Sunday, March 21, 2010


A Night of Gratitude - A Special Evening With Carla Zilbersmith

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Time:6:30pm - 8:30pm
Novato Seventh-day Adventist Church
495 San Marin Drive
Novato, CA

Carla (the star of Leave Them Laughing, directed by John Zaritsky) will be giving an extremely rare lecture about her life and how she learned to appreciate the beauty of every moment despite being diagnosed with a fatal illness, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Carla has truly learned how to embrace every succulent moment and she'll show you why you should too.

Come for inspiration. Leave changed.

To reserve tickets or for more info,
or call 415-497-2313
$15 donation requested

For more than fifteen years, Carla Zilbersmith wrote and presented an amazing array of musical and theatrical scores, scripts, one-woman plays, and songs. Carla and her band the SubUrbans were Lilith Fair finalists, she was the founding member of We’re Redheads, a women’s sketch comedy troupe, and Lighten Up John, a musical improv group, as well as serving as the Artistic Director of the College of Marin Drama Department before ALS rendered her unable to perform, sing, or teach.


Anonymous said...

i truly hope someone will film this. those of us unable to go would love to buy and watch such film! thanks...

Lisa O said...

Uhg! I would love to attend, but alas, I live so far away!! I cross my fingers that the turn out is tremendous and that people leave better educated about this disease, and with a newly inspired appreciation of how precious each moment of life is. Carla, if anyone can show them this, you can. I know it will be a success.

--lisa o

Nancy said...

Carla, if my gratitude could turn to useable energy for you, the next three days would be smooth sailing for you. I am the facilitator for the support group for people with ALS and their families in Santa Rosa, serving Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. What you offered us tonight, and through your blog, is a slice of life: love, gratitude, laughter, sadness, connection/community, grace, dignity honesty, and the truth about how much it sucks to have ALS around and no clue about how to cure it. I have your words, your music, and a sense of how these waters can be navigated that i will carry to my group each month. Thank you. Thank you so much. I send you good juju. Nancy Feehan

marc said...

Aaaah, dear Carla--Thanks so much for coming out again last night. As you said, you'll likely be paying for the privilege for the next few days. Your generosity of spirit, as well as the continuing fire of that spirit, warms me, and touches me so deeply. I was one of those bald-headed guys in the audience with tears streaming down his face, by the way.

What you have to say seems so simple, but coming from you in the moment you're in adds such immediacy and weight to it: live in gratitude, let go to the moment & embrace it, love deeply, hug deeply, bring passion to your compassion...thank you for all of it. Thank you for you. Such a bright spirit. Such a boisterous sense of humor. And bolstered by another bright spirit you birthed and raised. Much love to you both. Much love.