JOAN OF ART: Delicious Food, Cinderella Like You’ve Never Seen Her Before, Art at the Rendon, and a Classical Musical That Never Grows Old

Now that the rain is over and the sun will be shinning it’s time to step out of your house, get into your car and explore some very cool events that will be happening this weekend in Los Angeles.

I love food… I consider myself of foodie… However my definition of a foodie is someone that loves to try new and different things to eat. I love restaurants that do a twist on classic dishes. Having said that, I am happy to report that you don’t have to go too far to experience one of my favorite restaurants that does just that… JAVIER’S which is considered the finest food of Mexico.

JAVIER’S presents a rich heritage of elevated Mexican cuisine in a friendly, captivating ambiance. Enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, rare tequilas, craft cocktails and a vast selection of beer and fine wines. Dine in the main dining room, al fresco patios, one of their intimate private dining rooms, or at the exquisite bar surrounded by one of the West Coast’s largest selection of the world’s finest tequilas.

JAVIER’S considers all their wonderful customers a part of their family and they thank them for their support and sharing in the success and joy that is JAVIER’S. Everyone needs to experience the freshness of their original Mexican cuisine in a warm, friendly environment at one of their six locations.

I’ll be going to the one located at the Westfield Century City this weekend.

Their other locations include Newport Beach, Las Vegas, Irvine, Los Cabos, and La Jolla. I promise it doesn’t matter which location you decide to visit, you will not be disappointed. Their food is absolutely exquisite and in everyone of their resturants you will experience the same fine dining that they are famous for.

Javier’s selects only the best and freshest ingredients available. The fish is always fresh and in season. They serve only number one White Mexican Prawns, Scallops, Dungeness Crab and Maine Lobster- all sustainable seafood. Oh and their Margaritas are unique and absolutely delicious. It’s hard to stop at one. I’ll be there this weekend for my friend’s birthday and I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Javier’s is located at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd #1005, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Hours: Open at 10:30 and Closes at 10pm.

You can make reservations via OpenTable.com or by calling (424) 313-8143.

Now if you’re not too stuffed from feasting on all this incredible food, I suggest you get back into your car and head over to the Ahmanson Theatre to see Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA. I promise this is not your childhood Cinderella.

Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing RAF pilot together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz.

Performed to Prokofiev’s magnificent score, this new production comes alive with heart stopping choreography, vivid theatrical storytelling and sumptuous award winning scenic and costume designs that will transport you, the audience, to the heart of war torn London for a timeless story of the power of love.

I’ve seen many of Bourne’s shows and I’ve been especially looking forward to this one.

The show plays at the Ahmanson and for tickets and more information go to CenterTheatreGroup.com.

CINDERELLA plays from February 5-March 10th 2019. The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. If you see the show, leave your review on their page at Better-Lemons.com/production/cinderella-2.

Now what would a weekend be without ART and once again the Rendon Gallery l is presenting another one of their unique and I have to say amazing art shows. This one is called THE CASSPIR PROJECT.

For this iteration of THE CASSPIR PROJECT, Ziman has designed the massive gallery space with a “macro and micro” experience in mind. Each room within the gallery space brings context to the next, informing the project as whole. The exhibition starts with an installation of brightly colored AK-47s leading into a room with large photographs taken in Soweto. For the photos, Ziman recreated scenes from newspapers during the apartheid, incorporating many of the elements found within the exhibition such as the beaded guns and SPOEK 1. A screening room shows a 20 minute documentary by Ziman which tells the history of the Casspir, from its design and conception to people’s personal experiences with it in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It chronicles Ziman’s reclaiming of the Casspir, detailing how he transformed and Africanized it. The exhibition culminates with the dramatic presentation of SPOEK 1, lit only by a spotlight in a dark room.

Opening a dialogue between those who remember and those too young to know, The Casspir Project is a profound attempt to reconcile history. Ziman has reclaimed the savagely violent brute—embellished and bedazzled, the Casspir has been made less threatening, its power and authority subverted.

10% of sales of artworks (excluding the Casspir) will be donated between Brady Center To Prevent Violence, whose mission is to create a safer America by ending America’s gun violence epidemic, and The Ron Finley Project which aims to transform inner-cities around the World, from food deserts to food forests through urban gardening.

Ralph Ziman was born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has had solo exhibitions at Joseph Gross Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, and C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA, as well as group exhibitions at the National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, Brooklyn NY and the FNP Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work has been written about in Art in America, BCC, and The Guardian.

For more information go to therendongallery.com. The off site location is at 1242 Palmetto Street Los Angeles. The Project will be on view from February 7th to March 7th 2019.

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


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics’ and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

OPPENHEIMER

Yes, Virginia

THE COLOR PURPLE

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY

Finks

LOVE, ACTUALLY LIVE

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

COME FROM AWAY

Delusion: The Blue Blade

Special

Sisters Three


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics’ and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

Jane Austen’s EMMA

Sugar Plum Fairy

SOUTH PACIFIC

Clarissant

COME FROM AWAY

OPPENHEIMER

Delusion: The Blue Blade

THE COLOR PURPLE

DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY

Yes, Virginia

Finks

LOVE, ACTUALLY LIVE

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem

Sisters Three


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics’ and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Cost of Living

Remembering Boyle Heights

The Big Event: Sunny Afternoon

BUS STOP

SHE LOVES ME

HANSEL AND GRETEL

Blacktop Highway

The Big Event: King Dick

Jane Austen’s EMMA

COME FROM AWAY

OPPENHEIMER

Sugar Plum Fairy

Delusion: The Blue Blade

SOUTH PACIFIC

THE COLOR PURPLE

Clarissant

Finks

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics’ and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

The Little Foxes

The Bench, A Homeless Love Story

The Value of Moscow

Blue Surge

A Mile In My Shoes

VALLEY OF THE HEART

Jane Austen’s EMMA

COME FROM AWAY

Cost of Living

OPPENHEIMER

Delusion: The Blue Blade

The Big Event: Sunny Afternoon

THE COLOR PURPLE

BUS STOP

Finks

SHE LOVES ME

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

HANSEL AND GRETEL

Aleichem Sholom! The wit and wisdom of Sholom Aleichem

The Big Event: King Dick

Blacktop Highway


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics’ and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

The People VS Hell Kross

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Death and Cockroaches

My Date With Death – A Musical Romance

Anatomy of a Hug

THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF STRANGER THINGS

COME FROM AWAY

Cost of Living

The Little Foxes

The Bench, A Homeless Love Story

OPPENHEIMER

Finks

Delusion: The Blue Blade

The Value of Moscow

THE COLOR PURPLE

BUS STOP

Blue Surge

HANSEL AND GRETEL

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

SHE LOVES ME

A Mile In My Shoes

Blacktop Highway

VALLEY OF THE HEART


JOAN OF ART – A Great Broadway Musical, Salsa Dancing, Comedy, and a Car Show

Hope you all had a great thanksgiving weekend and are ready for some really fun pre-holiday events. First up is an awarding winning show straight from Broadway entitled COME FROM AWAY at the Ahmanson located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is a show that proves there are still some really great people on planet Earth.

The musical takes place on 9/11 when the world stopped. This is the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. The musical was written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein and features Christopher Ashley’s Tony winning direction.

I’m seeing tonight when it opens but the show plays until January 6th 2019 so you have plenty of time to see it. For tickets go to CenterTheatreGroup.org or call 213-628-2722.

In addition to theatre, music, film and eating, I love cars, especially vintage cars. Well there aren’t any vintage car shows around, but there is the 2018 L.A. Auto Show at the LA Convention Center from November 30th – December 9th and I’ll definitely be there. This is the world’s largest auto show with over 1000 vehicles. Whether it’s new vehicle shopping, free test drives, experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and exotics this is the place to be. The doors open at 9 am and close at 10pm. For tickets or more information go to LAAutoShow.com.

I also love to Salsa. Not sure if I put that on my list of fun things to do. Every Friday night is Salsa night at El Floridita Restaurant located at 1253 Vine Street in Los Angeles. Not only do they have delicious Cuban food but the band is sensational and the dancers, wow. It can be a little intimidating since their so good but everyone is welcoming and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a professional, it’s all about having a great time and I promise you, you will. For more information go to ELFloridita.com

And lastly if you want to laugh then get over to the Comedy Store in Hollywood. Saturday, December 1st, Dane Cook, Arsenio Hall, Bryan Callen, Brian Monarch and many more will be on stage sharing their humor with you.

The famous Comedy Store is located at 8433 Sunset Boulevard. The Main Room opens at 6:30 and there’s a two drink min per person. For more information or to purchase tickets to to TheComedyStore.com.

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


EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

WICKED @ Pantages Theatre

November 29, 2018 2:00 pm

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing …read more


COME FROM AWAY@ Ahmanson Theatre

November 29, 2018 2:00 pm

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but …read more


DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY @ Kirk Douglas Theatre

November 29, 2018 8:00 pm

This hilarious Off-Broadway smash returns to Los Angeles, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living room and into the 21st …read more


NICOLE HENRY, SET FOR THE SEASON @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

November 30, 2018 8:00 pm

Renowned for her potent combination of dynamic vocals, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance, acclaimed jazz singer Nicole Henry brings new life to classic holiday repertoire. Her expressive vocals and stage-commanding charisma have earned …read more


WHITE NIGHTS, BLACK PARADISE@ Hudson Guild Theatre

November 30, 2018 8:00 pm

In 1978, People’s Temple, a progressive, Black multiracial church, self-destructed in a Guyana settlement named after its founder, the Reverend Jim Jones. A riveting story of complicity and resistance; loyalty and betrayal; black struggle …read more


A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS – LIVE FROM WAIKIKI BEACH! @ The Broadwater

November 30, 2018 8:00 pm

The Boys are back! It’s 1963 all over again and famed foursome The Harmony Boys are returning to spread Christmas Cheer all over your face in a new holiday special on the gay and …read more


FIRST NIGHT BY JACK NEARY @ Point Loma Playhouse

November 30, 2018 8:00 pm

First Night by Jack Neary A bright, warm comedy about dreams, life and love, that had critics and audiences cheering at its premiere. Danny Flemming had convinced himself that life’s dreams can’t be anything more …read more


IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE @ Theatre West

November 30, 2018 8:00 pm

“It’s a Wonderful Life.” Matt Johnson directs this radio-drama style staging of the holiday classic, based on the 1947 Lux Radio Theatre version, about a man who learns how important his life is to …read more


ELF THE MUSICAL@ Musical Theatre West, Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center

December 1, 2018 2:00 pm

Based on the cherished 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the story of Buddy the elf. Featuring songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with …read more


THE SANTALAND DIARIES @ Santa Monica Playhouse The Main Stage

December 1, 2018 8:00 pm

“A sardonic, merrily subversive tale—just the antidote to bright-eyed joy before too many shopping days have passed. Worth more than a photo album full of Santas!” NY Newsday. Patrick Censoplano  once again dons the …read more


JAKE SHIMABUKURO @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

December 1, 2018 8:00 pm

In just over a decade of recording music and playing sold-out shows worldwide, Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined the ukulele. In his hands this diminutive Hawaiian instrument becomes a complex and bold new musical …read more


A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ The Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center

December 1, 2018 8:00 pm

From award winning solo performer comes the classic Dickens tale of redemption and hope. Blanco’s tour de force performance brings Dickens’ wonderful characters to life with magic and audience participation. The lessons of forgivenes …read more


DEATH HOUSE @ The Road Theatre Company

December 1, 2018 8:00 pm

On the night a death-house chaplain must hand over the reigns to the confident young pastor set to replace him, the men encounter an enigmatic inmate who challenges their convictions and changes their lives …read more


HOW TO PRODUCE A HOLLYWOOD FRINGE SHOW @ Asylum (Inter)national House – Combined Artform

December 2, 2018 2:00 pm

How to Produce a Hollywood Fringe Show taught by Matthew Quinn Excited about the thought of doing a show at HFF, but have concerns and questions? Get the answers to your questions and an overview of …read more


SUGAR PLUM FAIRY @ Skylight Theatre Company

December 2, 2018 3:00 pm

Skylight Theatre Company and Frier McCollister present Sandra Tsing Loh’s “Sugar Plum Fairy” Directed by Bart De Lorenzo This offbeat and thoroughly original holiday treat offers festive cheer while engaging audiences to participate (think G-rated …read more


A HOLIDAY COMEDY SHITSH*W@ The Complex

December 4, 2018 7:30 pm

A Holiday Comedy ShitSH*W LOS ANGELES PREMIERE New Banner – SJK 11.6.18.jpg An Original Sketch Comedy Walk Down A Hilarious Dysfunctional Santa Clause Lane December 4, 2018 @ The Complex Theatre Opening December 4 …read more


Friday Features – Sweet Shows This Coming Week

Better Lemons has lots of registered shows and events and lot of them have Critics and Audience reviews posted. Here you can see their favorites and when you click on a title, you will see all the critics’ and audience reviews and ratings. From there you can choose what your adventures this weekend will be. We wish you a fantastic weekend!

The Color Collective

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

A BRONX TALE

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Cost of Living

The Little Foxes

The Bench, A Homeless Love Story

OPPENHEIMER

My Date With Death – A Musical Romance

Finks

Delusion: The Blue Blade

Anatomy of a Hug

THE COLOR PURPLE

BUS STOP

THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF STRANGER THINGS

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

HANSEL AND GRETEL

SHE LOVES ME

A Mile In My Shoes

Blacktop Highway

VALLEY OF THE HEART


EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

CIRQUE MECHANICS: 42FT – A MENAGERIE OF MECHANICAL MARVELS@ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

October 16, 2018 7:30 pm

Thrills, laughs and excitement are on full display as Cirque Mechanics’ 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels transports audiences back to the timeless thrills of the big top circus ring. Deriving its name …read more


CHEMO BARBIE – MY LADY BITS JOURNEY THROUGH BREAST CANCER @ Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space

October 16, 2018 8:00 pm

“Uniquely funny” exclaims LA Beat. In 2016, Heather Keller, a healthy young vegan runner, was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed forever. This is her heartbreaking, inspiring and ultimately uplifting story. Winner …read more


THE BINGE FRINGE FESTIVAL OF FREE THEATRE (BFF) @ Santa Monica Playhouse The Main Stage

October 16, 2018 8:00 pm

Welcome to the Binge! Your new BFF! Two weeks of free theatre October 15 to 28, 2018 with encore performances through November 11! Santa Monica Group Theatre presents The BFF aka The BINGE Fringe Festival of Free …read more


A SPLINTERED SOUL @ International City Theatre

October 17, 2018 8:00 pm

A gripping drama about war refugees haunted by the death of their loved ones — and by memories of the things they had to do to survive. It’s 1947 in San Francisco, home to …read more


COST OF LIVING @ The Fountain Theatre

October 17, 2018 8:00 pm

In this gripping, unexpectedly funny Pulitzer Prize-winning play, John is a rich, quick-witted grad student who has cerebral palsy. Ani is an hilariously foul-mouthed quadriplegic. The people who help them, Jess and Eddie, have …read more


DEAR EVAN HANSEN @ Ahmanson Theatre

October 18, 2018 2:00 pm

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one …read more


DOWNTOWN LA FILM FESTIVAL @ Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas

October 18, 2018 7:00 pm

Established in 2008, the festival has screened more 1,000 films, held more 200 events and partnered with more than 75 other profit and nonprofit business in DTLA. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new …read more


SHORT+SWEET HOLLYWOOD @ Marilyn Monroe Theatre

October 18, 2018 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. People’s Choice Semifinalist short plays (audience favorites): Surprise.  Written by Mark Harvey Levine.  Directed by Luis Goyanes. Cast. Loren Lillian, Nathan Ondracek & Ryan Walsh. Peter is a psychic, but …read more


RADIANT VERMIN@ Odyssey Theatre

October 18, 2018 8:00 pm

The Los Angeles premiere of an outrageous comedy with a killer heart by acclaimed British playwright and provocateur Philip Ridley. In this viciously funny satire flecked with horror, Ollie and Jill want to tell …read more


WAITING FOR LEFTY BY CLIFFORD ODETS@ The Complex

October 18, 2018 8:00 pm

Expertly written in 1935 by Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty exposes a downtrodden group of Laborers fighting back against the backdrop of The Great Depression. Drama of tough times and tougher people desperate for …read more


THE LITTLE FOXES@ Antaeus Theatre at Kiki David Gindler Performing Arts Center

October 18, 2018 8:00 pm

Lillian Hellman’s provocative masterpiece continues to exert a captivating hold on American culture. Set in the Deep South of 1900, where women have scant options and men seem to hold all the power, Regina …read more


WE BANJO 3 @ Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University

October 19, 2018 8:00 pm

Pioneers of the innovative musical fusion style dubbed “Celtgrass,” We Banjo 3’s unique blend of the traditional Irish and authentic Americana genres has made them one of the music world’s most celebrated ensembles. With …read more


THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN @ Woodbury University Library

October 19, 2018 8:00 pm

“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks….” It was the crime and trial and of the century! Two people savagely hatched to death in their own home in a quiet town …read more


FIGHTING SHADOWS @ The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts

October 19, 2018 8:00 pm

FIGHTING SHADOWS is the true story of one man’s search for love in a world meant for breaking, not bending. A brutal, truthful account of Emmy-nominated actor and star of FX’s Mayans M.C. Richard …read more


THE LITTLE FOXES@ UCLA James Bridges Theatre

October 19, 2018 8:00 pm

Lillian Hellman’s modern classic about a wealthy Southern family and the greed that tears them apart. Mamie Gummer (HBO’s True Detective, CW’s Emily Owens, M.D) stars as Regina Giddens, whose dying husband (Jared Harris, …read more


EDGAR ALLAN POE@ Generation DCD Studio

October 19, 2018 8:30 pm

Come celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at Force of Nature Productions with a dark evening of tales and mystery from the Master of the Macabre himself, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe returns to us from the …read more


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS @ Theatre West

October 20, 2018 1:00 pm

Storybook Theatre’s fun filled version of this famous story has lots of singing, dancing, audience participation, and a funny witch with a handsome prince. The children in the audience become the seven dwarfs who …read more


FROM WHARF RATS TO LORDS OF THE DOCKS @ Theatre West

October 20, 2018 8:00 pm

Actor-playwright Ian Ruskin portrays the legendary union organizer Harry Bridges, capturing his passion, struggles and wicked sense of humor in this one-man play. This vivid dramatization brings to life the San Francisco labor leader …read more


STEAMBATH @ Odyssey Theatre

October 20, 2018 8:00 pm

What if God turned out to be a Puerto Rican steam bath attendant, assisted by a butler named Gottlieb? Renowned stand up comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez stars in a revival of Steambath, the …read more


QUACK @ Kirk Douglas Theatre

October 23, 2018 8:00 pm

Millions of women across America rely on Dr. Irving Baer and his daytime talk show to help them lose weight, manifest their destinies, and take their health into their own hands. Then, a take-down …read more