Monday, November 29, 2010

"What can creativity do?" It's Monday so let's find out...

cre·a·tiv·i·ty [kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-] –noun

the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.

Happy Monday!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving is this week. Dance your gratitude!

grat·i·tude [grat-i-tood, -tyood] noun
the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful: He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.
Synonyms: thanks, thankfulness, appreciation, gratefulness.

dance [dans, dahns] - verb, danced, danc·ing, noun; verb (used without object)
  1. to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, esp. to the accompaniment of music.
  2. to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly: to dance with joy.
  3. to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond.
Synonyms: 2. cavort, caper, frolic, gambol, prance.
= the Gratitude Dance...

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Build Community & Grow in the Arts. It's Monday - Start Today!

The Creative Age: How Artistic Expression Continues to Blossom

In this segment of AARP's Your Life Calling With Jane Pauley, Gay Hanna, Executive Director of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), talks about the benefits of artistic expression as you age.
"The Arts are wonderful for their own sake, but they are so powerful in terms of tools for communication and healing...You can grow in the Arts."

Happy Monday!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Seniors Storytelling Day will tell a wonderful story to you!

"The Best Day of My Life So Far...
Seniors Storytelling Day"
Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM
The Parkway Central Library *
The Free Library of Philadelphia

Inspired by her relationship with her grandmother, Benita Cooper started a a weekly storytelling and writing class at Philadelphia Senior Center. This class, The Best Day of My Life (So Far), is now a vibrant, multimedia storytelling project where older adults connect and share their stories with younger generations.

What happens when Philadelphia seniors open up by sharing stories from their lives? On Seniors’ Storytelling Day, be ready to smile, laugh and even cry as our city’s seniors take the stage to read stories that they have written, and answer questions from the audience.
Enjoy this video and get a taste of what to expect on Sunday:

And yes, The Best Day of My Life So Far...Storytelling Day has a Facebook Page!

(Can't see the video? Go to Artful Aging and enjoy!)

*The Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
No tickets required. For info call: 215-567-4341.

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's Monday! Here's a little Random Act of Culture to start your week...

Let's start your week with some Verdi! One Saturday in April, the Opera Company of Philadelphia teamed up with the Reading Terminal Market's Italian Festival for a "Flash Opera" event! Over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and cast members of La Traviata performed "Brindisi" while roaming Reading Terminal Market.


Happy Monday!
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Act Two: Personal Stories of Second Careers

Wednesday, November 10 at 11:00 AM
Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Room # 108, open at 10:45 AM

Sylvia Kauders: "I want to do this until they lay me in the ground. I plan to go down kicking and screaming, 'I haven't finished yet!'"
The Central Senior Services at the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadephia is saluting Philadelphians who in mid-life or later, embarked on second careers that were radically different from their initial choices. Sylvia Kauders is scheduled to share her story on November 10. Sylvia was a Philadelphia civil servant who has become a very successful film and television actress. She has appeared in major movies such as Witness with Harrison Ford and The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke.  On television, she has appeared on Seinfeld and the Sopranos. 

Sylvia is currently shooting not just one, but two movies in New York City. Since there is always the possibility that she will be called to the set on November 10, a compelling back-up guest will be "waiting in the wings." 

Sheila Weiler is a former teacher and legal secretary who has become a cabaret singer and an actress in musicals.  She has sung at Judy’s and Danny’s Skyline Room in New York City and on stage at the Walnut Street Theater here.  Sheila received a scholarship to study at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in New London, Connecticut

This promises to be an entertaining and fascinating morning--whether you listen to Sylvia or to Sheila!

Join Senior Center at the Central Branch of the Free Library
for more Act Two: Personal Stories of Second Careers 
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's Monday, it's November, and Life is Beautiful!

Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world, will celebrate her 107th birthday this month, November 2010. She will probably celebrate with music.

Take some time from what you are doing right now and watch this video. The music alone will make you feel great. And Alice's story will inspire you.

Here is the official trailer for "Alice Dancing Under the Gallows," a documentary short due to come out in 2011.

In Alice's own words,
"Only when we are so old ... only, we are aware of the beauty of life."

And, yes, even Alice's film has a Facebook Page!