Out & About with Susan Hornik 5/19/17
Posted By Susan Hornik
By Susan Hornik Will Brahm It's rare to find a musician as diverse as Will Brahm. Whether he's playing jazz in "The Los Angeles Jazz Collective" or covering contemporary songs with "New West Guitar," Brahm is a master at his craft. Brahm's latest ...
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Alien: Covenant - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
By Joan Alperin Many people, myself included, weren't that crazy about Ridley Scott's Prometheus. People found it confusing and not up to par with the original Alien film. Well, guess what? Mr. Scott has completely redeemed himself with his new film ...
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The Ningyo - Film Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan A good movie can transport anyone to a faraway place in a faraway time, make people laugh, cry or scream in terror and sometimes teach a little something along the way. The Ningyo, a short film directed by Miguel Ortega and ...
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Fefu and Her Friends - Theatre Review
Posted By Annette Semerdjian
By Annette Semerdjian "Theatre is life! Life is theatre," exclaims Caro Zeller who plays Emma in the internationally cast Fefu and Her Friends. Emma is just one of the characters that comes from all walks of life and further adds to the theatrics of ...
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The Awful Grace of God - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan Seasoned actor Michael Harney, widely known as Inmate Counselor Sam Healy in the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black, brings to the stage an evening of six one-act plays in The Awful Grace of God. Harney reunites with Director ...
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Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers - Theatre Review
Posted By Annette Semerdjian
By Annette Semerdjian Lord of the Underworld's Home for Unwed Mothers is not only a great name for a metal band but also the title of Skylight Theatre's new play. Written by Louisa Hill, the story spans from the 60s to the 90s beginning with Dee who ...
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Rabbit Hole - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
By Rachel Flanagan Rabbit Hole, directed by Eric Hunicutt, is David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-Prize winning play that tells a tale of a family struck by the emotional whirlwind of a tragedy. As they struggle to regain their footing, the world around ...
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Saudi Film Festival
Posted By Alexander Woodman
By Alexander Woodman Despite stereotypical Western perceptions of Saudi Arabia, its culture is complex and diverse. The country is evolving and growing at its own rate. The labor ministry has approved film production as an economic activity. This is ...
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Lone Star - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
By Bill Garry I've seen Lone Star a number of times in both professional and student productions. The story of a battle-scarred Viet Nam vet, Roy, and his submissive brother, Ray, is set in the junk-strewn yard behind a bar in Maynard, Texas in 1981. ...
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Woody's Order! - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn An overly-long montage of fascinating home videos from the 1950s introduces us to the Talman clan. Even though we don't yet know their names, a couple things stick out immediately: first is the serene, peaceful nature of that ...
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Elevator - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
by Joan Alperin Written and directed by Michael Leoni, Elevator is one of the most original and entertaining plays I've seen recently. I knew I was in for something special the moment I walked into the Coast Playhouse. The play had a first, year-long ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
He results are in and more than conclusive. Measure S, which, by all accounts was a misguided moratorium on new and affordable housing that Los Angeles desperately needs, was defeated. I have always tried to see the positive aspects of things like ...
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From The Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
We all love Spring, the time of new beginnings and renewal-even Californians who are happy to be drying out after a long-awaited wet winter. Our hills are green and flowers are everywhere, even the desert is in bloom. We certainly do need a lift ...
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An American in Paris - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
by Jen Brown Inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winning film of the same name, An American in Paris opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 and closed over a year and a half later. The current national tour opened in the autumn of 2016 ...
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The Snow Geese - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn These days, it's not too surprising that theatre companies everywhere are champing at the bit to present politically relevant works, and the Independent Shakespeare Company is no exception. But here they've taken the action to the ...
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Malicious Bunny - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
by Rachel Flanagan Could you ever love someone so much that you would kill for them? That is what Jonathan Wicks must ask himself when his wife Angela proposes he commits a double homicide in the world premiere of the Bryan Fox directed Malicious ...
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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles April 5 - 9, 2017
Posted By Bekah Caden
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING AND SPECIAL EVENTS Legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain in person to present the documentary AN INDIAN ACCENT and participate in a conversation with Zane Dalal, Associate Music ...
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Finding Neverland - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
by Rachel Flanagan Most people know the story of Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell and their adventures fighting pirates and the treacherous Captain Hook. Just as extraordinary as pixie dust is how J.M. Barrie came to create Peter Pan or The Boy ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 3/15/2017
Posted By Susan Hornik
by Susan Hornik Award season is always a busy time for Hollywood journalists and celebrities. While I attend many red carpet events, one of my favorite things to do is talking to all the great charities at the gifting suites. Celebrity Connected had ...
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Roger Neal Style Hollywood 2nd Annual Oscar's Viewing Party at The Hollywood Museum
Posted By Harrison Held
by Harrison Held We had a fantastic time at the 2nd annual Roger Neal Style Hollywood Viewing Party held at the beautiful Hollywood Museum founded by my pal Donelle Dadigan. Roger and Lynn Neal and staff pulled out all the stops to ensure our evening ...
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Transition - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn By the 2020 election there will surely be many plays, films, concept albums and all manner of artistic rebuke of Donald Trump's term in office. Ray Richmond, making his playwriting debut with the new comedy Transition, is boldly ...
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Die, Mommie, Die! - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
by Bill Garry Charles Busch's Die, Mommie, Die! , which premiered in LA in 1999, returns in a riotous new production at the Celebration Theatre. The show is a grand old party (in more ways than one) in the tradition of "Grande Dame Guignol" - campy, ...
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Married People - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
by Joan Alperin Every so often you go the theatre and get pleasantly surprised by what you are seeing on stage. That's exactly what happened to me when I attended the opening of a brand-new play at Zephyr Theatre. Married People: A Comedy is an ...
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Liana and Ben - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
by Rachel Flanagan Circle X Theatre Co's world premiere of Liana and Ben, written by Susan Rubin and directed by Mark Bringleson at the Atwater Village Theatre tells creates a retelling of Faust. In simple terms, Faust is a man who becomes bored with ...
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Circus 1903 - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Full of whimsy and some of the most incredible skill you'll ever see, Circus 1903 revives a turn of the century tradition in splendor. Replaced by fairs, festivals and theme parks, touring circuses are few and far between these days. ...
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33 Variations - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden As one the most influential composers of all time, Beethoven's legacy weighs heavily on this production, and playwright Moises Kaufman puts his reverence for art centerstage. 33 Variations follows two stories. Ludwig van Beethoven ...
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Game of Thrones the Musical - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn You've got Silence! , the "Silence of the Lambs" musical. You've got Bayside! , the "Saved By the Bell" musical. You've even got Thrones! , another Game of Thrones musical currently playing in Los Angeles. The world is rife with parody ...
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The Princess and the Frog - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
by Jen Brown What happens to a frog when kissed by a Princess? It turns back into a Handsome Prince, of course! But not before he has learned to be gracious and good and a little less self-obsessed. Storybook Theatre productions always impart ...
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Plasticity - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
by Bill Garry Plasticity, now running at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles, is a remarkable production. A single actor (Alex Lyras, who co-wrote the play with director Robert McCaskill) plays ten separate characters, interacting with the ...
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Motown the Musical - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
by Joshua Kahn Like other LA natives, I grew up listening to K-Earth 101 on countless car rides, raised on the music of Motown and the "Keyes on Van Nuys" jingle. For me and my fellow millennials, the music of Motown has a mythic tinge to it; it ...
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The Found Dog Ribbon Dance - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Echo Theatre Company's most recent production examines the very base of theatre and art; connection. The Found Dog Ribbon Dance follows a professional cuddler, Norma, as she navigates between providing warmth and happiness for a few ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 1/31/17
Posted By Susan Hornik
With award season kicking off, January always goes by so quickly. I went to the Palm Springs Film Festival's opening gala and stayed at the lovely Miramonte Spa and Hotel--if you ever want a weekend getaway away from Los Angeles this is the place to ...
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Brilliant Traces - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Experiencing the almost 30-year-old play Brilliant Traces at the Underground Theatre put me in a quandary. I left thinking, "What did I just see? What were they trying to say?" The next day I bought the play book. "This," I thought, ...
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Hidden Figures - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
by Joan Alperin Watch the video here! I loved 'Hidden Figures' so much that I saw it twice, and I'll probably see it again. It is one of the most inspiring, touching films I've seen in a long time. It's also a film that reminds us there are times ...
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Out & About with Susan Hornik 12/30/16
Posted By Susan Hornik
Life may be give us lemons, but it's always up to us to create lemonade. Discover Hollywood's Susan Hornik has put together a collection of interesting items that is sure to help you start the New Year off right. HEALTH I am going to start the year ...
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The King and I - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
The multi-Tony-winning musical, The King and I, by Rogers and Hammerstein, dances its way into the heart of theatre goers at the Pantages Theatre this winter season. Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana star in the fourth revival of the Broadway ...
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Oscar's Hollywood
Posted By Oscar Arslanian
Paramount Pictures, an integral part of Hollywood for more than 100 years, is making a $700-million investment that will allow the studio to advance its facilities with the newest technology, create entertainment jobs in Hollywood and preserve the ...
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From The Editor
Posted By Nyla Arslanian
Everything is topsy-turvy these days, post-election drama and the usual holiday scramble are making our lives even more hectic. Add to this Hollywood's Awards Season and the mood is electric. In the midst of all this, we take a pause to acknowledge ...
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Inside Job - Film Review
Posted By Bill Garry
I don't know if Inside Job, the debut short from Matt Nagin, will do much for America's image in the world (it just won First Place in competition at the Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes ), but it is a dynamic showcase for this up-and-coming actor, ...
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Bakersfield Mist - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
by Bill Garry You walk through the intimate theater's door into a kitschy, run-down mobile home in Bakersfield. Mellow music from a local radio station is playing. Maude Gutman, foul-mouthed and 70, is sitting at her kitchen table waiting for a ...
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Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
Posted By Joan Alperin
Once upon a time far far away in another galaxy Star Wars was born. Well it wasn't another galaxy where it was born, but that's where the action takes place. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is part one of an anthology. The film is set in a time before ...
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La La Land - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
When I saw "Whiplash" I knew I was seeing the birth of a brilliant director and now with Damien Chazelle's latest film, "La La Land" he more than proves I was right. This flm is not only a beautiful homage to the musicals of long ago, but it's a ...
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When Jazz Had the Blues - Theatre Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
Billy Strayhorn (Frank Lawson) ever hear of him? Probably not. Well for one thing, he was the love of Lena Horne's (Michole Briana White) life and most importantly he co-wrote some of Duke Ellington's (Boise Holmes) hits. He also happened to be black ...
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Blood - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
Kabuki is a stylized form of Japanese dance and drama dating back to the 1600s. When, after World War II, Japan put Kabuki on global tour in an attempt to strengthen diplomatic relations, the word took on a new, cynical meaning: self-serving ...
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Bob's Holiday Office Party - Theatre Review
Posted By Joshua Kahn
Bob's Holiday Office Party makes its way to the Atwater Village Theatre for its 21st consecutive year of drunken revelry. I must admit that I'd never heard of this long-running show until seeing it, but now I'll be hard-pressed to forget. Most ...
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White Christmas - Theatre Review
Posted By Rachel Flanagan
If you are looking for a white Christmas in Los Angeles this holiday season, look no further than the Pantages Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the dazzling White Christmas returns for a one-week engagement this holiday season. ...
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Thrones! The Musical Parody - Theatre Review
Posted By Bekah Caden
by Bekah Caden Coming to Los Angeles after rave reviews out of Chicago and from across the pond, is Thrones! The Musical Parody. We begin with a group of friends getting together to watch the latest "Game of Thrones" episode when disaster strikes - ...
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Sleeping Beauty - Theatre Review
Posted By Jen Brown
They've done it again, Storybook Theatre have pulled it off and given us what we want and need - a dollop of warmth, a whole lot of loving and a major helping of FUN! I was more than happy to see this wonderful production for a second time and my ...
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Gardel's Tango - Theatre Review
Posted By Bill Garry
If you're a fan of 1940s MGM biopics shown late at night on AMC, you'll be a fan of Gardel's Tango, a new play (with music, of course) about composer, singer, and musical innovator Carlos Gardel. Gardel, who lived from 1890 to 1935, took Tango from ...
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Noturnal Animals - Film Review
Posted By Joan Alperin
Nocturnal Animals is a psychological thriller written and directed by Tom Ford and based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. Ford has made only one other film, (also an adaptation) 2009's A Single Man. He comes from the world of ...
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