Posts by: Sahar

November 17, 2016

One Volunteer’s Never-Ending Commitment to SCCC

After 40 years of serving as a volunteer paraprofessional counselor for SCCC, Watermark resident Claire Becker considers the Counseling Center her second home. That is why, when it came to planning her legacy gifts, she elected to include SCCC. She sees this as the best way to help ensure that affordable mental health services remain […]

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November 17, 2016

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda reopened on Friday after a yearlong closure to undergo a $15 million makeover. One new feature for visitors is an exact replica of the 1960s Oval Office, where guests can actually sit in the former president’s chair and lounge on the couches. Resident Sue N. […]

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November 17, 2016

CBS Daytime Celebrates 30 Years at #1 at the Paley Center for Media

Recently residents got to experience a fan-tastic, interactive exhibit of one-of-a kind memorabilia and original set pieces from some of the most popular daytime shows of the last thirty years. This special exhibit honored CBS’s five current shows—The Price Is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The […]

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October 17, 2016

12 Iconic Salvador Dali Sculptures

Two Rodeo Drive and Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills displayed twelve iconic Salvador Dali sculptures at the popular luxury shopping district. The free exhibit offered the rare opportunity to view Dali’s surreal sculptures up close and outside of a museum or gallery setting. This world class exhibition of 12 iconic Salvador Dali sculptures marked the […]

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October 17, 2016

On-Air Radio Podcast with Danny Loebel

Do you love animals? Are you good at woodworking? Do you love riding horses? Any of those pastimes I just mentioned would make a great podcast. Whatever your passion is, there are others out there with similar interests. There will be people who want to hear and learn about what you do because they love to […]

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October 17, 2016

“London Calling” at the Getty Center

Working in postwar Britain, the artists of the “School of London” rejected contemporary art’s preoccupation with abstraction and conceptualism in favor of the human figure and everyday landscape. Drawn primarily from the Tate in London, this exhibition highlights the work of six of the leading artists who revolutionized and reinvigorated figurative painting in the later […]

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September 21, 2016

Polynesian Luau 2016

Thank you to all of the residents, family members, and staff for celebrating with us at our Annual Summer Polynesian Luau! It was a huge success, featuring delicious Polynesian food, island themed drinks, Polynesian beats and dancers, and beautifully decorated island scenery. Besides a great event for residents to enjoy, many families interested in The Watermark were able to visit […]

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September 21, 2016

Mao to Now at the UCLA Fowler Museum

In 1980 Stephen Verona made his initial trip to China to direct a co-produced American-Chinese film, the first in over forty years. The film crew traveled with Chinese escorts, including an army general, from Shanghai to Suzhou and on to Beijing. Fascinated with all he saw, Verona compulsively photographed people bicycling, architecture, groups practicing Tai […]

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September 21, 2016

Hito Steyerl’s Landmark Video Installation “Factory of the Sun”

Recently our residents visited the MOCA where they presented the U.S. premiere of Hito Steyerl’s landmark video installation Factory of the Sun. Residents found the work to be immersive! Resident Vida G. commented, “Steyerl probes the pleasures of image circulation in a moment defined by the global flow of data.” Ricocheting between genres—news reportage, documentary film, video […]

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August 19, 2016

Afternoon Tea Party

Thank you for everyone who attended our Afternoon Tea Party. The event was a warm get-together with friends, light snacks, and hot pots of tea. For those who could not attend, at the event, we served a buffet of scrumptious tarts and scones, bite-sized sandwiches, and delicious cookies. We paired the classic cucumber sandwich with flat-leaf parsley, basil, tarragon, and mint for extra […]

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August 19, 2016

Made in L.A.

As part of an ongoing series, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only addresses Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions. Subtitled by the minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan as his […]

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August 19, 2016

Rio 2016 Olympic Week & Dinner

“Watermark had everything needed for a samba-tastic Rio party to celebrate the end of Watermark Olympic Week.” – Resident Marc H. When 2016 Rio Olympic Week kicked off at The Watermark, we challenged all our residents to increase their participation in our Watermark University courses, fitness programs, and outings in order to compete for a Watermark Medal and […]

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August 19, 2016

Art Exposed: How to Recognize Great Artists

This course is designed to give residents the opportunity to discover, appreciate, and acquire knowledge of art history through the ages, from the Paleolithic era to contemporary times. Residents will learn to examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from diverse cultures and understand their contributions to the arts. A variety of art media […]

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July 18, 2016

“Aging in High Heels” Book Signing with Beverlye Hyman Fead

From growing up in the old Beverly Hills, to divorcing and moving to Santa Barbara and making a new life, to being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, author Beverlye Hyman Fead has been through a lot. She found her passion in talking to and inspiring cancer patients, ascribing to the mantra “if I can do this, you can do it too.” She enjoys writing books, […]

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July 18, 2016

Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad

Cindy Sherman is one of the best-known and most important photographers working today. Her decades-long performative practice of photographing herself under different guises has produced many of contemporary art’s most iconic and influential images. At the heart of Sherman’s work is the multitude of identity stereotypes that have arisen throughout both the history of art […]

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July 18, 2016

Polynesian Luau

For generations, the luau has been a Polynesian feast held in honor of important milestones and special occasions. The tastes, sounds and sights evoke a feeling of warmth, togetherness and appreciation for a culture unlike anything else. At Watermark, youʼll experience this island custom first-hand. Our annual end of summer Luau is at the center of […]

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July 18, 2016

2016 Expressions Art Show Sneak Peek

Thank you to all of our residents who submitted artwork! Dana Gannaway, “The Lighthouse” (2006) oils, color, canvas Words of Wisdom: “Live life with a smile, because tears will always be there.” Gladys Preuss, “Flowers” (1990’s) watercolor Words of Wisdom: “Paint what you like and how you like it.” Norma Satzman, “Untitled” (2006) yarn, beads Words of Wisdom: “One […]

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July 18, 2016

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road at the Getty Center

The landmark exhibition “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road” is pervasive evidence of international, cross-cultural networking in medieval China. The exhibit focuses on the Mogao Grottoes, China’s greatest cache of Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures. Carved into the face of a cliff near the city of Dunhuang between the 4th and […]

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June 27, 2016

Get Ready For…Take-Off!

Originally founded in 1974 by Donald Douglas Jr. as the Douglas Museum and Library located on the South side of the Santa Monica Airport, the Museum migrated to the North side of the Airport and reopened as the Museum of Flying in April 1989. The Museum gradually grew to a collection of over 50 vintage […]

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June 24, 2016

Heritage Square Outing: “Recollections of the Day” – An Incredible Story of Los Angeles History by Betty Denitz

The Watermark residents and staff members arrived mid-morning on the bus filled with excitement. They drove through the entrance of the beautiful Victorian gates and up the road directly to the magnificent Colonial Drug Store. The excited “anxious to see it all” visitors became enraptured with very old prescriptions, medicine bottles and cough syrups from the 1800’s. A […]

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April 18, 2016

Book Review and Signing with Author Simon Goodman

About the Book “The Orpheus Clock” Simon grew up in London with little knowledge of his father’s efforts to recover their family’s prized possessions. It was only after his father’s death that Simon began to piece together the clues about the Gutmanns’ stolen legacy and the Nazi looting machine. He learned much of the collection […]

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April 18, 2016

Watermark University: Basic Orchid Care

Orchid lovers and growers are from all walks of life, with different occupations, but all share a passion for orchids. Once you get it, you are hooked. Orchids bring peace, love, and happiness to your life; they bring a way to escape from the stresses of everyday living. Whether you grow them on your windowsill, […]

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April 18, 2016

Grand Seiko Craftsman Meet & Greet at Feldmar Watch Company

Residents at The Watermark had the opportunity to immerse themselves in an evening of Japanese culture and fine watchmaking. Attendees experienced a rare demonstration of the intricate watchmaking process by a Grand Seiko Master Craftsman from Japan. Throughout the demonstration, Japanese inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served.

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April 18, 2016

Watermark University: TimeSlips

Sarah is leading a session based on a program called TimeSlips. The idea is to show photos to residents and get them to imagine what’s going on — not to try to remember anything, but to make up a story. Storytelling is one of the most ancient forms of communication — it’s how we learn about […]

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April 18, 2016

SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel & L’Hommage a Mondrian

Set amid the Sunset Strip’s restaurants and nightlife, this hip concrete-and-glass hotel is a minute walk from the Comedy Store and 2 miles from Beverly Hills. The original Mondrian Hotel is located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. The structure was built in 1959 as an apartment building. It was later renovated and reopened […]

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March 17, 2016

Frank Gehry at the LACMA

Frank Gehry has revolutionized architecture’s aesthetics, social and cultural role, and relationship to the city. His pioneering work in digital technologies set in motion the practices adopted by the construction industry today. The Canadian-born, Los Angeles–based architect’s work interrogates a building’s means of expression, a process that has brought with it new methods of design […]

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March 17, 2016

Nature Connects

Recent visitors to the South Coast Botanic Garden received not only an early spring bouquet of flowering trees and shrubs, but they also found themselves in a mini Legoland. They were welcomed by a huge Lego bee in the garden’s patio, before encountering a 31,565-piece Lego hummingbird in the garden’s entry. Elsewhere, down the path […]

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March 17, 2016

The Museum of Neon Art

Founded in 1981, the museum houses works of neon and electric art from artists all over the world. It also has restored vintage neon signs from businesses all over SoCal. For the neon signs that still stand today, MONA takes Angelenos on tours to check them out. Today, MONA buzzes with relics from the neon’s […]

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February 23, 2016

The Art of Our Time at the MOCA

This recently visited exhibition highlights the affinities between artists and artworks in an attempt to rethink the now conventional chronological installation of art. Residents learned that by exploring connections that emerge through artist friendships, the history of art schools, and artists’ own stated interest in other artists’ work, one is able to highlight iconic works alongside lesser known material. […]

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February 23, 2016

“Through the Looking Glass” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Through the Looking Glass seeks to foster a dialogue between the communities of Montebello and Leimert Park by creating a play inspired by individual residents’ autobiographies—written not by themselves but by their counterparts in the other community. For months, playwright and poet Jerry Quickley hosted workshops with groups of residents of Montebello and Leimert Park, […]

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February 23, 2016

Watermark University: Modern Directors & The Auteur Theory

In film criticism, auteur theory holds that a film reflects the director’s personal creative vision, as if they were the primary “auteur” (the French word for “author”). The director uses the film to express their thoughts and feelings about the subject matter as well as their world view. An auteur can use lighting, camerawork, staging […]

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February 23, 2016

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams at the Skirball Cultural Center

Residents recently visited the latest exhibit at the Skirball, “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams.” The exhibit presents a lesser-known dimension of celebrated photographer Ansel Adams’s body of work, and offers insight into a decisive and disquieting period in American history. The exhibition features fifty photographs by Adams of the Japanese American incarceration camp in […]

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January 21, 2016

Petersen’s Automotive Museum

The Watermark at Beverly Hills is a community of some 60 neighbors, several of whom share the same appreciation for vintage vehicles including the vintage of 15 million Model T Fords (1908-1927). They’ve learned that the key to a good life is to keep learning, keep moving and keep having fun. Established in 1994, the Petersen […]

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January 21, 2016

‘Guys & Dolls’ at the Wallis Annenberg: Watermark residents put their money on this hilarious musical classic.

“Luck is a fickle lady – Nathan Detroit runs the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York. There are well-heeled shooters everywhere, but it’s no dice unless they have a place to gamble—and that takes dough.” Residents of The Watermark at Beverly Hills had the opportunity to watch director Zimmerman’s efforts in something entirely […]

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January 21, 2016

Holiday Cookie Decorating

Recently, residents gathered to decorate sugar cookies with our very own Pastry Chef CaraMia Dequina (left) and our Dining Room Manager Evelyn Ynsfran (right). The dining services team wanted to interact with residents outside of the dining room and so they coordinated with Community Life to create an activity that will bridge the two departments. The […]

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January 21, 2016

Watermark University Class: “MEXploration”

Imagine yourself at a Hispanic party. It can be a birthday party, a Christmas party, a wedding, or even at The Watermark! A piñata is defined as a play thing that’s essentially made like a container with materials like cardboard or papier mache. Originally Indigenous people used clay to make it. Today, piñatas are filled […]

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December 29, 2015

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Fowler

Disguise is more than an exhibition—it is a bold move to bring the masquerade into the museum. These contemporary artists use the notion of disguise to hide their identity and reveal issues of social, political or cultural importance in their work.The act of altering or concealing one’s identity is at the core of traditional African […]

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December 29, 2015

Helping the Homeless: Holiday Spirit Sock Stuffing

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of attending holiday parties, decorating and finding the perfect gift for friends and family. However, the residents at The Watermark at Beverly Hills thought it would be more significant to think about those less fortunate. Residents truly embraced the season of giving by stuffing socks […]

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December 29, 2015

Bowling

Every Saturday, residents partake in a thrilling match of Wii bowling. While Wii bowling has allowed the residents to grasp their bowling techniques, they wanted to try their hand at “real” bowling. Recently, residents had a chance to put their skills to the test at Bowlero Mar Vista. The residents played a few exciting games of bowling, filled with […]

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December 29, 2015

Watermark University: Table Topics (A Toastmaster’s Tradition)

Most of the talking we do every day – simple conversation – is impromptu speaking. Yet for some residents, Table Topics is the most challenging activity on our calendar. Table Topics continues a long-standing Toastmasters tradition which we include in our daily schedule. When we meet, every resident has the opportunity to speak. But it’s […]

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December 29, 2015

Frans Lanting, Life: A Journey Through Time

Frans Lanting, one of the great nature photographers of our time, brings his unique and breathtaking images to Los Angeles. Seven years in development, “Life: A Journey Through Time” is Frans Lanting’s most ambitious project to date. It depicts a journey of photographic discovery that parallels new scientific insights about the story of life on […]

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November 19, 2015

Broad Museum

Our wonderful visit could have been right out of Alice in Wonderland. One resident recalled, “We walked into a large room where there was a table — quite ordinary in appearance — but in size filled the entire space. Filling the big museum parlor with gigantic sizes was incredible…perspective has no meaning.” “The Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of […]

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November 18, 2015

Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific showcases the most interesting animals that normally inhabit the shores of California and Mexico. The tanks and enclosures house sea otters, sea lions, sharks of different kinds, penguins, tropical fish, local fish, sea horses, sea dragons, jelly fish, and many more! They also have a small aviary full of lorikeets you can […]

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November 18, 2015

Watermark University: Piano 101

It is impossible to count the number of times piano teachers have heard, “I wish I had learned Piano as a child.” Adults assume that if they did not learn piano as a child, then it is simply too late. Yet not only are adult piano lessons more often than not extremely rewarding, but adults […]

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November 18, 2015

Baking Dog Treats for the Local Animal Shelter

In the spirit of giving back, Watermark residents got together to make Homemade Dog Biscuits. We skipped the store-bought dog treats and went with a  homemade, healthy, yummy Martha Stewart inspired dog treat. Resident Joan was surprised to find out that “with just a few key ingredients, you can make homemade dog treats right in your kitchen.” From […]

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November 18, 2015

Card-Making for Soldiers

Veterans Day commemorates the extraordinary life led by those in service of the nation. The Watermark at Beverly Hills wanted to take the time to honor the brave soldiers who safeguard our peace and freedom by making cards for soldiers who are currently serving our country. Residents also took the time to recognize fellow resident veterans during out Veterans […]

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October 9, 2015

David Hockney: Painting & Photography at L.A. Louver

David Hockney is a fearless innovator who is always ahead of the curve, experimenting with the latest technologies to discover new ways of making images. The Residents of The Watermark recently had the opportunity to see Hockney’s new work in Venice, CA. After touring the exhibit, residents agreed that his work is a playful critique of […]

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October 9, 2015

“The Object Lesson”

Residents recently participated in the theatrical installation, “The Object Lesson.” With boxes stacked to the ceiling, actor Sobelle transformed the space into a storage facility. Before the performance, we were free to roam and poke through boxes filled with clutter. Residents noted that participating in the prologue to “The Object Lesson,” in which we wandered through the installation […]

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October 9, 2015

Café Society at the Odyssey Theatre

In his astute new comedy, “Café Society,” in its world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre, Peter Lefcourt tackles these hurdles head-on. He takes us to a Starbucks on Pico Boulevard, and throws in a crisis that forces the self-involved customers to interact. But not even a mortal threat can pull these electronics junkies away from […]

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September 21, 2015

Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at the LACMA

Christian Marclay: The Clock is a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema & television history depicting the passage of time, edited together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is shown. With The Clock,  residents noted Marclay’s ability to bend time to his will, mashing together thousands of short film clips […]

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September 1, 2015

Tour of the Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is one of LA’s most beautiful museums. It’s designed to model the Villa dei Papiri, a Roman country house that was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. J. Paul Getty was fascinated by this ancient home, and dreamed of recreating it as a museum to house his extensive art collection. After […]

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September 1, 2015

Magical Realism in Cinema Rooftop Screening

To celebrate the end of Sara’s Watermark University class, Magical Realism in Cinema, we took the screening to the Watermark Rooftop where the film was played on a giant inflatable theater system. Watching the movie under the stars put us in the proper place to absorb the film’s imagery, its secrets and especially, to be entertained by “The Grand Budapest’s” very […]

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August 12, 2015

Joshua Bell and the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era and performed recently at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. The Hollywood Bowl is a popular outdoor amphitheater famous for its music events. Bell performed many wonderful pieces alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and left the audience […]

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August 3, 2015

Malibu Wine Safari

What better way to celebrate a warm Southern California weekend than to enjoy nature with a lovely glass of wine? Residents at The Watermark at Beverly Hills recently took a day trip to Malibu to visit the Malibu Wine Safari to try Semler wines at Saddlerock Ranch. Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyards is a picturesque location, […]

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August 3, 2015

NOBU in Malibu

Malibu, a popular beach city in Los Angeles, is home to many prestigious restaurants boasting beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Residents of The Watermark at Beverly Hills recently enjoyed a lovely lunch at the famous restaurant, Nobu, in Malibu. Nobu is known for featuring exquisite cuisine using the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients. At […]

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July 15, 2015

“Bad-Jews” at the Geffen Playhouse

Whether you are feeling under the weather or a little blue, there’s nothing that a dosage of laughter cannot fix. Residents at The Watermark at Beverly Hills recently had the opportunity to attend the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Los Angeles, to view the hilarious play Bad Jews. Bad Jews, written by Joshua Harmon and directed […]

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