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January 12th, 2018 by Cherry

I remember seeing the original Disney’s Aladdin (animated film) in 1992 with my family. It was a delight that had my entire family laughing from my little brother who was in pre-school to my parents. It’s always been a favorite because of the warm fuzzy feelings it gives me so had extremely high expectations when the Broadway show came to the Pantages. We’ve all seen the video of the Broadway cast ‘sing-off’ at the airport with the Lion King cast. The Disneyfication of Broadway has given me hours of joy watching beloved animated series and none have been a disappointment. From the puppetry of The Lion King and delighted by the Beauty and the Beast costumes … Disney musicals are pure magic. 

I adored the show it’s a scrumptious visual light pastry that is full of layers to delight attendees of all ages. The moment the curtain opened I was intrigued with the beautiful Aladdin and Jasmine whose voices twirled and danced in my ear like dervishes. The Genie had huge feet to fill but he was able to channel the comic genius of Robin Williams and make it his own. I loved how they were able to translate the animation to real life. We all remember the saucy sarcastic parrot constantly whispering in the Sultans ear. Going into the show I thought they might use a toy bird with a recorder but to have a ‘mini me’ with all the spunk and trouble played by Reggie De Leon (Iago) was hilarious from the evil laugh to plotting with the Sultan to take over the kingdom. I was giggling like a schoolgirl. The costumes were BEAUTIFUL and truly enriched the visuals of the show adding texture and placing them in the Arabian nights fantasy of this Disney fairytale. The costumes didn’t just add texture but also content that reminded me of some of my favorite scenes from the animated films but still allowing the cast to dance and sing. The set designer out did themselves with the market and the cave of treasure. I don’t want to give away too much but don’t take your eyes away from one moment. Try to study the depth and how design enriched the playto transport youto another world. Watching Aladdin made me feel as if I was on the stage with the movement, brightness and cast interactions with the set. It felt ‘real’ and people around me ‘oohed and aahed’ so many times with me. I mean the man to the right gasped with me when the flying carpet took off. When people say ‘Disney magic’ they are talking about this musical that looked so much like a live action of the animated movie that I plan to watch the film again!

Perfect show to see with BFF

 

The story of boy meets girl and boy finds a genie is the classic romcom I needed to have my feet tapping with beloved songs from the Disney library and new music. My gosh the flying carpet was a marvel and had me so lost in the moment I felt it was magic (since I have NO idea how they did it) but I have never wanted to fly above the city in arms of a good-hearted thief more! I truly recommend going to see Aladdin with your BFF, the person who stole your heart and of course anyone who’s a kid or a kid at heart. Aladdin will show you the world and leave you delighted.

Aladdin opened on Broadway in 2014 with homage to the animated film and fairy tale but with a Walt Disney stamp to appeal to fans of all ages. It was with joy and anticipation to learn that it would make its first appearance in January so was delighted to be able to attend the first show. I wasn’t the only one since the filled Pantages had fans young and old ready to rub a lamp and have Adam Jacobs the Broadway actor who originated the role appear to grant THREE wishes. In addition to Adam Jacobs, Reggie De Leon reprises his role as Iago from the Broadway show.

Aladdin, Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Jan. 10-March 31; $35-$205. hollywoodpantages.com.

 

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June 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

It’s hard to believe that The Book of Mormon burst on to the stage in 2011 from the team behind South Park! It still feels wickedly fresh and raunchy at the Pantages Theatre until July 9, 2017.

 

I found the show to be a light hearted skewering of the mystical ‘mambo jumbo’ of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, youthful fervor and Africa. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s musical has catch tunes, pushes the boundries of good taste and is very thought provoking look at religion.

The Book of Mormon is a coming of age story of two young and extrememely cute Mormons on their first mission to spread the word of the Mormon’s version of the lord to Africa. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham (Gabe Gibbs & Conner Pierson) are opposites of the same coin of religious fervor. One is the embodiment of what is expected ‘smart, handsome, dedicated’ of a Mormon missionary and the other is well Elder Cunningham is the opposite! He’s bumbling, nerd goofball, a square peg in a round hole, chunky and desperate to feel respected and liked. The two are paired off and while Elder Price wants to go back to Orlando ‘God’s Heaven on Earth’ they are instead sent to Uganda . Elder Price feels as if God has forsaken him first stuck with rolly polly and now AFRICA!

The show is a journey of the two elders finding God through mysteries ways but also meeting Mafala (Sterling Jarvis), Nabulungi (Leanne Robinson), Doctor (Johnny Brantley III) and the General (Oge Agulué) who are not the ignorant savages hungering for the words of the Mormon God as they would believe.

Co-Creator Robert Lopez, Parker and Stone have made a funny show that is has a Broadway show going Southpark and I liked it! All of the ball jokes, sexual innuendo, toe topping songs ‘But Mostly Me’ is my FAVORITE had me singing on the way home.

It’s not like any musical I’ve ever seen but it works from the stage that evoked movement. To the causal jokes of the casual racism of the founder and religion that FINALLY desegregated in 1978 ‘officially’ (but are still working on it), to touching on the too real horror of magical belief on how to cure AIDs (sex with virgins DOESN’T work) and just general all around fun the show works. This is the return of the show to the Pantages and it’s worth seeing again or for the first time in Hollywood.

I give this a major thumbs up and say get ready for a missionary to knock on your door and tell you about the Mormon Church .. with laughter!

 

 

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August 3rd, 2016 by Cherry

A friend of mine told be about the premier of a new play called ‘As Straw Before the Wind‘ about a Filipina nurse in WWII, secrets and aging. I’m very excited that Felix Racelis’ play will be performed at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood (6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038) directed by Lesley Asistio for four weekends. Premiering Friday, August 12th – September 4 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm)

We need to hear the stories of not only POC but WOC and see them not only on TV, movie, books and also the stage. I hope that all of you will support this new original play and support independent theater in Los Angeles.

As Straw Productions Presents The World Premiere Of
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND
Written By:  FELIX RACELIS
Directed By:  LESLEY ASISTIO

Starring:
TITA PAMBID, MUNI ZANO, SARNICA LIM,
ANITA BORCIA, ROCHELLE LOZANO, DOAN NGUYEN & GABRIEL GARCIA

Four-Week Run:
The Ruby Theatre at THE COMPLEX
6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90038

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.,
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
August 13 – September 4, 2106
Discounted Preview:  Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.



AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND stars Tita Pambid (Nene Santos), Muni Zano (Poncing Enrile), Sarnica Lim (Pilita Santos), Anita Borcia (Mildred Novak), Rochelle Lozano (Maria Enrile), Doan Nguyen (Loan Officer, Swing 1) and Gabriel Garcia (Mr. Martinez, Jr., Swing 2).

AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND recounts the story of Nene Santos, a Filipina nurse and enterprising owner/operator, of a fictionalized San Gabriel Valley convalescent home.  Nene has ambitious plans to expand her business, which she intends to leave to her daughter and primary assistant, Pilita, who has her own agenda.  So, what will become of the elderly and fragile resident patients of the convalescent home – Poncing Enrile, a retired Filipino American Army Captain, and Mildred Novak, a chain smoking retiree widow with Alzheimer’s Disease?  Nene confronts a string of setbacks and obstacles in her quest.  Flashbacks of the horrendous experience she and her family endured during WWII haunt her psyche and lead to a revelation of a long kept family secret.

“This is a very personal story for me, having grown up with survivors of World War II,” notes playwright Felix Racelis. “The majority of the women in my family, including my mother, were nurses, and one of my mother’s best friends was one of the nurses stationed on the island of Corregidor during the Battle of Corregidor in 1942.  ‘Nene’ is a composite character of many of these courageous women who survived the ordeal of the war, and who lived their lives with grace and stoicism.  All of them are now departed.  Their memories and spirit continue to both haunt and inspire me.  As a playwright it’s important for me to bring these stories to the stage and to a universal audience.”

“What you will see on stage is a series of wars:  a war between a mother and a daughter, between a convalescent home owner and a patient, between a loan officer and a potential borrower, and between the past and the present,” says director Lesley Asistio.  “As we weave through these battles with these characters, struggle after struggle, triumph after triumph, we ponder whether peace and success are truly possible, or whether we are simply tossed about as straw before the wind.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://strawbefore.brownpapertickets.com.  Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission and $12 per person for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more. Discounted Tickets will be sold for $10 per person for a Preview performance of the show on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Street parking is available surrounding the theatre.  To learn more about the show, please visit the website, www.strawbeforewind.com and visit the show’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/AsStraw1/

This show is recommended for mature audiences.  Advance reservations are highly encouraged.  Tickets will be available for purchase at The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex on performance nights on a cash only basis.  The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex will be open one hour prior to show times on performance days only.

Production sponsors include:  FilAm Arts, United Bread & Pastry of Silverlake and the Oriental Medical Center.

About The Playwright, Director and Cast:
           Felix Racelis (Playwright/Executive Producer) of Silver Lake, is a member of Skylight Theatre Company’s PlayLab where he wrote Fault Lines last year.  AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND was developed in the David Henry Hwang Writers’ Institute of East West Players and at First Stage LA.  Also at First Stage he penned a dark comedy,Suicide Interruptus:  A Wild Ride from Paramus to DallasManimal Crackers, and Hollywood Walk of Shame.  Motherload – his evening of six short plays about mothers directed by Kaz Matamura, entertained audiences in May 2016 at the Missing Piece Theatre.  Nearly 30 of his one-act and ten-minute plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  His Uncommon Threads won First Place in Fire Rose Productions’ Ten-Minute Play Festival, The Grand Can was the 2014 First Stage Playwrights Express Festival Winner, and Forever Fog was a finalist in Theatre Forty’s One-Act Play Contest.  Racelis is an M.F.A. Film/TV graduate of UCLA and a Nicholl Screenwriting Competition Quarter-Finalist.  JAC Publishing & Promotions has published Forever FogA Quintessential Evening:  Five Short Plays by Felix Racelis and two of his monologues.  Racelis is also a Board Member of the Skylight Theatre Company and of First Stage, and is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Lesley Asistio (Director), of El Sereno, has been creating and producing theatre for over a decade.  Her directing credits include Lunch with “Friends,” The WritersScar, We Work Out, The Length of this Play has the Half Life of UraniumDay 41, The VirginMotherWhore Project, The Va-Jay-Jay Chronicles, The VMW 2009:  Image, GiRL7, andRegrets.  Asistio is also an actress, playwright, and solo performer.  She has performed her one-woman-show, Be: Jesus + Drugs = Beauty at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and at the ZooTown Fringe Festival in Missoula, Montana.  Recently, she was awarded a 2016 Puffin Foundation Grant to develop her latest solo show Nurse Asistio:  Living the Filipina American Dream.  Asistio serves as one of the Vice Chairs of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Tita Pambid (Nene Santos), of Historic Filipinotown, has more than 25 years of theater, television and film experience.  In addition to her extensive experience as an actress, Pambid holds a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies form the University of the Philippines, and currently serves as Lecturer in Filipino Language and South and Southeast Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  Pambid started her acting career in the Philippines when she trained under the Philippine Educational Theater Association-Central Institute of Theater Arts in Southeast Asia (PETA-CITASA) in 1972.  From 1979-1989, she did various roles for the yearly season and national tours of Bulwagang Gantimpala (Hall of Winners), then the theater arm of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).  She performed in several productions here and abroad, including I Want a Wife (1990) First Sino-American International Women’s Conference in Beijing, People’s Republic of China; Bakwet (Evacuation) (1991), Los Angeles Children’s Museum, City Hall; and Ramona Reyes of Forbes Park (1991) Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena.  In 1984, Pambid was a central actor in two popular television shows in the Phillipines: Roberta, a daily soap opera, and To Each His Own, a weekly television sitcom.  In 1991, to further hone her acting skills, she took a year-long full-time program in theater arts at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Hollywood.  Her work in film includes Ianfu, a 15-minute feature film on Filipino comfort women during World War II, where she was associate director, researcher, co-writer, and actor.  The film was shown at the Melbourne Film Festival in 1992.  It won first prize in the 1993 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video (CCP Award for Alternative Film) and a Special Jury Award for Short Narrative at the 37th San Francisco International Film Festival (1994).

Muni Zano (Poncing Enrile, Ino), of Los Angeles, is a SAG/AFTRA member and veteran actor of stage, film and television.  On stage he has performed in Savages at the Mark Taper Forum and in its reprise at Seattle Rep, No Smile for Strangers and Pinoys in Space at East West Players. Other plays include:  Manilamen at Loyola, Portrait of the Artist as Filipino at the Zephyr Theatre, Barefoot in the ParkCan We Talk About it Now? at Harman Avenue Theatre,Chomolongma (Mt. Everest) at the Zigurat Theatre and The Romance of Magno Rubio at the (Inside) Ford Theatre, to mention a few.  Zano wrote and performed the one-man play Ninoy, The Uncommon Tao on tour, produced and directed by Dom Magwili, under the auspices of the LA Cultural Affairs Department. Film credits include: Universal’s McArthur” and Medallion Films/New World Pictures’ “Fire in the Night” and “Price of Glory.”  He has performed in several films made for TV, including: Stanley Kramer’s Judgement:  Trial of Gen. Yamashita, Once an Eagle, Infidelity,and Hallmark’s The Lost Valentine.  He played several recurring roles in episodes of television series such as Baa Black Sheep, The Masters, Unsolved Mysteries, and St. Elsewhere.  He did voice-overs for the film No Way Out.  As a member of Manila Actors’ Studio and Dulce Capadocia’s Silayan Dance Company, he performed intermittently in various productions of musical plays such as America is in the Heart and dramatic dance concerts like Mai Lost and Song for Tatay of the respective companies, presented in different venues from California State University, Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, Loyola Marymount University to Temple University in Philadelphia.

Sarnica Lim (Pilita Santos), of Pasadena, is a Japanese-Filipino actress and artist whose theatre credits include:  The Sex Show (Highways Performance Space), Young Explorers League (Christ Church of the Valley), Shinsai: Plays for Japan (Japanese-American National Museum), Tohubohu! Total Improv (Rachel Rosenthal Theatre Company), Site Specific Work for Opera Del Espacio and numerous appearances at California State University Los Angeles, including:  Couplings Dance Concert, Home Schooled, Moving Dance Images, Gun In A Metermaid’s Hand, Girl 7 and Machinal. Independent film credits include:  X-8Misconception, Goddamn It, I Love You, Do It Yourself and The Calling.  Lim holds a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts and Dance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Anita Borcia (Mildred Novak), of Studio City, began her theatrical career as a child in Chicago’s Yiddish Theatre, and grew up to perform a wide range of leading and character roles on Chicago stages.  Since moving to California, the film capital of the world, Borcia has been seen on screens of various sizes. Highlights include features,The Scent of Harvest and Monday Morning; short films, including leading roles in A Modest Stillness, Hit Squad, Sugar, Butterscotch, and The Gran’ Scam of Things. The most recent, When A Flame Stands Still, is screening in film festivals globally.  Borcia has been seen on television on Scary Tales (3-D television series) and All Worked Up (Tru-TV); the Internet in The Immoral Dr. DickerFunny or Die, and Thee Old School; and in music videos, PSA’s, and commercials. Onstage, she has appeared in The Book of Esther, Avery (Animals), and numerous staged readings. A member of First Stage, Borcia has previously appeared in Felix Racelis’ Forever Fog.

           Rochelle Lozano (Maria Enrile), of North Hollywood, is working with director Lesley Asistio for the fourth time on this production.  Her theatre credits include: The VirginMotherWhore Project, Vagina Monologues and Scuba Lessons.  She appeared as a Protester in the film Milk.  Lozano is a 2009 graduate from the University of San Francisco with a Media Studies major and Performing Arts minor.  She moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue her dreams in the media and the pageant world.  She has performed in various theatres in Hollywood, and in April 2015, she competed in her second statewide pageant and was crowned the winner as Miss California Icon.  She hopes to continue promoting her platform of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis awareness, perseverance, and positivity through pageantry.

Doan Nguyen (Loan Officer, Swing 1, multiple characters), of Encino, was born as an only child and raised in Vietnam until he was 13.  His parents then moved to the U.S.  He studied at Cleveland State University.  He then moved to New York and studied at Stellar Adler Theater for several years.  Nguyen moved to Los Angeles in 2007.  He quickly joined several acting schools like The Playhouse West Theater.  His film and television credits include:  Deadliest Warriors, TwiHarder, Wax Off and Travis McFairland Club. Theatre credits include appearances in Fool on the Roof, Ninjacal, Soldiers Don’t Cry, Tea House of the August Moon and South Pacific.  Recently, Nguyen was cast as the lead in a short film call Names on The Wall about a friendship between two soldiers on opposite sides during The Vietnam War.  Doan Nguyen’s passion for acting was inspired by his Uncle Dung Tien Nguyen who won Best Actor Vietnamese Audience Choice Award in 1996 for leading roles he played in several Vietnamese TV drama series.

Gabriel Garcia (Mr. Martinez, Jr., Swing 2, multiple characters), of Koreatown, is a California-native actor.  His theatre credits include appearances in One Kind Thing, Valentine’s Day, Bugs, Flor, Goodnight Monster, Three Amigos Present, Art, the Laramie Project, News Kid, The Talking Stick and Hotel Paradiso.  His recent credits include:  Life’s a Bitch And So Am I at the Hollywood Fringe Festival; The Sex Show at Highways Performance Space; Young Orlando inHopscotch, The Industry’s groundbreaking first mobile opera staged in the streetscape of Los Angeles and Cornerstone Theatre’s tour of California as Trinculo in The Tempest.  Garcia obtained his B.A. degree in Theatre from California State Bakersfield in 2012. His passions include film, puppets and children’s theatre.

The production team includes:  Felix Racelis, Executive Producer and Playwright; Lesley Asistio, Director and Co-Producer; Jim Niedzialkowski, Technical Director and Stage Manager; Alejandro Chavez, Assistant Stage Manager; Ken Short, Artistic Advisor; Michael Helms Photography, Pre-Production and Production Photographer;Janis Blackschleger, Graphic Design Artist and Webmaster; Steve Moyer, Steve Moyer Public Relations and Diana Martinez, L.A. Media Group, Press Representatives.

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As Straw Productions Presents The World Premiere Of
AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND

WHO & WHAT:
As Straw Productions presents the World Premiere of AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND, a new play that shares the story of Filipina nurse who survives the trauma of World War II, only to discover that her war is not yet over.  Written by Felix Racelis,
under the direction of Lesley Asistio, the production stars Tita Pambid, Muni Zano, Sarnica Lim, Anita Borcia, Rochelle Lozano, Doan Nguyen and Gabriel Garcia.

Sponsors include:  FilAm Arts, United Bread & Pastry, and the Oriental Medical Center.

WHERE & WHEN:
Performances of AS STRAW BEFORE THE WIND will be presented for four weekends at the Ruby Theatre at THE COMPLEX, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.and on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. from August 13 through September 4, 2016.  Saturday, August 13, 2016 marks the World Premiere Opening Night of the play.  A Discounted Preview performance will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  
A one night benefit will be held; details to be announced.

HOW:
Tickets can be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006, or online at http://strawbefore.brownpapertickets.com.
  Tickets are $20 per person for General Admission and $12 per person for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more.  Discounted Tickets will be sold for $10 per person for a Preview performance of the show on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  Street parking is available surrounding the theatre.  To learn more about the show, please visit the website, www.strawbeforewind.com or visit the show’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/AsStraw1/
@AsStraw1
This show is recommended for mature audiences. Advance reservations are highly encouraged.  Tickets will be available for purchase at The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex on performance nights on a cash only basis.  The Ruby Theatre Box Office at The Complex will be open one hour prior to show times on performance days only.

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February 2nd, 2015 by Cherry

Did you ever think that someone would say hmm you Carrie would be a PERFECT musical full! No? I didn’t either but hearing that the show will be at the  La Mirada Theatre has got my inner horror fan girl a twitter! What could go wrong? Well other than the pig’s blood, mean abusive mother and of course the mean girls .. mean girls!!! Carrie The Musical! Now were you a Carrie or the horrible high school students who drove her mad? Leave a comment below and let me know if you want to join me for a bit of Geek Theatre!

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About Carrie The Musical:

A misfit at school, terrorized by her holier-than-thou mother at home, 17 year old Carrie White, nonetheless, has a secret. And when a prank at the high school prom goes horribly wrong, they’ll all find out just how scary a secret can be…Outrageous, controversial and completely thrilling, Carrie comes to LA in a blazing new immersive production sure to be the theatrical event of the year.

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Carrie The Musical is at the La Mirada Theatre March 12th-April 5th!

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January 23rd, 2014 by Cherry

Well I’m thinking it’s going to be all right since who doesn’t love to laugh???  Sign me up!  I’m very intrigued with this show.  I’m hoping they’ll pay homage to my old school Doctor’s that I grew up watching!  Hmm what would I suggest?  Well you know I need some K9, the Master (best Who Villain EVER),  Martha (favorite new companion who I MISSED in the 50th anniversary special .. urgh Rose HATE HER!!) and their trapped in a box!  Wait isn’t that an episode already from Moffit??? What would you suggest for the show?  Do you want to join me in Hollywood for a fun night out of humor and geekiness?  Perfect idea for a date .. hint hint!!!

Doctor Who Live!

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The cast of Doctor Who Live will take a suggestion from the audience and use it as inspiration to create a fully improvised episode of Doctor Who – never before seen on TV or stage and never to be seen again!

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Starring: Peter FluetChris McGowanGian MolinaMarkeia McCartyFrank MoranChris ThompsonDaniel WeissAndrew PishAndrew WollmanAlexis NotabartoloJen Krueger

Tickets can be purchased for performance(s) by clicking on the appropriate show date below Upcoming shows:
Saturday, January 25 @ 10:30 PM in the Main Stage – tickets are $5 (FREE for iO students)

For tickets, call (323) 962-7560 or find this show on the iO West page atTicketweb

 

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December 9th, 2013 by Cherry
Boy does this take me back to my childhood watching telethons on PBS and Jerry Lewis manning the phones.  If your a fan of film and want to keep join the Cinefamily to keep them showing films right here in LA consider donating to the fundraiser and see if about seeing the telefon LIVE at the Silent Movie Theatre.
December 14th – 15th, 1pm – 1pm
 
TelethonOpening Anjelica Huston, Bruce Dern, Mike Judge, Father John Misty, Bushwick Bill, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and many more to be announced.  Join L.A.’s Eclectic Repertory Cinema For ‘3rd Annual Fantastic Elastic 24-Hour Holiday Variety Show’
Cinefamily’s 3rd Annual 24 hour Variety Show Fundraiser
 
Confirmed Lineup (with more to come, subject to change)

1pm – 4pm

  • ROGER EBERT Tribute with STEVE JAMES, with discussion and short clips from upcoming Ebert doc LIFE ITSELF
  • ANJELICA HUSTON discussing her new memoir, A Story Lately Told

5pm – 9pm

  • Influential instrumental rock band EARTH will play live music to 70’s masterpiece HERZOG’S FATA MORGANA – rare one night event!!
9pm – 1am

  • MIKE JUDGE’S found footage collection, The Judgemental Sampler
  • Surprise performances from TIM HEIDECKER & ERIC WAREHEIM
  • A Cappellaqatsi – a barbershop quartet reenacts the score from KOYAANASQATSI
  • Special event – New Years in July

1am – 4am ‘The Night Owl’

  • Musician/DJ GASLAMP KILLER performs to underground cult animator BRUCE BICKFORD’S stop motion film CAS’L’
  • GREG PROOPS
  • FATHER JOHN MISTY
  • BUSDRIVER

5am – 11am ‘Good Morning Cinefamily’

  • SOURCE FAMILY Xmas – Special Event
  • CLAIRE EVANS from YACHT shows rare videos from the recently unearthed vault of Omni Magazine
  • Lunch Q&A WIth BRUCE DERN – Cinefamily will bestow it’s first annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Dern
  • Programmers from SF’s science museum THE EXPLORATORIUM screen films and lead an experimental workshop for KIDS

11am – 1pm ‘Close’

  • Lunch Q&A WIth BRUCE DERN – Cinefamily will bestow it’s first annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Dern

The Cinefamily is a member-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission: to foster a spirit of community and a sense of discovery, while reinvigorating the movie-going experience.

About Cinefamily: With a daily line-up that is “ breathtaking in its scope and ambition” (Peter Martin, Cinematical), Cinefamily is transforming the landscape of first-run arthouse and repertory cinema through distinct programming, unusual events, and vital cultural collaborations. According to L.A. Weekly, “the sheer ambition is hard to overstate…[their appearance] is a climate-altering event for Los Angeles moviegoers.” As one of Los Angeles’ premiere nonprofit cinematheques, Cinefamily fosters exceptional, weird and wonderful experiences that are unforgettable precisely because they are shared and felt with others. Cinefamily’s programs have included unprecedented full retrospectives of beloved and obscure directors and original festivals, including Animation Breakdown and Everything Is Terrible’s Everything Is Festival, “a massive celebration of the most gonzo-filmed entertainment possible” (Huffington Post). The theater regularly hosts residencies (Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, Heavy Hitter Midnites, Friday Night Frights, The Academy’s’ The Silent Treatment) and groundbreaking first-runs of independent films, including Dogtooth, which launched to tremendous buzz and a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination. Notable events include the L.A. premiere of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, done as a pop-up 3-D screening inside the Natural History Museum with speaker Werner Herzog and a 5000 person after-party. The theater has also hosted live cast and crew reunion events (Space Ghost, Party Down, The Adventures of Pete and Pete) and musical performances by artists including Stephin Merritt, No Age, and Tenacious D, as well as regular screenings featuring live scores to silent classics and modern marvels.

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November 11th, 2011 by Cherry

Have you been to NoHo lately?  The who trendy fun artsy creative area is having a OPEN HOUSE on Saturay and everyone is invited (not just the cool kids)!!!!  Make sure you say ‘hi’ when you see me wandering around all day with my beloved Panasonic Camera!!!

 

Experience NoHo is part arts walk and part festival. A large main stage area for music will be located at the north end of the festival, while a dance stage will anchor the festival on Lankershim Blvd. at the south end. Art will be everywhere – from public art stations inviting patrons to create their own art, to gallery installations. There will be incredible discounts and offerings from local restaurants and retailers. To top it off, 15 of NoHo’s live theatres will offer performances, classes and demonstrations for FREE during festival hours.

So come SEE, HEAR, TASTE… EXPERIENCE NOHO!

Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 12-8 PM.

In the NoHo Arts District, spanning Lankershim Blvd. from Chandler Blvd. to Camarillo Blvd.; Bakman Ave. to Vineland Ave.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

MUSIC: The Federal Bar will bring the best new music talent to the Experience NoHo Main Stage, featuring live bands and DJs.

DANCE: NoHo’s booming dance community is pulling out all of the stops to offer free dance performances and classes at six studio locations. You can root for your favorite dancer in a Freestyle Dance Battle on the Experience NoHo Dance Stage hosted by world-renowned Millennium Dance Complex and Napoleon & Tabitha’s Nappy Tabs (So You Think You Can Dance?), sponsored by Monster Energy Drinks. Chances to win free dance classes.

ART: Visual art will be everywhere in NoHo with public art stations hosted by ArtStorm, live mural painting and gallery installations and exhibits in all of the NoHo galleries.

THEATRE: Comedy, Drama, Musicals and Improv take center stage as theatres present free performances, classes and demos.

RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL: More than 30 local restaurants and retail boutiques will open their doors and offer specialized menus, samplings and discounts to festival visitors.

 

ABOUT THE NOHO ARTS DISTRICT

The NoHo Arts District has become one of Los Angeles’ trendiest neighborhoods. Just think of it as an urban cocktail of bohemian and yuppie with a twist of edginess. It’s an enclave of all things artistic. Within a one-square mile, NoHo is home to more than 20 live theaters, music recording studios, art galleries, dance studios, boutique clothing stores and gourmet restaurants. Within the heart of the NoHo Arts District you will also find The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Art Institute of California – Hollywood and the Los Angeles home of The Knitting Factory Music at The Federal Bar. With easy access from METRO red and orange lines, NoHo is your one-stop arts & entertainment destination! For information on what’s happening in the district year round, visit www.nohoartsdistrict.com.

 

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