Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Issue 38.
Cultural Arts & Trips
Let me whisk you away on our virtual Zoom coach for a delicious day trip to wine country or for some behind-the-scenes visits on “the Great White Way!” 
Sonoma County & Broadway, NYC  

Winning Zins 
Sun, Nov 1
2-3:30pm (PST) 

Join me—and our friends—at the award-winning Pezzi King Vineyards for a fun, interesting, delicious & specially discounted guided tasting of three zinfandels from three different vineyard designations. Our live, online tasting includes: 

  • Discussion of the Sonoma County growing regions (AVAs) with special attention to the three regions of the wines being tasted; 
  • Live tasting & discussion of each wine; 
  • Cheese & food pairing recommendations; and 
  • Fun banter with our special guests 

Come for the wines. Stay for the fun! 

Tickets sales end on 10/23. Order soon! 

For details & registration, click below.

Broadway Backstage 
Thu, Nov 5, 12 & 19

Let me sneak you in the stage door to go “backstage” on Broadway! Meet special guest theater professionals who bring unique expertise, experiences, and insights to the discussion at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits. Photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience. 

Come learn what makes the magic happen on stage! 

For details & registration, click below.
Early Childhood Education
Become the Turtle
for The Great California Shake Out!

On Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10:15am, our preschoolers will participate in the Great California Shake Out earthquake drill.

Earlier in the week, we introduced the concept of keeping our bodies safe when the ground starts to shake by reading a social story and practicing “turtle time.” 
When we practice safety procedures with young children, like earthquake and fire drills, we explain the procedures in simple terms so children can practice emergency situations in a non-threatening, matter-of-fact way.
Youth & Family
Autumn Leaf Bowls to Make at Home!
Continuing on our theme from last week, this week we encourage you to challenge yourselves a bit more with leaf-based art!

This project will have you collecting beautiful leaves (which hopefully encourages you and your loved ones to take a pretty nature walk) and creating clay dishes with them.
These unique and creative dishes can be gifted to friends or loved ones or you can keep them to help organize some of your personal belongings.

Additionally, if you want to challenge yourself even further, here is a recipe for homemade air dry clay that requires no heating or baking!

Have fun & enjoy!
Adult Learning & Living

The Art and Business of Theatre w/Lee Sankkowich
 Oct 14, 2020 01:00 PM 
A lifetime theatre professional, Lee will share with us over two meetings his personal and professional experiences and observations. His insider's viewpoint offers a unique perspective to the art and business of theatre.
His presentation promises to enlighten the playwright/script journey to production.

As an art, theatre is a complex medium and a business of its own. Lee will offer insights into these complexities.

For details & registration, click below.

Documentaries & Discussions:
The Social Dilemma
Oct 20, 2020 01:00 

Watch the documentary before joining Paula Love and the rest of our group to discuss: The Social Dilemma

“Discover what’s hiding on the other side of your screen! We tweet, we like, and we share – but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.”

To watch the documentary free w/Netflix subscription or 30-day trial, visit:

For details & registration, click below.
Zoom practice makes perfect.

Please take a look at our Learning Zoom webpage and download the easy step-by-step manuals. Then register for one of our live online practice sessions.

Advance registration required. Zoom classes require a minimum of five registrants by 10:00am on the morning of the program.

Thanks to our donors, the manuals and sessions are free!
Jewish Life
You're Invited as Local Author Speaks

Marin author Leslie Barry will discuss her family's incredible true story: a Jewish boxer in 1930s New Jersey was recruited by the Jewish mob and the FBI to go undercover against the rising German-American Nazi party. Along the way, he falls in love with the enemy's daughter. The story is being made into a Hollywood movie.

October 22, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: FREE
Great Directors and Auteurs
The Auteur Theory holds that the director of a film is considered to be the author of the movie because that man or woman has a specific, recognizable vision for the work. There is a consistent artistic identity. Some disagree, citing the screenwriter as the key source, but many a great script has been ruined by a weak director. This is a debate for another time. Instead, let’s celebrate five of my favorite auteurs.
William Wyler
One of the greatest films ever made is 1936’s Dodsworth. Director William Wyler will go on to helm Funny Girl, The Best Years of Our Lives, Jezebel, The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, Roman Holiday and others, but this is the movie that takes my heart. I re-watch it at least twice a year. If you ever need to show a young person the beauty possible in black and white, this is one for them. We meet a wealthy businessman about to retire and finally going on a European trip with his wife. She is a woman ready for adventure, yet totally afraid of growing old rather than embracing her life. Ruth Chatterton portrays this fearful woman with courage, letting us see the insides of a person fighting nature. She almost steals the film from Walter Huston and the luminous Mary Astor. Adapted from the Sinclair Lewis novel, it is Wyler’s cinematic storytelling, from overseeing the perfect closeups to the evocative lighting. He was known as “40-Takes Wyler,” trying for the perfect shot. He got them all here. Give yourself a William Wyler Film Festival and visit the man Bette Davis called “the best director in motion picture history.”
Sidney Lumet
Among my Five Favorite Films of All Time is one by auteur Sidney Lumet. The movie is Network, and each scene is framed to perfection for the story and characters. Of course, Network had the benefit of Paddy Chayefsky’s brilliant screenplay, but Lumet brought out each nuance and importance to the remarkable tale of something we see around us every day. The themes include network news being taken over by entertainment, reality television as our landscape, and corporate manipulation replacing humanity. Lumet’s stand-out style is his realistic approach to protagonists and plot, often shooting scenes as if we were eavesdropping into naturalism. His urban realism is in his other truly great films: Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, The Verdict, 12 Angry Men, and Running on Empty. When I saw The Pawnbroker as a child, I understood for the first time what a Holocaust survivor must live with if fortunate enough to survive. The way that Lumet flashed back to brief nightmarish memories when Rod Steiger would experience his current life is unforgettable. Lumet’s greatness stands the test of time, as do all the best directors.
The Lady Auteurs
Greta Gerwig’s two masterful movies (Little Women, Lady Bird) remind us that female directors have not been given the opportunities yet. I like to think this is changing. Mira Nair has a remarkable oeuvre, from Queen of Katwe and Monsoon Wedding, with a gorgeous romance: Mississippi Masala. Two of my first experiences with foreign films came from women auteurs: Lina Wertmuller and Agnes Varda. Penny Marshall, Ida Lupino, Niki Caro, Nora Ephron, Jane Campion, Kasi Lemmon, Patty Jenkins, and Sofia Coppola are incredible and have developed amazing style. I am not sidelining their talent, but continue to celebrate their work and art.
Billy Wilder
I just cannot continue this very limited look at auteurs without Billy Wilder. His films enrich and enliven my life. This is the director I was lucky enough to interview. He told me only one of his films made him totally proud. Was it going to be Some Like it Hot, Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17, Sabrina, or Witness for the Prosecution? No, he told me, all of those were flawed in some way. Only Double Indemnity was his idea of perfect film. Talk about perfectionism! There's a joyousness and fun to his films, as well as some of the best casting you will ever see. A Billy Wilder Film Festival includes Austrian delicacies and a bit of the bubbly.
Looks like we’re going to have a sequel to this topic!
Stay well, Friends.
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