Lori Alan talks Putting for Pups Golf & Gala

1. How did you get involved with No to Dog Meat
Lori AlanOne of my best friends from college (Fia Perera) asked if I wanted to help organize a demonstration outside the Hollywood Bowl during the “Chinese Splendor.” Having served on my Union’s Board I was relatively experienced with organizing people, so I said, “Sure. What’s it for?” When Fia told me it was for the dog (and cat) meat trade and that a torture food culture even existed, I immediately knew I had to be a part of the solution.
2. When did you first learn of the UK based non profit

When Fia and I were researching organizations for this demonstration, we came across the NoToDogMeat website and found they had readily available materials for us to print and use. We explored the site further and began a dialogue with the org’ founder Julia Cadet. After learning more about the programs and frontline efforts NoToDogMeat was creating, we decided we wanted to start a U.S. chapter. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.

3. What can the average person do to help with No to Dog Meat if they aren’t in the LA metro area
Help educate people. This is a barbaric practice that doesn’t just happen in “other countries”. It also happens right here in America. It happens in communities you would never think it would and dogs by the thousands are being stolen to fulfill this evil industry. So educate others, help protect all dogs, and donate money to organizations making a direct impact like NoToDogMeat. We have a direct link on our website and please join our mailing list on our website as well to stay abreast of what we are doing. Start a chapter in your city or town!
4. Are you a dog and/or cat lover
Yes, I grew up with both. My first dog was a Saint Bernard and I would hang on his neck to cry…to love him…he was my everything. We also had a cat named ‘Pyewacket’ named from the play “Bell, Book & Candle” that my actress mother was doing at the time. I was extremely allergic to her, but I would try to pretend like I wasn’t because I loved her so much. If I could I think I would live with more canines and felines than humans ūüôā ūüôā
5. Who’s your best pet friend and why
For the first time I have a small dog named ‘Bumble’. I found him on the street – he was hanging out at a gas station – the week after my beloved ‘Harry’ dog passed away. I thought I would help find him a home, but I quickly realized he was home. He’s the sweetest, cuddliest boy who looks like a small human in a dog costume.

 

Let’s do the Timewarp with Wicked!

Wicked Rocky Full CompanyGet your credit cards out and get ready for a fun Broadway night right here in Los Angeles on February 23 (Monday)! The Pantages is bringing back Wicked this Spring and while they are performing they want to give back. So the cast is having a ONE night only event where they are going to be doing the Time Warp .. heck yes that will be awesome. Who hasn’t ¬†seen this subversive film at midnight??? But the chance to hear Broadway voices belting out our favorite tunes??? ¬†I might have to charge two tickets for this show! Who’s coming with me????

General admission to¬†‚ÄúTHE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW‚Ä̬†is a $60 donation. VIP ticket area available for a $125 donation and includes priority seating as well as a 6:30 p.m. pre-show reception with members of the company. A limited number of standing room tickets will be available for a donation of $40. All proceeds benefit BC/EFA, and admission donations are tax deductible.¬†Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public on Thursday, January 29th¬†at 10am PT. Tickets will be available online at¬†www.fondatheatre.com, or by calling¬†888-929-7849.

Leave a comment below on your favorite character and if your going to dress up! 

THE NATIONAL TOURING COMPANY OF WICKED HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT PERFORMANCE OF 

‚ÄúTHE¬†WICKED¬†ROCKY HORROR SHOW‚ÄĚ

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY, JANUARY 29TH AT 10AM

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015¬†‚ÄstThe National Touring Company of¬†WICKED¬†will host¬†‚ÄúTHE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW,‚Ä̬†a staged concert performance of Richard O‚ÄôBrien‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Rocky Horror Show,‚ÄĚ at¬†The Fonda Theatre Monday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature the company of¬†WICKED, and net proceeds will benefit¬†Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public on¬†Thursday, January 29th¬†at 10am PT.¬† In addition to the performance, there will be live auctions including several opportunities to join the company backstage at The Pantages Theatre, and a chance to bid on a walk-on role in a performance of¬†WICKED.¬†

‚ÄúTHE WICKED ROCKY HORROR SHOW‚Ä̬†is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes which advance¬†WICKED‚Äôs theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical‚Äôs message that people should not be judged on first impressions. The company believes that in these divisive times we must come together to support those in need throughout the country and around the world. In its nearly ten years on the road, the company has raised over $3.5 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS service organizations all over the country.

Produced by company members, the evening is an opportunity for them to step out of their roles in the musical and kick up their (spiked) heels as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, Columbia, Magenta, Rocky, Janet and Brad.

The event will be directed by company member Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald with choreography by Jonathan McGill. Musical direction provided by Andrew Graham.

WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, is playing through March 15 at the Pantages Theatre. Good seats are still available. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.hollywoodpantages.com or www.ticketmaster.com/wicked  or also by calling Ticketmaster at  800-982-2787.

 

About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation‚Äôs leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.¬† By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.¬† BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund ‚Äď the employee assistance program of the entertainment industry – including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women‚Äôs Health Initiative,¬†The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more.¬† BC/EFA also awards¬†annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.¬†¬†For more information, visitwww.BroadwayCares.org.

 

About The Fonda Theatre

The Fonda Theatre is a historic 1920’s venue originally built as Carter De Haven’s Music Box and is formerly known as The Henry Fonda Theatre and The Music Box. One of Hollywood’s first legitimate theatres, the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre experienced a variety of incarnations during the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s as part of an entertainment district of exceptional quality and diversity. Still keeping up with that reputation The Fonda Theatre re-opened on March 17th, 2012 with a performance by FEED ME with Teeth.¬†We are a beloved all-ages venue serving all genres of music and live performances. Past performers include Pearl Jam, Trey Anastasio Band, Black Eyed Peas, Katie Perry, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Black Crowes, Afro Jack, Esperanza Spalding, and Alabama Shakes, and Mogwai to name a few.¬†The venue can hold up to 1,350 people and can also accommodate non-music events such as award ceremonies, film screenings, video shoots, private parties and dinners… you name it we can host it… and we have!¬†www.fondatheatre.com.

 

 

It’s the 24 Hour Cinefamily 24 Hour Holiday Telethon

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.‚Äôs Eclectic Repertory Cinema For ‚Äė3rd 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‚ÄôS FATA MORGANA – rare one night event!!
9pm ‚Äď 1am

  • MIKE JUDGE‚ÄôS 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 ‚Äď 4am ‚ÄėThe Night Owl‚Äô

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

5am ‚Äď 11am ‚ÄėGood Morning Cinefamily‚Äô

  • 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äú breathtaking in its scope and ambition‚ÄĚ (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‚Ķ[their appearance] is a climate-altering event for Los Angeles moviegoers.‚ÄĚ As one of Los Angeles‚Äô premiere nonprofit cinematheques, Cinefamily fosters exceptional, weird and wonderful experiences that are unforgettable precisely because they are shared and felt with others. Cinefamily‚Äôs 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.

Attend the Grand Opening of Bloomingdale’s at Glendale Galleria to benefit VH1 Save the Music

Enjoy a night of dancing, great food from Wolfgang Puck, an open bar with New Amsterdam Spirits, Samuel Adams, William Hill Estate Winery to celebrate Bloomingdale’s gala evening on Wednesday, November 6th in celebration of its new store opening at the Glendale Galleria and benefiting VH1 Save The Music.

It will be an amazing evening with a special guest performer, DJ Samantha Ronson, open bar and food by Wolfgang Puck.

 

 

A CatBaret .. a benefit for cats

 

 

LOS ANGELES FELINE RESCUE CENTER KITTY BUNGALOW HOSTS ONE-NIGHT-ONLY BENEFIT:

A CATbaret! AUGUST 4, 2013

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ACTRESS¬†TRICIA HELFER¬†TO RECEIVE ‚ÄúCATS IN WHITE SPATS‚ÄĚ AWARD FROM MICHAEL TRUCCO

www.kittybungalow.org

Tickets: http://kittybungalow.org/catbarettix.html

¬†(Los Angeles, CA) July 15th, 2013¬†‚Äď Wayward cats no more! Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a local Los Angeles non-profit organization specializing in street cat rescue, is producing¬†A CATbaret! ‚Äď A One-Night Celebrity Musical Celebration of the Alluring Feline. This one-night only benefit concert is on¬†Sunday, August 4 at 7:30pm¬†at the historic Belasco Theater¬†in Downtown Los Angeles. Mingle with the celebrities at a VIP after party following the event.

A CATbaret! hosted by Fred Willard (Modern Family), who will be joined by: Chris Carmack (Nashville); Bethany Joy Lenz; (Dexter; One Tree Hill); Keith David (CLOUD ATLAS); Thomas Dekker (TERMINATOR, SECRET CIRCLE, FOREVERLAND); Briana Evigan (Step Up); Ioan Gruffudd (FANTASTIC FOUR); Kathryn McCormick (Step Up Revolution); Mindy Sterling (AUSTIN POWERS); Shelley Regner; (Pitch Perfect) Olesya Rulin (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL) and Nicole Sullivan (Mad TV).  Plus celebrity choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon and the So You Think You Can Dance dancers, Dancing with the Stars and more!

A CATbaret! is a musical revue of popular cat-themed songs, showcasing music from show tunes such as Be A Lion to Elton John’s classic rock Honky Cat; from the bluesy Black Cat Bone to the 60’s pop hit Walking My Cat Named Dog; plus everything in between.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the CATS IN WHITE SPATS Award, given to those in the entertainment field who have demonstrated commitment to animals.¬†¬†This year¬†Tricia Helfer¬†will receive the award, presented by her cast mate¬†Michael Trucco¬†(Barely Legal, Battlestar Galactica). A former model, Helfer‚Äôs best known for her four year star-turn as ‚ÄúSix‚ÄĚ on the Award-winning Syfy series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.¬†¬†She‚Äôll star as ‚ÄúMolly Parker‚ÄĚ in the new ABC series¬†Killer Women¬†reuniting with Trucco, premiering early 2014.¬†¬†¬†On the film side, Helfer‚Äôs credits include MEMORY with Dennis Hopper; A BEGINNER‚ÄôS GUIDE TO BEGINNINGS with Harvey Keitel and Scott Caan; and OPEN HOUSE opposite Brian Geraghty and Anna Paquin.

Kitty Bungalow is doing their part to manage the homeless pet population that that finds our city shelters killing 75% of the cats entering the system. On-the-ground rescues are key to lowering this sad statistic.  A CATbaret! will help raise the funds to finance the medical services and supplies it takes to have these cats complete Charm School and find loving homes or ultimately re-integrate into their colonies.  On July 14, Kitty Bungalow will complete a brand-new charm school facility with first-rate socialization and examination areas for its pupils.

Kitty Bungalow thanks¬†A CATbaret!¬†sponsors and supporters for their help in putting on the show.¬†¬†They include:¬†World’s Best Cat Litter,¬†By Nature,¬†Nature’s Variety, and foundation support from¬†Found Animals¬†and Best Friends Animal Society Initiative¬†NKLA¬†media sponsor¬†Modern Cat Magazine¬†and the LA Philharmonic. Interested in sponsoring or donating?¬†Please contact us.