. Prices are: $25 for general audience; $20 for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more; and $10 for children willing to sit on floor mats. Free parking is available in the LWDT parking lot for a limited number of cars. Early arrival is advised. Read more HERE.

 

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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“Once the recession occurred, we actually saw a real uptick in the number of kids living with their grandparents, and now the numbers are close to 8 million,” says Gretchen Livingston, who has studied the trend for the Pew Research Center. “To put that in perspective, that means that about 1 in 10 kids are living with a grandparent.” Read more and listen to the NPR story here.

California leads the nation in increasing numbers of grandparents raising grand children. Read more here and learn about resources to help grandparent/grandchildren families.

 

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Michael Braun: Fashion Designer for Jimi Hendrix

Longtime Tampa resident Michael Braun and his partner were Jimi Hendrix’s fashion designers. Braun poses here with some of the clothing that was designed for Hendrix. Among the outfits Braun created is Hendrix’s Woodstock outfit that hangs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JIM REED/STAFF-TAMPA TRIBUNE

Michael Braun poses with some of the clothing that was designed for Hendrix. Among the outfits Braun created is Hendrix’s Woodstock outfit that hangs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JIM REED/STAFF-TAMPA TRIBUNE

“Braun was Hendrix’ fashion designer from 1968 until the rock legend passed away in 1972. Among the iconic Hendrix threads Braun created was his Woodstock outfit and a jacket that hangs with his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame display in Cleveland.” Braun worked with his partner, Toni Ackerman. “It was the perfect storm,” said Braun. “Two crazy people making crazy clothes for a guy who was crazy enough to wear them.” Read more here.

 

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Jimi Hendrix already had style when he met Braun and Ackerman, so it must have been fun to work with him. Take a look at some fabulous photos that showcase that Hendrix style at its best.

 

 

 

 

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The Importance of Storytelling

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Rosina Leardi“Most older adults, I suspect, are yearning to share their life stories with others. The tragedy in our society (a disgrace, really) is that we often deny them opportunities to do so. Or we minimize the value of what we hear. How might their lives be enriched if they knew that others were truly interested in what they experienced and the lessons gleaned from them? Moreover, how might our lives be enriched by those stories and lessons?” – Jeanette Leardi

EngAGE offers our seniors many opportunities to share their stories through various writing and performing classes at the apartment communities we serve, so a recent post by Jeanette Leardi on Dr. Bill Thomas’ blog, Changing Aging, rang true for us. “Old Stories, New Lives” provides a wonderful, personal example of the value of sharing stories.

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Community News: EngAGE’s First Orange County Art Show

EngAGE’s first Orange County art show was great fun for everyone! Congratulations to all 22 artist participants from the Solara Court, Villa Anaheim, Dorado, and Jasmine senior housing communities. We had 50 people in attendance at the opening reception!

Thanks to Solara Court, Western Community Housing, and Steadfast Management, for joining Engage in sponsoring this exciting inaugural exhibition.

And thanks to the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation for their support of “artist in residence,” Martha Faghani, who provided art classes to two of our Orange County properties over the course of 2014. This was the culminating event for her students.

[Thanks to EngAGE Vice President Nancy Goodhart for providing the info and photos.]

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How Not to Build a Retirement Dream Home

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Photo Credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

The retirement home that Dotty Kyle and Eric Brattstrom built in Vermont is environmentally sustainable and, at 5,000 square feet, big enough to house their large extended family, but it is also complicated and labor-intensive to operate.

From the New York Times:

“Dotty Kyle and Eric Brattstrom had an ambitious vision for the home they would build when they sold their bed-and-breakfast here seven years ago and retired. . . .’We sold a nine-bedroom B&B and then pretty much recreated it right up the street,’ said Ms. Kyle, who is now 78, shaking her head with the kind of clarity only hindsight affords. . . . .’I was an idiot and built a house that was way too complicated and labor-intensive,’ said Mr. Brattstrom, also 78. ‘Only a masochist could enjoy it.'”  ~ The good news? The house is very inexpensive to operate.”

An alternative approach (with its own perils): 

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(Photo Credit: Trent Bell for the NY Times)

How about surviving off the grid on a coastal island? Jack Soley, a commercial real estate developer, built a 1200-square-foot second home off the coast of Maine. The house consumes less power than a high-end refrigerator, but the living conditions can be rugged. Read the full story in the NY Times.

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Worth Repeating: Luigi Prina and His Flying Model Ships

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 12/9/13:

Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City (on Colossal)

Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City (on Colossal)

 

Luigi Prina, 83, has dedicated nearly twenty years of his later life to building flying model boats, bicycles and other unconventional aircraft. Read more and see more beautiful photographs here. And don’t miss the cool 1:39 video!

 

 

 

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Community News: A Roaring ’20s Party at The Magnolia

Thanks to EngAGE Regional Programs Director Alma Wright for these wonderful photos from the Roaring ’20s Party held at the Magnolia senior community in San Bernardino last week. Looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

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Experience Talks Online 12/13: Music Mends Minds + Time Out @ UCLA

Experience Talks Online LogoJoin us for Experience Talks Online, exclusive podcast interviews posted on our website. Carrying on the same tradition as our KPFK-FM/Pacifica Network syndicated radio show, the podcasts feature talented, creative people with experience worth talking about. Find our podcasts on the Listen Page of our website. They’ll post on an intermittent basis, so read this blog for updates about new podcasts as well as new Experience Talks radio shows. You can also like Experience Talks on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news. Experience Talks and Experience Talks Online are produced by EngAGE, Inc.

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POSTING at 8 AM PT on 12/13: MUSIC MENDS MINDS and TIME OUT @ UCLA

Host Alicia Sedwick talks to the creators of two new inter-generational organizations that promise to change the future of treatment for people with dementia: MUSIC MENDS MINDS INC., where people with dementia are finding joy again by getting back into the “rhythm of life” by playing music, and TIME OUT @ UCLA, where seniors with memory loss are matched with UCLA students in a supportive, weekly respite program.

Below: Band Rehearsal with the Fifth Dementia and high school students at The Windward School in Los Angeles.

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Jay Moss: Sculptor Has Solo Show at 91

(Photo by Ron Terner)

Jay Moss at his exhibit. (Photo by Ron Terner)

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From the NY Times: “After a lifetime of making sculptures in his spare time, Mr. Moss is enjoying the spotlight at his second-ever solo exhibition, at Manhattan College in the Bronx. Although he was always serious about his art, it took a back seat to his day jobs — as an artist for the NBC television network and, later, as the owner of a design firm that started with decorative mirrors before shifting its concentration to lamps and lighting fixtures.”

From an article written by his son for The Jewish Daily Forward: “Now 91, freed from the need to earn a living, and able to give his mind time to focus on what it sought to express — the horror of war and evil in general — he’s been sculpting more than ever. This has led to his first show in New York City, at Manhattan College in Riverdale. Forty-two of his sculptures are on display at the college’s O’Malley Library until December 16.”

See more on his website, but here’s one example of work by Jay Moss:

Jay Moss’s ‘Oscar For Torturers’ is currently on display at the O’Malley Library at Manhattan College in Riverdale. (Photo by Adi Talwar)

Jay Moss’s ‘Oscar For Torturers’ is currently on display at the O’Malley Library at Manhattan College in Riverdale. (Photo by Adi Talwar)

 

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