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 By Ron Irwin    Arts    March 27, 2017 

When An American soldier in Paris meets a mysterious beautiful young Parisian dancer

It is the Tony Award winning stage version of the 1951 multiple Oscar winning film classic "An American in Paris" and it is nothing short of spectacular. Few moments in history could equal or exceed...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    March 25, 2017

'The Snow Geese' a family story in review, written by Sharr White and Directed by David Melville

The story is set in November of 1917. Elizabeth Gaesling [played by Melissa Chalsma] is the recently widowed family matriarch. Her and other family members gather at their hunting lodge for some...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    March 11, 2017

'Disinherit the Wind' Where science and spirituality meet at the Complex [Ruby Theatre], 6476 Santa Monica

The show begins in a University lecture hall where Professor Bertram Cates is presenting an abundance of details about the biological and physical structure of the human body. Compelling are these...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    February 26, 2017

'Finding Neverland' the joys of eternal youth at the Pantages Theater

We all know about Neverland right? It is that happy mystical place where we can all be children forever. Some might call it Congress while others will take a happier road and revel in the pure joy of...

 

Weight Loss: Beware of the CREEP

You know who I mean. You have been working so hard to lose weight and regain good health and you have been doing a great job. You have lost twenty, thirty maybe fifty or even more pounds and you look...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    February 16, 2017

'The Princess and the Frog' great fun – ribbit.

Let's get straight to the point here; this is a must see show for children ages 1 day to I'd say around 95 years or so. But, yeah the younger crowd will appreciate it the most. The show opens with a...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    February 12, 2017

'War Stories' is a play about love. At the Workout Studio in North Hollywood

Currently at the intimate yet charming theatre known as Actors Workout Studio this intriguing slice of theatrical life they call “War Stories” is in fact a complex and sometimes weird tale of...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    February 3, 2017

Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution Sets a High Standard of Excellence

The Group Rep has a long and glorious history of presenting shows in the highest of theatrical quality proving time and again the truth which is it is the quality of the performance and not the size...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Health    January 5, 2017

The Telomeres Will Eventually Kill Us All, But We Have a Lot to Say About When.

It's the Telomeres Are you starting to feel old? Are your friends hinting that you are starting to look old? Well then maybe you are indeed getting older but what exactly does that mean? How does...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Health    January 3, 2017

It all started with Thanksgiving, a day that shall forever live in gluttony.

It all started with Thanksgiving, a day that shall forever live in gluttony. Then it was a string of Christmas parties, at work perhaps, or with some friends or neighbors but we partied on right up...

 

The King and Anna: Does Mutual Respect Inevitably Lead to Love?

The roots run very deep for the "The King and I" starting with the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the 1860's. Those compelling memoirs were molded into...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Health    December 12, 2016

Cyanide in Fruit? Eat Poison Live Long

Eat Poison Live Long? Yes I know that sounds ridiculous but pay close attention because there is something important to learn about our food you just might not be aware of. Generally speaking when we...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    December 7, 2016

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas: The Musical" Brings Holiday Joy at the Pantages Through Dec. 4

Well here we are at that magically time of year when Thanksgiving is a warm memory and Christmas is straight ahead. And here in Southern California that means that most of the trees still have...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Health    December 5, 2016

Red Wine is Fine, But Resveratrol Can Be Found in Other Fruits and Nuts Without the Alcohol

Over the last several years there has been an abundance of evidence that drinking a little bit of red wine can actually have several possible health benefits. So let's all break out that cork screw...

 

Where You Live, Determines How Long You Live: Why Geography is Longevity

It is a fact. Where you live can affect how long you live. This is not so much about things such as weather conditions, or proximity to water and possible flooding, or temperature extremes or even...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    November 24, 2016

"A Little House Christmas" is a beautiful and charming alternative to such well known standards as "A Christmas Carol."

Evolving into an annual event at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, "A Little House Christmas" is a beautiful and charming alternative to such well known standards as "A Christmas Carol." It is set in the...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Health    November 22, 2016

Reality Check: Thanksgiving, a day that shall forever live in gluttony.

Thanksgiving, a day that shall forever live in gluttony. It is also a day of family and friends and celebration of the early begins of what ultimately became the United States of America. So above all...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    November 20, 2016

"A Nice Family Christmas" at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in Burbank

If laughter truly is the best medicine, and it is, then one of the very best pharmacists is without a doubt playwright Phil Olson and one of the best medical directors has to be Doug Engalla who...

 

In the War on Obesity is Stevia Friend or Foe?

We all know that to live a better, longer and healthier life we need to establish and then maintain a proper weight for our age, height and gender. But we also know that a sweet taste is awesome....

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    November 12, 2016

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' rocks the Pantages

After taking San Francisco by storm "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" has arrived in Los Angeles and was received with overwhelmingly cheerful anticipation by a wildly enthusiastic audience. Leading up to...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Health    November 3, 2016

Average Okinawan Lives 110 years. Why Do They Live So Much Longer Than The Rest of Us?

Okinawa is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands located at the southern tip of Japan. While long considered a part of Japan and sharing a virtually identical language, except for the elders many of whom...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    November 3, 2016

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Shakespeare in ISC style; Sam Breen as Oberon with Jose Acain as Puck

Imagine, for that is absolutely required, what happens when a small group of unsuspecting mortals enter the realm of the fantastical forest. You will see before you a wild and exotic ride as written...

 

"Sparkles & The Black Weeping Woman:" Love, Terror, and Latin Ladies

Sparkles is a beautiful young 17 year old about to turn 18 Latina motorcycle riding hard working and love struck girl. Her boyfriend Sang is a handsome slightly older guy who comes from the...

 

World Premiere of Stage Production of Kurt Vonnegut's World War II Story

During World War Two a young Kurt Vonnegut served in the United States Army. At the Battle of the Bulge he was captured by German soldiers and imprisoned in Dresden where he miraculously survived...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Travel    October 19, 2016

A Seashore Hike to Remember

The goal is movement to gain and maintain great health and healthy weight, but that in no way means it can't also be truly spectacular and thoroughly enjoyable. Late one afternoon our family had...

 

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