JOAN OF ART: A House is definitely a Home, Let's Go Surfing, A Delicious Feast, and Comedy is Back at the Hudson


Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic


I know staying home and watching the news can make some of us feel that it is dangerous out there, but I promise with the help of some hand sanitizer, you'll all be fine. Plus the events this week are certainly worth the trek away from your house.

And speaking of home that's exactly what you will find out the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. HOME created by Geoff Sobelle is a play like nothing you've ever seen.

It's an extremely original, heartfelt theatre piece performed without words. 'Home' is a fast moving, unique blend of concept, movement, music and visual storytelling that shows us what it means to make a house a home.

On an empty stage, a house rises before your eyes. Residents past, present and future rollick through its rooms in an impromptu dance that defies time and space, magically transforming our mundane everyday tasks into a glorious intimate and profound celebrations.

HOME has played in several cities including New York and Boston to rave reviews. This is definitely on my 'must see' list and I'll be in the audience this Friday evening.

For tickets and more information go the TheBroadStage.org or call the box office at (310) 434-3200.

HOME plays Thursday, March 5th through Sunday March 8th. The Broad is located at 1310 11th Street in Santa Monica 90401.

Next are you ready to go surfing? Well for those of you that don't surf, there is something going on that's pretty close to it. I'm talking about POINT BREAK LIVE!. After its debut a decade ago, this laugh out loud over the top show has settled back in L.A. for another run. Many of my friends have seen it and they assure me that I won't stop laughing.

POINT BREAK LIVE is the theatrical spoof of the 1991 Patrick Swayze - Keanu Reeves cult classic film that shuffles up the casting a bit by assigning Keanu's role of Johnny Utah to an audience member - chosen by the crowd's reaction, as measured by the Keanu Woah-O-Meter.

In case you forgot the plot of the film, the Reeves character is an undercover FBI Agent and Swayze's character is the head of a gang that robs banks, blows things up, skydives with loaded guns and in between catches waves - big ones. This crew of adrenaline junkies are called the Ex-Presidents.

You can expect an exuberant hour and a half of watching the antics of this crazy cast. Oh by the way ponchos are provided at the door to protect you from all the water, fake blood and other various liquids that tends to get thrown at you from the stage.

If a hysterically funny, off the wall spoof is your thing, then go to PointBreakLA.com to buy tickets. The show is playing at Club Los Gobos on 3040 Sunset Blvd., 90026.

Now at some point this weekend you are going to eat and there's a restaurant that I went to last weekend that's absolutely fabulous. I've eaten there before but for some reason I forgot how delicious the food was. I know, hard to believe, right?

The restaurant is called MILO AND OLIVE and it's open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They call themselves a neighborhood bakery and pizzeria but it's so much more than that.

I tried their wood fired pizza, scrumptious garlic bread, incredible homemade Minestrone soup filled with market vegetables, beans, parmesan brodo and herbs, homemade pasta along with several appetizers and despite getting fuller by the minute, my friends and I couldn't stop devouring everything that was put in front of us.

For those of you who aren't vegetarian or vegan, there are plenty of chicken and meat dishes to try. The food at Milo and Olive is always fresh and always of the highest quality.

Owners Josh and Zoe, both Santa Monica natives, have opened several neighborhood restaurants along with their partner Colby Goff to form what is now the Rustic Canyon Family.

Other food establishments include the wonderful Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, Sweet Rose Creamery, Tallula's, Cassia Rice & Noodle Kitchen and the newest Birdie G's which I can't wait to try.

Milo and Olive is located at 2723 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica 90403. Their phone number is (310) 453-6776. For hours and more information go to MiloAndOlive.com.

I believe you can never have to much laughter and that's why the last thing I'm going to recommend for your weekend fun is TMI HOLLYWOOD at the Hudson Theatre located at 6530 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood 90038.

What is TMI HOLLYWOOD you ask? Well if you take Saturday Night Live, mix it with TMZ and add a dash of The Daily Show you get LA's most celebrated live comedy show.

To give you an idea of the kind of comedy they do, every time Chrissy Teigen claps back at her haters, Trump opens his Twitter or someone asks Alyssa Milano her opinion, TMI Hollywood is there with its own hilarious take on the story.

As their tag line states; 'When a story breaks in Hollywood, we'll be there with the crazy glue.' For more about them visit their website at TMIHollywood.com.

This very funny show plays every Sunday starting March 8th from 8:00pm-9:30pm through June 2020.

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