JOAN OF ART - A Concert to Celebrate, Remember and Honor All The Animals We Have Loved & Lost, Gravity and Other Myths, and a Musical Legend


Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic


As you probably know from my previous event recommendations, I absolutely love animals. In fact, I have to pet every dog I meet on the street so needless to say, I can't wait to see RACHEL FULLER'S ANIMAL REQUIEM, a concert to celebrate animals.

The concert presented by CAP UCLA in collaboration with Harvey Goldsmith and Live Nation will take place at Royce Hall, UCLA on Saturday, October 26th at 8pm. It will have special guests which includes Pete Townshend, Jewel, Jane Lynch, Bruce Sledge and Caroline McKenzie. Composer Rachel Fuller achieved international recognition as the orchestrator of her husband Pete Townshend's QUADROPHENIA which has toured worldwide to critical acclaim.

'Animal Requiem' was created to raise awareness for the continued suffering of animals affected by cruelty, negligence and abuse. It is also meant to honor every person who believes in a world where animals are treated with kindness and compassion. What could be better than that? Animals are all about love. They are non-judgmental and they love you unconditionally.

Miss Fuller wrote this piece after she lost six dogs to old age over a span of five years. She wanted to find a way to say a proper goodbye in order to have some closure. This promises to be an evening that will definitely touch your heart and lift your spirits.

For tickets and more information go to CAP.UCLA.edu or call 310-825-2101. Royce Hall is located at 10745 Dickson Ct. Los Angeles CA.

Now if dance is your thing, head on over this weekend to The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica to see the intensely beautiful, internationally renowned dance company, GRAVITY AND OTHER MYTHS from Australia.

These dancers push the boundaries of contemporary circus. In its award winning show BACKBONE, the company literally tosses around the perception of what strength is, in what has been called 'a genre-defying thought-provoking, visual extravaganza'.

GRAVITY AND OTHER MYTHS; BACKBONE plays Friday, October 25th at 7:30pm, Saturday, October 26th at 2 and 7:30pm. For tickets and more information go to TheBroadStage.org or call (310) 434-3200. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street in Santa Monica.

This is a show you do not want to miss!

Lastly that musical legend I mentioned, is none other than JAMES BROWN. 'Remembering James-The Life and Music of James Brown' will be at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood this weekend.

This stage adaptation of the life and music of James Brown from 1951-1968 stars the super talented Dedrick Weathersby as the Godfather of Soul.

The show spans nearly two decades of Brown's monumental career. You'll see how a divided country, the growing Civil Rights movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shaped the artist's work. An eight piece band accompanies the show bringing the passion of his music alive.

Some songs include: 'Please Please', 'Papa Got A Brand New Bag,', 'Cold Seat,' 'I Feel Good,', 'This is a Man's World,' among many other of his hits.

For tickets and more information go to RememberingJamesOneManShow.com. Barnsdale Gallery Theatre is located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in East Hollywood, 90027.

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

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