Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – September 23 - 29, 2019

Theatrical shows, Film Festivals, and Musicals NOW registered on the Better Lemons calendar!

For more shows visit our Calendar. For shows with a LemonMeter rating, visit our LemonMeter page.

Short & Sweet Film Festival

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The Outsider

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Operation Ajax

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Absolutely Halloween

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You Don't Know My Life!

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Do Us Part

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The Surveillance Triogy

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Living After

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My Favorite Suicide

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The Italian in Me

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JOAN OF ART: Break Beat Play, Magical Musical, Great Restaurant About to Disappear and a very scary Stalker

Hello Everyone. I love rap! I'm fascinated by it probably because it's something I have absolutely no ability to do. But that's not the only reason. Powerful rap moves you emotionally and physically. So I can't think of a better way to experience some great rapping then to go see the West Coast premiere of Idris Goodwin's break beat timely play entitled 'Hype Man' which opened at the Fountain Theatre last weekend. Social injustice, racial identity, gender inequity, career ambition and friendship coverage and collide in Hype Man, directed by Deena Selenow.

Hype man Verb, played by Matthew Hancock, has been backing up front-man rapper Pinnacle (Chad Addison) since they were kids. Then beat maker Peep One (Clarissa Thibeaux) joined the group. Now just as they are on the verge of making it big on national TV, a police shooting of a black teen shakes the band to its core, forcing them to confront questions of race, gender, privilege and when to use artistic expression as an act of social protest.

This is one play you do not want to miss. The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. For tickets call 323-663-1525 or go to Tickets are $25.-$45. The play runs Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm and Mondays at 8pm until April 8th.

While you're in the neighborhood visit Paru's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant. I've eaten here several times and the food is absolutely delicious as well as reasonably priced. That's the good news.

The bad news is that the restaurant is about to close at the end of the March. The owner of the property has decided to raise the rent to $10,000 a month. Paru's has been in this location since March of 1979. The sign of the times...most definitely.

As more and more people became aware of the physical, spiritual and environmental benefits of the vegetarian diet, Paru's became a landmark both to local vegetarians as well as non-vegetarian who simple like wonderful food.

The owners of Paru's brought from India the strict culinary traditions of their ancestors, Every dish is prepared with loving kindness as well as technical mastery. The staff is not only friendly but extremely helpful.

Paru is located at 5140 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. For hours of operation call 323-661-7600. Their web sit is

Now something for the whole family....THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

This is a new musical folktale by PigPen Theatre Company. What keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band. The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Company finally arrives in Los Angeles with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art.

Even though I'm taking my fourteen year old nephew to see this on Sunday, this isn't a kid show. It's for everyone. I've heard some of the music from the production and it's just wonderful.

The show runs March 2nd - March 17th. To purchase tickets and for more info visit

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

JOAN OF ART - A Great Place for Xmas Shopping, Comedy, Musical and An Important Powerful Film

I know most of you are shopping for Xmas presents, going to holiday parties or planning them, but in between all that, you might want to take a break and let yourself be entertained.

The other day I went to a WGA screening of a beautiful, powerful, important film entitled THE HATE YOU GIVE. Even though it's been open for a few weeks I just had to share this with you.

'The Hate You Give' written by Audrey Wells based on Angie Thomas's novel and directed by George Tillman is the story of Starr (the exceptional Amandia Stenberg) a 16 year old black girl who lives in the fictional, mostly poor black neighborhood of Garden Heights but attends an affluent predominantly white private school, Williamson Prep.

After a gun goes off at a party Starr is driven home by her childhood best friend, Khalil (Algee Smith). On the way home they are stopped by a white police officer who mistakes Khalil's hair brush for a gun and shoots him dead.

Khalil's death becomes a major national news story which changes Starr's life as well as those closest to her in a very profound way.

The excellent cast also stars Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby as Starr's parents, Anthony Mackie as the local drug lord and Common as Starr's cop uncle.

This is one of the most important films of 2018 considering what is going on in our country today and one that regardless of race, everyone should see. It will stay with you long after the credits roll.


As you know one of my favorite things is to laugh and no one makes me laugh more than Miss Sandra Bernhard who will be performing at The Sorting Room at The Wallis in Beverly Hills.

Her show is entitled SANDEMONIUM. As it's described in the press notes "Have you been swept up in 'Sandemonium'? It's time for a psychic break. Sandra will bring you back from your bad trip. She will soothe your aura and calm your chakras. You will shut down your electronics, find your mantra, do a meditation and let it all go because Sandy and the Sandyland Squad Band will make it all better."

And having seen many of her shows, I am definitely a believer.

The show runs December 13th at 7pm, Friday the 14th at 7pm and 9pm, Saturday the 15th at 7pm and 9pm through the 15th. Tickets range from $19 to $22 and can be purchased at or by calling (310) 746-4000.

The Wallis is located at 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills CA 90210.

I will be at Sandra's show on Friday and then back again to the Wallis on Saturday evening to see...

LOVE ACTUALLY for those of you who remember was screenwriter's Richard Curtis' beloved holiday movie and now it has been turned into a multimedia musical celebration.

The world premiere production of LOVE, ACTUALLY LIVE, presented by special arrangement with Universal Pictures and Working Title Films, will transform the Wallis' Bram Goldsmith Theatre into a giant, immersive cinema for the modern day.

The production will include songs from the hit soundtrack that includes Christmas and pop hits by Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, the Beach Boys, Joni Mitchell and many more musical artists. The film's well known set list includes 'River', 'Songbird', 'All Alone On Christmas', 'Silent Night', 'Puppy Love', 'Wherever You Will Go', 'Bye Bye Baby' (Baby Goodbye), 'All you Need is Love', 'Both Sides Now' just to name a few.

The show will be performed live by an all star cast and a 15 piece orchestra.

To purchase tickets and for the full schedule go to or call (310) 746-4000. The Wallis is located at 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills CA.

LOVE, ACTUALLY LIVE plays through December 31st 2018. Because of theatrical haze effects and adult content as well as brief nudity it is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Weather you choose to shop, laugh, see a film, or go to a musical, have a great weekend.

DCA and Hollywood Fringe Present Panel Discussion: LA Theater Scene and Paths Towards Success


LA's Leading Theater Presenters Talk Strategy, Tools, and Fringe Theater

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Sacred Fools Theater

Los Angeles – The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Hollywood Fringe Festival will present "LA Theater Scene and Paths Towards Success", a panel about theater presenting in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 24, at 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Fools Theater – Main Stage, located at 1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

This special event is free and open to the public and features some of Los Angeles' leading theater presenters as they discuss how theater presenting works in the city and how they choose theater projects. The panel will also identify the trends in national and international theater, and provide ideas on how to amplify the local theater community.
"The Department of Cultural Affairs is excited to be co-presenting this panel exploring how LA's theater and presenting communities can work together to provide support to our home-grown artists,” said DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell. “LA has a world-class, entrepreneurial creative community, and this forum will help guide and shape our collective success at presenting quality work to as many residents and visitors to LA as possible."
“LA Theater Scene and Paths Towards Success” was created to welcome Los Angeles presenters into the Fringe community, showcase local theater, and explore the Fringe theater community's place on the global stage. The goal of the panel discussion is not only to educate and inform, but also to foster fruitful relationships that will enable small and independent productions to confidently grow and take projects into the future.
"We are very enthusiastic to partner with DCA in this manner because we believe in the power of the theater community in Los Angeles," said Hollywood Fringe Festival Director Ben Hill. "This panel will certainly help to foster relations between Fringe producers and high-profile theater presenters, and it will also set the stage for further discussion about collaboration, growth, and viability of Los Angeles theater on a global scale."
The panel, moderated by Ben Johnson, DCA's Performing Arts Division Director, includes:

  • Paul Crewes, Artistic Director, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

  • Carolyn Elliot, Director of Programming, The Broad Stage

  • Ben Hill, Festival Director, Hollywood Fringe

  • Andy Horwitz, Director of Program, Skirball Cultural Center

  • Allen Moon, Director of Touring & Artist Management at David Lieberman Artist's Representatives and Artistic Director of Santa Ana Sites

  • Selene Santiago, Programming Director, Encuentro de las Americas Festival, Latino Theater Company

Tickets for this event are free and open to the public. Ticket reservations will open on May 1.

To reserve your space, please visit