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

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 OF ART: My Favorite Theater Company, About John Wick 3, and Pacific Visions

Friday evening I'll be at one of my favorite LA theaters...The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood. Every single play I've seen at this company totally rocked. They are always at their best.

So I naturally can't wait to see their new production which opens Friday May 17th at 8pm entitled AT THE TABLE, written by Michael Perlman and directed by Judith Moreland. The play has been called by its creators as a 'Big Chill' for the millennial generations. If you haven't seen it, you're missing an iconic film.

AT THE TABLE is about six ethnically and sexually diverse friends who head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cell phones, no internet allowed at all, this leaves them with one thing to do...look up from their screens and talk to each other. Remember talking?

When the liquor starts flowing and the tongues loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off limits. In the end, these so called liberal friends realize they're not as enlightened or diverse as they thought.

If you see this play, be sure to leave your review on their show page her on Better Lemons so they can qualify for a LemonMeter rating!

The Road Theatre is located at 5108 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. The play runs Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. until July 7th. For more information and to purchase tickets go to RoadTheatre.org or call 818-761-8838.

And now for something completely different. JOHN WICK 3...Parabellum. First I must say that I absolutely loved the first JOHN WICK as well as the second one. Yes, both films were violent but the story penetrated through all the brilliantly staged sword fights, knife fights, hand to hand combat scenes to old fashioned gun fights which are anything but old fashion.

In the first film we meet Keanu Reeves who nailed the part of the assassin who miraculously retires after marrying the love of his life. Her sudden death leaves him in deep mourning.

When a sadistic mobster and his thugs steal John's prized car and kill the puppy that was a last gift from his wife, he unleashes the remorseless killing machine within and seeks vengeance. The world created by the writer Derek Kolstad and directed Chad Taheiski was just so creative and so extremely original that you didn't mind the excessive violence and the same goes for the second film.

This brings us to John Wick 3...Parabellum which opens where the second film leaves off. John has to get out of New York City fast. And I mean FAST. Wick has been deemed 'Excommunicated' by the High Table and all of his rights and privileges are stripped away and there's an open contract on him starting at $14 million dollars. So basically every single person in New York City and all around the globe are trying to kill the dude.

BTW, The film is 133 minutes long and 110 minutes is violence to the extreme. I'm talking about sadistic, savage violence. At first it was applauded BY THE AUDIENCE at the press screening I attended. Then the audience started to laugh and then silence. I don't know what they were feeling but personally I was bored by the overly long fight scenes.

Yes the cast is great. Ian McShane's part as the proprietor of the assassins home away from home, the Continental Hotel, an establishment designated as a safe ground for those in the killing trade.

The film also stars Halle Berry, who is upstaged by her two incredible dogs, and Ava Kate Dillon (Billions), who plays The Adjudicator who arrives in New York City to make sure her minions get the job done.

The film has received great reviews but it just didn't do for me. Love to know what you think. It opens in theatres November 14th.

Now after all this excitement I recommend spending the day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. It houses an art gallery that transports you under the ocean, a state of the art theatre with multi sensory effects and a culmination gallery with interactive game tables, and live animal exhibits including the first and only public aquarium exhibit with the controversial delta smelt fish.

Aquarium of the Pacific / PR Use of Scouts - Photography by Tom Bonner - Job ID 6417

As the new focal point of the Aquarium, Pacific Visions provides a platform to integrate the arts and sciences and offers visitors innovative ways to explore their impact on our ocean planet while allowing them to explore sustainable solutions. The topics of how we produce and consume food energy and water as well as ways to make more sustainable choices are highlighted.

All 29,000 square feet and two stories, it is the Aquarium's first major expansion and the result of more than a decade of planning and development using the latest technology and methods of storytelling that combine art, science, and interactivity. Pacific Visions is an example of the aquarium of the future. Pacific Visions opens to the public on Friday May 24th. I'm writing about it now to give you plenty of time to prepare for a visit.This is a great event for the whole family.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach CA 90802. For more information and tickets go to AquariumofPacific.org/pacificvisions.

Whatever you plan to do this weekend people, make it a fun one!