JOAN OF ART: The Mormons are Back, A Musical that's Worth a Trip, A Visit to the Iconic Grand Central Market, and Get Ready to Dance, Dance, Dance

There's a lot of super fun things going on this weekend and I'm going to try my best to be at every one of them.

First up THE BOOK OF MORMON is opening at the Ahmanson Theatre at 135 North Grand Avenue downtown.

I've seen this musical (are you ready?) four times over the last few years. Why do I keep going back? Because it's hysterically funny, brilliant and super clever on every single level. I absolutely loved every second of this show and I promise you will too.

According to The New York Times...THE BOOK OF MORMON is completely irrelevant, outrageous and 'the best musical of the century' and numerous publications more than agree with these sentiments.

This wonderfully offensive, extremely smart show is from the minds of Trey Parker, Richard Lopez and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park. Need I say more?

But I will. Briefly it's the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries they are sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. They start out in Salt Lake City and wind up in a remote Ugandan village. What follows is a sidesplitting story of Joseph Smith and the Mormon Church like you've never seen before.

THE BOOK OF MORMON opened this week and plays through March 29th.

For more information and for tickets go to CenterTheatreGroup.org.

Next up is a different kind of musical that will have you traveling to downtown Los Angeles to The Los Angeles Theatre Center, which resides in a historic beautiful building that was originally a bank constructed In the late 1930's and early 1931.

It's really cool to see that some of the history of the building has been preserved. In fact on the lower floor is the bank's original vault and if you're super quiet and have a vivid imagination, you might just see a ghost or two.

Back to the musical which is entitled FOUND. This musical comedy was inspired by scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been 'found' in the real world by every-day people and brought to irreverent theatrical life.

The show is based on the collection curated by Davy Rothbart in his 'Found' books and magazines. premiered off Broadway in 2014 and was the 'Critic's Pick' by The New York Times.

This insightful and hilarious musical is a raucous exploration of human connection and the beautiful weirdness in all of us. I personally can't wait to see it.

The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at 513 South Spring Street, Downtown LA 90013. For tickets go to TheLATC.org/Found or call 213-489-0994.

FOUND opens tonight February 20th at 8pm with performances taking place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 4pm and Mondays at 8pm through March 23rd 2020.

Okay now that you're downtown, you must visit one of my favorite eating haunts that has always without fail satisfied all of my culinary needs and left me extremely full and happy. I'm talking about THE GRAND CENTRAL MARKET located at 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This is a feasting grounds with a dynamic lineup of vendors that have been here for decades. In fact, the market can be traced back from its days as an open grocery to its modern 'destination dining'.

Its excellent reputation draws James Beard quality chefs. All of the thirty stalls in GCM are definitely worthy of your attention whether it's for lunch, dinner or an in between snack. No matter what your food tastes are, you will find it here.

The Market is turning 100 this year and after you visit this place, you will definitely be shouting "HERE'S TO ANOTHER 100!."

To see everything the GCM offers go to their website at GrandCentralMarket.com.

Last on my list, but definitely not least is the BLUE 13 DANCE COMPANY noted for its rhythmic and charged performances that blend hip-hop, ballet and modern and traditional Indian dance.

This incredibly talented company showcases its exuberant genre bending artistry at one of my favorite theatres, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which is located at 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills 90210.

BLUE 13 DANCE COMPANY is L.A. based and has been influencing the modern dance landscape through their reimagining of the classical forms from India with an American contemporary aesthetic.

They've performed on stages around the world, from Paris and Morocco to New York using dance as a vehicle for storytelling and I for one can't wait to see them.

The BLUE 13 DANCE COMPANY will be performing on February 21st through February 22nd at 7:30.

For tickets and more information go to TheWallis.org.

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


JOAN OF ART - A Musical About Love, Winter Fun in Downtown LA, A Thousand Lights at Union Station and A Poignant, Raw, Beautifully Written, Directed, and Acted Film

After you have stuffed yourselves with delicious food, and visited friends and family, here are some fun things you might want to do that does not include eating or shopping.

First up is the return of LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This is their biggest, record-breaking hit of the holiday season. The multimedia concert celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time is back by popular demand, now as a not-to-be missed Los Angeles tradition.

The team behind LA's award winning series For the Record transforms the theatre into an immersive cinema, where the modern classic written by Richard Curtis is reborn as a revolutionary stage and screen event.

To tell the story, the film and live action seamlessly intertwine throughout the London setting. Iconic scenes on screen share the stage with an all star cast of singers and a 15-piece orchestra as they reimagine the film's hit soundtrack including 'Christmas is All Around' and 'Trouble With Love.'

'Love Actually Live' is a first-of-its-kind theatrical cinema experience. The show runs from November 27th - December 29th. To purchase tickets and for more information visit TheWallis.org/Love or call 310-745-4000.

The Wallis-Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, 90210.

Next up is something fun for the whole family and one of my favorite things to do...ICE SKATING...Growing up in New York City once the winter was upon us, you could find me with my white skates with pink pom poms ice skating at New York's famed Rockefeller Center. It was always a magical, super fun experience even when I'd fall on my butt which I did more times than not.

Now you can lace up your skates and have the same experience as I did at PERSHING SQUARE HOLIDAY ICE SKATING RINK.

Open daily as of November 14th 2019 until January 20, 2020, you won't want to miss this magical winter wonderland that promises to delight all people of all ages. So grab your family, friends, co-workers or a date and visit The Bai Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square for festive fun and unforgettable memories.

The is their 22nd Anniversary Season so you know they're doing something right. Also every Tuesday throughout the rink, the season will be dedicated to FROZEN. Ice rink lights will be predominantly blue and every third song played will be from the FROZEN'S original Broadway Cast Recording at 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm.

For more information go to HolidayIceRinkDowntownLA.com. or call 313-624-4289.

 

Speaking of Downtown, at Union Station THOUSANDS OF LUMINOUS LIGHTS are setting the stage for a month long holiday celebration which started on Thursday November 21st.

The holiday season Union Station's historic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment with a Luminous Holiday Light Display, a Tree Lighting Ceremony, illuminating a towering tree with thousands of glistening lights as snowdrifts from the sky fall to welcome the holiday season.

Additionally, the station's iconic clock tower will be adorned with a massive 20 foot wide wreath. There will be a month-long series of eclectic Cocoa Concerts and a Holiday Festival and Artisan Market featuring a distinctive diverse performers, artists and artisans from across Los Angeles.

The Union Station Holiday Festival, a pop-up artisan market, rolls into the station's south patio on Saturday December 7th from 10am to 6pm with more than 40 of L.A.'S most sought after artists and artisans, live entertainment, a Beer Garden, food truck favorites and fun, free activities for the kids.

The Cocoa Concert series continues on Friday, December 6 at 6:40pm (Latin beats from the Congas ), Friday, December 13th, 6:30pm (The singing sounds of the HI-FI HONEYDROPS AND Friday, December 20th, 6:30pm (Special Guests to be announced).

There will also be Santa selfies, a Candy Cane Lane where custom neon photo-op will make your season bright alongside a soaring Candy Cane Queen and holiday-themed arts, crafts and interactive games and entertainment.

I'm taking my eleven year old niece there next weekend and I'm probably going to have just as much fun as she will. For additional information on holiday events at Union Station, check out 'happenings' at UnionStationLA.com.

Lastly I high recommend one of my favorite films of the year MARRIAGE STORY, written and directed by NOAH BAUMBACH, who is also one of my favorite screenwriters. This 2019 films stars the fantastic Scarlett Johansson and the equally fantastic Adam Driver along with the wonderful Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta and Julie Hagerty.

The film follows a married couple going through a coast to coast divorce. You can see it in theaters around town and it will also be streaming on NETFLIX starting on December 6th. The film received widespread critical acclaim particularly for Baumbach's screenplay and direction as well as the acting of Johansson, Driver and Dern.

MARRIAGE STORY is at times funny, extremely raw and deeply emotional. Driver plays a successful theatre director in New York City. His theatre company is currently producing a play that stars his wife Nicole (Johansson) a former teen film actress. That's all I really want to say about it except that I promise, you will be thinking about this film long after the credits end. I know I was.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite holidays even though I'm a staunch vegetarian. For me it's all about getting together with people that I love and sharing what we are all thankful for. I hope that you all besides having fun and experiencing delicious food, take a moment and reflect on all the things in your life that you are grateful for.


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.


Lemon Butter: Best of L.A.'s Theatre Adjacent Restaurants and Bars - September Edition

Lemon Butter is a bi-monthly column featuring choice restaurants, lounges, Happy Hours, and other spots where hospitality is offered, that are convenient to theatre venues throughout Los Angeles. For distances and times given traffic and parking are not factored in. Where available, contact all hospitality venues for valet or parking information and/or reservations.

This month's Lemon Butter covers just a few restaurants and theatres on the Westside in Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Santa Monica!

CHEZ JAY

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - The Jay Dog at Chez Jay The Backyard, Santa Monica, California, August 13, 2019.

Perfect for pre or after dinner theatre, and nearest the Santa Monica Playhouse and Morgan-Wixson Theatre is Chez Jay.

Owned by Michael Anderson and operated by his son General Manager Chris Anderson, the Historical Landmark in Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue recently opened The Backyard, featuring al fresco dining by the ocean and under the stars.

Designed by Chris Anderson and Nataly Lopez, The Backyard is a comfortable, open space–much like your own backyard–and features picnic tables, couches, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, wine barrels, hanging vintage lanterns, string lights, and a protective canopy from the noon-day sun, and is fenced in where it abuts Santa Monica’s Tongva Park.

Chef "Memo" Guillermo De Arcos G, having been in the kitchen at Chez Jay, now a landmark restaurant in Santa Monica of over 27 years, recently introduced the new Good Eats menu at The Backyard with starters such as the Peppercorn Maple Bacon, Grilled Street Corn, Southwest Steak Nachos, Truffle Fries, Kimchi Guacamole, Rhode Island Calamari, Shrimp Ceviche Bites, and Baked Clams.

There are also salads, such as the Crispy Calamari Salad, prepared with fried calamari, frisée, romaine radicchio, tomatoes, pickled red onion, and French Dijon vinaigrette, The Cobb Salad served with grilled chicken, romaine, bacon, egg, blue cheese, tomato, avocado, and lemon honey vinaigrette, or the NY Steak Salad prepared with Angus New York Strip, arugula, mixed greens, blue cheese, cranberries, walnuts, pickled onions and balsamic vinaigrette.

The Mains features seafood selections such as the Mahi Mahi Sandwich of grilled filet of Mahi Mahi, lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce on a toasted bun, or the Fish & Chips with Allagash beer-battered cod and french fries. There is also the Chez Burger of a ½ pound Angus beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion, served on a toasted bun. There is also the Steak Au Poivre Sandwich with a Peppered Angus NY Steak, cream of horseradish, picked cabbage, arugula on sourdough, Memo's amazing Jay Dog prepared with a grilled 10 inch Wagyu hot dog, tomato, pickles, onions, relish, peppers and mustard on split-top brioche, or the appropriately named Mike’s Melt, in honor of Michael Anderson, prepared with a pressed ½ pound Angus beef patty, melted cheddar, and caramelized onions on rye, and–a personal favorite–the Crispy Chicken Sandwich of fried chicken, house coleslaw, apple, frisée, chipotle aioli, and pickles on a toasted bun.

To finish, you can choose the ultimate comfort food! Chef Memo’s Fried Oreos are crisply fried with a batter, remaining soft and sweet inside. A most decadent dessert!

Cocktails are served at the bar, exclusive to Chez Jay's The Backyard, such as the  Hotel California of Bombay Sapphire, grapefruit, lemon and rosemary, the Chevy To The Levy comprised of mezcal, pineapple, Ramazzotti Rosato, lemon and sage, The Juan Margarita spicy margarita prepared with Casamigos Tequila, jalapeño, cucumber, cilantro and lime, a Pimm’s Cup made of Pimm’s, cucumber, mint, ginger, and lemon, the Dark & Stormy prepared with Gosling’s Rum, ginger beer, and lime, the Never Old Fashioned with Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey, orange peel, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry and bitters, or the Tecate Michelada made with veteran Chez Jay Bartender Petter Wichman’s Wickie’s Bloody Good Mix, and lime with a Tajin rim. Wines by the glass are offered, including the Cupcake Prosecco, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Ferrari Chardonnay, Bev Rose, Meiomi Pinot Noir, and the Josh Cabernet. Their beer selections are the Allagash White, Heineken, Santa Monica 310, or Angel City IPA, Palmia Light, Tecate, Angel City Pilsner, Golden Road Wolf Pup, Corona, Bud Light and Angry Orchard.

The Backyard at Chez Jay is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 10pm, every Friday from 4pm to 11pm, and every Saturday from 12 noon to 11pm, and every Sunday from 12 noon to 8pm.

The Good Eats menu at The Backyard ranges from $6 to $16, with beer, wine and custom cocktails from $7 - $14. Happy Hour specials at Chez Jay are every Monday through Friday from 4-6:30pm., with dinner starting at 5:30 pm.

CHEZ JAY - 1657 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 - 310.395.1741

Distance to the Santa Monica Playhouse  - (0.9 miles, 5 min. drive)

Shows to look for at the Santa Monica Playhouse on Better Lemons' Calendar:

(IM)Perfect
Absolutely Halloween
Binge Free Festival
Binge Fringe Free Festival
Love in Bloom
Magic Monday

Distance to the Morgan-Wixson Theatre   - (2.3 miles, 7 min. drive)

 


DUKE'S MALIBU

Nearest to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum and the Malibu Playhouse is Dukes's Malibu.

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - The Crab Cakes at Duke's Malibu by the beach, Malibu, California, August 17, 2019

Named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Hawaii's Olympic Gold Medalist in surfing, Duke's Malibu is a Hawaiian themed restaurant situated on the Pacific Coast Highway with pristine and open views of the Pacific Ocean. The expansive restaurant features a central bar and the Barefoot Bar, which also includes seating at an outside patio.

Inside, through picture windows, the booths overlook the pristine and open views of the Pacific Ocean. On weekends, Happy Hour is in the central and Barefoot bar for those who are awaiting the dinner seating crossover, which begins at 4pm.

To start, there's Crab Cakes of lump crab, old bay seasoning, preserved lemon, Meyer lemon remoulade, or Korean sticky ribs, a Lobster Mac 'n Cheese with creamy white cheddar and ditalini pasta, Crab Wontons with crab meat, cream cheese, macadamia nuts, mustard plum sauce, or the Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Lilikoi chili water for dipping. For salads, there is the Rocket with arugula, Maui onion, bacon, roasted beets, goat cheese, and white balsamic vinaigrette and the Maui Farm Salad of local greens, marinated hearts of palm, pickled mango, Pohole fern, Maui onions, and miso lime dressing.

For the main course, there's the Seafood Hot Pot filled with lobster, shrimp, mussels, fresh fish, coconut cilantro broth, oyster mushrooms, peanuts, served with Jasmine rice, the Furikake Ahi Steak with fire-grilled sashimi-grade ahi, chili oil, truffle unagi glaze, shiitake mushroom, black bean-peanut charred bok choy, served with coconut bamboo rice. The Fish Tacos are with grilled fish, corn tortillas from La Chapalita, tomatillo sauce, cabbage, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and chips, and the Roasted Tristan da Cunha Lobster Tails, which are the “world’s only sustainable lobster tail”, are served with herbed Jasmine farro rice, roasted asparagus, and drawn butter. The Steamed Alaskan King Crab Legs are available in two sizes, served with herbed Jasmine farro rice, broccolini, and drawn butter, and in addition to all this, there are daily fish specials.

For land lovers, there's a Prime Sirloin from the Double R Signature Ranch, with miso brown butter, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, and broccolini, the Roasted Huli Chicken –an all natural half chicken seasoned with a garlic shoyu marinade and served with horseradish mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, snap peas & summer squash, and the Chef's Cheeseburger of 1/2 lb Angus chuck, brisket & hanger grind, white aged cheddar, bacon dijon aioli, Maui onion jam, heirloom tomato, mixed greens, brioche bun, and served with fries. They also have a vegan option, which is the Lilikoi Glazed Tofu with charred bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, sesame grilled asparagus, served with jasmine rice.

Happy "Aloha" Hour provides items that range from $6 to $15 in the Barefoot Bar, with lunch in the main dining from $8 to $19, and for dinner, from $8 - $18 for starters and $16 to $51 for entrees.

DUKE'S MALIBU - 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 - 310.317.0777

Distance to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum - (9.7 miles, 15 minute drive)

Distance to the Malibu Playhouse - (11.6 miles, 15 minute drive)


Photo by Monique A. LeBleu - Vinoteca Wine Bar at the Four Season Beverly Hills, California, August 23, 2019.

VINOTECA

Nearest to The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Beverly Hills Playhouse is Vinoteca.

Adjacent to the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Vinoteca is a standalone dining and drinking destination and great for Happy Hour.

Vinoteca's bar and outdoor patio accommodate hotel guests, locals, and movers and shakers of the entertainment world, featuring all of the hospitality and amenities that you would expect from a Four Seasons Hotel.

Chef de Cuisine Luca Moriconi’s menu at Vinoteca provides easily shareable bar bites, crisp pizza breads, hot wings, fried stuffed olives, oysters on the half shell, and a variety of wines, beers, and cocktails.

Happy Hour at Vinoteca features a special food item and specialty drink, and are offered for every day of the workweek.

Mondays start with $1 Oysters and $10 rosé. Tuesdays they have $1 Spicy Chicken Wings and $5 bottled beer. The market oysters are often Pacific or Pacific Northwest, which couple well with the rosé or a nice brut. Served with a creamy Gorgonzola dipping sauce, the Spicy Chicken Wings are a beautiful sweet-spicy mix that pair well with a cool, crisp beer.

On Wednesdays they offer 50% off of Wine Bottles selected by Sommelier David Gary which is served with a complimentary Cheese Plate for each bottle ordered. On Thursdays, Chef Moriconi features selected Pasta and a glass of Prosecco for $7 each, and on Friday's they offer M&M – a crisp Pizzetta Margherita and a Margarita each for $7.

Should you choose to expand on your meal, either before or after the theatre, there is also the fine dining option of the adjacent Culina.

Outside of the Happy Hour specials at Vinoteca, bar bites, pastas, pizza, and panini's range from $9 to $24.

VINOTECA - 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048 - 310.860.4000

Distance to The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - (0.7 miles, 4 min. drive)

Shows to look for at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Better Lemons' Calendar:

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE

Distance to the Beverly Hills Playhouse  (1 mile, 6 min. drive)



JOAN OF ART - A HOLIDAY WEEKEND CELEBRATING THE END OF SUMMER WITH FOOD FESTIVALS, AND SOME GREAT JAZZ

For the past several years, every Labor Day weekend I find myself at Paramount Studios at the LA Times TASTE OF LA. There are three nights of some of the finest delights the restaurants of Los Angeles have to offer.

This year the lineup is stellar. This annual feast is one of the most quintessential Los Angeles food parties given by the LA Times. It's full of restaurants repping our city with some of the best bites you can find anywhere in town.

From August 30 to September 1, this year's The Taste takes over the Paramount back lot for unlimited bites and sips from a daily rotating cast that includes the Bazaar by José Andrés, Rao's, Le Comptoir, Park's BBQ, SLAB, Salazar, Jitlada, Triple Beam Pizza, Employees Only, Freedman's, Ghengis Cohen, Bone Kettle and Izakaya Osen, to name just a few. There's something fo everyone, even us vegetarians and vegans.

Various LA Times editors and writers will be onsite, too, hosting panel discussions and demonstrations on topics from the so-trendy Nashville hot chicken and Tijuana-style tacos to perfect wine pairings. (There'll even be "A Mystery Taste Extravaganza," with food editor Lucas Kwan Peterson, whatever that means, and I can't wait to find out.)

Tickets for each night of The Taste are $115 per person, unless you want to splurge for skip-the-line entry, premium parking, VIP-lounge access, exclusive cocktails, and sushi from Phillip Frankland Lee's Sushi Bar (one of my favorite sushi spots in Los Angeles)- then your ticket will cost $190. Whichever option you pick, all tickets allow full of nibbling privileges and access to the back-lot block party as you check out live entertainment, sample to your stomach's content and soak up knowledge from the esteemed panelists.

Paramount Studios is located at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. The event runs Friday August 30th through Sunday September 1st. 7:30-10:30 pm. For tickets and more information go to Events/LATimes.com/Taste.

Now if you're food tastes run in a different direction there is The Vegan Street Fair On Saturday, August 31st.

The fair runs from 3-10pm at The Federal NoHo located at 5303 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood.

Besides delicious vegan food, there will be classic arcades doing live band karaoke, dancing to the stylings of DJ Cali Miles and eating all of this out of control mash ups these vendors have to share.

One of my favorite is there pizza burger Mash-Up created by Swamiji Plant Based and Veggietize Me!

There will be over 30 vendors to satisfy your palette and if it's anything like last year you will not be disappointed.

To order tickets or for more information go to VeganStreetFair.com.

Now I can't think of a better way to digest all this delicious food then to head over to the WEST ADAMS JAZZ FESTIVAL on Friday through Sunday, August 30th to September 1st, from 6-11pm.

The West Adams Avenues Jazz & Musical Festival 'Under the Stars' started 19 years ago. What began as a culturally diverse gathering of neighbors with picnic baskets and lawn chairs, enjoying local musicians from the community turned into a phenomenal event every Labor Day Weekend.

Last year's event shattered all expectations with more than 5000 attendees, some of them coming from as far as Australia.

Besides great music there are dance contests, activities for children, dancing in the streets, arts, crafts and jewelry from local artisans and fabulous food from local restaurants.

The event is FREE. The West Adams Jazz and Music Festival is located at 2521 7th Avenue.

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


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. This amazing festival which I've attended for the last eight years has been in Topanga Canyon but it has grown so much that they have moved this years event to beautiful King Gillette Ranch in Malibu.

The festival is Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th from 9am 0 10pm. If you're not a fan of this genre of music, I promise after attending Reggae on the Mountain you will be.

Some of the best Reggae artist will be there. Appearing on stage Saturday will be the great Steel Pulse, Julian Marley, Pato Banton, Anthea, Arise Roots just to name a few. Sunday you will find the one and only MATISYAHU. I've seen him several times in concert and he alone is worth the price of admission.

On the bill with him will be Third World, Hirie, Mike Love, Gondwana, Makua Rothman, Cisco Adler, Pachamama and many others that promise to bring you great entertainment.

The concert is being put on by LABEL 27 which was founded in 2009. They produce and promote music and art festivals in the Los Angeles area. The organization is dedicated to hosting large, all inclusive gatherings that exhibit a culturally eclectic array of world renowned musicians, artists and thinkers.

They first got started producing the Canyon Underground Stage at Topanga Days and soon evolved into producing dozens of events a year. It's a community oriented organization and a large percent of event profits have been donated back to the Topanga Community Club.

Along with the two stages where your favorite Reggae artists will be performing there will also be amazing food for sale along with various other vendors.

Also Reggae On The Mountain is getting some major upgrades this year including camping, extended hours, increased capacity and after hours silent dance hall. Oh and for those people that want to chill out, there will also be a Yoga and Wellness Village.

Convenient parking is available on site. Camping is allowed Saturday night only and the campsites open for load in at 9am on that day.

There is a VIP PACKAGE which includes a lounge/viewing deck access, front row stage access, private restrooms and four drink tickets per day.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to ReggaeOnTheMountain.com.

Now for the most anticipated event of the weekend, at least for me, but it actually it a great one for everyone, is the TWILIGHT DINNER ON THE FARM put on by KINDRED SPIRITS CARE FARM on Saturday, August 10th from 7 - 10pm.

This will be an absolutely beautiful experience especially for animal lovers. You get to enjoy a unique event at a unique place. This small, secret farm in the middle of Reseda is a jewel that is unknown to most and almost no-one gets to experience the serenity and bliss that happens during twilight on the farm.

Summer evenings are magic enough, but add the delight of an amazing vegan four course meal created from ingredients harvested from the farm that morning and the fun of hanging out with the animals as they settle down for the night.

You get to meet their lap chicken Patty, and feed grapes to Pedro the alpaca and their pig Peanut. You won't find an experience like this anywhere else in Los Angeles.

Kindred Spirits Care Farm is a non profit organization that has established farm sanctuaries on the grounds of public high schools. In these farms, students learn compassion, cooperation and connection to the earth, animals and each other through sustainable farming.

People heal by being in connection with animals and nature. They bring the opportunity to kids who can really use some peace and wholeness in their lives.

Twilight Dinner on the Farm is located at 18741 Elkwood Street, LA 91335. For tickets and more information go to KindredSpiritsCareFarm.org.

Do you remember The Average White Band and Tower of Power? Did you spend your nights dancing to their music? Well if you have, you will have the chance to take a trip down memory lane and see these two great groups together at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank on Sunday August 11th at 6:30pm.

Tower of Power is arguably one of the biggest names in soul, funk and R&B. They have one of the most defining horn sections, flour to the floor drum beats and syncopated brass lines. Definitely pioneers of a very memorable sound.

Along with them you will get to see The Average White Band which is one of the top Soul, R&B, and jazz-funk groups alive. First known for the timeless instrumental hit PICK UP THE PIECES, the band's future would lie in its diverse songwriting and unique approach defying strict adherence to any one facet of rhythm and blues. They were the first Brits to simultaneously top the US Top 100 Singles, Albums and R&B Charts.

This is one concert you don't want to miss! Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 6:30pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets please go to WhereMusicMeetsthesoul.com. The Starlight Bowl is located at 1249 Lockheed View Dr, in Burbank.

Whatever you plan to do this weekend or the next, make it a fun one. These shows will definitely help you do that.


Lemon Butter: Best of L.A.'s Theatre Adjacent Restaurants and Bars - August Edition

Lemon Butter is a bi-monthly column featuring choice restaurants, lounges, Happy Hours, and other spots where hospitality is offered, that are convenient to theatre venues throughout Los Angeles. For distances and times given traffic and parking are not factored in. Where available, contact all hospitality venues for valet or parking information and/or reservations.

This month's Lemon Butter covers just a few restaurants in the Silver Lake, South Pasadena, and Downtown LA areas, with one recognized by the Michelin Guide which only just recently returned to Los Angeles!


The Chicken and Waffles at Preux & Proper, Downtown, Los Angeles. Photo by Dan Watkins.

PREUX & PROPER

This Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant is just a few minute's drive from the Music Center's Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Executive Chef Sammy Monsour and restaurateur Joshua Kopel bring southern cooking to Los Angeles to their New Orleans-inspired DTLA restaurant.

Cocktails include the Punk Evans comprised of Effen Vodka, lemongrass, ginger, and frozen watermelon balls, an Alabama Slammer featuring Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Sipsmith Gin, yellow chartreuse, lemon, lavender, and grape soda, the Hells Bells made with Real McCoy Rum, ginger peach tea, and lemon, and the refreshing Green Gullah made with St. George Gin, green chartreuse, pineapple, lime, ginger beer and chipotle.

For a starter or bar bites, there's the Cajun “Popcorn” Rock Shrimp with Monsour's buttermilk marinade, cornmeal crust, Creole remoulade, and chunky cocktail sauce,  the Dungeness Crab Hushpuppies with Low-Country Boil Spice, charred Poblano butter, house bourbon barrel-aged green hot sauce, and the Southern Fried Mississippi Catfish that's marinaded in buttermilk before it is dipped in cornmeal and fried, then is served with house pickles, celery salt, and red remoulade.

There are also cool and crisp salads Baby Iceberg such as Pop’s Chop, with North Country bacon ends, heirloom tomato, scallion, Humboldt Fog goat’s cheese and buttermilk dressing, the Chicken Bacon Cobb with house chicken bacon, heirloom tomato, cucumber, hard-boiled egg, queso fresco and avocado ranch, or the OGO Caesar prepared with Monterey Bay seaweed, mustard frills, caper berries, Parmigiano and toasted yellow-eyed peas.

For main dishes there are the fried chicken plates, featuring Chicken & Waffles served with two boneless breasts on cinnamon sugar, cornbread waffles with bourbon-maple, crushed pecans, marjoram, and "really good" butter, Chicken & Biscuit prepared with two boneless breasts and a handmade buttermilk biscuit with charred Poblano butter, Serrano jelly and bourbon barrel-aged green hot, the Nashville Hot served with two boneless breasts, house pickles, Pop’s Slaw on thick cut brioche with a choice of "Hot," "XXX," "Reaper," or "Hellfire" sauce, and a Whole Fried Game Hen comprised of four quartered bone-in game hen with Low-Country seasoning, buttermilk dressing, parsley, scallions and dill, or the Crispy Braised Dr Pepper Wings which include twelve whole wings served with a pomegranate-habanero BBQ, lime crema, and cilantro.

With their South City Fried Chicken moving to Preux & Proper for lunchtime pop-ups Monday through Saturday, Preux & Proper now serves that buttermilk brined chicken in their Southern city-themed sandwiches, like the Chapel Hill topped with “Pop’s Slaw,” Jenny’s pimento cheese, house pickles, and crispy Tarheel country ham. The Greenville, their take on a Club, features that crispy chicken with hickory-smoked chicken bacon, house mayo, gruyère, baby iceberg lettuce and heirloom tomato, The Austin, with Rojo bean hummus, burrata, Javi’s Tia’s Hot Sauce, pickled radish, cilantro, blue corn tortilla crumble, and heirloom tomato, the Nashville seasoned with a Nashville rub, chili oil, house pickles and a sweet and tangy Cookout slaw, and a personal favorite, the New Orleans, with creole remoulade, cajun spice, Thai basil, a fried egg, benne seeds, and ginger-miso BBQ.

There are staple sides including the Slaw, Kennebec Fries, a Watermelon Cucumber Salad, Braised Collards, Low-Country BakedBeans, and Preux & Proper’s famous Cast Iron Mac & Cheese.

For dessert, Preux & Proper’s Pâte à Choux Beignets made with “bananas foster” dulce de leche, and powdered sugar, Maria’s Strawberry Shortcake served with a house buttermilk biscuit, brown butter solids, and crème fraîche vanilla ice cream, or Chef Sammy’s Banana Puddin’ featuring candied walnuts, bananas, Nilla wafer, and toasted coconut.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

PREUX & PROPER - 840 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 - (213) 896-0090

Distance to the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler, and Walt Disney Concert Hall  - (1.5 miles, 9-15 minute drive)


The Mole Enchiladas Poblano at Casita Del Campo in Silverlake, California, June 23, 2019. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.

CASITA DEL CAMPO

CASITA DEL CAMPO in Silver Lake houses the Cavern Club theatre and is walking distance to the Lyric Hyperion.

Legendary Casita Del Campo celebrating 57 years in Silver Lake serves fresh fruit Margaritas, like the Strawberry and Pomegranate Margaritas made with fresh lime juice, triple sec and tequila, along with flavors like apple, peach, melon, and banana—perfect for Summertime cocktails before a show downstairs at the Cavern Club.

The vibrant and colorful restaurant features homemade Mexican fare like the shareable Casita’s Special with six crispy mini tortillas topped with chicken, beef, beans, jack cheese, sour cream, fresh guacamole, chopped tomatoes, and peppers, the cheesy Enchiladas are prepared with a choice of protein or can be served vegan with a light tomatillo sauce, the Mahi Mahi, grilled and topped with red bell peppers, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and is served with white rice, black beans, and plantains, the Pollo al Cilantro, with fresh cubes of chicken in a butter sauce, with olive oil, spices and cilantro, and the Cochinita Pibil--a pork tenderloin marinated in spices, achiote chili, and fruit juice, slowly baked and served with white rice and black beans. All of their entrees are served with soup or salad, rice, beans, and hot corn tortillas.

Rudy del Campo, a successful dancer on Broadway, Las Vegas and a “Shark” in the film 'West Side Story,” opened Casita del Campo in 1962 with his family. He met Nina del Campo in 1965, where they fell in love. Rudy passed in 2003, but restaurateur Nina del Campo continues to work at the restaurant where she's been in charge of the business since the 1960s. The restaurant, traditionally and festively decorated with moons, Moravian stars, holiday decorations of the month, with “West Side Story” memorabilia throughout, also has glorious enclosed patios which contain Nina del Campo's brilliant artistry—her hand-inlaid glass mosaic tables designed by her and representing Mexican art and culture. These should not be missed in a visit to this landmark Silver Lake restaurant!

CASITA DEL CAMPO - 1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 - (323) 662-4255

Distance to the Cavern Club Theatre  - None. You are there!

Distance to the Lyric Hyperion Theatre  - (0.1 miles, 1 min. drive, 2 min. walk.)


The Chicken Karaage, front, and Spicy Tuna "Tacos" during Happy Hour at Ai Restaurant, South Pasadena, California. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.

AI RESTAURANT

AI RESTAURANT in South Pasadena, next door to the landmark, re-purposed Rialto Theatre, and very near the  Fremont Centre Theatre and South Pasadena Theatre Workshop is a best-kept secret when it comes to Happy Hour quick bites and a cocktail just before the theatre...or anytime.

One Yelp reviewer referred to the Ai Bar as the "Cheers" of South Pasadena, as the place is indeed that popular with diehard locals, especially during Happy Hours.

Although a modest assortment at their full bar, their collection Japanese beers are choice, as is their sake and Chef Fumito's select Japanese whiskeys. Their house Chardonnay (typically Hess) is a good value at $5.50 a glass, as is the "Ai Tai" of Bacardi Light rum, pineapple, lime, orange juice and Almond Orgeat syrup, with a float of Myers Dark rum at $8.

Happy Hour and the best deals are Tuesdays through Saturdays 4-7 pm., and Sundays 5-7 pm, which features a variety of specially priced items that can make a fantastic “tapas” style shareable dinner with bar bites such as the crispy fried Chicken Karaage, the Grilled Shishito peppers, the Ika (squid) Tempura, Mussels prepared in white wine, garlic & olive oil, the spicy Tuna Poke marinated with a seaweed salad, and the ever-popular Spicy Tuna "Tacos" on wonton tostadas.

Some of the sides include String Beans sautéed with Garlic Sauce (which is the same sauce for the off-menu Garlic Edamame, if you ask for it), Steamed Asparagus' served with a miso-based dipping sauce, Steamed Spinach sautéed with garlic and served hot or cold, Okra served Tempura, or steamed Shumai dumplings (Deep fried or steamed), the Agedashi Tofu, a deep fried Tofu in broth, and fried shrimp, squid, scallop, and other assorted Tempuras.

If you are lucky, Fumito San might have the melt-in-your-mouth Lamb Chops during Happy Hour, which come with a garnish of a very creamy mashed potato salad and dipping sauce. When he has it, this is a must have!

Aside from lots of hot plate combinations and sushi to order, Ai Restaurant is one of the last Japanese Restaurants to provide “Love Boats”–large table-service boats filled with preset and to order sushi assortments. There are also assorted “Don” or Rice Bowls with ebef, Chicken Katsu, Tempura, and unagi, and Udon Noodle Bowls of beef, chicken, Tempura, Nabeyaki, or Soba with Tempura.

Cut rolls are relatively simple, such as the Yellowtail & Green Onion Roll, Jumbo Shrimp Tempura Roll, or the seasonal Soft-Shell Crab Roll, along with assorted Sashimi to order and Chirashi Bowls (Mixed Sashimi over Rice.)

Word of warning: as a family run business, the restaurant is incredibly busy during lunch and large groups sometimes take longer to serve. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Itadakimasu!

AI RESTAURANT - 1013 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 - (626) 799-0534

Distance to the South Pasadena theatre Workshop  - (450 ft, 1 min. drive, 5 min walk)

Distance to the Fremont Centre Theatre  - (0.2 miles, 2 min. drive)


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 series founded by DJs Daniel T and Wyatt Potts with a focus on international funk and disco records. Heat-Wave has hosted DJs from all over the world including Japan, Brazil, Korea, Mexico, Armenia, Greece, Germany and India creating a unique mix of music. The evening also serves as Heat-Wave's three year anniversary celebration.

Soto is the owner of the Flare Groove record shop in Osaka and the head of the Members record label. A true connoisseur of music, he also organizes the parties Metro, Norio AZ Music Radio and Positive Affair.

All that music is definitely going to give you an appetite so delicious meals will be served up by local favorite food trucks, The Bollywood Kitchen and Grilled Fraiche.

Admission for the event is free. For more information about events at Union Station, please visit UnionStationLA.com/happenings. For more info about Metro's art programs, please go to Metro.net/art.

Last night I saw a very powerful important film entitled LUCE and this is one that I would definitely call a 'must see.' It stars Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Octavia Spencer and newcomer, the excellent Kelvin Harrison, Jr. The acting across the board is A plus.

Luce was a child soldier from war torn Africa who had the good fortune to be adopted by Amy Edgar (Naomi Watts) and her husband Peter (Tim Roth). Luce is an accomplished football player and debate team captain who harbors revolutionary beliefs and violent tendencies.

Everyone loves Luce. His smile can light up a room, but when his teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer) reads an essay he wrote, all hell breaks out.

This simmering drama with complex themes of race, privilege, youth, family and parenting is based on an off Broadway play written by JC Lee and is tightly directed by Julias Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox) and it's definitely one that will have you riveted to the screen. The film opens this Friday, August 2nd at select theatres.

Now I'm sure these events will leave you hungry and what better way to satisfy your need for food then to visit one of my favorite Vegan restaurants, PURA VITA which serves plant based Italian food. The restaurant is located at 8274 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Pura Vita not only has great food but it has a beautiful atmosphere, great music and excellent service to go with all your delicious bites.

I've been a vegetarian for years but my husband is a major meat eater. I dragged him here kicking and screaming. Needless to say I won't have to do that again. He absolutely loved the food.

 

Pura Vita is a female owned and family operated restaurant. All their ingredients are sourced from locally grown organic farms and Italian imports for specialty items.

Everything is 100% vegan, non GMO, organic and made from scratch. The chef Tara Punzone, is an Italian American from my hometown of Brooklyn, New York who has been a vegan for over 30 years. She has converted all her family's traditional dishes to vegan versions  without compromise.

Now what would Italian food be without wine. No worries, they have a wine bar with amazing choices. Dining here is a unique dining experience that has the ambiance of a New York City restaurant with a traditional menu that reflects Southern Italy.

For more information go to PuraVitaLosAngeles.com or call 323 688-2303. They open at ll:30am. You will love it. I promise.

Now if wine isn't your thing then head on over to the zoo for BREW AT THE L.A. ZOO. We're talking about 40 breweries, live music, pop up zoo talks, animal discover stations and pub style grub. This is L.A.'s unique brew fest now in its ninth year. You will be able to sample local craft br

ews as well as ciders, wines and more.

Some of the craft beers will be 101 Cider House, 99 Cents Only, Anna's Cider, Braveheart Brewing, Brewery at Simmzy's Burbank, Brewyard Beer Company, Cladode Beer, Elysian Brewing, just to name a few.

The music lineup includes GEC Dance Party, Boombox Heroes, DJ Johnny Hawkes and Casual Encounters. The animals you will encounter include elephants, alligators, harbor seals, kangaroos, orangutans, birds of prey, jaguars, komodo dragons, and many more.

The event is Friday August 2nd from 7-11 pm with the last pour at 10:30pm. For more information and to purchase tickets go to LAZoo.org.

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


Lemon Butter: Best Of L.A.'s Theatre Adjacent Restaurants and Bars - June Edition


Lemon Butter is a bi-monthly column featuring choice restaurants, lounges, Happy Hours, and other spots where hospitality is offered, that are convenient to theatre venues throughout Los Angeles. For distances and times given traffic and parking are not factored in. Where available, contact all hospitality venues for valet or parking information and/or reservations.


LEMONADE

Walking distance to the Stephanie Feury Theatre,  Thymele Arts, and Studio/Stage Theatre is LEMONADE in Larchmont Village.

https://twitter.com/LemonadeLA/status/1086329199403528194 The counter-service restaurant features a variety of salads, sandwiches, bowls, and hot entrées–items like a Curry Apple Chicken Salad with whole grain mustard & golden raisins, Thai Chicken Meatballs in green curry sauce, a Roasted Mango Chicken with sautéed kale & seasonal vegetables, served over warm, seasoned white or brown rice, or a spicy Pineapple Chicken Green Bean with toasted coconut, jalapeños & jerk dressing.

There are Asian-inspired bowls, like the Ahi Tuna Avocado with ahi tuna, avocado, radish, tangerine, and sesame served over warm, seasoned white or brown rice. served with ginger, shallots, seaweed, & furikake or the Thai Ginger Salmon sweet soy-ginger salmon poke with Thai peanut noodles, served with ginger, shallots, seaweed, & furikake. Sandwiches such as a Turkey ‘El Tijuana’ with jicama slaw, queso fresco, avocado, pickled jalapeños, and jalapeño aioli.

The Classic Mac and Cheese and Avocado and Cherry Tomato salad at Lemonade in Larchmont Village. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.

Lemonade also has an assortment of vegetarian hot and cold items, such as a Tomato & Mozzarella sandwich with basil, pesto, and balsamic or a Classic Grilled Cheese with aged cheddar cheese, the Grilled Artichoke Asparagus with snap peas, manchego, arugula, pine nuts, & lemon artichoke vinaigrette, Curried Cauliflower with golden raisins & almonds, New Mexican Chili Roasted Butternut Squash with white corn, lime corn nuts, & scallion ranch dressing vegetarian, or Beet Couscous with red onion, baby spinach, goat cheese, dill, & creamy herb dressing.

For vegans, a Snap Pea Edamame with Watermelon Radish, Carrots, & Sesame Vinaigrette, Avocado Cherry Tomato with pine nuts & lime-cilantro vinaigrette, kale farro, or Red Kale Quinoa with sunomono vegetables, gala apple, colored cauliflower, scallions, & white miso vinaigrette, and a Southwest Vegan Chili with zucchini, squash, red beans.

Lemonade - 626 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004 – (323) 464-0700

Distance to Stephanie Feury Theatre  - 360 feet (1 min. walk.)
Distance to Studio/Stage Theatre- 1.1 miles via Melrose (3 min. drive)
Distance to Thymele Arts - 1.4 miles (3 min. drive)

WEHO BISTRO

Nearest the Marilyn Monroe at Lee Strasberg  and a short jaunt from Theatre Row,

Cozy for brunch, in time for Pride Month, and nearest the Marilyn Monroe at Lee Strasberg, McCadden Place Theatre, LGBT Center, and just a short jaunt from Theatre Row,  the WeHo Bistro starts the day right with an eye-opener like Wicked Bloody Mary or an endless Mimosa to pair with brunch items such a Croissant French Toast made with a fresh croissant dipped in eggs and butter, grilled, then topped with homemade caramel sauce and whipped cream, or their Croque Madame, a French-style sandwich made with ham and melted Emmental Swiss cheese on grilled brioche bread with a sunny side up organic egg on top.

For a leisurely dinner, start with their French Onion Soup dripping with melted and toasted Emmental Swiss cheese and homemade croutons, a French Pate Platter with pork rillette, duck pâté with pistachio, chicken liver pâté and pâté de champagne, or Lamb Sliders prepared with cucumber, lettuce, tzatziki, feta cheese and onions. For sample entrées, there's a Genoa Pasta made with jumbo tiger shrimp sautéed in garlic and olive oil and tossed with spaghetti al dente in a creamy pesto sauce or a Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with Peppercorn Sauce comprised of an 8oz Prime Grade Angus Filet Mignon topped with tiny onion rings and served with potatoes Dauphinoise and tomato Provençal.

And for a quick cocktail between shows, you can have a kiki with Jerry’s Kiki cocktail made with Redemption Bourbon Whiskey, or a gild the lily with a WeHo Bistro’s signature Gold Blend, egg white, lemon with gold flakes on top.



Gallery photos by Velvet Media & Marketing.

WeHo Bistro - 1040 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 - (310) 657-9696

Distance to Marilyn Monroe at Lee Strasberg - 1.5 miles via Santa Monica (10 min. drive)
Distance to McCadden Place Theatre- 2.3/2.5 miles via Santa Monica (11 min. drive)
Distance to LGBT Center- 2.3 miles via Santa Monica (11 min. drive)
Distance to Theatre Row - 2.7 miles via Santa Monica (11 min. drive)


LOS BALCONES


Los Balcones
In Hollywood is on Vine St. and nearest Theatre Row venues such as The Broadwater, Studio C, Oh My Ribs! Theatre, The Complex,The Hudson, and the Blank Theatre.

The restaurant and full bar features a Happy Hour from 4 -7 p.m. daily, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, lunch and dinner.

Several unique and Traditional Peruvian dishes are offered such as the Mixto ceviche cocktail, to start, of striped bass, shrimp, octopus, squid, lime juice, onions, choclo – a giant Peruvian corn, and rocoto – a spicy chili pepper. For entrées, there's the Lomo Saltado – a sauteed beef filet with onion, tomato, Lee Kum Kee sauce, Kennebec fries, and rice on the side, the Sudado De Pescado – a poached Mediterranean Sea Bream with tomatoes, cilantro, chives, onions, chicha de jora – a Peruvian corn beverage, the Clasico Striped bass with lime juice, onions, choclo, and rocoto pepper, an Agnolotti De Seco – a homemade ravioli stuffed with lamb, cilantro beer sauce, finished with rocoto aioli, or a traditional Arroz Con Pollo of chicken confit, cilantro rice, salsa criolla, and creamy huancaina sauce.

Los Balcones also has a few vegetarian dishes. To start, there's a Baby Kale Salad with gooseberries, red radish, red apples, walnuts parmesan cheese, and lemon vinegar. Then, for entrées, the Solterito De Quinoa with quinoa, queso fresco, choclo, fava beans, heirloom carrots, cherry tomatoes, red wine vinegar dressing, or the Coliflor A La Nortena – a pan-seared cauliflower with cilantro sauce.

For dessert, the Picarones, a Peruvian sweet potato beignet, tropical fruit syrup or a Chicha Morada, a traditional Peruvian beverage made from purple corn & spices.

Los Balcones - 1360 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA - (323) 871-9600

Distance to The Hudson Theatres/Hudson Guild - 0.7 miles (15 min. walk/ 3-5 min. drive)
Distance to The Blank Theatre, The Complex, Oh My Ribs! TheatreStudio C - 0.6 miles via Santa Monica (13 min. walk/3-5 min. drive)
Distance to The Broadwater - 0.4 miles via Santa Monica (10 min. walk/1-3 min. drive)

800 DEGREES/SUNSET & VINYL

Within walking distance to The Montaban and the Pantages is 800 Degrees in the Sunset + Vine mall. The street-level restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating with a dog-friendly "Bark Park" patio. Also, tucked away upstairs above the restaurant, is Sunset and Vinyl, a cozy speakeasy bar that features you-pick-and-play-it vinyl. The bar is a warm and comfortable, circa 1970s, living room-style atmosphere, complete with window views that looks upon one of the city's most famous intersections.

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800 Degrees makes hand-stretched, wood-fired Old World pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and Rotisserie Chicken served with their signature sauces and a host of sides, such as Roasted fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, hummus, farm Greens, and Quinoa Tabbouleh.

There are six different “in-house” sauces made to accompany their roasted chicken – the Peruvian Jalapeno-Cilantro Sauce (reminiscent of a Peruvian "Aji" sauce) made with jalapeños, cilantro, lime, mayo and garlic, a Barbecue Sauce, a Tahini Sauce of tahini paste, garlic and olive oil, the Spicy Tomato of uncooked Roma tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and Calabrian Chile, and the Calabrian Chile Aioli includes with the Italian chilis blended with herbs, spices and aioli, and the Piri Piri Sauce – a blend of citrus, chilis, garlic, onion, herbs and olive oil.

The local-made Burrata cheese makes a good starter and is served with the Cherry Tomato & Pesto, the Prosciutto & Strawberry or the Beets & Balsamic.

There a several signature pizzas to order from, such as the Quattro Formaggi – their “Bianca” with mozzarella, smoked provolone, gorgonzola & fontina, finished with wildflower honey, a BBQ with rotisserie chicken, BBQ sauce, smoked provolone, peppadews, red onions, and cilantro, a Tartufo of a Bianco with truffled pecorino, wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, and arugula, or a Prosciutto & Burrata – a lassic Margherita topped with Prosciutto di Parma and local burrata.



Gallery photos by Monique A. LeBleu.

Or you can make a custom pizza from a large selection of unique toppings, such as Bianca pizza with butternut squash and caramelized onions or a Margherita topped with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and roasted garlic. Good for keeping away the vampires!

They also has a selection of beer and wine for the inside and patio dining.

Sunset & Vinyl has craft cocktails such as the Master Cleanse of gin, ginger, carrot and lemon or a Dance or Die with Mezcal, pineapple, Aperol, and lemon, and a daily Happy Hour from 6 - 8 p.m. with $5 well drinks and draft beer and $6 for a glass of wine.

800 Degrees/Sunset  & Vinyl - 1521 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 - (323) 329-9656 / (424) 646-3375
Distance to  Pantages - 0.2 miles (5 min. walk)
Distance to The Montalban - 0.1 miles (2 min. walk)


Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – May 6 - 12, 2019

Theatrical shows registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
For more shows visit our Calendar. For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.

Too Blunt!

“Your typical Midwestern-African American-Gay-Cat Loving-Sagittarian-Coming-of-Age Story in Los Angeles. A Black gay boy from Missouri shares his long and liberating journey to weight loss, dating in the gay-app era, while unpacking the complex intersectionality of race and sexual orientation– and the twisted heartbreak and humor that ensues.”

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Clementine

“CLEMENTINE celebrates the exhilaration of motherhood, balancing poetic passages with humorous detours into the modern realities of raising small children...[moving] forward and backward through time, exploring the pressures and the promises of parenthood. Unapologetically feminist and powerfully tender, CLEMENTINE studies a matriarchal family's traditions, exploring the connection between generations through Wish's lens as both a mother and a daughter...In this dynamic and often hilarious piece, April Wish has crafted a love letter to her daughter, Clementine, as well as to the little girl she used to be herself.”

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The Institute for The Opposite of Longing

“Please enter the Opposite of Longing Chamber and state your primary symptom of longing. And where do you feel it in your body? And how much do you feel it on a scale of 1 to 10? And are you running out of time? The Institute for The Opposite of Longing can cure that thing deep in the pit of your body. But what happens when its owners and operators can't let go of the little boy they had to give back? And can't stop reenacting the day they packed his bags and watched him go. Or tucking him in at night or talking to his empty shoes or unpacking the bag of his things they keep hidden. What happens when these are the women who are responsible for curing that thing, that thing you feel deep in the pit of your body? Please enter the Opposite of Longing Chamber. We can help you. The process is simple.”

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Radicals

“'Radicals' is a Bollywood Musical about a love story struggling to survive in the war-torn valleys of Kashmir, aimed at tackling Islamophobia and the trauma of warfare on civilians.”

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Siren Call

“The siren call is driving me to my end, like a ship to wreck on rocks”. Two frustrated actors accidentally kidnap their favorite movie star… or is it really her? What is identity in a world where myths are stronger than we dare think? A dramedy about identity and oneness, frustrated actors, classism, depression, myths and a quote by Albert Camus.”

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LOVE, MADNESS, AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

“'Love, Madness and Somewhere in Between' is a no holds barred glimpse into a mystical journey filled with love, pain, insanity, and redemption. Scattered along the way is a sprinkling of ironic comic commentary that can only come from a true survivor. “Jimmy” is not so much a hero but more a human being traversing an abusive childhood, a descent into alcoholism and finally plunging into a world of fantastical personifications which dwell amidst humanity's darkest sins. Will closure, forgiveness, and healing come in the unlikely form of the “angel warriors” – patients on the pediatric cancer ward of Children's Hospital? Does pure love, in fact, transform and redeem, or are some lives beyond salvation?”

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Tattered Capes

“In 'Tattered Capes,' it's Kevin and Stephanie Connolly's fifth wedding anniversary, and Kevin has a night of celebration planned for them. Of course, this means he won't be going out on his regular patrol of Metro City as his alter-ego, M-Pulse, the self-appointed Eminence of Electromagnetism. But things should be fine without him for one night, right? Wrong. One would think that there could be no secrets left between a husband and wife after five years of matrimonial bliss, but when a powerful supervillain's attack interrupts Kevin and Stephanie's date, a hero's unmasking bears significant consequences for the Connollys…consequences that will resonate and redefine their relationship forever. ”

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Squeeze My Cans

“A true journey in to and out of Scientology. 'Moving, hilarious, heart-breaking and redemptive.' Lets you experience for yourself how Scientology devours money and lives.' -Chicago Reader 'Schenkelberg easily switches characters and time periods with dizzying energy, that is both exhilarating and electrifying.'- Edge Media 'At the top of the best performed, brilliantly written, elegantly directed one person shows I have ever seen.'- Buzz News”

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Skylight

“On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Can they find their way back to each other, or has the time for their tumultuous romance reached its end? ”

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Tigers Be Still

“'Tigers Be Still' — a ferociously funny play from New Girl writer Kim Rosenstock — centers around the infinitely-trying-to-be-optimistic Sherry Wickman, who has earned her art therapy degree and promptly moved back in with her family. Matters take a turn for the better once she gets hired as a substitute art teacher. Now if only her mother would stop hiding upstairs, her sister would stop watching Top Gun from the couch, her petulant patient would do one of his assignments, her boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect.”

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CORINA, From Lap dance to Sundance

“Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep your dream alive. CORINA: FROM LAP DANCE TO SUNDANCE is a one-woman show about finding purpose and direction to a life long dream in the least likely of places. A story of family, tradition, and perseverance.”

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Legends, Movement and Memories

“The performers include: Florence LaRue, an original member of The 5th Dimension, the pop group that so often dominated the charts in the 60s and 70s with their hit songs, will perform some of the award-winning singing group's big hits. Freda Payne will perform an excerpt from her show Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song, bringing to life the immortal Ella Fitzgerald and her revered career as an extraordinary jazz singer. Sheetal Gandhi in BAHU-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-inLaw, Daughter, Wife). A tour-de-force excerpt combining dance, stirring vocalization, and percussive text that glides between humorous portraiture and active resistance. Juli Kim shares two dance works. Five Drum Dance exemplifies Korean traditional music with a touch of Western influence. New Leaf, deeply rooted in Korean “Han,” symbolically unfolds the innocence of the new leaf when there is change in life.”

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Mama Metal

“This joyfully irreverent black comedy entwines issues of identity with pop culture icons to tell a truly unique mother-daughter story. Sterling Milburn's mother is dying and Sterling is falling apart. She attempts to keep it together by rewriting the past with the help of two titans of the American theater and the world's greatest heavy metal band — but Sterling's mother refuses to follow the script. A love letter to those who shape our lives, hold us together and break our hearts.”

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Dancing to the Edge of a Cliff: One Woman's Musical Mythological Journey toward Self-Acceptance

“Incorporating music, multimedia, humor, a touch of mythology, and embodying over twenty characters, Margaret whimsically puts her psyche on stage to explore her struggle with self-acceptance and her experience of two mental breakdowns. Margaret explores not only what outside influences molded her personality when she was growing up and as an adult, but also confronts two internal voices, representing the competing compulsions of artistry (Puella) and perfectionism (Miss Perfect). Realizing in the end that what she has been taught her whole life was right, doesn't work for her.”

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Ride or Die: The Hip-Hop Musical

“Elliott and Michael are best friends. They're of different temperaments. Elliott is boisterous and outgoing. Michael is more tentative and shy. One day, Elliott dies in an accident. He's allowed to come back to earth, where he can only be seen by Michael. Elliott is tasked with finding Michael a new best friend. Only then will Elliott earn his angel wings and be allowed to ascend into Heaven. Michael wants to be friends with Ciara. Will Elliott be able to help Michael connect with Ciara, or will he mess things up for them all? Will Michael and Ciara ultimately become friends? Will Elliott earn his angel wings? The cast is unique in the fact that most of the performers are differently-abled: John JT Tucker Jr. (Elliott), has Down syndrome. He is the star of the A&E tv series Born This Way. Domonique Brown (Michael) has autism and recurs on the Netfiix series Atypical. He's the nephew of Marvin Gaye. Spencer Harte (Ciara) has autism and also recurs on Atypical. The supporting players include Coby Bird who has autism and will be a regular on a Netflix series to be announced; and Caley Versfelt, who has Down syndrome.
The rest of the cast is neurotypical and includes Brendan McCay, Stanson Chung, Alexa Russo and Callie Ott.”

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Karaoke Saved My Life

“Scotty D, just a city boy from South Detroit, invites you on a Journey, showing you how karaoke saved his life, and how it can save yours, too. With stories, power ballads, big anthems, and cheesy pop, and a bit of bopping, we might even save the World. Don't stop believing!”

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Fight Song!

“Texas. 1964. Following a deadly car crash, four cheerleaders navigate through the afterlife. Both Lucifer and God herself pay a visit, and High School drama turns into madness in this strange nightmare of a story – a never-ending fight song.”

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Fight or Flight

“Isaac Easton, a recently retired boxer, and his former sports manager open a gym together to help advance the popularity of female boxing. When their first female boxer gets into trouble only three weeks from the fight, they scramble to find a new fighter to train. Enter Zoey Jones, a young and shy fighter who has never fought in the professional circuit. Easton and Jones take a crash course in trusting and learning from each other over three weeks in preparation for the fight, and the two often butt heads. Can Jones pull out a win and save Easton's reputation and gym? Through voice-overs and grueling workouts in preparation for the fight, this one-act play shows the audience how intimate a platonic relationship between a man and woman can be, the beauty of physical strength, and what happens when you are stuck in fight or flight mode.”

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Five Pieces of Paper: Stories My Hungarian Grandmother Refused to Tell Me and Other Family Tales

“Moti Buchboot, the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, created this show in response to the 2017 Charlottesville riots. He reveals lessons learned from his Hungarian grandmother who began her life in a village in Hungary, survived the Holocaust, and eventually settled in a small town in Israel. Buchboot's tale unfolds through storytelling, Yiddish song, puppetry, and baking.”

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The Narcissist Next Door

“The power of positive thinking goes hilariously wrong when a new neighbor teaches two dispirited best friends an Ancient Peruvian Self Help Philosophy. Instead of their lives being transformed they end up held hostage by two inept kidnappers. 'Be careful who you wish for' has never been more appropriate.”

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POCKETS

“Set in the fictional British-ish kingdom of Crumpeton, POCKETS spins the tale of Bellamina Crumbledunk, a noble preteen, who becomes a pickpocket to win the attention of her overextended mother, the Duchess. Bellamina's misadventures take her into the underbelly of society, where she accidentally becomes the leader of a criminal uprising, but will she have the heart to sabotage her mother's well-laid plans for Crumpet Day? #CheckYourPockets for tickets to this fast-paced, funny, and touching period piece to find out!”

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Straight White Men Trying to Woke

“Five short comedies exploring the middle age white male struggle to fit in during these confusing times.
FANDOM – navigating politics
POLITE RACISM – analyzing ethnicity
SUICIDE PACT – tolerating millennials
BRITTLE TROMBONE – contemplating economics
FANTASY FOOTBALL – grasping identity”

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Girl From SchenectadyGirl From Schenectady

“Selected as an Honorable Mention for the Hollywood Fringe 2019 due to it's cultural theme, “Girl From Schenectady” is a story about a 38-year-old Nigerian Woman from Schenectady New York who is still a Virgin. Her story begins with her Journey to finding True Love. However, her plan is to find Mr. Right and to lose her Virginity before she turns 40. The story takes place at the Airport, while Ayo is waiting for her next flight to take off, she describes the metaphoric places she has traveled to Find True Love. She takes the Audience on a ride to her past and her Nigerian family traditions, Culture, and Values. She struggles to break free from her Nigerian Generational Cycle, Parental Divorce, Failed Marriages and to keep history from repeating itself. Ayo also takes the Audience on her dating journey starting with a Nigerian Man. She also dates a Mexican Man, an Italian Man and an African American Man. After several attempts to finding True Love and Losing her virginity before 40, she goes on a self-discovery, and Lands in the last place she ever thought she would find True Love.”

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Dames at Sea

“Ruby gets off the bus from Utah with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart.” As fate would have it, she is immediately cast in the chorus of a Broadway show. When the theatre is forced to close, Ruby's songwriting sailor boyfriend persuades the Captain of his ship to allow the show to move on deck. Voila! Dames at sea! When the show's lead gets seasick, Ruby may have to go on for her. Will Ruby come back a star? Do you need to ask? Dames at Sea at once pays affectionate homage to and sends up the optimistic early Broadway musicals of the 30s and 40s. It's filled with songs, tap-dancing and romance from start to finish. It is suitable for general audiences.”

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Rory and the Devil

“During the height of The Troubles, in a rural pub on the border of Northern Ireland, Mary Friel, a barmaid, strives to maintain harmony amongst the men in her life. Ancestral legends and secrets are revisited and a cycle of violence is revealed: can they forgive injustice and cruelty from their past, or will the cycle continue? Enjoy a Guinness and whiskey as a group of actors take you to Neil Friel's pub–a safe place for a good story–until it isn't. In this bare-bones production of Rory and the Devil you can enjoy the best of what Irish storytelling has to offer.”

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Johnny '81

“It's 1981! The corpse of disco, the flames of punk, the plastic smell of new wave, and the balls of rock ‘n' roll, all converge and merge on a seemingly peaceful street in West Hollywood, CA, along with the stories of a 12-year-old boy raised by a pill-popping single mother and the many gay men in their life...Against a backdrop of music, 'JOHNNY '81' weaves together a collection of stories based on a 12-year-old boy's experience of living in West Hollywood during the early 1980s. These semi-autobiographical tales bring to life the humor and drama of how a group of gay men became strange and amazing surrogate fathers to a pre-teen boy and his younger brother...'JOHNNY '81' is like spending the day listening to an old record album, or like being at a concert, with stories that make us reflect on our lives and the world we live in, or tales that make you just want to get up out of your seat and dance!”

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Bronco Billy - The Musical

“'Voice from the Village'...is based upon one of Los Angeles greatest playwrights, Lynn Manning and his in real time visit to Skid Row Studios on Monday, August 26, 2013 for an interview on “The Qumran Report”, hosted by Melvin Ishmael Johnson to talk about his life growing up in Watts and turning a tragic situation into an art form.”

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If It Goes There

“It's Saturday night, and Erik and Connor are looking to get laid. When they try their luck on a hook-up app, the night takes a turn they never expected and their true desires are revealed.”

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A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present

“When 85% of the world is afflicted with a mysterious case of 'The Flake,' one man volunteers to travel through space and time to stop it. 'A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present' is a far-out, amped-up, one-man show about the hunt for human connection. ”

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The Scorpion and the Frog: a time-killer

“'The Scorpion and the Frog: a time-killer' is a comic interpretation of the oft-told story/fable/allegory/whatchamawhoositz about a frog who agrees to take a scorpion across a river. Will the two make it to the other side of said river? Will they learn anything? Will they grow as [an] intelligent species? Will these questions entice you to actually leave your homes and see this play?”

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Uprooted

“In 'Uprooted,' the creatures of Vanessa Boss' inner world take you on the flight of her life! A disturbance triggers violent weather, endangering matriarch Elda, the elder tree, the voice of Vanessa's wisdom. Elda leads Vanessa's inner fantasy creatures on a journey to remind Vanessa of her strength, but Vanessa's demons take control of the flight and her mind as she is moved, again and again, facing bullies, saying unexpected goodbyes to friends, and hoping for the day to come where she'll get to choose where home is. But is home a place or a feeling? Full of exciting adventure, triumph, and heartbreak, Vanessa frees herself from the restraints of her inner demons and proclaims her power to define her own fate. Uprooted is a young woman's resilient story of growing into the strong, rooted woman she is meant to be. ”

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ORANGUTAN

“Orangutan is a haunting and absurd one-woman show about the mother of a brutish (slightly orange) would-be dictator, and the tribalism that's tearing our country apart. Deutch's provocative dark comedy was inspired by Bill Maher's challenge to Donald Trump's outrageous Obama “Birther” claims. Maher offered to donate five million dollars to the charity of Donald Trump's choice if Trump produced a birth certificate that proved he was not half-ape. Trump's lawyer responded: 'Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump's birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an Orangutan.' Trump then sued Bill Maher for five million dollars…”

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ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS

“In this new play, Neil, a mediocre musician, and Kurt Cobain wannabe, moves to Los Angeles to “make it” as a rockstar. Through the constant ups and downs of LA living, Neil struggles between pursuing his passions or taking the practical path in life. Should he keep chasing his dreams or stop? This 60-minute three-person show explores idealism vs. cynicism, the practicality of pursuing art in a capitalist society, and millennials' struggle with mental health.”

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NAKED MAN RISING

“Aren't you tired of going to the theater and seeing the same old shit? Check out 'Naked Man Rising,' a crowd favorite from the Solo Creation Festival. We're talking sold out, folk. This tale of revenge rips through the stage like a Grindhouse film and features a balls-to-the-wall performance by Canadian Wildman and naturalist Kyle Durack. Not for your Grandma…unless, she's a badass. Winner of the Hollywood Fringe Scholarship for first-time Producers, Kyle is thrilled to bring 'Naked Man Rising' to the 2019 Fringe Festival. The writing is crisp and the play moves along at a deft pace. But the words are simply a vehicle for Kyle Durack's powerful interpretation. The Canadian actor was born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, and in this piece, he sheds his disability along with his clothes to reveal the inner strength concealed by a “weakened” body. 'Naked Man Rising' mixes humor and action. Durack uses his physicality well as he tells the story.”

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HELL'S FINEST

“The cult of Abaddon has a problem. The Angel of the Abyss, the figure with which they worship, is demanding a new leader. But not just anybody will qualify. Only the darkest, most demented contestants stand a chance at obtaining total power. A sadist, a murderer, and a predator, all share one common goal: to become the leader of the finest cult, the Ascendants of Abaddon. There's only one problem. In order to obtain this position, they must go up against each other in a riveting competition to impress the cult's current leader: Adam. He's spectacularly charming and possesses the uncanny ability to influence all those who cross his path. With secrets spilled and matches met, the three contestants grow more and more daring with their desperate attempts to gain total power. However, no matter what happens, no matter who lies and who cheats, Adam always calls the final shots.”

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Not Here Right Now

“The hilariously touching tale of a tall man in tight spaces, finding clarity and avoiding a quarter-life crisis in Southeast Asia, all while wearing strappy velcro sandals except to the wedding of the century. Tired of the monotony of New York City corporate life, Royce, an ambitious 20-something, trades in his promising media research career for a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia. In this live one-man show, Royce brings you on an 8-country adventure toward self-discovery. During 'Not Here Right Now,' audiences are treated to true stories and experiences of Royce's inspiring journey from corporate citizen to world traveler. The original production of Not Here Right Now was successfully funded on Kickstarter thanks to the support of 165 people from around the world.”

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IF TRUTH BE TOLD

“A raucous evening of comic stories, told by a woman who has seen a few things. Actress and humorist Jennifer Brown examines how the truth can play out in a variety of ways. What exactly is “the truth”? And when you are asked to tell the truth, whose truth do you stand in?”

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Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door

“A comedic romp through depression, eating disorders and self-loathing! Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl-Next-Door is a one-act play chronicling one woman's journey through her depression and bulimarexia. It is a painfully funny look at body image, addiction, and the obsession with fitting into society's ideal of beauty and thinness. It is part poetry and prose, part sketch and part narrative with a few snappy dance numbers mixed in. Three actresses portray one woman in various stages of her eating disorder and crippling depression. They are joined by one male actor portraying various influences in her childhood development, teenage years and young adulthood. This autobiographical theatrical experience intimately exposes the perils of womanhood, the rawness of living through sexual trauma and culminates in discovering the inner strength to live comfortably in one's own skin ”

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Mil Grus

“Previous Fringe award winners team up for this year's Hollywood Fringe to create the First official Bouffon/Clown troupe “MIL GRUS” led by world-renowned physical theater artist Dean Evans of “Honeybuns” fame. Be prepared as this motley crew of miscreants crawl out of the gutter to make you question reality in the most exhilarating way. This timeless satire features improvised feats of physical and existential comedy that defy explanation and provoke unfettered, eery glee. Come see what's behind the curtain, starting June 9, 2019, at The Mccadden Place Theatre”

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Human Fountains

“As seen on America's Got Talent (quarter-finalists) and countless television shows around the world! Prepare for a fountain show like you've never seen before! The Human Fountain's hilarious choreographed water spitting routines will keep you laughing and thirsty for more. Always making a splash on stage, literally — the group has endless tricks up their sleeves (and in their mouths) giving you performances that are one-of-a-kind. Inspired by the world's most famous fountains, the comedy group adds a human touch to give you one of the most unique experiences you've ever seen. They couldn't be more excited to premiere their full-length show for Hollywood Fringe.”

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Les Mis-Cast

“Cast members from the National Tour of 'Les Misérables' (now at the Pantages Theatre through June 2) will perform in a very special cabaret concert to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and PAWS/LA. Patrons will support two great causes as they enjoy an intimate evening of cabaret-style performances. The evening will also feature a silent auction, allowing audience members to bid on items graciously donated by the Broadway community and local businesses.”

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Funeral Potatoes

“What would you do with only a month left to live? What would you look back on with nostalgia or regret? With laughter as the best medicine, Funeral Potatoes is a dark comedy about death and friendship, examining what makes it all worth it when you've spent your entire life planning for a future you won't have.”

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Food Bowl Events: Food and Film

Food and Film - Somebody Feed Phil: Dublin

“Somebody Feed Phil: Dublin' LA FOOD BOWL FEATURED EVENT. Join Phil Rosenthal, creator, writer and producer of the hit comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond” for a special screening of his Netflix hit 'Somebody Feed Phil: Dublin' and a conversation with Phil. This fantastic event will be teamed with none other than Nick Shipp (Upper West) who will be teaming the event with a specially curated Irish themed assortment of food! Specialty drinks provided...Screening with talk-back 75 mins. Nick Shipp Meal With Phil 75 minutes will be followed by a Q&A with Phil and Arena Cinelounge-Clamorhouse-LA Times-Phil Rosenthal event.”

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Food and Film - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

“NC-17 LA FOOD BOWL FEATURED EVENT MON. MAY 20 - The 1989 crime drama is arguably Peter Greenaway's most famous (or infamous) film, which first shocked audiences at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and then on both sides of the Atlantic. A gang leader (Michael Gambon), accompanied by his wife (Helen Mirren) and his associates, entertains himself every night in a fancy restaurant that he has recently bought. Having tired of her sadistic, boorish husband, the wife finds herself a lover (Alan Howard) and makes love to him in the restaurant's coziest places with the silent permission of the cook (Richard Bohringer). Sergio Corbia of Ciabatta Bar and Fabiolus Cafe crafts a specialty menu that complements Greenaway's paradoxical comments on the relations between eating and sex, love and death.”

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The 2nd Annual Trump Family Special

“the 2nd annual trump family special original musical comedy' parodies [the] First Family in “yuge” way. What if the First Family put on a live musical TV special – just like the Brady Bunch – starring Ice Princess Ivanka, her numbnut brothers, a still-not-caring Melania, and a host of ex's and deplorables.”

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Princess Magic's Trash Fire Time Revue

“A child's birthday party takes an unexpected turn when the scheduled magician doesn't show and the job is filled by a drunk and wayward vagrant. There are prizes. You should come. Use discount code BETTERLEMONS for 20% off their regular ticket price of $15”

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THE CHRISTIANS

“As their final show of Season 27, Actors Co-op Theatre Company is proud to present Lucas Hnath's The Christians, directed by Thomas James O'Leary, produced by Carly Lopez. When the pastor of a megachurch unilaterally decides to enlighten his congregation with his own personal revelation, he is faced with doubt and dissension among his flock. Hnath's Obie Award-winning play examines the schism in today's church and the role of faith in America. ”

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StoryTime

“The Group Rep presents StoryTime, a story salon produced by Patricia Willson, featuring fresh, live personal stories as entertainment – – an evening of joy, sadness, and a touch of comedy on Sunday, May 12 at 7:00 pm, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, at the edge of the NoHo Arts District.
Authors performing their stories include Vince Cefalu 'Eyes of A Child,” Devon Curry 'Mach Two,' Jana DiMaggio 'Conventional Wisdom,' Rick Hall 'Mom's Home Cooking,' Tripp Mills 'A Rainbow God Box,' Madeline Morgan 'Salute to Storytellers,' Candace Nicholas-Lippman 'Don't Get It Twisted, I Love My Mama,' Lila Silvern 'This Sperm is For You,' Jonathan Leigh Solomon 'Hello in There,' Lan Tran 'Overpolite, Shanghai'ed and Homeless in Vietnam,' and Pat Willson 'Momma.' ”

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SHAME OF THRONES: The Musical

“The Whitefire Theatre Musical Mondays is proud to present...the musical spoof SHAME OF THRONES: The Musical returns to L.A. for more hilarious re-imagining of the show's backstabbing siblings, clever imps and dragon mamas, all set to an addictive rock score that'll stick in your head (unless the king orders it off, natch)...Watch your favorite daring and most despised characters sing and dance towards epic plot twists and the coveted Iron Throne.”

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AVENUE Q

“The Group Rep presents AVENUE Q...This fresh and unusual Tony-award winning musical is a coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by Sesame Street, that they were 'extraordinary' and 'could do anything'; but as adults, they have discovered, to their surprise, that in the real world their options are limited, and they are actually ordinary like everyone else. This quirky musical ranks 24th on the list of the longest running shows in Broadway history. Avenue Q is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers. ”

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THE COLUMBINE PROJECT

“In remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, Loft Ensemble and the Whitefire Theatre are co-producing and reviving Paul Storiale's award-winning drama The Columbine Project directed by Bree Pavey. An atemporal retelling of the events leading up to, during and following the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, the play challenges what we think we know about the victims, families, teachers and the shooters themselves. Praised by LA theatre critics, survivors and families of the victims. The Columbine Project was created from direct correspondence with people involved in and affected by the event”

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Let's Write a Musical

“Let's Write a Musical is an emotional rollercoaster ride of music, laughter, and tears. David Hamilton decides to write a musical after he is diagnosed with cancer. While the couple deals with the ups and downs of their cancer journey, so are the characters in the musical on a rollercoaster ride of mishaps and shenanigans.”

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Aristophanes' THE BIRDS

“When the world has gone to the birds, the cuckoo is king. Two shiftless con men scheme to exploit the power of the birds by encouraging them to build a fortress in the sky, from where they can lord over mankind and Gods alike. Aristophanes' classic comedy THE BIRDS is about corruption, weakness, and power; how easily people are exploited based on fear, ego and greed; and how even noble ideas may be corrupted if those who have power are irresponsible and/or selfish. (Sound like anything going on now? Hm? Too soon?) Or, as John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton said to an Anglican bishop, 'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men…'”

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Jordan Maverick, History Teacher

“Welcome to the school of hard Glocks. Jordan Maverick is one of the nation's most highly-trained teachers – an excellent marksman, a black belt in Jujitsu, and an engaging History teacher. But when he transfers to one of the most dangerous schools in the country, he'll face one of his biggest fears: co-teaching with the loose cannon Miss Pitts. Can they find a way to work together in time to solve the school's problems? This favorite from Season 13 of Serial Killers at Sacred Fools returns as a complete production at this years Hollywood Fringe.”

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Come Back!

“'Every day's a goddamn audition.' Based on the 'Serial Killers' 2018 Playoffs winner, 'COME BACK' is the hilarious yet touching story of Edie and Petey Stevenson, an overbearing stage mother and her hapless son, attempting to stage a 'comeback' performance. One of three shows Sacred Fools is proud to present as part of this year's Hollywood Fringe.”

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The Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition

“Who is the best Drag Queen in the whole wide world? Now's your chance to find out — at the first ever Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition. Millions of the best Drag performers from around the world applied, but only eight will compete, carefully chosen by a mysterious group of anonymous Drag Elders. ▪︎ The contestants are (in alphabetical order) Abhora (Miami, FL); Astrud Aurelia (Phoenix, AZ); Calypso Jeté (Los Angeles); Lyle (Los Angeles); Gigi Monroe (Juneau, AK); Kat Sass (Chicago, IL); Sabbyiana (Montebello, CA); and Aurora Sexton (Los Angeles). ▪︎ Judged upon the criteria of Presence, Energy, Nuance, Integrity, and Stunningness, this is a pageant for everyone — Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Trans Artists, Hyper Queens, Bio Queens, AFAB Queens — from first-timers to established pageant powerhouses. ▪︎ The celebrity guest host is Jackie Beat. The judges are (in alphabetical order) Nicole Byer, Jiggly Caliente, Landon Cider, Gia Gunn, Sharon Needles, Peppermint, and Willam.”

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5 Women Wearing the Same Dress

“During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.”

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Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth

“'Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth' brings the audience alongside the accursed spirit of Lady Macbeth to experience her nightmare of stifled ambition, unfulfilled desire, and ultimate loss. Telling the story solely through her perspective, this production fuses Japanese Butoh dance, movement, and various texts to take you inside the mind and body of one of Shakespeare's most famous villains.”

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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.

If you hear the word 'Shakespeare' and you think you need a degree to decipher it... not here, you don't. This show is what I'd call pop culture. You can expect a little 'Game of Thrones' and even a commercial tag line for fun. Joining the Troubies for the first time is an actor with a resume with about fifty years of credits...Andy Robinson who will be playing Julius Caesar.

The Troubies have…and are warning you to “Beware the Ides of March in May!” The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power –no, not Washington DC – it's Rome circa 44 B.C., with Shakespeare's story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer. This hard-driving, heart pounding, adrenaline rush of a show will feature the Troubies in all their classical glory – speaking the speech and strumming the power chords. Part circus, part improv comedy show, part rock concert – with a live band that complements and compels the Troubie cast as they wind their way through the dark and dangerous world of Julius Weezer!

This show is like nothing you have ever seen so DO NOT MISS IT. JULIUS WEEZER is playing at the El Portal Theatre located in 5268 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601. To purchase tickets or to learn more about this fantastic show go to ELPortalTheaeatre.com or call 866-811-4111.

The show runs from May 11th at 8pm through June 30th 2019.

And now for some delicious food. Laughter always gives me an appetite.

On Saturday May 11th 1-4 pm is the LOS ANGELES TIMES FOOD BOWL.

The event will be held at the Grand Park at 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA.

You will be able to experience LA's Best Burgers at this outdoor celebration of LA's diverse dining scene held over five nights at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Each night will feature dozens of restaurants with art installations throughout the park and DJs playing music. Admission to Night Market is free.

The event will be hosted by L.A. Times Food Writer Jenn Harris and Lawrence Longo. Participants will be... HiHo Cheeseburger, Banh Oui, Everson Royce Bar, Hank's, Bowery, Love Hour, NoMad, Mel's Drive In and Belcampo Meat Co.

The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is an annual, month long destival celebrating the city's dynamic food scene. Spanning the entire month of May, Food Bowl features many of the chefs and retaurants that have helped put Los Angeles on the map as a premier dining destination alongside world renowned chefs in rare local appearnaces at hundreds of extraordinary events.

For more information go to LAFoodBowl.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LAFoodBowl (#LAFoodBowl #31DaysofFood).

Lastly on Sunday I will be at the Santa Monica Playhouse located at 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica CA to see an extraordinary show abou the son of an extraordinary actor. The show is entitled WILD SON; THE TESTIMONY OF CHRISTIAN BRANDO. His father of course was the late great Marlon Brando...one of our greatest to be accurate.

I attended a dress rehearsal and this is a show you will definitely want to see more then once. It's so powerful and Jesse's performance stays with you a very long time. There were so many moments on stage I thought it was Christian on stage.

Written by Champ Clark the show run on Sundays at 5:30pm through May 26th. Set under the white hot glare of Hollywood and Celebrity, Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando tells the story of Marlon Brando's troubled, headline making son...in his own words.

The play features John Mese as Christian Brondo and his performance is pitch perfect. This 59 minute one-act is based on personal intervies conducted by Clark. The story is filled with the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Anjelica Huston, Robert Blake and others. Most importantly it is the story of father and son.

According to writer Champ Clark, 'John Meese is absolutely mesmerizing. 'Damaged, volatile, darkly handsome, dangerous and dead at 49 and one of the sweetest lost souls I'd every met.' 'This was the Christian Brando I knew and the one that we bring back to life on stage in this show.'

The play has Christian Brando's words and it is his Hollywood story, about the kidnapping, the murder and the explosive relationship with his father.

Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando runs at 5:30pm on May 12, 19 and 26, 2019. Tickets are $20 at WildSon.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call 1-800-838-3006.


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, CWC has experienced a steady increase in animal patients, caring for more than 44,000 wild animals, many whose injuries were caused by the impacts of their urbanized environments.

A long term goal of the center is to promote protection of wild habitats and the environment through education, training and partnerships with the communities it serves. Many people have questions and misconceptions about how to help wildlife, which can create unintended consequences to the wildlife they admire. Some conflicts with wildlife occur when raccoons empty trash cans, deer raid gardens and birds nest in chimneys.

Coexistence begins with the understanding of how to share our communities with wild animals. In order to do this, the California Wildlife Center educates individuals about the animals in their environment and provide solutions to existing problems, such as helping a neighborhood discourage a prowling coyote.

When people learn about the hardships animals face each day, they are more willing to take a proactive approach toward protecting the natural environment and the habitats of our wild neighbors. At CWC, they educate communities, and in doing so, they challenge homeowners, teachers, students and businesses to continue learning about their environment and enriching the lands in which we all live and play. What could be better?

On Saturday, May 4, 2019 the CWC will be putting on their second annual Feathers, Flippers and Fur Picnic starting at 2:00 pm and running until 5pm at King Gillette Ranch located at the corner of Mulholland and Las Virgenes in Calabasas.

You will get to experience the wonders of wildlife while feasting on Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine from your favorite local eateries as well as wine tasting from local wineries.

There will be live music by Wild Ride and a performance by Jimmy H. a comedy magician. Your kiddies can get their face painted while you are doing a guided meditation led by Draza Jansky. Also you can participate in a Silent Auction which will offer amazing packages for the whole family, plus many more fun activities.

Tickets are $75.00 for adults, $25.00 for children ages 3-16 and children ages two and under are free. Tickets include food, wine and all activities. All the proceeds go to this incredible organization. To purchase tickets and to learn more about the event, sponsorship opportunities visit CAWildlife.org.

Now before I spend the day basking in the sun with all these wonderful animals and animal lovers, the night before, Friday May 3rd, I'll be downtown at the BUILD BRIDGES, PAINT WALLS show at the Rendon Gallery, which is partnering with the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, to present this amazing exhibit.

This is a multimedia exhibition featuring murals, graphic art and photography celebrating latinidad and the international cultural exchanges that make Los Angeles great.

Now what is an art show without music. That's why California punk band Deseos Primitivos will be performing and DJ Skwirl Sauce will be spinning ska, punk, reggae and music Latina. The corner dive bar, Licha's Bar and Grill will be open, serving beer sponsored by Angel City Brewery and Sus Arepas and Memije's Tacos and Catering will have food for sale on the site

The show starts at 7pm and runs until 10pm. The Rendon Gallery is located at 2055 East 7th Street, Los Angeles.

The event is put on by Cartwheel Art who focus on immersive experiences, designing community driven and diverse programming such as guided group tours, art activated events and curated exhibitions.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to CartwheelArt.com. I've been to many Cartwheel Art events and everyone has been unique and simply put, fantastic.

I love theatre and last week I got to see an extremely funny and touching play entitled BOXING LESSONS which is playing at The New American Theatre located at 1312 North Wilton Place in Hollywood.

​When a famous writer dies under mysterious circumstances, family and friends gather in his cabin on a remote island in Puget Sound to box up his belongings. In the process, they come to realize just how much they love, despise and need one another.

This is a world premiere dark comedy written by award winning playwright John Bunzel and perfectly directed by Jack Stehlin. This definitely falls into my 'must see' category. The cast is great and you will laugh big time. I even teared up which always makes me happy. There's tons of wild plot twists and revelations.

The play opened on April 26th and run through June 2nd. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and some Sundays at 3pm. To purchase tickets and for more information go to NewAmericanTheatre.com or call 310-424-2980.

But most importantly, whatever you choose to do this weekend, make it a fun one people.


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 even bring a tear to your eyes. I mean Super Heroes from all over the universe coming together to fight evil and restore their love ones to earth, how could you not get a little misty eye.

Briefly as many of you know from AVENGERS INFINITY WAR fifty percent of the Earth's population has been wiped out thanks to the evil demigod Thanos (Josh Brolin) by using the six Infinity Stones he acquired. Thanos has to be the first monster that ever cared about overpopulation.

Anyway when the film opens Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr at his best) is adrift in space with no food or water. He sends a message to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile the remaining Avengers, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, The Raccoon and Bruce Banner must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos and epic it is.

The film opens Friday, April 26, 2019. Get your tickets immediately because it is selling out fast.

So after delving into this action, fantasy sic-fi what better way to keep the thrills going then to drive to Huntington Beach to see the new BLUES FESTIVAL.

The great lineup includes Eric Sardinas, New Blues Revolution, Guitar Shorty, James Harman, Verdurous, Rhythm Shakers, The Broughams, Whiskey and The Wolves, Deb TGaren Band , The Michael Mills Band and Union Hobos. If you are into the blues, it doesn't get better than this.

The festival is this Saturday April 27th at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex located at 18100 Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. To buy tickets and for more information go to NewBluesFestival.com.

Now I don't know about you but after seeing all this great entertainment I'm going to be very hungry and what better way to satiate myself than by going to Downtown Los Angeles Culinary Walking Tour.

This promises to be one fun food experience. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead you on a leisurely three hour walking adventure through this extraordinary downtown area, sharing stories of the city's early settlers, Hollywood's heyday, architectural background and the transformation of LA's culture and food scene.

Along the way you'll get to enjoy tastes from unique eateries, including the best bakeries, authentic ethnic restaurants and renowned establishment currently creating a buzz in the foodie universe. Six stops in all. By the end of the tour, you'll be able to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of the city and its hidden culinary gems.

To purchase tickets and for more information go to FoodToursOfLosAngeles.com. There are vegetarian and vegan options. The event starts this Saturday April 27th and runs Sunday April 28th, Friday May 3rd, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th. They all start at 11:00 am.

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