Skirball Cultural Center

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The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society. Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Come visit soon!

Mission: The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

Birthday greetings to the American Jewish musical legend born Robert Zimmerman, subject of the exhibition “Bob Dylan’s A...
05/24/2020

Birthday greetings to the American Jewish musical legend born Robert Zimmerman, subject of the exhibition “Bob Dylan’s American Journey, 1956–1966." Who came and saw it back in 2008, when it was on view at the Skirball? Organized by Experience Music Project (now known as the Museum of Pop Culture), this multimedia show celebrated Dylan's formative early career, charting his transformation from Midwestern teen to the rock star who revolutionized American songwriting. #AtTheSkirball

Planning a cookout for yourself, your family, or your roomies this Memorial Day? The Skirball’s Executive Chef, Sean She...
05/22/2020
Chef Sean's Memorial Day Sides

Planning a cookout for yourself, your family, or your roomies this Memorial Day? The Skirball’s Executive Chef, Sean Sheridan, has put together two veggie-forward side dishes for your weekend menu: harissa roasted vegetables and a grilled sweet potato salad. Find the recipes for each below! #SkirballAtHome

Check out two veggie-forward side dishes for your Memorial Day weekend menu: harissa roasted vegetables with a carrot top pesto vinaigrette and grilled sweet potato salad with tahini yogurt dressing and quick pickled red onions. Created by the Skirball’s Executive Chef, Sean Sheridan, these easy m...

During crises like the one we face today, it is important to support immigrant communities. We applaud the work of our p...
05/21/2020

During crises like the one we face today, it is important to support immigrant communities. We applaud the work of our partner organization Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) in their commitment to serving as a leading resource and advocate for immigrants year-round. Last month, CHIRLA was chosen by the California Department of Social Services to help undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 apply for and receive disaster relief assistance in LA County and Orange County. This Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program just launched on Monday, 5/18. See the great impact it has had already below. Learn more about the disaster relief program and how you can support CHIRLA here: https://irelief.chirla.org.

In other uplifting news, CHIRLA's Cuídate y Cuéntate (Take Care and Be Counted) virtual concert is taking place on May 23. This evening of music will celebrate and raise awareness about the value and contributions of Latino and immigrant communities. For more info: https://cuidateycuentate.com.

En el primer día del Proyecto de Ayuda a Inmigrantes, CHIRLA trabajó para garantizar que 668 residentes en Los Ángeles y el Condado de Orange se pusieran en camino para recibir la ayuda de #coronavirus que necesitan desesperadamente. No permitiremos que las 1,137,000 llamadas o los 6 millones de visitas al sitio web nos detengan. Llame (213-201-8700 o 213-395-9547) ✊🏽

¿Fue un día difícil? Si.
¿Nos duele el corazón porque sabemos que está comprensiblemente frustrado? Si.
¿Vamos a mejorar? ¡¡¡Es mejor que lo creas!!! A todos ustedes que han dejado mensajes positivos ... los vemos, los amamos 💜

Today, on Day One of the DRAI project, CHIRLA worked hard to ensure 668 residents in LA and Orange County got on their way to receive the coronavirus aid they desperately need. No 1,137,000 calls clogging our phone sytem or the 6 million website hits slowing our website will stop us. We are here for you. We have two numbers you can call (213-201-8700 and 213-395-9547) to help answer phone calls in the days and weeks to come.

What do you suppose RBG is up to lately? And how do you think the late rock impresario Bill Graham and fashion designer ...
05/19/2020

What do you suppose RBG is up to lately? And how do you think the late rock impresario Bill Graham and fashion designer Rudi Gernreich would respond to the current moment? Two of our curators speculate in a new #SkirballAtHome piece for Jewish American Heritage Month: https://bit.ly/2LJlEXO!

Share what you think your favorite Jewish American might be up to by filling out the GIF template in our stories. #JAHM

05/18/2020
Storytelling with Dillon from Noah's Ark

Storytelling is at the heart of communities worldwide and central to the work of museums. While we continue to WFH, we are happy to continue sharing stories of resilience and collaboration with you virtually. On this #InternationalMuseumDay, join Noah's Ark #attheSkirball gallery educator Dillon for a flood tale adapted from one told by the Lenape, an indigenous people of the northeastern woodlands of Canada and the United States. In the story, while animals work together to overcome a challenge, they learn that even the smallest acts can make a big difference. | #CAMuseumsWeek

On this #FeelGoodFriday, try this eco-friendly art project that repurposes old clothing. In an effort to cut back on sin...
05/15/2020

On this #FeelGoodFriday, try this eco-friendly art project that repurposes old clothing. In an effort to cut back on single-use plastics, create your own reusable tote bag out of an old t-shirt! Follow the steps in the comments below or in today's story. #ClimateMW #SkirballAtHome

This project was inspired by the great work of our Build A Better World partner organization, Heirs To Our Oceans.

“The door is always open” was something LA artist Gary Baseman would always hear from his father. It was a reminder that...
05/14/2020

“The door is always open” was something LA artist Gary Baseman would always hear from his father. It was a reminder that he “always had a home.” During this time of #SaferAtHome, let’s throwback to the wildly homey 2013 retrospective "Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open.” From the minute you stepped foot into the gallery, you were welcomed into Baseman’s childhood world, complete with family snapshots and furniture from his parents’ house… plus a one-of-a-kind mezuzah at the exhibition entrance, specially made by the artist! And for those of you who took part in this museum moment with us, remember how you could sit anywhere—on a couch in front of the TV, in a living room armchair, at the dining table or on a bed, or wherever? For Baseman, the exhibition "was a love letter to my parents and family, and the Fairfax District where I grew up." Wishing you cherished memories as you spend extra time at the place you call home right now. #MuseumMomentsMW #TBT

05/13/2020
Take Care, LA! Love, Your Friends at the Skirball

Though not physically together #attheSkirball, our team is still working together to “pass along” good wishes from across LA to all of you, our dear community. Let’s all help keep our spirits up and look out for one another! ❤️ #TogetherMW

Ever wonder what kind of art you'd find in a curator's home? Well, you're in luck! In true #MuseumFromHome spirit, we've...
05/12/2020

Ever wonder what kind of art you'd find in a curator's home? Well, you're in luck! In true #MuseumFromHome spirit, we've asked some of our curators to each share one of their favorite pieces of art in their personal collections. Coincidentally, each artwork is deeply rooted in a fond family memory. Learn about each piece in the image captions below! Feel inspired? Take a look around your home and let us know about an object that means a lot to you! #SkirballAtHome #CultureInQuarantineMW

Sending warmest regards to all moms and mother figures, whether close by or across the miles, in our lives or of blessed...
05/10/2020

Sending warmest regards to all moms and mother figures, whether close by or across the miles, in our lives or of blessed memory. This weekend, pull out those old photo albums and join us in looking back at childhood photos with our mothers. See below for some great moments contributed by Skirball staff, starting off with our very own Founder and President/CEO, Uri Herscher, pictured with his beloved mother, Lucy. 💗 #HappyMothersDay

A sunny, serene view of the Skirball's arroyo garden path painted by Assistant Director of Programs, Jen Maxcy, while st...
05/08/2020

A sunny, serene view of the Skirball's arroyo garden path painted by Assistant Director of Programs, Jen Maxcy, while staying safer at home. ❤️ We hope that you, too, are able to devote more time to doing the things you love during this time. See the accompanying photo below for the same view that inspired this painting. 🌿#MuseumMomentOfZen

Teachers, you lift us to new heights! Thank you for your commitment to nurturing young minds each and every day. At the ...
05/07/2020

Teachers, you lift us to new heights! Thank you for your commitment to nurturing young minds each and every day. At the Skirball, we remain every bit as committed to working with you and your students to build empathy, collaboration, and resilience. Check out our Virtual Classroom, which contains lesson plans and activities specially made by our staff educators for online learning and family engagement! https://bit.ly/2WAdOoi

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! #ThankATeacher

On this #NationalNursesDay, we celebrate the nursing professionals who help keep us well year-round and put their lives ...
05/06/2020

On this #NationalNursesDay, we celebrate the nursing professionals who help keep us well year-round and put their lives on the line during times of crisis. We also honor American Jewish humanitarian and nurse Lillian Wald (1867–1940), who was ahead of her time in recognizing that a society is only as healthy as its most at-risk members. Wald dedicated her life to providing health services to those in need and bringing about societal changes that would improve conditions for immigrant families and the working class. Assistant Curator Laura Mart pays tribute to this public health pioneer, whose legacy lives on to this day (and whose life figures prominently in our “Visions and Values” exhibition), in a #SkirballAtHome spotlight: https://bit.ly/2L3o4A7. #ThankYouNurses

Abraham Lincoln once compared character to a tree. Reputations come and go, he said, but "the tree is the real thing." I...
05/05/2020

Abraham Lincoln once compared character to a tree. Reputations come and go, he said, but "the tree is the real thing." It's character that counts. Here at the Skirball, character is the tree we plant and tend—day in and day out, open or temporarily closed. It is a unique mission for a cultural institution.

Times of crisis are always a test of our values. Those who stand tallest in the face of adversity, those who earn our deepest admiration, are those who stand for something greater than self-interest. They care deeply for the welfare of others, because they recognize that each of us shares the same essential humanity. During this challenging time, how grateful I am to all of you, our caring Skirball community, for joining us in tending to our most cherished values and holding fast to our mission and purpose.
—Uri D. Herscher, Skirball Founding President and CEO

Take inspiration from our Noah's Ark animals to create an imaginative creature collage! This project is an easy-to-follo...
05/04/2020

Take inspiration from our Noah's Ark animals to create an imaginative creature collage! This project is an easy-to-follow way to make fun wall art for your home. Catch each step below or in today's story! 🦒🦓🦍🐘🐅🦚🦜 #SkirballAtHome

As we wrap up another week of staying safer at home as best we can, thanks for joining #SkirballAtHome, and please conti...
05/01/2020
Skirball at Home

As we wrap up another week of staying safer at home as best we can, thanks for joining #SkirballAtHome, and please continue to connect with us online! Check out our Skirball at Home page for museum insights from staff, art projects, family-friendly videos, recommendation lists, and more. Take a look around and check back regularly for fresh content! https://www.skirball.org/Skirball-At-Home

Welcome to Skirball at Home—a virtual place of meeting where we can continue to stay in community, celebrate hope and discovery, and explore ways to build a better world together. While we are eager to see you again in person, we know how important it is to stay safer at home for the common good. ...

Join us in expressing gratitude to the courageous people on the frontlines of this pandemic. Inspired by a project aboar...
04/30/2020

Join us in expressing gratitude to the courageous people on the frontlines of this pandemic. Inspired by a project aboard Noah's Ark that encourages families to recognize those doing good in the world, Skirball staff wrote notes of thanks to the many individuals and organizations working tirelessly to ensure our safety and well-being. Create and share your own card of kindness and tag those whom you'd like to thank. If you'd like to use our card template, download it here: https://bit.ly/cards-of-kindness-template. #CardsOfKindness #SkirballAtHome

Thank you:
Los Angeles Fire Department
Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists
Public health officials and scientists
Hospital and clinic staff
Essential operations teams
Grocery store clerks
Restaurant workers
Garbage collectors
Delivery personnel
And many more!

A lot may be different these days, but some things remain the same: we are pleased to offer paid Getty Marrow undergradu...
04/29/2020

A lot may be different these days, but some things remain the same: we are pleased to offer paid Getty Marrow undergraduate internships again this year! Calling all college undergrads who are passionate about the arts and would love to work with a fun-loving group of people for ten weeks. Apply for internship opportunities in curatorial work, communications and marketing, and education and visitor experience: https://bit.ly/skirball-undergrad-internships.

Stay indoors... but make it fashion! Dani Killam, co-curator of our 2019 exhibition "Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich" (...
04/29/2020

Stay indoors... but make it fashion! Dani Killam, co-curator of our 2019 exhibition "Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich" (and pictured top right below), highlights how the groundbreaking designer championed the comfort, functionality, and freedom of movement that we could all use while spending more time at home. Read Dani's take on all things Rudi and safer-at-home style here https://bit.ly/gernreich-safer-at-home-style, and check out today's story for some comfy fashion inspo! #SkirballAtHome

Happy Monday, families! From the comfort of our homes, let's join Nina from Noah's Ark for an interactive flood story th...
04/28/2020

Happy Monday, families! From the comfort of our homes, let's join Nina from Noah's Ark for an interactive flood story that tells how we can all seek shelter during a storm and spot a rainbow of hope at the end of it. Join us for story time on IGTV: https://bit.ly/3cSszsX! #SkirballAtHome

Happy Friday! Sending you some soothing images of nature (and a lovely visitor 😍) to round out this week. #AtTheSkirball...
04/24/2020

Happy Friday! Sending you some soothing images of nature (and a lovely visitor 😍) to round out this week. #AtTheSkirball #MuseumMomentOfZen

We thank health heroes today and every day. ❤️ Let's work together to protect them and one another by taking the recomme...
04/23/2020

We thank health heroes today and every day. ❤️ Let's work together to protect them and one another by taking the recommended everyday steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. These vintage images highlight the deep connection between medical professionals and the patients they care for. Created in the 1940s, they are part of a deck of playing cards featuring heroic images of female healthcare workers, likely printed to raise funds for Hadassah, an American Jewish women's volunteer organization that has been promoting public health in the Middle East since 1912. #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes

Celebrate Earth Day by creating a family tree that honors your family’s roots and branches! This at-home art project wil...
04/22/2020

Celebrate Earth Day by creating a family tree that honors your family’s roots and branches! This at-home art project will make a lovely and environmentally-friendly addition to your home. Catch each step below or in today's story! #EarthDay #SkirballAtHome

On this day in 1996, the Skirball opened to the public. And beyond the sorrows and anxieties of the moment, we believe w...
04/21/2020

On this day in 1996, the Skirball opened to the public. And beyond the sorrows and anxieties of the moment, we believe we were built to last! Thanks to all of you who have joined us and brightened our days over the past twenty-four years. Until we can reunite in our courtyards and across our campus, we are united with you in spirit.

04/20/2020
Family Sing-Along with Julia and Mario from Noah's Ark

Hey there, families with little ones! While we aren't able to physically share music and storytelling aboard the Ark right now, our Noah's Ark educators are ready to connect virtually from home. Join Mario and Julia for a fun bilingual sing-along especially for toddlers! #SkirballAtHome

Keep a lookout for more interactive, family-friendly videos here from time to time.

We're all in this together! Join our staff and Noah's Ark hedgehog by wearing a non-medical cloth face covering* and pra...
04/17/2020

We're all in this together! Join our staff and Noah's Ark hedgehog by wearing a non-medical cloth face covering* and practicing safe social distancing while outside your home. Thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of LA for providing guidelines and resources that we can follow to help flatten the curve and slow the spread: https://corona-virus.la/FaceCovering. #LAProtects

*A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels (via the California Department of Public Health).

How are you changing up your celebrations this year? Whether via Zoom, FaceTime, or good ol' fashioned telephone, we hop...
04/16/2020

How are you changing up your celebrations this year? Whether via Zoom, FaceTime, or good ol' fashioned telephone, we hope you continue to experience a strong sense of community with your loved ones—just like at these heartwarming Skirball staff Seders this past week! #NextYearInPerson

As we approach the end of Passover, we proudly announce the recent publication of “The Skirball Haggadah,” dedicated to ...
04/15/2020

As we approach the end of Passover, we proudly announce the recent publication of “The Skirball Haggadah,” dedicated to our beloved founder, Uri Herscher, in honor of his retirement this June. This Haggadah illuminates the essential Jewish values that Uri has championed all his life and which the Skirball strives to uphold: Honor Memory, Welcome the Stranger, Seek Learning, Pursue Justice, Build Community, and Show Kindness. As the Introduction explains, “Our hope is that ‘The Skirball Haggadah’ will impart and inspire the noblest of Jewish ideals, transmit them from heart to heart, and strengthen a shared resolve to build a better world." Check out our story for some peeks inside the new book.

Make plans for your Seder next year and reserve your copy of “The Skirball Haggadah,” featuring text by Museum Director Robert Kirschner and artwork by renowned Israeli designer Oded Ezer. Email [email protected] and we will contact you as soon as we are safely back on the Skirball campus and able to receive orders. #SkirballAtHome

Much of the beauty and meaning of Passover can be found in the artful objects that form part of the Seder. Often rich wi...
04/14/2020

Much of the beauty and meaning of Passover can be found in the artful objects that form part of the Seder. Often rich with history, each item serves a purpose during the ceremonial meal. From an afikomen bag from China to a Passover towel from France, here's a look at some Seder ritual objects from our Museum collection. Learn about their origins, specific roles, and other insights in our story! #MuseumFromHome

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2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90049

Metro Rapid Bus 734 or Metro Local 234; FREE on-site parking!

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MUSEUM ADMISSION All exhibitions are included with Museum admission. $12 General | $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12 | $7 Children 2–12 | FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2 | FREE to all on Thursdays* Note: Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark are highly recommended on weekends and during school breaks, including for Skirball Members. *Tickets on free Thursdays are first-come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability.

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IMPORTANT: Based on our previous ones these concerts WILL sell out pretty quickly so please buy your tickets earlier rather than later. For those who have not attended our previous concerts, these were conceived by me over a lifetime of film music concert going. The emphasis is on the music I NEVER ever heard done by the composers themselves or anyone else. We include iconic Elmer Bernstein material like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, GHOSTBUSTERS and TRUE GRIT. But while we have you here we will explore scores that no one has ever played including WHERE’S JACK, THE TIN STAR, HAWAII, ROBOT MONSTER, GOLD, THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, I LOVE YOU ALICE B TOKLAS, BRIDGE AT REMAGEN, HUD and many more.
Kiefer's photographic account of the travails of migrants from across the US border from Mexico is like the written account of another US Immigration official working at the El Paso Customs and Immigration Centre. Both the border officials found the human cost incurred by immigrants far too high and as officials far too heart-rending to be dealt with and both ultimately resigned from their posts and began to do volunteer work for mitigating the suffering of immigrants on both sides of the border. It is a pity that the New World countries were quintessential immigrant havens for economic and political refugees from Europe and other continents today due to turn of their economic condition finds themselves unable to take any more immigrants without loss of livelihood or quality of life of American citizens significantly. Restrictions on immigration on this score are understandable but what is not understandable is why unwanted immigrants cannot be held in border camps in humane conditions before returning them to their countries of origin and if possible run counselling sessions for them as to why their immigration is not possible legally without which their stay will always be subject to risk of deportation without notice with attendant disruption in their personal lives. Border officials in US and elsewhere since Ellis Island days have never been famous for politeness or kindness towards immigrants, most of whom were and are economic refugees, but they can definitely do with some training in politeness, helpfullness and above all normal human kindness towards less fortunate souls in the discharge of their stressful duties.
As the curator of the #WilsonsGuide blog - a blog about where to eat, drink and be merry in Los Angeles, the Bay and beyond - I wanted to share that we are such a fan of the "Black is Beautiful" photography exhibition, that we recently featured it on our blog! Here is the link, if you would like to check it out and share. :)
The exhibits are always well done. The summer concerts are a great night out. I really like the food at the restaurant.
At Producers Guild Awards nominees breakfast & panel discussion, presented by The Hollywood Reporter
We are honored to have STEVEN SHER, internationally recognized author of 15 books and teacher of poetry and prose, at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. On November 7th, he will lead an afternoon poetry workshop followed by an evening reading from his recent works; it will surely be a thought provoking, interesting, and enjoyable time. His work centers on prayer and ritual (Jewish), spiritual, holiness and healing, nature, family, and communal themes. Carpinteria is being included in his coast-to-coast literary tour, as his visits the United States from his home in Israel. Steven will be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet Award to be given in conjunction with the 35th Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival which runs on two consecutive weekends in November. “Throughout these quiet, loving and humorous poems about a father, the reader comes to know why such a person ensures the survival of the generation…a deeply felt spiritual exploration.” Glenna Luschei “(Sher’s poems) are driven by a considerable spiritual depth…(and are) of that tradition in English poetry reaching from Donne to Hopkins to Vassar Miller.” Tom Ferté "I was moved by the accumulating weight of a world—a world densely populated, keenly observed...the street-life of Brooklyn of the '40s and '50s, the culture of East European Jews...." Marc Kaminsky “Wise without being bitter, simple without being naïve—these are tales you’ll read to your children with a little shiver, the way the great family stories are read.” Joanne Greenberg ______________________________ BIOGRAPHY Born in Brooklyn, NY, Steven made aliyah five years ago, and now lives in Jerusalem with his wife near his children and grandchildren. Since the 1970s, his poetry and prose have appeared in hundreds of journals worldwide; he has worked as an editor, media consultant and journalist. He has taught at many universities since 1977 (e.g., Brooklyn College, Yeshiva University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Willamette University, Western Oregon University, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Spalding University, Manhattan College). He has lectured widely on writing and has led many workshops (e.g., The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Poets House, San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival, Coos Head Writers Workshop, Tumble Words, Catskill Poetry Festival, The Rural Readers Project [poetry in the schools], NEA’s Creativity & Aging Initiative). His writing (primarily poetry, short fiction, folktales, satire and features) has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide and in 15 books including, most recently, Grazing on Stars: Selected Poems (Presa Press, 2012), The House of Washing Hands about Jewish life in the Pacific Northwest, (Pecan Grove Press, 2014), and Uncharted Waters (New Feral Press, 2017). Some of the publications that have accepted his work include Confrontation, European Judaism, The Georgia Review, The Greenfield Review, The Jerusalem Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Louisville Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Mudfish, The Nebraska Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Santa Barbara Review, Solo, Talking River Review, Tar River Poetry, Tiferet, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Witness. His work has been featured by Symphony Space (Selected Shorts) and Poetry In Motion, and was an Oregon Book Awards finalist. ______________________________ U.S. TOUR SCHEDULE – UPCOMING EVENTS 10/29/18 – Reading at KGB Monday Night Poetry Series – hosted by KGB, 85 E. 4th Street, New York NY http://www.kgbbar.com 10/31/18 – Reading at Brooklyn's Green Pavilion Series – hosted by The Green Pavilion Restaurant, 4307 18th Ave, Brooklyn NY 11/04/18 – Workshop and Reading at Beyond Baroque – hosted Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice CA http://beyondbaroque.org 11/07/18 – Workshop and Reading – hosted by the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, 865 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria CA https://www.carpinteriaartscenter.org 11/08/18 – Poetry Event – hosted by the E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street Ventura CA https://www.vencolibrary.org 11/11/18 Reading – hosted by the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival (Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main St, Morro Bay CA http://coalescebookstore.com ______________________________ EXAMPLES OF SHER’S WORK UNCHARTED WATERS (excerpt) Book published in 2017 In this special collection, focusing on care giving, aging, and illness, the deeper meanings of healing are explored. “Now when nothing that we hear seems real and little of what we see makes sense, the promise of the world begins to close up like harsh light shrunk to a pinhole and yet on the other side, if we would only dare to look, hope’s blinding light is like the back of God that Moses saw…” https://steven-sher-poetry.wixsite.com/writing/books From The Jewish Writing Project VISITING THE MOUNT OF OLIVES 02-12-18 Our van winds through the narrow streets and splits the crowds that choke the way. The Arab children after school seek shortcuts past the Jewish plots–whole sections overrun with broken stones. Windshield grating, front and rear, guards against large rocks that can be hurled at passing cars. We are targets in our own land. It is the day before Tu b’Shevat, a season of renewal, a time of growth— the first flowers bloom in the city below. When we find the Arab caretaker, he leads us to the gravesite and asks for too much money, but we don’t bargain with our dead before us. Like Abraham for Machpelah, we pay full price. He scrubs the stone with brush and water. More Arab boys pass through the lane. An old woman and her daughter appear in the section next to where we stand reciting Psalms. In his year in the earth her husband has prepared a place for their eternal home. She says it feels more like home than Brooklyn. Returning to our van, we meet a group on foot breathing hard. Alarmed there’s been a new attack, the road exposed below, we gird ourselves for a hail of rocks on our descent. https://jewishwritingproject.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/visiting-the-mount-of-olives/?fbclid=IwAR0My_eWu6JnZEMF4aZADN5IuL4klySwTP1gje4t4RP14dXYFsBam0ncEto From Young Ravens Literary Review A BOMB SHELTER IN JERUSALEM 07-14-14 When sirens shake the city's calm, we descend three flights, grandkids in arm, to join our neighbors in the basement shelter; imagine rockets climbing the Judean hills will pull us from this life like bodies from rubble. In the crowded shelter, parents stand and calmly talk along the walls. Children in pajamas playing, some barefoot on the cold cement, claim the center space. Older siblings hold the very young. When the time is almost up, some restless boys have made a game of jumping, seeing who can touch the ceiling-- pretend they’re intercepting missiles, crushing our fears with their bare hands. http://www.youngravensliteraryreview.org/steven-sher.html
Thank you for your summer series concerts, it's a beautiful setting and the music eclectically beautiful.
Free on Thursday
I'm glad too see that Skirball is partnering with the Walt Disney Company. To present this Family orientated venue for education. Walt Disney and the world community mending and entertaining with educational content make the worls a better place. Clinton Born II