Writer: Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death.

JOAN OF ART - 10th Annual Reggae on the Mountain, Twilight Dinner on the Farm, and Going Back in Time 

There are a lot of great things happening this month in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. I'm breaking from format. I usually recommend things coming up on any given weekend, but tickets are running out fast for one of the best event of the year, which is THE 10TH ANNUAL REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN. … Continue reading JOAN OF ART - 10th Annual Reggae on the Mountain, Twilight Dinner on the Farm, and Going Back in Time 


JOAN OF ART: Movements at Union Station, a Powerful and Important Film, a Different Kind of Restaurant and a lot of Beer

This weekend has some really interesting and fun things going on starting with MOVEMENTS AT UNION STATION put on by METRO ART. The show will be held for two consecutive Friday nights starting on August 2nd and ending August 9th. Heat-Wave featuring special guest Norio Sato will host this Friday. A Los Angeles based party … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: Movements at Union Station, a Powerful and Important Film, a Different Kind of Restaurant and a lot of Beer


JOAN OF ART: An Outdoor Concert, An Indoor Concert, A Musical Parody of a Hit TV Comedy and A Great Musical From Broadway

One thing that I love about the summer is an outdoor concert and this Saturday evening the always fabulous RICKIE LEE JONES will be performing live at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are free and the concert starts at 7:00pm and runs till 8:30. Now in its 19th year, the … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: An Outdoor Concert, An Indoor Concert, A Musical Parody of a Hit TV Comedy and A Great Musical From Broadway


JOAN OF ART: A Musical Satire, A Musical Fantasy, Art Universe and an UnCabaret

I love Broadway musicals and this weekend there are two I'm going to see starting with the wonderfully outrageous satire THE BOOK OF MORMON. First staged in 2011 in New York, the play is a satirical examination of Mormon beliefs and practices that ultimately endorses the positive power of love and service. The script, lyrics … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: A Musical Satire, A Musical Fantasy, Art Universe and an UnCabaret


JOAN OF ART: A Mel Brooks Broadway Hit, A Superhero Returns, Ramblin Jack Elliot and A Very Big Meow Festival

The Producers opening at the Celebration Theatre at the Lex on Friday June 30th is a musical adaption of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks's 1967 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: A Mel Brooks Broadway Hit, A Superhero Returns, Ramblin Jack Elliot and A Very Big Meow Festival


JOAN OF ART: Luminario Ballet, John Legend, Dinner With Friends and Pop Up Art - Equals Major Fun

This weekend, June 14th, 15th, 16th Luminario Ballet presents: "Choose Your Identity", modern dance legend Bella Lewitzky's TURF, 'LedZAerial and the world choreography award nominated 'Lift Ticket.' by Luminario artistic director Judith FLEX Helle. I've seen them many times and they are absolutely fantastic. This is ballet like you've never seen it. Their aerial work … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: Luminario Ballet, John Legend, Dinner With Friends and Pop Up Art - Equals Major Fun


JOAN OF ART: A Weekend filled with an Iconic Play, an Iconic Actor's Son and Some Terrific Art

One of my most favorite lines ever written in a play comes from Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. The line is... Sometimes- there's God-so quickly and it is uttered by the character Blanche Dubois who believes a man that she recently met is going to rescue her from the hell … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: A Weekend filled with an Iconic Play, an Iconic Actor's Son and Some Terrific Art


JOAN OF ART: A Brilliant Improve Troupe, a Portrait of an Iconic Actor's Son, and Some Delicious Food

The much loved Troubadour Theatre Company is kicking of its 25th season with a new Shakespeare Jukebox Parody Mashup and as always they will kill it. The troupe is again turning a Shakespearean tragedy into a musical comedy this time by mashing up the story of Julius with the music of the rock band WEEZER. … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: A Brilliant Improve Troupe, a Portrait of an Iconic Actor's Son, and Some Delicious Food


JOAN OF ART: FEATHERS, FLIPPERS AND FUR PICNIC, BUILDING BRIDGES, AND A "MUST SEE" VERY FUNNY PLAY

I've been looking forward to this event since I attended their picnic last year. As the Los Angeles area's premier wildlife medical care and rehabilitation facility, California Wildlife Center strives to ensure that each animal in their care receives the highest level of help to allow them to return to their wild state. Since 1998, … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: FEATHERS, FLIPPERS AND FUR PICNIC, BUILDING BRIDGES, AND A "MUST SEE" VERY FUNNY PLAY


JOAN OF ART: A Film Everybody Has Been Waiting For, a Great Blues Festival and a Feast For a Foodie

A few days ago I drove to Disney Studios to see a press screening of AVENGERS ENDGAME and I have one word to describe this film...FANTASTIC! It is everything you want in a super hero movie and more. Without giving anything away, it has great action, edge of your seat tension, humor and it may … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: A Film Everybody Has Been Waiting For, a Great Blues Festival and a Feast For a Foodie


JOAN OF ART: An Old Fashion Musical, Puppets, Whales and Books (yes they still exist)

The 1952 MGM song and dance classic that immortalized Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds is considered by everyone one of cinema's greatest. A true classic. Adapted for the stage in 1985 by the film's legendary creators Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singing in the Rain comes to The Soraya thanks to a lavish new production … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: An Old Fashion Musical, Puppets, Whales and Books (yes they still exist)


JOAN OF ART: Three Different Kinds of Theatre and A Celebration of Beer - What Could Be Better?

Last weekend I saw a powerful, emotionally moving, beautifully acted one woman show entitled The Meatball Chronicles and I highly recommend it. If you do only one thing this weekend, run over to the he Hudson Theatre in Hollywood and get your tickets for this excellent must see production. This is actress Debrianna Mansini's story … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: Three Different Kinds of Theatre and A Celebration of Beer - What Could Be Better?


JOAN OF ART: Jordan Peele's new Horror film US, LA Fashion Week, Vegan Faire, and L.A.'s Green Tours

Jordan Peele the genius behind the film, GET OUT is back and this time, he's gone a step further. US, which I saw at a press screening the other night, opens this Friday, March 22nd and if you're a fan of this genre, then you better buy your ticket fast. Accompanied by her husband, son … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: Jordan Peele's new Horror film US, LA Fashion Week, Vegan Faire, and L.A.'s Green Tours


JOAN OF ART: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere, Stars in the Sky, St. Patrick's Day Fun and A Thrilling Cinematic Ride

Spring, my favorite time of year has arrived and because of the heavy rains, Mother Nature has graced us with some of her best work. I'm talking about the WILDFLOWERS and they are out in full force. This weekend I'm headed for Lake Elsinore where the Poppy super blooms are ready for their close-up. The … Continue reading JOAN OF ART: Flowers, Flowers Everywhere, Stars in the Sky, St. Patrick's Day Fun and A Thrilling Cinematic Ride

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