JOAN OF ART - A Great Movie, A Touching, One Man Show, A Salute to a Legend, and Some Awesome Art

Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

Hi Everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I want to wish you all a fearless 2019.

It's that time of year again when Hollywood brings out some of its best films and I've seen everyone of them. 'On The Basis of Sex' is definitely on my top ten list.

The film is a 2018 American biographical legal drama based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman, it stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg, with Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston, and Kathy Bates in supporting roles.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. When her husband Martin, a second-year student, falls ill with cancer, she attends both her classes and his, taking notes and transcribing lectures while caring for Martin and their infant daughter Jane.

Two years later Martin, his cancer in remission, is hired by a firm in New York. Ruth petitions Harvard Law School Dean Griswold to allow her to finish her Harvard law degree with classes at Columbia, but he insists on following Harvard University policies at the time and denies her request, so she transfers to Columbia. In spite of graduating at the top of her class, she is unable to find a position with a law firm because none of the firms she applies to wants to hire a woman.

She takes a job as a professor at Rutgers Law School, teaching "The Law And Sex Discrimination". This is a powerful film about a great lady who at the age of 85 years old is still fighting for justice. Every woman in the United States is indebted to Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her relentless efforts in the pursuit to achieve gender equality.

On the Basis of Sex is playing at theatres around town. Don't miss it!

Speaking of great ladies, on Sunday, January 13th at the Shrine Auditorium you'll be able to see...

The Recording Academy will pay tribute to the legendary career of 18 time Grammy winner and 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Aretha Franklin by presenting ARETHA! A GRAMMY CELEBRATION for The Queen of Soul.

Performing songs from her legendary repertoire are Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle and BeBe Winans as wells as current Grammy nominees Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, Janelle Monae just to name a few. Filmmaker Tyler Perry will host this unforgettable night.

The Shrine Auditorium is located at 665 Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA To purchase tickets go to Doors open at 4:30pm and the show starts at 6:00pm.

Now if 'art' is your thing I can't think of a more fun way to spend the weekend then by going to the Marie Baldwin Gallery located at 814 South Spring Street, Los Angeles and seeing their new show entitled 'Infinite Morphologies'

From Janary 6th to February 3rd 2019 the gallery will be showing contemporary artists that represent modern, conceptual, captivating, clever, innovative, poetic and passionate works of art. According to the gallery their goal is to bring minds and eyes together.

Edvarda Braanaas, Tommii Lim, Maxim, Camilla Taylor, Poul Lange, Gary Brewer, SteviAnn Matijevic, Lois Sattler are just some of the amazing artists showing their work over the next month. It's definitely worth the trip downtown. For more information go to

On my 'must see' list, is the one man show entitled Forever Brooklyn and not just because I'm from Brooklyn.

This show is called by it's writter director, Mark Wesley Curran, A Kosher Musical Comedy. Forever Brooklyn is the story of Melvin Kaplofkis, (Danny DiTorrice) a young man growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s who emerges in the 1960s as Mel King, The King of Brooklyn.

Young Mel entertains his family and friends by telling jokes and stories. He is championed by a local radio personality, and Mel begins to move up, with gigs in the Borscht Belt resorts. It turns out he actually has a flair for performing, and ultimately, he is booked for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Sounds like a dream, no? Well, not quite. His family doesnt want him to leave Brooklyn. Also, hes been pressed into service, against his will, as a bagman for the Mob thats been ruling Brooklyn with an iron fist. The Mob doesnt want Mel to leave Brooklyn behind. If he does, there will be a price to be paid.And, oh yes: Along the way, he falls in love. What does Mel do? Forever Brooklyn is a show for everyone who misses Brooklyn or New York (and there are thousands of people transplanted to L.A. from the East Coast who fit that description), or for anyone living in L.A. who came from somewhere else and somehow just cant forget the place they once called home.

It is playing the Whitefire theater in Sherman Oaks. For tickets visit

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, have a great one. It's a new year and it's the best time to do something you've never done before.