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Lodestone Theatre Ensemble to Close its Final Production this weekend

After 10 years of being one of LA’s edgiest Asian American theatre groups, the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble is about present its final show, before shutting its doors for good. Don’t worry– this was a conscious decision made years ago by the artistic directors, not a victim of the global recession.

In 1995, following the 1992 Los Angeles riots, veteran actor Soon-Tek Oh created the Society of Heritage Performers (SHP), a Korean American theatre ensemble. SHP evolved into Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in 1999, organized by original founders: actors Alexandra Bokyun Chun, Tim Lounibos and Chil Kong, and writer Philip W. Chung. Their new focus was embracing a broader Asian Pacific American identity. Chung and Kong have remained to the end as co-artistic directors.

You can still catch the final weekend of their final production, Grace Kim & The Spiders from Mars, which is a play that was specifically written as a farewell to Lodestone. Inspired by classic screwball comedies, Grace Kim & The Spiders from Mars tells the story of Grace, a young Korean American woman, who has withdrawn from the world after the death of her mother ten years ago. But Grace’s life is thrown upside down when she meets her sister’s fiancé and falls in love with him. The play will be permanently retired after this run. (Meet Grace Kim in the video below…)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj4CoeORyO8[/youtube]

Tickets have been lowered to the same price as the first show in 1999: $12 for general admission and $10 each for reserved groups of 10 or more.

Only four more shows before GRACE KIM and Lodestone are gone forever! Performances are Thursday through Saturday (12/17) at 8 p.m. (2-for-1 Thursday tickets with password “Ziggy Stardust”) and closing on Sunday, 12/20 at 2 p.m. RSVP now: (323) 993-7245

GRACE KIM & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
GTC BURBANK
1111-B W. Olive St.
Burbank, CA 91506
(inside George Izay Park, just west of S. Victory Blvd.)

FREE PARKING: Park near the jet plane in front of George Izay Park at 1111 W. Olive St. Walk into the park, past Olive Recreation Center. GTC Burbank is behind the Rec. Center, facing the softball fields.

Second City Fundraiser: Laugh your way to good karma


The Second City, legendary comedy theatre company, will present “The Best of Second City,” an hour-long sketch comedy revue that will benefit Hollywood Media + Arts. The event is co-sponsored by Nike Sportswear.

Scheduled to perform in this show are Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”), Frank Caeti (MADtv) and Nyima Funk Funk (MTV’s “Wild N’ Out” and “Thank God You’re Here”) and Rebecca Allen.

One Night Only!
The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre
1615 Vine Street
Monday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and are available in advance at www.etix.com. All proceeds benefit Hollywood Media +Arts. For box office information, call 323/464-8542.

And yes this is a fundraiser, but if $40 is too steep, tickets are 1/2 off if purchased through goldstar.com. You have to be a goldstar member to purchase tickets through the site, but membership is free.

And if you’re all Facebooked up, check it out this way.

4’33 at REDCAT

When I first heard the story of 4’33 in a college electronic composition class, I loved it. There was something about the concept of a musical piece being made out of the sounds present in the absence of an instrument that fascinated me. Also, John Cage used to put together compositions out of pieces of audiotape based on the I, Ching.

4’33, and its subsequent lineage, is being honored at REDCAT this week. The “unique concert from CalArts Experimental Music Workshop” (link goes to lengthy, educational description page) is happening on Friday, 3/21.  This is the auditory equivalent of MOCA, and I think it will be fascinating just to see how an unorthodox concept in an art evokes reaction and interpretation.  It is even more interesting in that experimental music must be interpreted differently by each person who reproduces it, and is impossible to perform without reflecting the artist playing it.

Anyways.  4’33 is being honored on Friday,  downtown.  There you go.