April Events at Chai Point

The “Designs of Our Lives” series continues with a variety of presentations and demonstrations throughout April, focusing on the appreciation of design and how it has enhanced our daily living. Speakers will include area architects, product designers, interior designers and photographers.

The April presentations kick-off on Wednesday, April 6, at 2:30 pm, with Cindy Davis, owner of French Poodle Floral. Her “Touch of Paris” demonstration will focus on her specialty: custom European hand-tied bouquets. Davis loves playing with color, line and texture, and making people see flowers in surprising new ways.

Frankie Flood, associate professor at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts and coordinator of the Digital Craft Research Lab, presents “The Remarkable World of 3D Printing and Other 21st Century Innovations” on Wednesday, April 13, at 3:00 pm. Flood’s interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration for the functional objects that he creates. The connection between design and fabrication and how each is influenced by material and process has been the focus of Flood’s recent research. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has received many awards.

On Thursday, April 14, at 6:45 pm, students from the Fashion Design program at Art Institute of Wisconsin bring “Fashion on the Runway” to Rubenstein Pavilion. The objective of the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design degree program is to help students attain a fundamental grounding in fashion design, including an introduction to the theory and practice of tailoring, draping, pattern drafting, construction and sewing, fashion illustration and creative design.

Lisa Jansen, ASID, Vice President, Interior Design Studio, at Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Milwaukee, discusses “Trends in Interior Design” on Thursday, April 21 at 3:00 pm. Jansen has served in her role with Zimmerman since 1998. Design philosophy enhances the human environment with inspired, creative and rational design, which respects the past while revealing the potential of the future.

The series “From Soup to Nuts,” featuring Milwaukee culinary professionals, continues on Tuesday, April 5, at 3:00 pm, with Michele Rifkin of Trader Joe’s at Bayshore Towne Center in Glendale, Wisconsin. Rifkin will talk about healthy food and snacks, and provide some samples for noshing.

Concert pianist Zoya Makhlina Goldenberg presents a spring concert on Thursday, April 7, at 1:30 pm. The program will include classical, contemporary and jazz selections, including the music of Chopin and Mendelssohn. A native of Ukraine, Goldenberg studied piano from the age of five. After the Chernobyl disaster, she moved from Kiev to Milwaukee, where she established her piano studio.

The music continues into the evening on Thursday, April 7, at 6:45 pm, with “Spring Fling Evening” featuring pianist Bill Hindin and vocalist Robin Pluer. Hindin has conducted and accompanied thousands of performances, most notably with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Pluer has performed with a number of Milwaukee musicians, including Paul Cebar and Mrs. Fun. She dazzles audiences with French ballads, jazz tunes and the sultry sound of cabaret.
“Jewish History Journey at Chai Point” continues on Monday, April 11, at 2:45 pm, with “Eastern Europe: From the Shtetl to America;” and Monday, April 25 at 2:45 pm, with “20th Century: Zionism, Rise of US Jewry, WWII, Israeli.” Facilitated by Rabbi Steven Adams, the series explores the culture and religion from its beginnings to today and beyond. “Jewish History” runs through May 2016; stay tuned for future dates and topics.

On Tuesday, April 12, at 3:00 pm, local history enthusiast Karl Bandow presents Milwaukee in Kodachrome – 1970s, featuring a recently discovered collection of slides offering a fascinating snapshot on how Milwaukee used to look. Bandow and Adam Levin stumbled upon this chance find in a Bay View antique store. Bandow said “To get the opportunity to see things that my grandparents saw with their own eyes; to get to kind of walk in their footsteps and see that stuff in color, it’s just incredible.”

Chai Point favorite James Slauson, Professor of Art History and Humanities at MIAD, returns for another insightful art history lecture on Thursday, April 28, at 1:30 pm. His publications include articles on Mediterranean art and culture, as well as writing on art and design locally and internationally.

All programs and performances are free unless otherwise noted. Free parking is also available under the building at 1414 N. Prospect Avenue. These events are in addition to regularly scheduled activities such as yoga and NIA. As always, attending a class, a concert or special event at Chai Point Senior Living is a great way to sample the “Chai” life!

Chai Point Senior Living offers assisted and independent living apartments in an elegant high-rise building overlooking Lake Michigan. Geared for today’s active and engaged older adults, Chai Point residents are sophisticated and culturally, socially and politically engaged.