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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-10-31

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on the campus of Oakland Community College in Building H
Orchard Lake Road at 1-696, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Featuring 130-juried artists in jewelry, clay, glass,
wood, photography, painting, fiber and more.

Saturday, November 1, 2003
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2003
11 am to 5 pm

Attend and enter to win the Holiday Art Fair Contest!

• Grand Prize is a $500 holiday decorating package designed
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• Door Prizes and Gift Certificates awarded hourly
• A special gift for the first 5000 fairgoers!
• Admission is $3 (bring in this ad and receive $1 off admission).
• Children under 12 are admitted free. • Parking is free.

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producer of the award-winning Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair

For information, 734.662.3382
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The cast includes, top row, left to right: John Forman, Amyre Makupson and Jeff
Thomakos; and bottom row, Milfordean Luster and Herman McCain.

tation that would help any playwright."
Blumenfeld's father, Karl Richter, was
a rabbi in Germany when the family
fled the Nazis in 1939; Blumenfeld was
just 3 years old. They hid for a while in
a hospital until they could get to
Holland and board a ship for America.
The Richter family moved around the
United States for 25 years as the rabbi
found synagogue pulpits in Springfield,
Mo.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Michigan
City, Ind. Rabbi Richter, 93, who
earned a degree in speech at the
University of Michigan in the 1950s, is
now retired in Tampa, Fla., but still lec-
tures and writes.
Blumenfeld continued moving
around, first to Atlanta, where she spent
27 years, then to Tucson nine years ago
with her husband, who was an industri-
al psychologist and an author of lan-
guage books. She has one son.
"My father also was a humorist," she
explains, "so I decided to try it, but real-
ly concentrate on being good at it. His
sense of humor is part of my legacy."
She even attempted to do standup
comedy — once — at an Atlanta night-
club. "But things got off to a bad start
when the emcee introduced me, then
mooned the audience," she chuckles.
With her former collaborator, Lynne
Alpern of Atlanta, Blumenfeld has writ-
ten seven humor books, three still in
print, including Oh, Lord, I Sound Just
Like Mani :4 Oh, Lord, It Monday
Again; and The Guaranteed Bottom-Line,
Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Guide to
Success Through Humor (Peachtree
Publishers, Ltd.).
She also has published more than 200
articles, conducts humor workshops for

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businesses and conventions and has
appeared on numerous television and
radio programs. For 10 years, she taught
college humor awareness and cooking
courses. She is a member of the
Dramatists Guild of America.
The 46-year-old DRT, a professional
theater located in the heart of one of
Detroit's old Jewish neighborhoods, puts
on four productions a year and has been
recognized for pioneering efforts in audi-
ence development techniques, commu-
nity cultural and educational services
and neighborhood revitalization.
"In a world that has become increas-
ingly polarized by race, creed and reli-
gious belief, Detroit Repertory embraces
diversity with its visionary program-
ming," Milian says. 1

Detroit Repertory Theatre pres-
ents Here and There 8:30 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and
8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and
7:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 6-Dec.
31. The theater is located at
13103 Woodrow Wilson,
between Davison and Glendale,
in Detroit. $17/general seating.
The Nov. 8 performance is a
black-tie fundraiser for the the-
ater; tickets are $50 (advance sale
only). A cabaret-style New Year's
celebration, featuring cham-
pagne, hors d'oeuvres, perform-
ance and buffet supper, takes
place Wednesday, Dec. 31; $65
(advance sale only).
Tickets and info: (313) 868-1347
or wwvv.detroitreptheatre.com .

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