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The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Opens Today

MARCH 26-29, 2015

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          The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 22 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.

The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will return March 26-29, 2015 to the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291.

      Reservations: (818) 760-0408. Online reservations will be available at http://www.lawtf.org .

To join and follow LAWTF on Facebook and Twitter, click on their links at http://www.lawtf.org

          The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 26, 2015 will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at 8:00 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, Maverick and Infinity Awards to distinguished women. (The Honorees will be announced in a separate release.)

The theme of the program on March 26 is “IN TRIBUTE TO PHENOMENAL WOMEN.”The evening will be hosted by Hattie Winston (Becker) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat). Entertainment for the evening of Thursday, March 26, 2015 will include:

Ingrid Graham: “Pearls.” An excerpted solo dance accompanied by live music. This piece explores themes of truth, vulnerability and strength in relationships. Original music performed by Melissa Sharee.

Jovelyn Richards: “Sweet Baby.” 1865. The end of the Civil War, in the aftermath of its devastation, and Maw Maw comes upon a door lying in a field that offers an answer to her question after a life of enslavement, “Free. What dat mean to me now?”

          Clarinda Ross: “From My Grandmother’s Grandmother Unto Me.”  This excerpted storytelling piece chronicles the joys and sorrows of five generations of Appalachian women.

 

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Theme:

RISING ABOVE

          Megan Dolan: “SNACK!” A humorous and sobering look at being a child of divorce that results in emotional eating, and the challenges of parenting your kids and yourself—simultaneously.

          Cheryl Rae : “RIDE:A Life With Tobacco.”  This is a non-linear poetic storytelling about Tobacco- the relief, the happiness and the hold.

          Sharrell D. Luckett: “Young, Gifted and Fat.”  Once 100 pounds heavier, Sharrell serves up interesting insights about her emotional struggle to adjust to life after her major weight loss.

Saturday, March 28,  2015 at 2:00 p.m. Theme:

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

          Karen A. Clark: “The Women.” In this encore excerpt, through music, poetry and storytelling, Karen A. reflects on the women in her family, particularly her mother, who provided a “wow” factor.

          Rachae Thomas: “Pieces of Cara.” Through music and spoken word, a young biracial woman takes an amusing look at her unorthodox single parent mother in this storytelling piece.

          Anu Yadav: “Meena’s Dream.” This one-woman play excerpt takes an empowering look at a young girl who wrestles with her deepest fears, while still dreaming of a world where everyone, including her mother, can have enough.

          Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Theme:

GLOBALLY SPEAKING”

          Davina Cole: “All the Colours.”  One woman’s turbulent journey from Africa to the U.K. explores family, civil war and upheaval.

          Stacie Chaiken: “What She Left.”  A young Jewish woman in wartime Warsaw with a fierce will to survive did what she had to do.

          Ingrid Griffith: “Demerara Gold.”  From the voice of a seven-year-old in Guyana, this young girl is left in the clutches of her grandmothers when her parents suddenly get visas to America and leave their children behind.

          Juliette Jeffers: “Pan Gyul.”  A Trinidadian girl in the 1950s who loves to play the steel pan drums deals with the fact that playing the drums was only meant exclusively for men at that time.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Theme:

MOVEMENTS, MATCHMAKERS AND MERMAIDS

          Aizzah Fatima: “Dirty Paki Lingerie.”  Sex, religion and politics collide when Pakistani-American Muslim women air their dirty laundry.

          Kyla Garcia: “The Mermaid Who Learned How to Fly..” Part personal story and part fairy tale, this storytelling piece is a deep exploration of what happens when we allow romantic love to be the ground we stand on, rather than exploring our dreams instead.

          Maria G. Martinez: “For My Cause Your Spirit Will Speak.” A middle-aged Latina/Chicana/Mexicana woman reflects on her journey through the Chicana Movement of the 60s that includes her commitment to the struggle, sexism, and the honorable activism of raising a child.

          Katie Wong (dancer), Raissa Simpson (choreographer): “Study on a Butterfly.”  A metaphoric solo dance piece questions how we relate to the internal struggles of living with pain and depression, when our outward appearance projects contradictory images of health and well-being.

         

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Theme:

DEFINING MOMENTS

          Deborah Dutilh: “Into the Panther’s Cage.” This story chronicles how one woman’s dream state envisions what comes to pass.

          Stephanie Ann Johnson: “Every 21 Days: Cancer, Yoga and Me.” At once funny and poignant, a woman’s victorious health bout ultimately changes her life through personal remembrance, spirituality and yoga.

          Marsha Etell: “Big Butt Girls and Other Fantasies/The Remix.” Through music, dance and a sense of humor as healing elements, this woman gets through the unexpected by not taking herself and life so seriously.

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The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival was founded by Executive Producer Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed. The Festival is an annual event unique among American cultural institutions and should not be missed.

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is a non-profit organization. This year’s annual organizational supporters include the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City National Bank, Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles, City of Culver City, and Adilah Barnes Productions.

Admission to the Gala is $50 or two tickets for $90 (includes light fare and Champagne). For the other programs, ticket prices this year include general admission single show tickets at $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Students, seniors, and groups of ten or more, $18. Children 12 and under, $10.

Reservations: (818) 760-0408. Online reservations will be available at http://www.lawtf.org . To join and follow LAWTF on Facebook and Twitter, click on their links at http://www.lawtf.corg

FACTORY OF LIGHT: Film Screening at Substrate Gallery – March 26th 7pm – 11pm

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Substrate Gallery is pleased to present FACTORY OF LIGHT, a multi-media event featuring Jean Balest’s latest music video for the Berlin/Australian based post-punk band House of Light. In addition, the band will be performing an intimate live set at the screening.

Currently touring North America with their 2015 album Nervous Systems, House of Light is proud to announce the video release of their single “New York City”. In keeping with the titular theme of the track, House of Light’s Justin Maarten De Vries and Valentina Veil teamed up with director Jean Balest who has reinterpreted Andy Warhol’s New York City art scene by producing a music video in the fashion of Andy’s screen tests on 16mm film in collaboration with Italian animator Mara Autilio (Artemera).

Mara and her team of animators helped bring Balest’s vision of moving screen prints to life. Balest said of the collaboration, ‘The animator was in Italy, the band was spending time between Berlin and Australia and we all met in L.A. and somehow we all felt that Warhol was the muse that we all culled from in our own ways. You can watch the video, listen to the song, view the frames Mara illustrated and see Andy’s influence on art, music and film in each medium. He was a thief with style, and I think he’d be happy that we ripped him off.’

Please join us March 26th for an evening of film, live music, pop art photography and live projected screen tests by cinematographer Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex). Musical guests include experimental electronic group L.A.Drones! and special guests to be announced. Complimentary beer and wine with a purchase of a pop art print at the door for $10. A limited edition set of prints will be on display and available for purchase at the film screening.

Please RSVP by clicking on the Substrate Facebook Event button.

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Verdigris at Theatre West

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Adam Conger, Jim Beaver, Cal Bartlett, Sheila Shaw, David Goldstein, Chloe Rosenthal Photo credit: Charlotte Mount

Verdigris is a green or greenish-blue coating that forms like rust on brass, bronze or copper, especially with age or neglect.  It can also cast an eerily beautiful glow.  The funny thing about verdigris…it doesn’t just happen to brass.

It’s been said that if Tennessee Williams had been writing about the West, he might have come up with Verdigris. I would have to agree. Verdigris is as close as a modern writer might come to the kind of poetic emotional mine field Williams so thoroughly waded and hurdled in his works.  Writer/actor Jim Beaver exquisitely squeezes the heart of it, for sure.

First produced in 1985 at Theatre West, Verdigris feels as new as it’s first day live on stage.  This play is no mere romantic reminiscence of the past, of days gone by or dreams once lived and lost.  It’s hard!  As hard and frustrated and lonely and so damned moving as the horribly manipulative, Margaret Fielding, who can’t see much, use her hands or walk but can “hear paint peel”, around which the drama centers.  It stares you in the face with a square jaw, blunt and uncompromising.  There is no middle ground.

But unlike the decrepit house with cracked walls, flaking wall paper and far too many relics slowly crumbling into dust, Margaret a once movie star dazzling, desirable young woman, now crippled with age and illness, is still full of life. No matter the odds she keeps reaching for it.  And that is the tragedy.

It’s 1972, in the small town of Edgar, Oklahoma.  A young acting student by the name of Richard shows up to take a “position’ in the house caring for Margaret.  As Richard narrates the past in present tense, layers of history, of anger, of failure and of love are revealed for a final moment of redemption.

Verdigris ain’t for sissies!  It is a snappy, real time exposition of life in the raw endowed with plenty of grit and some truly wonderful, heartbreaking surprises.  This cast is gorgeous! Every moment is played out perfectly – sometimes hilarious, often cruel, ultimately wrenching right at the heart center.

THEATRE WEST PRESENTS a Nawyecka Production a 30TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF ITS HIT PLAY VERDIGRIS 

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Now playing until April 19, 2015

Written by Jim Beaver
Directed by Mark W. Travis
Produced by Charlie Mount, Jill Jones and Arden Teresa Lewis.

Featuring Jim Beaver: Sheila Shaw (who also appeared in the 1985 mounting), Katie Adler, Cal Bartlett, Adam Conger, David Goldstein, Ian Lerch, David Mingrino, Chloe Rosenthal, Corinne Shor and Dylan Vigus.

Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068

This is near North Hollywood, Universal City and Studio City. There is free parking in a lot across the street.

Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00

ADMISSION: $25. Online, $20. Seniors: $20, online $15. Groups (ten or more) $15. Students: $5.
RESERVATIONS: (323) 851-7977.
ONLINE TICKETING: www.theatrewest.org

Bombing With Uzi: TagsAndThrows

…after street art – tags is the new hype.

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Thanks to artists like Banksy and Obey, street art is getting bigger and more respected within the art world. The tag, the artists signature, is where graffiti started and TagsAndThrows seeks to shine light on this part of the subculture, an art form soon to be as respected as any other.

Bombing With Uzi is TagsAndThrows 6th short documentary. The viewer gets an unique view of how one of Europe’s most legendary graffiti writers – Uzi – gets his name up on the streets of Stockholm, while balancing his role as a family father in the meanwhile. Interviewed about his view on art in public spaces, the cost of graffiti removal and the future of graffiti within the art world.

TagsAndThrows is the worlds leading online source when it comes to the backbone of graffiti – tags and throw-ups. Our main market is the die hard fans of graffiti bombing – the ones already in love with the subculture, but we’re also aiming at educating the rest of the world about this suburban phenomenon. With 88.000 followers on Instagram and 1.6 million views on YouTube on 6 short documentaries about graffiti bombers from New York, Stockholm, Melbourne and Copenhagen – TagsAndThrows is set to document the most beautiful tags and throw-ups in the world in the most beautiful way possible.

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Thomas Gunnarsson / OKOK.

Thomas Gunnarsson, or OKOK as he calls himself as an artist, has been a part of the graffiti culture for more than 27 years. He’s a photographer, a filmer and a designer – and a shaker and mover in the Swedish creative industries. Right now, he’s putting his full focus into TagsAndThrows and his own career as an artist – creating art, experimenting with never-before used techniques, and expanding the universe one sketch at a time.

“I love bombing and I love photography. I snap a lot of pictures. Pictures of people, patterns and color combinations, tags and throw-ups. I love to capture the world around me, both with a camera, visually with a pen or with words on paper. It’s something inside me that I can’t stop. Something that’s gotta get out”.OKOK, founder of TagsAndThrows, covered on the BizarreBeyondBelief Magazine.

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More short documentaries by TagsAndThrows can be found here >>>

Bombing With Guns >
Bombing Alone >
Bombing With Lush > 
Bombing in Copenhagen >
Daytime Bombing with HNR >

Book Review: Why Latinas Get the Guy

A No-BS Guide to Understanding the Allure of Latin-American Women and Spicing Up Your Love Life by Joe Bovino

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

The-Final-Final-Cover-205x300This book should come with a companion guide for women entitled something like, “How to recognize slackers, mysoginists, abusers, control freaks, perverts, baggage handlers, gay men faking it for mommy, boys with s’mothers and bisexuals who actually prefer men but love to lie to you, and the general male dating scum at large.” After all, as Mr. Bovino says, he’s really on our side, even though we’ve got to know the truth…about ourselves. So as a tiny helpful incentive for taking the deep dive into his bold advice, looking, acting and dressing like a sexy, friendly, flirty Latina in order to “get the guy”, I myself wouldn’t mind a little bit of, suck in your beer gut, wear some decent clothes once in a while, shave and shower often advice to men.  

I never thought I was supposed to take any part of this book seriously.  The stereotypical descriptions of Latinas and American women alike are so over-the-top that they actually gave me the giggles until I started coming across too many real life examples to my shock and chagrin of women who fit them in both cultures — and none of them flattering.

Mr. Bovino has a point.  In fact, I asked a couple of my guy friends how they felt about women today, heck I even asked my Dad. They all said they wished women were more approachable.  It’s not that they didn’t find us completely hot (well at least the ones trying), but they were pretty fed up with feeling like a bunch of jerks for actually liking us.

Women who consider themselves liberated from having to adorn to get a man are not going to like this book at all.  Some are going to be intrigued by the Chica-spotting visual aides and there will be many others who will treat this advice as Bible.  (And good luck to that!)  Most guys, I think are going to love this and shout hallelujah from the rafters.  (Although my street tough, lady-killer-in-his-day-father actually rolled his eyes at some of the portraitures of both Americans and Latinas – older generation…) In any case, it is a substantial amount of new fodder in the Battle Royale of the sexes.

That fact of the matter is when it comes down to the opposite sex, every man might want something different and every woman too but the commonality is we all could use some “pretty” and more than just a little “nice”.

Of all the things written in this tome, Mr. Bovino’s grandma actually has the most sound encouragement of all, “Just be happy and laugh a lot.”

“I’ll take it!”

amazon-logo-1It’s a brutally honest $5 Kindle read.  Keep in mind that it is one man’s opinion about women. 

The Carrie Hamilton at The Pasadena Playhouse Celebrates Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in Properties of Silence

 by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.   ~Buddha

For its commemorative 25th anniversary “Properties of Silence”, produced by About…Productions in residence at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse is currently being paired in revival with a Convergence of Women’s Voices Salon Series of poetry readings, special performances, panels and discussions. 

Written by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo and Alan Pulner and directed by Chavez, this short play melds two seemingly separate yet parallel stories together which ultimately discuss the struggle for self-expression.

It is a simply breathtaking piece! 

The third part of a trilogy that deals with the inner voice as a possible source of personal spiritual and political truth, the play takes place in a multi-layered dreamscape highlighting not just its gorgeous, inspired presentation, but the very real importance of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a nun of  New Spain (Mexico) who in the 17th century was an acclaimed, self-taught playwright, poetess, scientist and philosopher. 

Sor Juana focused on highlighting and revering the beauty and necessity of earthly things, people, sciences and ideas as the real blessing of God rather than falling in line strictly behind Church dogma which was suffocating and unenlightening especially for women who were brutally repressed.  She became known in her lifetime as “The Tenth Muse” and the “Phoenix of the Americas”. During her life, she also acquired what is considered to be the largest collection of scientific and musical instruments in the Americas and possessed a substantial library.  Before being silenced by the Church, she was commissioned by the vice-regal court of New Spain, residing in Mexico City, to write verse and plays, a number of which were published in Europe.  

Sor Juana was silenced by the Church for being a woman but really, for being a woman of extraordinary intelligence and reason, attributes  that were forbidden by the Church itself for women to possess.  Sor Juana wrote during a time when the subjegation of women was absolute. Intelligence shown by any woman was considered and dealt with as a disobedience and even though she was completely devoted to her faith, much of Sor Juana’s writings are said to have been destroyed as part of her penance wherein she writes (or was told to write), I, the worst of all women...

Nevertheless, a few of her works managed to live on creating a legacy that could not be denied. Even the facts surrounding whether or not she actually signed the penance papers or that she completely conformed to her silence remain loosely in debate. She is considered the first feminist writer and a Latin American treasure.  Properties of Silence is inspired by her most significant poem, “Primero Sueño” (“First Dream”). 

Properties of Silence is as brilliant as Sor Juana’s works themselves.  It is hands down one of the most evocative, intelligent, accessible writings imbued with considerable simplicity and empathy for all women, for all, period, feminist or not. 

Set in Phoenix, Arizona and told all in poetic line and imaginary dream where the players cross time and space to meet, exchange ideas and confess their fears, the piece shifts lightly from past to present through metaphor and reality until both become one.  Barbara (Elizabeth Rainey) and Tom (Kevin Sifuentes) come to grips with their troubled marriage.  Sor Juana (portrayed by Rose Portillo) confronts her own imminent silence by the Catholic Church who is forcing her to silence her pen and her scientific inquiries.

Properties of Silence and the “Post-Silence” Salon Series runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m until March 29, with one weekday matinee on Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. (dark Sunday, March 22). Four preview performances take place on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. 

Post-Silence Salon Series remaining highlghts.

Red Hen Press will present poets Nicelle Davis, Laurel Ann Bogen and Amy Uyematsu on March 12 and Gail Wronsky and Alicia Portnoy on March 20.

Scholar Barbara Fuchs, PhD on March 14; and writer/performer/activist Karen Anzoategui on March 21.

Mujeres de Maiz will present poets Iris de Anda, Felicia Montes, Rebecca Gonzales and Xitlalic Gujosa Osuna on March 15, and poets/writers Las Lunas Locas on March 26.

Starring Elizabeth Rainey, Kevin Sifuentes and Rose Portillo

Written by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo and Alan Pulner

Directed by Theresa Chavez

Original compositions by Julie Adler

Projections by Janice Tanaka

Set design iby Akeime Mitterlehner

Costume design is by Marcy Froehlich

Lighting Design iby Pablo Santiago

Choreography by Sarah Leddy

Original prints created by artists from the first Maestra Atelier at Self Help Graphics & Art in tribute to Sor Juana will be displayed in The Carrie Hamilton Theatre lobby.

Now Playing through March 29

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

POS_graphic-medWednesday at 2 p.m.: March 25 ONLY

Thursdays at 8 p.m.: March 12, 19, 26

Fridays at 8 p.m.: March 13, 20, 27

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

Sundays at 3 p.m.: March 15, 29 (dark March 22)

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Reservations and Information:

(626) 396-0920 or www.aboutpd.org

ADMISSION:

General admission: $30

Students with valid ID: $15

BAMBOOZLED: FACT. FICTION. ART? Get Ready for April Fools at Barnsdall Art Park

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On April 1st, April Fools day, from 8-10pm. iconic Barnsdall Art Park Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA is throwing a one-of-a-kind fundraiser to kick off the Park’s brand-new literary arts series.  All Angelenos are invited to participate in an interactive evening.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, Bamboozled promises to be a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA based authors, Lisa Teasley, Deborah Vankin, Bill Lambrinides and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong.

The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction?  Signed copies of the authors’ books will be awarded to the evening’s winners.

During the performance, artist and muralist Annie Preece will be creating a live painting based on the stories told, which will be raffled off at the end of the night.

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Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. You can get tickets in advance right now!

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Bamboozled is part of the Park’s distinctive year-round programming, which also includes its famed wine tastings to movie nights.