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 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...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    May 18, 2017

Amazing Set, Acting Excellent, But Confusing Message

Imagine a family living on a beautiful farm by a lovely pond in Northern or perhaps Central California. There is a large family home and another smaller home occupied by an immigrant woman and her...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    May 8, 2017

Deborah Cox is Nothing Short of Hypnotic in a Great Show That's Better Than Hamilton.

Experience love, magic, beauty, fear, humor, jealousy, triumph, mystery and nearly every imaginable human emotion along with one of the best vocal performances on earth in the explosive masterpiece...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    May 5, 2017

Rocky Collins is Making It as an Actor on the Hollywood Stage

I have spent my entire life to some extent in and around the entertainment industry. My dad was a band leader and drummer. When I was only 5 years old I was a model and apparently some level of actor...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    April 29, 2017

Poisoned Milk: A powerful performance with the Right Nuance at WeHo's Lounge Theatre

This tightly written tragic/comedy/drama earned a coveted Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama for its creator David Lindsay-Abaire in 2007. Ten years later it has arrived on a Los Angeles Stage at the warm...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    April 13, 2017

'Supper' this is one meal you will never forget. With "Red Helen" at the Theatre of Note in Hollywood

Four brothers of an extremely wealthy and privileged family gather in Japan for the marriage of the one brother least likely to marry, that is the one clearly least likely to marry a woman. They have...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    April 3, 2017

At a British Prep School, A Small Group of Divergent Young People Transformed Rock Forever

The setting is a pleasant British prep school where a small group of divergent young men and women gather to exchange words, dreams and ideas. At first the banter is light, a bit sassy and often funny...

 
 By Ron Irwin    Arts    April 1, 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...

 

Abundant Mendacity, Greed, Superficiality and Sexuality as a Dysfunctional Family Connives

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' launches Anteaus Theatre Company new home. To kick off its brand new and I will say dazzlingly facility in Glendale, California the just completed Kiki & David Gindler...

 
 By Observer Staff    Arts    March 27, 2017

Rain Pryor Stars in Fried Chicken and Latkes at Braid Theatre in Santa Monica

Santa Monica, CA (March 16) - Rain Pryor's sold-out solo tour-de-force, Fried Chicken and Latkes, is extended to June 3 at The Braid, home of Jewish Women's Theatre (JWT), 2912 Colorado Ave., #102,...

 
 By Zane    Arts    March 27, 2017

Playing For Change Foundation Announces 10th Anniversary Celebrations

In the summer of 2007, South Africa was selected as the nation to establish the first Playing For Change Foundation school, launching the vision of globally linked programs uniting the world through...

 
 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 Adam Wolman    Arts    March 15, 2017

"Uncondemned" at Human Rights Watch Film Club at New Roads School in Santa Monica

The award-winning movie The Uncondemned will be featured at a special Human Rights Watch screening Sunday, April 9, 2017. The film will be presented by the Human Rights Watch Film Club at New Roads...

 

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