Worth Repeating: Redskins Name Change: Activist Suzan Shown Harjo Explains the Issue

Suzan Shown Harjo, who has spoken out on team names and has held protests, said, "There are so many milestones in this issue." Photo credit: Drew Angerer for The New York Times

Suzan Shown Harjo, who has spoken out on team names and has held protests, said, “There are so many milestones in this issue.” Photo credit: Drew Angerer for The New York Times

“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 10/23/13:

“Suzan Shown Harjo still becomes tense when she recalls the only Washington Redskins home game she attended, nearly 40 years ago. After she moved to Washington, she and her husband were given tickets. Fans sitting nearby, apparently amused that American Indians were in their midst, pawed their hair and poked them, “not in an unfriendly way, but in a scary way,” Ms. Harjo said. . . Since the 1960s, Ms. Harjo has been at the center of efforts to persuade schools, colleges and professional sports teams to drop American Indian names and mascots that some consider derogatory.” Read more here.


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“Melissa Arctic” at the Road on Magnolia Closes 11/15

ELIZABETH SAMPSON, EngAGE Regional Programs Director, is in the cast of  the Road Theatre’s latest collaboration with Craig Wright (TV’s “Tyrant,” “Six Feet Under,” “Lost,” “United States of Tara,” and more). The play is loosely based on Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale.” This magical story of art, redemption, and love is the winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play.

The show closes on November 15th, so click here now to get tickets!


The West Coast Premiere of “MELISSA ARCTIC”
Directed by Scott Alan Smith

10747 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

And remember: if you lived at NOHO SAC, you’d just have to stroll downstairs to get to the theater!

CAST: Tom Musgrave, Coronado Romero, Laurie Okin, Brian Cole, Elizabeth Sampson, Michael Dempsey, Joe Hart, Lockne O’Brien, Hannah Mae Sturges, Alexa Hodzic, Samantha Salamoff, Danny Webber

PRODUCTION TEAM: Desma Murphy (Set Design), Derrick Mcdaniel (Lighting Design), David Marling (Sound Design), Kaitlyn Pietras (Projection Design), Mary Jane Miller (Costume Design), TJ McNeill (Asst. Costume Design), Heather Gonzalez (Properties Design), Maurie Gonzalez (Stage Manager), Darryl Johnson (Asst. Director), Michael Thomas-Visgar (2nd Asst. Director)

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Photographer Fred Lyon at 90

Fred LyonFrom Fred Lyon’s website:

“Photographer Fred Lyon has been called ‘San Francisco’s Brassai.’ He’s also been compared to Cartier Bresson, Atget and Andre Kertez, but all with a San Francisco twist. That’s fine with this lifelong native who happily admits his debt to those icons.

“Now [90], his nonstop career reaches back to the early 1940s and embraces news, architecture, advertising, wine and food. In the golden years of magazine publishing his picture credits were everywhere from LIFE to VOGUE and beyond. These days find him combing his picture files for galleries, publishers and print collectors. And he’s still excited when he gets a call offering a new project.”

See some of his wonderful photos of mid-century San Francisco here and here.


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60 Years of Tea

Another TeaFrom the New York Times:

“In my home country of Chile, having afternoon tea together with friends and family is a cherished ritual. The custom is about far more than just tea: It’s a time to catch up with loved ones and share experiences both seismic and mundane. As time goes on, teatime and the conversations it fuels can become the glue that holds relationships together.

“I have witnessed this ritual since my childhood, watching my grandmother gather with her friends once a month for tea and pastries at 5 p.m., as they have done for the last 60 years.”

Click here for more of the story and a charming 6:50′ video by Maite Alberdi, a Chilean filmmaker and writer.

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Engineer Ken Scott: The Beatles in Mono

Ken ScottIf you’re a Boomer, you probably were surprised and excited to learn about the much-hyped Beatles In Mono vinyl box set that was released last month. If you’re younger, you probably think it’s some sort of weird throwback to listen to a mono mix. Ken Scott became a Beatles recording engineer at age 20 in 1967, and he’s definitely in favor of the new, old mono version. Read an interview with him here.


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Architect Frank Gehry at 85

Sailing away: Frank Gehry with a model of the Fondation Louis Vuitton—“It looked like a regatta to me.” Photo: © Sébastien MICKE/PARISMATCH/SCOOP

“At 85, the architect Frank Gehry has neither stopped building nor started repeating himself and this month offers plenty of proof. Besides the unveiling of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which he designed for the billionaire Bernard Arnault, the explosively coloured Biomuseo in Panama opened on 2 October followed by a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, which opened on Wednesday, 8 October (until 26 January 2015). Gehry dispels some common misconceptions about his museum designs.” Read more here.



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Alembic: Is the Custom Guitar History?

(Photo Credit: Daniel Dent)

(Photo Credit: Daniel Dent)

“Building custom instruments for the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Fleetwood Mac and others, the Wickersham family has been on the cutting edge of sonic sorcery. But are these artisanal wizards becoming obsolete?” Read more in an article from Rolling Stone. Read the “official” history of the Wickersham’s company, Alembic, here on their website.


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Worth Repeating: Artists Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari

“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 10/13/13:

Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari at Central House of the Artist.

Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari at Central House of the Artist.

Ilya Kabakov and John Baldessari, two octogenarian artists who are without doubt two of the most significant figures of their generation, were brought together by Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture for a memorable, standing-room only event at the Central House of the Artist in Moscow, on the eve of the launch of the Moscow Biennale. Read more here.



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Doodling Isn’t Just Doodling Around

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Our urge to scribble is more significant than we think: “Scribbling and sketching aren’t just practices to idle time away, but a more fundamental indication of our need for language.” Read more in this fascinating article on the BBC Future page.



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Experience Talks Online: “Melissa Arctic” and “Marjorie Prime”

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Now Posted: Host Alicia Sedwick talks with cast members from The Road Theatre on Magnolia’s current play, Melissa Arctic, along with their director Scott Smith, and with award-winning New York-based actors, Frank Wood and Lois Smith, currently starring in Marjorie Prime, at the Mark Taper Forum.

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Scott Alan Smith

Melissa Arctic Director Scott Alan Smith

Scott Smith has been on The Road Theatre’s artistic board since 1998. His directing credits at The Road include Lady (4 Ovation nominations and  2 LA Weekly awards). He is also a Theatre, Film and TV actor and professor in the Theatre Arts Department at Pepperdine University.




Melissa ArcticMelissa Arctic is running at the The Road Theatre on Magnolia in North Hollywood until November 15th. More information can be found at www.roadtheatre.org.

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A scene from The Road’s visually captivating Melissa Arctic.




Lois SmithLois Smith, actress in The Mark Taper Forum’s Marjorie Prime
American Theatre Hall of Fame member Lois Smith is a Drama Desk award winner (Trip To Bountiful) and two-time Tony Award nominee (Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child). Ms. Smith has been working in Theatre, Film and Television for 60 years, from iconic films like East of Eden with James Dean, to TV’s True Blood.

Frank WoodActor Frank Wood, actor in the Mark Taper Forum’s Marjorie Prime
Wood is a Theatre, Television and Film actor. His Theatre credits include winning a Tony Award in 1999 for Side Man. He played Bill in August: Osage County on Broadway and starred as the character Roy Cohn in the acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize-winning play Angels in America.

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Lois Smith and Frank Wood in Marjorie Prime at The Mark Taper Forum.




Marjorie Prime


For more information about Marjorie Prime, playing at the Mark Taper Forum until October 19th, please visit their website at www.centertheatregroup.org


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