Announcing the Hollywood Fringe Festival 'Sponsored,' 'Runway,' 'Encore! Producers,' and 'Best of Broadwater' Awards

The following are more winners of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, including the Sponsored Awards and Fringe Runway.

Now that the Hollywood Fringe Festival has technically come to a close, here are awards that provide additional opportunities through the Encore! Producers Awards and the Best of Broadwater Award which provide an avenue for shows to extend through July, August, and beyond, to see the shows you might have missed.

Sponsored Award Winners

2019 Unleashed Awards

The Mayor’s Debate Of Tranquillity Nebraska

The Unleashed Award is given to the ensemble production who unleashes their production with a strong focus on telling the story and the winner receives a certificate, a dog collar and tag engraved with the name of the show, the award and the year, award laurels for social media use, and shout outs on the Theatre Unleashed social media sites.

2cents Theatre Distinctive Voices Award

The Institute For The Opposite Of Longing

The 2Cents Distinctive Voices Award recognizes an artist/team of artists who prove themselves as a true auteur. The winning production will demonstrate unique perspective, fresh interpretation and defined approach, providing a one of a kind experience of unexpected storytelling. The winner will receive a coveted engraved 2Cents Piggy.

Aunt Lyla’s Fave Fringe Flyer

Matt: The Gathering

Aunt Lyla’s Fave Fringe Flyer recognizes superb flyer design and the winner(s) receive an award plague showcasing the winning flyer.

Fight the Power Award

Start Swimming

Fight The Power Award is granted for performance, writing, direction combined "to create a powerful piece that moves the needle in social justice, inclusiveness, normalization of reality, and forward-thinking art." Winners receive a custom ‘Fight the Power’ trophy.

No Room In The Green Room Award

Borracho: Spanish For Drunken Bum

MB Stage Productions No Room In The Green Room Award "goes to those who like to challenge themselves to have a full audience and an even fuller stage."  Winner(s) are awarded a trophy and recognition on MB Stage Productions, LLC’s website, social media and digital laurels.

O Face Award For Orgasmic Achievement In Theatre: “Most Orgasmic Performance”

Macy Idzakovich – Flower Society

The O Face Award For Orgasmic Achievement In Theatre: 'Most Orgasmic Performance' Award singles out one production "for forging a connection between artist, audience and the divine, bringing all three together in an explosive theatrical experience that transcends convention and can only be regarded as 'Orgasmic.'" A 7th Annual O Face Award statuette is presented to the winner.

Showorks Don’t Wait. Create! Award

The Duchess & The Stripper

The ShoWorks Don’t Wait. Create! Award is awarded to "writers and creators who develop their own opportunities by producing original content and pushing the creative envelope from 'page to stage.'” The winner receives this 3rd Annual award statuette.

Soaring Solo Artist Award

Dear Jeff by Callie Ott

The 3rd Annual Soaring Solo Artist Award is presented by Soaring Solo LLC, Jessica Lynn Johnson & the Whitefire Theatre recognizes and celebrates "excellence in solo theatre within the Hollywood Fringe Community." The winner receives an award plaque, along with a spot to perform their winning solo show at the Whitefire Theatre’s SOLOFEST 2020.

Standout Song Award

“Smellay Lahk A Turkay (She Was)” Blackboxing

Standout Song Award honors "the song at Fringe that we feel represents the 'number one hit' of the festival. The song that we remember as we leave their show and keep thinking about as the festival goes on." The award involves "a fully funded/produced music video of the original song that will be published online."

Steve Kent Award

Earth Stories: Our Climate And Our Future

Steve Kent Award, named after co-founder of the legendary Company Theatre, the late Steve Kent,  "is given a piece of theatre that uses their art for to create political or social change within an individual and their community." and a trophy is awarded to the winner.

The Diverse Diva Award

Squeeze My Cans by Cathy Schenkelberg

The Diverse Diva Award is presented by the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, co-sponsored by City National Bank, and is awarded to a solo female identified artist performing  "cabaret, poetry, dance, as a singer-songwriter, vocalist, musician [or]  storyteller" selecting one "engaging and unique female identified artist who exemplifies what it means to be a 'Diverse Diva.'" The winner receives a framed award certificate, a performance spot in the LAWTF Wine Down Wednesday event, and a week-long stay at the Writer’s Well International Literary Retreat in Sharpsburg Georgia (including lodging.)

The Golden Key

The Pod

The show with the highest score will receive The Golden Key, a symbol of the production’s ability to unlock a new world for guests.

The Encore Award

The Encore! Producers Award represents the best of the Hollywood Fringe selected by venue producers, based on artistic merit and commercial potential. The extensions immediately follow the HFF2019 and run through July in participating fringe venues. Shows selected receive extensions "giving them the opportunity for additional audience, press, awards and extensions. Shows receive "at least one performance," following the Hollywood Fringe Festival, in July. Typically extensions are one to two performances, but longer runs are possible and are negotiated between venue and show producer.

The Inkwell Theater Playwright’s Promise Award

Butcher Holler Here We Come” By Casey Wimpee

The Inkwell Theater Playwright’s Promise Award, presented by the Inkwell Theater Development LAB, recognizes a writer of a Fringe production. The criteria for this fifth annual award is based on the play itself, not necessarily the production. The playwright of the winning production is invited to "participate in a number of special events and reading opportunities throughout our 2019-20 season" and receive a “Golden Pen” statuette.

The Outdoor Voices Festival “conversation Creation” Award

Dear Jeff: A Musical Comedy About Suicide & Domestic Abuse

The Outdoor Voices Festival “conversation Creation” Award honors the show that "encompasses all of the qualifications that make up a brilliant piece of socially relevant theater." The winner of the award receives a statuette and is invited to perform in the "Outdoor Voices Festival, Winter 2019" where a limited number shows are selected each year.

The Paul Koslo Memorial/Met theatre Award

A Time Traveler’s Guide To The Present

Sponsored by MET Theatre (MET Foundation) The Paul Koslo Memorial/Met theatre Award, in honor of the late MET Theatre founding member Paul Koslo, is given to "outstanding theatre makers who reflect that same bold, creative, and inspirational spirit as was possessed by our beloved Mr. Koslo." The winner receives a statuette, plaque, or "the like" along with "20 Free Rehearsal Hours (a $500 value) at the MET Theatre on the Paul Koslo Stage in the Great Scott space."

TPP’s Trope Buster!

Blackboxing

Sponsored by They Played Productions, LLC., TPP’s Trope Buster! is awarded to shows that "break the mold," disrupt the medium, and take the "expected roles or stories or themes or tropes of theatre and spin them off the axis into unknown territory."  Winners will receive an award created by producer and artist Thea Rivera specifically for this year’s TPP Trope Buster as well as a digital file listing your winning award.

LAFPI's Most Wanted Award

LAFPI's Most Wanted Award is granted in "recognition of the gender parity efforts and achievements by LA Theaters and Fringe Venues, focusing on female-identifying playwrights" and receive a certificate.

The LAFPI Most Wanted Awards:

Actors Company
Assistance League Theatre
Hudson Theatres
Lounge Theatres
Asylum @ McCadden Theatre
Asylum @ Studio C
The Hobgoblin Playhouse at The Arena Stage, Theatre of Arts
The New American Theatre
The New Collective

Fringe Runway Winners: 

1st Place- ANGELBIRD
2nd Place- THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE
3rd Place- Start Swimming
Honorable Mention – Mil Grus

Audience Winners:

1st Place – Squeeze My Cabaret
2nd Place – HAMILKONG

Best of Broadwater Award

The Best of Broadwater Award is awarded to a select few Hollywood Fringe productions that have performed at The Broadwater based on "their high level of artistry and excellence." Winners receive a statuette and certificate for their production during the Hollywood Fringe Festival Closing Night Ceremony and are offered an extension at one of The Broadwater’s four stages on Best of Broadwater Weekend July 5th-7th.

SCARLETT FEVER
LEAR / LOMAN – THE BEST OF INK @FRINGE
COME BACK!
THE LAST CROISSANT
GRAIL PROJECT
POCKETS
JOURNEY
LINCOLN 2020
SUPPORTIVE WHITE PARENTS
EARTH STORIES: OUR CLIMATE AND OUR FUTURE
RIDE OR DIE: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL
JORDAN MAVERICK HISTORY TEACHER
TEMPLE TANTRUM
NORMALER THAN EVERYONE
45 MILLIGRAMS
EARTH TO KAREN
THE FLOWER SOCIETY
SON OF A BITCH
ORANGUTAN
FOUR CLOWNS PRESENTS: SHAKEDOWN AT THE DUSTY SPUR!
COME ON DOWN
MR. YUNIOSHI
THE SAME ROOM
GHOST TOWN
RED, WHITE, BLACK & BLUE
DEAR JEFF: A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT SUICIDE & DOMESTIC ABUSE
THE DEATH OF SAM MOBEAN
MEET ME IN MIZZERY
ALIVE-ISH
IF TRUTH BE TOLD

Encore Extensions:

The Actors Company
#CANCELLED
BIRTHDAY
HAPPY HOUR
HUMAN FOUNTAINS
MANDY PICKS A HUSBAND
ORACLES AND MIRACLES
PUBLIC DOMAIN: THE MUSICAL
REWIND – A NEW 80’S POP MUSICAL
THE LONDON ROSE
[TITLE OF SHOW]

New American Theater
THE SCORPION AND THE FROG: A TIME-KILLER
LOOSE UNDERWEAR

Hudson Theater
COMEDY HOE
THE RIDE
GOLDFISH
EVA PERON BY COPI EN ESPAÑOL
AN YET ANOTHER EVENING WITH THE SISTAHS- UNSUNG SHEROES
LOVE, MADNESS, AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
IT TAKES TWO: MUSICAL IMPROV WITH PEARCY & BYRNES
SWIPED

The New Collective
YOU TOO
YOU, AGAIN

The Complex Hollywood
2 FOR 1
ACID WASH LOVE
BLACKBOXING
CAVE GIRL THE MUSICAL
THE COLOR COLLECTIVE
CRACK WHORE, BULIMIC, GIRL-NEXT-DOOR
DEATH AND THE FOOL
FIVE
IF IT GOES THERE
KLINGON TAMBURLAINE
MY TRANS WIFE
THE NARCISSIST NEXT DOOR
OLIVIA WILDE DOES NOT SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE
PIT OF GOBLINS
POCKETMON! A PARODY MUSICAL
PRINCESS MAGIC’S TRASH TIME REVUE
PRODIGY
SEXUALMISADVENTURESOFASTRAIGHTWHITEMALE: APRIVILEGESTORY
SHIVA FOR ANNE FRANK
TALES FROM THE POWDER ROOM
THE MAYOR’S DEBATE OF TRANQUILITY, NEBRASKA
THIS WAY YONDER
VERY GOOD ACTOR: AN ACTING SEMINAR
WHAT I NEVER TOLD YOU
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?
YES. NO. MAYBE.

Lounge Theatre
AN EXCUSE TO BEHAVE BADLY
CHRISSY METH – A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL AND THE JOURNEY BACK
CORINA, FROM LAP DANCE TO SUNDANCE
HIDE YOUR FIRES: BUTOH LADY MACBETH
HOLLYWOODN’T
(IM)PERFEKT
TO RICHARD!
A BIT MUCH
CLEMENTINE
FERTILE.
IF WE RUN
LEAVING PRINCE CHARMING

Studio/Stage
BAT KNIGHT!
BATTER UP! MY BRAIN ON BASEBALL
CRABBE AND GOYLE ARE DEAD
DISROBED
LIFE PLAN, OR LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE IN A COLLAPSING WORLD
THE JOURNEY OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
PHO GIRL
TATTERED CAPES
SILENT JOY, A NEW PLAY
SUGARFREE: FOSTER CARE COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

The Hobgoblin Playhouse at the Arena Stage
EARTH & FIRE WALKING (TIERRA Y FUEGO QUE CAMINA)
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
RADICALS
TABLETOP (THE MUSICAL)
THE BULLY PROBLEM

McCadden Theater
GUNFIGHT AT THE NOT-SO-OK SALOON
LET’S WRITE A MUSICAL
MIL GRUS
MONKEY MIND
NO MORE TOYS
SIREN CALL
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN TRYING TO WOKE
Thymele Arts
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.

Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre
BUNNY THE ELF LIVE!
GEORGE.
GREENWOOD 1964
OUT OF THE BLUE
RAISED BY WOLVES
SORRY ABOUT MY FRIEND
SWIPE RIGHT: THE MUSICAL
THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME
THE HUMAN[OID] EXPERIENCE
TOBINCON

Studio C
AMERICAN STRANGER
ASK A BLACK WOMAN
DANDY DARKLY’S ALL ABOARD!
DEAR JEFF: A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT SUICIDE & DOMESTIC ABUSE
DOUBLE FEATURE: THE ORIGINAL ENGLISH & MURDERFUCK
I AM NOT A MAN
JAMBA JUICE: THE MUSICAL
MORAL FIXATION (ORIGINALLY TITLED BOYS
WILL BE BOYS)
MR. YUNIOSHI
ONE HUMP HEART
PAPER TRAILS
SPEAK I WILL: A FRACTURED SHAKESPEARE
SUPPORTIVE WHITE PARENTS
TEMPLE TANTRUM
THE LAST POWERPOINT
THE MASHER
THE ONE-MAN IMPROVISED MUSICAL
SEVEN
ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS


The 10th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival Awards 2019 Have Been Announced, Awards Ceremony Tonight!

The 10th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival Awards Ceremony is tonight, Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Montalbán Theatre!

Here are all the nominees for the community and sponsored awards.

Fringe Freaks (community-voted awards) Nominees

Top Of The Fringe
Klingon Tamburlaine
Mr. Yunioshi
Pockets
The Bully Problem
The Last Croissant

International
Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth
Pretty, Witty Nell
Start Swimming
What Am I Even Doing?
What I Never Told You

Fringe First (World Premiere)
45 Milligrams
Blackboxing
Pockets
Son of A Bitch
The Bully Problem

Cabaret & Variety
Batter Up! My Brain On Baseball
Blackboxing
Pick Of The Fringe – Cabaret Show
Squeeze My Cabaret
The Color Collective

Comedy
Come Back!
Crabbe And Goyle Are Dead
Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive The Apocalypse
The Mayor’s Debate Of Tranquillity Nebraska
Stuff I Think Is Funny And Good

Dance & Physical Theatre
Cirque Du Giselle
Four Clowns Presents: Shakedown At The Dusty Spur!
Mil Grus
Scarlett Fever
Tattered Capes

Ensemble Theatre
Grail Project
Saving Cain
Son of A Bitch
The Last Croissant
The Death of Sam Mobean

Immersive Theatre
Disrobed
Life Plan, Or Living Your Best Life In A Collapsing World
Matt: The Gathering
The Pod
Vote For Murder!

Musicals And Operas
Earth To Karen
Pockets
Public Domain: The Musical
Supportive White Parents
The Bully Problem

Solo Performance
Fertile
Meet Me In Mizzery
Mr. Yunioshi
Pit Of Goblins
Temple Tantrum

Sponsored Awards Nominees

2019 Unleashed Awards
Scarlet Fever
Meg Jo, Beth Amy & Louisa
Haddon Park
Sorry About My Friend
The Mayor’s Debate Of Tranquillity Nebraska

2cents Theatre Distinctive Voices Award
The Death Of Sam Mobean
Dear Jeff
Butcher Holler Here We Come
The Institute For The Opposite Of Longing
Scarlett Fever

Aunt Lyla’s Fave Fringe Flyer
Winner announced tonight! Honorable Mentions:

No More Toys
The Mayors Debate Of Tranquility, Nebraska
Cave Girl: The Musical
If We Run
Start Swimming

Fight The Power Award
Greenwood 1964
Start Swimming
No Child Left Behind
Falling On Deaf Eyes
The Bully Problem

No Room In The Green Room Award
Silent Joy
Borracho: Spanish For Drunken Bum
Tattered Capes
The Bully Problem
The Circle Table

O Face Award For Orgasmic Achievement In Theatre: “Most Orgasmic Performance”
Blaire Chandler – The Duchess & The Stripper
Yokko – Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth
Jim Hanna –The Mayor’s Debate Of Tranquillity Nebraska
Elisabeth Hower –Four Clowns Presents: Shakedown At The Dusty Spur!
Macy Idzakovich – Flower Society

Showorks Don’t Wait. Create! Award
Oracles & Miracles
Supportive White Parents
The Duchess & The Stripper
Earth To Karen
The Bully Problem

Soaring Solo Artist Award
Squeeze My Cans by Cathy Schenkelberg
Dear Jeff by Callie Ott
Mr. Yunioshi by Jonathan Cho
Mandy Picks A Husband by Amanda Broomell
The One-Man Improvised Musical by Conor Hanney

Standout Song Award
“Smellay Lahk A Turkay” Blackboxing
“Wanted” Pockets
“Love Triangles” Pocketmon
“The Futures Lit” One Hump Heart
“Slapfoc” The Bully Problem

Steve Kent Award
Earth Stories: Our Climate And Our Future
In Conclusion
Ghost Town
Mr Yunioshi
The Last Croissant

The Diverse Diva Award
Squeeze My Cans by Cathy Schenkelberg
(IM)PERFEKT by Jannica Olin
Chrissy Meth by Crystal Bush
Loose Underwear by Dagmar Stansova
Corina: From Lapdance to Sundance by Corina Calderon

The Golden Key
The Pod
Tales By Candlelight
Best Night Ever
Internal
Vote For Murder!

The Inkwell Theater Playwright’s Promise Award
The Institute For The Opposite Of Longing” By Lindsay Beamish and Vanessa Peters
Butcher Holler Here We Come” By Casey Wimpee
To Richard!” By Jessica Durdock Moreno
The Circle Table” By Eric Moore

The Outdoor Voices Festival “conversation Creation” Award
Cave Girl: The Musical
Blackboxing
Silent Joy
Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl Next Door
TBD Fifth Nominee

The Paul Koslo Memorial/Met theatre Award
A Time Traveler’s Guide To The Present
Mr. Yunioshi
The Grail Project
Scarlet Fever
Pho Girl

TPP’s Trope Buster!
Batter Up! My Brain On Baseball
Blackboxing
Butcher Holler Here We Come
Mr. Yunioshi
Sins
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The Montalbán Theatre is at 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028. The Hollywood Fringe Festival Closing Night Party after the awards ceremony at St. Felix, 1602 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.


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

The Producers opening at the Celebration Theatre at the Lex on Friday June 30th is a musical adaption of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks's 1967 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful.

Like many of Brooks' films the humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and Nazis and many show business in-jokes. The show is best known for the song, Springtime for Hitler. I've seen this in New York and loved it.

The Celebration Theatre has produced several musicals including 'The Color Purple' and they were all excellent. I'm sure this one will be as well.

The Celebration is located at 6760 Lexington Avenue in Hollywood. For tickets go to CelebrationTheatre.com. The show runs Fridays-Mondays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Even though my next pick doesn't open until Tuesday July 2nd I thought it definitely should be included of my weekend list of fun things to do. Spider-Man: Far From Home is a perfect way to start the July 4th holiday. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man played by Tom Holland must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya and Samule L. Jackson round out the cast and the film has already gotten rave reviews and I for one can't wait to see it.

Next up is one of my favorite old time performers, Ramblin Jack Elliot, an American folk singer/guitarist. At the age of 87 the dude still has it. Way back when Elliot taught himself guitar and started busking for a living. Eventually he got together with Woody Guthrie and stayed with him as both an admirer and student.

Elliott's guitar and his mastery of Guthrie's material had a big impact on Bob Dylan when he lived in Minneapolis. When Dylan reached New York, he was sometimes referred to as the 'son' of Jack Elliott, because Elliot had a way of introducing Dylan's songs with the words: 'Here's a song from my son, Bob Dylan.'

For years Ramblin Jack Elliot has been an interpretative troubadour bringing old songs to new audiences in his idiosyncratic manner. I've seen him several times and every show was just great.

Elliot will be performing Sunday June 30th at 8pm at McCabes Guitar Shop located at 3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. For tickets go to McCabes.com. Tickets are $30.00.

Last but not least, and definitely one of my favorite events of this upcoming weekend is CatCon at the Pasadena Convention Center located at 300 East Green Street in Pasadena. Why, you ask? Because I am a crazy cat lover. The show runs Saturday, June 29th from 9am to 6pm and Sunday June 30th 10am to 5pm.

This is the biggest cat-centric pop culture catstravaganza in the world. Immersive experiences, 200 exhibitors, photo booths, celebricats like Pudge and the Dark Lord plus the biggest adoption village ever awaits you.

Top talent both feline and human includes Cats of Instagram, Aaron's Animals, Shelly Roche of 'Tiny Kittens' and over 30 more plus over a dozen workshops and seminars, kitty cosplay, the Kitty Coloring Collective and Tons of giveaways and swag.

One of the best events where you get to hang out with thousands of people who love cats just as much as you do. If you're not a 'cat lover' I guarantee you after spending an afternoon here you will be.

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

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


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

This weekend, June 14th, 15th, 16th Luminario Ballet presents: "Choose Your Identity", modern dance legend Bella Lewitzky's TURF, 'LedZAerial and the world choreography award nominated 'Lift Ticket.' by Luminario artistic director Judith FLEX Helle.

I've seen them many times and they are absolutely fantastic. This is ballet like you've never seen it. Their aerial work alone will blow you away.

Special guest stars: Dreya Weber (PINK) will perform and Tawny Ellis and her band will play with Luminario Ballet dancers dancing.

The show will take place at the ultra cool Cafe Club Fais Do-Do located at 5253 West Adams Blvd, in LA. This is a club that offers a gumbo of eclectic music and diverse people coming together to build a stronger community by offering exposure to new cultures, sounds and philosophies.

To purchase tickets for LUMINARIO BALLET go to LuminarioBallet.org. or call 818-235-6588.

Another great event happening this weekend is the opening of the Hollywood Bowl on June 15h with the great John Legend performing. He'll be accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a sky full of fireworks. Now it doesn't get more romantic than that.

John is an incomparable talent, a charming presence on stage who brings great depth of emotion to his work as a pianist and songwriter. He'll kick off their season with style and a performance you won't forget.

To purchase tickets go to HollywoodBowl.com. or call (323) 850-2000. John goes on at 8pm.

Now for a different kind of theatre...Dinner With Friends, a play written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald Margulies.

Married couple Karen and Gabe live an idyllic life in Connecticut. They regularly have their best friends Beth and Tom over for double-date dinner party But of course dinner is not just about food. At least not in Margulies' play.

As the evening goes on Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom who has been unfaithful and from there it only get better and better. I've seen this play twice and it's one not to be missed.

'Dinner With Friends' opens at the Beverly Hills Playhouse 254 South Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills CA 90211. To purchase tickets or for more information go to CrimsonSquare.org. The play runs Fridays and Saturdays 8m and Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, until June 30th.

If art is what you desire starting Friday June 14th at 7pm the Pop Up Arts & Music Festival will be at the Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

As the name suggest, the festival will feature pop up public performances and activities at a variety of locations throughout Thousand Oaks.

The primary goal of the festival is to provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to actively participate in and enjoy the arts in unexpected and distinctive locations throughout the community.

The festival will feature seven free events over three weekends, June 14 and 15, June 21, 22, 23 and June 28 and 29. In partnership with local arts organizations, the festival will include local and regional artistic talent, in addition to nationally recognized performing artists.

For more information, visit CivicArtsPlaza.com.

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


Audio Interview: The cast of “Mama Metal” at Atwater Village Theatre

LA award-winner Sigrid Gilmer 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*

Enjoy this interview with the cast of “Mama Metal” at Atwater Village Theatre, playing through June 23rd. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


JOAN OF ART: Pop Icons, Gay Pride, Playboy Jazz Festival and an Opera Great

One of my favorite places to go to hear music is THE ROSE in Pasadena. I've seen some amazing groups there and this Saturday, June 8th, Carnie and Wendy Wilson along with Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) will be performing at The Rose and I can't wait. They have sold over 18 million copies worldwide and scored three number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, making the trio the best selling female group of all time!

The group won the Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year for 'Hold On' and in addition was nominated for four Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards.

Other hits include 'Release Me,' 'You're in Love,' 'Impulsive' and The Dream is Still Alive.' Most recently the trio appeared in the hit comedy movie BRIDESMAIDS and also released the album DEDICATED, featuring cover versions of songs by The Beach Boys and The Mamas and Papas.

What makes this show even more exciting is the opening act Eileen Carey. She celebrates her recent hit single, 'Anything That Reminds Me of You,' which this February swept the #1 spot in the New Music Weekly charts, including Country, AC/Hot AC and the Top 40 charts. Eileen is an amazing singer, songwriter. She has all of her bases covered and now her new single 'Meet Me Halfway', is climbing up the music charts.

The Rose is located at 245 East Green Street, Pasadena CA. To purchase tickets and for more information go to WhereMusicMeetsTheSoul.com or call 1-888-645-5006.

Now if pop music isn't your thing, this Friday, June 7th Ron Howard's new documentary entitled PAVAROTTI is opening in select theatres.

Luciano Pavarotti was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the quality of his tone and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century.

To hear him sing the aria NESSUN DORMA, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, is alone worth the price of admission.

Adding to the great music happening this weekend is the PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL at the Hollywood Bowl on June 8th and 9th. This year the performers are as great as ever.

They include Boz Scaggs, Angelique Kidjo, Kool and the Gang, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Sheila E., Benny Golson's 90th Birthday Quartet and more. George Lopez will be hosting.

This is such a beautiful outdoor venue to experience music. For more information and to purchase tickets go to HollywoodBowl.com. The Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

Lastly but definitely one of the most important events happening this weekend is the LA PRIDE FESTIVAL on June 8th and 9th.

It will be at the West Hollywood Park put on by Christopher Street West Association, a 501 non-profit who organized the world's first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City, the year prior.

Since then they have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Great Los Angeles metropolitan area and today they continue to produce the LA PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL every June in the City of West Hollywood.

This year the headliners will be Meghan Trainor and British electronic pop trio, Years & Years. They will be joined by Ashanti, Amara La Negra, De3Leaf, Greyson Chance, MNEK, Pabllo Vittar, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su and many more.

Hollywood Park is located at 647 North San Vicente Blvd. To purchase tickets and for more information go to LAPride.org.

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

Featured image: Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips of the vocal group Wilson Phillips, circa 1990. (Tim Roney/Getty Images)


Sitting Here Today: A Homecoming Conversation with Opera Star Christopher Job

Baritone opera star Christopher Job is returning to Los Angeles to perform in LA Opera's new 1920s-set, multi-cultural production of La traviata. A native of Anaheim Hills and graduate of Cal State Fullerton, this production constitutes Mr. Job's LA Opera debut. On the eve of his Angeleno opening, I had to find out - opera, East Coast vs. West; what's the difference?

Find out what he says and more in my conversation with Christopher Job.

Roger Q. Mason (RQM): First of all congratulations on your LA Opera debut. How does it feel to be performing opera in Los Angeles?

Christopher Job (CJ): Thank you very much. It feels amazing. I was just talking with a couple of my best friends who happen to be in the chorus at L.A. Opera (we've known each other since our days at Cal State Fullerton) and I said "All those years ago, could you even imagine that we'd be sitting here today? All three of us at L.A. Opera. On that stage together." It's quite thrilling to have this opportunity in our home town. It's certainly a homecoming for me, and it's quite surreal.

(RQM):  Tell us about your role in La traviata.

(CJ): I play the role of Doctor Grenvil. He's a dear friend of our protagonist, Violetta, as well as her physician. So he's aware of her illness; and amidst the parties, the decadence and the debauchery in their world, he is continually looking out for her well-being. Aside from the two lovers at the center of the drama, this is largely an ensemble piece. However Doctor Grenvil appears in the final act, in one of the more intimate and emotional scenes of the opera. As an actor, it's nice to get to play a range of emotions in your scene work.

(RQM):  You're worked as an opera performer on both coasts. What's the difference between making opera on the East Coast vs. in the West?

(CJ): Opera started in Europe, so naturally the first major opera company in the United States would form on the East Coast; so there's a lot of history over there. Making opera is largely the same to the performers, no matter where you are in this world. We are mostly transplanted colleagues, and we know how to collaborate in numerous situations and places. Now to further answer this question, I would start out by saying that I'm a Californian. I was born and raised here. And after many years of living in New York City and witnessing audience reactions, both when seeing opera myself and surrounding my own performances, I feel that the culture and people of every locale very much play into their varied reactions. We Californians are as we've been described; a very chill group of people. New York is as described; busy and hectic. Both coasts are very knowledgeable and appreciative; but sitting in the audience for El Gato Montes last week, I could feel the Californian flavor to the audience. It's very good to be home again.

(RQM):  What has been your favorite role so far? What's your dream role?

(CJ): I'd have to say Leporello in Don Giovanni or Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Mozart and his characters are a lot of fun to play. However I have had a taste of "the devil," playing Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust, and I have to say that I'd like to explore more of these "darker" roles in the future: Mefistofele by Boito, The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky, and the four villians of The Tales of Hoffman, have long tempted me.

(RQM):  After La traviata, what's next for you?

(CJ): I am contracted for the entire 2019/20 season at The Metropolitan Opera, so I will be taking as much vacation time as possible this summer (mostly in Italy), surrounding two great performance opportunities. This July I will be in Tosca in Vail, Colorado with Yannick Nézet-Séguin (head of music at the Met) and his Philadelphia Orchestra, and then in early August I will go to London to record Handel's Messiah at Abbey Road Studios with the Royal Philharmonic. It's a pretty exciting summer for me.

And, to support La traviata, visit LAOpera.org/performances/season-2018-19/la-traviata

Featured image: Christopher Job, photo by Suzanne Vinnik


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: 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.


Rare Ennio Morricone Tribute Concert at 'The Autry' Sunday, January 27, 2019

What started out as an annual birthday celebration with close musician friends, family, and other appreciators in the backyard of show organizer Henry Stanny, soon grew into a full concert tribute to the Oscar®-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone at the Autry Museum of the American West (The Autry.)

Originally scheduled for this weekend on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 5 p.m., a second show was then added at 1:00 p.m. at The Autry, where now both shows are currently sold out.

Morricone soundtrack fans span from classic and spaghetti western films to recent years' Quentin Tarantino film enthusiasts, creating a wide swath of appreciators here in the U.S., as well as here in Southern California. Considered one of the world's greatest living film composers, Morricone's world fame came with Sergio Leone's westerns, a few being “A Fistful of Dollars,” “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly,” and “Once Upon a Time in The West,” and more with films like “The Battle of Algiers,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “Malena,” “The Untouchables,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “The Mission,” and Tarantino's “The Hateful Eight.”

According to Stanny, who works at Laemmle Theatres and has an extensive collection and historical knowledge of film soundtracks and liner note history, the concept of the show birthed from discussions with his wife, Nancy Hoven, from his desire to hear collections of Morricone's music that is not often included in the contemporary tribute concert repertoire, for a birthday party at their home.

"I asked [Nancy] if I could hear some of the stuff that I have never heard from any of these great composers, in my backyard [for my birthday], and she said "Why don't we do that!?," said Stanny. "And we did that for a number of years."

Stanny's friend, Tom Griep, who was a co-director of the USC Film Scoring Department at one time, took to the task of organizing musicians for these annual backyard fêtes. Per Stanny, flutist Sara Andon, played for 18,000 people in Kraków Morricone's music from "Hamlet," "Then she'd come and do the same piece in my backyard." He had also met cellist Circe Diaz-Gomero at the Golden State Pops Orchestra in San Pedro after seeing her play.

"I'd always go there and look at her as she was this cellist in the first row," Stanny said of Diaz-Gomero. "Your eye always went to her because she would go totally into the music and move about and you would just be dazzled by her playing. Stuff like that happened until I got 11 people on my show, and they're all amazing. It broke my pocketbook, but it was really amazing."

Starting about six years ago, Stanny, who paid professional musicians to play, first attracted about 35 guests to his backyard birthday concerts. Over the years attendance grew to over 70 plus, up to the last one. This weekend, The Autry will accommodate 215 seats for each of the scheduled sold out performances, allowing Stanny to enjoy his favorite selections of music with even more fellow appreciators.

Host Bruce Kimmel, along with a total of nine musicians and two guests soloists comprise the orchestra for the program. Featured are Musical Director and pianist Thomas Griep, flutist Sara Andon, violinist  Nathalie Bonin, cellist Diaz-Gamero, on trumpet will be Drew Ninmer, on guitar Omri Lahav, with vocalists Maegan McConnell and Robert Yacko. Special guests Mark Tschanz and Italian pop star Veronika Coassolo will do a piece from "Django Unchained."

The full concert featuring the music of this legendary film composer is performed by this select ensemble of world-class musicians and singers, with “an emphasis on famous Westerns like 'A Fistful of Dollars' and 'Once Upon a Time in the West,''' according to the websites program highlights, as well as some obscure and rare gems.

According to Stanny, Morricone "has written more than 400 scores, and most of them are in Italian." For the Autry, half of the program is from his Westerns, and will feature songs "Ecstasy of Gold" from "The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly," main themes from "For a Few Dollars More" and a "Fistful of Dollars,"  "The Man With the Harmonica," from "Once Upon a Time in The West,"  "Run Man Run," from "The Big Gun Down," and "Gabriel's Oboe" from "The Mission," with rare pieces "Angel Face" from "A Pistol for Ringo," the main theme from "Duck You, Sucker," "The Ballad of Hank McCain" from "Machine Gun McCain," and "Ancora Qui" from "Django Unchained," just to name a few.

Also in the program is "Le Due Stagioni Della Vita." "It's from a movie hardly anybody ever saw. It was released in France, and came and went," said Stanny. "But because Morricone liked it he put it on his album ... it's really obscure, but it's really beautiful."

After the concert, there will be a no-host dinner and drinks gathering at Mimi's Café in Los Feliz around 8:00 p.m. in a reserved a room where music fans and patrons can mingle with the artists.

Mimi's is located at 2925 Los Feliz Blvd. 90039, a short drive from the Autry Museum of the American West.

  1. Poster Art Illustration courtesy of The Autry Museum of the American West;
  2. Photo of Henry Stanny courtesy of Henry Stanny.

JOAN OF ART: A Weekend Filled With Art, Theatre, Music, and a Couple of Musical Legends

Art comes in many different forms. Many are quite familiar while others are quite unique. SAMSKARA falls in the latter category.

Samskara is an immersive Art Experience taking place in Wisdome - a new immersive art park in the Arts District. Wisdom L.A. is dedicated to presenting the avant-garde transformational experiences and unforgettable events in a unique Los Angeles Arts District where five domes will be set up.

The works of transformational artist Android Jones. Samskara includes: Full dome mapping projection show, Android Jones art gallery, Microdose interactive VR experience, multiple selfie zones all located in the new multi media immersive art park.

SAMSKARA is the scope of experiences which we collect through our life journeys: the infinite flow of feelings, actions, ideas, choices and emotions. There's good samskara and evil samsara. Sounds intriguing doesn't it? I can't wait to experience it this weekend.

Tickets are valid for entry anytime during operating hours and can be used for any dates. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are special events that are part of the Samskara After DaRK SERIES.

To find out more or to purchase tickets go to Wisdome.la or on instagram Instagram.com/wisdome.la. Tickets are $29.00 for standard and $19.00 students. The park is located at 527 Colyton Los Angeles.

Now if you like a more traditional type of art there's the yearly L.A. Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center which I've been going to for the last ten years and it never disappoints.

The 24th annual LA Art Show is back with hundreds of innovative exhibitors displaying thousands of provocative pieces from January 24th to January 27th. Founded in 1995, the L.A. Art Show has grown into one of the most diverse international contemporary art shows. The show has over 20,000 square feet of space dedicated to making it the largest art fair on the west coast.

This year the LA Art Show will feature 120 galleries each with its own unique theme ranging from contemporary and modern art, ink paintings, historical pieces, pop art and photography. The show also features the work of local and international artists alike. This is an incredible event not to be missed.

Show hours are Thursday, January 24 11am-7pm
Friday, January 25, 2019 | 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 11am – 5pm

Place: The Los Angeles Convention Center - West Hall 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA. For tickets go to LAArtShow.com.

After looking at some exciting art what could be better than to be entertained by a legend...Sir Elton John.

Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road is definitely going to be an unforgettable night of entertainment. He will be performing Friday evening at the Staples Center.

His two and a half hour performance promises to be vintage Elton in the sense that he will be reminding us of what a consummate showman he is. The Friday show starts at 8:00pm. The Staple Center is at 1111 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles.

For more information go to StaplesCenter.com.

After seeing some great art and listening to some amazing music, a great way to end the weekend for me is to see a play and that's exactly what I'm going to do.

The play is HIR at the Odyssey Theatre located at 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles.

HIR written by Taylor Mac and directed by Bart DeLorenzo is a sly, subversive comedy/drama that explores uncharted frontiers of gender.

The play is a darkly funny, shockingly absurd and an endlessly surprising vision of a world in transition.

Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from Afghanistan with a dishonorable discharge only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent is his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage to Isaac's father by his debilitating stroke and with Max, Isaac's newly out transgender sibling as her ally, Paige is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. The play was voted the Top Ten Best Theatre of 2015 and garnered amazing reviews.

To purchase tickets go to OdysseyTheatre.com

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


JOAN OF ART - A theatre experience that makes you question what it is to be human, Grammy Award Winning Blues Man, Artisans and their wears and healthy delicious food

The weekend is here and the rain has stopped so it's time to step outside for some fun, starting with a play that, besides entertaining you, will definitely make you think.

Smart Love written by Brian Letscher and directed by Elina de Santos is about Artificial Intelligence and how humans, one day, will most certainly be faced with deciding what makes us truly human.

In this excellent production, now playing at the Pacific Resident Theatre located at 703 Venice Boulevard in Venice, the main character Sandy (the excellent Melissa Weber Bales) a woman in her 50's, is faced with exactly that question.

Thanks to her son Benji (Zachary Grant) who may or not be crazy arrives at her house with a surprise. He has brought back to life her husband, Ron (the wonderful Michael Mantell). It seems Benji has stolen Ron who is an A. I. (Artificial Intelligence) from MIT and the federal government who are hunting him in order to retrieve their merchandise. You can't blame them since Ron cost $20 million dollars to create.

Smart Love runs Thursday through Saturday at 8m and Sundays at 3 until Febuary 24, 2019. For tickets call 310-822-8392 or go to PacificResidentTheatre.com.

Now there is nothing like some really great music to make you feel good so Saturday night I will be at the Canyon Club located at 28912 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills CA, to see the legendary Taj Mahal and the Phantom blues Band.

Grammy Award winning Taj Mahal is not only a legend but he's a visionary whose blues/world music is known for trailblazing exploration of a variety of musical genres. This blues master's career spans fifty something years and includes influences from around the world, including the West Indies, India, South Asia, Africa, Latin America and more.

He has helped to reshape the definition and scope of blues music. He's released over twenty five studio albums plus live albums and complications and has worked with artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Van Morrision, Sammy Hagar, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Clapton and more. This is one show you do not want to miss.

To buy tickets go to CanyonClub.net or call 818-879-5016.

And now for some daytime fun. If you love jewelry, gemstones, textiles, and handcrafted beads, the place to be this weekend is the PASADENA BEAD AND DESIGN SHOW and I will be there on Sunday.

The show is open to the public. You can shop and buy direct from artisans and trades people at excellent prices - beads, art clothing, jewelry, gemstones, textiles and the largest selection of handcrafted beads, art jewelry and gems.

Many products offered for the first time-and by the artisans themselves, including an array of designer accessories such as felted hats, art wear, hand-dyed silks, hand tooled leather and eco-dyed and up cycled clothing.

The exhibitors, who are carefully chosen by invitation, include both traditional and contemporary artisans, high quality merchants and wholesale suppliers.

The show is being held at the Hilton Pasadena Hotel located at 168 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101. It runs January 18-20, 2019 from 10am-6pm Friday-Sunday.

For more information and to buy tickets go to BeadAndDesign.com or call 1-888-747-1123.

There are also 150 workshops offered daily 8am to 9pm. Admission at the door is $10.00. Advanced tickets are $8.00.

Now after all this shopping and since you are in Pasadena you might one to try one of my favorite restaurants TRUE FOOD KITCHEN a relaxed, eco-chic chain serving health conscious fare, including vegan options, plus cocktails. The resturant is located at 168 West Colorado Blvd in Pasadena.

The renowned physician and doctor of integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil founded True Food Kitchen with the simple belief that food should make you feel better, not worse. From day one, Weil and his team championed his vision to bring this new way of eating to each one of his kitchens located throughout the United States.

Don't get scared away by the word 'healthy'. Trust me I've eaten here several times and the food is absolutely delicious. To check out the menu go to Places.SinglePlatform.com. To read more about the restaurant go to TrueFoodKitchen.com.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend make it a fun one. I know I will.


EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

THE MANOR: MURDER AND MADNESS AT GREYSTONE @ Greystone Mansion

January 10, 2019 6:00 pm

The Manor- Murder and Madness at Greystone is by now a Los Angeles/Beverly Hills institution. The play, now in its seventeenth year, surpassed its 200th performance in 2014. The show is a roman a ...read more


JOHN SEBASTIAN@ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 10, 2019 8:00 pm

As the founder, singer, and songwriter of The Lovin' Spoonful, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Sebastian has made an indelible mark on the American musical fabric. Boasting numerous Top 10 hits ...read more


JOCASTA: A MOTHERF**KING TRAGEDY @ The Broadwater

January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

An alcoholic tattoo artist, a kid who's been swimming laps for 25 years, an ex- con, and a woman who believes she can see the future help Jocasta when she is awakened from a ...read more


THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK @ The Complex

January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

LATINX “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK” RETURNS FOR LIMITED SIX WEEK LOS ANGELES RUN Directed By Stan Zimmerman Saturday, January 12, 2019 TDOAF - New Main Graphic - 12.13.jpg Best Selling Book - Pulitzer ...read more


LAST CALL @ Atwater Village Theatre

January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

In this semi-autobiographical dramedy by writer/producer Anne Kenney (Outlander, Switched at Birth, L.A. Law), the Vaughn family's go-to defense mechanism of sarcasm and mordant humor falls short when the aging parents hatch a not-so-funny ...read more


BENDING THE SPOON @ Santa Monica Playhouse

January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

Three generations of a family prepare to celebrate the upcoming birthday of the youngest member. Doing so, however, forces them to come to terms with past relationships, past decisions and past actions involving a ...read more


OUR TOWN @ Westchester Playhouse

January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

The production is directed by Stanley Brown and produced by Kathy Dershimer for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Samuel French, Inc. Featured in the cast in alphabetical order are Dan Adams, Stephen Anthony ...read more


TWELFTH NIGHT @ Theatre Palisades (Pierson Playhouse)

January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

This is Illyria, folks! Our heroine is shipwrecked. Her brother presumably drowned. Disguising herself as a boy, she joins Duke Orsino's court. She is sent as his emissary to the Countess Olivia, who's mourning ...read more


SOUL CRUSHING DISCO BALL @ Hudson Guild Theatre

January 11, 2019 8:00 pm

Anarchy Pictures and Gia Paladino are proud to present a World Premiere play by an award-winning playwright team, Travis Perkins and Chambers Stevens. Opening January 4, 2019. The new play will be at The ...read more


SHOW UP, KIDS! INTERACTIVE FAMILY COMEDY @ The Complex

January 12, 2019 2:30 pm

Following a sold out, critically acclaimed, 7-month run in NYC, Peter Michael Marino's interactive "Show Up, Kids!” makes it west coast premiere at Complex Hollywood, January 12-20. This entirely unique, improvised, family show for ...read more


JEFFREY OSBORNE @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 12, 2019 8:00 pm

Dubbed "the number one hit maker of the 1980s" (Radio and Records), R&B singer Jeffrey Osborne has unequivocally made his mark on contemporary music. With hit singles like "Stay with Me Tonight," "Only Human," ...read more


INDEPENDENCE @ Theatre West

January 12, 2019 8:00 pm

Dr. Mary Walker (1832-1919) was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army, a suffragist, an abolitionist, a prohibitionist, endured four months in a Confederate prison and remains, to this day, the only woman ...read more


ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

January 13, 2019 2:00 pm

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the ...read more