JOAN OF ART: An Iconic Musical, A Three Weekend Celebration of Food, Music & Beer, Halloween Scares & Another Kind Of Culinary Food Festival

Fall is upon us which means the start of a long holiday season, but before we get to that, there's one of my favorite musicals opening on October 18th at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, THE MUSIC MAN.

This beloved Meredith Wilson musical, which I personally have seen many times throughout the years, including the one with Hugh Jackman, will star Broadway's Adam Pascal ('Rent') as the fast talking traveling salesman Harold Hill.

In 1957 The Music Man became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and running for 1,375 performances. It included some of the most memorable songs including 'Till There Was You' and 'Goodnight My Someone' and the brassy favorite '76 Trombones.'

This is a total feel good musical that will have you smiling long after the curtain falls. The show opens Friday October 18th at 8pm and will close on Sunday October 27th.

For show times, tickets and other information go to BAPACThousandOaks.com  or call 805-449-2787. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 East Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks.

Now what would October be without the annual OKTOBERFEST which opened last weekend at the Fairplex and will be there for two more days, October 18th and 19th. This celebration is filled with authentic Bavarian music, German Food, chicken dances and guaranteed to be a blast for you and your family.

Guests will enjoy two stages, one complete with an Oom Pah Pah band, 12 beers on tap at multiple bars and enough food to feed a village. Two of the biggest expo halls and the outdoor plaza have been transformed and decorated to recreate a German fair.

Queen Nation, a cover band, will rock you along with The Rheinlanders and DJ Schlage spinning on the 1's and 2's.

For more information and to buy tickets go to Fairplex.com/events/oktoberfest. The Fairplex is located at 1101 West McKinley Avenue in Pomona, 91768.

Since Halloween is coming up there are plenty of places guaranteed to scare you silly and one of the scariest of all takes place at Universal Studios in Hollywood. It's Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and this year it has more spine-tingling mazes than ever before.

The studio that created the original monster movie genre, once again breathes new life into your darkest nightmares bringing you more hair-raising encounters including the dark secrets that lurk in the Upside Down in the next chapter of Netflix's STRANGER THINGS, the ultimate in paranormal thrills from GHOSTBUSTERS and coming face to face with your worst nightmare - yourself in Jordan Peele's film US.

There will be scare zones each gorged with murderous monsters and unimaginable horrors awaiting your arrival. What could be better than that? 'Horror Nights' runs now through November 3rd. Oh did I mention when and if you want a break from all the scary stuff there will also be a live band featuring the best music of the '80s, DJ dance parties and more.

To buy tickets go to Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Universal Studios is located at 100 Universal City Plaza in Universal City.

Lastly there is another kind of food experience happening this weekend and it's called TASTE CULINARY FOOD FESTIVAL taking place at The Atrium at Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles.

The festival is back for a second year and returns for a weekend long celebration of global cuisine and culinary events. This culinary experience features samplings from the Center's best restaurants along with chef experiences, wine and spirits tastings, plus live entertainment while you sip and savor your way through the best cuisines from around the world.

Ticket holders will get to enjoy samplings and tastings from restaurants like: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Eataly, Javier's, Halo Top Scoop Shop, La Colombe, The Crack Shack and so many more.

Tickets to attend will cost $55 for adults over 21 years of age and $35 for guests under 21.

Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options will be available at the event. TASTE takes place on Friday October 18th from 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday October 19th from 11:30am-2:30pm, and 5:30pm-8:30pm. The last day is Sunday, October 20th, from noon until 3pm.

Go to Westfield.com/CenturyCity to purchase tickets and for more information.

Wishing you a very fun weekend.


Audio Interview: Sharon Lawrence - Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in the ABC drama series NYPD Blue stars in "A Kid Like Jake" at the Pasadena Playhouse

Pearle’s acclaimed play is a study of intimacy and parenthood, and the fantasies that accompany both.*

Enjoy this interview with Sharon Lawrence and the cast of “A Kid Like Jake” at the Pasadena Playhouse, running until Nov 3rd. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website

A Kid Like Jake

A Kid Like Jake

www.better-lemons.com /Oct 3-Nov 3
Pearle’s acclaimed play is a study of intimacy and parenthood, and the fantasies that accompany both.


Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – October 7 - 13, 2019

Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, Musicals, Dance, Solo, and Awards Showsregistered on the Better Lemons calendar!

For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.

One Night Only

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Mermaid of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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DEFENDERS

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Sally Spectre the Musical

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40th Anniversary Celebration- LA Choreographers & Dancers Performance

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Impresario of Castro Street

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The Soul of Broadway - Impossible Dreams

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Levi Kreis: Home for the Holidays

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Something Rotten!

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Between Riverside and Crazy

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The Wrong Kind of People

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Second City/NBC Bob Curry Fellowship Showcases 2019

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The Double V

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Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival - Our Fantasia and On the Terrace

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October off the Screen Series

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Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival

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An Excuse to Behave Badly

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Magoc Castle Magicians at Theatre West

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The 7th Annual URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR: Haunted Theatre Attraction!

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The 16th Annual Hollywood PAL Awards Gala

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Circa: Humans

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Chills & Thrills

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TAP DANCING MY WAY TO THE NUTHOUSE

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On an Average Day

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How the Light Gets In

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The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

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DISROBED

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Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evil Doers

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Audio Interview: The cast of “Bright Star” at GEM Theatre

This sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances.*

Enjoy this interview with the cast of “Bright Star at the GEM Theatre, playing through Oct 20th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


JOAN OF ART - Chills & Scares, An Iconic Singer, Songwriter and Poet, A Rock Group That's Still Rocking & More Halloween Fun For The Whole Family

For the past five years, every Halloween, I find myself having the intense need to be scared and the place that fulfills that desire is found on the Queen Mary where they put on one of the most creative and terrifying Halloween event entitled DARK HARBOR.

This is the ultimate SCREAM festival. You walk through dark mazes where you will be greeted by monsters, ghouls, super gory scenes and people sneaking up on you in pitch black darkness to tap you on the shoulder. I can't tell you how many times I've screamed at the top of my lungs during this experience all aboard the Queen Mary which has been said to be haunted. What could be better?

There are over two hundred monsters, six terrifying mazes, nightly live entertainment, secret bars and exciting rides. This is Southern California's most authentic haunted attraction. It started in September and runs through November 2nd. There is no better place to experience Halloween.

For tickets and more information go to QueenMary.com/calendar-of-events/dark-harbor/2019 or call 1-877-600-4313.

If getting terrified isn't you thing then I suggest on October 11th, you take a trip over to UC Irvine-Bren Center to see the one and only BOB DYLAN. There is no need to explain who Bob Dylan is. If you don't know, then you should go to I tunes and download all of his music.

 

No musician has had such an influence on society as he had. The show starts at 8pm. UC Irvine-Bren Center is located at 100 Mesa Road, Irvine CA. For tickets go to BobDylan.com.

Speaking of music, there is another group playing in Los Angeles this weekend and perhaps you've heard of them. They're called THE WHO and if Dylan isn't your thing, fo see The Who instead playing at the Hollywood Bowl this coming Friday, October 11th, at 7:30pm.

This is their North American MOVING ON TOUR and they will definitely bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to the Hollywood Bowl. For tickets and more information go to HollywoodBowl.com.

Now kids might find the DARK HARBOR event a little too scary so that's why I suggest you take them to NIGHTS OF THE JACK which is an interactive family friendly Halloween experience at the beautiful King Gillette Ranch in Calabases CA.

You and your family will walk around a half mile trail around the vast grounds that display intricately hand carved and illuminated jack o'lanterns. It also features a live pumpkin carver, gift shop, top LA food trucks and their 'Spookeasy Bar' serving specially crafted Halloween cocktails and tons of other 'Instagramable' moments for all to enjoy.

This year they are in partnership with Nickelodeon so the event will feature a special 'SpongeBob Square Pants' installation which bring to life fan favorite SpongeBob characters and iconic Bikini Bottom places through an illuminated pumpkin display, as well as an "Are You 'Afraid of the Dark?" pre-show tent space to include twisted surprises, along with an interactive augmented reality experience.

For tickets and more information go to NightOfTheJack.com. The King Gillette Ranch is located at 26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302.

Whatever you chose to do this weekend, have a great one people.


Audio Interview: Cathy Rigby and the cast of "Grumpy Old Men" AT THE LA MIRADA THEATRE

Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a grumpy ride! TV legend & Tony winner HAL LINDEN, the beloved CATHY RIGBY and Broadway’s KEN PAGE star in this new musical-comedy based on the classic 1993 film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret.  Two aging neighbors, Max and John, have been feuding for more than 50 years until the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street — raising the rivalry to new heights.  Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud story of family, friendship, love and romance in a fresh new musical that’s guaranteed to delight!*

Enjoy this interview with Cathy Rigby and the cast of “Grumpy Old Men at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, playing through Oct 13th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


"MEET THE PUBLICISTS" PANEL PODCAST

Better Lemons and Theatre West hosted “Meet the Publicists” featuring several of LA's premier publicists for a panel discussion of theatre publicity, marketing, and promotion.

The following publicists were on the panel:

Tim Choy (Davidson & Choy Publicity)
DAVIDSON & CHOY PUBLICITY (Press Representatives) resume includes the original Evita through The Book of Mormon and stints with American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Clients include Actor's Gang, Broad Stage, El Capitan Theatre, Ford Theatres, Hollywood Bowl, Lythgoe Pantos, Pasadena Playhouse, Segerstrom Center, Shakespeare Center LA, The Soraya, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Lucy Pollak (Lucy Pollak Public Relations)
Lucy Pollak has been providing publicity services to the Los Angeles arts community for the past 27 years for companies including 24th STreet Theatre, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Echo Theater Company, Fountain Theatre, International City Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works, Latino Theater Company at the LATC, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Padua Playwrights, Theatre Planners, Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum; numerous independent theater and dance productions; and large events and festivals such as the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at The Music Center.

From 1981 to 1990, she was production manager/staff producer at the Odyssey Theatre, where she co-produced over 100 productions with artistic director Ron Sossi.

She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award (Master Class), an LA Weekly Award (Mary Barnes), four Drama-Logue Awards (Mary Barnes, Idioglossia, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, It's A Girl!), and a Women in Theatre Recognition Award. She has served on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance (now L.A. Stage Alliance), Women in Theatre and P.A.T.H. (Performing Arts Theatre for the Handicapped).

Philip Sokoloff
PHILIP SOKOLOFF has been a publicist for 24 years. He represents over 100 live attractions and several dozen feature films annually. His long-term clients include Theatre 40, Edgemar Center for the Arts, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Robey Theatre Company, Arena Cinelounge, Dean Productions and more.He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. He has also produced for stage and television and has been an actor for 49 years.

Lynn Tejada (Green Galactic)
For 25 years, Green Galactic Founder Lynn Tejada has been the go-to publicist in Los Angeles for alternative art and culture producers, representing clients on a local, regional, national, and international scale. Since 1994, her promotions and client-base has included music of all sorts, theatre, art, film, dance, and more.

Tejada is also drawn to helping charities and nonprofit clients – she currently sits on the board of Linda Carmella Sibio's Bezerk Productions, Dance Camera West and on the advisory board of Lauren Segal's Give A Beat. She is also on the Honorary Board of Flea's Silverlake Conservatory of Music and sat on the board of humanitarian nonprofit NextAid for many years.


Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – September 30 - October 6, 2019

Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, Musicals, and Interactive/Immersive Escape Rooms NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.

Short & Sweet Film Festival

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Short & Sweet Hollywood Dance Festival

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Short & Sweet Hollywood Latino

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Short & Sweet Hollywood LGBTQ+ LIVE!

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Constantinople

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San Fernando Valley Master Chorale: Grand Finale - Popular Musical & Opera Show-stoppers

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The Abuelas

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The Art of Dining

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The Manitou House

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The Sunshine Boys

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A Christmas Carol

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Second City’s fourth annual "2019 Diversity in Comedy Festival"

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Silent Sky

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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Ravenswood Manor

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Dear Jerry Seinfeld

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What if: A Musical Parody

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Key Largo

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The Thanksgiving Play

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Sisters in Law

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The Legend of Little Girl Blue

FRANKENSTEIN - WORLD PREMIERE

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THE SÉANCE

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THE FUN HOUSE

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THE HEX ROOM

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THE PSYCH WARD

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PunkPlay

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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Fruition

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Matilda

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The Lion in Winter

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The Santaland Diaries

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Bright Star

Bright Star

www.better-lemons.com /Sep 26-Oct 20
This sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances.

Cathy Rigby and the cast of Grumpy Old Men

Cathy Rigby and the cast of Grumpy Old Men

www.better-lemons.com /Sep 20-Oct 13
Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a grumpy ride! TV legend & Tony winner HAL LINDEN, the beloved CATHY RIGBY and Broadway’s KEN PAGE star in this new musical-comedy based on the classic 1993 film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret. Two aging neighbors, Max and John, have been feuding for more than 50 years until the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street — raising the rivalry to new heights. Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud story of family, friendship, love and romance in a fresh new musical that’s guaranteed to delight!


Audio Interview: Ken Page - Old Deuteronomy (Cats, the Musical) stars in "GRUMPY OLD MEN" AT THE LA MIRADA THEATRE

Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a grumpy ride! TV legend & Tony winner HAL LINDEN, the beloved CATHY RIGBY and Broadway’s KEN PAGE star in this new musical-comedy based on the classic 1993 film starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret.  Two aging neighbors, Max and John, have been feuding for more than 50 years until the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street — raising the rivalry to new heights.  Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud story of family, friendship, love and romance in a fresh new musical that’s guaranteed to delight!*

Enjoy this interview with Ken Page - Ain't Misbehavin' (the musical) staring in “Grumpy Old Men at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, playing through Oct 13th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


A Dark, Disturbing but Relevant Film, A Classic Play, Music That Will Have You Up On Your Feet and Get Ready To Laugh

To quote the Joker, 'What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?' 'You get what you f-ing deserve.' That about sums up the brilliant, dark, disturbing, profound film JOKER directed by Todd Phillips who also wrote it along with Scott Silver.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix who gives an astonishing performance as Arthur Fleck/Joker proving once again he may just be one of the top ten great actors of our generation. Phoenix lost a lot of weight to play the part. He looks thin, frail, hungry. Phoenix is in practically ever scene and he is absolutely mesmerizing.

Before he becomes the Joker, Arthur is one of societies freaks. He's beaten up, made fun of, a misunderstood loner. All Arthur wants to do is make people laugh. After all he's a clown and that's what he's paid to do.

Arthur tells us he 'just doesn't want to feel so bad anymore.' But that's not to be. We see the mental, moral, emotional and physical make up of the man who becomes the Joker. This is not a comic book movie. It's a devastating film about one of the most iconic villains in cinema history but at the same time, it comments on our society and what's happening in this country now. 'Joker' opens in theaters Friday, October 4th. Get your tickets now.

Speaking of powerful, Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS is just that. The play opened on Broadway on January 1947 and it's still relevant today. 'All My Sons' is based upon a true story. The Wright Aeronautical Corporation based in Ohio had conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use.

The Tony winning play starts in the middle of the action, abruptly in August 1947. Joe Keller, a self made businessman and his wife Kate are visited by a neighbor Frank. At Kate's request Frank is trying to figure out the horoscope of the Kellers' missing son Larry, who disappeared three years earlier while serving in the military during World War II.

The entire play takes place over one day in the yard of the Keller's. Secrets of the past expose who is family and how we justify the sacrifice we make for family. 'All My Sons' is directed by Elina de Santos and she does an excellent job.

Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd in Venice. The play is presented by the Co-op of PRT. This is an electrifying drama of family conflict, patriotic duty and personal greed and even though it is set in the aftermath of WW II I'm sure it's very relatable for events occurring in 2019.

For tickets go to PacificResidentTheatre.com.

Now for something lighter. HARVELLS is a club that has been presenting Blues, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Burlesque and more since 1931. I've seen a lot of great acts there, but one of the best is called THE TOLEDO SHOW. It plays every Sundays at 9pm.

As quoted by the Los Angeles Times, Toledo is 'the coolest Cat working in Hollywood.' 'The show is top notch and really must be experienced. Toledo is considered on of the hottest acts in modern music.' Toledo is a Soul singer, Jazz man, poet, dancer, choreographer, connoisseur of haberdashery and probably one of the most dramatic and entertaining performers you will ever see.

He's toured all over the United States and Australia always getting rave reviews. His vocal styling's have been compared to Tom Waits, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone and Barry White. How could it be any better? I'm seeing him again this Sunday and I can't wait. Oh if Burlesque is your thing, you will definitely get to see that as well. It's part of the show and if you like sexy female dancers called 'Dames' in the show, you'll love watching them hanging from rods installed near the ceiling of Harvelle's during a song.

Harvells is located at 1432 4th Street in Santa Monica. For tickets call 310-395-1676 or go to Harvelles.com

Lastly one of my favorite improv group takes place at the GROUNDLINGS. I've been going there for years and I've always laughed so hard that I almost fell off my chair. Their new show entitled ALL THE LEAVES ARE GROUNDLINGS opens this Friday, October 4th, and I promise you will love every minute of it.

For tickets call the box office 323-934-4747 or go to Groundlings.com/shows/all-the-leaves-are-groundlings. Some of our best comedians have come from The Groundlings School, including Kathy Griffith, Jon Lovitz and Laraine Newman just to name a few. ALL THE LEAVES ARE GROUNDLINGS plays Fridays at 8pm and Saturday at 8pm and 10pm.

The theatre is located at 7307 Melrose in West LA.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend people, make it a fun one.