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Stephen  Sachs is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Fountain Theatre, and a  director, screenwriter, and playwright of considerable note.  I recently caught Stephen’s thought-provoking, profound and riveting  play, My Name Is Asher Lev, taken from Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel of the same  name, adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner.
 
The play is  set in the 1950s, in the Brooklyn home of a Hasidic Jewish family, where a  six-year-old boy named Asher Lev discovers an amazing gift bubbling within him.
At a young age, the precocious Asher developed within him a strong fixation for  art along with a focused, relentless, and positive can-do
attitude.
Asher’s gift  sends him on an amazing expedition of self-discovery and self-worth.  The journey puts him at odds with his family’s expectations and religion,
all for the sake of his passion for art.   
 
‘My Name Is  Asher Lev' is a moving, challenging and thought-provoking play that crosses the lines of organized religion, ethnicity, and color, presenting for examination, on a universal level, readily identifiable social – human - conflicts.  Follow me as we journey though the world of Director and Playwright Stephen
Sachs.

Renisha  Marie: Who is Stephen Sachs?
 
Stephen  Sachs: I am the Co-Artistic Director of the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles,  which I co-founded with Deborah Lawlor in 1990. I am a theatre director and  playwright. I've been creating theatre in Los Angeles for thirty
years. 
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Renisha Marie: Were there any personal parallels that brought you
to the  story?

Stephen  Sachs: My parents were always very  supportive of me wanting to be a theatre  artist, so I never faced the intense  parental conflicts that Asher battles in  the play. For me personally, the  closest parallel to Asher's need to be an  artist lies with my 18-year-old son,  Daniel. He's an artist. Like Asher, he's  been drawing since he was a little  boy and it's very clear that art is the path
he is meant to follow. 
 
Daniel  reminds me of Asher in that he, too, has a gift  and is passionate and determined  to become who he is meant to be.  

I wanted to  do this play for my  son.

Renisha  Marie: What mindset did you have to possess in order
to come out winning over your adversities?

Stephen  Sachs:  Whether guiding the Fountain Theatre for twenty-four years or simply surviving as an artist, the mindset that has served me best is when I trust my own artistic instincts and follow my heart. The more one does that, the
more you develop an inner voice that speaks the truth to you and the more
you learn to listen to it.

The times when I've gotten myself into artistic trouble are the times when I refused to  listen to what that inner voice was whispering.
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Renisha  Marie: What qualities were you probing for during casting?
 
Stephen  Sachs: The play requires three exceptionally talented actors who must possess a  very unique set of acting skills. Two of the actors play a variety of roles and  must change character quickly, so you need actors with the technical skill to do  that and who also possess the professional craft to be specific with each character and also have a deep emotional well that is truthful and honest. The actor playing Asher has the challenge of serving both as narrator and participant in the story. He must lead us on this journey and hold our attention, all the while being engaging and charming while wrestling with these very deep, profoundly personal struggles over family and self-identity. We must care about him deeply and want him to find his true way. 
 
I'm blessed to have Jason, Joel and Anna-- three gifted actors who worked very hard and are utterly dedicated to serving the play at the highest level
possible.
 
Renisha Marie: What individual qualities did you see in Jason Karasev, Anna Khaja, and  Joel Polis that made them stand out above the rest?            
  
Stephen  Sachs: I prefer working with actors I already know and trust. Jason was new to  me; I had never seen him before. But, when Jason auditioned, there was no question in my mind that he was my Asher. He naturally had everything I was looking for: the right look, the intelligence, humor, charm, the ability to hold the stage as a storyteller, and the complexity and emotional depth as an actor Anna and Joel are both actors I've known and respected for years, although this is the first project we've actually worked on together. Anna has a remarkable authenticity as an actress; her river runs deep. Joel has tremendous versatility and a fierce dedication mixed with a delicious sense of humor. Together, the three of them blend marvelously and have developed into an extraordinary, seamless ensemble.
 
Renisha  Marie: What do you love about your  work?
 
Stephen  Sachs: What I love most about theatre is when I see how the work we create changes lives. The moments of artistic expression that have given me the most satisfaction are the ones when I see audiences profoundly moved -- and somehow changed -- by what we've just experienced together. It's hard to pinpoint but you know it, you feel it, when it happens. 
  
A connection  happens between the actors on stage and the people in the audience, and between  audience members themselves, when we all share in this deeply human experience and are somehow lifted and exalted by it. Moments like that make everything else worthwhile.
 
If you have a passion of any kind, then ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’ is the play for
you.
 
Stephen Sachs Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Sachs

Fountain Theatre Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFountainTheatre
 
Fountain Theatre website:
https://www.fountaintheatre.com/


 
 
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February 26, 1983: Michael Jackson's  THRILLER album hit #1 on the charts and stayed at #1 for 37 weeks. 
 
 
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“An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”

Enjoy the trailer by clicking the link below:


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Carl foster comes from a disadvantaged background, nevertheless he has found the
goodness and greatness within himself and wants to arouse you to find the
goodness and greatness within you.  
 
Carl  Foster is a Self Made author and inspirational speaker.  He inspires people to reinvent themselves causing them to release their true
potential.  Allow Carl Foster’s Self Made philosophy to hurtle  you closer to your destiny.  A changed mind is a changed life.
 
“I  was born in the early 1970's. My early life was a struggle, including a difficult family life and battles at school due to learning difficulties. These plagued me during my school years and affected my personal development, and seemed to steal my hopes and dreams of success in life. My mother worried about me, about how I was going to survive in this world and live a normal life. I was like other kids in having hopes and dreams, but these were cancelled out by  fear.”  (
http://www.selfmade.me.uk/selfmade.html)
 
Carl  Foster is SelfMade
 
A  seven year old boy who could not read or write publishes a self help book.  Meet Carl Foster below.
  
Source: 
http://www.selfmade.me.uk/

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Calling all Baker Shoe Lovers! Allow me to introduce you to Queen Imperial. 
 
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Queen  Imperial was fashioned to be graced on the feet of royalty.  She stands with poise at $299.95.  She’s extraordinarily unordinary.  
 
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"They’ll say you’re too small, they’ll say you’re not strong, they’ll say you’re too slow, and they’ll say what you can’t do.
 
No matter what they say; don’t ever let it stop you from becoming the best you can  be!”
 
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February 27,1965: Malcolm X's funeral  services:
Days earlier a public viewing was held at  Harlem's Unity Funeral Home from February 23 through February 26, and it was
estimated that

between 14,000 and 30,000 mourners  attended.

Among the civil rights leaders attending  the funeral were John Lewis, Bayard Rustin and Ossie  Davis.

9:20 A.M., Malcolm's body is moved from the  Unity Funeral Home in Harlem to Bishop Alvin S. Child's Faith Temple Church of  God in Christ at 1763 Amsterdam Avenue for the funeral services.

9:50 A.M., Approximately 1500 people attend  the services, 500 of them outside the church itself. Services began which were  presided over by playwright-actor/activist, Ossie Davis. Davis delivered the eulogy, describing Malcolm X as "our shining black  prince":

 “There are those who will consider it their  duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even  from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the  history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this  stormy, controversial and bold young captain—and we will smile. Many will say  turn away—away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a  subverter and an enemy of the black man—and we will smile. They will say that he  is of hate—a fanatic, a racist—who can only bring evil to the cause for which  you struggle! And we will answer and say to them: Did you ever talk to Brother  Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really  listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if  you knew him you would know why we must honor  him.”

 
11:10 A.M., procession to Ferncliff  Cemetery, Hartsdale.

11:35 A.M., arrives at  cemetery.

12:45 P.M., graveside service  concludes.

 
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Yung Jay R is back and he’s teamed up with
Kurupt from The Dog Pound Gangstas (DPG) and their blazing cyberspace with their
new sensation, Kill It.   
 
Yes, honey! You read me right. Yung Jay R  and Kurupt are killing the noise, killing the drama and killing the hate in  2014.  
 
Yung Jay R is a victim of the struggle;  however he’s not allowing that to limit him in any way. He’s speaking to his people in a language they understand petitioning
them to rise up against the hate. Yung Jay R is not just talking about it.
He’s all about it; a native of Watts California encouraging his generation to
rise up against the animosity.  
 
Why? Because even though you may hate on  Yung Jay R and Kurupt, they do not hate on you, but rather they will pray for  you.

Above Photo Credit:AK 47 Vision

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Watts, Los Angeles: Watts is a high-density, youthful neighborhood with the highest percentage of families headed by single parents in the city.

The district was once a separate city but  was consolidated with Los Angeles in 1926. As a major junction of railroad  lines, Watts attracted many railroad workers as residents. The Watts railroad  station is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Watts is noted for the Watts Towers and for  the 1965 Watts Riots. The neighborhood also has a number of youth gangs.  Residents engage in civic activities such as bicycling, a toy drive, a Christmas  parade and an athletic tournament. There is local legitimate theater and a dance company. There is one library branch and four high schools. Watts has been the  site of motion picture filming.(www.https://www.wikipedia.org/)

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Social Media Week is taking fashion to another dimension. Yes, honey! Retail stores like Acustom
Apparel say’s it’s “not you grandfathers tailor.”  Their Manhattan store uses a 3-D body scanner to customize clothes, “which it promises will give you a better fit.”

 “Acustom's weekender look, pictured above,  features a blue-and-red gingham shirt, an indigo Italian tweed jacket accented  with pops of purple, and a pair of 12-ounce raw denim jeans. Everything's custom fit and unique to the model—even the bespoke  jeans.”
 
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You can now turn your rainy days into vivid days. Geisha Teku integrates LED's into clothing and  umbrellas.
 
Above Photo Credit: Olivia C | TechInMotion

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The Laser Girls brings us 3-D printed nails which are inspired by fashion prints, science fiction, robots and
geometry.
 
Above Photo Credit: Olivia C | TechInMotion
 
Social Media week has taken fashion to another level. 
  
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Lyndy is  absolutely stunning and she values herself at $279.95. Hey, what do  you expect from such a classy lady?  You can pick Lyndy up on Bakers online at:
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