JOAN OF ART - The Great Stevie Wonder, A Pulitzer Prize Nominated Play and A Music Concert for Charity


Joan Alperin

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic


Even though Christmas is still a few weeks away the holiday events are happening in full force. With that said on Sunday I'll be at Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys 22nd Annual Benefit Concert.

The iconic singer/songwriter's holiday event, hosted by Stevie's nonprofit organization, the We Are You Foundation, will benefit children, people with disabilities, and families in need. Concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or unwrapped gift to donate, which is 100% tax deductible since no goods or services will be exchanged.

To purchase tickets go to StaplesCenter.com/events/detail/steviewonder18 or call 1-844-425-4554. The Staple Center is located at 1111 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles.

One of my favorite plays is in town from New York City. Sam Shepard's FOOL FOR LOVE and I will be in the audience come Saturday night. This is a bi-costal production.

In a low-budget motel room on the outskirts of the Mojave Desert, May, a conflicted young woman sits dejectedly on her rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console May she suddenly attacks him.

As the recriminations pour out, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent: They cannot get along with or without one another, yet neither can deny their burning passion.

Fool For Love had it's Off-Broadway premiere in 1983 at Circle Repertory in New York and was nominated for the Pulitzer Price in drama in 1984. This is one of Sam Shepard's best.

'Fool For Love is playing at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles. It runs December 6 to December 15, 2018. December 6 at 8pm, December 7 at 8pm, December 8 at 8pm and 10:30pm and December 15 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm. To purchase tickets call 323-960-7784 or visit https://www.plays411.com/newsite/show/play_info.asp?show_id=4869.

Now if you're in the mood for more music there's KROQ'S ALMOST ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT.

The concert takes place on Saturday evening December 8th starting at 4pm and on Sunday, December 9th at The Forum located at 3900 West Manchester Blvd, Inglewood CA 90305.

Some of the guests scheduled to perform are Smashing Pumpkins, Florence & The Machine, Third Eye Blind, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Greta Van Fleet and Thirty Seconds to Mars plus many more groups. Also if Punk is your thing, Bad Religion and AFI will be on hand.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Para Los Ninos and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. To purchase tickets and more info go to KROQ.Radio.com/xmas.

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

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