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 By Ron Irwin    Arts    February 22, 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...

 
 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...

 

Artists Support Art for Empowerment Local nonprofit hosts art auction ArtWorks for Healing

Venice, CA- February 9, 2017- Inspired by the power of art, a diverse group of artists and curators have joined together for ArtWorks for Healing, a unique art auction and exhibition to raise funds...

 
 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...

 

Chain Reaction Sculpture Undergoes Renovation in front of SM Courthouse

Chain Reaction is a peace monument and public art sculpture composed of a metal framework of stainless steel and fiberglass surrounded by concrete, depicting a mushroom cloud created by a nuclear...

 
 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...

 

Artists And Entrepreneurs Come Together To Create One-Of-A-Kind Converse 'Chucks' And Raise Awareness For Ocean Conservation

Select artists, celebrities, and entrepreneurs are helping raise awareness for ocean conservation through a Design Collaboration with Converse, in which each of them will custom design a pair of...

 
 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    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...

 
 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    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...

 
 By Kat Thomas    Arts    October 17, 2016

Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

LACMA's macabre exhibit At Home With Monsters celebrates the works of horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro through hundreds of paintings, costumes, books, comics, props, monster magazines, statues,...

 

An Extraordinary Life Evoked: Review of "Anaïs : A Dance Opera"

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." Anaïs Nin The creators of "Anaïs: A Dance Opera," now playing at the Greenway Court Theatre, surmounted a...

 

"WICKED" Original Cast Recording Receives First-Ever Wide Release On Vinyl

Currently the 10th longest- running show in Broadway history, the blockbuster musical WICKED will celebrate its 13th Anniversary this October 30th. On September 9, in conjunction with this milestone,...

 

For Anais Nin, Self-Examination Through Writing was More Intimate Than Sex

Anaïs, A Dance Opera, explodes on stage by incorporating music, dance and visual projections into a cutting edge stage production that explores and illuminates the riveting life of famed diarist and...

 
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So, This Jewish Guy Walks Into "Old Jews Telling Jokes" by Max Palevsky Theater

This jew laughed a lot, and only felt a little guilty. "These five jews put on a show..." Sounds like the start of a joke, doesn't it? "Old Jews Telling Jokes", the Max Palevsky Theater stage show...

 
 By Jeff Schwartz    Arts    August 6, 2016

Santa Monica Public Library presents Soundwaves: Dana Reason Trio

The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present Canadian-born composer-pianist Dana Reason on Wednesday August 17 at 7:30PM in the Main Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa...

 
 By Stan Greene    Arts    June 6, 2016

Chinese boys Smash Glass Sculptures, Lego Sculptures, And Other Artwork

What is it with Chinese boys, anyway? A $15,000 Lego sculpture of a "Zootopia" character stood for about an hour Sunday at the Lego Expo in China before a little boy smashed it into it's constituent...

 
 By Naomi Okuyama    Arts    May 2, 2016

Candy Chang Spray Paints Annenberg Beachhouse

On Tuesday, May 10 from 6:00-8:00pm, all are welcome to the Beach House for an evening with artist Candy Chang. Inspired to visit Santa Monica by her interest in the psychology of place and the...

 
 By Judith Meister    Arts    April 25, 2016

Swan Lake and Giselle at the Broad Theater May 8, 2016

For its 2016 Spring Showcase, Westside Ballet of Santa Monica presents an enchantingly diverse program, featuring excerpts from two of the world's most beloved ballets, Swan Lake and Giselle and...

 
 By Sam Hunter    Arts    April 18, 2016

Irish Sea-Story to be Rejuvenated by Ocean Setting

Coming off a successful run at La Jolla Shores in San Diego, SECOND SKIN draws from the mystery and drama of the ocean. Pat Launer from The Times of San Diego said, "...the beach setting is perfect...

 
 By Reuters    Arts    April 11, 2016

Springsteen cancels North Carolina show over transgender law

Rock star Bruce Springsteen on Friday canceled a weekend concert in North Carolina to protest a new state law barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity,...

 
 By Sabine Ganezer    Arts    July 28, 2014

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The Santa Monica Chorus Wins 1st Place

The Santa Monica Chorus Wins 1st Place in Annual Regional Barbershop Harmony Competition and will Represent the Region in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas in 2015 The Santa...

 

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