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We suggest that you look a the current issue of The Voice for upcoming programs. Otherwise, scroll below for a partial listing.

If you have questions, please contact Michele Endick, Lead Adult Group Coordinator, at, 703.537.3095.


Northern Virginia j.talks at the J
Shocking Paris – Soutine, Chagall and the Outsiders of Montparnasse
Author: Stanley Meisler, emeritus foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
Thursday, November 19, noon–2:30pm
Noon: Lunch (bring dairy or parve/meatless); dessert buffet provided
12:45pm: Program

Contact:, 703.537.3075
For a couple of decades before World War II, a group of immigrant painters and sculptors, including Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Chaim Soutine, and Jules Pascin dominated the new art scene of Montparnasse in Paris. Art critics gave them the name “the School of Paris” to set them apart from the French-born (and less talented) young artists of the period. Modigliani and Chagall eventually attained enormous worldwide popularity, but in those earlier days most School of Paris painters looked on Soutine as their most talented contemporary. Willem de Kooning proclaimed Soutine his favorite painter, and Jackson Pollack hailed him as a major influence. Soutine arrived in Paris while many painters were experimenting with cubism, but he had no time for trends and fashions; like his art, Soutine was intense, demonic, and fierce. After the defeat of France by Hitler’s Germany, the East European Jewish immigrants who had made their way to France for sanctuary were no longer safe. In constant fear of the French police and the German Gestapo, plagued by poor health and bouts of depression, Soutine was the epitome of the tortured artist. Rich in period detail, Stanley Meisler’s Shocking Paris explores the short, dramatic life of one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Of note: Mr. Meisler is a distant relation (by marriage) of Chaim Soutine and has written several articles on Soutine and the School of Paris for the Smithsonian and the Los Angeles Times.

This program is a partnership of the JCCNV Cultural Arts and Adult Services Departments.
Dessert buffet, coffee, and tea will be provided.
Fee: $12/ $8 J member
Code: #6921
RSVP: 703.323.0880, or register when visiting the J.

Riverside Center Dinner Theater, Fredericksburg
Sunday, November 22, depart the J at noon; return 6:45pm
Contact:, 703.537.3095
Mame is a celebrated Broadway musical ‘classic’ that revolves around the hilarious antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a razor sharp wit and a flair for living life to the fullest. However, that care-free life changes unexpectedly when she becomes the inexperienced guardian of her late brother’s only child, Patrick. Later, when the stock market crashes and the great depression hits, Mame loses her fortune. Her life is turned upside-down until she’s rescued by a well-to-do southern plantation owner whom she marries and loses all too suddenly. Through all these ups and downs, Mame’s invincible character shines Through…” — Riverside Dinner Theater

Memorable songs include Mame, If He Walked into My Life, Bosom Buddies, and many others.
Special Note: Riverside Dinner Theater has confirmed that Sally Struthers will perform the role of Agnes Gooch! We saw her recently in “9
to 5 — The Musical” and she was fantastic!
Fee: $75/ $70 member (includes show ticket,
3-course waiter-served lunch inclusive of
tip/tax, and bus transportation)
Code: #6852
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “11/22” on memo line. After November 1, please check availability with Michele prior to sending payment.

The Ruth Spector Memorial Mah Jongg Tournament
Sunday, December 6, 12:30pm–4pm
Registration: 12:30pm
Tournament begins promptly at 1pm
Tournament Director: Susan Lissner
Three rounds of play, light refreshments, prizes for the top winners, and great door prizes. Registrations must be received by December 1. No walk-ins.
Fee: $32/ $28 J member
Code: #6849

Bright Star Pre-Broadway Engagement
The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
Sunday, December 20, depart the J 11am; return 5pm
Join us for this new musical from Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Bright Star is inspired by a true event which “tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from WWII, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives… Bright Star is a powerful reminder that even in the darkest sky, there’s always one bright star.”
—Kennedy Center calendar

Bus transportation to the Kennedy Center will be included and there will be time before the show for lunch in the café (on your own). Look for full details in the November/December issue of The Voice.


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