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Properties of Silence: A Free Reading at the Pasadena Playhouse

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About…Productions presents
a concert reading of the critically-acclaimed drama about
Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz as part of
AxS Festival 2014

Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is FREE

Properties of Silence — A concert reading of About…Productions’ critically acclaimed drama, presented as part of the Pasadena Arts Council’s AxS Festival 2014 in advance of a fully mounted revival set for 2015. Poetry, science and history spiral out of control as a contemporary Phoenix realtor, her pool contractor husband and the famed 17th century poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz meet in a multi-layered dreamscape. Sor Juana, considered the first great Latin American poet, is joined by her confessor who hopes to silence her pen and scientific inquiries. Reality bends as they all confront the nature of their identities and seek a new beginning.

“Wondrous” Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

Written by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo and Alan Pulner
Directed by Theresa Chavez
Presented by About…Productions

Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena CA 91101

Reservations can be made at:brown paper tickets http://properties.brownpapertickets.com/

For more information, call (626) 396-0920

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Graffiti

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On September 8th, Daniel Gennaoui posted on his Twitter account the best combined with  .  We couldn’t agree more.  Big things really do come in small packages.  In this case, big graffiti art ideas. Talk about “taking it to the street!”

 The little details are by far the most important. ~Sherlock Holmes

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Buried Child at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

It was a flawless performance by leading man Leon Russom, in the astounding Whitefire Theatre production of Buried Child.  One of American playwright Sam Shepard’s darker plays, Buried Child originally won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 launching Shepard to national fame as a playwright. Thirty-five years later, this story has not lost a single shred of its merit or its impact.

“A thoroughly, outstanding achievement by Director Bryan Rasmussen, definitively and impeccably rendered by an ideal cast.”

A post modern narrative in utter realism Buried Child depicts the fragmentation of the American nuclear family and the disillusionment with American mythology and the American dream.  Whitefire’s production takes a macabre look at a Midwestern family living in an old farm-house on a failed plot of land, in Illinois, carrying a secret that slowly, painfully comes to light in the course of a single evening when grandson Vince, now living in New York City stops in unexpectedly with girlfriend Shelly, on his way to see his father Tilden in New Mexico.

A mentally unwell, Tilden now living back in his childhood home, does not recognize his son, nor does the rest of the family, or so they claim, leaving Shelly utterly perplexed. Grandmother Halie has left earlier in the day for Church and curiously does not reappear until the next day. As the night turns, Vince also disappears, while on a liquor run for his grandfather, leaving a terrified Shelly to fend for herself, with Vince’s acerbic grandfather, the delusional Tilden and eventually the cruel and bullying Bradley, an amputee and younger brother of Tilden.

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To say that opening night was a perfect show would be an understatement.  Although, not entertaining in the ways that most audiences are used to with small theatre in Los Angeles, Buried Child none-the-less is deep, thoughtful and absolutely intriguing.

Bypassing any sort of heavy-handedness in the direction or the presentation, there is nothing about this story that meanders or loses sight of its direction. It is stone cold economically, morally and circumstantially run-down-to-the-ground.  And yet, as ugly as this story could potentially get, the audience is held in place by its weight and symbolism and by the powerful, all-encompassing energy of Mr. Russom himself as Dodge, the alcoholic, aging and dying patriarch, withered and ashamed of his failures and secrets.

Every character in this play has a very essential role to fulfill.  Nothing is extraneous. Everything is bizarre. Even the comedy which Shepard deliberately wrote into this piece is deranged at its occasion.  And yet, again, puzzling as each person, conversation, storyline, accusation and violent act is, it is not so morose as to be sickening.  In fact, it is the opposite.

Heavy hitters of the Broadway, Off-Broadway and Los Angeles stages, Leon Russom (Dodge), Jacque Lynn Colton (Halie) and Tonya Cornelisse (Shelly) amplify the surrealism of a deteriorated family while simultaneously making this show wholly accessible to audiences with Cornelisse absolutely driving the darkly comedic moments of the script.  They are joined by David Fraioli (Tilden), Cris D’Annunzio (Bradley), Zachary Mooren (Vince) and Grant Smith (Father Dewis) who each top this production with bold, graphic performances.

“No one knows better than Sam Shepard that the true American West is gone forever, but there may be no writer alive more gifted at reinventing it out of pure literary air.” ~Frank Rich, The New York Times

A thoroughly, outstanding achievement by Director Bryan Rasmussen, definitively and impeccably rendered by an ideal cast.

photo (8)BURIED CHILD  
A 35th Anniversary Production of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama by Sam Shepard
Now playing at The Whitefire Theatre
September 6 – October 11
Directed by Bryan Rasmussen
Produced by Scott Disharoon
Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
The Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd.(at Sunnyslope) Sherman Oaks 91423
Parking:  Metered parking until 8pm on Ventura Blvd; some side-street parking
                 Please carefully read all parking signage.
                 Please allow at least 15 minutes to park
Tickets: $25
Buy Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/807730 or 818-990-2324
Production photos by Nico Sabenorio. 

The Stairs: Photo of the Week

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Taking a break from regular news and postings with a find from late last night. Proving that amazing art can be found everywhere, inspired by anything…take for instance a windy staircase whose image this photographer decided to manipulate and create as an entirely different and unique art photo.

There’s more where that came from.  Follow @berlinstagram on Twitter for more!

Calling All SoCal Photographers: 3rd Annual SPARC Juried Exhibition Is Open For Entries

 

AnnouncementThe South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) just announced its third annual juried exhibition, which open October 15 – November 15, 2014 at the So Pas Gallery Pasadena, 1121 Mission St, South Pasadena CA 91030. The Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, October 18, from 5-9 pm.

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all current paid SPARC member artists, or visual artists that join SPARC at the time of submission, are at least 18 years of age, and living and/or working in California. Membership for artists is $30/yr.

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Artists are invited to submit up to 10 digital images of two or three-dimensional work completed within the last three years. This exhibition will only accept works in photographic media.

Submission Deadline:  All entries must be submitted no later than midnight, Friday, September 19, 2014.

Visit the South Pasadena Arts Council Blog for additional information: juror bios, details, fees, digital submission sizing, etc and for the SPARC JURIED EXHIBITION ENTRY FORM.

You can also email Howard Spector, Director of SPARC at howarddspector@gmail.com or by phone: 310-741-7650.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Extra: How Innovative Is In Your iPhone 6 Really?

iPhone_infographic-thumbnail-150x150Everybody’s looking forward to seeing the new iPhone 6 this week. What do you think is the most wanted feature? Better camera? Bigger screen? You’d be surprised. Customer surveys show that what people wish for most is improved battery life. As for entirely new features sapphire glass tops the expectations list.  Check out this latest info-graphic by Alex Hillsberg at Finances Online using latest customer surveys and comparing specs of previous iPhone models, that shows how much innovation there really was in each iPhone so far. There’s also included a detailed analysis of what features clients expect from the new model.  You can also view the full article by clicking HERE.

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HI-TECH HIJACK – A Musical In Three Bytes at Studio C

By Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

hitechhijack_poster_web-2Studio C Artists is in their final weekend of its current production HI-TECH HIJACK – A Musical In Three Bytes. And this show is one you don’t want to miss!

WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

We’ve been hijacked by technology and we’ve all got to come to terms with it.  This comical collection of three one-acts explores man’s relationship with technology, how it has invaded our lives, how we, as a human race, deal with it and the quite surprising consequences.

Originally developed with New Musicals Inc. and presented as part of the 15 Minute Musicals evening MAN V. MACHINE in June of 2012 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, HI-TECH HIJACK makes a seriously outstanding comeback with its Studio C rendition.

Actors/singers Allie Costa, Shannon Martinous, Luke Klipp, Kila Packett and Bryan Blaskie, pull out all the stops in every anxiety ridden, fantastical, desperate, kitchy piece of choreography and song.  The show is wildly funny at every moment in the vein of film musicals like Grease and Hairspray, with a tremendous amount of personality, especially Ms. Costa who full on vibes her own personal version of a “Breakfast Club” Ally Sheedy.

Each number (albeit repetitively) drones out the hilarious insanity of people trying and failing badly to communicate likes, loves, needs and cries for attention in a world where the ease of tech and social media is supposed to make our lives better and more connected but somehow gets ever more in the way. Even the technology itself makes a break from its own nano-prison into the unknown black hole of re-boot, tired of being tied down to fickle human preferences.

IWISH – In a desperate plea to her parents for attention, teenaged Becca calls for a gadget intervention and hides all the cell phones, computers and iPads in the house.

PHOTO FINISH – What would happen if grandma’s family photos took on a life of their own? Could they survive outside of the hard drive?

#BRAD4LAURA – It’s LOVE and Brad, wants to immediately tell the world…If only he can get past all the online disclaimers, pop-ups, advertisements, thumb typing mishaps and accidental sends to everyone else in his iPhone address book in order to get to Laura’s personal Facebook timeline, YouTube page, text messages, AOL email or Twitter.

At 45 minutes this show is so worth the ticket for the laughter. Not a second is lost with the momentum, the acting, outstanding singing talent, the music or the stories.  An all around great time!

A STUDIO C ARTISTS PRODUCTION
Located at:
6448 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Two shows left:

Friday, September 5th at 8pm
Saturday, September 6th at 8pm
 
Tickets can be purchased online at EVENTBRITE
Or call: (323) 988-1175