Lula Washington Dance Theatre to Perform at Skirball Amphitheatre

Lula Washington Dance - SkirballThe internationally renowned dance company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, will appear at the 2014 Summer Amphitheater series at the Skirball Cultural Center on Saturday, August 23, at noon and two p.m.  Click here for ticket information for this special performance for families, in celebration of African American history. Click here to read an interview Lula Washington did for the Skirblog and learn more about her thirty-year career as a dancer, choreographer, and mentor on the LA dance scene.


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How to Make the Most of a Visit to Your Doctor


From the Denver Post [hat tip to Ann Davis Garvin for the link]:

Guess how much time the average physician spends listening to a patient describing her symptoms during an outpatient office visit. Sixty seconds? Fifty?

“Ten,” says Leana Wen, attending emergency department physician at George Washington University Hospital, and co-author of “When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.”

“Studies show that doctors will interrupt you 10 seconds after you begin talking. Doctors are under pressure to see more patients in less time. So learn how to make those 10 seconds count.”

Have you ever felt rushed at your doctor’s office? Even if you haven’t, it’s always a good idea to maximize the value of the time you spend there. Click here to get the list of things you need to remember when you visit your doctor.

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Worth Repeating: Jack Handey Has Made You Laugh

“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 7/30/13: 

Photo Credit: Jeff Minton for The New York Times

Photo Credit: Jeff Minton for The New York Times


Jack Handey’s long career as a comedy writer pretty much guarantees that he’s made you laugh. Handey s[65] old his first jokes to Steve Allen in 1977. By the ’90s, he was sharing his surrealistic “Deep Thoughts” on “Saturday Night Live” and in novels. He continues to write books and numerous short magazine pieces.   Read more about him here.






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Experience Talks Online: Arts Rewind with Carol Channing

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Join 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.

Now Posted on our Experience Talks Website:

Hosts Tim  Carpenter and Cynthia Friedlob present an ARTS REWIND with CAROL CHANNING (from 2009)

Click here to go to our Listen Page!

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Host Tim Carpenter talks with CAROL CHANNING and her husband, Harry Kullijian, about their efforts to bring teaching the arts back into the public schools. (The Dr. Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts is now the American Foundation for Arts Education.) A longer version of this interview was originally broadcast on KPFK on 5/19/09.

Also featured: an “In My Experience” commentary by Experience Talks Host and Producer CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB, originally broadcast on the same show. The topic: the ephemeral nature of live theater.




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David Steinberg: The Funniest Guy You Might Not Know

Yes, this is the complete picture! It's one posted on David Steinberg's website bio page.

Yes, this is the complete picture! It’s from David Steinberg’s website bio page.


Imagine a quiet, unassuming, rather short man who:

– was already considered a legendary standup in the 1960s;

– was responsible for getting the Smothers Brothers kicked off the air at CBS;

– made Richard Nixon’s enemies list, becoming the only comedian to do so (“In America, anyone can become President. I think we bend over backwards to prove it.”);

– logged more Tonight Show appearances than any other entertainer, save for Bob Hope;

– hosted the Tonight Show when he was 26;

– had a mobster for a best friend;

– directed hundreds of television commercials;

– whose imprint on TV comedies ranging from Bob Newhart’s shows to Mad About You to Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm is as indelible as the show’s creators themselves;

– continues to work today, as revered as ever by his peers.

How could David Steinberg not be a household name?

David Steinberg. That David Steinberg. Oh?

[Some of us of a certain age who do know David Steinberg also will remember The Existential Psychiatrist.]


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The Colorful and *Very* Mixed Media Work of Artist Jean Betancourt

Jean Betancourt

Jean Betancourt: “I’m a ‘mixologist’ in the world of art. I mix ‘whatever’ because I love junk, kitsch, beads, children’s craft materials – could be anything really. Here is my motto for you, it’s spelled N-N-O, for Not Neat and Organized. My work is completely spontaneous with errors. Let there be errors! For instance, the work I am doing now, with Plexiglass, there’s a lot of marring and some scratching and maybe a stain. I’m going to circle all the ‘errors’ with paint markers.” Read more from the artist here, and on her website.


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NoHo SAC Featured in Urban Land Magazine

North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony

North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony

Urban Land, the Magazine of the Urban Land Institute, featured the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony (NoHoSAC) in an article called “Design for Aging.”

Today’s residential and medical facilities oriented toward seniors are forgoing the institutional feel often prevalent in older developments and instead are borrowing strategies from boutique hotels. As medical care advances and baby boomers carry their focus on wellness into their 60s and beyond, architecture for seniors is changing, with more urban models, more connections to the larger community, and a greater variety of amenities and social areas.

Click here to read more about all ten unique projects located across the country and across the world.


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Jay Leno Loves Cars

(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Jay Leno’s car collection could fill a warehouse — in fact, it does! From the L.A. Times:

Jay Leno [64] just buys cars he wants to drive. He finds it silly to collect cars purely for show.

“I never thought of it as a collection,” said Leno, looking over the rows of neatly parked classics. “Probably in the mid-1980s, I just started to keep stuff.”

Read more and see more photos from his impressive collection here.


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Blacklisted Writer Norma Bartzman to be at UCLA Fest

Screenwriter Norma Barzman at her home in Beverly Hills. (Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times)

Screenwriter Norma Barzman at her home in Beverly Hills. (Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times)

From UCLA:

UCLA’s Film and Television Archive will be hosting a Hollywood hero at the Billy Wilder Theater. Norma Barzman, a screenwriter who fled to France when the House Un-American Activities Committee hunted down communists from the major studios in the 1940s and 1950s, will talk about her experience on the blacklist when she appears as the opening-night guest for the archive’s “Hollywood Exiles in Europe” retrospective.

The series opens on Friday, July 25, 7:30 p.m., with a screening of “Christ in Concrete,” the first blacklist exile film, directed by Edward Dmytryk — one of the legendary “Hollywood 10″ — and starring blacklisted actor Sam Wanamaker. “Christ in Concrete” won acclaim and prizes in Europe.

Also appearing on opening night will be Rebecca Prime, author of the book, Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Film Culture.

Among the films featured in the series are Jules Dassin’s 1955 French film noir “Rififi” and the 1952 “Stranger on the Prowl.”

Barzman will return to the Wilder on Sept. 15, her 94th birthday, for a screening of the 1946 drama “The Locket,” for which she recently received writing credit.

Tickets are $10 tickets and can be purchased online here. Find more information at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The Billy Wilder Theater is located at the UCLA Hammer Museum, where parking is available for a flat fee of $3 after 6 p.m.


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Worth Repeating: Help Stop Medicare Fraud

“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 7/14/13: 

Medicare Card“Medicare fraud  happens when Medicare is billed for services or supplies you never got.  Medicare fraud costs Medicare a lot of money each year.

“Abuse occurs when doctors or suppliers don’t follow good medical  practices, resulting in unnecessary costs to Medicare, improper payment, or  services that aren’t medically necessary.”

You can help stop Medicare fraud. Learn more here. 


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