JOAN OF ART: A Weekend filled with an Iconic Play, an Iconic Actor's Son and Some Terrific Art

One of my most favorite lines ever written in a play comes from Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire. The line is... Sometimes- there's God-so quickly and it is uttered by the character Blanche Dubois who believes a man that she recently met is going to rescue her from the hell that is her life.

Now who hasn't felt that at one time or another. That some miracle will happen that will save their life or change the events of their life. But to say it in such a poetic way, well only someone of Mister Williams talent could do that.

The team behind 2016's acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams rarely-seen Kingdom of Earth, is back - this time, with Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.

Jack Heller directs actress Susan Priver, (who played the down on her luck show girl Myrtle in Kingdom of Heaven and LA Weekly award-winning The Lover by Harold Pinter) as Blanche DuBois and Max E. Williams (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and numerous productions with Elephant Theatre Company) as Stanley Kowalski in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre presented by Dance On Productions in association with Linda Toliver and Gary Guidinger.

Passions flare and cultures collide in the sultry streets of New Orleans beginning May 25, with performances continuing though July 7.

Often regarded as among the finest plays of the 20th century, Streetcar is considered by many to be Williams' greatest work. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche is pushed over the edge by Stanley, her sexy and brutal brother-in-law.

The play launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden and solidified the position of Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation.

I know come this Saturday evening May 25th at 8pm I will be at The Odyssey Theatre, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd, West Los Angeles to once again see this extraordinary play. For reservations and information call 310-477-2055 or go to Odysseytheatre.com.

Speaking of Brando on Sunday May 26th at the Santa Monica Playhouse I'll be seeing WILD SON: THE TESTIMONY OF CHRISTIAN BRANDO. Set under the white glare of Hollywood and Celebrity WILD SON: THE TESTIMONY OF CHRISTIAN BRANDO tells the story of Marlon Brando's troubled headline making son in his own words. The story is populated by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Anjelica Huston and Robert Blake along with several others.

Most importantly it is the story of father and son. The final performance is this Sunday so run don't walk to get tickets.

To purchase go to WildSon.brownpapertickets.com. The show starts at 5:30.

Now for something different, WE RISE.

This is a ten day pop up immersive experience that brings together LA'S diverse community to explore our collecive power to live lives of purpose and engagement. Through powerful programming, performances, immersive workshops and a world class art exhibition, they seek to embolden individuals and families to find help, reach out to help others and demand systemic change in order to address the critical need for early intervention, treatment and care for mental wellbeing.

WE RISE believes that their collective imagination is at the heart of all social change, dreaming of how to transcend the systems and cultural norms that do not serve us. Envisioning what is possible when everyone feels a sense of belonging, connection, meaning and purpose is the first step toward creating new realities, we can manifest a future where mental health and communities are at the center of well being.

The event is located at 1262 Palmetto Street Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public. The show starts at 10:00 AM Saturday and run through Monday, May 27th at 10pm. For more information go to WeRise.LA

Whatever you decide to do this weekend people, make it a fun one.


JOAN OF ART: A Brilliant Improve Troupe, a Portrait of an Iconic Actor's Son, and Some Delicious Food

The much loved Troubadour Theatre Company is kicking of its 25th season with a new Shakespeare Jukebox Parody Mashup and as always they will kill it.

The troupe is again turning a Shakespearean tragedy into a musical comedy this time by mashing up the story of Julius with the music of the rock band WEEZER.

If you hear the word 'Shakespeare' and you think you need a degree to decipher it... not here, you don't. This show is what I'd call pop culture. You can expect a little 'Game of Thrones' and even a commercial tag line for fun. Joining the Troubies for the first time is an actor with a resume with about fifty years of credits...Andy Robinson who will be playing Julius Caesar.

The Troubies have…and are warning you to “Beware the Ides of March in May!” The terrible tidings and twisted tale of corruption, betrayal, and the quest for absolute power –no, not Washington DC – it's Rome circa 44 B.C., with Shakespeare's story of Caesar mashed up with the funk-rock riffs of the resurgent and ubiquitous band, Weezer. This hard-driving, heart pounding, adrenaline rush of a show will feature the Troubies in all their classical glory – speaking the speech and strumming the power chords. Part circus, part improv comedy show, part rock concert – with a live band that complements and compels the Troubie cast as they wind their way through the dark and dangerous world of Julius Weezer!

This show is like nothing you have ever seen so DO NOT MISS IT. JULIUS WEEZER is playing at the El Portal Theatre located in 5268 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601. To purchase tickets or to learn more about this fantastic show go to ELPortalTheaeatre.com or call 866-811-4111.

The show runs from May 11th at 8pm through June 30th 2019.

And now for some delicious food. Laughter always gives me an appetite.

On Saturday May 11th 1-4 pm is the LOS ANGELES TIMES FOOD BOWL.

The event will be held at the Grand Park at 200 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA.

You will be able to experience LA's Best Burgers at this outdoor celebration of LA's diverse dining scene held over five nights at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Each night will feature dozens of restaurants with art installations throughout the park and DJs playing music. Admission to Night Market is free.

The event will be hosted by L.A. Times Food Writer Jenn Harris and Lawrence Longo. Participants will be... HiHo Cheeseburger, Banh Oui, Everson Royce Bar, Hank's, Bowery, Love Hour, NoMad, Mel's Drive In and Belcampo Meat Co.

The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is an annual, month long destival celebrating the city's dynamic food scene. Spanning the entire month of May, Food Bowl features many of the chefs and retaurants that have helped put Los Angeles on the map as a premier dining destination alongside world renowned chefs in rare local appearnaces at hundreds of extraordinary events.

For more information go to LAFoodBowl.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LAFoodBowl (#LAFoodBowl #31DaysofFood).

Lastly on Sunday I will be at the Santa Monica Playhouse located at 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica CA to see an extraordinary show abou the son of an extraordinary actor. The show is entitled WILD SON; THE TESTIMONY OF CHRISTIAN BRANDO. His father of course was the late great Marlon Brando...one of our greatest to be accurate.

I attended a dress rehearsal and this is a show you will definitely want to see more then once. It's so powerful and Jesse's performance stays with you a very long time. There were so many moments on stage I thought it was Christian on stage.

Written by Champ Clark the show run on Sundays at 5:30pm through May 26th. Set under the white hot glare of Hollywood and Celebrity, Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando tells the story of Marlon Brando's troubled, headline making son...in his own words.

The play features John Mese as Christian Brondo and his performance is pitch perfect. This 59 minute one-act is based on personal intervies conducted by Clark. The story is filled with the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Anjelica Huston, Robert Blake and others. Most importantly it is the story of father and son.

According to writer Champ Clark, 'John Meese is absolutely mesmerizing. 'Damaged, volatile, darkly handsome, dangerous and dead at 49 and one of the sweetest lost souls I'd every met.' 'This was the Christian Brando I knew and the one that we bring back to life on stage in this show.'

The play has Christian Brando's words and it is his Hollywood story, about the kidnapping, the murder and the explosive relationship with his father.

Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando runs at 5:30pm on May 12, 19 and 26, 2019. Tickets are $20 at WildSon.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call 1-800-838-3006.