JOAN OF ART - Burlesque, Music, Film and of course Art

Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

Downtown Los Angeles has become one of the places to go to for exciting and innovative art events so this weekend I will be going to ART AT THE RENDON/STORIES which is exactly that and more.

STORIES will combine film projections and live performances to activate both the exterior and interior of the vacant hotel. The original corner dive bar, Licha's Bar and Grill, will be re-imagined as a 1920's speakeasy with libations from local distilleries and breweries to match along with a host of musicians including local Gypsy Jazz musicians The Vignes Rooftop Revival that will be performing.

The event will see the film projections across the walls, ceilings and other surfaces of the building to create a transformative, narrative world. Actors will be on hand to further involve you in the stories.

Theatrical performances will be staged throughout the entire building for guests to explore. By piecing together the scenes as they move through the building, guests will see, hear and experience the Rendon's layered past.

Tickets are $25 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Inner-City Arts and Cornerstone Theater Company. For more information go to The Rendon Hotel is located at 2055 East 7th Street Los Angeles 90021. This event runs Friday, November 9th, 7pm-10pm, Saturday the 10th, 7pm-10pm and Sunday the 11th at 6pm-9pm.

Now for something different that's actually been around a very long time. It's also in downtown Los Angeles and it's called TEASE IF YOU PLEASE. Yes we're talking Burlesque and these shows absolutely kill.

TEASE IF YOU PLEASE is dedicated to keeping the art of burlesque alive. This is an event you definitely want to get dressed up for. The show is showcased in the historic Globe Theatre located at 740 South Broadway, Los Angeles that makes you feel like you took a trip back in time. Every performer has been hand selected for her originality, captivating stage presence and reputation. Each dancer has performed all over the world and are some of the best in the business.

The show runs twice monthly and this Saturday evening, November 10th is their 5 year Anniversary so it's guaranteed to be extra special. There will be a star-studded cast as well as new acts and of course their all star L.A. cast. This is the perfect event for a 'girls night out' and definitely for a special 'date night.'

To purchase tickets go to The event starts at 9:00pm but the doors open at 7:30. Tickets prices range from $20-$65 For more information go to

Also happening this weekend is a blast from the past. DAVID CROSBY AND FRIENDS will be performing on Saturday, November 10th at the Fred Kavli Theatre 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in the Thousand Oaks Civic Center.

I saw David perform last year and his voice is better than ever. I have no idea who the friends are that will be sharing the stage with him, but I can guarantee you that they will be very special. To purchase tickets go to


Finally if music and art isn't your thing this week I went to a press screening of GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB starring the incredible Claire Foy. This is an actress that completely immerses herself in a part.

In the film she plays Lisbeth Salander a serious computer hacker that is hired to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The film especially in the beginning reminds me of a classic James Bond movie. It has an intriguing story, great action and most importantly it has Miss Foy who you can't take your eyes off of.

The film will be playing all over town starting Friday November 9th.

Whatever you decide to do, have a great weekend everyone.

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.