The Inkwell Theater presents the World Premiere of Luigi

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move



I winced as they slightly butchered the language and just a little bit of the culture of my great grandfather throughout each mild cliché and lagging scene…and yet somehow, something about it still felt familiar.  Maybe it was the slow pace after all or how the family embraced each other in the laughing, the teasing, even in the arguing.  I understood it completely.  It felt like home.  But then I thought, these are not Sicilians.  They are not actually my people.  And in any case, everyone else just thinks that we’re all boiled into one melting pot of spaghetti eating, loud mouthed, over-the-top, nonsensicals, easily dismissed, and made sport of, but for mafioso films, Michelangelo and ancient Roman history.  So it doesn’t really matter.  Of course it does! …what was I thinking.

One bona fide Italian in a production pulling along a host of actors playing Italian does not necessarily, even with the best of intentions and rehearsals make a real life … non è così.

In, “Luigi”, when the patriarch of an Italian family is in his last days, relatives gather in Tuscany for a reunion to celebrate life, love and to rediscover the bonds that hold them together.

It began promising, but the bloom quickly faded with each passing scene in a menage of unending moments that arrived at a precipice of truth, but never quite gave way to the essentiality of the story.  In and of itself it is a gentle tale, beautiful, sweet and heart-warming.  A tale so full of life attached to the inevitability of death where writer Louise Munson attempts to gather the fragrant and fully blossomed moments inside vivid, spontaneous recollections that we actually remember as opposed to what is left, the decomposition of memory and of factual and emotional history.  With and without us, life goes on.  What we pass to the next person, the next generation however, is often precious in ways we may never know.  How we remember for ourselves and for each other is what creates life in the present and hope for the future.

The trouble with this comedy/drama is that there are so many moments to distill; too many.  And so the story creates an endless Summer that feels like a heatwave we want to end, instead of the sweet kiss of a deliciously warm breeze that unbearably rolls over the skin, making us long for the touch of it over and over.

The actors, some of whom are seasoned Broadway and television veterans, are uneven in delivery, dialog, cultural backgrounds that don’t quite stitch together and projection. But they do put in their best performances to be sure. Ultimately, though, the cast as a whole does not truly capture the “Italian.” The stage direction and pacing, unassisted by the small space, corrupted the fleeting intimacies and what should have been a more crisp evolution of time.  Scene changes were awkward. There were just too many.  And the story itself could be cut down and strung together more cohesively to evince the most special and evocative aspects. Unfortunately, what we crave to grasp here is exactly what we don’t get to hold onto — the sincere kinships and the deep, deep love between all the family members, especially between Luigi and his young American niece, Anna, who finds in her uncle, a relationship she has always longed to have.

An “assemblage” needs to happen with this production. It has a world of potential but has quite a way to go to fully reach it.  During the run, it will hopefully pick up speed and emerge as a home-grown yet more universal drama.


until August 18, 20141
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pmTickets:
Pricing: $10-$20
Box Office reservations:
Theatre Information:
VS Theatre (a guest production)
5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, 90010

Appropriate for all ages 

Cast: Nicola Bertram, Helen Duffy, Ryan Plourde, Erin McIntosh, Stephanie Sanchez, Gian Franco Tordi, Ray Xifo

Directed by Annie McVey
Produced by Daniel Shoenman and Bonnie Hallman
Written by Louise Munson

David Mauer (Set Design), Derrick McDaniel (Lighting Design), Daniel Shoenman (Sound Design), Stephen Rowan (Costume & Prop Design), Lisa Pantone (Casting Director), and Josephine Austin (Production Stage Manager)


“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” Returns to Arena Cinema Hollywood This Saturday

For a limited engagement and starting on July 26, in memory of an incredible talent, Arena Cinema Hollywood will screen the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” for four showings only.



Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me captures the Broadway legend Elaine Stritch in her late 80′s, as she remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Tracy Morgan, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist.  Directed by Chiemi Karasawa. From Sundance Selects. Color, USA, 2013, 81 minutes, unrated. Documentary.

Film plays Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27  at 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 31,  at 6:15 p.m.2014.

TicketsFor more information, and online ticketing go to (323) 306-0676 or go to

Admission is $12.00 . All ticket sales final. No refunds nor exchanges.

At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028. (Entrance at rear gate.)  Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.  Arena Cinema is Hollywood’s new home for independent films, powered by Voltaire Media.

“in a lot of ways, she’s the last of a majestic breed whose like will never be seen again in popular culture.”—The Wrap

“You get the sense just from sitting in the theater that this really is a unique, necessary environment for film in Los Angeles.”—Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly


Dance In A Room On Broad Street This Saturday

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 5.38.21 AMJACOB JONAS THE COMPANY is premiering its first full-length work, In A Room On Broad St., in Los Angeles co-presented with Highways, a non-profit performance space, located at 1651 18 Street in Santa Monica on Friday, July 25th & Saturday, July 26th 8:30PM.

TicketsTickets are $25 and are available by going to or calling 310-315-1459.

In A Room On Broad St. is Jacob Jonas’s view on society’s competitive nature; how it hurts relationships, creates our work ethic, and brings certain qualities out of each individual including balance, patience and strength.

Jacob Jonas The Company (JJTC) explores the relationship of man vs. self, man vs. man, man vs. society, and man vs. time while combining the techniques of breakdancing, contemporary ballet, and circus arts.

This is a world premiere opening in Los Angeles first, then heads to New York City at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in August.

In August 2013, Jacob united a group of dancers from across the country to participate in the Capezio ACE Awards (Award for Choreographic Excellence). The Capezio ACE Awards is an international choreography competition held in New York City where over 500 of the best choreographers submit and only 16 are chosen to perform. Out of the 16, Jacob placed third. And from that experience, Jacob Jonas The Company was born.

Get a peak at the work here:

The artists in Jacob Jonas The Company are alumni from the most prestigious companies such as Cirque Du Soliel, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Diavolo Dance Theater, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and have been seen on television and film including: The MTV Movie Awards, The Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel Live, You Got Served, So You Think You Can Dance, and in commercials for Nike, Coke, and iPod. They also worked with such artists as Beyonce, Rhianna, Justin Timberlake, Shakira and Eminem to name a few.

Jacob has gained support by the likes of Donald Byrd, a Bessie award winner, choreographer of Broadway’s “The Color Purple” and Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Jacque Hiem, Artistic Director of Diavolo Dance Theater and choreographer of Cirque du Soliel’s “Ka;” Paula Abdul, and Daniel Ezralow, choreographer of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Sony Picture’s “Across the Universe.”

Jacob Jonas The Company is a Los Angeles based creative company that specializes in dance, production, and arts education. JJTC is committed to building a community of like- minded collaborative artists that will push creative thinking and produce emotionally charged work with the intensions to encourage and not compete.

For more information, visit



Ice Cream Graffiti: The Final Frontier for National Ice Cream Month

The last of the favorites found online celebrating this year’s National Ice Cream Month here in the USA.  If you’ve missed the previous posts, revisit them now and have fun sharing.  These artists are amazing!

Ice Cream Graffiti 

More Ice Cream Graffiti

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How to Buy and Collect Photographs at The Duncan Miller Gallery Tomorrow



Duncan Miller Gallery

How to Buy and Collect Photographs – And Other Artworks – Online

Duncan Miller Gallery’s Daniel Miller Leads A
Special Seminar In Bergamot Station

Wednesday, July 23 | 7 – 9pm

2525 Michigan Ave, Unit A7
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Click HERE To Purchase Tickets
Or See The Event On Facebook

Like just about everything else in life, the Internet has changed how people encounter, appreciate, promote — and most especially, collect — works of art.  Although photography is very much a part of the main conversation on 21st Century fine art systems, and far from a monolithic genre, fine art photography presents its own unique set of freedoms and challenges for artists, dealers, and particularly for collectors. Whether avid or novice, How to Buy and Collect Photographs Online offers a rare opportunity to get up to speed on the state of the arts.

Led by Duncan Miller Gallery’s owner and director Daniel Miller, who is also the founder of the email-based collectors service, this 2-hour seminar will teach you how to ask the right questions to make informed, confident choices when it comes to purchasing fine art photography through online resources. The Internet has increased the scope and accessibility of the arts, but navigating the maze of sites and sellers can be daunting and fraught with peril at the hands of unscrupulous or amateurish sellers. Pitfalls like unauthorized reproductions, high-quality outright fakes, unsigned works, and uncertain provenance abound; and there are even ordinary posters being offered as valuable photographs — that’s a true story, and you’ll never believe who the criminal is!

Collectors need tools and guidance to have a successful, pleasant, legitimate online experience. To that end, while general information on dealing with eBay, auction sites, and so on will be provided, much of the seminar is based on Miller’s experiences in developing “the Daily” as a means to get exceptional value on collectible photographs. It is his belief that while the future of art collecting must inevitably include the Internet, the traditional role of the gallery in providing not only curatorial vision and trusted advice, but also acting as a gatekeeper protecting both the artist and the collector from missteps, is more necessary than ever. As Miller says, “In the end, people want someone they can know and trust — and get on the phone with!”

Miller starts with a brief history of photography’s 175 year history; covers the terms and technical specs on the many kinds of prints, papers, inks, processes, and archival materials that are out there; explains how pricing works, particularly when it comes to how editions work; breaks down the vintage/contemporary divide; offers strategies for building a collection and creating its focus; provides resources for staying educated and involved in the critical dialog; and includes details of Miller’s soon-to-be-gospel basics: “Daniel’s Seven Rules of Diligence.” Which are — 1) Exactly who are you buying from? — 2) What do you know about the artist? 
 — 3) Who made the print?
 — 4) What kind of print is it?
 — 5) Is the work signed? — 
6) What is the price? — 
7) What are your return options?.

ABOUT DANIEL MILLER: Owner and director of Duncan Miller Gallery and founder of, Miller created the wildly popular exhibition series “Collector’s Favorites” for the Photographic Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), currently in its fifth smash year. He received an official proclamation from the City of Los Angeles for developing The Los Angeles Collection photography exhibition that was shown in LA and Seoul. He developed the “American Icons” exhibition concept, bringing art to unlikely venues in search of exciting new audiences, which with 40,000 visitors in just three days, was the city’s most attended photography show in history. Duncan Miller Gallery’s substantial inventory includes rare blue-chip classics and a variety of contemporary photographers working in all aspects of the medium.


Analog Displays at The Photo Gallery Los Angeles This Saturday


5625 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042
Jacqueline Elaine Gomez
Raymond Del Pilar Potes
Jason Roberts Dobrin
July 25 – August 2, 2014
Opening Party: Friday, July 25, 6-10pm
Once a processing and printing shop, The Photo Gallery in Highland Park has long since been out of business thanks to the rise of digital photography. But from July 25-August 2, the original space is revived as a transient gallery that pays tribute to black-and-white analog photography. This exhibition showcases works by three practicing artists whose photos document hidden, neglected landscapes in unexpected ways, signifying the original artistic merit and technical savvy inherent in pre-digital photography.

Jacqueline Elaine Gomez is a Cuban-American photographer. Raised in Caracas, Venezuela, she currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Jason Roberts Dobrin makes work that dissects the American narrative, creating tension by shedding light on the invisible aspects of self-referential American culture.

Jason Roberts Dobrin makes work that dissects the American narrative, creating tension by shedding light on the invisible aspects of self-referential American culture.

Raymond Del Pilar Potes has been making pictures for the past 20 years.  At age 14, he created his first zine and has been doing the same ever since. Today he edits and publishes Hamburger and Eyes Photo Magazine, dedicated to revitalizing the sensation of photography as a craft as well as a tool to record and document.

Raymond Del Pilar Potes has been making pictures for the past 20 years. At age 14, he created his first zine and has been doing the same ever since. Today he edits and publishes Hamburger and Eyes Photo Magazine, dedicated to revitalizing the sensation of photography as a craft as well as a tool to record and document.




From Boston to L.A.: Air Traffic Controller Arrives at the Bootleg August 7

79787C54-F2EF-ACC8-43B4036D31FF6D4BYou may have heard all-American indie pop band Air Traffic Controller on Spotify where they racked up over 1.8 million plays for their “feel good pop anthem” (Filter Magazine), “You Know Me”. 
They are coming to the Bootleg Los Angeles:
THbuy-tickets-nowURSDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2014
Bootleg HiFi
ATC at Bootleg HiFi
9:00 PM
2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90057
Price: $12 General Admission


Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller.

Reminiscent of Arcade Fire, Of Monsters and Men and The Mowgli’s

“One of Boston’s finest independent bands” (WERS), Air Traffic Controller had a track named “The Best Indie Alternative Song” by the Independent Music Awards, was placed on NPR’s Hot 100 list for SXSW, and was named “Band of the Day” by The Guardian UK What: Co-headlining tour with The Tragic Thrills to build support for their forthcoming 3rd album and the new single, “The House”, produced by Bleu (Hanson, Boys Like Girls, Jonas Brothers)

Follow them on Twitter: @atcmusic

Check out the official video: