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    The Rock Club Has a Magic Moment

    The Rock Club – helmed expertly by founder Frank McIlquham, and aided ably by the multi-talented Charles Fearing and an intrepid team of musician-coaches – is dedicated to improving the lives of veterans through music and engagement with the community. The work they do is marked by a certain steadfastness that requires a willingness to endure difficult and frustrating episodes. Which makes the special moments especially sweet. Such was the case on April 19 when Anthony Davis, a Century Villages at Cabrillo resident, showed up at one of our twice-weekly village jams with song lyrics he had already written. In a matter of minutes, the group came up with a catchy melody, and then fleshed it out to the point an anthem (“Joy In My Life”) representing our mission and spirit began to emerge. Steve Colman, Executive Director of Century Villages at Cabrillo, happened to drop by while the song was being birthed, and captured part of the process on his cell phone. It will be interesting to see where “Joy In My Life” goes in the coming weeks and months.
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    Tom Hanks to Star in Henry IV at West Los Angeles VA – Free Tickets for Veterans

    Starting June 5, Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks will star in 24 performances of Henry IV produced by the Shakespeare Center of LA (SCLA) and staged in the West Los Angeles VA’s Japanese Garden.
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    Veterans Community Theater


    Playwright and Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson leads the workshop every Monday evening. He trains veterans to work as stage managers in the Los Angeles theater community, and coordinates internships with local companies. FREE for veterans.

    June 19, 2018 at 7pm
    The Vortex
    2341 E Olympic Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    United States
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    The U.S. Tour of Duty is part of a cultural revival led by civic-minded military veterans and their allies. We develop the artistic abilities and creative expression of veterans, and nurture relationships between veterans and the general public for the greater good. FREE video production, dance, theater and music workshops are held at the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, the Main Library in Long Beach, and The Vortex in Los Angeles. A blueprint for nationwide deployment is now in development.

    The Rock Club, presented by U.S. Tour of Duty in association with Rock For Vets, is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of veterans by facilitating their engagement with other vets and the community. Coached by Frank McIllquham and Charles Fearing, participants reap the rewards of the small successes they experience while learning to perform as part of a band. FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. 1 to 3PM Tuesdays in the Social Hall.

    Will Nephew coaches songwriters and musicians who collaborate with each other. It’s all about harnessing the healing energy of music through composing, playing as a band, and recording. Have fun expressing yourself, working as a group, and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. Maybe your song will be performed in one of our variety shows! FREE for everyone. No experience necessary. 4 to 5:30PM Thursdays in the Gateway Community Kitchen.

    Nannette Brodie, the artistic director and principal choreographer for the Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre (NBDT), leads FREE weekly classes and rehearsals for our upcoming variety shows. The workshop is aimed at teens (13-18), and will include various styles of dance from jazz to contemporary to hip hop. According to Nannette, “Dance should be a celebration, an exploration of ourselves and our environment, of our culture and our world.” NBDT has given performances for over 275,000 people both within the Southern California area and by touring nationally and internationally, averaging 15 to 25 performances a year. In collaboration with musicians in our performance and songwriting workshops, Nannette will choreograph original compositions for U.S. Tour of Duty variety shows. No experience necessary. 4:30 to 5:30 Wednesdays in Anchor Studio.

    Please support our cultural revival. Your donation will enable us to provide additional FREE workshops for veterans. Thank you!


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    The Vortex Is Available for Events

    Our Los Angeles Command Center is The Vortex at 2341 E. Olympic Boulevard in the Downtown Arts District. If you’d like to co-produce something with us, or rent the venue for your own event, give us a call at 213.375.4150 or send us an email. We’re always happy to discuss the possibilities.
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    Gender Roles in the Arts and Military

    VA social worker and Air Force veteran Kiniko Willingham was in the audience at the November 19th matinee performance of Much Ado About Nothing. She joined audience and cast members for a post-show discussion about the plight of female veterans and service members.
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