Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – April 15 – 21, 2019

Theatrical shows registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
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A Tribute to Doug

“With the blessing of Jim Jinkins, the [original] creator of Doug, this classic 90’s cartoon will be brought to life. The Funnie family has arrived at their new home in Bluffington. Doug and his best friend Porkchop meet the classic cast of characters we all know and love: Skeeter, his best human friend; Patti Mayonnaise, his secret crush; and Roger Klotz, the local bully. When Roger tricks Doug into thinking that catching an infamous local swamp creature will make him a town hero, Doug suits up and heads over to Stinson’s pond to bag himself a neematoad!”

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Was Is Das?

“A Circus variety show set in the raucous days of Berlin 1924 that is dedicated to presenting lively and inventive performances ranging from the absurd to the sublime! On any given night you might see Burlesque, Puppetry, Clown, Mime, Dance troupes, Solo Character sketch, Musical numbers, and a variety of Acrobatic & Circus performers doing their thing. Your hosts Gretel Heinz & The Contessa do their best to keep the sense of the 20’s alive and ROARING With Bobby Mitchell on the Keys.”

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The Last PowerPoint

“In “The Last PowerPoint”, ‘Prospective’ Ben, CEO and Sole Proprietor of a new venture called disIncorporated, delivers a persuasive PowerPoint presentation concerning his latest product offering: Mail-Order Seed Potato Death Clock.”

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Too Old, Too Asian, Too Short

“Pamela was a typical obedient Filipino, destined to be a licensed registered nurse. But then life took a detour and opened up to the exciting world of entertainment as a production dancer/magician’s assistant. Although she was told, ‘You’re too old, too Asian, and too short’ she is catapulted into a long and fulfilling career as a dancer on a cruise line for a decade. Pamela grew up with secrets and lies. A poor little rich girl in a 3rd world country. Her father took the Najera family and immigrated to America. Then a chance for a lifetime adventure comes barging through the door. Pamela, seemingly suddenly, is performing with well-renowned magicians traveling the world and making numerous appearances at the Magic Castle. Pamela then continues on as a cruise ship dancer/entertainer touring the waters from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean; through the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Join Pamela, as she takes you through her journey of transformation despite the comical limitations she was born in to. ”

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Ask A Black Woman

“People of various backgrounds have been asking Shanara all kinds of questions on the streets of L.A., for the past 2 years, on her “Ask A Black Woman” YouTube series and podcast. With only an Android camera and a laminated sign, Shanara began this impromptu project at the dawn of a tense social climate stemming from the current presidential administration. This necessary dialogue revealed layers of unpacked truth for everyone involved. This solo show premier is a theatrical & poetic response with provocative accounts of living Black in America.”

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The Bully Problem

“THE BULLY PROBLEM is a family-friendly musical with a balance of comedy, humorously distinct characters, and a smidge of science fiction. It focuses on the subjects of bullying, intellectual virtuosity, and the importance of human connections. Fourteen-year-old tech whiz Kevin Dijkstra just wants to be left alone to build robots, but the bullies at Van Der Bort Junior High are making that tough. Things change when Kevin inherits an android that seems to needs his help as much as vice versa. Before long, Kevin is caught in the middle of a struggle between bullies and smart kids. The future of the school hangs in the balance!”

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“I Wanna Be Evil: The Story of Eartha Kitt”

“From croaker sack to Chinchilla, Orson Welles called Kitt “the most exciting woman in the world”. In 1968 she was blacklisted for making the 1st Lady cry. “I Wanna Be Evil” chronicles Eartha’s kinship with James Dean, her affairs with Revlon and her volatile relationship with Hollywood.”

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Hell’s Kitty

“Hell’s Kitty is based on the comedy/horror internet series and Netflix movie about a Hollywood writer and his possessed pussycat. Nick, a Hollywood screenwriter, discovers his cat has become murderously possessed, and will stop at nothing to rid him of any women in his life. As his life unravels out of control, Nick must find a way to have his kitty exorcised of the demonic spirit haunting her and creating a body count!”

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Ghost Town

“’Ghost Town’ is a solo performance piece which explores the various points of view surrounding the ‘Anglophone Crisis’ which erupted in Cameroon in 2016 as a result of the citizens from the English speaking regions of the country demanding an end to the discrimination and marginalization perpetuated by the predominantly French speaking government…“Ghost Town” tells their stories through monologues and audio-visual materials.”

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My Thing of Love

“This dark comedy explores a marital triangle in which the wife tries to save the marriage, the husband seeks self-understanding and the mistress craves attention. Originally produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre and then Broadway to glowing reviews. Often hilarious, the play explores the serious issue of infidelity and its effect on a family.”

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Human Rights in Today’s World

“This interactive workshop is a companion piece to Fringe project, Dying for our Voices. It is put on by Youth for Human Rights (YHR), a non-profit organization dedicated to human rights education…The workshop will emphasize freedom of expression but will cover the other human rights as well – because to greater or lesser degree, all of them are infringed in our community and more so in other parts of the world. You’ll see award-winning videos and get materials which make these rights easy to understand.”

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BLACKBOXING

“Travis, a neophyte actor, thinks he’s all ready for his one-man show. His Stage Manager Jim thinks otherwise.”

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Life Plan, or How to Live your Best Life in a Collapsing World!

“It’s that rare time of year when the Life Plan presentation comes through the Los Angeles Habitable Zone! Tired of struggling in underground shelters and fleeing from mutated puss mutts? Life Plan is the answer! You can live out your dream life and you can experience true fulfillment, but only if you come to one of our five Life Plan Presentations this June. This is your last chance of 2068, so don’t miss out! ‘Life Plan’ is immersive satirical sci-fi — you’re live at a timeshare sales pitch from our dystopian future. Fulfillment is the offer. Salvation is the opportunity. Will you cash out? Will you buy in?”

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Made for Each Other

From the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. “Vincent and Jerry invite you to their wedding…if they go through with it! Gay marriage, with Alzheimer’s twist.”

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Invincible Summer

“A devised, immersive, interactive, collaborative journey into the human soul. Prepare to find your true self again.”

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Samsara

“In “Samsara,” Katie and Craig are having a baby—via a surrogate—who lives in India. A month before the baby’s due date, Craig reluctantly travels to the subcontinent where he meets Suraiya, their young, less-than-thrilled surrogate. As all three parents anxiously await the baby’s birth, flights of fancy attack them from all sides. Of “Samsara,” the Chicago Tribune said, “Genuinely moving … with a laudable awareness of how we sometimes only get one shot at happiness of escape.” The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Aarón Alonso, Joe Calarco, Nardeep Khurmi, Katie Pelensky, and Pooja Shah.”

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Rewind – A New 80s Musical

“REWIND is an original 80s pop musical about love, redemption and the magic of second chances.
A powerful music producer derails a young girl’s promising singing career and she spends the next 50 years waiting tables. When our producer meets an untimely end he is barred from heaven. To gain entrance he must, with a little help from the Universe, rewind time and help her reclaim her true destiny.”

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And Then There Were None

“A classic whodunit from the Queen of Crime. Marooned at a lonely resort, each guest has a dark secret to hide and all fear dark shadows from their wicked past. Isolated and trapped, one by one they start to die. Time Magazine called it “one of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day.”  Directed by Michael Thomas-Visgar.”

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A’mour or Less

“A cabaret for three, featuring well-and-lesser known songs from the musical theatre canon-A’mour or Less tells the tales of romance and sex over 35…more complicated than ever…Free admission.”

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Ascend: When Myths Fall, Heroes Rise

“Gods of four mythologies call upon you, their demigod children, to save them from a rising threat. Go on quests to find the truth, prove yourself in a divine tournament and decide how this story ends. Only you can save the world in this interactive, immersive, multi-room experience.”

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Gunfight at the Not-So-OK Saloon

“A hilarious music comedy in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan set in the Old Wild West.”

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Rock Band Murder Mystery

“This interactive, immersive show focuses on a roarin’ rock band and their entourage. All participants assume the pre-generated personas of the band, manager, roadie, groupies, and other members of the crew. You interact with each other against a deadly threat, and one of you might even be a murderer! Can the show go on??…NO ACTING/IMPROV EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! There are safety rules and basic mechanics in case you want to do something nasty like punch out your A&R rep. The Rock Band™ and Guitar Hero™ video game will represent the band’s in-game music…Two guitars, drums, and microphone available.CONTENT WARNING: Elements of or references to drug use, alcohol, cigarette smoking, violence, sex, prostitution, gambling, the occult and the usual bad behavior associated with rock and roll (mostly simulated).”

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JULIUS WEEZER

“Have you ever wondered what really happened to Julius Caesar on the Ides of March? 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! Enjoy the madness with the Troubies and you will be able to say: ‘I came, I saw, I conquered…and I rocked out!’ Age appropriate for eight and up, the show will feature special make-up effects that may disturb some younger guests – after all, Caesar was stabbed 33 times…but who’s counting?”

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Invitation to Love…and Death

“World premiere! Welcome to the wild and wacky world of the hit reality show “Invitation to Love”—an unlikely cross between The Bachelor and American Idol in which male and female “Love Guests” participate in talent competitions to remain in the running to win a proposal from the bisexual “Love Host”. Suddenly, on the night of the singing competition, it starts being targeted by a serial killer…and one by one, contestants and crew find themselves dying for love…literally! Can love survive? Will ANYONE survive? And whodunit? Portions of Invitation to Love…and Death were staged as a serial entry in the 2016-17 season of Serial Killers at Sacred Fools, and it made the final 8 of the season finals.”

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Silver Bullet

“A film noir-inspired drama in which a woman must control the investigation into the death of her best friend’s husband.”

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Start Swimming

“James Fritz’s Start Swimming is a surrealistic play drenched in political upheaval that asks what power young people have to create change. In a room: there are five people with nothing to go on other than their instincts and their desire to live. Is it worth taking risks when a misstep can destroy all they’ve worked for? How do they fight the unseen powers, that manipulate their fear in an attempt to abuse control…all when the rules keep changing? Using Pavlovian consequences, Orwellian overtones, and theatre of cruelty style, this play questions authority, the definition of freedom, and explores the journey of resistance and revolution.”

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Tales From the Powder Room

“6 Vignettes about women in the workplace that happen to occur in the ladies room.”

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Coastal Disturbances

“Holly, who is escaping her troubled life in New York, has come to stay with her aunt, artist M.J. Adams whose home is on a private beach on the north shore of Massachusetts. She meets Leo, the beach lifeguard, who is getting over a failed romance. Just as their romance begins, Holly’s estranged boyfriend arrives. This charming ensemble comedy follows four generations of vacationers on a Massachusetts beach.”

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Anna St. Hesia Dreams

“Anna is trapped in an anesthesia-related coma. Her only way out is to sink deeper into fantasy – a dark fairytale where people weave dreams into tourist destinations. When reality isn’t worth it, is fantasy the next best thing?”

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(IM)PERFEKT

“What if that which you identify with suddenly disappeared? Who would you be then? (IM)PERFEKT is a solo show about identity, beauty, and labels. Sometimes you need to (literally) lose a part of yourself in order to discover who you truly are. What if you have been Perfect all along? How much precious time have you wasted living like you aren’t?”

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White Privilege Lost: Comedic Cabaret on Screwing up a Life

“A mature nurse recounts through songs and humor how she went from a life of privilege to a life full of anxiety and depression. A journey of how a difficult childhood coupled with wrong choices and unfortunate events led to a life of hopelessness and lack.”

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If We Run

“Brian and Rachel were the perfect couple and seemed destined to live happily ever after. But that was a long time ago and life got in the way of those dreams. Tonight, they meet in their old romantic spot for one last night together. Is there still hope for them after all these years?”

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An Excuse To Behave Badly

“Stranded outside of a bar at 2AM on Halloween in Los Angeles, four young women, dressed in what’s left of their Halloween costumes, deal with an existential crisis and some shenanigans while waiting for an elusive Uber…and Magic Mike…and Frankenstein’s monster??”

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Livin’ the Dream (a journalistic journey)

“Livin’ the Dream is longtime music critic and theatre supporter Bob Leggett’s personal story of diverging paths, celebrity encounters and finding a home in the arts. From his humble roots growing up in the south, it follows his adventures, military career, and music connections to show why he has become one of the most beloved of music bloggers and a die-hard patron of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.”

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The Duchess and the Stripper

“It’s 1961 and the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson … has returned to her hometown of Baltimore for reasons unknown. Tired of the A-list party she’s attending, she decides to visit Baltimore’s Adult entertainment district, The Block with the intention of meeting the leading burlesque performer of her time, Blaze Starr. Blaze is infamous in her own right, having had quite the torrid affair with the Governor of Louisiana. With seemingly little in common beyond home wrecking, at the end of this night, these ladies with the help of one another will choose a path forward as their stars begin their inevitable fade.”

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Silent Joy

“Adapted from an upcoming graphic novel, Silent Joy tells the story of a girl trapped by her own demons who decides to help a kind, mute boy named Joy whose mouth is sewn shut. Together they set out on an epic journey, facing otherworldly perils, to seek revenge on the person that inflicted this abuse on Joy. In the end, the girl must face her darkest memories to find redemption for her friend and discover the truth about herself. A modern narrative inspired by the classic quest story, Dante’s ‘Inferno,’ ‘Silent Joy’ is an enthralling tale of friendship and forgiveness that at once deals with the messiness of humanity and contemplates the reasons for existence.”

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THE SECRET GARDEN

“Experience the magic. Unlock the mystery. Come fall in love with “The Secret Garden,” the third show in our spectacular 2018/2019 season. 3-D Theatricals brings the emotional, Tony Award®-winning musical adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, to a whole new audience for a strictly limited engagement starting May 3rd. After the sudden death of her parents, ten-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she’s never met. Mourning the loss of his own true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange – leaving Mary to explore a lonely mansion shrouded in mystery and haunted by spirits and lost souls. Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up, hidden garden, and with it, discovers the true meaning of hope; proving that love and magic can bloom from the darkest of places. This heartwarming story of forgiveness and renewal is filled with beautiful music, magical illusions and a talented cast that makes this a must-see theatrical treat for families of all ages.”

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The Trouble Is, You Think You Have Time

“A one-man tour-de-force mixing humor and the passion we all share to live an epic life and to matter. Michael, in his physically unconscious — but mentally/spiritually hyper-conscious — moment of death, reaches out to his two sons to empower them to live big, purposeful lives. ‘The Trouble Is…’ weaves soliloquy with story-telling in a passionate fabric of life’s highest highs and lowest lows, but always guided by and imbued with our shared human determination to live big, to matter and to make our mark with our lives.”

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A Small Group

“An aspiring young comedian wakes up in rehab and can’t remember how he got there. He doesn’t believe he belongs there; does he or doesn’t he? Tormented by the ticking clock, the chugging water cooler, and the buzzing flies, sometimes life isn’t a comedy bit.”

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Temple Tantrum

“Nicole Steinwedell takes us on a no-holds-barred, rock-your-world adventure through her life in and out of a cult as she discovers what it truly means to be free.”

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Hot Off the Press

“Hot Off the Press is a program of excerpted new solo writings presented by talented women playwrights in staged readings. The program includes:
‘Real As It Can Be,’ written and performed by Yvette Cason, [who] takes us on a personal and funny journey from childhood to adulthood. She discovers that life doesn’t always turn out like we planned. ‘Strong As Honey,’ written and performed by Alma Collins. A woman recounts her generational relationship with her mother and grandmother and how being an ultimate caretaker for her mother both challenged and healed their role- reversal relationship. ‘Self-ish!,’ written and performed by Roxana Ortega. An ambitious Latina actor accepts the role of a lifetime when she decides to care for her mother with Alzheimer’s and in doing so she must face her ultimate fear: Will loving her mother mean losing her own dreams?! Her journey takes her through the world of elder care, the opera, and even Africa.”

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The Mayor’s Debate of Tranquility, Nebraska

“The forced civility at a small town Mayor’s debate shows cracks as the shallow and petty candidates dig deep on property taxes, parking meters, and cupcake flavors, cracks that begin to reveal a secret horror that has paralyzed the town.”

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PILOTLIGHTS, NIGHT ONE – The Tragedies

“Five LA writers complete five teleplays in a single week. The work is refined. The venue is set. The drinks are cold and the band is warm. Now we want to show you how The Bears roar.
Enter worlds of renegade substitute teachers, space colony child prodigies, slaughterhouse debutantes, the murder woods of Vermont, and the Wild West of Hollywood Hotels.”

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Crabbe and Goyle are Dead

“An absurd comedy exploring the existential crises happening off-stage during a very famous, and equally tumultuous, seven-year span at everyone’s favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry. Written by Kitty Keim.”

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Lemon Butter: Best of L.A.’s Theatre Adjacent Restaurants and Bars – February Edition


Lemon Butter is a bi-weekly column featuring choice restaurants, lounges, Happy Hours, and other spots where hospitality is offered, that are convenient to theatre venues throughout Los Angeles. For distances and times given traffic and parking are not factored in. Where available, contact all hospitality venues for valet or parking information and/or reservations.


Café Gratitude

Walking distance to the Stephanie Feury Theatre,  Thymele Arts, and Studio/Stage Theatre is vegan restaurant Café Gratitude in Larchmont Village.

Their fresh, healthy menu includes salads like the “Fantastic”, a Torta Española Chopped Salad with a chickpea frittata, roasted red pepper, escabeche, cashew mozzarella, sun-dried tomato pesto, and toasted almonds, an assortment of Bowls such as the “Humble,” an Indian Curry Bowl with red lentil dal, spinach, roasted garnet yams, coconut mint chutney, spicy tomato jam, and brown rice or quinoa, or entrees like the “Elated,” with Mole Abuelita Enchiladas made with mole tempeh, corn, black beans, roasted tomatillo sauce, cashew queso fresco, avocado, coleslaw, and escabeche.

Café Gratitude – 639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004 – (323) 580-6383
Distance to Stephanie Feury Theatre  – 364 feet (1 min. walk.)
Distance to Studio/Stage Theatre– 1.1 miles via Melrose (3 min. drive)
Distance to Thymele Arts – 1.4 miles (3 min. drive)

KASS Restaurant + Wine Bar

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu – The Tortellini with ricotta cheese and green asparagus coulis at a Media Tasting, KASS Wine Bar + Restaurant, Los Angeles, California, January 29, 2019.

Debuting just this month and now open is KASS Wine Bar + Restaurant by Michelin starred Chef Christophe Émé.  KASS’ 40-seat dining room and wine bar on La Brea is just off of Wilshire’s Miracle Mile, close to Theatre Row, and conveniently close to the newly remodeled Lyric Theatre. A beautiful, intimate spot for quick bar bites featuring an assortment of French cheeses and charcuterie with a glass of wine before the show, a relaxing glass after on the patio, or an anytime leisurely lunch or dinner.

Émé, of Iron Chef America, serves a rotating menu based on market fresh produce with openers such as the salad of Baby Beets with black lentils and aged Comté cheese, a Farro Risotto with celery root, kale, and Morel mushrooms, or the grilled octopus with baby fennel, Yukon potato, and red bell pepper coulis. Some suggested entrees are a Farro Risotto with celery and morel mushrooms, Tagliatelle pasta with Braised organic Beeler pork ragù, Tortellini with ricotta cheese and green asparagus coulis,  a “Chicken Cooked in Clay” served with wild mushroom sauce and green asparagus, or an Oxtail Parmentier—a smooth-layed French cottage pie of potatoes, bone marrow and Burgundy truffles.  Some appetizers and openers, such as the Beet Salad, Ceviche or Kusshi oysters, and chilled desserts like the Chocolate Tart accompanied by chocolate sorbet, may be served on the restaurants unique and visually stunning chill plate—a water-filled concave envelope of glass.

Of their collection of wines—characterized as “Energetic,” “Fruity,” and “Muscular” for whites and “Bright,” “Juicy,” “Earthy,” and “Plush” for reds—available by the glass are a “muscular” white Domaine Dupasquier, Roussette de Savoie, Savoie 2013,  a “pink” such as the Vinca Minor, Carignan Rosé Sonoma County 2017, a “Bright” red Domaine de Majas, VdP Côtes Catalanes Carignan Blend Roussillon 2017, or an “earthy” red 2016 Brovia, Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Vignavillej.’

KASS Wine Bar + Restaurant – 320 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 – (323) 413-2299

Distance to  Lyric Theatre – 0.9 miles via La Brea (17 min. walk/2 min. drive)
Distance to Theatre Row – 2.9 miles via La Brea/Melrose (7 min. drive)

Norah/Le Fête

Nearest the Marilyn Monroe at Lee Strasberg  and a short jaunt from Theatre Row, Norah provides elegant fare such as fresh oysters, Cauliflower Croquettes, or Cast Iron Corn Bread, to start, with entrees such as the Uni Butter-poached Shrimp with smoked tomato, scallions, and cilantro on toast, a wood-grilled Whole Sea Bream with chermoula, shaved celery, grapes, and sumac, or an 8oz American Wagyu Zabuton served with crispy fingerlings and black garlic chili oil. Dishes for vegans and pasta lovers, such as the Pumpkin Cavatelli, with Brussels sprouts, miatake mushrooms, pomegranate and ricotta salata, Maltagliati with fresh tomato, summer squash, shelling beans and ricotta, or Black Truffle Potato Gnocchi with truffle conserva and shaved black truffles.

At its adjacent lounge bar of cozy candle-lit elegance, Le Fête bar director David Kupchinsky serves craft cocktails such as his “Le Daiq” of Rhum JM, Calvados, Genepy des Alpes, house triple lime cordial and lime, the “Le Spritz” of Lillet Rose, Cava, house rhubarb-sage gastrique and tonic or the “Le Frappe” of Rhum JM, housemade Matcha coconut cream, orange juice, pineapple juice, and Small Hands pineapple gum syrup over crushed ice.

Norah/Le Fête gallery photos by Monique A. LeBleu.

Norah/Le Fête – 8279 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 – (323) 450-4211

Distance to  Marilyn Monroe at Lee Strasberg – 0.4/0.7 miles via Santa Monica (8 min. walk/2 min. drive)
Distance to Theatre Row 2.2 miles via Santa Monica (4 min. drive)

Spoonfed/Bar Joe

Spoonfed opened just last year in July and is adjacent to most Theatre Row venues, including The Hudson, The Blank Theatre, The Complex, Oh My Ribs! TheatreStudio C, and The Broadwater.

This new and cozy burger bistro has a spacious bar and generous patio area decorated with an updated post-modern feel. For breakfast, the spacious patio enclosed bistro-style restaurant features items such as the Blueberry & Orange Ginger Ale Cakes with orange crème fraîche, bourbon maple syrup, the Stuffed Brioche French toast with peanut butter, caramelized bananas, with seasonal berries and maple syrup, or the Mediterranean Hash with skillet-roasted sweet potatoes with pearled onions, chickpeas, Santa Barbara olives, oven-dried tomatoes, and Mediterranean Four Spice, topped with two poached eggs or without (Vegan option.) For lunch or dinner they offer the Spoonfed Burger with Gruyère & Blue Cheese, bacon balsamic caramelized onions, Heirloom tomato, pickles, butter lettuce, and aioli on a potato bun, served with crinkle cut fries and curry ketchup, the Eggplant Sandwich with grilled cold-smoked eggplant, broccoli sprouts, heirloom tomato, pickled red onions, lemon avocado mash, grilled whole grain bread, or the Fuhgettaboutit flatbread pizza with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato sauce, arugula, and shaved parmesan, just to name a few options.

Bar Joe features craft cocktails such as their “Draft Pimm’s Cup” made with Pimm’s, Chartreuse, ginger, and cucumber, a “Carajillo Collins” of Grey Goose Vodka, Liquor 43, and cold brew coffee, or their spicy “It’s An Old Fashioned!” of Street Pumas Scotch, maple, cacao, and cayenne. Perfect for brunching before matinee performances are a range of white and pink sparkling wines, their “Bellini” of Ugni Blanc, peach cordial, and St. Germaine, their unique take on a “Mimosa” of Cremant, orange juice, and orange oil from their signature collection of artisian oils and essences—the latter of which are also featured in their generous list of Mocktails.

Spoonfed/Bar Joe gallery photos by Monique A. LeBleu.

Spoonfed/Bar Joe – 959 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (corner of Seward and Romaine in Hollywood) – 9323) 347-7000

Distance to  The Hudson Theatres/Hudson Guild – 0.2 miles via Seward to Santa Monica (6 min. walk/ 1 min. drive)
Distance to The Blank Theatre, The Complex, Oh My Ribs! TheatreStudio C – 0.3 miles via Santa Monica (7 min. walk/1 min. drive)
Distance to The Broadwater – 0.5 miles via Santa Monica (10 min. walk/1 min. drive)

Wood & Vine

Walking distance from The Montaban and directly across from the Pantages is Wood & Vine, nestled at street level in the landmark Taft Building at one of the most famous corners in Hollywood. The restaurant has a direct and birdseye view of the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, designed with a loft view that also overlooks both the central dimly lit dining room and its spacious bar, as well as a lounge on the enclosed back patio with cozy seating around the central fire pit and conversation corner.

With plates for sharing, Chef Rick Sipovic’s menu features openers such as a “Kale Caesar” with anchovy vinaigrette, shaved egg, Reggiano, and sourdough croutons, Chef Sipovic’s own “Scotch Eggs” with pickled onion, beer mustard, and cornichon, or “Shrimp and Grits” with green chili cheddar grits, pan jus, and friese. For vegans, “Impossible Meatballs” served with spicy red sauce, plant-based spaghetti, and vegan mozzarella. And for dessert, “The Butterscotch” with house butterscotch, maple ice cream, and a sweet thyme crumble, Sour Cream Donut Holes dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla sauce, or a Peach Cobbler with smoked bourbon maple ice cream.

Craft cocktails are served throughout the space, such as the “Sage Advice” of Belvadere vodka, sage simple syrup, Campari, and grapefruit, “The Color Peach” with Hennesy, DiSarrono, Giffard Peche de Vigne, lemon, simple syrup and egg white, or “My Other Lover” with Mezcal, lime, simple syrup, peach bitters, sage and blueberries, or a Black Manhattan” of Larceny vodka, Amaro Averna, Angostura bitters, and black cherries.

Plates are shared family style and a 20% service charge is included in lieu of tip. The menu can evolve, so be sure to check with the restaurant for updates.

Wood & Vine gallery photos by Monique A. LeBleu.

Wood & Vine – 6280 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (at Vine Street at The Taft Building) – (323) 334-3360
Distance to  Pantages – 425 feet (across the street (2 min. walk)
Distance to The Montalban – 0.1 miles (3 min. walk)

EVENTS OPENING THIS WEEK

W.C. THORNBUSH AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SHOW – CHRISTMAS EDITION @ Bootleg Theater

December 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Once again, W.C. Thornbush is bringing his musical revue to Bootleg Theater to celebrate the Christmas Canon in the only way this group knows how. With bells ringing, birds singing, and all the cheer …read more


IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY @ Pasadena Playhouse

December 12, 2018 8:00 pm

The holiday classic we all know and love takes the beloved George Bailey on journey to renew his spirit and restore his faith in mankind on one fateful Christmas Eve. Join George and all …read more


SPECIAL @ Theatre of Note

December 13, 2018 8:00 pm

Special is the World Premiere comedy that commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the worst variety show in television history with a behind-the-scenes imagined look of how The Star Wars Holiday Special came to be. …read more


BETTER LEMONS – “MEET THE PUBLICISTS” @ Thymele Arts

December 15, 2018 10:00 am

On Saturday, December 15, from 10 am to 12 noon, Better Lemons and Thymele Arts will be hosting “Meet the Publicists!” which will be featuring several of LA’s premier performance art publicists for a …read more


JULIUS CAESAR IRREVERENT SHAKESPEARE PROJECT @ Hudson Loft

December 15, 2018 7:30 pm

Irreverent Shakespeare Project presents Julius Caesar, directed by Heather Ann Gottlieb, produced by Steven Brandon, Mark Laird, Bradley Gosnell, Rachel Rios and Ari Stidham. An all-female cast of eleven tackles the Bard’s political drama, …read more


MEASURE FOR MEASURE @ New American Theatre

December 15, 2018 8:00 pm

The New American Theatre presents Shakespeare’s story of impassable moral dilemmas, religious hypocrisy and he said/she said. …read more


HERE’S JOHNNY @ Theatre West

December 15, 2018 8:00 pm

Johnny Ferretti in Here’s Johnny! A Colorado boy whose first job was as a ranch hand, then became a newspaper reporter… then found himself working as an engineer in California. And then, suddenly, he’s …read more


AS ALWAYS, JIMMY STEWART @ Theatre West

December 16, 2018 2:00 pm

Steve Nevil in As Always, Jimmy Stewart. It’s two-thirty in the morning at 911 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, and Jimmy Stewart can’t sleep. Steve Nevil’s acclaimed one-person show presents the film legend late …read more


BETTER LEMONS – "MEET THE PUBLICISTS"

On Saturday, December 15, from 10 am to 12 noon, Better Lemons and Thymele Arts will be hosting “Meet the Publicists!” which will be featuring several of LA’s premier performance art publicists for a panel discussion of theatre publicity, marketing, and promotion.
This is a great opportunity to meet the publicists face to face and to get insight into effective strategies for engaging public relations professionals and for agreeing on what services you want and how to manage the relationship.
We will be addressing questions such as “What is a publicist’s role?” and “How do you decide which publicist is the best fit for your needs?” and “What are different types of publicists?” and “How can we work together?”, and the biggest…”Do I need a publicist or can I have my cousin do it, he has a smartphone?”
Plus, we’ll hear some tips from theatre producers on different strategies for engaging publicists, agreeing on expectations, and negotiating a fee!
Bring a mug, enjoy a cup of coffee, and come ready to forge some relationships!
The coffee is free, and there is a $5 cover for the event. (Pay at the door – cash, venmo, crypto. All proceeds go to support Thymele Arts.)
The “Meet the Publicists” panel includes:
Tim Choy (Davidson & Choy Publicity)
DAVIDSON & CHOY PUBLICITY (Press Representatives) resume includes the original Evita through The Book of Mormon and stints with American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Clients include Actor’s Gang, Broad Stage, El Capitan Theatre, Ford Theatres, Hollywood Bowl, Lythgoe Pantos, Pasadena Playhouse, Segerstrom Center, Shakespeare Center LA, The Soraya, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Lucy Pollak (Lucy Pollak Public Relations)
Lucy Pollak has been providing publicity services to the Los Angeles arts community for the past 27 years for companies including 24th STreet Theatre, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Echo Theater Company, Fountain Theatre, International City Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works, Latino Theater Company at the LATC, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Padua Playwrights, Theatre Planners, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum; numerous independent theater and dance productions; and large events and festivals such as the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at The Music Center.
From 1981 to 1990, she was production manager/staff producer at the Odyssey Theatre, where she co-produced over 100 productions with artistic director Ron Sossi.
She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award (Master Class), an LA Weekly Award (Mary Barnes), four Drama-Logue Awards (Mary Barnes, Idioglossia, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, It’s A Girl!), and a Women in Theatre Recognition Award. She has served on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance (now L.A. Stage Alliance), Women in Theatre and P.A.T.H. (Performing Arts Theatre for the Handicapped).
Philip Sokoloff
PHILIP SOKOLOFF has been a publicist for 24 years. He represents over 100 live attractions and several dozen feature films annually. His long-term clients include Theatre 40, Edgemar Center for the Arts, Sierra Madre Playhouse, Robey Theatre Company, Arena Cinelounge, Dean Productions and more.He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. He has also produced for stage and television and has been an actor for 49 years.
Lynn Tejada (Green Galactic)
For 25 years, Green Galactic Founder Lynn Tejada has been the go-to publicist in Los Angeles for alternative art and culture producers, representing clients on a local, regional, national, and international scale. Since 1994, her promotions and client-base has included music of all sorts, theatre, art, film, dance, and more.
Tejada is also drawn to helping charities and nonprofit clients – she currently sits on the board of Linda Carmella Sibio’s Bezerk Productions, Dance Camera West and on the advisory board of Lauren Segal’s Give A Beat. She is also on the Honorary Board of Flea’s Silverlake Conservatory of Music and sat on the board of humanitarian nonprofit NextAid for many years.
The “Meet the Publicists” panel will take place on December 15th, from 10am to 12 noon @ Thymele Arts, 5481 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90029
Fill out the form below to RSVP and add questions you want us to ask the publicists.
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Thymele Arts is located just two blocks West of the 101.
5481 Santa Monica Blvd.
East Hollywood, CA 90029
They are on the second floor. There is elevator access.
PARKING
There is an underground garage located at 1110 N. Western. $5 after 5 pm. $1.50 for the first two hours or $8.00 for the day.
Once you park – you can walk around the corner to the Santa Monica entrance.
There is also parking available in the strip mall diagonally from us on Santa Monica and Western. $2 per hour.
There is also ample street parking in the area – but it can be tricky.

METRO
Located down the block from the Red Line Hollywood /Western and the Vermont/Santa Monica stops. The Bus stops at the front door 757, 147, 207, 704, 4.


Voices from the Hollywood Fringe 2018: Lola Kelly and Sterling Powers of ‘The Witnessing’

Making its world premiere at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe is The Witnessing, an immersive, multisensory theatrical experience that explores a shocking paranormal experience. As described on the Fringe site:

“Unexplained phone calls, disembodied voices, moving objects and heart-stopping apparitions plagued the Davidsons’ Utah home from 2008 to 2010. Desperate for an explanation, they called upon the renowned Daugherty Paranormal Research Center to help solve the mystery behind the strange disturbances.”

Director Lola Kelly and writer Sterling Powers were kind enough to answer some questions about the paranormal thriller.

What was the inspiration behind “The Witnessing”? How was it developed?

Sterling Powers: I met (the Davidsons) while hiking in Utah in the summer of 2016. I was so fascinated with their story — mainly because they don’t believe in ghosts, and yet they had all of these strange things happen in their home that no one could explain. The story was originally about (Mrs. Davidson’s) experiences specifically, but [sound designer] Rolfe Kent was much more interested in the investigation aspect of it, so we decided to develop that instead.

After more than a year of research — gathering data, news clippings, conducting multiple interviews, writing, rewriting, and assuring everyone that we wouldn’t use their real names — I finally handed the script over to Rolfe, Lola, and [producer] Savannah Wheeler.

What is the show about? What will audiences be experiencing?

Powers: This is a lecture given by the skeptical researchers who were investigating the disturbances in the Davidson home. Audience members will hear stories, see slides, listen to audio recordings, and handle some pretty spooky artifacts.

Lola Kelly: The show is based on two real paranormal experts whose mission is to debunk the mysteries of the world through science, and the story is about what happens when they (and we) face things that can’t be explained. The audience will experience a condensed and enlivened version of one of their actual lectures.

What makes the piece immersive? How does the audience participate?

Powers: The Witnessing breaks the fourth wall without forcing people to participate, which I think is important for a truly bone-chilling experience. In order to feel and enjoy the thrill of fear, you have to first feel safe. Attending a lecture is inherently participatory and somewhat bland, even if you don’t ask any questions.

You know that the panel members are talking to you; you know that you chose to be there. It’s not like a Halloween haunted house, where you walk in expecting a teenager with a mask and chainsaw to startle you. This isn’t about jumps, or cheap thrills — this is about making you question your own ideas about what’s real or even possible. I want people to walk out and wonder if their own home might be haunted — even if they never considered it before.

Kelly: To me, immersive theater abandons the old proscenium model and allows audience to step into real or spectacular worlds, which our play certainly does. Our show isn’t the most participatory because it’s based on a real life model that is presentational (a lecture), but audiences will have direct address and will be able to handle, feel, smell, hear and question in a wonderful way.

What are the skillsets of the talent involved?

Kelly: Galen Howard is a really singular performer with decades of experience in film and theater. His take on the real-life assistant is as grounded as it is eerie. He’s recently appeared in the immersive hit The Willows. Jason Paul Field plays our Dr. Daugherty and Field brings an intensity, magnetism and commitment to research that matches the real guy. He’s a classically trained Carnegie Mellon graduate and played Humphrey Bogart in The Blank’s Something Truly Monstrous and a lead in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Ruskin.

Given the time restrictions of Fringe, how will the logistics be handled?

Kelly: With gusto! We have a small cast but a lot of artifacts and tech to bring in so we’ll be keeping it to the essentials and creating a game plan for the most efficient load in and out. Obstacles always give way to creativity. We’ll also be allowing the audience who arrive early to observe some of the set up if they are curious to take a closer look at the paranormal artifacts we’ll be setting out.

Is this the company’s First Fringe production?

Kelly: Yes.

What makes the show an ideal fit for the Fringe?

Kelly: It is the sort of experimental and intimate new work that thrives at the festival. It’s concise and exciting.

Since the Fringe is collaborative, are there any other shows you’d like to give a shout out to?

Kelly: One Last Thing Before You Go, which is also playing at Thymele Arts.

The Witnessing plays May 31, June 15 and 16 and June 21, 22 and 23 at various times at Thymele Arts, 5481 Santa Monica Blvd. It is recommended for ages 18+ and is not for the faint of heart. More information and tickets can be found on the Fringe site.