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Dortort

Program for the Arts

Live performance art expresses something that cannot be expressed any other way. Exposing ourselves to performance art results in us experiencing something new or seeing something we see everyday in a totally different light or from a different perspective. In short, performance art enriches our lives.While a performance itself is ephemeral, what we learn from it lasts a lifetime.

The Dortort Program For The Arts is designed to extend and deepen the theatrical experience. It’s a chance to totally immerse yourself in all this special medium has to offer.

This program is made possible through the generosity of Rose (L”Z) and David (L”Z) Dortort.

Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho

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Award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London

acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. The hilarity consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray for Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, as well as Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM's Louis B. Mayer. A show perfect for all ages!

“Artful...Mr. Ferrante's timing is digital sharp.” ~ The New York Times

"Ferrante's Groucho is a tour de force." ~ Variety

"Truly astounding" ~ Los Angeles Daily News

"Brilliant" ~ The Today Show

"Frank doesn't just do Groucho...he is Groucho." ~ Miriam Marx Allen, Groucho's daughter

Sunday, 1/11/2015, 4-6 p.m.

Premier $45        #15WD7GGP

General $35        #15WD7GGG

Student $18        #15WD7GGS

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David Grisman Quintet

For nearly half a century, mandolinist / composer / bandleader / producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. David skillfully combines elements of the great American music/art forms - jazz and bluegrass -- with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom: "Dawg" music, the nickname given to him by Jerry Garcia

David embraces many styles, genres and traditions. His discography is filled with notables including Stephane Grappelli, the Grateful Dead, John Hartford, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, James Taylor and Doc Watson.

David founded Acoustic Disc, producing over 80 critically acclaimed CDs, five of which were Grammy-nominated. In 2010 he launched <http://AcousticOasis.com/>AcousticOasis.com, the first download website devoted to acoustic music offering over 70 releases which are available in full cd resolution.

David Grisman has always been a revolutionary. He has deeply influenced contemporary acoustic practitioners through his own musical explorations and has helped make artist-owned independent labels a viable force in today's music business.

Join us to hear the indomitable David Grisman play his original "Dawg" compositions and more with this talented group of musicians.

The David Grisman Quintet includes:

  • Bassist Jim Kerwin
  • Violinist Chad Manning
  • Percussionist George Marsh
  • and Guitarist George Cole
Reception with David Grisman at 6:30 PM, includes Preferred Seating at the concert (Please select Row D): $98

General Tickets: From $20

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Film Screening and Discussion with Theodore Bikel

Portraits of two beloved icons - Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel - are woven together in this enchanting new documentary, that reveals the wit, wisdom and talent the two men share. Bikel, the unstoppable performer whose career spans more than 150 screen roles and countless stage and musical productions, is also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem's work. He's portrayed the beloved Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times and has created two celebrated musical plays about the great author. This film combines Bikel's charismatic storytelling and masterful performances with a broader explanation of Aleichem's remarkable life and work. Sholom Aleichem, a masterful pioneer of modern Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, continues to provide us with an invaluable window into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined.

Join us for this thoroughly entertaining portrait to hear directly from Theodore Bikel who will introduce the film and engage in a lively Q&A.

Reception with Theodore Bikel following the discussion, includes Preferred Seating at the concert (please select Row D): $65

General Tickets: $30

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