Hurt mentor.

I’m in TOASTMASTERS and haven’t done my second speech yet, but being coached by AMY, who’s a very experienced speaker. She just had surgery — and won’t be at this week’s meeting, she just announced.   I wanted to let her know I wish her all the best.  Plus it’s a pretty cool card. Please…

Strategic development.

I use sending my Christmas and holiday cards as a chance to say a little something to my colleagues and long-lost friends. Joe and I work together at UC Santa Cruz, but he lives up in San Francisco — so I wanted to acknowledge the distance that separates us, and my hope that he’ll spend…

“Wiesenthal”.

I went to see “WIESENTHAL” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.  The air conditioning was out on the one-man show, but TOM DUGAN, who was the actor AND playwright, never let us feel the heat… he told the story of the indefatigable Nazi hunter beautifully, and I hastened to thank him for his…

George Takei and “Allegiance”.

After I saw “ALLEGIANCE”, a moving musical about 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were interned in camps during World War II by our own governmemt here in the States…. I had the privilege to talk about George Takei’s musical with Director John Gray of The National Museum of American History. I wanted to connect the dots — so I…

Vin’s Temple of Tincati.

Vin loves clothes.  He’s got pictures of them in books to keep himself organized of what pocket square goes with what tie goes with what jacket. When he gets to New York, he has one master designer — Mr. Antonio Tincati — whose bright, vibrant clothes he especially appreciates.  Maybe it’s an Italian thing.  Some…

Robin Hood Foundation gives big.

My friend Lars Jahns is a major fundraiser — with Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. When I saw this blurb in LIFESTYLES magazine — which showcases philanthropy, givers & donors — I had to write him a hearty Congratulations.  $101 million in one night?  He’s my total hero and I wanted him to…

Street art & the man who showed us its value.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-shepard-fairey-arrested-lax-20150712-story.html In today’s Los Angeles Times — this story about the arrest of artist (and RISD alum) SHEPARD FAIREY — caught my eye. In it, they referenced the “Street Art” exhibit that Museum of Contemporary Art did in 2011 — as created by the brilliant Jeffrey Deitch — and how, as a result of that…

A voice for peace.

I like to congratulate people when they get promotions.  It makes a difference to know someone’s cheering you on — and getting a note in the mail makes a new job seem even more real, somehow. Peter Loge has worked with the Producers Caucus and in Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist/media relations expert for years….

A Congresswoman who understands producers.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF- 8#q=caucus%20of%20producers%20writers%20and%20directors *** We heard Congresswoman Judy Chu speak at the opening of “WATERFALL”, a musical that opened world-wide on Sunday at The Pasadena Playhouse. When she mentioned her fight for creative types  — artists, producers, writers — I whispered to Vin, “You need to meet her & tell her about the Producers’ Caucus.” They…