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A work by artist Leslie Perlis.             Courtesy
A work by artist Leslie Perlis. Courtesy
Local artist earns honors

Leslie Perlis, who attended Point Loma High School and Dana Middle School, won the Best of Cold Glass Award” at “30 Rocks!,” the 30th annual glass exhibit sponsored by the Art Glass Association of Southern California.

Perlis, an award-winning artist, has exhibited in all 30 shows. One purpose of the show is to educate the public on techniques of glass art. The first shows featured only stained glass, but now includes glass blowing, fusing, etching, torch work, mosaic, mixed media and wearable art.

Perlis won the award for her life-size mosaic piece “Swing,” inspired by her love of swing dancing. It features several glass techniques. She created stained-glass murals at Sunset View Elementary School and Dana Middle School when her son, Eric Pratt, attended.

Actors Theatre hosts comedy showcase

The Point Loma Actors Theatre is set to launch a regular new comedy showcase that will bring top San Diego entertainers to a local stage.

The first showcase will take place Friday, Oct. 21.

The ‘Crack Shack’ is the brainchild of Point Loma Actors Theatre director David Sein and top local comic Tony Calabrese, who’s been performing comedy in San Diego since 1995. Audiences 18 and up that are interested in good, clean laughter can find a home at the historic Point Loma Assembly on Talbot Street, where shows will be offered on a monthly basis.

Sein and Calabrese started a stand-up comedy class for beginners last summer, making San Diego one of the few places in the country to offer this type of instruction. Calabrese’s comedy blog, “Fugetaboutit!,” has been read by more than 140,000 people and has been compared with the humor of Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry.   

Calabrese founded Comedy Works in 1996, which connected comedians, masters of ceremony and auctioneers to charity organizations for fundraising efforts. That company is now merged into Comedy Incorporated, which created the “Benefit in a Box,” used by dozens of groups to hold comedy night benefits.

To date, Comedy Incorporated has helped raise more than $2 million for nonprofits in San Diego Calabrese is also the creator of the ‘Humor in the Workplace’ seminar with curriculum designed to teach employees to be more productive by using humor to think creatively.

Stand-up comedy hopefuls interested in learning more about the comedy class can contact Sein at

The first showcase is at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. For more information, visit
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