JOAN OF ART: A Very Merry Magic Mania, Cars and More Cars, Evolution of L.A. Street Art and a Musical Icon

I know a lot of you are busy Xmas shopping and taking advantage of all the sales going on, but if you decide to take a break from all that and want to have some fun, here's a few events that you should check out.

One of my favorites is A VERY MERRY MAGIC MANIA hosted by Magician Extraordinaire Albie Selznick. I've seen many of Albie's shows and have always been blown away by his talent.

After a summer of bringing magic to the masses at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Albie is back with a new show called A VERY MERRY MAGIC MANIA. It will still be at the Santa Monica Playhouse, but instead of Mondays, it will be Saturday and Sunday evenings, from November 23rd through December 29th.

This Saturday at 8pm magicians Trigg Watson, Chris Randall, Dave Cox and Chris Moorman will be performing while on Sunday at 3pm Michael O' Brien will be added to the show.

A VERY MERRY MAGIC MANIA offers the opportunity to see multiple world class magicians in an intimate venue. Albie's guest magicians have appeared on America's Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Food Us, Masters of Illusion, Wizard Wars, to name just a few.

For tickets or more information go to MagicManiaLA.com or call 310-586-1166.

Now besides magic I love cars. Well in truth I love vintage cars, but I still can't resist going to the LA AUTO SHOW every year and this year is no different. Starting Friday, November 22nd through Sunday December 1st one of the world's largest auto shows with 1,000 vehicles will return to LA and I can't wait to see what the future holds when it comes to driving.

This show is a one stop shop for comparison shopping for cars, trucks, SUV'S, electric vehicles and more without any sales pressure.

Whether you're shopping for a new vehicle, or just want to do some free test drives while experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and exotics, you will find it here at the LA AUTO SHOW at the LA CONVENTION CENTER, 1201 South Figueroa Street in Downtown LA next to the Staples Center.

Besides the cars, there will be numerous celebrity appearances from the entertainment, sports and automotive worlds and they're available for meet and greets, autograph signings and selfie sessions. For more information go to LAAutoShow.com or call (310) 444-1850.

Another thing I can't get enough of is STREET ART. I've walked the streets of downtown L.A. where I saw some of the best Graffiti art. Well now you don't have to travel that far to see some great Street Art. Just go over to the Annenberg Space For Photography on Friday, November 22nd at 7pm where you'll find THE EVOLUTION OF STREET ART IN LA, an evening with Judy Baca, Brooklyn-based street artist Swoon, and graffiti artist Saber.

Since the 1970's street artists - from muralists to graffiti artists have tried to 'maintain real estate.' Whether protecting giant murals from small but marring graffiti tags, to ensuring giant 'bombs' are not whitewashed by city or state authorities, L.A.'S STREET ART SCENE has battled to preserve its representation of the city's civic life.

Building on these themes for this lecture and discussion, muralist and Social and Public Art Resource Center co-founder Judy Baca will present on the transformation of L.A.'S storied mural and graffiti art scenes.

Known best for her work, The Great Wall of Los angeles (1976-83, Baca will also lead a conversation with the Brooklyn based street artist Caledonia Curry (aka Swoon) and graffiti artist Saber to explore the roles graffiti and mural art plays in representing marginalized communities in a quickly gentrifying city.

The Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, in LA 90067. For more information go to AnnenbergSpaceForPhotography.org.

Last but never least there is a Musical icon performing at the Wiltern Theatre. The icon is known simply as MADONNA.

We all know she gives larger-than-life performances so it'll be interesting to see her 'scaling-down.' Ahead of the release of her new album, MADAME X, Madonna is embarking on a small-ish theatre tour including 11 nights at the Wiltern Theatre located at 3780 Wilshire Blvd, in Koreatown, 90010.

The doors open at 7:30pm but Miss M. won't be going on until 10:30pm. The tour actually started on Tuesday, November 19th and continues through Monday November 28th. For more dates, times, tickets, etc go to Wiltern.com.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, I hope you all have a blast.


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.