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People, Stories, Adventures: International City Theatre Turns a Fiery 30

international-city-theatreInternational City Theatre trumpets its 30th Anniversary in 2015 with a season of five plays celebrating famous people, fiery stories and fun adventures.

ICT will pay homage to two icons of the American musical, kicking off the season in February with End of the Rainbow, Peter Quilter’s tour de force musical drama about Judy Garland, and finishing the year in October with the Los Angeles premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, the James Lapine-conceived musical revue that offers an inside glimpse into the artistic process of Broadway’s foremost composer/lyricist. The three other plays include the West Coast premiere of Abigail/1702 in which Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa picks up the tale of Arthur Miller’s child-villain Abigail Williams ten years afterThe Crucible; a 30th anniversary production of August Wilson’s modern American classic, Fences, which premiered at Yale Rep in 1985 — the same year that ICT was founded; and the Los Angeles premiere of David Ives‘ inspired and hilarious adaptation of Jean-François Regnard‘s 18th century French classic, The Heir Apparent.

For more information and to subscribe to the 2014/2015 season, the public should call 562-436-4610 or visit online at

“What I love about these five plays is the combination of more recognizable subject matter and name playwrights that should appeal to audiences, while at the same time they have substance with thoughtful and provocative material that is new to Los Angeles,” says ICT artistic director Caryn Desai [sic]. “We are proud to be able to present a West Coast premiere and two Los Angeles premieres as part of this special anniversary season.”

One of the few theaters in Los Angeles that has successfully made the step up from a 99-seat venue to a mid-sized, Equity House, ICT is Long Beach’s resident professional theater company at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

The 2015 schedule is as follows:

EndofRainbow_WebTempFeb. 20 – March 15 (previews Feb. 18 and  Feb. 19):

End of the Rainbow Peter Quilter’s savagely funny play offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture. It’s 1968, and Judy Garland, at 46, appears to be on the way to a full recovery following a lifetime of abuse, addictions and attempted suicides. Encouraged by her fiancé and manager, Mickey Deans, and in cahoots with her gay pianist friend Anthony, she has booked a six-week run at London’s ‘Talk of the Town’ nightclub. End of the Rainbow is a powerful, and at times hilarious, exploration of the final days of this lonely and exploited star. Part drama and part concert, the production features Garland’s most memorable songs including “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “The Trolley Song” and, of course, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

Abigal_WebsiteTempMay 1 – May 24 (previews April 29 and April 30):
West Coast premiere of

Abigail/1702 — Whatever happened to Abigail Williams? It’s 1702, a decade after The Crucible‘s infamous seductress danced with the devil in Salem. Imagining the destiny of the immortal stage villain who cried “Witch!,” this thrilling next chapter by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fox’s Glee, Broadway’s Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark) finds Abigail living under an assumed name in a village far from Salem, trying to start afresh. But now her past is about to catch up with her. Winner of the 2012 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

Heir_WebsiteTempJune 19 – July 12 (previews June 17 and June 18):

Los Angeles premiere of The Heir Apparent — From the ever-antic pen of David Ives (Venus in Fur, The Liar) comes his latest laugh-fest, this time adapted entirely in hilarious rhyming verse from a comic masterpiece by Jean-François Regnard. Meet young Eraste. He has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and has bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could “out-Figaro” Figaro.

Fences_WebTempAug, 21-Sept. 13 (previews Aug. 19 and Aug. 20):

Fences — Troy Maxson has stepped up to the plate too many times in his life only to go down swinging. Shut out of the big leagues by prejudice, the former Negro League homerun king is now a garbage collector with little future. He tries to do right by his family, but when his youngest son Cory shows promise on the high school football team, Troy must come to terms with his past disappointments or risk tearing his family apart. Set in the 1950s, Fences is the sixth entry in August Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in 20th century America. This Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winner (1987 “Best Play” and 2010 “Best Revival”) is Wilson at his best: challenging the American dream through a poetic, powerful and deeply personal story.

Sondheim_WebsitetempOct. 16-Nov. 8 (previews Oct. 14 and Oct. 15):

Los Angeles premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim — Writing songs that reflect the complexity of his characters, Stephen Sondheim changed the way we define a great musical. Yet even though millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Sondheim himself. Until now. Conceived by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this intimate evening combines exclusive interview footage offering an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process with sparkling-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes ranging from the celebrated to the obscure. A unique theatrical experience. Rating: A Major.

International City Theatre was born in 1985 when Shashin Desai opened a 99-seat black box theater on the campus of Long Beach City College where he was chairman of the drama department. From the beginning, the fledgling company attracted critical acclaim and multiple awards – including the Los Angeles Drama Circle’s prestigious Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence in Theater.” Determined to build a high quality professional, mid-size theater company in the City of Long Beach, Desai persuaded the City Council to give him space in the Center Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. By 1996, ICT was producing simultaneous seasons on the college campus and at the Performing Arts Center. In 1999, the Long Beach City Council proclaimed International City Theater the “Professional Resident Theater Company” at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. A year later, ICT made the choice to invest entirely in the downtown, mid-size theater with an annual five-play season. When Desai retired in 2011, ICT’s board of directors unanimously approved caryn desai, ICT’s general manager since 1990, to take the reins as producing artistic director. The 2015 season marks the fifth under the leadership of Caryn Desai.


Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Presents “Of Culture, Of Self on September 5th

For one very special night

the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) comes to Culver City for a unique performance on

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.


The venue will be the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $18 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more.

Reservations: (818) 760-0408. Online reservations are available at

Follow LAWTF on Twitter: @LAWTF

The theme of the evening will be “Of Culture, Of Self,” featuring three of LAWTF’s favorite performers, as well as one artiste new to the Festival. Included are:

Karen A. Clark: In this spoken word excerpt from “The Women,” Karen A. reflects on the powerful women in her family through music, poetry and storytelling. She recounts the ritual of baking bread at family reunions, an activity that brought everyone together. In particular, she pays homage to her loving mother, who added a “wow” factor to her life.

Sariyah Idan : “Homeless in Homeland” has a documentary hip-hop theatre aesthetic and is based on Sariyah’s journey that  took her to Israel and Palestine. It combines poetry, dance, and characters met. Idan conveys in this excerpt a young Jewish-American woman’s struggle to understand her identity and the meaning of home through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ada Luz Pla: “Tracing My Lineage: A Story of a Puerto Rican Spitfire” pays homage to the many women who raised Pla in Puerto Rico and later in the South Bronx projects where 15 of her family members shared a small three-bedroom apartment. In the lively excerpted piece, Pla brings to life some of the amazing women in her family.

Kat Kramer : MY DUET WITH MICK is an original one-person-musical-solo-show that follows Kramer’s journey down “Rolling Stones Road” to meet the great and powerful “Sir Mick Of Jagger.” Along the way, in this excerpt, Kat meets some unique characters, and makes an important discovery about herself.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, a non-profits arts organization, was founded by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed.

“Of Culture, Of Self” marks the LAWTF’s fourth-year program for residents of Culver City. This program is made possible in part by the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grants Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

To join and follow LAWTF on Facebook and Twitter, click on their links at

#ArtSetFree: Global Arts Showcase

It’s time you went public!

art-set-freeArts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Property Partners acclaimed for presenting hundreds of exciting cultural experiences for free worldwide, just announced a recent dramatic growth of Art Set Free, the organization’s unprecedented global arts showcase that raises awareness about the importance of free public art.

Artists in all 50 U.S. states, over 100 countries and over 800 cities have shared their work with Art Set Free, the user-generated campaign that is sweeping the nation and the world and will run through the end of the year.



Participate in Art Set Free.  See below.


Recent Art Set Free highlights include:

  • The Art Set Free digital art collection currently includes 20,618 artworks from2,612 artists worldwide.
  • Participation in Art Set Free has expanded to 110 countries in 809 cities with submissions from all 50 U.S. states.
  • Art Set Free saw its largest growth to date during the month of July, with more than 500 artists submitting sound, visual and performing art.
  • Top locations submitting art include New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Houston.

artist Rishi Singh

“When we launched Art Set Free in October 2014, we hoped to engage the global arts community and encourage artists working in all genres to make the world their stage and set their own art free,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “We have been extremely impressed with the quality of art submitted toArt Set Free and look forward to seeing more amazing works from artists throughout the world!”

Among the thousands of unique and inspiring artists from across the globe who have set their art free by sharing their work on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #artsetfree are:

  • Sara Abid, a self-taught artist from Pakistan who sells her paintings worldwide and donates 100% of her earnings to various charities. An impressionistic painter, Abid specializes in palette knife technique and produces great textures on canvas using oils and mixed media elements.
  • Maliha Abidi, an 18-year-old self-taught painter and photographer based in San Francisco. Abidi was previously selected to represent the United States as the youngest artist of 20 from around the world for a meditation artistic retreat, and she is currently a youth director for Wake Up, a drug abuse organization that educates teens about the danger of prescription drugs.
  • Michael Hafftka, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum, New York Public Library and the National Gallery. Much of Hafftka’s understanding of the world comes from his perception of his parents’ wartime experiences as refugees from Europe and survivors of the Holocaust.
  • Victor Haskins, a world-class trumpet player, improviser, composer, bandleader and educator. Based in Richmond, Va., Haskins, who lived in Asia and Africa until the age of 10, released his own original album The Truth in 2013.
  • Ron Haviv, an award-winning photojournalist based in New York whose images of conflict and humanitarian crises have made headlines around the world. Haviv is the co-founder of the photo agency VII, which is dedicated to the truthful documentation of conflict.

Established artists who assisted in launching Art Set Free include Broadway star and Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell; Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones; Action Architect Elizabeth Streb; and the acclaimed vocal ensemble, The Tenors.

participateTo participate in Art Set Free, artists should capture their work in a photo, video or audio recording; and then share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ArtSetFree. Entries are welcome from any genre, including dance/movement, music/sound, painting, sculpture, photography and street art. Arts Brookfield reviews submissions on a rolling basis and curates the best pieces for display at select Brookfield buildings around the world and on, potentially reaching an audience of millions.

Images, videos and sound recordings of artwork for Art Set Free may be submitted by individuals or organizations. Submissions should be creative, innovative and inspiring, and all entries must follow the Art Set Free Terms and Conditions available

To learn more about Arts Brookfield and Art Set Free, visit


Eat.Drink.Art Los Angeles on September 13th

About to happen at Barnsdall Art Park on September 13th is a sensational evening for locals, visitors, art lovers and foodies alike.


EAT.DRINK.ART. A Kaleidoscope of the Senses, The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s multifaceted fundraiser (sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine) invites Angelenos to tempt their palettes with delectable food, artisanal spirits and a stimulating celebration of art in all its forms on Saturday, September 13 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. with a VIP reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

All to the backdrop of KCRW’s DJ Dan Wilcox spinning tunes, the evening will showcase a vast array of visual and performing art including live painting, performance artists, giant puppets, nude sketch models, and more. Live music will be preformed by musicians from “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The X Factor” and the annual happening boasts top-notch food trucks such as The Urban Oven, Let’s Be Frank, Postcards Central American Soul Fusion and Coolhaus.

The evening features a silent auction of more than 45 emerging + renowned artists including Claire Falkenstein, Alice Fellows, Joy Feuer, John Frame, Mark Steven Greenfield, Heather Lembcke, Leonel Matheu, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Siff, and Wayne White.

General Admission tickets cost $30 in advance ($40 at the door) and provide access to the event beginning at 7 pm along with 3 drink tickets.

VIP Admission tickets cost $100 in advance ($110 at the door) and provide access to a special reception and silent auction preview starting at 5:30 p.m.

Dance, drink and be artistically inspired—all while supporting a true kaleidoscope of exhibits and programs at LAMAG, LA’s only municipal art gallery and the City’s primary exhibition venue offering free admission to all.

Please visit for more information.


Post Contraband Graffiti: Go Directly To Jail

2Last Friday night ushered in one of the more spectacular displays of mounted imported global Street Art by artists whose works took over the Los Angeles Sofitel, Riviera 31 Lounge in collaboration with Black Apple Gallery.

What Gia On The Move was surprised to discover is that in countries such as Malaysia and Norway, Graffiti art is still illegal.  Creating imagery on a public space is punishable by fine or jail and definitely the confiscation of the artist’s masterpiece. (We’re so glad that LA finally lifted the street art ban!)

To be fair, many of the controversial artists who works were on public view  are some of the world’s top and most notorious street artists who have a lot to say, politically and culturally.  But isn’t that what art is all about after all? …and these artists truly are the cultural Pulse!

You’ll want to visit to view more works of these amazing artists (Ben Naz, Pobel, Snik, Ernst Zacharevic, Dot Dot Dot, John Doe, Seizer One, Harland Miller, Martin Whatson, Sandra Chevrier, Otto Schade, Mason Storm).  And all of the artworks are for sale.

Here’s a quick look at some of the pieces Gia On The Move loved!

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Free Exhibition: The Visionary Art of J.B. Murray


Los Angeles locals if you are looking for something easy-peasy to step into this coming Saturday afternoon, August 16 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm here’s a suggestion:


The Visionary Art of JB Murray  Join the Museum of African American Art, Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center and the cast of Visionary Man, the new hit musical now playing at the Hudson Theatre, for an exhibition celebrating the visionary art of painter J.B. Murray.

Murray was a poor, illiterate farmer who received a call from the Holy Spirit to create vivid abstract paintings that would eventually be displayed at prominent museums all over the world including in Tokyo, London and New York.

Attendees will learn about the origins behind Murray’s visions and enjoy a live performance by the cast of Visionary Man.


Museum of African American Art
Macy’s 3rd Floor
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
4005 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

(323) 294-7071or



The art on exhibit will be replicas – from the show.

Peanuts to Pathos: Absolutely Filthy at the New York Fringe

Reviewed by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic


Photo Credit: Shaela Cook


“Past is Prologue” becomes a working theme in this outstanding and zany production originally from Sacred Fools Theater Company, Los Angeles. “Absolutely Filthy” is a Valentine gift to the Eighteenth Annual New York International Fringe Festival, as well as a kiss from the Little Red Haired Girl, for the action takes place on Feb. 14, 2013.

This play is a colossal comedic success spiked with an imaginative concept, endless wit, and razor sharp pacing. Inspired by the comic strip “Peanuts,” all the kids have now grown to adulthood, and are reunited for a bleak occasion–Charlie Brown’s funeral.

Like most reunions, the group shows up, symbolically staggering in from the mishaps, struggles, and ironies of life: Sally Brown, Schroeder, Linus, Lucy van Pelt, Peppermint Patty, Marcia, Franklin, and most importantly Pig Pen, who uninvited, inadvertently appears as a dirty bum in front of the church to the chagrin of the others, together with his homeless stench and muttering, psychological inferno. But as we soon see, all the gang has their own private bête noires in this astute parody of their lives.

smFuneralPhoto credit: Shaela Cook

As Walt Disney said in a softer context, ” that’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.” Schroeder is a compromised pop star, Lucy has become a major B executive type, Marcia, a self-inflicted blind person/Opthamologist; Peppermint Patty, a vain fashionista from Paris;  Linus, suffering with PTSD from military duty; and Fredrick, a circuit court judge with a drinking problem. Yes, the kids from the comics have lost a bit of their Sunday morning primary colors.

Pig Pen becomes the unlikely source from which all the cathartic action proceeds. For something has been sick and slightly off-balance all these years, and as this brilliant, subversive play unfolds, Pig Pen alone in his social, solitary confinement becomes the most reliable, although crazed, point of view obliquely revealing the finer nuances of the group’s collective past.

As the outcast, grimey and disheveled, Pig Pen has fulfilled his destiny; he has finally embodied his childhood nickname, psychologically buying into his parental moniker as a real identity, all the while shielding himself in his own private galaxy with his ever-present Hula Hoop.

“This play is colossal comedic success spiked with an imaginative concept, endless wit, and razor sharp pacing.” 

Brendan Hunt, Playwright and Actor portraying “The Mess” is wonderful. His writing is  always engaging, wry and portentous, eliciting bundles of laughs. Also, his uncanny  ability to gyrate with the hoop while simultaneously acting his layered role with conviction, is well worth the ten pounds of hard work and determination he burns. Mr. Hunt lives his role with an unpredictable certitude, and never for a minute looses momentum. And even though the one joke theme runs the danger of thinning out towards the end, another motif quickly emerges keeping the proceedings thoroughly engaging. Thumbs up to director Jeremy Aldridge for keeping a perfect lyrical flow.

KJ Middlebrooks as Franklin was totally believable, and had great timing in his acting. Shannon Nelson, as Charlie Brown’s sister also gave a spot on solid portrayal. Robbie Winston as Linus was a charming, empathetic character and played with smooth energy.

And we all know in the theatre, dying is easy, comedy hard!

Light comes from many places in this well conceived show. Even Snoopy shows up to pay his last respects. What a dog, speaks German!  (Played admirably, and well groomed, by Rachel Germaine in a dual roles, also as Peppermint Patty).  And the ensemble was always electric, as they worked on the modest proscenium stage. No matter!  Scene after scene the audience was entertained by confident, well placed performances, while time becomes magically compressed.  As you can plainly see, I highly recommend this play. You’re assured of a good, soulful time, guaranteed. But please, leave the kids home.

In the end, Absolutely Filthy is a story about love, guilt, and missed opportunities. But a million other things too, as so much is packed into each character’s orbit. We care about The Mess mostly though, because as the anti-hero, he sees with a special vision that appears very sane, as someone who has made a bad decision and paid dearly, but who may still get his cuts at bat. He embodies the quote by RD Laing on the larger game:

“They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game.”


By Brendan Hunt

Directed by Jeremy Aldridge




Jaime Andrews, Curt Bonnem, Anna Douglas, Rachel Germaine, Brendan Hunt, K.J. Middlebrooks, Shannon Nelson, Kiff Scholl, Robbie Winston


Remaining Shows: FringeNYC Venue #17

Wed. Aug 13 at 7 
Tues.  Aug 19 at 2
Thurs. Aug 21 at 7
Fri.      Aug 22 at 2

Tickets:  Or

Tickets $18 online, $24 at the door

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6 RMS RIV VU at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Lena Bouton & Jeremy Guskin -- photo: Gina Long

Lena Bouton & Jeremy Guskin — Photo: Gina Long

6 RMS RIV VU the Summer romantic comedy now playing at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, was a straight shooter and that was the best part of opening night.

Several couples vying for a six room rent control apartment on Riverside Drive, Manhattan’s Upper West Side, race to get a piece of the apple and a view of the Hudson, only to discover that it’s a drek, maintained by a notoriously shady building manager and mostly in need of an overhaul.  But that isn’t stopping anyone. At $350 per month it’s still a steal and the heat is on for the lease.

When two of the candidates, Anne Miller, a (rather gorgeous) mom and homemaker and Paul Friedman, an advertising executive, collide one afternoon while measuring out the square footage they begin a sort of light version, Last Tango in Paris-like affair and it gets interesting in so many more ways than just sex.

It’s the 70s and both of these two are settled in not the most exciting of marriages.  Although they love their spouses and are completely committed to their families, they both, especially Paul, feel a bit like the “lost” generation passed on by.  Both are still very young and living within the new-found freedom of the time without the actual unrestrained ability to enjoy it.  Paul fantasizes about writing his own projects and having sex with other women.  Anne wouldn’t mind a day to herself, some adventure and a lot more attention from her architect husband.  Essentially they are both bored, desperately in need of at least a temporary rescue. So it’s no surprise that when the doorknob to the apartment goes missing and they become trapped for several hours alone, an attraction begins to flare up that seemingly could be consummated without consequence but for their own guilt.

6 RMS RIV VU, written by Bob Randall, originally premiered in New York City in 1972 at the Helen Hayes Theatre then on to the Lunt Fontaine and finally made it to television in 1974 with several star-studded casts also garnering an Emmy nomination.  It is a wholly New York City story including the behaviors, attitudes, vocabulary and dialogs that would have been typically heard during those times, very specifically in that city.  Although, if you’ve ever lived in the Big Apple, the rent control saga has been and still is the melodramatic center stage even today, as there are hardly any of them left.

The point is, the language has not been updated at all and although normally not always particularly noteworthy where older scripts are often concerned, it does comes into play with this production.  It could be considered a sort of classic with a contemporary line and flow but for the occasions where the verbal references are jarring.  And there are a few.  If you’ve not lived through preceding generations, and have never had the truly unique experience of apartment hunting prior to the 90’s, in New York City, there are words and circumstances that have the potential to take you out of the moment.  Although 6 RMS is a genuinely delightful and relationship relatable stage play, the innuendos will make this production a tiny bit harder for younger audiences to co-mesh with.

References aside, 6 RMS RIV VU is an overall crowd pleaser with a very easy to follow linear line that is entertaining, sweet and at times very comical, people just being as they are — silly, pushy, hopeful, adventurous, flirtatious, competitive and more.   There is a very human outcome not necessarily nice or naughty, but you’ll want to go for the ride just the same.  Excellent costuming by Naila Aladdin Sanders.  “Hits the mark.”


Written by BOB RANDALL



Now playing through September 6, 2014

Fri. and Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:30.
**2:30 and 7:00 on Sunday, August 17 
**2:30 and 8:00 on Saturday, September 6
**Dark on August 16.

Talkbacks after every Sunday matinee- Please check website for details.


Written by Bob Randall. Directed by Sherrie Lofton. Produced by Anisa Hamdan and Christian Lebano for Sierra Madre Playhouse. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.

ADMISSION: $25. Seniors (65+), $22. Youth (13-21), $15. Children 12 and under, $12.

RESERVATIONS: (626) 355-4318.


Moon Over Buffalo in Burbank at the Grove Theatre Center

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Kimberly Lewis, Paul Galliano, Keri Safran – Photo by Ed Krieger

Entirely silly and wholly entertaining, Wasatch Theatre Ventures took a comedic deep dive with Ken Ludwig’s, Tony-nominated Moon Over Buffalo and landed a good old-fashioned, hilarious romp!  Opening last weekend at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, director Kiff Scholl presented an all-star cast in one of Broadway’s more outrageous parodies.

A lively show from front to back, actors Mark Belnick, Paul Galliano, Carol Herman, Sarah Hunt, Kimberly Lewis, Paul Michael Nieman, Chuck Raucci and Keri Safran, delivered technically on this very character driven, slapstick, situation comedy, timing critical script, keeping up a thoroughly animated energy and excellent fast pacing throughout. Not a moment of dead time ever doused the fun.  The cast worked together seamlessly in the ensemble work.  The audience reaped the rewards of a great show that kept them laughing for the entire performance.

“The cast truly pulls it all off beautifully…”

Charlotte and George Hay, a once-famed acting couple, are now on tour in Buffalo, NY in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac (the “revised, one nostril version”) and Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Audience tastes have changed with television and film taking over and have left this theatre duo in a rep rut with hardly any regular audience and hard-pressed to pay the bills.  Suddenly, Fate has given these stars one more shot at the big time: starring roles in a motion picture.  But can they survive their off-stage, daily madcap, melodrama and actually pull off a showcase performance, without a hitch, in front of legendary film director Frank Capra who is flying in to see the matinee?

The problem is, that they are a hodgepodge of players with extra cast ill-suited for stage and who quit on cue, a deaf grandmother who doesn’t like her son-in-law and who accidentally, nearly, sabotages the production, a not so ingenue leading lady ready to jump ship, a often drunk and philandering leading man, a runaway (to another career) daughter who claims she hates theatre, a jealous, head-over-heels-in-love, ex-fiancé stage manager trying to keep it all together, a ditzy, teary-eyed, supporting actress who needs a husband – quick, a love-sick, talent manager bent on stealing away the married woman of his dreams…and… one outsider, a weatherman, fiancé, who practically drives this farce all the way to an over-the-top epic fail.

 Paul Galliano, Mark Belnick, Kimberly Lewis, Keri Safran - Photo by Ed Krieger

Paul Galliano, Mark Belnick, Kimberly Lewis, Keri Safran – Photo by Ed Krieger

The story is pretty, disastrously, hysterical. As a note this show when it first opened on Broadway marked the return of Carol Burnett to the stage after a 30 year absence and also starred Phillip Bosco.  So the zaniness is built into the script and also quite a bit into the expectation.  But the cast truly pulls it all off beautifully.

All the actors gave standout performances.  One of the hands down critical moments was played by actress, Keri Safran (Rosalind) who was especially spectacular as she handled the comedy of holding down the fort, alone onstage, while her father roams around in the wrong costume, utterly drunk, during Private Lives. She and Mr. Galliano (Paul) also register a really exciting chemistry as the fallen out but still in love, sexually attracted couple.  Indeed the chemistry between the entire cast is what sets this show apart.

Michael Mullen’s costume design is more than noteworthy.  Creative and 1953 timeline spot-on his costuming of the characters in real life and onstage in repertory are absolutely gorgeous, colorful and remarkably, un-frumpily, flattering.


Everything about this boisterous show is delightful and Worth the Ticket.

Plays:  Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
               Sunday matinees at 3pm
Runs: Through Sept. 14 (Dark August 29, 30 & 31st)
Tickets: $25 
Where: Grove Theatre Center. 1111-B West Olive Avenue in George Izay Park, Burbank 91506
Parking: Please allow 10 minutes to park.  Free street and public lot parking.


or (323) 960-7721

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol


Andy Warhol 1965 by Francis Joseph Gilligan 20″ x 24″ limited edition print $800 (regular retail $1000) additional sizes available

In honor of what would have been this legendary artist’s 86th birthday, today, August 6th, The Vault/ Capital Art in Culver City, (Los Angeles, CA) is celebrating with a legendary display of gorgeous selected artworks.  Yes, they are all for sale with special pricing through August 31st.  We here at Gia On The Move, thought you might like to get a glimpse of them even if you’re not a collector.  See them in person if you can.

Andy Warhol and his film "Trash" 1970 by Douglas Kirkland 37" x 47" limited edition print $4950 (regular retail $5500) additional sizes available

Andy Warhol and his film “Trash” 1970
by Douglas Kirkland
37″ x 47″ limited edition print
(regular retail $5500)
additional sizes available

Andy Warhol & Mick Jagger  by Richard E Aaron 11" x 17" fine art lithograph  $99  (regular retail $189)

Andy Warhol & Mick Jagger
by Richard E Aaron
11″ x 17″ fine art lithograph
(regular retail $189)

Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol, Jane Forth and Joe Dallesandro, 1970 by Douglas Kirkland 20" x 24" limited edition print $2700 (regular retail $3000) additional sizes available

Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol, Jane Forth and Joe Dallesandro, 1970
by Douglas Kirkland
20″ x 24″ limited edition print $2700
(regular retail $3000)
additional sizes available

Andy Warhol, The Signing by Stephen Verona  11" x 17" fine art lithograph  $99 (regular retail $189)  additional limited edition prints in various sizes available

Andy Warhol, The Signing by Stephen Verona
11″ x 17″ fine art lithograph
$99 (regular retail $189)
additional limited edition prints in various sizes available

Andy Warhol by Stephen Verona 11" x 17" fine art lithograph $99 (regular retail $189) additional limited edition prints in various sizes available

Andy Warhol
by Stephen Verona
11″ x 17″ fine art lithograph
$99 (regular retail $189)
additional limited edition prints in various sizes available

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup Painting by Stephen Verona 11" x 17" fine art lithograph $99 (regular retail $189) additional limited edition prints in various sizes available

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Painting
by Stephen Verona
11″ x 17″ fine art lithograph
$99 (regular retail $189)
additional limited edition prints in various sizes available


First Issue of Andy Warhol's "Interview" Magazine, 1969 $600 (regular retail $1800) From Wheeler Dixon's personal collection (Wheeler wrote one of the articles in the inaugural issue)  Approximately 12" x 17"  Shows some wear, creases, and age.   Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.

First Issue of Andy Warhol’s “Interview” Magazine, 1969
$600 (regular retail $1800)
From Wheeler Dixon’s personal collection (Wheeler wrote one of the articles in the inaugural issue) Approximately 12″ x 17″ Shows some wear, creases, and age.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.

Andy Warhol 427

Mick Jagger 1976 with Warhol Signature by Andy Warhol 7″ x 7″ offset lithograph from exhibition catalogue $1980 (regular retail $3600) (18″ x 24″ final size, mounted and matted)

Nine Multicolored Marilyns (Reversal Series) by Andy Warhol 9" x 9" offset lithograph from exhibition catalogue $99 (regular retail $300) 11" x 14" final size, mounted and matted

Nine Multicolored Marilyns (Reversal Series) by Andy Warhol 9″ x 9″ offset lithograph from exhibition catalogue $99 (regular retail $300) 11″ x 14″ final size, mounted and matted

Triple Elvis 1963 by Andy Warhol 9" x 12" offset lithograph from exhibition catalogue $99 (regular retail $350) 12" x 16" final size, mounted and matted

Triple Elvis 1963
by Andy Warhol
9″ x 12″ offset lithograph from exhibition catalogue
$99 (regular retail $350)
12″ x 16″ final size, mounted and matted

The Vault / Capital Art

Los Angeles & New York

Laluzapalooza! Hollywood Profanity Pop

OPENING FRIDAY AUGUST 1st new works by Hueman and the other winners of La Luz de Jesus Gallery’s 2014 Laluzapalooza

Profanity Pop

The Laluzapalooza juried group show will be featured in a five-person show along with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros’ new Profanity Pop!

4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California
(323) 666-7667

profanity pop

Fresh from the cover of LA Weekly’s People of the Year 2014 issue, Allison Torneros, aka Hueman, has already had a very busy year: a massive solo show at Project Gallery, multiple mural commissions, video profiles, and endorsement gigs. Among her best-known works are a Nike-commissioned portrait of Kobe Bryant, a mural for P Diddy’s Revolt TV office, and “Ritual,” a 9 day, free-styled, floor-to-ceiling mural installation in a 5,000 sq foot warehouse space. Hueman was one of the first artists commissioned to paint a mural after Los Angeles lifted its street art ban in 2013, and was tapped to cover a 90 foot wall up in the Bay Area as well. This is Allison’s first feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus, after making a massive impact in this year’s Laluzapalooza exhibition. Since street art is a medium notoriously dominated by men, Hueman is especially notable as a female breakthrough artist. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2008 with a degree in Design & Media Arts.

La Luce de Jesus

The Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Turns 10

Labor Day Weekend At The Queen Mary – August 28 to September 1

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The Queen Mary, in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (ADSLA), celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Art Deco Festival with a robust program of activities extended to five days. Largely influenced by the architecture and design of its time, the Queen Mary is the world’s largest floating collection of Art Deco. The illustrious salons are replete with elegant woodcarvings, elaborate murals, priceless sculptures and lavish interiors, offering a matchless backdrop for a festival like no other.

The festivities begin Thursday evening with the Captain’s Strolling Art Deco Walk dollzand continue through the weekend with an expertly curated program of lectures, parties, tours and tastings.  Festivalgoers can don their best period loungewear at the Deco Derby and Pajama Jam, or sport their black-tie finest for the Grand Deco Ball.  An eclectic bazaar showcases vintage fashion, jewelry, collectibles and art as well as a vintage pop-up hair salon.  A Gatsby Soirée will offer classic libations, entertainment and lawn games.  New events include a tasting of prohibition era cocktails and the Bootlegger’s Bash featuring big band music, dancing girls and the best moonshine in the city.

modern_cocktail_soceityThe 10th celebration also honors the yearly tradition of the Queen Mary’s prestigious Starlight Club, a one-night revival of the notorious club dubbed “the most sought after reservation from South Hampton to New York.”

The Daily Lecture Series will cover topics spanning fashion, music, dancing, cultural practices and more. Prohibition’s impact on the soda fountain is explored in Farnsworth’s Art Deco & The Soda Fountain talk while Art Deco Shoes Lecture & Display delves into the birth of shoe design in the 20’s and 30’s. Society’s fascination and commitment to dance is presented in Dancing In The Jazz Age and two rival world fairs are studied in the lecture Last Art Deco World’s Fair.

mora“ADSLA is honored to co-present the 10th Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival. The event has grown in both attendance and popularity and we are pleased that our members and the public, many from all over the world, attend with great interest.  New events presented this year are sure to enhance the festival,” says John Thomas, President of ADSLA and Queen Mary Preservation Specialist. The ship is a fitting venue for the 10th Anniversary of the festival, representing the best of Art Deco’s elegance and splendor.

ginger_pauleyDay Passes start at just $25 and an all-inclusive weekend Grand Passport is $399. Art Deco aficionados can stay onboard for the weekend’s duration with a variety of spectacular packages.

For more information, schedule of events and full program details visit or call (877) 342-0738


QueenMaryTicketLocated in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms.  Visit


The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (ADSLA) celebrates and preserves the architecture, design, arts, music, dance, fashion and elegance of Art Deco. The ADSLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education, preservation and awareness of Art Deco as a major influence on the 20th century and beyond.  Since 1983, the ADSLA has welcomed people with an interest in the many facets of Art Deco. More information at