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


in association with Chapman University present


A Play That Brings Battle and Home Front Letters to Life

By Andrew Carroll

Directed by John Benitz



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

9820 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Featuring Annette Bening, Gary Cole and More!


or call 1-213-972-4488

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

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

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

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Carroll has traveled to 40 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and has collected more than 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and now emails) from every conflict in American history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music Monday Spotlight: The Highway – All You Do

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

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

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

ON THE RADAR: TST’s 8th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2015 — a whole festival devoted to women’s stories, and our relationships with women.

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Towne Street Theatre, LA’s premiere African American theatre company and KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, have partnered to celebrate KCET’s 50th anniversary, and Towne Street Theatre’s commitment to the community, by hosting a special multimedia community exhibit during the opening weekend of the 8th Annual TST Ten Play Festival,” March 14 & 15, 2015 at the Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood.

The exhibit is a traveling arts and education kiosk which takes the public through historical touch points of the region, and KCET’s 50-year legacy of serving the interests of Southern and Central California audiences with high quality award-winning multi-cultural programming.


The interactive kiosk, measuring 84″ L x 84″ W x 84″ H, will prompt community members to answer the question: “How have women helped create a better state?” in honor of Women’s History Month.  Some community responses will be showcased on-air and online at

“We are so pleased that Towne Street Theatre is hosting our community kiosk and helping to strengthen our region’s cultural fabric, allowing our viewers to become a part of the conversation,” said Mary Mazur, KCETLink’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are also grateful to our Community Advisory Board for identifying important locations in the city where the kiosk can be displayed, create a sense of community, and educate people about our history.”


Towne Street Theatre’s “8th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival,” celebrates Women’s History Month at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, from March 14 – March 29, 2015 The Ten Minute Play Festival features 10 plays with themes that pay tribute to the lives, relationships and circumstances of women.  After receiving over 100 submissions from around the world, Towne Street has chosen to showcase dramatic and comedic productions that range in topics from marriage and relationships, to motherhood, cancer, aging and rape. The Festival runs Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the Festival visit

KCET marked the important 50-year milestone on Sept. 28. 2014, with a celebration that included a variety of multi-platform programming and initiatives.


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit KCET is a service of KCETLink Media Group.

ABOUT Towne Street Theatre

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African American Theatre Company, was founded in 1993 in the aftermath of the LA 1992 riots. Its mission is to create positive social impact by producing and developing original works reflective of the African American experience. Towne Street continues to be an oasis for creativity and imagination; a theatre that helps to bridge the cultural divide by bringing artists and audiences of all colors and ethnicities together.  The 8th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival is produced in association with the Stella Adler Theatre/LA.  Towne Street has been in residence at the Stella Adler Theatre since 2004.



From OZ to Chicago: MAY and GLEE’s Samuel Larsen on “Sunday Night”

sunday night vid

 Australian pop/soul singer-songwriter MAY released the​ video for the track “Sunday Night,” the first of several stand alone singles set to make their US debut in 2015.

Filmed in the most derelict parts of Detroit with co-star Samuel Larsen of “Glee,” MAY wanted the landscape of the video to embody the essence of the song–evocative and beautiful yet fleeting and poignant. Watch the video below.  It’s really gorgeous!

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Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape at REDCAT

From Thursday, February 26 to Saturday, February 28, REDCAT, CalArt’s Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts, will presents Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape, a multimedia theater work conceived, written and directed by internationally renowned artist Miwa Yanagi.

this is a must see event!

YanagiAT13_1016 courtesy of  Aichi Triennale 2013  photo by Naoshi Hatori

In the midst of WWII, the voice of a female announcer on Radio Tokyo, Japan’s state-run international radio service, reached the ears of U.S. troops stationed in the South Pacific. The broadcast announcements were made by not one, but several Japanese-American women, ordered to work on air by the Japanese Imperial Army. Their voices, aired during an entertainment program, The Zero Hour, were immediately and wildly popular with the US Troops based, who soon began referring to the announcers collectively as Tokyo Rose.’

TicketsZero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape, inspired by actual events, traces the story of and the search for the true Tokyo Rose and examines the case of a young Japanese-American woman who was stranded in Japan during WWII, forced to serve as a broadcaster for the propaganda radio program and subsequently tried for treason by the United States.

This historic incident is visually reimagined with dynamic redcat logoprojections, and iconic imagery from the rich body of photographic work by artist Miwa Yanagi, who takes audiences inside the multifaceted story of a woman caught between two nations during and in the wake of WWII. Tokyo Rose marks Miwa Yanagi’s North American debut as a theater artist, and is touring to the Kennedy Center in Washington, The Japan Society in NY and Toronto and REDCAT in Los Angeles.

YanagiAT13_2156-1 courtesy of  Aichi Triennale 2013  photo by Naoshi Hatori

Los Angeles native Iva Toguri is the most famously-linked name behind the Tokyo Rose persona. Toguri was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA, but was stranded in Japan because she was visiting her family when the war broke out. Toguri’s prominence saw her branded as one of the war’s most notorious propagandists, but evidence shows that she was not a Japanese sympathizer. Toguri’s program became conflated with more vicious propaganda, and she was arrested and convicted of treason after the Japanese surrender. She was released from prison in 1956, but it would take more than 20 years before she finally received an official presidential pardon for her role in the war.

Miwa Yanagi was born in Kobe, Japan and completed postgraduate courses at Kyoto City University of Arts. Known primarily as a contemporary photographer and video artist, in recent years she has expanded her work into performance art and theater. Hailed by The New York Times as a veteran on the art fair circuit, Miwa Yanagi employs computer graphics and special effects in her intricate visual pieces, and her theatrical works incorporate images from her visual artwork. Yanagi’s elaborate creations communicate themes of femininity/gender, aging, employment and body image.

Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tapeis written and directed by Miwa Yanagi
Performed in English and Japanese with English subtitles

Set and Costume Design by Miwa Yanagi.
Set Construction Design by Torafu Architects.
Choreography by Megumi Matsumoto.
Lighting Design by Akane Ikebe.
Sound Design by Yasutaka Kobayakawa.
Video Projection by Tadashi Mitani. Technical Direction by Genta Iwamura.

Performers: Yohei MatsukadoHinako AraoMegumi MatsumotoAmi KobayashiSogo NishimuraAki and Sachi Masuda.

“Transcends time and space.” – Artscape Japan

The North American tour of Zero Hour is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York and supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the Fiscal year 2014, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan Program and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We take a breath


This current Mercury retrograde is exhausting. So when stumbling upon this meditative photo series by Hovercraftdoggy, we thought , as entitled, we can finally take a breath!

Originally posted on hovercraftdoggy:

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“Each Line One Breath” is a series of meditative drawings by artist John Franzen. He calls them morphogenetic freehand drawings.

He starts with a straight line all the way down a page, and then slowly draws another line beside it. He tries his best to copy the line exactly but inevitably there are tiny imperfections. These “mistakes” are amplified as he copies each new line, and the drawing begins to reveal itself like a curtain. (text via

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#WhatsHotNow: Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour

m_220_kptpwt_epix_1sht_V2.inddFresh off her Super Bowl XLIX Halftime performance and current world tour, EPIX just announced a World Television Premiere of KATY PERRY: THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR on Saturday, March 28th at 8PM on EPIX. The recently filmed high-energy two-hour Concert Special will air during the EPIX Free Preview Weekend (March 26-29) and features Katy performing her biggest hits from “I Kissed a Girl” to “Dark Horse.”

EPIX Presents Katy Perry:The Prismatic World Tour

World Television Premiere on EPIX on March 28, 2015

EPIX subscribers will be able to watch the special across all EPIX platforms—on air, online, on demand and via the EPIX app.  Non EPIX subscribers will be able to watch the special online at, via the EPIX app and in markets where the Free Preview will be carried by Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse and other EPIX affiliates.  The premiere of the concert film will also be available as a Live Free Stream via the official EPIX and Katy Perry Facebook pages.

twitter-birdJoin the conversation on Twitter about KATY PERRY: THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR with #PrismaticOnEPIX.

For more information, visit  the world tour page.

KATY PERRY: THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is an EPIX Original Concert Special directed by Russell Thomas, and produced by Done + Dusted with Katy Perry and Direct Management Group. For EPIX, Ross Bernard is the Executive Producer, Valerie Bishop is the Associate Producer and Lauren Zucker is the Consulting Producer.  Katy Perry is the latest artist to join the stellar roster of concert specials on EPIX. Past performances include: P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour, Madonna: The MDNA Tour, Coldplay Live 2012, Usher: Live From London, Britney Spears: Femme Fatale, Seth McFarlane: Music is Better Than Words and Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour: Live From Buenos Aires.