This Little Piggy Went Partying…All Night Long

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This little piggy went to market (uncomfortably shopping all day).
This little piggy stayed home (icing sore toes and such).
This little piggy had roast beef (sitting is always a better option, right?).
This little piggy had none (nothing to wear is no fun at all!).
But this little piggy went
Wee wee weeeeeeeee!!!
I’m gonna dance my whole way home!

Bye-bye band-aids, blisters and bunions, style meets science in a new festive footwear brand just in time for holiday spirits and all year long – we’re game!

Here’s the skinny — developed by a podiatrist, Vionic footwear features patent pending built-in Orthaheel technology, which counteracts the daily grind of walking on hard and unnatural surfaces, providing much-needed relief from pain in your feet, knees, legs and lower back, by realigning feet to their natural (neutral) position. And the styles are pretty decent too.

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Willow Ballet Flat $119.95 As a perfect finishing touch to party outfit, the Willow is rhinestone encrusted to make this supportive ballet flat sparkle. Patent pending technology is included to allow ladies to mingle pain free all night.

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Minna Ballet Flat $119.95  The Minna may look dainty but it is constructed to provide support. Sophisticated animal prints add the perfect amount of pizzaz to the feminine ballet flat form.

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Hayes Wedge $129.95  Take comfort to new heights with this podiatrist designed wedge featuring a feminine floral applique. Great for days spent with the family or for evenings at the Nutcracker, the Hayes wedge unites height and support.


Georgia ankle boot $159.95  These boots are made for walking! The georgia combines a healthy low heel and biomechanical technology to keep ladies dancing all night. Subtle rivets adorn the sides for the perfect amount of bling. 

Vionic is the only footwear recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil, MD. 



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“Wait did that thing just smirk?” The real hyper-edge of Wood Boy Dog Fish

by Marc Wheeler
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The Fire Eater (Paul Turbiak) and Puppet (Rudy
Martinez, with puppeteers Lisa Dring and Mark Royston).
Photo by Chelsea Sutton

The beloved children’s classic The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi takes on magical new life in Wood Boy Dog Fish now playing at Bootleg Theater. Written by Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble, this extraordinary re-visioning takes beautiful shape in the imaginative hands of director Sean T. Cawelti and his grand band of artisans. With adult themes, coarse language and a Tim Burton aesthetic, light Disney-fare this is not.

A RAW EDGY EXPERIENCE…In sharing this century-old tale, Rogue Artists Ensemble reminds us what theater can be when unconventional minds unite.”

Wood Boy Dog Fish follows a wooden puppet who comes to life one night in the workshop of a tormented, lonely wood carver, Geppetto. Brimming with curiosity, he sets out in exploration of Shoreside: a rundown, oceanfront amusement park whose quirky inhabitants speak of the infamous “Dogfish” who, as legend has it, swims the ocean feeding on its victims fears. Misadventures through fame, hedonism and treacherous waters all propel our protagonist towards his heart’s true desire: to be a real boy.

In sharing this century-old tale, Rogue Artists Ensemble reminds us what theater can be when unconventional minds unite. Combining artistic expressions from multiple disciplines, RAE’s self-described “hyper-theater” makes this Pinocchio-reboot a raw, edgy experience.

Diving right in: the puppetry. It’s no easy feat to make a lifeless creature the lifeblood of a production, but thanks to a talented design team and three puppeteers working in tandem — one of whom also provides our hero his voice and humanity (Rudy Martinez) — this theatrical device proves eerily powerful. Riveted audiences may find their minds playing tricks (”Wait, did that thing just smirk?!”) while under the spell of such exquisite handiwork. Bright eyes and slight grin radiate our venturer’s childlike wonder, while an iconic pointy nose — growing with each lie he tells — reveals the mischievous fibber we all know and love. In addition to our “got no strings” leading man, marionettes also get featured in a play-within-a-play that’s adorably sweet.

Masks and exaggerated make-up bring a clownish quality to the production, delightfully reminiscent of Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses. Dramatic costumes, likewise, add to the visual circus. A coat made of trash, papier-mâché donkeys (in vibrant rainbow, no less) and a Fire Eater ensemble (complete with matchbox shoulder pads and a giant bobble-head) are definite stand-outs.

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Puppet (Rudy Martinez, with puppeteer Lisa
Dring), Wick (Veronica Mannion), the MC of
Funland (Miles Taber) and Funland Children
(Mark Royston, Stephanie O’Neill and Willem
Long). Photo by Chelsea Sutton

Original music and sound design elevate the piece — gothic ballads, industrial jazz and an Andrews Sisters holiday house mix all meshing beautifully. Dance sequences are equally fun, with performers gliding around on back-rollers or bootie-bumping blow-up dolls.

Set, lighting and projection design are atmospheric and grim, making for a colorfully bleak seaside amusement park.

And if that wasn’t enough… a 3-D carnival ride at the show’s finale (be sure to wear your 3-D glasses!) is likely to elicit numerous ooh’s and ahh’s.

“Go big or go home!” is surely a driving force of this multifarious production. Yet it’s the story’s heart that brings substance to this must-see spectacle. Like Geppetto it chips… and chips… and chips away… until our inner child’s revealed.

Now playing through December 12, 2015

Thursdays – 7 PM (dark Nov 26th/Thanksgiving)
Fridays – 7 PM (dark Nov 27th)
Saturdays – 7 PM (with additional 2 PM matinée Nov 28th ONLY)
Sundays – 2 PM Nov 29th ONLY

*Please note early 7 PM curtain time for all evening performances!

Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Tickets:  or 213-596-9468

General admission (at door) – $25
General admission (advance online purchase) – $23

Seniors and students (at door with valid ID) – $20
Seniors and students (advance online purchase with valid ID) – $18
Saturday, November 28th at 2 PM – “Pay-What-You-Can”

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A Riot of Color at Art Basel Miami 2015

Out of This World, 1945 by Hans Hofmann. Collection of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. Gift of Dr. Paul Lambert Schmitz.

Out of This World, 1945 by Hans Hofmann. Collection of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.
Gift of Dr. Paul Lambert Schmitz.

“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color,” ~Hans Hofmann (1880-1966).

Headlining Miami’s Art Basel season this year is the exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.

This Sunday’s Miami Herald ushered in Miami Art Week with a sweeping, two-page feature about the exhibition by George Fishman, read the lead story here.

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Hans Hofmann in front of his mural at 711 Third Avenue in New York City. Photo by Gene Lesser.

A towering figure among postwar New York School painters, Hans Hofmann is famed for his push/pull spatial theories and dynamic approach to color.

“Hans Hofmann was the linchpin for Abstract Expressionism, and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU is thrilled to bring this first-ever show about Hofmann’s mural works to Miami for Art Basel season,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the museum’s director.

“Walls of Color provides valuable context for the history of collaboration between architects, artists and developers. A touchstone in a city like Miami. This aspect of Hofmann’s career will shed light on the wide-ranging ambitions of one of the most seminal artists of the 20th century,” adds Dr. Pomeroy.

This exhibition was organized by the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, with the support of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

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Photos taken at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.
Mural fragments, studies and sketches in the exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann.
The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust (WorldRedEye/Alejandro Chavarria)

Hofmann nurtured some of the most esteemed artists of the 20th century including:  Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers, Joan Mitchell, Red Grooms, Ray Eames and Helen Frankenthaler.

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For Allie X It’s Never Enough

This Monday is all about soothing pre-holiday nerves.  Let’s just hope NEVER ENOUGH is not the seasonal mantra. Allie X’s “radio-ready hooks and breathless jams”  song made it’s UK premiere earlier this month. If you need a LIVE break, however, Allie X will be at the Troubador Los Angeles on December 9th.

Check out Allie X web for more info.

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America’s Most Popular Thanksgiving Side Dish

Men Like Brussel Sprouts :  Women Like Yams 

thanksgiving-thumbnailEvery Thanksgiving, it is estimated that Americans consume over 51 million turkeys (USDA). But what side dish do people think best compliments that juicy tender bird?

In advance of Turkey Day, Ranker, the leading online destination for crowdsourced rankings of everything, released the results of its public poll asking people to rank the best Thanksgiving Side Dishes.

According to more than 9,700 votes, mashed potatoes are the #1 favorite Thanksgiving side dish.   Mash_Potatoes

And it seems that tradition continues to outflank nuevo cuisine as Stuffing, Gravy, Bread and Green Bean Casserole round out the Top 5.

The Top 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes which included 34 side dishes to choose from as determined by more than 9,700 votes are as follows (voting closed on November 18):

1. Mashed Potatoes
2. Stuffing
3. Gravy
4. Bread
5. Green Bean Casserole
6. Corn on the Cob
7. Macaroni and Cheese
8. Baked Sweet Potatoes
9. Sweet Potato Pie
10. Crescent RollsRanker’s poll also reveals:
Men voted stuffing as their favorite side and included brussel sprouts and garlic bread in their top 10.

Women included yams and green beans in their top 10
Millennials chose stuffing as their #1 Thanksgiving side
Baby Boomer voters included cranberry jelly in their top 10

About Ranker:
Ranker is the #1 online destination for broad, opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings of everything. The company’s technology is centered on user engagement, turning its lists into the “best possible rankings” based on the wisdom of crowds.

Music Obsession and All That Jazz in Miravel at Sacred Fools

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Jake Broder, Devereau Chumrau and Will Bradley in Miravel. Photo by Jessica Sherman


We immersed in the sensuality of sound, feeling what they felt, the players, the singers, the music makers. Those were the glorious unbridled moments. 

For its second world premiere this season Sacred Fools goes back to the beginning so to speak with a deeply twisted love story in Miravel written and and starred in by Louise and Keely writer Jake Broder, a Cyrano-esque melodrama of three people addicted to the music.

Alphonso Bloch is a reclusive jazz composer who falls in love with Miravel, but so does bad boy singer Henry Brooks. One has dedicated himself to Miravel as muse. The other obsessed with her as lover.  As the two men woo her, each respectively wrestles with his own greatest obstacle in the search for a deeper connection to music and love – himself.

An oversimplified, show-and-tell script, there is admittedly not enough for any of the actors to do, emphasizing a very long first act lingering to the point.

So much in this play is driven by the lead character Miravel whose innocently, alluring, barn burner qualities steer both men to push themselves so far inside their own desires and darknesses that it warrants a driving lead with some serious chops to take on the simplicity, connect with the multi-faceted, emotional complications and revolve this drama to a quixotic end.

What we get instead, is a struggle for chemistry by all three actors creating occasionally awkward interludes of dialog in between the actual music which is the shining star of this play but alas, fleeting at best.

Devereau Chumrau is a strong actress. She just doesn’t quite have the heat for this role and either plays or has been directed to play Miravel elegantly but stiff, inhibited as much by her unmovable wardrobe as her slightly clumsy choreography.

Mr. Broder’s story was much more empathetic, but ultimately the always slightly insecure delivery becomes repetitive.

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Jake Broder and Will Bradley in Miravel. Photo by Jessica Sherman.

Will Bradley as Henry Brooks, however, delivers a top dollar performance, thoroughly reminiscent of rat pack swank and fluid Sinatra style singing that makes you wanna ‘blow your top’ in delight.

Miravel could do with some letting go. It needs to breathe so it can let the audience in a bit more, rather than keep them at a just beyond touchable reach. It needs more character.  It needs more ‘jazz’.  With that, the ride will be so much more satisfying.  Overall, though, it’s not a show to be missed. There are some incredibly gorgeous moments when we get them.  And the band is pretty darn phenomenal.

Written by: Jake Broder
Directed by: Shaunessey Quinn
Cast: Devereau Chumrau as Miravel, Will Bradley as Henry Brooks, Jake Broder as Alphonso Bloch


Sacred Fools Theater Company
660 N. Heliotrope
Hollywood, CA 90004

Friday and Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets: $25
Online at or call (310) 281-8337
Tickets also available at the door.