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Daniel Faigin
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And, to round out the highway work for the month, here are the headlines about California's highways for November. Ready. Set. Discuss.
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Here's the writeup of our Sunday show, Remembering Boyle Heights at Casa 0101 Theater​ at Casa 0101 Theater​. If you are a lover of Los Angeles or Los Angeles history or the Jewish history of Southern California or of cultures working together, this is the show for you. Who knows, you might even run into friends, as we did, as Shmuel Gonzales​ was on the post-show panel! It also cemented our theme for the weekend: In "Steambath" at Odyssey Theatre Ensemble​, there was a fight against the first kind of death -- physical death. That's a fight that's hard to win. "Remembering Boyle Heights was a fight against the third kind of death -- being forgotten. Go see the show, and help them with that fight.
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Saturday night we saw "Steambath" at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble​ in West LA. Very very funny show, and it brought back memories of the 1973 KCET production (which every boy from that era remembers well).
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Whew! That's finally done. Nearly five months of updates to incorporate. What was I thinking?
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Last night, we continued the theme of accidental activism started with Jewish Women's Theatre​ with "Finks", a story about the Hollywood Blacklist by Joe Gilford at Rogue Machine Theatre​ with French Stewart​ and Vanessa Stewart​ (both of whom gave wonderful performances). This is a show well worth seeing -- it reminds people of the value of activism and standing up for what is right.
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I finally got to the point where I felt I was ready to do a blog post about the camps.
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Tonight, we saw the first of two shows we're seeing this weekend about speaking up: "The Accidental Activist" from Jewish Women's Theatre​, presented by Tas Sisterhood​. More like the Moth - staged storytelling -- it was quite enjoyable with good stories and even better storytellers.
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All week I've been preoccupied with the destruction of the camps that shaped me when I was young: Camp Hess Kramer​ and Gindling Hilltop Camp​. Over in a closed group we've been sharing memories about camp and how it made our lives what they are today. There was a similar theme in A Bronx Tale The Musical​, which we saw last Saturday at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre​: The decisions you make shape your life. Here's my writeup -- it was interesting to compare it with Dear Evan Hansen​, which we had seen the night before at the Ahmanson Theatre​.
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Last night, we saw Dear Evan Hansen​ at the Ahmanson Theatre​. Here are my thoughts on the show.
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A morning rant in response to Thousand Oaks. This isn't a call for either gun control, or more guns. It is a call for us to be engineers, and to figure out why this keeps happening? Why do so many disaffected white men (and yes, it is predominately white men that are doing this) turning to injuring innocents to solving their problems? We need to start addressing the root causes for our ills and fix those problems, instead of wasting our time putting band aids on top of band aids on top of band aids, believing that will solve the problem. PS: The wall? Yet another band aid. Tariffs? Yet another band aid.
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