DOWNEY - The city of Downey has released its schedule of entertainment for First Mondays, the monthly city-sponsored program that replaces the school district's OASIS curriculum.First Mondays begins Jan. 10 and will be held the first Monday of every month at Downey Adult School. Admission is $5 and includes dinner. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. with piano music by Dr. Robert Flynn, followed by the featured program at 3:45 and dinner at 5. The programming schedule for First Mondays is listed below: Jan. 10 - Penniless Immigrant to American Icon: Irving Berlin - The Golden Age of American Music Series. Robert Lipson, a master pianist of the Great American Songbook and an instructor with the USC Emeriti Center College, will be joined by writer and director Sault Jacobs as they discuss their fascination with history and trivial tidbits from the golden age of Broadway and Hollywood. Feb. 7 - Jim J's Jukebox: Discovering America's Music. American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro shares facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection. He will also offer his perspective on the music of Berlin, Porter, Ellington and Gerschwin, the lyrics of Mercer and Hammerstein, and style of Sinatra and Fitzgerald. March 7 - Jazz from A to Z: What is it? USC Emeriti Center College Series, Dr. Thom Mason, Professor of Jazz Studies, USC Thornton School of Music. Back by popular request, Mason will present another of his multimedia presentations from his series titled "Jazz from A to Z." A nationally-recognized educator and jazz performer, he will include recordings, rare photos, film clips, anecdotal stories and, of course, his live clarinet jazz demonstrations. April 4 - Bellflower Civic Chorus. The Chorus is a popular mixed voice of singers who love to sing and entertain. Their show is known for an enthusiastic chorus with special show stoppers and outstanding soloists. Their programs include show tunes, light classical and popular favorites. May 2 - New Century Singers. The New Century Singers are a 35-member professional women's chorus known for their beautiful harmony and exceptional performances. Their programs include numerous Broadway show tunes, light classical, Americana and seasonal favorites. June 6 - Peter M. Small, Historical Impressionist: Harry S. Truman. In his blunt, plain-speaking style, Mr. Truman tells how he met the challenges of his presidency, from dropping the atomic bomb to the dismissal of Gen. MacArthur. Small's personal touch and humor make all of his performances contemporary and memorable.
********** Published: December 16, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 35