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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets go to PacificResidentTheatre.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The theatre is located at 7307 Melrose in West LA.

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


JOAN OF ART: Never Is Now - A Powerful Play, A Must See Film About A True Legend and a Night of Magic

What makes a play memorable? For me it's one that moves me emotionally and one that makes me think. NEVER IS NOW is just such a play. There are some events in history that are very hard to visit, but at the same time, it's so important that we do just that, which brings me to this world premiere directed by Tony Abatemarco and Celia Mandela Rivera playing at the Skylight Theatre. I've seen numerous productions put on by this theatre company and have never been disappointed. They do excellent work and this production is no exception.

The play asks the question...What happens when people from diverse backgrounds experience the first hand accounts of ten survivors who were labeled 'undesirable' and thrust into Hitler's systematic genocide.?

Award winning playwright/producer Wendy Kout disturbingly links then and now so we may understand what breaks us apart and embrace what bonds us together. NEVER IS NOW according to Wendy is just the beginning of the conversation.

This is a theatre experience that you will be thinking about long after the curtain falls. I know I was. You can see this play Fridays at 8:30pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8:30pm and Sundays at 2pm through October 27th.

Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave in East Hollywood, 90027. To purchase tickets go to SkylightTheatre.org or call 213-761-7061.

When I was a little girl my grandmother told me that her favorite singer was a woman named Judy Garland. After watching her films over the years, she became one of my favorite singers as well.

On Friday, September 27th, the film JUDY starring the brilliant Renee Zellweger opens and having seen it, I predict she will win the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress. She absolutely nails the part. Not only is her portrayal of one of the world's greatest entertainers right on point, when Renee sings, she sounds just like Judy capturing Garland's emotional intensity.

JUDY takes place during the winter of 1968 when the singer arrived in London to perform a five week sold out run at The Talk of the Town. As she prepares for each show, we journey into her past and get to understand why the singer was so tormented and had to resort to drugs and alcohol to ease her pain.

The film features some of Judy's best known songs, celebrates her voice and shows the audience why she had such a desperate need for love and constant reassurance. Don't miss it!

Next to seeing great plays and films I love watching magic shows and that's exactly what I'll be doing this Saturday night. Ivan Amodei, one of my favorite magicians, will be performing at Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks. Ivan is considered to be one of today's most gifted illusionists.

His show is entitled Secrets & Illusions and having seen it twice before, I promise you, it's one you won't forget.

Ivan could easily settle for just amazing people, but he does so much more. Whether it's his world class sleight of hand, fantastic storytelling or mind-blowing mentalism, every 'trick' embodies a powerful truth about empowerment and hope. He has won six People's Choice Awards for Best Entertainer and his long running show Intimate Illusions was a Top Pick by the Los Angeles Times.

If you love magic as much as I do, than Ivan Amodei is the magician to see. For tickets or more information go to IvanaModei.com, CivicArtsPlaza.com or call the Civic Arts Plaza box office at 805-449-2787.

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


JOAN OF ART - A Cinematic Masterpiece starring Brad Pitt, A Swinging Good Time, and Surviving the Darkest Time in History

AD ASTRA is a film set in the near future about one man's physical as well as psychological journey into space. The film is, in one word...brilliant.

It stars Brad Pitt who gives one of his best performances of his career as Astronaut Major Roy McBride who is sent on a deeply classified mission to investigate a rash of solar surges coming from Neptune that threatens the existence of Earth's survival. Roy's father Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones) who has been presumed dead for years is being blamed for the occurrence.

Clifford McBride a renowned astronaut was sent to Neptune 29 years ago to search for intelligent life, but he never returned. Now U.S. intelligence believes that Clifford is alive and responsible for the calamities that are taken place on our planet.

As Roy travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet, his journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our own place in the cosmos.

The film co-written by James Gray and Ethan Gross has stunning visuals, great special effects, but in the end, it's all about Brad Pitt.

Brad is in every scene and he is absolutely mesmerizing. This is a sci-fi film like no other. There are no aliens...just a man exploring outer space and most importantly his own inner world. Come Oscar time, Brad is definitely going to get a nod for his fine work.

AD ASTRA which is a popular Latin phrase meaning 'to the stars' opens in theaters nationwide on Friday September 20th. Do not miss it!

After exploring the depths of our galaxy I think it would be fun to get up and dance and by dance I mean 'swing' to the sounds of the best big band group around today, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY.

In case you're unfamiliar with the group, they are a contemporary swing revival band from Southern California that in 2018 marked their 25th anniversary. Since its formation in the early nineties in Ventura, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average, over 150 shows a year with record sales of over two million to date.

Their notable singles include 'Go Daddy-O', 'You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight' and 'Mr. Pinstripe Suit.' I've seen them numerous times and can't wait to see them this Saturday evening, September 21st at The Canyon Club.

Doors open at 6pm and they go on at 9pm. The Canyon Club is located at 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills CA 91301. For tickets or more information call 818-879-5016 or go to WhereMusicMeetsTheSoul.com.

Two weeks ago I saw a beautiful, sad, fascinating play entitled THE CHINESE LADY which actually was a fascinating history lesson. The play is at the Greenway Court Theatre located at 544 North Fairfax Avenue in LA and one that I highly recommend.

Inspired by the true story of America's first female Chinese immigrant, THE CHINESE LADY is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of a young Chinese woman, Afong Moy (the excellent Amy Shu).

Afong is just 14 years old when she's brought to the United States from Canton in 1834. She is put on display for the American public as 'The Chinese Lady.' For the next half century she performs for curious museum goers showing them how she eats, what she wears and the highlight of the event, how she walks with bound feet.

As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Sharing the stage with Amy is Trieu Tran, a powerful actor who plays The Chinese Lady's translator. This is definitely 'a must see play.'

For tickets and show times please go to GreenwayCourtTheatre.org.

Now there's another great music event going on this weekend and it's happening at the Shrine Auditorium. Lenny Kravitz, a four time GRAMMY award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist elevates the union of rock 'n roll, funk, blues and soul he patented in 1989 and will be performing for one night only on Saturday, September 21st.

He is all about raising vibration. In his own words, Lenny feels that 'we need to reach higher.' 'We need to be more thoughtful, spiritual, loving and open. He says 'we need to stop thinking of borders, boxes and imaginary forms of separation.' 'We're all on planet Earth together and we must do better.' After reading these words, I can promise you that this will be one amazing concert.

The Shrine is located at 665 West Jefferson Blvd in LA. To buy tickets or for more information call 213-748-5116 or go to ShrineAuditorium.com.


Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – August 5 - 11, 2019

Theatrical shows and Cabaret NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

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

MACBETH

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THE VANDAL

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NIKI HARIS: SISTERS IN SOUL

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LOST MOON RADIO SUMMER BLOCK PARTY

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ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO

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THE SPANISH PRAYER BOOK

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TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY

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PAUL ROBESON THEATRE FESTIVAL

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NOW MORE THAN EVER: AN AFTERNOON OF HUMOR

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A THOUSAND CLOWNS

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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.


Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – July 22 - 28, 2019

Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, Cabaret, and Music Programs  NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar, including Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore! Producers and Best of Broadwater Award recipients.

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

Treya's Last Dance

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Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

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TRUE WEST

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Harry Potter & The Forbidden RUSH

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Anniversary Show

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GOOD MOURNING

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BARRYMORE

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I'M NOT A COMEDIAN...I'M LENNY BRUCE

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But, I'm Almost Famous?

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SHAME OF THRONES: The Musical

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Dido and Aeneas and Gianni Schicchi

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Dance in Flight

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Songfest

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Futureproof

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Kristine W and Ada Vox In Concert

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Ragtime

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

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The Cherry Orchard

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Darlene Love

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Ruben Sings Luther

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Blake Pouliot, violin

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Naturally 7

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An Evening of Stories and Songs with Chris Hillman featuring Herb Pedersen

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Simply Three

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Versa Style Dance Company

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Leo Kottke

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Taimane: Elemental Tour

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Phil Norman Tentet

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Viva MOMIX

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The Rainbow Fish

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Take Me to the River Live! – Celebrating the Music of New Orleans

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Zlatomir Fung, cello

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Tommy Emmanuel with Special Guest Jim and Morning Nichols

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

One thing that I love about the summer is an outdoor concert and this Saturday evening the always fabulous RICKIE LEE JONES will be performing live at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are free and the concert starts at 7:00pm and runs till 8:30.

Now in its 19th year, the Marina del Rey Summer Concerts present exciting symphonic and pop concerts. Enjoy a serene sunset by the water while listening to great music. Bring some food along in case you get the munches.

For a full list of their concerts go to EventBrite.com/o/marina-del-rey-summer-concerts-19961789196. No tickets are required for these concerts.

Now if you’d rather be indoors, then head on out to the Forum in Inglewood to either Friday or Saturday night to see ADAM LAMBERT with QUEEN. I’ve seen this concert and it is fantastic. Adam has the same charisma that Freddie Mercury had and the dude can sing.

The Forum is located at 3900 West Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA To purchase tickets and for more information. go to MSG.com.

If you’d like theatre of a different kind then I’m happy to report that one of my favorite musicals has returned to Los Angeles. The powerful, beautifully written musical MISS SAIGON starting this Thursday, July 18th will be playing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles.

MISS SAIGON is based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to 1970’s Saigon during the Vietnam War and Madam Butterfly’s story of marriage between an American lieutenant and a geisha i replaced by a romance between a United States Marine and a 17 year old South Vietnamese bargirl.

The music is absolutely haunting.

For tickets and information go to HollywoodPantages.com

Finally for some lighter fare then i recommend you head over to the Kirk Douglas Theatre to see FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY. This is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’S Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20 something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990’s Manhattan.

The show has gotten rave review from all over the country.

To purchase tickets and for more information go to CenterTheatreGroup.org The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located in Culver City at 9820 Washington Blvd. This 317 Theatre is absolutely beautiful and a great place to experience theatre.

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


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