Monthly Archives: December 2012


Stella Adler Studio NYC To Premiere New Adaptation of The Seagull on January 19, 2013

Limited NYC Show Runs January 19th through February 2nd 

the-seagullThe Stella Adler Studio’s Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company is excited to announce the world premiere of a new adaptation of Anton Checkhov’s classic drama The Seagull, brought to the stage by celebrated director John Gould Rubin with a new translation by Royston Coppenger. Gould Rubin directs a realistic, deconstructed and more accessible version of the play. His vision of the play is that the characters go on an “apocalyptic” emotional journey.

Innovative in design and atmosphere, the unique production at one point has the entire audience move locations in order to evoke in viewers the same emotions as the characters in the play. Checkhov, considered the father of modern character-driven theater, dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between four restless characters. The Seagull features actresses Katherine Wallach (Goodfellas, Gangs of New York) and Angela Vitale, a long time member of the famed Jean Cocteau Repertory, whose credits include numerous classical and contemporary plays both regionally and off-Broadway.
John Gould Rubin is the Artistic Director of The Private Theatre and former Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company. Notably, he produced the original productions of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and Our Lady of 121st Street for LAByrinth, at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Donmar Warehouse and on the West End in London. He is also known for producing the tour of Stephen Dillane’s one-man Macbeth at the Almeida Theater in London, The Sydney Theater in Australia and in New Zealand.
The Harold Clurman Lab Theater Presents
The Seagull
Saturday, January 19th – Saturday, February 2nd   
7:30pm (2:30pm on Sundays)
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting
31 West 27th, Floor 3
New York, NY 10001
For more information, performance times and tickets please click here.
About The Stella Adler Studio of Acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is an acting school based in New York City founded by actress and teacher Stella Adler in 1949. Adler founded the Studio on her belief in the seriousness of her art. Adler and the school have trained many of the brilliant actors of our time, including Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Elaine Stritch. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is a nonprofit organization, which trains over 500 actors annually. The Studio also presents public lectures, poetry readings, concerts, theater performances, dance theater events and an annual arts

Travel & Adventure Return to Los Angeles on January 12, 2013


California’s Largest Travel Show
Returns to Long Beach
January 12-13, 2013

The 8th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center January 12-13 with an all-new, first-ever VIP Food & Wine Experience. This fun and interactive wine presentation takes place Saturday, January 12 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. James “UrWineGuy” King will teach guests how to sip through wineries all over the world, followed by a food and wine pairing from Chef Jason Collis of Limoneira Ranch.

Wineries include:

  • Brownstone | Central Coast, California
  • Montefiore | Piedmont, Italy
  • Ombu | San Rafael, Argentina
  • St Lucas Wines | Mendoza, Argentina
  • Farina | Toro, Spain
  • Terroir Napa Valley | Napa Valley, California

The VIP Food & Wine Experience requires the purchase of an additional ticket for $15 in advance and $20 at the show. After clicking the link to “Buy Tickets Online,” a box pops up with more info and then leads you to the ticket purchase screen.

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There are many other culinary experts speaking and demonstrating throughout the weekend at the show, including:

  • Chef Darrell “DAS” Smith, a contestant on The Next Food Network Star
  • Chef Dweh Toeque, demonstrating how to make Lobster Risotto
  • Chef Andy Matsud, presenting Sushi 101
  • David Sloan, speaking on the history and art of the Key Lime Pie
  • And many others! (click for a list of the exhibitors)

Founded in 1998 in Milford, CT, Unicomm LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world class trade shows and conferences in underserved and nascent markets.   For more information:

Unique Post Holiday Pick Me Ups


The gift-giving season may officially be over on Christmas day, but the season to shop for yourself is just beginning!
From Wednesday, December 26th through Tuesday, January will be having a huge 25% off Post-Holiday Blowout Sale!
It’s the perfect time to snag amazing deals on WomenHomeKitchenMenBeauty and Accessories.

Just use the code GIFT25 at checkout.

Merry Christmas

This Christmas I’m celebrating with one of my favorite renditions of the Nutcracker.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, Rudolf Nureyev as The Prince
Merle Park as Clara.

We’re Still Here

Pacific Ocean dayGood Morning California!


PS I Love You…And Can I Get Some Back?

Why Noah Applebaum Rocks!

Why Noah Applebaum Rocks!

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered a Kickstarter campaign that really inspired me, entitled AGELESS ART.

Local Hollywood, CA resident and filmmaker Noah Applebaum’s  grandfather, Harold Applebaum, lived with dementia.  Instead of being heartbroken Noah became inspired by the new OMA programs that he discovered.  He is honoring Harold, and the need for a new perspective on elder care, by attempting to help other men and women who suffer from this degenerative disease and who every day lose a little bit more control of their own lives.

Ageless Art

And so, Noah is making a film about creative arts programs for people with dementia which then transforms their art pieces into cinema. Part doc, part movie.

Today I got an update by way of a new video that captured a truly special moment.

This is Marge. She has Alzheimer’s and is enrolled in an adult day service program. One of the activities offered is Opening Minds through Art (OMA), where seniors with dementia paint and create abstract art. While showing off her painting called “HodgePodge”, Marge spoke candidly about life and was gracious enough to sing a song from her youth!

Please share and get the word out. This project is moving in the right direction, but Kickstarter is all or nothing and time is running out.

Gia On The Move is proud to be a backer.  kickstarter-badge-backer

Can I count on you? If ever there was a vision worth supporting this is it.  For our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, friends and spouses.



LIFE POST: Doomsday at Axion Contemporary 12.21.12

Title:  LIFE POST 12212012

Opening Reception 12/21/2012: AXIOM CONTEMPORARY

December 21, 2012  6-10pm
2801 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-452-1120

December 21, 2012 – January 10, 2013

Esenherz’s upcoming L.A. exhibition at Axiom Contemporary titled LIFE POST 12212012, is a multimedia show with paintings, sculptures, installations and video that will elucidate aspects of a Doomsday Scenerio.

At the end of last year Esenherz had made a decision to have an exhibition titled “LIFE POST 12212012” indicating this number also known as DOOMSDAY.
“In the beginning all seemed to be easy”, Esenherz stated.  At the time, his own narrow judgement about this subject basically concluded that; ‘all media promoted DOOMSDAY scenerios are propaganda, conspiracy theories are single minded, DOOMSDAY is manmade starting with the industrial revolution and after all, the Mayan calendar simply ends to start a new era.’

Well, a few months into the preparations and with 1000’s of hours of research, Esenherz realized the overwhelming complexity of this subject.  There was scientific knowledge mixing with predictions leading to Religion and Aliens.  WOW!!  This is going to be bigger than he thought.
Meanwhile his jurisdiction had broadened so much, that it became a new challenge to narrow down this concept to a final equation.

Esenherz says, ‘Among all species on Earth, humans are the sole inhabitants capable of altering, exploiting, and subsequently destroying nature.  Therefore, the search for aliens is an absurd quest. Yes, all of the media promoted DOOMSDAY scenarios will occur at one point in our future.  For now, experience LIFEPOST 12212012 at Axiom Contemporary, but you’ve got to be gentler with your/our home.’

Life Post

Axiom Contemporary is proud to present Esenherz’s Los Angeles debut exhibition.


The Key To My Heart

Los Angeles

KAWL – Los Angeles Goes Off The Air with It’s A Wonderful Life: Gia On The Move Reviews

It's a Wonderful LifeThe legendary KAWL Studios of Los Angeles, California is going off the air.  After 25 years of entertaining audiences nationwide, this weekend will be their last live Christmas broadcast and it is supposed to be a secret.

YOU have been invited to be a part of the studio audience.  And what a night it’s going to be with superstars of radio and film, and KAWL’s own singing Radio Girls along with all of the station’s employees, for a heart-warming presentation of It’s A Wonderful Life.

It’s a darn tootin’ good reason to come out and celebrate the season with the whole family.  Enjoy refreshments, a live show, a tearjerking story, an earful of gossip behind the scenes and possibly a miracle!

“Tis The Season To Be Jolly”

What starts off as a somewhat hokey, even wonky overture of melodrama, desperation, cat fighting and cover up by the inner circle of KAWL, a 1940’s radio station, slowly churns into a sincerely touching parallel of the adapted movie to radio play it simultaneously offers up to the audience throughout the night.

While George Bailey is trying to save his town, owner Michael Anderson is attempting to save his family owned station.  And as George surprisingly discovers through his guardian angel how much he is really needed, Michael Anderson (both characters played by Jim Martyka) is also on the verge of his own shocker as the drama on and off air unfolds and no one knows what (Michael’s ditzy sister) Judy Anderson is doing with the microphones.

Radio drama seems to be the theme this holiday season with more than a few companies attempting to stage an old fashioned good time with their own respective ‘bent’.  And Theatre Unleashed (headed by Gregory Crafts) gets a gold star for its rendition directed by Erin Scott, adapted by Jim Martyka, inspired by the film by Frank Capra.

Wonderfully fashioned in the 40’s genre, the Radio Girls (Heather Lake, Julia Plostnieks, Jenn Scuderi) are definitely the knock out hit of the evening with their Andrews sisters style harmonies.  The entire cast really puts on a top notch show as themselves, the celebs they enter the stage as and the Capra film characters they play.  It’s delightfully intricate and silly and a good time all around.  You will leave with smile.

Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped Toy for a Tot!

Tickets can be purchased online here:

Or you can take your chances at the theater.

“Look daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

KAWL presents “It’s A Wonderful Life” a Radio Play for the Stage

This Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th @ 8pm

Playing at The Missing Piece Theatre
2811 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
by Tracey Paleo~


Music Theatre InternationalLes Miserables



In honor of the release of Les Misérables the motion picture, set to open nationwide on Christmas Day, Music Theatre International (MTI) is presenting the 24,601 Faces of Les Misérables Sweepstakes in conjunction with Universal Studios. Prizes are exclusive movie and musical memorabilia for four winners of the free contest and include:

  • Les Misérables Libretto autographed by the show’s creators
  • an assortment of motion picture promotional materials
  • the novel by Victor Hugo
  • an original Broadway cast recording
  • Les Misérables in Concert 25th Anniversary DVD

View the super cool infographic here:

To enter, participants must follow the following steps:

1)      Upload a photo/video of yourself either from a production of Les Misérables  / Les Misérables School Edition in which you were involved, a video describing your favorite Les Misérables moment, or a photo/video of yourself and friends at a showing of the film.

2)      Give your photo/video a title.

3)      Provide a brief description of your photo/video.

4)      Tag your picture with 24601.

Entries will be accepted until January 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Every Friday during the Sweepstakes (December 14, 21, 28, January 4) a winner will be randomly selected and announced on Facebook ( & Twitter (@mtishows)*. The winner will also be emailed directly.

Facts and Figures

Les Misérables has been performed so many times and in so many places that its statistics are always changing.  The LES MISÉRABLES Official Website has some of the most up to date statistics about the production.  Here are just a few. The website contains many more remarkable statistics, photos, videos, news and more.

  • When Les Misérables celebrated its 21st London birthday on October 8th, 2006, it became the world’s longest running musical, surpassing the record previously held by Cats in London’s West End.
  • In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.
  • Les Misérables has been translated into 21 different languages. (English, Japanese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, German, Polish, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, French, Czech, Castillian, Mauritian Creole, Flemish, Finnish, Argentinian, Portuguese, Estonian and Mexican Spanish).
  • Productions have played in 43 countries and over 300 cities.
  • The production has played over 47,000 professional performances giving a total audience figure of more than 60 million people worldwide.
  • Les Misérables has won over 70 major theatre awards including an Olivier, Tony & Grammy.
  • There have been over 40 cast recordings of Les Misérables including albums, singles and the symphonic.
  • Largest Single Live Audience: 125,000 people at the 1989 Australia Day concert in Sidney
  • Largest Broadcast Audience: 400 million viewers in 197 countries during the 1996 European Football Championship starring 250 cast members
  • The original production, still running in London has approximately 101 cast and crew directly involved in every performance (not including front of house staff, ticket sales, wardrobe staff, set contractors, maintenance, office staff, advertising and publicity.)  Each performance entails 392 costumes consisting of over 5000 items of clothing and 85 wigs.
  • Les Misérables gave 6680 performances on Broadway from February 28, 1987 to May 18, 2003.  The production grossed $406,258,901.00 with an average ticket price of $46.00

The Motion Picture

The feature film version of Les Misérables hits theatres December 25, 2012 and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of

Working Title and Universal Studios and is directed by Tom Hooper. Check out photos, videos and more here

About Music Theatre International

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of great musicals from Broadway and beyond.  MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.


LA Artist Richard Kraft Opens Eyes-Words on December 15

Eyes Words

Richard Kraft Tube PortraitOpening Reception

from 7-10 pm 

This Saturday, December 15th @ 969 Chung King Road  

December 15th thru February 2nd, 2013 

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present Eyes Words, our second solo show of photographs and collage by LA artist Richard Kraft. A visual work in three movements, Eyes Words consists of two iterations of Kraft’s Tube Portraits-one a series of large-scale photographic prints, the other a collection of one hundred miniature photographic images. These two rooms are separated by an installation of collages and drawings that are composed entirely of language. Separately and in relationship to one another, these three elements probe the tensions between the known and the unknown, meaning and the inscrutable while creating a different kind of space of the imagination and the interior mind.

Inspired by Walker Evans’s Many Are Called, the Tube Portraits are black-and-white photographic stills from video taken surreptitiously of travelers on the London Underground. Kraft selects and re-photographs split-second moments during which each subject seems to reveal something private and naked in this very public space. He shifts color to black-and-white, then crops tightly on each face, almost eliminating the physical world in which they exist. Many of the faces simply float in a deep void of black or a haze of gray, which upon closer inspection start to dissolve into interlaced lines – the face as screen.

In the first room seven large Tube Portraits are presented, each nearly four feet high. Creating a cathedral-like atmosphere, the portraits convey a kind of emotional infinity, each seemingly a window into the complexity of a human life. The presentation in the main gallery is in explicit contrast to the basement installation, where a grid of one hundred tiny tube portraits will be presented. From a distance this piece is an abstract composition of grays and blacks against a white background, but closer inspection reveals multiple series of images (some depicting the same subjects as in the upstairs gallery) each printed in the form of a postage stamp from an undeclared country.

Between these two installations the rear gallery installation serves as an interlude of sorts. In this chamber Kraft presents a number of monumental text pieces, one of which, entitled Ulysses, is a 5 x 8 foot collage in which every page of James Joyce’s text has been cut up and reassembled. In two twinned large scale drawings Kraft reinterprets Franz Kafka’s famous Letter to his Father. Just as the Tube Portraits radiate the tension between what we can see with our own eyes, what we may never know, and what we might possibly imagine, these works-though composed only of words-ask the viewer to ponder the space between meaning and its absence.

113Richard Kraft grew up in London and lives in Los Angeles. Kraft earned his BFA at Parsons School of Design and his MFA at the University of Michigan. His work has been exhibited in galleries such as L.A. Louver, Rosamund Felsen, Greg Kucera and non-profit spaces including the Portland Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Photographic Resource Center, among others. He has frequently used public spaces for installations with work appearing on the sides of buses and in library aisles, as well for performances such as at Oxford Circus in London and along the full length of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2009, he conducted a series of performances at Speakers’ Corner in London and at several rural sites in Scotland and Northern England. Most recently he has embarked on a series of walking performances (for anywhere from one to one hundred walkers). Walks have already taken place in cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and remote locations such as Death Valley and the Wendover Airfield in Wendover, Utah. Siglio Press will publish an artist’s monograph in 2013. Siglio has already released six multiples (100 Soldiers for a Revolution, Untitled: Kapitan Kloss, Two Tube Portraits, R.S. A Library Portrait, Conturbatio: A Selection and Study for Ulysses/Let’s Look Around ). Kraft has a solo exhibition in the fall of 2013 at the Laguna Art Museum.

charlie james gallery