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Stories, song and schmooze: An ‘inspired night’ of entertainment featuring Ed Asner and friends comes to Folsom area

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ORANGEVALE CA - Award-winning stage and screen actor Ed Asner brings his considerable talents to Orangevale on Monday, May 7, for an evening of stories, music and fun for people of all ages. Asner will perform at Temple Or Rishon at 8 p.m. Temple Or Rishon is located at 7755 Hazel Ave., Orangevale. For ticket information or to attend a meet-and-greet with the famed Hollywood actor, visit www.CulturalSeries.com or call (916) 988-4100. The event is the latest installment in the “Cultural Series,” which is organized by Temple Or Rishon. The popular series has featured appearances by political analyst Ari Fleischer and Paul Begala, Lois Lowry, a preeminent voice in contemporary children’s literature, and Dennis Prager, one of the nation’s foremost radio talk show hosts and political commentators. The multi-talented and beloved Asner is best known for his award-winning role as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Asner will demonstrate his range of talent during his Orangevale appearance, bringing Tevye to life during a reading from the books inspired by the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” He will also provide numerous personal stories from his 50-plus years in show business. Joining Asner on stage will be acclaimed cantor Linda Kates and her husband David Kates, a celebrated pianist. The pair will add their musical expertise to the program, performing “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and other Fiddler on the Roof favorites. “We all remember Ed Asner for his portrayal of Lou Grant and some of his other more serious roles on TV,” said Cheryll Goldscheid, one of the organizers of the Cultural Series. “He’s a brilliant actor who will demonstrate both his comedic and dramatic skills in a small, intimate setting where everyone in our audience has a terrific seat. I think people will be surprised at Mr. Asner’s talents as a vocalist, which will be enhanced by the presence of Linda and David Kates.” Asner is one of the most honored actors in the history of television. He has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. In 1996, Asner was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame and received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild’s Hollywood membership. Asner was honored again in March 2002 by The Guild, becoming the 38th recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. The award is presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession. In addition to his professional versatility, Asner has consistently served and been committed to the rights of the working performer, in addition to advocating for human rights, world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom. A passionate and informed spokesperson for the causes he supports, Asner is a frequent speaker on labor issues and a particular ally for the acting industry’s older artists. Some of the many honors he has received throughout his career include the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, The Eugene Debs Award, Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, ACLU’s Worker’s Right’s Committee Award and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award. General admission tickets for the event cost $55, and are $50 for seniors (65 and above) and students with ID. The 6 p.m. meet-and-greet with Asner costs $125 and includes dinner, photo opportunities, and premium seating. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit www.CulturalSeries.com or call (916) 988-4100. * * * KNOW AND GO Cultural Series presents Ed Asner and friends When: 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet, 8 p.m. performance Where: Temple Or Rishon, 7755 Hazel Ave., Orangevale Tickets: Meet-and-greet, dinner included, $125. Performance only at $55 for general admission or $50 for seniors and students. Information or tickets: CulturalSeries.com or (916) 988-4100. ~ Staff report