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    Beverly Hills’ Affaire In the Gardens
    To Feature California Wine Garden

          Beverly Hills Community Services Department will once again present the Affaire in the Gardens art show, Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
          The popular weekend-long event is located along Beverly Gardens Park, on Santa Monica Blvd. at Rodeo Dr. This free outdoor show features 235 artists from around the country showcasing their original art including painting, sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, drawing, and printmaking each for sale by the original artists.
          There will be a Wine Garden, located on Canon Dr. and sponsored by Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, with a wide assortment of wines from California wine-makers, including Geyser Peak and Wildhorse Vineyards.
          Affaire in the Gardens also offers a full schedule of live music and entertainment throughout the weekend, fresh gourmet foods in the outdoor dining area and an “Avenue of Art” for children along the upper pathway of the main block.
          Special art demonstrations will also take place throughout both days of the event.
          Ample parking is available south of Santa Monica Blvd. in several City parking structures along Bedford, Camden, Rodeo and Crescent Drs.
          Held each May and October since 1973, Affaire in the Gardens remains one of the country’s most popular art shows of its kind, as well as one of Beverly Hills’ most attended public events.
          For additional information, call 310-550-4796 or log on to www.beverlyhills.org.

    Sundays at Two Library Recital

          The Beverly Hills Art & Cultural Events Division is presenting the final free recital of the 11th season of its Sundays at Two series on May 22 at the BH Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Dr., with Orion Winds headlining the concert,
          Since it’s founding in 1994, the series, under artistic director Laura Schmieder, has brought the best young local, national and international talent to The City.
          There will also be a Discovering America’s Music event on May 18.Information is at 310-285-2529 or www.beverlyhills.org.

    Playboy’s Jazzy BH Concert

          Playboy Jazz Festival presentsLatin trumpeter/bandleader and Grammy nominee, Bobby Rodriguez and 16 year old vocal sensation, Nicole Williams in a free concert Sunday, May 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Beverly Hills Civic Center Plaza, 450 N. Rexford Dr.
          This is the first of Playboy’s free concerts presented in conjunction with its upcoming 27th annual jazz festival that will be held June 11 and 12 at Hollywood Bowl.

    Free BH Seniors Drama Class

          Beverly Hills Recreation & Parks Department is encouraging senior adults to become a part of a drama class, which meets every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Roxbury Park Community Center (Room 103), 471 Roxbury Dr. in Beverly Hills.
          Experience is unnecessary but participants should have an interest in acting. The class will feature acting instructor Loraine E. Shields, who brings 27 years of experience of acting, playwriting, directing and producing and coaching first-time actors.
          The Senior Drama class will offer positive atmosphere for participants to learn monologues, dialogues and sketches, while performing fun skits and well-known plays. Sheilds will explore on a variety of acting techniques, stage movement, characterization and improvisation that will have class participants invigorated and enthusiastic for more.
          The drama class is free for Beverly Hills residents, with each session costing non-residents $1.
          For additional information about this or other senior activities and classes, call 310-550.4761 and check out www.beverlyhills.org.

    Friday Dances at Music Center

          The Los Angeles County Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., continues free outdoor dances downtown on select Friday evenings with live music. These kick off at 6:30 p.m. with instructions in various styles of dance, followed by dancing under the stars to live local bands until 10 p.m. It is open to the public and free.
          Tonight is “Dance Downtown Swing” with Mora’s Modern Swingtet.
          On May 13, “Dance Downtown Contra Dance” featuring Susan Michaels with Southern Exposure; and May 27 “Dance Downtown Samba” May 27th with M.I.L.A. Samba School.
          All skill levels are encouraged to join in. Information is at www.musiccenter.org.

    Weather This Weekend...

          Beverly Hills is always beautiful no matter what the weather is like! This weekend is no exception.
          Friday, April 29            Partly Cloudy. High 65 Low 49
          Saturday,April,30            Partly Cloudy. High 68 Low 49
          Sunday, May 1 (May Day)            Partly Cloudy. High 68 Low 50
          The weekend is a great time to get out and enjoy the many advantages of living in our fair city
          Always check out the events listed in The Courier, your first source for the latest and best up to the minute happenings, you’ll be glad you did!

    A Bit Of History Trivia....

          Not only is May 5 Cinco De Mayo, Mexican Independence Day, it also marks the anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile to the island of Elba.
          On May 6, former Beverly Hills resident, movie idol Rudolph Valentino would have been 110 years old.

    Yarger Opens Touby Exhibit

          Timothy Yarger Fine Art, 329 N. Beverly Dr., is presenting a body of work by celebrated abstract expressionist, Linda Touby, beginning Saturday (April 30) at 7:30 p.m. and continuing through May 31.
          Touby attained international recognition in 1990 when she became the first American painter to be exhibited at a Russian museum. Since then, she has won acclaim in Europe with exhibitions in Switzerland, Spain, and Germany. She has been no less successful in her homeland where her work has been added to the permanent collections of the Women’s Museum in Washington, D C and the Danforth Museum in Massachusetts.
          Motivated less by a desire to shock or break down barriers, Touby creates works of art that satisfy and soothe. Her paintings aim at setting a mood in a room, lifting spirits, and filling space with positive energy.
          J. Bowyer Bell says: “Linda Touby may have worked hard on her work, but it works seamlessly—elegant, decorative, handsome—but with panache and dispatch without turmoil.”
          Touby is acknowledged for her command of color and texture. “I see my shapes dancing across the canvas or powerfully forging into one another.”
          Timothy Yarger Fine Art is located at 329 N. Beverly Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills.
          Please RSVP at 310-278-4400 or by email to jlambert@yargerfineart.com
          Parking available immediately adjacent to the gallery.

    Beverly Vista Carwash

          Beverly Vista class of 2005 is raising money for graduation by having a CARWASH. Sunday May 1, from 9-4. $10 per car, The Mobil Gas Station 8567 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills (west of La Cienega, north of Wilshire)

    AYSM Blues Benefit Concert for Young Musicians Society

          The American Society of Young Musicians (ASYM) will again hold its anticipated Spring Benefit Concert at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, on Thursday, June 9 beginning at 6 p.m. With live musical performances and inspirational messages from Grammy-award winning artists and up-and-coming musicians alike, the event has become a must-attend affair for producers and music executives scoping out the rising and breakout talent in the music community. While Epic Records Group also joined on stage by big name artists, every year new artists go on to receive record label signing after their appearance at the annual event.
          The ASYM event, which in the past has brought together impromptu musical parings and on stage jam sessions from the likes of Little Richard, Rod Stewart, Ronald Isley, Keith Richards and Chaka Khan to name a few, will again play host to a wide array of celebrity artists in town to support the annual jamfest and view a variety of musical performances put on by emerging and renowned artists in various genres.
          ASYM is comprised of musicians, songwriters, industry executives, and artists within the music community, who share a common commitment to the enrichment and advancement of promising young artists.
          They provide a variety of services based on the needs of struggling artists, ranging from financial assistance and shared housing referrals, to mentorships at labels, employment services, and a support network of fellow artists encompassing counseling, artistic support and an alcohol and substance abuse referral component.
          The event, which is always known for its irreverent and unexpected arrivals and presenters promises to bring out several of the music industry’s most prolific and talented artists and producers while presentations are made throughout the night for various musical achievements by presenters that last year included Tommy Lee, Coolio, Carmen Electra, Dave Navarro, Iee-T, Rose MeGowan, Sticky Fingaz, Garcelle geauvais’ Lacey Chabert, Rachel Hunter, Vince Vaughn, Cindy Crawford and others. Among the highlights of the evening was the presentation of in “Musicians Advocate” award to legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who were surprised on-stage by their decades-long musical protege and collaborator Janet Jackson.
          A great part of ASYM’s annual evening is made possible through the continued involvement of committed artists and the musical community and this year’s slew of surprise artists promises to be no exception.
          With the American Society of Young Musicians being in it’s 13th year of providing hundreds of musicians, songwriters and music students with financial assistance, workshops, and employment in the music industry, their work continues to inspire new programs and fill a need in the music community. Proceeds from the Spring Benefit Concert benefit these programs.
          For further information, visit www.asymusicians.org or contact 310-358-8300.

    Circle Of Love Dinner Event

          The 33rd Jeffery Foundation “Circle Of Love” fundraiser will be held on May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd.
          Event begins with a silent auction that will run through the cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. with music by the Phil Crosby Band (grandson of Bing) who will accompany Kodi Lee, an 8-year old blind musical savant.
          Co-chairs Helen and Peter Mark Richman and Alyce Morris Winston, founder and director of the Jeffery Foundation will present Circle of Love awards to actor Gavin MacLeod and Lladro Beverly Hills Director Svend Ingerslev. Comedian Shelly Berman will emcee. The evening will also mark Winston’s 75th birthday.
          The Jeffrey Foundation, established in 1972 is a non profit organization dedicated to serving low income and poverty level children with special needs through therapeutic education and recreational programs, along with family support services.
          For information, call 323-965-7536 or visit: www.thejefferyfoundation.com.

    Springtime Babies On View At LA Zoo

          Springtime is the ideal time at the Los Angeles Zoo to see and learn about the many cute and cuddly baby animals like the colobus monkey, African pangolin, Visayan warty pig, Anoa and Masai Giraffe.
          For the entire month of May, zoo visitors will receive a map to a special self-guided tour to see all the new baby animals. At each animal habitat, there will be a birth-announcement signs offering the baby’s name, age, sex, and parents’ names and other fun facts.
          For a limited time, the zoo is offering a $2. special discount for adults and $1. discount for children (maximum two tickets) throughout the month. For information call 323-644-4200.

    Century City Photo Exhibit

          Century City Chamber Of Commerce has commemorated 40 years of service by unveiling a retro photo exhibit beginning at its office at Century Plaza Towers, 2029 Century Park E., which will be on display the next nine months
          This is the first of it’s kind and depicts Century City in black and white photos from the 1960s and 1970s. There are aerial shots, TV and movie celebrity special events (including the 28th annual Emmy Awards), architectural renderings and photos of US Presidents who have spent time at the Century Plaza Hotel. For sponcership information: call 310-746-1273.

    On DVD This Week...

    By Sherry Dodd

          Out on video at your favorite stores this week:
          Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Comedy, 2005) starring Jim Carrey. Included: outtakes, deleted scenes, costume tests and director’s comments.
          Divorce Italian Style (Comedy, 1962) Two disc set, starring Marcello Mastroiani.
          The Plot Against Harry (Comedy, 1974) starring Sean Penn.
          Undertow (Melodrama) starring Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas and Jamie Bell.
          F For Fake (Documentary-essay, 1972). 2 disc set is the late Orson Welles last completed work. Story of Elmyr de Hory and his biographer Clifford Irving, who was convicted of fraud for excepting payment for writing a fake biography on Howard Hughes.
          Coming May 3: Natural Treasure, Phantom Of The Opera, The Chorus, and Enduring Love.

    B’nai David Judea Rededication

          Having gone from a live theater to a movie house, then morphing into a traditional synagogue and then into an Orthodox one, Congregation B’nai David Judea continued its edificial evolution as it dedicated a newly renovated building.
          The Orthodox congregation on W. Pico Blvd. dedicated the Rabbi Philip Schroit Sanctuary, which Shirley Kotlar and family named in honor of Schroit, who died three years ago after almost a half century at the helm of the shul.
          LA Mayor James Hahn, a large rabbinic presence and other dignitaries attended the event at a congregation that has made its mark as an Orthodox institution that serves as bridge to the wider Jewish community.
          The addition of an elevator to the lower level social hall and a ramp to the bima and the Ark, made possible by the support of the Jewish Community Foundation, opened up sections of the 80-year-old building to the disabled. The project also moved the mechitza to the center of the room, providing symmetry between men’s and women’s prayers spaces.
          “When we all realized that what was at stake was the religious and moral quality of the space in which we beseech God for His compassion, we knew we needed to find a way to get the job done,” said Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky.
          Peter and Janine Lowy of Westfield Corporation, Inc., sponsored the beautification of the art deco façade and main sanctuary, with its elaborate gold leaf friezes and intricately vaulted ceiling.
          Much of the $2 million price tag went to updating the innards of the 24,500-sq. ft. building, which now has a modern fire safety and security system.
          At the building dedication, the Lowy, Kotlar and Schroit families wielded an oversized scissors to cut the ribbon to the bima’s ramp, and along other longstanding members, affixed a Mezuzah to the sanctuary door.
          President Robert Blitzstein and Rabbi Kanefsky recognized the professionals and shul members who made the project possible, presenting them with “Hard Hat” awards.
          Architect Naomi Langer and general contractor Sam Shafer led the professional teams, while the lay effort was headed by Larry Gill, Jeffrey Rabin and Shep Rosenman.
          The Jewish Community Foundation, established in 1954, is the largest manager of charitable assets and provider of planned giving solutions for southern California Jewish philanthropists who are making a difference in the Jewish and general communities locally, nationally and in Israel.
          In 2003, the foundation and its donors distributed more than $44 million in grants to 1,300+ organizations whose programs span the human lifecycle. The foundation currently manages assets of $476 million.

    Laughing Matters Benefits Free Clinic

          A stellar panel of renowned entertainers is lined up for the Los Angeles Free Clinic Auxiliary’s 5th annual Laughing Matters luncheon Wednesday, May 11, at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
          Budd Friedman, of the Improv. Comedy Club and actress Renee Taylor are the founding co-chairs of the event. Comedy maven Renee Taylor (The Nanny) and her husband Joe Bologna (Big Daddy) will co-host this lively discussion of people who make laughter their living.
          Panelists include Ed Asner, Center of the Universe; Theodore Bikel, Broadway’s Fiddler On the Roof, Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook, along with Patrick Cassidy, 42nd Street; Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies; Jack Klugman, The Odd Couple; Barbara Minkus, Saturday Night at Grossinger’s; Charlotte Rae, The Facts of Life and Henry Winkler, Happy Days.
          Barbara Miller Fox will be honored with the AnnaBelle Award in recognition of her many contributions to the LA and BH community.
          Allan Reiss, M.D., at Stanford University School of Medicine reported: “Humor has significant ramifications for pychological and physical health. Humor triggers the part of the brain that rewards you by making you feel good.”
          For information regarding the event, call 323-330-1670.

    Farmer’s Market Pie Bake Calls For Entries

          Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is now accepting contestant applications for its annual pie-baking contest to be held Sunday, June 12.
          Those wishing to participate in the pie-bake must complete the contestant application form by May 29 and include a $5 entry fee and a copy of their recipe, which may appear in future market publications.
          Top three winners have the opportunity to be recognized at a city council meeting and receive $275, $150 and $75 cash awards.
          Contestant application forms are available at the BH Farmers’ Market, held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the 9300 block of Civic Center Dr. The application can also be picked up at any BH park, library, or online at www.beverlyhills.org or by calling 310-550-4796.

    Beverly Hills Library Discussion Group Holds Meetings

          Beverly Hills Public Library, at 444 N. Rexford Dr., has meetings the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month from 7pm-9pm in the second floor meeting room.
          The next group discussion will be May 12 and the topic for discussion will be the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.

    Free Lipreading Classes Offered

          Los Angeles Unified School District is having speechreading classes for the hard of hearing to be held at Claude Pepper Senior Center, 1762 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles Adult School 323-931-1026 are on Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
          Additional classes: Felicia Mahood Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., University Adult School 310- 477-2084 on Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.
          Enrollment is anytime at the class locations.

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