A Potpourri of People, Places, and Shows to Enjoy


From l, the PSJMC Guild’s Patt Scully, Grace Patz, and Kathleen Marsden.

There was a tea party held and not a Mad Hatter in sight! Well, a few of the ladies from the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild wore hats, and that just added to the charm of the lovely afternoon gathering for the installation of the guild’s officers. As I looked around at the Lakeside Golf Club it seemed as if I was in a room filled with variations of my mother, because I was surrounded by so many ladies who are dedicated volunteers.

The new officers of the PSJMC Guild include new president, Patt Scully, who has embraced “Watch us grow” as her theme; first vice-president, Lori Riela; second vice-president, Patti Cassidy; treasurer, Sharon Reid; recording secretary, Jill Allen; corresponding secretary, Ann Venti; press chairwoman Terry Campbell; and the list goes on. All the women of the PSJMC Guild are very capable and charitable, and deserve to be recognized for the work they do. A special “shout out” to Kathleen Marsden who had an accomplished reign as president, and former president Grace Patz, who at 98 is still doing it all for the Guild with the sharpness and enthusiasm of a teenager!

Here’s a tip for every mother and daughter: go see the new Disney Pixar movie Brave. It’s a magnificent 3D animated adventure focusing on a rugged royal family in the mystical Scottish Highlands. The latest Disney princess is Merida, a headstrong redhead determined to change her fate. When she is compelled to mend her relationship with her mother, Merida discovers the true meaning of bravery. It’s now showing at Hollywood’s El Capitan theatre, which offers a little live musical revue before every screening. Princess Merida is part of the show joining many of our favorite Disney and Pixar characters as they salute Hollywood’s 125th anniversary.

For a much more extravagant production, La Cage Aux Folles is at the Pantages Theatre from July 10 to 22. The Tony-winning musical stars George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber as the hilarious couple who test the bonds of family as feather boas fly.

Hamilton, best known for his eternal tan and being a likable guy, gave his struggling dancing skills a shot on Dancing with the Stars in 2006. We loved him for his effort, and now he’s touring with the national company of La Cage, at age 72. It’s a showcase for George’s considerable charisma and good humor. We certainly know George is a great comedian thanks to his unforgettable spoof movies Love at First Bite and Zorro: The Gay Blade. Now he’ll frolic on stage in La Cage.

There’s something to roar about called Music in the Zoo. It’s a rare after-hours visit to enjoy performances under the stars, presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. On Friday, July 13, an eclectic program of classic rock, blues, and pop is featured, called Best of Music in the LA Zoo Night. And it’s Global Fusion Night on Friday, July 27, with performances taking place throughout the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens, while guests can view some of the animals. Food and beverages are available, and picnics are permitted, but remember don’t feed the animals, just go and enjoy.

Also outdoors under the stars, Shakespeare’s As You Like It will be performed July 10 to 29 in the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the VA West Los Angeles healthcare center campus. Under the artistic direction of Ben Donenberg, the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles returns to the venue after 16 years with a re-imagined present day LA setting for As You Like It. The stars of the romantic comedy include Tessa Thompson (Veronica Mars), Peter Cambor (NCIS:LA), and Michael Dorn (Star Trek).

Donenberg said the popular Shakespeare production held on the VA grounds “allows us to continue working with veterans, who will serve as valued members of our backstage team. Two veterans will also be part of the performing company, and we are making complimentary tickets available to active military personnel and veterans.” Kudos.

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