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 By Livia Squires    Arts    December 6, 2018

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica Celebrates 46th Annual Performance of Nutcracker

Santa Monica (10/22/18) – Westside Ballet of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra, announced its 46th season of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. After selling out five...

 

Up Close And Personal With A Star On The Rise: Renown actor Jim Meskimen Certainly Impresses Again In The New Amazon Prime Series 'Impress Me'..

In the much anticipated debut season, Amazon Prime Video's series 'Impress Me' has introduced viewers to Jim and Ross, the cream-of-the-crop of celebrity impressionists. This dynamic duo is as...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    October 15, 2018

Five Young Latinas and one Former 300 Pound Old White Dide Reflect on "Real Women Have Curves"

'Real Women Have Curves' a real world story Virtually everyone who lives in Southern California is aware that there are lots of typically small clothing factories sometimes called "Sweat Shops" in...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    October 4, 2018

The Art of Killing the Deal at the The Victory Theatre Center

It all begins in the boardroom of a large advertising agency in New York City. One by one women show up expecting to put the final touches on a major presentation to be presented the following...

 
 By Stan Greene    Arts    September 27, 2018

Lady Whose Nether Regions are Depicted in "The Origin of the World" identified

French historian Claude Schopp has solved one of the great mysteries of 19th century art. When Gustave Courbet's 1866 painting "The Origin of the World" was new, it caused riots in Paris. The...

 

A Portrait of the Playwright as a Young Man: Broadway Bound, a comedy by Neil Simon

It's 1949, the war is over, and America is beginning a new chapter. Eugene Jerome and his brother Stan are being given a chance to audition as comedy writers for CBS in the emerging medium of...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    September 18, 2018

Can a Playboy Type Modify the Classic Blonde Bimbo? The Eternal Question

Sarah is an international news photographer recently nearly killed while on assignment in a hot war zone. Beaten and bruised she is still alive and very happy to be back home with James her longtime...

 

Romeo as an Aryan Nazi and Juliet as a Jewish girl: Shakespeare on a Whole New Level

Okay so you may have heard about the ill-fated love between the 16 year old boy, Romeo Montague and a 13 year old Juliet Capulet both from Verona, Italy and both families very much despising the...

 

Can a Nice Jewish Boy Find Happiness Singing at the Church In Ocean Park?

Our photographer Mary Leipziger captured teen heartthrob (well ok, not really) Ross Altman, as he performed at the Church in Ocean Park. Altman has been singing at the Church in Ocean Park the Sunday...

 

Crowds Swarm to Support Author Riley Perez as he Debuts a Sensational Memoir

Hundreds of guests came out to support critically acclaimed author Riley Perez at his book signing at Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood. His book, 'What Is Real. The Life And Crimes of Darnell Riley' is...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    August 9, 2018

Jenna was in a relationship she hated and yet she was now pregnant. What would she do, what could she do?

The show opens in Joe's Diner located somewhere in Dixie. The owner, Joe is a gruff but honest man and his three waitresses are portrayed in a fairly typical perhaps even stereotypical way but then th...

 
 By Christine Peake    Arts    August 6, 2018

Bulgarian Model And Renowned Fashion Designer Hari Tahov Takes Hollywood By Storm With A Flash Of Color...And He Is 22 years Young!

If you have a love of fashion, crystals, beachy-fun colorful designs, then Bulgarian designer Hari Tahov needs to be added to your list favorite designers! At only 22 years young, Hari moved to Los...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    May 28, 2018

What Can Possibly Go Wrong When An Episcopal Priest Marries the Wrong Woman?

The Christmas decorations are abundant and beautiful. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care; well actually on the railing with care but it is the same message. Dad goes over to the piano...

 
 By Observer Staff    Arts    April 1, 2018

New Shoes: Joan Holly Padeo, Carissa Songhorian, Livya Howard-Yashar in New Shoes Dances 17

New Shoes: Joan Holly Padeo dances with Carissa Songhorian in a rehearsal for New Shoes Dances 17, at Highways Performance Space. Joan Holly Padeo's "HELMET | GOLIATH" (created in collaboration with...

 
 By Observer Staff    Arts    March 29, 2018

New Shoes Dances Features New Choreographers on March 31 and April 1, 2018

New Shoes: Joan Holly Padeo dances with Carassa Songhorian in a rehearsal for New Shoes Dances 17, at Highways Performance Space. Joan Holly Padeo’s “HELMET | GOLIATH” (created in collaboration...

 

Uppermost Breaks Barriers in Santa Monica Music

Behdad Nejatbakhshe, also known as Uppermost, sat in a law studies classroom in Paris, France working towards a degree in political science. But In his head, he was counting the seconds until he...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    February 1, 2018

Harold Pinter's 'The Hothouse' more than little crazy.

"The Hothouse" was written by Nobel Prize for Literature winning playwright Harold Pinter and is now onstage with the Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale, California. Dual casts are directed by Nike...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    January 13, 2018

"Arabian Nights" Opens Pure Magic, with a Genie played by Michael James Scott

The pure magic begins with the song "Arabian Nights" and with the Genie played by Michael James Scott who is unbelievably powerful, energetic and pure fun along with the full Company establishing the...

 

Brilliant Story Telling Moments in "Swiping Mr Right" at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Sit down in your seat at the Santa Monica Playhouse - a space bathed in violet light occupied by one small, square, cloth covered table and a plain black lacquered chair. You'll be glad you did. If...

 

Activists Liken City Hall Mural to a Confederate Flag or Statue in Santa Monica

"What's love got to do, got to do with it What's love but a second hand emotion What's love got to do, got to do with it Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken." ~TinaTurner Update from the...

 
 By Ken Shipley    Arts    September 16, 2017

He Loved To Stir the Peanut Butter, But In The End a Whole Monastery of Carmelites Prayed For Him

Grant Hart would have loved his own death. Furious text messaging in the middle of the night seeking confirmation and commiseration. Condolences from acquaintances and media outlets who haven't come...

 
 By Grace Smith    Arts    September 1, 2017

SMC Barrett Gallery Hosts Reception for Dumbacher Brothers.

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is pleased to present "line-of-site," an exhibition of art by Joseph Dumbacher and John Dumbacher. The exhibition features collaborative...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    July 27, 2017

Sequel to American Graffiti Serves Humor, Reminder of High School Quirks and Oddities

The year is 1958 and the location is Springfield High School or pretty much any high school in Anytown USA and it is senior prom night. The entertainment is being provided by four lovely young ladies...

 
 By Daniel Margolis    Arts    July 27, 2017

Forty Years Later: The Buzzcocks Electrify the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood

Last year, the historic classic rock music festival, "Desert Trip", sold out – twice. And this year, on June 29 and 30 at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, so did the Buzzcocks. The Buzzcocks are...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    June 19, 2017

I'm Too Fat For This Show: Kate Huffman rocks the Fringe Festival

In what is by far the most entertaining one person show I have ever seen anywhere anytime Kate Huffman is knocking it out of the park with her one woman show I'm Too Fat For This Show wrapping up...

 

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