JOAN OF ART: Break Beat Play, Magical Musical, Great Restaurant About to Disappear and a very scary Stalker


Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic


Hello Everyone. I love rap! I'm fascinated by it probably because it's something I have absolutely no ability to do. But that's not the only reason. Powerful rap moves you emotionally and physically. So I can't think of a better way to experience some great rapping then to go see the West Coast premiere of Idris Goodwin's break beat timely play entitled 'Hype Man' which opened at the Fountain Theatre last weekend. Social injustice, racial identity, gender inequity, career ambition and friendship coverage and collide in Hype Man, directed by Deena Selenow.

Hype man Verb, played by Matthew Hancock, has been backing up front-man rapper Pinnacle (Chad Addison) since they were kids. Then beat maker Peep One (Clarissa Thibeaux) joined the group. Now just as they are on the verge of making it big on national TV, a police shooting of a black teen shakes the band to its core, forcing them to confront questions of race, gender, privilege and when to use artistic expression as an act of social protest.

This is one play you do not want to miss. The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. For tickets call 323-663-1525 or go to FountainThetre.org. Tickets are $25.-$45. The play runs Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm and Mondays at 8pm until April 8th.

While you're in the neighborhood visit Paru's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant. I've eaten here several times and the food is absolutely delicious as well as reasonably priced. That's the good news.

The bad news is that the restaurant is about to close at the end of the March. The owner of the property has decided to raise the rent to $10,000 a month. Paru's has been in this location since March of 1979. The sign of the times...most definitely.

As more and more people became aware of the physical, spiritual and environmental benefits of the vegetarian diet, Paru's became a landmark both to local vegetarians as well as non-vegetarian who simple like wonderful food.

The owners of Paru's brought from India the strict culinary traditions of their ancestors, Every dish is prepared with loving kindness as well as technical mastery. The staff is not only friendly but extremely helpful.

Paru is located at 5140 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. For hours of operation call 323-661-7600. Their web sit is ParusRestaurant.com.

Now something for the whole family....THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

This is a new musical folktale by PigPen Theatre Company. What keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Company finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art.

Even though I'm taking my fourteen year old nephew to see this on Sunday, this isn't a kid show. It's for everyone. I've heard some of the music from the production and it's just wonderful.

The show runs March 2nd - March 17th. To purchase tickets and for more info visit TheWallis.org/oldman.

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