Nancy Tokar Miller

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Service for painter Tokar Miller today at Tucson Museum of Art

Nancy Tokar Miller‘s death in April was profoundly felt by the many who love her art, share her passion for cultivating orchids, and were touched by her gentle nature.

No service was held at that time, but one is scheduled now:

There will be celebration of her life at 5:30 p.m. today at the Tucson Museum of Art, a serene spot that would surely please Tokar Miller.

The TMA is at 140 N. Main Ave.

Former Tucsonan making theatrical waves in L.A.

Scott Carter kept Tucsonans spellbound with his original plays staged  in the early days of Invisible Theatre, laughing with his stand-up comedy, and exalting in his local-boy-makes-good success as executive producer and writer for Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” and now “Real Time.”

These days, Carter has a play that is captivating audiences in Los Angeles, which he now calls home.

Carter’s play, “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” — which had a reading at Invisible Theatre a few years ago — has a deliciously wonderful premise: that Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy all wrote their own versions of the Bible. It opened earlier this month to glowing reviews at The Geffen Playhouse.

“Carter knows something about assembling a sharp, entertaining meeting of minds, and his variation on Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘No Exit,’ … should be catnip for regional-theater season subscribers yearning for a little food for thought with their fun,” said Variety.

“Carter deliciously scrutinizes the creative process, politics and Shakespeare,” the Los Angeles Daily News said.

And this from The Huffington Post: “If religion and comedy had a baby, this would be it.”

The show  continues through Nov. 23. Want to make a quick trip to L.A. to catch it? Best get tickets in advance: geffenplayhouse.com

Kathleen Allen