‘My Brazil’ Screenings, Westdoc Conference and Scenic Overlook Volunteer Day

Also, Culver City Chamber President Steven Rose honored at association conference and Youth Volleyball League spring registration. Here are five things you should know for Friday, Feb. 17.

1. The City of Culver City will present a webcast and cablecast of My Brazil, recorded during last autumn’s Speak Easy program, starting tomorrow, Feb. 18. My Brazil features performance art icon Rachel Rosenthal, who originally wrote and performed the piece in 1979, and performer/composer Amy Knoles. Rosenthal read the performance text again on Nov. 9, 2011 at the Culver Events Center, on the occasion of her 85th birthday, for the City’s Speak Easy program as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, initiated by the Getty.

My Brazil is an autobiographical piece, inspired by the journey of Rosenthal’s family during World War II when they escaped the Nazi occupation of France and moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In order to provide greater access for this unique and memorable performance, the video of My Brazil will be posted on the Arts & Culture page of the City’s website at www.culvercity.org. Also, it will be cablecast on Channel 35 in Culver City through Comcast and on Channel 37 through Verizon Fios on Saturday evenings at 9 p.m. from Feb. 18 through April 28. The running time is 45-minutes and it is recommended for viewers 18 years and older due to mature themes and occasional strong language. More information on the webcast and cablecast is available by visiting www.culvercity.org or calling the Cultural Affairs Hotline at (310) 253-5716.


2. The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference's third annual conference will be held in Culver City from Sep. 9-12.

Recognized as the premier conference of its kind on the West Coast, the WESTDOC conference gathers producers and directors of non-fiction/documentary and reality TV programming and the executives who fund and/or acquire such programs. More than 100 industry speakers are expected to participate in the three-day WESTDOC 2012 conference consisting of panels, case studies, social events and exclusive networking sessions.

The exclusive opening night film screening, panels, keynote presentation, PitchFest competition and vendor area all will be located at the Pacific Theaters Culver Stadium 12, while the Culver Hotel will serve as the social center point of WESTDOC 2012, featuring the newly restored "Grand Lobby" and outdoor seating area dedicated exclusively for attendees.

One ticket gets the attendee into all conference activities; from the Sunday sneak screening to the panels to the parties. Registration information, as well as an updated list of panels, speakers, master classes and instructions on how to participate in PitchFest, can be found at: www.theWESTDOC.com. A discounted "Early Bird" rate is now available through April 30. Conference updates also will be posted via WESTDOC 2012's Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Westdoc-Conference/127689460585960) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/westdoc2012) sites.


3. Generation Water and Mujeres de le Tierra in partnership with California State Parks, California State Parks Foundation, the Park Champions, and the Children’s Nature Institute, is holding a beautify the park day tomorrow, Sat. Feb. 18 at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Participants will remove several pest plants from the park and replace them with native plants. There are projects for people with all levels of familiarity with plants, from novice to expert, and all levels of exertion, from sweaty to child-friendly.  You’ll receive gloves and water, and a light lunch will be provided for all volunteers. An environmental educator from The Children’s Nature Institute will give a lunchtime presentation featuring live animals and natural artifacts for kids of all ages.

In the event of rain the cleanup will be canceled. Meet at the picnic tables mid-way up the hill.


4. Culver City Chamber of Commerce Professional Steven Rose was recognized as an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.). The designation is awarded to only those chamber executives who meet stringent criteria set by the association’s board of directors. Rose was one of nine chamber of commerce executives awarded accreditation this year at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, NV.

The accreditation program was first awarded in 1993 to encourage chamber executives to upgrade and expand their skills through continuing education and training programs in the chamber management and business fields.  There are currently a total of 44 ACE recipients active in chambers of commerce in the West.


5. Youth volleyball league for boys and girls ages 7-15 is currently underway at Linwood E. Howe Elementary School. There are four divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-15.The eight week program teaches the fundamentals of volleyball such as serving, passing, setting, spiking, blocking and playing the game. Registration for this program can be done online at www.USYVL.org or you can request a registration form by calling the USYVL National Office at 1-888-988-7985. Cost $125.

The USYVL provides a low pressure, structured and fun environment, where kids excel in the sport of volleyball. All practices and games are held at Linwood E. Howe Elementary School in Culver City.

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