Posted by: chnightlife | July 16, 2008

See You There!

This Thursday, July 17thBonfire

Cost: $5

8pm

Come Kumsitz!
Back by popular demand!

An evening that will forever be reminisced…
Bonfire, Barbecue, Live Music! Sing & Dance the Night Away… Where all the fun’s going to happen!!

Taking place at:

The Reich Residence,
1301 President St,
Btwn Bklyn & NY Aves

This Sunday, July 20th Film Projector

17th of Tammuz

Cost: $5

7:30pm

Documentary

Film Viewing

The Hobart Shakespeareans
Theatrically-released documentaries today seek to inform and (most importantly) entertain and amuse us, and for the most part they do a very good job. But how about a documentary experience which is something so personal, so special, it has the viewer reexamining his formative years? This PBS valentine to education is quite like that: moving, emotionally and intellectually provocative, tender. There’s not a grandstanding or shallow moment in the hour as Los Angeles teacher Rafe Esquith (his students address him simply and naturally as “Rafe”) goes through his own personal rigors to teach a class of inner-city immigrant 5th graders all the standard elementary school topics as well as Shakespeare, and at the end of the year they perform “Hamlet” for their amazed families. I was amazed, too at how Mr. Esquith, a handsome, gentle, friendly man, manages to turn a classroom into a forum for ideas, truth, honesty and intellect. One ends up reconsidering his own years in grade school, and I know I was one of those kids who dreaded the thought of going to class in the morning. Esquith has his bad days (and amusingly admits there are times when he feels like packing it in), but he also knows that he’d be cheating many, many children by giving up, and cheating himself as well, and I don’t believe he ever will. Ironically, a teacher like this, who is so effective at reaching his students, is actually resented by OTHER teachers at the same school (it’s like a high school-pecking order mentality but amongst adults). And yet, Esquith proves to be heroic. This simply-shot, simply-produced hour (with wonderful appearances by Ian McKellen and Michael York) shows that lives ARE being changed, year in and year out, by one person who cares. When the kids are gathered for one last goodbye backstage, it is a graduation of honors–they have been honored and they feel honor–and the tears are of hope, joy, pride, and maybe nervousness, for they have each grown to see their future become an open book in front of them with pages they soon will fill.

It sounds corny to say “I laughed, I cried,” but this recorded document of learning (and the love of learning) should touch a lot of people–

you will laugh, and you will cry.

8:53pm

Break The Fast Dinner

Pareve / Milchigs

This Monday, July 14thSkin care

Cost: $5

8pm**

Girl’s Night Out!

with Abby Lebowitz, professional beauty consultant

This evening you will find out a

ll you ever wanted to know about….

Skin care, caring for your skin type, applying makeup and looking your best; the natural look for every day and that glamour look for those ‘special evening.’ Top it all off with learn your personal cosmetic color palette!

Bring:

Your purse (for a fun game)
A small mirror


**A special gift will be presented to those who arrive on time!

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