Ballots will be arriving in the hands of member actors of the Actors Equity Association. Its important to keep 99 Seat Theatre alive in Los Angeles. A “NO” vote will insure that the 99 Seat Agreement remains in place and is not changed.
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I’m not a total rube as I at least knew who Sondheim was before this past weekend’s opening of “Putting it Together” at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. I couldn’t have told you what he wrote or even hum a few bars before then. Now I can. He’s a bright lively composer who’s lyrics are not only cunning but witty. Many times the audience broke into laughter during Friday nights performance.
The all star cast is directed and choregraphed by Cate Caplin with Jake Anthony as the music director. The cast consists of Kurt Andrew Hansen, Kristin Towers-Rowles, Chris Kerrigan, Rachel Hirshee and Mike Irizarry who use a series of 31 Sondheim songs to tell a story of love, marriage, and mistresses during the course of a 1 percenters cocktail party. Yup, there’s a twist and the bitterness of the woman scorned comes across in a most comical way.
Of all the songs in the play, “Bang” was my favorite. Didn’t involve guns, but rather was the exclamation point in the digression of young lovers and love making to bitter married folks having dutiful relations in the bedroom. That’s as delicate as I can put it…but that song alone had us laughing out loud during the performance. The actions of the cast added hysterical emphasis.
Putting it Together runs through March 28 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse.
Added bonus, if you are interested in Einstein is a Dummy that I reviewed recently, this Sunday, 3/22 Performance is also included in the buy one get one promotion on web sales only. Order Tickets here with the promo code BOGO.
Photograph by John Dlugolecki Photography and used with permission.
I knew about Tower Records long before I moved here. Sunset and Horn. My bestest buddy from college lived just up the hill on Horn from there. Every trip to visit Los Angeles included at trip to Tower Records to soak up the vibe and pick up the lastest and greatest tunes. And star sightings. Lots of them back in the 80s. Even after I moved here and was living in Canoga Park I still made it there often. As I look at my collection of tapes and CD’s and odd bits of vinyl each brings back a memory of a trip there.
The Grammy Museum at L.A Live has a documentary on the rise and fall of Tower Records that will show March 25, 2015. Tickets are on sale now . Reel to Reel: All Things Must Pass promises to be a joyous trip down memory lane. The old store may have been killed by the MP3 pirates, but its memories will live on.
Deets: The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. Olympic and Figueroa, Los Angeles MAP HERE Tickets: $15
Seriously, one of my favorite events is always involving cars on a closed circuit track where you can run ‘em through an obstacle course. It gives you a better sense of what the car is about, how its built than the typical around the block test drive. You’ll get your chance to do just that this weekend at the Ecoboost Challenge at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday 3/14.
Ford hosts the event and challenges the top competitors on the track. Fusion vs Camry, Escape vs CRV, Prius V vs C-Max, and F150 vs Silverado. You get to do them on a track and compare how they handle…or don’t. How fast they accellerate and brake, steering nimbleness and all the stuff you normally don’t get to do. With the hybrids the track is geared towards seeing who can get the best mpg….I won with 68.5 with a CMax Energi last year.
The ABSOLUTE best part of the entire day is the ST Performance Academy. First year it was both a Focus ST and Fiesta ST, last year it was just a Fiesta ST on a timed, fast as you can go on a track, after a bit of coaching prior to your run. Best of 3 laps is your time in the competition. It if weren’t for a ringer last year I would have placed 2nd on the course, but I’ll take a respectable third when its only a few tenths behind #2.
You can particpate simply by registering and bringing your Driver’s license to the track at your appointed time. REGISTER HERE.
I’ll be there 3/13 on a press pass and drop spoilers before you get to the course yourself. If you do the ST Performance Academy, and like, who WOULDN’T, post your time and we’ll see who amongst us at the best.
Its science to nurture your inner nerd. It has a message…its ok to be curious, its ok to ask why, its OK to be different. All the issues every kid struggles with to be “popular” and be themselves at the same time is explored in this high energy production that opened at the Sierra Madre Playhouse this weekend. Think of it as Energy, the good kind like a colorful Saturday morning exploding on stage (and off at times) with the angst of a kid who doesn’t fit in and wants to.
Einstein is a Dummy is written by Karen Zacarias and brilliantly presented under the direction of Derek Manson for the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Add in the musical score by Deborah Wicks LaPuma and you’ve got a show that kids will enjoy while picking up some lessons on personal identity and real science.
This is repertory theatre. The play has two cast so as to stage it for evening performances as well as matinee’s for schools here in the SGV. (This play is aimed at the 3rd-8th grade student). Regardless of which cast you see, you will have fun with your young genius. I saw the Electron cast, those that have seen the Proton cast were equally amazed at the production.
The play starts with young Einstein talk with a stray cat in advance of leaving for a music recital. Here we get the first hint at his curiosity and the gift of a compass that started him thinking about and developing his theory of relativity. Its this first bit where we learn that Einstein sees and hears the world differently. Read the rest of this entry →
I’m pretty jazzed about this. A first for the play house, opening 2 plays a week apart. Running concurrent for a few weeks. A hefty undertaking, but the cast and crew of the playhouse are up to making it happen.
Opening tonight, 3/7/2015 is Einstein is a Dummy. A play really geared for the family but especially 3rd to 8th graders. The nerdy types that are too smart for their own good but don’t test well…I had one of those kinda kinds in my brood. This musical production centers around the life of young Albert Einstein at age 12 trying to fit in.
As an adult, Albert Einstein changed our view of the universe. But as a boy, he struggled with the same issues
any 12-year-old might—keeping up with violin lessons, impressing the girl next door and, oh yeah, comprehending the fundamental relationship of space and time to the speed of light, of course. This uplifting play about a fictional day in young Einstein’s life confirms that each of us is both ordinary and special. The whole family will love this delightful musical.
All you need to know about show date and times as well as ticket purchasing HERE.
It was with not a little fanfare less than two years ago that the road around the reservoir known as Lake Hollywood was reopened to walkers, runners and cyclists, a scenic route that had been closed since landslides during those crazy rains of 2005.
Little did I know that when my wife Susan and I drove over there this morning and set out with our faithful — and needless to say well-behaved and leashed-up — border collie mix Ranger to explore that roughly 3.3-mile loop for the first time, we would be greeted by this sign at the north gate and again at the east gate:
Being that I’m law-abiding to a fault I dutifully turned us around and we made our way to the far more enlightened Parc du Griffith where dogs are not a crime. Soon we found our way along a loop that included a rigorously vertical set of dirt steps carved into the hillside and leading to the oasis that is Amir’s Garden.
While one part of me is all “Thank you!” to the dog-banning powers that be at Lake Hollywood for allowing us to discover a previously unknown aspect of Griffith Park, the other part is all “You dog-banning powers that be at Lake Hollywood totally suck!” And it was that latter half that got all googly once I got home in searching out the specific statute — LAMC 64.06 — authorizing the prohibition. Turns out it’s an ordinance designed to prevent water contamination that reads a little somethin’ like this (on the other side of the jump):
I’m an unapologetic fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. So even though I’ve toured his Mayan-revival masterpiece several times over my life, when I heard the city was going to celebrate the re-opening of his Hollyhock House following a two-year, $4-million dollar restoration, by throwing open wide the 94-year-old landmark’s concrete doors for a 24-hour reacquainting period — at no charge and shut up: pictures allowed inside! — I told my wife Susan that we were going to celebrate Valentine’s Day morning by getting up early and getting ourselves over to Barnsdall Park to get all up in some of L.A.’s mostly freshly polished historic starchitecture.
And like thousands of other SoCalians, we did. And it was glorious. Sure we had to park down on the street and then wait in line beginning at 7:30 a.m. for about 90 minutes, and yeah, there were those foodies behind us in said line who just seriously could not shut up about how transcendental the foie-gras was at Union in Pasadena, but once inside…? Ah yes. Now that was transcendental, and Wrightly so.
My Flickr photoset of the thumbnails below is here. Going forward, Hollyhock House will be open for self-guided tours ($7 per person; no cameras allowed inside) Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oh those kids today. I don’t know what to make of this. Is it a harmless prank or is it a warning like a horsehead on your lawn by the mafia? I think its the former and certainly is a lot better than getting your lawn forked or trees teepeed.
My youngest is a senior at MHS and 3 of his friends awoke to the same “gift” this morning. Who knows why but we’re in a mad dash to get them in a proper bowl and fed.
Whatever it is, it is entertaining for the grand who calls it a “shark”…he’s 2.
No spoilers. But its a grand performance by all concerned
Last night was the opening of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s performance of “A Walk in the Woods”. It opened to a sold out house. Its an entertaining, often poignant look at the world of diplomatic negotiators during the Reagan Era arms talks and their interchange on what makes us the same and different at the same time. This play by Lee Blessing is directed by Geoffry Wade.
The four scenes take place during the four seasons in an American election year in a secluded forest in Switzerland. The jaded and cynical Soviet negotiator Andrey Botvinnik is portrayed by John Prosky. Andrey has survived several U.S. Negotiators and capably guides his newst adversary through the mine field of arms negotiation. He does this through humor and utter avoidance of the task at hand. The new American negotiator that he must work with is Joan Honeyman played by Nancy Youngblut. Joan is the spunky, starry eyed new kid on the block with ideals she can work out a deal to end the arms race that both sides can live with. Andrey foils her at every step often leaving Joan aggravated and flabberghasted. And the audience roaring with laughter.
Interlaced in this is the big politics of each nations history as a world power and fear of a past repeated. All good stuff, hard to believe one can laugh condsidering the task at hand and the issues they face. Its also a very enlightening look at the process. You walked away wondering how it all went down and how anything was ever accomplished. Or was it? I highly recommend “A Walk in the Woods” if you are looking for a fun and enlightening theater experience. These two actors carried you through the process of negotiations and becoming friends that respect each other very well.
This play is the 4th in the 2014-2015 Season that explores the American experience as told by American playrights. This play and those to come are what will continue Sierra Madre Playhouse’s transformation into a Regional Destination Theatre.
You can order your tickets HERE.
Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA 91024 Phone: 626-355-4318
Photo by Gina Long, courtesy Sierra Madre Playhouse and used with Permission.