If All The Sky Were Paper – 2 Shows Only at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER - IMAGELexikat Artists

in association with Chapman University present

IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER

A Play That Brings Battle and Home Front Letters to Life

By Andrew Carroll

Directed by John Benitz

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 TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 at 7:30 pm &
SUNDAY, MARCH 15 at 2:30 pm

at the KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE 
9820 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Featuring Annette Bening, Gary Cole and More!

Buy Tickets40 COUNTRIES. 6 CONTINENTS. ONE MISSION:

or call 1-213-972-4488

Lexikat Artists, in association with Chapman University, is proud to present the return of IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 pm at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City. The play is a moving, dramatic reading of real wartime letters by soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen, as well as their family members at home.

Four-time Academy Award-nominee Annette Bening will be reading letters in the performance on 3/15 at 2:30. Gary Cole (“Veep”) will be reading letters in both performances, with more actors soon to be announced. More Celebrity Guest Artists to be announced – check website for updates at: www.lexikatartists.com and their Facebook page.

Based upon Carroll’s bestselling books WAR LETTERS and BEHIND THE LINES.

In 1998, Carroll launched a national initiative to honor U.S. troops, veterans, and their families by preserving their wartime letters. Since that time Carroll has traveled to 40 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and has collected more than 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and now emails) from every conflict in American history.

IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER features the best of the letters that Carroll found and also tells the story of his harrowing but inspiring journey to seek out what he calls “the world’s great undiscovered literature.” The actors portray the real-life military men and women and their loved ones at home, acting out the full spectrum of emotions experienced in times of war. From the incredible ferocity of battle to the pathos and humor of everyday life, these letters and the story of Carroll’s search will deeply move and inspire audiences.   

“These letters are intimate, deeply personal portraits of the courage, sacrifice, and sense of duty that made this country.” - Tom Brokaw (on WAR LETTERS)

“From the American Revolution to Iraq, everything is here: the terror and exhilaration of…combat, love letters, funny letters, letters from civilians caught in the middle of war…”Joseph L. Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once…and Young (on BEHIND THE LINES)

Ticket Prices range from $20 – $30.00. Running time is 80 minutes.

images* A portion of ticket proceeds will support United States Veterans Artist’s Alliance (USVAA), The Soldiers Project and the Wounded Warrior Project.

**Performance will be followed by a reception with the director, writer and actors.

 Located in downtown Culver City, just a few blocks south of the I-10 Freeway and across the street from Sony Entertainment Studios. Culver City Hall, behind the theatre on Culver Blvd, provides FREE covered parking. Dozens of restaurants and generous street parking are available in the surrounding area.

DOMA Theatre Company Rocks in Jesus Christ Superstar

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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DOMA Theatre Company’s new rendition of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s 1970’s ground-breaking rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar is simply a hit.  Slightly modernized to the concept: “What would it be like if Jesus walked around now in a world of Twitter, Facebook & Selfies,” it’s many parts, Goth, glitter and new wave bohemia including girl groupies, band-aides, army greens and skin cabaret moments amped up the flair and entertainment factor for the audience. It’s an exciting, thoroughly accessible take on a classic for Los Angeles small theater and thank you DOMA for that!

Of course, it would be pretty hard to screw it up.  Radical for its debut in 1970 as a concept album which topped the American pop charts and ignited controversy by questioning the divine nature of Christ, then produced on Broadway in 1971 starring Ben Vareen as Judas, and then transformed into a feature film in 1973, it still, even after 40 years, remains a global phenomenon.

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DOMA lived up to every moment starting with its powerful lead singing cast, which included downright show-stopping performances chiefly by a beatifically stylized, self-sacrificing, totally hot millennial Jesus (Nate Parker), Judas Iscariot (Jeremy Saje), Simon (Graham Kurtz), Mary Magdalene (Renee Cohen), Pontius Pilate (Kelly Brighton), and Peter (Blair Grotbeck), who belted their hearts out reaching the stars with their incredible range. And the songs that older audiences will remember hearing in and out of the theatre are still as gorgeous as they were the first time they were heard anywhere.

What DOMA also did was really step up the choreography factor this time.  Truly boy follies fabulous in every way, I was only disappointed by the lack of space that some of the exceptional dancers in the chorus absolutely could have used.  I got the feeling that if they actually had more room to move or if the nearly 23 member ensemble had been allowed to appear in waves and groups rather than all at once all the time, they would have been able to take the dancing to an even higher level.  Never-the-less, there were really no disappointments here.  Overall, every step, every note every moment, served the production well.

There are 12 more opportunities to experience this performance. Don’t miss it!

Music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Marco Gomez
Musical direction by Chris Raymond
Choreography by Angela Todaro
Starring Nate Parker as Jesus Christ, Jeremy Saje as Judas, Renee Cohen as Mary Magdelene, Kelly Brighton as Pontius Pilate, Andrew Diego as Caiaphas, Michelle Holmes as Annas; Blair Grotbeck as Peter,Graham Kurtz as Simon the Zealot and Venny Carranza as King Herod. Also featuring Alex Allen, Jackee Bianchi, Charlie Bostick, Tym Brown, Sandra Diana Cantu, Kevin Corsini, Kaitlyn Fajilan, Kendra M. Hill,Allison Jakubowski, Wesley Moran, Ashlie Paige, Dekontee Tucrkile, Lauren Tyni and Anthony D. Willis

Produced by Marco Gomez and Dolf Ramos
Presented by DOMA Theatre Company

JCS_Graphic_medaNow playing until March 22

Fridays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 27 (CANCELLED); March 6, 13, 20

Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Feb.  28; March 7, 14, 21

Sundays at 3 p.m.: March 1, 8, 15, 22

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WHERE:
The MET Theatre
1089 N. Oxford Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029

HOW:

• Call 323-802-9181 or go to www.domatheatre.com
• Visit DOMA facebook: www.facebook.com/DOMATHEATRE
• Follow DOMA on twitter: @domatheatre
• Follow DOMA on instagram: @domatheatre

TICKET PRICES:
• General Admission: $30
• VIP: $34.99 (includes reserved seating and a complimentary snack and beverage)
• Seniors and students with ID: $20

PARKING:
Parking: $6 at 5250 Santa Monica Blvd (2 blocks east of the theater)

#WhatsHotNow: The Art & Fashion of Warby Parker Glasses

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In the realm of “cool”, Warby Parker’s newest collection, The Basso Collection, is inspired by low-relief sculptures or basso-relievo if you speak Italian.  We know how visual you all are so we looked it up and found some beautiful examples of what actual basso art is (you already know how in love with art we are here at Gia On The Move!) Here’s a photo we found on Florentine Magazine to give you an idea:

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For all of you technical geeks, you’ll love knowing that this collection features an elevated “step” design. Laminating two layers of acetate to create this overlaid look together, then very precisely paring away the top layer to reveal a layer of contrast acetate below.

The result is a gorgeous pair of frames with added depth and a slightly weightier, more substantial feel and classic style for both men and women.  Check out the product page for more images and of course to shop! They’ve added this to three of their favorite frames – Duckworth, Percy and Winston, boasting four custom color combo’s from a palette of oceanic hues that have been artfully constructed.

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What we love about Warby Parker:

Did you know that glasses can increase one’s income by 20%?

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For every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. Donating money is a kind hearted gesture but it doesn’t always “stick.”  What Warby Parker does instead to create a more lasting solution is partner with non-profits and train entrepreneurs to sell affordable glasses. Read more on their page - it’s awesome!!!

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Explore the Warby Parker Year In Review (then make your own!)

Learning Diversity From “The Church of Why Not” in NYC

Reviewed by Midge Guerrera, She’s one hot Italian Mamma!”

The Church of Why Not

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As we got to NYC, winter storm Pandora was racing across the Northeast.  We parked in a snowdrift on 86th street and promptly hit a coffee house.  We sat next to two women who were talking about The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew.  Since I was headed there to see Theatre 167’s production of “The Church of Why Not” – which is based on the various congregations of that church – I shamelessly eavesdropped.  The women belonged to the Jewish congregation B’nai Jeshrun.  Yup, a Jewish congregation shares space with Christians, Muslims, activists and addicts. The women spoke of diversity and openness and sadly noted the rest of the world is not the Upper West Side.

Well, the rest of the world needs to see and learn from “The Church of Why Not” written by Camilo Almonacid, Jenny Lyn Bader, and J. Stephen Brantley.  Conceived and directed by Ari Laura Kreith, the venue specific play brings the work of The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew to audiences.  After the show, driving frustratingly slowly during the height of Pandora, this audience member prattled on about inclusion and diversity issues.  As my saintly spouse will attest, this production is absolutely a catalyst for conversation and if seen by enough people and congregations could also be a catalyst for change.  I’d love to see some “righter than right” folks in the audience – it might give them a kick in their intolerant butts.

The show opens with the congregation joyously singing a hymn and then cinematically streams from one character’s journey to another.  The minimal set – sturdy wooden chairs and a set of steps – facilitated the seamless flow from scene to scene.  Guitar music and familiar songs helped reinforce each characters story.  I won’t be a spoiler and tell you how, but when you go look for the clever way time travels and you know that each day of the week has past.

The not-quite-homeless, down and out character of Saul, played by author J. Stephen Brantley, brought home one of the key messages of the show – I may be misquoting a wee bit but the jist is – Where ever we are that’s where God is.  Like Shakespeare’s fools, this guy that many would walk on by as a bum, slyly brought us the wisdom of Buddha and lessons of spirituality.

The beauty of this work is that even though it is about a Church that caters to every group of people from an Ehtiopian Evangelical congregation to a LGBT Bapti-Metho-Costals and everything in between it wasn’t preachy.  The monologues in the second act got a tad “lessony” but not enough to send any atheist running.

I’m glad to have braved the storm named Pandora to see “The Church of Why Not”.  Actually, it is fitting since the play let so many thoughts out of the box.

The Church of Why Not” runs weekends through March 15, 2015 in The West End Theater at The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew 263 West 86th Street, NYC. 

Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and Sundays at 7pm www.theatre167.org

Theatre 167 Presents a World Premiere Production

The Church of Why Not – At The West End Theater

A New Play Inspired By The 

Believers, Skeptics, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Activists and Addicts Who Pass Through the Doors of One New York City Church

 

“As Above, So Below” – Realism & Abstraction at the Red Pipe Gallery #DTLA

“I was a stranger in their land and I needed to step outside my world. And the only way to paint them was to combine both worlds with realism and abstraction.”  -Bobbie Moline-Kramer

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From February 20 – March 14 Bobbie Moline-Kramer will be showing her new mixed-media works, based on her studies of old world macaques in Japan, at the Red Pipe Gallery, 978 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Show Opening: February 28, 2015  

7:00-11:00pm

“These beings are otherworldly when studied from our human reference.” During repeated treks to and from Monkey Mountain in Japan, Moline-Kramer developed a sense of her subjects that she felt could only be communicated with combined realism and abstraction. And that is the basis of this suite/collection of new art.

She explains that these monkeys’ very expressions seem readable to our intellect, but it only seems that way. They have a society that slips into other dimensions. A society alien to humankind.

It is the relationship between absence and presence. A knowledge of the visible and invisible. This interplay between realism and abstraction gives her latest works a non-dimensional blending. It is a test of not only what we see but how we are willing to see and experience though art.

The artist’s abstracted and highly processed fields of subtle, ghostly images seem transitory through mists. We squint as if peering through a landscape awash in fog and cloud to assign meaning to what might just be unknowable.

Moline-Kramer constructs the works with successive layers of drawing, washes of gesso, new drawings interposed and then additional layers of gesso and underpainting until a rich and complex final product emerges. This select relationship between background and Snow Monkeys brings life to her art.

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After its exclusive launch at Red Pipe, Moline-Kramer’s exhibit will be traveling through 2016 to galleries and institutions around the country.

About the Music

The sounds accompanying these eight works—several of which are printed directly onto glass and backlit with adjustable LED lighting (with which, of course, visitors are encouraged to interact, and which will make the image lighter or darker but won’t explain it for us)— are conceived by composer, songwriter and producer Geoff Levin. His music can be heard in numerous TV shows, including Chicago Fire, SNL, CSI NY, and Community Service, among others. His group Celestial Navigations was nominated for an Academy Award.  Each work of art has an accompanying original score by Levin, adding auditory experience alongside the visual with which to perceive the pieces.

About the Artist

Born in Fort Madison, Iowa in 1946, Bobbie Moline-Kramer has followed the creative impulse since childhood. She attended San Diego State where she studied with John Baldessari, and the Art Center before receiving her B.A. in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1983, under the mentorship of Dick Oden. After completing her studies, Moline-Kramer’s talent continued to flourish and receive recognition. She is a member of the California Art Club, Los Angeles Art Association, the 825 Art Association, and the past President of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

Moline-Kramer is a premiere realist painter. Drawing inspiration from the Impressionists and the Dutch Masters as well as the abstract impressionists, she paints with technique, skill and a mastery of light and shadow. Her work has continued to evolve as her search for the pure expression of realism has caused her to strip away unnecessary elements, resulting in abstract works whose inspiration lay in realism and exacting authenticity.

Red Pipe Gallery
978 Chung King Road, Los , CA 90012
(424) 226-2485
Redpipegallery@gmail.com
http://www.redpipegallery.com

Paid parking is available

Theatre Unleashed Presents Ligature Marks at the Crown

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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What a curiosity. I felt like I was walking in familiar territory with Theatre Unleashed’s remounted Fringe hit and season opener, Ligature Marks by critically-acclaimed, award winning New York playwright Mac Rogers— a story wherein which one partner is asking another to murder her to ease the pain of loneliness—one partner angry and excited enough to make the play.  Curious indeed. But this production also has a most intriguing twist in the form of a game.

Theatre Unleashed has done what it is does best.  The company takes an ordinary story and wraps it into a maze but with a simplicity that is unmistakable.

Ligature Marks is lined with licentious desire and dysfunction.  The delivery waivers between crisp and lost.  But then what is being displayed throughout most of this story is the quite aligned emotional life of the characters who are also weak and sadistic in their power struggle with each other only empowered by the knowledge that nothing they embark upon is actually real.  And so it should be noted that for any perceived mistakes or wrong turns this work could take, it is also captivating, unusually funny, even charming.

WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

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Seriously unsettling, uncomfortable and fascinatingly delightful Ligature Marks definitely deserves a “worth the ticket” and some seat time for theatre goers looking for twisted, avant-garde adventure.

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LIGATURE MARKS

Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by Jacob Smith
Produced by Theatre Unleashed

Starring Liz Fenning and Sean Fitzgerald

 NOW PLAYING UNTIL MARCH 7
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 8 p.m.

LOCATION:

The Belfry Stage
Upstairs at the Crown
11031 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602

TICKET PRICES:

General Admission: $20
**Pay What You Want if you donate $5 at the box office for
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

MORE INFORMATION:

For further information, please call: (818) 849-4039
Or check out the website at: http://www.theatreunleashed.org

Music Monday Spotlight: The Highway – All You Do

The HighwayBrooklyn-based psych-tinged roots rock quartet The Highway are currently featuring their new single“All You Do” from their forthcoming sophomore album, Enter to Exit, due out 4/14/15.  We gave it a listen this morning and it definitely brought us back to the “Doors”.  

After performing continuously throughout 2014, including a successful winter residency at Brooklyn’s Spike Hill and at notable venues like Cameo Gallery, Pianos, and Rockwood Music Hall,  The Highway is gearing up for their spring release that showcases the band’s eclectic sound that “shifts from hooky groove to madman psychedelia” (Music Connection). 

You can pre-order the full album now by visiting the website: TheHighwayMusic.com