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  • BREAKING NEWS: LA Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's spectacular Turandot from May 18 through June 8.

    Mona Day, Observer Staff Writer|May 27, 2024

    LA Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's spectacular Turandot, one of the grandest of all operas, from May 18 through June 8. Puccini's final opera showcasing the magnificent music of Italy's last great operatic composer created at the height of his maturity and technical mastery has continued to draw standing ovations over the last century. When Puccini's untimely death in 1924 left his final opera unfinished, composer Franco Alfano was commissioned to create the ending for its world premiere...

  • Fernanda Lavera I'm Not A Robot

    Selena Hughes, Guest Post|Apr 28, 2024

    Upon stepping onto the second floor, I was immediately enveloped in the rich tapestry of Fernanda Lavera's neo-expressionist world. Each stroke on her canvases resonates with a profound message, beckoning admirers into a dialogue with their souls. For Lavera, this exhibition is not merely a showcase of artistic prowess; it's a spiritual journey, an impassioned plea to embrace life's intricacies and resist the allure of mindless consumption. Her activism, particularly on issues of gender...

  • Gurus Magazine Hosts Spectacular Pre-Oscars Celebrity Gifting Retreat at The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

    Rachel Ganz|Apr 3, 2024

    Gurus Magazine and founder Derek Warburton, elegantly hosted its first annual, two day celebrity gifting retreat at the gorgeous 1/0 Hollywood Rooftop at the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood, in the heart of Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood district at 1400 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. This lavish event took place on Friday, March 8- Saturday March 9, 2024 from 10am-5 pm. Gurus Magazine, published by Derek Warburton, is a Los Angles based wellness and lifestyle online periodical. The magazines...

  • Oscar Event honors a veteran event producer in memoriam at Luxury Gifting suite

    Preity Upala|Mar 31, 2024

    March 15th 2024, Los Angeles-The Awards season is a great time to celebrate art but this year, one group hosted an Oscar gifting lounge in memory of beloved Hollywood publicist Doris Bergman. Nicole Lester and Heather Marianna, founders of The Merritt + Marianna Group hosted IGNITE, A Fire Luxury Gifting Lounge on Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 10 AM to 5 PM, at The Ambrose Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Santa Monica. Doris Bergman, a longtime Hollywood publicist known for including foster...

  • OSCAR Award nominees and stars honored at the 15th annual GBK Luxury gift lounge

    Preity Upala, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2024

    March 13h, Beverly Hills-This OSCAR Award season, GBK, the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company honored the 2024 Oscar Award Nominees and Presenters by hosting GBK Brand Bar's 15th Annual Oscar Luxury Lounge . Held from the 8th and 9th March at the gorgeous Beverly Hills Four Seasons nestled in Beverly Hills, GBK Brand Bar gifted select guests with over 100k in a lavish array of gifts and services. The luxury event this year saw some of the most celebrated Hollywood stars...

  • LA Opera will present two one-act rarities - William Grant Still's Highway 1, USA and Alexander Zemlinsky's The Dwarf

    Mona Day, DineSeeTravel.com|Feb 26, 2024

    LA Opera will present two one-act rarities - William Grant Still's Highway 1, USA and Alexander Zemlinsky's The Dwarf conducted by Music Director maestro James Conlon. Unifying the operas is the theme of unrequited love told through powerful, emotional music. The story of Highway 1 USA follows a hardworking Black couple Bob and Mary, who have scrimped and saved to put Bob's younger brother through college. After the ne'er-do-well Nate attacks Mary for refusing his advances, the couple come...

  • WOW! Creations Lifestyle Lounge and Aster Hotel Celebrate Emmys 2024 by Rachel Ganz

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 25, 2024

    On Friday January 12, 2024 Wow Creations- media event- producers Matt and Mark Harris partnered with the elegant Aster Hotel, 1717 Vine Street, Los Angeles, 90028, to present their annual Emmy Gifting Suite on the rooftop of the Aster Hotel. The rooftop offered outstanding views of the Capitol Records building, and the famous Hollywood sign. This enchanting, trendy boutique hotel is located in the heart of Hollywood, offers many fitness and wellness amenities including : cardio equipment,...

  • GBK honors Hollywood's finest at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards

    Preity Upala|Jan 25, 2024

    6th January, Los Angeles--The Award season this year started with a bang with the veteran Luxury Lifestyle Gifting and special events company GBK honoring the 2024 Critics Choice Award Nominees. GBK hosted the 2024 POOPH's Critics Choice Luxury Lounge presented by LA Smile's Dentistry and GBK Brand Bar. Held on the 12th and 13th January at gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel nestled in Beverly Hills, appropriately so, this year the guests were treated to a lavish array of gifts and services. This...

  • Art Show on Palisades Village Green on Sunday July 16

    Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore|Jun 16, 2023

    The Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore whose motto is "Painting and Preserving the Santa Monica Mountains" will once again be having it's Art on the Green art show supporting the Palisades Village Green and local and national conservation organizations. The 6th annual art exhibit and sale will be on Sunday July 16, 2023, from 10AM to 4PM at the Pacific Palisades Village Green, 15290 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA. The exhibit and sale feature many local artists display...

  • Open Fist's 'wicked good' comedy 'To the Bone' re-opens for 4-week run at Theatre 68 Arts Complex

    Mar 10, 2023

    Open Fist Theatre Company's world premiere production of To the Bone, written and directed by Catherine Butterfield, will get a four-week remount March 4 through March 26 at the Theatre 68 Arts Complex in NoHo. Tisha Terrasini Banker, Alice Kors, Kacey Mayeda, Jack David Sharpe and Amanda Weier reprise their roles in Butterfield's dark comedy about family, baseball and genetics called "one of the year's best new plays" by Stage Scene LA; "crude, hilarious and unequivocally acute" by Gia On The...

  • Music acts headline 24th Street Theatre's free, 'Dia de los Muertos' block party on Nov. 2 Music and dance, rides, food and craft vendors and more

    Nov 4, 2022

    Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico's most famous holiday with 24th Street Theatre's annual Dia de los Muertos block party, headlined this year by three top music acts: singer Angel Peaches with the Combi Darks band, duo Ampersan from Mexico City, and singer Margarita Luna de Guadalajara. Entertainment on the outdoor stage will also include performances by Mariachi Calilajara; Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli; ballet folklórico Sol de Fuego; the "Catrina Guapachosa" on stilts (Ismael...

  • Open Fist presents L.A. premiere of powerful, poignant 'Anatomy of Gray' by Jim Leonard

    Nov 4, 2022

    A funny, touching and newly relevant coming-of-age story by award-winning playwright (The Diviners) and television producer (Ray Donovan, Major Crimes, Dexter) Jim Leonard will finally receive its Los Angeles premiere next month when Open Fist Theatre Company presents Anatomy of Gray. Directed by Ben Martin (Open Fist's Under Milk Wood) Anatomy of Gray is set for a November 19, 2022 opening at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances continue through January 21, 2023. Set at the end of the...

  • A Noise Within's beloved 'Christmas Carol' signals start of holiday season on Dec. 3

    Nov 4, 2022

    Universally acclaimed for its innovative staging, whimsical costumes, original music and boundless good cheer, the delightfully festive, musically merry stage adaptation by Geoff Elliott of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns to A Noise Within this holiday season from December 3 through December 23. Now in its 10th year, A Noise Within's production has become an annual tradition for many Southland families. "It's very visual and highly theatrical," says director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott,...

  • Ring in the holidays with Theatricum Botanicum's 2nd annual 'Holiday Family Faire' on Dec. 10

    Nov 4, 2022

    Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum presents the second annual Holiday Family Faire at its spectacular outdoor venue in Topanga, where carolers and singing madrigals roam the grounds and Theatricum company members tell winter holiday stories from a variety of traditions including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to take family photos, and performances will include aerialist acts by cirque performer Lexi Pearl. An artisan marketplace will offer holiday gifts...

  • The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles Presents A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio

    Nov 4, 2022

    The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) presents a new exhibition: A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio, which explores the cultural origins, adaptations, and enduring appeal of one of the most popular characters in children's literature. Written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio has delighted generations and occupies a revered place in the canon of children's literature. The book has been translated into over 260 languages-a number exceeded only...

  • The True Story of the Man who Saved Humanity from Nuclear Annihilation During a Tipping Point in the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Sep 28, 2022

    The acclaimed concert series Jacaranda continues its quest to inspire audiences with the long-awaited concert premiere of ARKHIPOV, an opera by composer Peter Knell and Stephanie Fleischmann, winner of Opera America's 2022 Campbell Librettist Prize. ARKHIPOV chronicles the enthralling true story of the journey of the Soviet nuclear submarine B-59, the events leading to a critical tipping point during the Cold War's Cuban Missile Crisis, and the man responsible for defusing the conflict....

  • REVIEW: Animal Farm, George Orwell's Classic Beast Fable Reimagined With Song

    Chanin Victor, Observer Staff Editor|Sep 5, 2022

    Despite the 111-degree temperatures in Pasadena this weekend, the show must go on, and we're glad we braved the heat! The recently opened Animal Farm -the inaugural production of A Noise Within's 31st season-is a musical adaptation from Sir Peter Hall that even your middle school child would appreciate and could easily make heads and tails of; pun intended. George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, first published in 1945, is a satirical allegory in which the animals of Manor Farm rise up against...

  • Americana in the Park Concert Series at Gandara Park on September Sundays

    City of Santa Monica|Sep 5, 2022

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (August 9, 2022) - McCabe's Guitar Shop, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, presents the second annual Americana in the Park concert series in Gandara Park, Sundays in September (4, 11, 18 & 25), from 4 – 7 p.m. The free series explores the arc of Americana music from its roots to modern forms, showcasing a diverse group of Southern California artists and styles. Each concert features a family-friendly headliner and opener. Americana in the Park is made possible b...

  • Americana in the Park, a New Free Concert Series Launches this September and October

    Sep 2, 2021

    The City of Santa Monica is partnering with McCabe's Guitar Shop to present Americana in the Park in Gandara Park, on Sundays between September 19 and October 10 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Americana in the Park is a pilot project to create a new partnership model for outdoor events, where local organizations are provided funding and support from the City to bring unique and diverse events to the Santa Monica community. Of the new partnership, Cultural Affairs Manager Shannon Daut shares, "Our hope i...

  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Re-Opens with Summer

    May 15, 2021

    @ The Wallis, Celebrating the Return of In-Person Audiences While Maintaining Commitment to Health and Safety of Staff, Artists, And Patrons, Opens with World Premiere Performance of Tevye in New York! Slated for Late June Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts re-opens this June with a pop-up outdoor performance space and Summer @ The Wallis featuring theater, dance, music, cinema, and special events. The outdoor space, with tiered seating and infrastructure to house lighting and sound, accommodates 100 socially distanced audience...

  • We're looking for the Artist in You, Santa Monica: Students (and Others) Contribute to an Online Archive of "The Plague Year" - and Get Put on Public Posters

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|May 12, 2021

    Paula Goldman is looking for the artist in you, Santa Monica. With a grant from the Art of Recovery, an initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, Goldman is tasked with the mission of seeking the public's response to a year of Covid-19 and our hopes for the post-pandemic world. She wants as many people as possible to visit the "Journal of The Plague Year" website (https://covid- 19archive.org/s/archive/item) and post their text, image, video, or oral history. From these, she selects some...

  • MASH Gallery Presents Solo Exhibit of ''Overload" by expressionist painter Maggi Hodge

    Rachel Ganz, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 25, 2021

    3/20/21: Today Mash Gallery held its indoor/outdoor Opening Reception for the talented painter Maggi Hodge. This solo exhibition runs from March 20- April 24, 2021 There was an outdoor open bar, red carpet style photo area, outdoor lounge area with free face masks, live musicians and many people smiling and appreciative of a live cultural event, all under COVID compliance. Maggi Hodge's use of bold dramatic colors and adventurous black brush strokes is a reflection of her view of "our current...

  • FOLLOWING UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND FOR IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH LOS ANGLES EXHIBIT EXTENDS ITS RUN THRU JANUARY 2022 TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

    Mar 3, 2021

    After an unprecedented demand, Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums announces that it will extend its Los Angeles Immersive Van Gogh exhibition until January 2nd, 2022, at a secret location, soon-to-be-announced. The smash-hit experience sold over 80,000 tickets in just one week. Producers have made available this new, socially-distanced block of time-entry tickets and they are selling out fast. https://www.vangoghla.com/ Following a sold-out run in Toronto and record-breaking runs in...

  • Downtown Santa Monica Celebrates Black History Month with Public Art Installations Created by Black Artists on Third Street Promenade

    Courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica|Feb 15, 2021

    This February, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) will recognize and celebrate Black History Month on Third Street Promenade with art installations by local Black artists and a banner program to honor historic Santa Monica Trailblazers for their significant achievements and contributions to the community. DTSM will present three public art displays in storefront windows beginning Wednesday, February 10 through March 15, 2021, from A Brilliant Dummy, Shplinton, and Mira Gandy. Each art...

  • Arts administration isn't brain surgery-it's harder.

    Tim Tunks, Special to the Observer|Nov 16, 2020

    Arts administration isn't brain surgery-it's harder. With brain surgery, the person you have to please is happy if they wake up. If they don't wake up, they won't be around to be unhappy. With arts administration there are a lot more stakeholders who all must be led and cajoled and coordinated to fulfill their individual disparate roles before the installation is complete. Like sex, orchestral music and synchronized swimming, it's best when all finish at the same time-a feat requiring...

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