"It was the worst pickup line I ever heard,"
recalls David Rosemberg, a former Farmington
Hills and West Bloomfield resident, who will
get his "30 minutes of fame" on national televi-
sion Friday, Nov. 28.
Rosemberg, 27, who now lives in Coconut
Grove, Fla., and is a lawyer in the Miami area,
will star in an episode of TV's newest reality
game show, Get Packing, on the Travel Channel.
The show, which premiered last month, is a zany
mix of home snooping and competitive shop-
ping with single men and women, age 21-35.
"I was working out
in a local gym when a
woman asked me if I
wanted to be on TV,"
said Rosemberg. "I
`What a trite pickup
line,' but the next
thing I knew, I was
involved in this
national show. The
TV people took over
my condo — and I
had America in my
The show is like a
reality dating service
with a Travel Channel twist — as men and
women compete against each other to win a
vacation with a mystery date.
Each contestant conducts a 10-minute
snoop" through the residence of a complete
stranger to determine his or her taste in clothes,
shoes, music, books, etc. Each is then given
$1,000 and three hours, with the help of a
shopping coach, to buy items and pack the per-
The stranger picks the coolest packer, and
they take an all-expenses-paid trip.
"I went to Aruba with the person who I
thought packed me the best suitcase," beamed
Rosemberg. "Coincidentally, she's a Jewish girl
from Ft. Lauderdale. The Travel Channel cam-
era crew tracked us to see how we hit it off."
Rosemberg, son of Dr. Samuel and Faye
Rosemberg of West Bloomfield, attended Hillel
Day School of Metropolitan Detroit and North
Farmington High School, went to Camp
Tamarack and was an emcee with Joe Cornell
Entertainment. After attending Emory
University law school in Atlanta, he decided to
stay in the South to practice law.
— Bill Carroll, special writer
SEEDS OF SUN
Israeli music — with some translation of Hebrew lyrics
— fills the performance of Seeds of Sun, a sabra
(native Israeli) quintet appearing 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
23, at the Appel Family Concert at Temple Israel.
The five performers, who came to America to
enhance their musical education and build their
careers, include Michal Cohen on vocals, Mattan Klein
on flute, Yoav Polachek on piano, Itamar Ziegler on
bass and Yuval Lion on drums. They all met in
America and decided to merge their individual styles.
"We'll have a variety of music, including songs writ-
ten by band members," says Klein, who appears with
other groups as does each person joining him on stage.
"We want to plant the seeds of Israeli music in people's
hearts and provide a bridge between old and new
The late Anna Werbe and the late Harold Cohn are
among the artists represented in American Regional
Revisited, an exhibit paying tribute to past and pres-
ent members of the Michigan Scarab Club.
The exhibit, which showcases paintings on con-
signment from collectors, runs Nov. 20-Dec. 20 at
the Golden Fig Gallery in the Antiques Centre of
Troy. There will be a reception 6-9 p.m. on the open-
ing day to showcase the
oils on canvas and works
on paper being shown.
"We have a floral still
life completed by Werbe,
also known for her por-
traits," says Ron Povlich,
gallery director. "Her
paintings show creative
use of color in the way she
executed lines and filled
in space. It was known
that she quietly promoted
the work of other artists
when their talents were
not being recognized in
the art community."
Harold Cohn will be
A portrait by Harold
represented by two paint-
ings. Povlich is espe-
cially impressed with
"Cohn was recog-
nized for depicting cir-
cus performers in
strong and playful
ways," Povlich says.
"He also was known for
his stunning use of col-
ors in floral still lifes."
The paintings in the
show were completed
between 1900 and 1960.
Besides featuring render- A still life by Anna Werbe
ings by the two Jewish
artists who seemed to be
ahead of their time, the exhibit includes work by Joseph
Newmann, Howard Dombrowski, Randell Reed,
Cevan Castle, Carol Wald, Charles Waltensperger and
The Seeds of Sun: Yoav Polachek, Yuval Lion, Michal
Cohen, Itan2ar Ziegler and Mattan Klein
Klein thinks that the hallmark of Israeli music is the
variety of cultures represented. The sounds emphasize
the nature of Israel as a melting pot of people from
many parts of the world.
The band, which has a heavy booking schedule with
Jewish organizations around the country, shows diver-
sity in experience.
Cohen, who studied at the Berklee College of Music
in Boston, has an ensemble, "Yemenite Flavors," to
showcase her background and has been booked at
music festivals, such as the Central West End Festival
in St. Louis. Klein, another Berklee alum, has toured
Europe, Brazil and America with jazz-fusion players.
Polachek, who attended Berklee as well, works as a 077
pianist around New York and has composed music for
film and TV.
Ziegler has worked with many big-name performers,
such as blues guitarist Oz Noi and reggae singer Tomer
Yosef. Lion has appeared with many Israeli stars,
including Alon Olearchick and Gidi Gov, and
Americans in the rock-funk scene.
"We all served in the Israeli military before coming
to the United States," Klein says. "We're glad to have
our first group CD, Seeds of Sun. It includes two origi-
nal songs — 'Longing,' written by Michal, and
`Laximum,' written by me."
— Suzanne Chessler
— Suzanne Chessler
American Regional Revisited runs Nov. 20-Dec.
20 at the Golden Fig Gallery in the Antiques
Centre of Troy, located on the northeast corner
of Maple and Coolidge. Gallery hours are
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays
and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, and
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. (248) 614-0148.
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Get Packing airs 10 p.m. Friday nights on the
Travel Channel, and is repeated at 1 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays.
Seeds of Sun will perform 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
23, at Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Rd.,
West Bloomfield. Free to public. (248) 661-5700.
For this week's arts and entertainment listings, see
the Community Calendar, page 53. "Out & About"
listings return next week.
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