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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Once again, some awful happenings, some awesome... And sadly once again I'm referring to the headline making news in the past few weeks. Horror of horrors, another massacre. This time it wasn't a movie theater, rather a house of worship. And this religion is probably one of the most peaceful on earth. I repeat...horror of horrors. Including my comments, the following is from last week, directly quoting ALEX WAGNER, who was filling in for anchor LAWRENCE O'DONNELL on his television news program featured on MSNBC. Wagner reflected on the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wis- consin, speaking out against the violence and hate that she said the tragedy represented. (She couldn't have said it better). A gunman killed seven people and wounded three others at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on Sunday. (This column is being written just a few days after the tragedy). In an unrelated hate crime one day later, a Muslim Mosque in Joplin, Mo., was razed (burned) to the ground. Wagner reacted to these events somberly when filling in for O'Donnell. "What these statistics and stories show us is a volatile mix of bigotry, fear and hate," she lamented. She said that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 gave way to a "deep sinking suspicion of the other," and that public leaders' subsequent call for tolerance has been forgotten. She reported some telling numbers: that the Sikh Coalition has received 700 requests for help with discrimination since 2001 and that the number of hate groups has reportedly increased 69 percent since 2000. (Bigots in this country are blaming them for 9/11 and con- fusing them with Muslims.) Wagner said that President Obama and Mitt Romney have both responded to the shooting, but recommended a"forcefui reminder from our leaders about who we are and what value" as a better course of action. That reminder, she continued, should be that "the story of America is precisely the story of people of different skin colors living together.., and that you can wear a turban or a yarmuIke or a skull cap or a hijab and be protected under our laws and the fact that you are is precisely what makes this America." More "awful" news... An American musical icon, a genius who has won more than one Tony, Emrny, Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, even a Pulitzer Prize... MARVIN HAMLISCH has died. Hamlisch was born in New York City to Viennese Jewish parents. His father was a musi- cian and bandleader. Marvin was a child prodigy, beginning at age 5, to mimic the piano music he heard on the radio. He was probably the youngest person ever to be accepted into Marvin Hamlisch Julliard School of Music, the most prestigious establishment of its kind in the U.S. His first job in show business was as a rehearsal pianist for "Funny Girl" starring BARBRA STREISAND. They have remained close friends through the years. Hamlisch recently completed the score for "The Nutty Professor," soon to make its Broadway debut. "The Nutty Professor" was the last stage musical that Marvin Hamlisch completed before the composer died unexpectedly at age 68. The show, directed by and based on the movie that starred JERRY LEWIS, is having its premiere in Nashville through Aug. 19. Producers said that Hamlisch delivered a finished score. But some uncertainty lingers over the musical, specifically concerning the changes or tweaks to the show that could be required following its out-of-town tryout. Musicals usually undergo at least some minor adjustments on their road to Broadway. These changes can range from a simple matter of tightening certain scenes to the addition or subtraction of entire songs. They said in a joint inter- view that they recently spoke with lyricist Rupert Holmes, who co-wrote the songs with Hamlisch, and that they are still focused on bringing the show to Broadway, though nothing official has been announced. They also said they have been meeting with people who represent touring shows. (Hey, maybe it will MichaelAndrew come to Orlando soon!) "The Nutty Professor" features about 20 songs written by Hamlisch and Holmes. The musical, adapted from the 1963 movie, tells the story of a socially awkward scientistwho creates a smooth-talking alter ego for himself. Jerry Lewis is co-writer and director. Our own local talent, MICHAEL ANDREW, plays the lead role. (See photo). Had enough of "awful"?... Here's some "awesome"! My spouse, Irv and I, while still celebrating our 52nd wed- ding anniversary, decided to go out to dinner at the beautiful Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora, lastweekend. Accompanying us was lovely HILDE SANDS and her significant other, ED TOPERZER. Providing the music for our dinner at the Lakeside Inn was none other than DON SCALETTA. Don, one of the finest pianists in the country, was the leader of the Stan Kenton Tribute Orchestra, and I was his vocalist for a time. We even recorded a CD together! Ed Toperzer I decided to"sit in" and sing a tune for old times sake (but not "Shoo Fly Pie"). Don told me he was covering for the regular pianist over the summer and planned to be there for only a few more weeks.., so hurry out to hear him. He also told me that he had recent surgery on his hand and also had sold the Stan Kenton book of charts. After I sang, Ed Toperzer took the microphone. What a delight! Ed is not a professional singer, yet he has a voice reminiscent of a great singer, Billy Eckstein, a lot of charm and good phrasing. He sang, "Our Love is Here to Stay" and "Blue Moon." The audience loved him.., and so did I! (Oops, Irv and Hilde, I meant I loved his singing.) Attention Jewish teens... Here's a scoop on an upcoming Belt Hamidrash event. Belt Hamidrash, Central Florida's only Hebrew High pro- gram, offers teens in grades 8-12 a unique opportunity to expand their Jewish world while having fun and being with friends. A new four-quarter (five weeks per session) format has been unveiled in order to accommodate the teens' busy schedules! Come hang out with friends and learn about the huge Jewish world right outside your door. The dates are Monday, Aug. 20, Aug. 27 and Sept. 10, from 7-9 p.m. at 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. The season openers are free to all. (You can't beat FREE!) Back to our 52nd anniversary... My spouse, Irv, and I continued our celebration with dinner at Carrabba's Italian Grill in Winter Springs. You know I love to write about service when it's good.., but this was beyond good. It was GREAT! Our server, TOM FILIAULT was like a member of the family, extremely efficient and caring. And when he packed our left- overs to go, he might as well have packed the table, silverware and cloth napkins, it was THAT complete. (So far, the best service ever! In the words of Gen. Douglas MacArthur... "We shall return!") One for the road... All I ever seem to tell are Jewish jokes.., so here are two Gentile jokes instead. The first one: Patrick goes into the John Lewis Menswear department and says, "This is a very fine jacket. How much is it?" The salesman says, "It's $500." Patrick says, "OK, I'll take it." The second joke: Sean calls his mother. "Mother, I know you're expecting me for dinner tonight, but something important has come up and I can't make it." His mother says, "OK." 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