Category Archives: Movement

Lost in Lvov: A Los Angeles Encore Presentation

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Lost in Lvov

Sandy Simona is a woman filled with introspective, exuberant joy that when voiced and sung aloud is infectious from the moment you walk into the house.

Lost in Lvov is a melodic slow burn of biographical remembrances and collective memories of things long awaited and yet to be fulfilled, suddenly exploded and turned wildly upside down and inside out.  Imbued with immersive sadness, longing, bliss, ecstasy the stories of love are embroiled into a single, poetic and passionate affair of the heart.

Ms. Simona guides us through sensuality, sexual awakening, terrible loss, dreams of three sisters and above all the twists and turns of the real woman who is her feisty, bold, but secretly broken-hearted mother, exposing the deepest cavities of her soul and revealing her most inner emotions and truths.

This over-the-top, story is inventive and filled with abandon. From her mother’s description of her fat neighbor returning home from the army as the now transformed “not fat anymore” man who becomes Sandy’s father, and who writes poetry to her (mother) like Pushkin, to the desperate woman waiting for the vacuum cleaner salesman who takes the train from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to walks on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, Sandy offers a high-spirited, strung together, account of her family, emigrated from the Soviet Union, “where the moon came out to dance with the sun before it came down”, now settled in America.

Watch the trailer here:

A hilarious array of personalities including Sandy herself, (not so coincidentally named after Olivia Newton John’s character in Grease), Ms. Simona challenges us and invites us in through comedy, dance, gorgeous live music and word, divulging piece by piece her experiences growing up as a first generation Russian Jew, dating failures, artistic discoveries and the shame of watching her father, a former scientist in his home country, having to work as a greasy mechanic. Most of all she boils down the truth of her mother’s obsession to have Sandy succeed, in love and life: the dream of an academically brilliant student to become an Engineer but deliberately failed by the school for being a woman and a Jew.

This entire show thrives completely in the moment, is hot to the touch and exciting without relief.  An exquisite experience.

Lost in Lvov  was mounted for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 and has been part of the combined artform Producer’s Award ENCORE extended presentations. There are however, no more encore performances left in Los Angeles.  And so we tearfully send this production on its way to New York City for the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row Studios.  If you are an East Coaster you can catch this phenomenal experience in November 2014.  Check the website for tickets.


Written, Directed, Choreographed and Performed by Sandy Simona

Live music by: Jacob & Julia Kanter, Endre Balgoh from Paris Chansons and Kassandra Kochoshis, Agrenta Walther

Please visit:  www.LostinLvov and

Street League Skateboarding Competes in Los Angeles on July 27th


Los Angeles is about to get even hotter  with Skateboarding’s most prestigious professional competitive series.  Street League Skateboarding, will host their second stop competition in Los Angeles at the Galen Center on Sunday July 27th.

After a historical jaw-dropping show last weekend in Chicago, the 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour will continue to deliver 25 of the world’s best pro skaters competing for the chance to advance to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in Newark on August 24.

The 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour brings the sport’s best street skateboarding to a worldwide fan base with each star competitor seeking to win the Super Crown Championship and further cement their spot in skateboarding history — and and you are invited to be a part of this momentous event.

Congratulations to SLS Nike SB World Tour Chicago champion Nyjah Huston.

In addition to the trophy and $100,000 prize purse, Nyjah holds a “golden ticket” to the $200,000 Super Crown World Championships in August. With one more event before the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, is 2014 the year that Nyjah sweeps the season?



July 27, 2014 


The Galen Center Arena is located at the University of Southern California (USC) at 3400 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, and the arena’s box office is located at the corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Blvd.

11:00AM PT – Outdoor Expo open to public
12:40PM PT – Arena doors open
1:40PM-4:20PM PT – Prelims (live webcast)
4:20PM-5:00PM PT – Intermission / fan entertainment / pro practice
5:00PM-6:30PM PT – Final (live on: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO mobile app, international webcast)

6:35PM-6:55PM PT – Diamond Supply Co. Presents #DIAMONDLIFE Afterparty Jam Session (live webcast)

Fans across the country can catch the SLS Nike SB World Tour on Fox Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO, as well as the official Street League webcast on  @StreetLeague



Gia On The Move got the news yesterday and it saddened us to hear it.  This is for my Angelenos, some of whom surely knew and/or worked with Ric. A highly active community centric man, Ric’s passing is surely a loss for the Silver Lake, theatrical and gay communities at large here in Los Angeles.
Rest in peace.  

What follows is a verbatim reprint of the press release.


RicMontejano in The Indian Wants the BronxCSUF


Richard (Ric) Montejano was born on September 22, 1949 in San Gabriel and grew up in Van Nuys and then La Habra.  In the late 1970’s, he found his true community in Silver Lake where he lived as a creative artist, entrepreneur and activist on his own terms, chasing his passions and accepting the pitfalls, until he died from lung cancer on June 22, 2014 at the age of 64.

After graduating from La Habra High School, Ric attended CSU Fullerton where he developed his talents for choreography and directing as a student of theatre and dance.  In 1970 under Ric’s artistic direction, a troupe of fellow CSUF students formed the communal Dudesheep Theatre Company and moved to San Francisco.  They became the resident company at Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Poets Theatre.  Ric directed the West Coast premiere of The Open Theatre’s The Serpent to rousing critical acclaim during the heyday of San Francisco’s experimental theatre boom.

Returning to Los Angeles in the mid-1970’s, Ric continued to perform sporadically as a dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, producer and director at a variety of local venues including Scorpio Rising, Los Angeles Actors Theatre, The MET, The Fountain Theatre, and Word Space.

Over the years, Ric was a notable presence in Silver Lake.  He unabashedly loved the leafy, hilly neighborhoods that housed an interesting mix of locals who were gay, straight, Hispanic and a “little bit of everything.”  His first ink, in his fifties, was the words Silver Lake tattooed in bold calligraphy across the top of his back.

Ric Montejano spoken word is written down.

Ric Montejano spoken word is written down.

In the 1990’s he was proprietor of Mohawk’s Antiques & Collectables specializing in mid-century finds at his store near the corner of Mohawk and Sunset Blvd.  His knowledge, instinct and style attracted customers, and he loved “the hunt” of finding treasures at thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales and auctions.

Ric succumbed to the drug culture that was part of the unleashed gay lifestyle in the 1980’s and developed a weakness for speed that derailed his career and his health down to a period of sickness and homelessness.  His strong life force and creative energy prevailed, but he continued to fight this personal demon for the remainder of his life.

The AIDS epidemic that swept through the gay community had taken many of Ric’s close friends by the 1990’s and Ric was diagnosed with HIV and other ailments.  His direct link with historic times compelled Ric to write about his experiences as a gay man.  He discovered a knack for composition and cadence coupled with a distinctive and honest point of view.  He wrote with raw clarity about what he had observed and fantasized, including the Gay 80s, AIDS, crystal meth, incest, obsession and murder.

In SLHC Interview with Ric Montejano by Richard Goldin and Marco Larsen for the Silver Lake History Collective, Ric discusses his life and the evolution of the gay community in Silver Lake.  The interview can be seen here: 

In 2008 at the Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, Ric’s stories were performed under the title The Unforgiving Road, a journey down the mean streets through the eyes of a survivor.  Ric’s spoken word interpretation of his own stories went on to mesmerize and inform diverse audiences at many other venues and festivals in Los Angeles.

As his declining health kept him closer to home, Ric and his tiny tufted foundling Chihuahua-mix Sparky (the “velcro dog”) could be seen on their daily stroll down Silver Lake Blvd. to the 7-11 for a Big Gulp and the paper.  Every Saturday Ric became “the lamp man” and sold distinct, eclectic, collectable lamps from the curb in front of his Silver Lake apartment.  A steady stream of friends, neighbors, and passers-by populated his sales and enjoyed his generous, low key camaraderie.  They brought him food, reading matter, and even special finds for him to appraise or sell.

Ric detested threats to the character of his cozy, friendly Silver Lake neighborhood.  He became a community activist by spearheading the successful effort to ban digital billboards near his home on Silver Lake Blvd., close to the Silver Lake reservoir and the dog park.  Ric and Sparky stood daily across the street from the intrusive flashing electric sign that had been installed at Silver Lake and Effie, holding a hand-made poster that said “HONK if you hate the billboard.” His efforts and objections attracted major media attention that eventually unleashed a floodgate of protests to city hall until the sign was eventually removed.

ric on LOST bench


Ric is one of the “Faces of Sunset Blvd.” in photographer Patrick Ecclesine’s book of the same name.  His “Lost” portrait of a shirtless Ric with a blond Mohawk haircut on a bus bench was featured in exhibits at LA City Hall, Arc Light Hollywood and at the Berlin City Hall-Germany.  Another candid portrait of Ric writing at his kitchen table by photographer Phil Chin was exhibited at the Pasadena Armory.

In 2011, Ric fulfilled a lifetime ambition to take a show he directed to New York City.  Performance artist John Fleck, a sometimes collaborator and longtime friend, asked that Ric help direct his auto-biographical one-man show, Mad Women.  Ric’s gifts for restraint, for visual and aural composition, and for focus on what’s essential, heightened the impact of Fleck’s stream of consciousness memory show that wove the story of an aging Judy Garland with that of John’s mother, Josephine Fleck who died of Alzheimer’s disease.

The show opened at the Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz to rave reviews and an extended run.  Then John and Ric travelled to La Mama NYC where a review from New York’s Stage and Cinema commended Ric for “weaving the show together with finesse and panache and a great deal of heart…never forgetting the darker truths or the human warmth.”  In L.A., John Fleck received an LA Drama Critics Circle Award for this production.

​Mad Women Director Ric Montejano – Photo by Ed Krieger

​Mad Women Director Ric Montejano – Photo by Ed Krieger

Ric is survived by his loving, strong, active family of friends.  He has been clear that he has no regrets over the life he chose.  In his own words, from his story “Beauty,” Ric says, “I don’t regret chasing the dragon or flying too close to the sun.  I don’t regret biting off more than I can chew or my nose to spite my face.  I don’t regret eating crow or humble pie.  I don’t regret walking down roads that led nowhere.  This journey is MINE.”

To send donations for several legacy projects, including publication of Ric’s Silver Lake stories, contact .

Gustavo Godoy and the Architecture of Movement

Body Traffic

Stepping into a dancer’s arena is special.  Athletic and often quirky  there is no lack of adventure in the process of discovery.  On one particular occasion the unknown extended to more than just choreography.

Several weeks ago marked the unveiling of a newly built stage designed and entirely constructed by local Los Angeles artist Gustavo Godoy who built a large-scale sculpture for the dance performance RESTRUCTURE. The structure is a hightlight of the Dance Camera West Dance Media Festival  which took place this past weekend at the Music Center Plaza downtown LA and will end on June 13th.

Dance Camera West L.A. Presents “Restructure” 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival


BodytrafficBODYTRAFFIC Company Members Brandon Alley, Tina Berkett, Bynh Ho, Guzmán Rosado, Yusha Sorzano and Andrew Wojtal took their very first steps onto the structure in a private rehearsal presentation guided by choreographer Victor Quijada.

How much weight could each platform hold? Which pieces would be deliberately pulled apart? Which spindly extensions, crevices and holes could the dancers maneuver through?

The process was drawn out at first barely inching along.  But slowly, gradually, bodies moved noticeably faster with more agility directed by Victor  who encouraged the dancers to take more risks.  Not that they needed to be asked. In no time, the whole company went from crawling to swinging along. To witness this merging of movement and architectural art was no less thrilling and inspiring.

Gustavo-GodoyArtist Gustavo Godoy’s large-scale sculptural installations are site-responsive, informed by both the surrounding environment and the body’s potential relation to the work. Made of industrial materials such as plywood, plexiglas, and florescent lights, their dynamic constructions invite a physical experience– for one to climb, sit on, and even walk through. Godoy’s sculpture at the plaza of the Music Center is acting as a structural armature, an object specifically purposed for dance movement, with built-in ramps and passageways that the dancers interact with and perform on. Many of Godoy’s architectural sculptures are made largely with materials recycled from his other artworks. In concert with the “RESTRUCTURE” theme of this year’s DCW festival.

Victor-QuijadaChoreographed by Victor Quijada, Co-Artistic Director of RUBBERBANDance Group and award winning choreographer/dancer. From the hip-hop clubs of his native Los Angeles to a performance career with internationally-acclaimed postmodern and ballet dance companies such as THARP!, Ballet Tech, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. He has created over 24 short and full-length pieces both within the company structure and as commissions, and has toured with his company across North America, and in Europe, Japan, and Mexico. His work eloquently re-imagines, deconstructs, and applies choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics. His most recent film, Gravity of Center, won Best Experimental Short at the 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival and screened at DCW in 2012.

BODYTRAFFIC is a non-profit repertory dance company that thrives in Los Angeles. The company recruits great talent from around the globe to create world-class contemporary dance in the city of angels. BODYTRAFFIC’s growing repertory is vibrant, inspiring, accessible, and provoking to both new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts. Born from the sheer love of dance, BODYTRAFFIC’s spirited environment is flourishing because of its dedication, passion, and exquisite talent.

 A co-commission by Dance Camera West and The Music Center.

Modern Dance Legend Mary Anthony Dies at 97

Mary Anthony in a 1947 photo by Peter Basch

Mary Anthony in a 1947 photo by Peter Basch

Mary Anthony

(November 11, 1916 – May 31, 2014)

Gia On The Move is saddened to announce:

Mary Anthony, a national treasure and legend of modern dance, died in her studio home in the East Village in New York City on May 31, 2014 at the age of 97.  Former company member, Daniel Maloney who is the Artistic Director of the Mary Anthony Dance Theater Foundation, was like a son to her and took care of her to the end.

Mary Anthony is recognized as one of the leaders of the modern dance movement both as a choreographer and an exceptional teacher .  She was the 2004 recipient of the Bessie Award for lifetime contribution to the field of modern dance. In 2006 she received the Martha Hill Award. Other awards and honors include: Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke’s Balasaraswati Award from American Dance Festival, American Dance Guild Award of Artistry, American Dance Association Award, New York State Dance Education Award, and Channel One New Yorker of the week. In 2004 she was entered into the Dance Hall of Fame as part of an installation for the New Dance Group at the Saratoga Dance Museum and in 2011 she received a Citation from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer at her 95th birthday, declaring November 11 as Mary Anthony Day.

Mary Anthony, a native of Kentucky, began her career with a scholarship in dance with Hanya Holm in the early 40’s, eventually joining the Holm Company and becoming her assistant. She was an original member of the radical modern dance organization The New Dance Group in the 1940’s. Ms. Anthony danced in concerts with Joseph Gifford as well as appearing in many Broadway Shows. Her staging of the London production of Touch and Go, in which she danced one of the leading roles, resulted in a long association as choreographer for Italian Musical Theater.

Ms. Anthony started the Mary Anthony Dance Theater in 1956. Following the premier of Ms. Anthony’s signature work Threnody – for which composer, Benjamin Britten gave his special permission to use his Sinfonia da Requiem – Louis Horst wrote, “Here is the most beautiful and complete dance composition this observer has seen.” Her company performed throughout the United States for over 40 years, including appearances at Jacob’s Pillow, The American Dance Festival, the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood and toured as part of the Dance Touring Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, and for over 30 years presented home season performance in New York City. Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times described Ms. Anthony’s Songs as “hauntingly lyrical with the emphasis on simplicity and ageless craft.” In 1996, Mary Anthony Dance Theater celebrated its 40th Anniversary seasons at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City. In 2004 Ms. Anthony reconstructed one of her oldest works, Women of Troy, on Dancefusion, which was presented in Philadelphia along with her legendary solos Lady Macbeth danced by Mary Ford Sussman. In 2009 her work The Devil in Massachusetts from 1952 was reconstructed by the 360º Dance Company.

An internationally recognized choreographer, Ms. Anthony has had her works added to the repertory of Pennsylvania Ballet, Bat-Dor Company of Israel, the Dublin City Ballet, Dancefusion in Philadelphia and the National Institute for the Arts of Taiwan. Ms Anthony taught at the Herbert Berghof Studio for Actors in New York City for many years.  Shetaught at her own studio at 736 Broadway for over 50 years, retiring only last year.   In November 2013 a Tribute to Mary Anthony was presented as part of Fridays At Noon at the 92nd Street Y, honoring her legacy in modern dance and her 97th Birthday.

Mary Anthony has been an extraordinary presents in the dance community and the artistry and depth of her choreography is timeless. She will live on through the dancers she trained and the people who loved her. Andrea Pastorella, one of her long-time students stated the following, “Mary continued to teach, she never lost her “Eagle Eye” even when the right eye failed she never missed a blink. She would only give a compliment if she really meant it. Her honesty was relentless. One of the things that she loved most was teaching her choreography workshops which culminated twice a year at her studio with performances. She used to say: ‘These shows are what I live for’!”

Mary Anthony loved flowers and still has a bulb that has been coming back for 40 years. It was given to her by Ross Parkes, who was Associate Artistic Director and principal dancer with Mary’s Company for many years. She loved walking in nature, planting and growing her own tomatoes in the dance studio.  She loved cats, nature programs, travel, adventure, Ireland (her parents were from Ireland), hot coffee, a hot bath, taking a sauna, and good food. She spent summer weekends on Fire Island with her good friend of 60 years, Maya Helles with whom she loved watching the “Britcoms” and talk about dance.

Donations in Mary Anthony’s memory can be made to the Mary Anthony Dance Theater Foundation and sent to 736 Broadway, New York NY 10003. A memorial service will be scheduled in July please call the studio at 212-674-8191.



Photographers: Deadline for the Crusade Engagement Grant is April 1st

CfA madmimi 2Photographers Have 2 Weeks to apply for the $10,000 Crusade Engagement Grant

New Grant logoThe Crusade Engagement Grant offers $10,000 to a photographer or group of photographers with the most innovative idea for increasing the artist’s audience and collector base.

This unrestricted grant is created to generate and highlight these innovations, and to underwrite the execution of the best idea.  Crusade For Art is looking for projects that focus on creating demand for photography and provide a concrete plan to create one-to-one connections between the photographer, the viewer, and the audience.

This is not about making work or exhibiting work – this is about finding an audience and engaging them.

Click here for the Grant Guidelines

Click here for the Grant Application

Applications must be submitted online and include a $20 application fee.  There is no limit to the number of project ideas an individual can submit, however each project must be submitted in a separate application.  The deadline to apply is April 1st.

Crusade for Art is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build artists’ capacity to create demand for their work.

Get Ready for LA Puppet Fest 2014 April 1-13

Bob Baker's Rat, Jack, ChilieGia On The Move has been following a fair amount of companies who are masters in puppetry — in fact — we’ll be at the Broad Stage next month for a Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 3rd.  So when we received this announcement yesterday we got really excited! Plus some of our favorite small theatres in LA will be hosting these events. Very much for adults as well as children you will not want to miss this much fun.

LA Puppet Fest 2014, back for its second year, is a city-wide celebration dedicated to sharing and promoting the art of puppetry through performances and workshops.

Taking place from April 1 – 13, spanning from Santa Monica, West Los Angeles to West Hollywood and Hollywood, LA Puppet Fest promises to offer entertainment and educational activities with something for everyone.

Over 25 events are scheduled, many appropriate for children and families, as well as adult only programs. Participating in this year’s LA Puppet Fest are Puppet School; Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams; LA Guild of Puppetry; Little Stage Puppet Theater; Bob Baker Marionette Theater; Rogue Artists; Sock Puppet Theater; Beth Peterson; Leslie K. Gray; Gina Pavlova; Skirball Cultural Center; and more!

For more information please visit the LA Puppet Fest website at

Limited VIP packages with preferred seating and perks are also available. Events range from Free to $25 per person and may have age recommendations. LA Puppet Fest can be found on Facebook at and on Twitter @LAPuppetFest.


Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.:  Opening Event – April Fool’s Puppet Ball – $15; adults 21+
, 8857 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 90069
– Opening night party features Red Carpet Arrivals; DJ Eric de la Cruz; performances from Puppet School; Costume Contest with prizes; and a lot more! A fool is mostly defined by “someone that lacks good sense or judgment”, but can also be a person who enjoys something very much. Puppeteers are that kind of fools.

Wednesday, April 2:  Awesome Puppet Films & Filmmakers
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027
– Presented by the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry & Handmade Puppet Dreams, and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Enjoy an evening of short films featuring puppets of all kinds created by independent artists from throughout the U.S and the World. Screening two collections: one for families and one for a slightly older crowd (12 and up), courtesy of Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams, as well as offerings from local puppet filmmakers.

6 p.m.:  Heather Henson Presents Handmade Puppet Dreams, a collection of spirited puppet original shorts
– $2; $4 VIP; all ages

8 p.m.:  Screening “The Million Puppet March,” a work in progress documentary about the 2012 March on Washington, DC to show support for public media; the world premiere of “Heather Henson Presents – Handmade Puppet Dreams – Vol. VI;” Raymond Carr’s “Hitori;” and other HMPD-produced films.  (Priority seating at 7:15 p.m., Doors open at 7:30) A Q&A session with filmmakers will follow the 8 p.m. program. There will be puppet displays in the lobby areas. – $6; $10 VIP; ages 12+

Thursday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.:  Fun with Strings! – $15; $20 VIP includes behind the scenes tour; all ages
Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, 
1345 West 1st Street, Los Angeles 90026
– Join Jack Frost, The Snow Queen, Chili Dog, The Balloon Clown, and over 100 of Bob Baker’s whimsical creations as they lead you on a wondrous journey with many a magical stop along the way.

Friday, April 4, 8 p.m.:  Robin Walsh’s “The Devil You Say” Puppet Show – $15; $20 VIP; adults only
Elephant Stage’s Lillian Theatre, 
6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038
– Simmering wars, violent revolts, manmade and natural disasters, cries of Armageddon. Be it the 15th, 18th or our own 21st century, such a religiously and politically charged landscape provides the perfect backdrop for the ongoing question: Who bears the responsibility – God? Satan? Someone else? In “The Devil You Say” Old Nick takes the stage, in person, to mount his defense – or to prove who is really to blame. All using words and sayings attributed to him by some of History’s greatest writers: Goethe, Marlowe, Byron, Punch and Judy.

Saturday, April 5,:  SWEET! Puppetry
SWEET! Hollywood, 
Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 201, Hollywood 90028
Free or $15 VIP; children of all ages; VIP Ticket includes priority seating, a “Design your own chocolate bar” and/or “Create your own Sticky” (traditional hand made yummy), and a signed copy of “Sing Along with Leedo and Booey.”  A $30 value!
– Bring the whole family to SWEET! Hollywood for a day of puppetry and candy-making fun

  • 10:00 a.m.:      “Sing Along with Leedo and Booey” book     signing with  author Dr. Avrom Gart
  • 10:30 a.m.:      Rene’s Marionettes
  • 11:15 a.m:         Sing Along with Leedo and Booey Puppet Show
  • 11:45 a.m.:       Sticky Candy Bar preparation Demo
  • 12:00 p.m.:     Little Stage Puppet Theater with Emil Molho
  • 12:30 p.m:       Design Your Own Chocolate Bar Demo
  • 12:45 p.m.:      Rene’s Marionettes
  • 1:30 p.m:         Little Stage Puppet Theater with Emil Molho

A little puppet romance, via The Puppet Co. in Glen Echo, MD.

Saturday, April 5:  Intriguing Workshops, Roundtable and Masters of Puppetry Live!

Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way, Hollywood 90038

12 p.m.:  Giving Puppets a Hand: Funding Your Puppet Project without Losing Your Mind – $15; ages 16+; Limit 40 participants
– You have a brilliant, crazy, furry idea. Trying to fund your project on your own could result in your loved ones only receiving lukewarm hotdog water as birthday presents next year. We’ll explore funding solutions that are particularly puppet-friendly. Learn how to build a funding campaign from the ground up, with the very unique world of puppets in mind; how to choose platforms; how to find the people who can help you (they sometimes hide in very odd places).  We will look at successful projects and projects that failed and, as a group, try to make sense of the available statistics and metrics to make your project a funding success!

Elephant Stage’s Lillian Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038
2:30 p.m.:  Minimalistic Puppetry Workshop with Gina Pavlova – $25; all ages – Limit 20 participants
– Imagination becomes your puppet in Minimalist Puppetry. The Minimalist Puppetry approach is a way to create images, characters, and stories without the help of ready-made puppets, animated designs, or objects adapted for this purpose.  Students will discover a new way to see life, images and stories in everyday objects and materials; from two ends of a table cloth falling in love, to the evolution of man told through hula hoops. Additionally, there will be a demonstration of a professionally made story in Minimalist style by Nick Ivanov.

5 p.m.:  Masters of Puppetry Roundtable – $15; $20 VIP; all ages
– Moderator: Eric Lynxwiler. LA Puppet Fest is very excited to put together, for the first time, the most well known puppeteers in Los Angeles in a round table: Bob Baker, Rene Zendejas and Alan Cook. Together, they have more than 200 years in puppetry. These four incredible gentlemen will share memories of their carriers with tons of laughter guaranteed.

8 p.m.: Masters of Puppetry Live! - $15; $20 VIP; all ages
- The three masters and their through-the-years apprentices will entertain you and your family with their puppets.

Sunday, April 6:  Million Puppet Parade and Puppet Making – Free; all ages

3rd Street Promenade, starting just south of Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 90401

- Join us in breaking the record for largest puppet parade in Los Angeles in this 2nd annual public participation parade. Bring your own puppet, buy a puppet at our festival’s table, or make one at the start of the parade route at our free puppet making tables. We then march down the full length of the Promenade. At the end of the parade route there will be a closing ceremony, raffle drawing for prizes and a puppet dance off. Hand puppets, finger puppets, marionettes, monsters, shadow puppets, multi-person puppets — all our welcome to join professional and amateur puppeteers for day filled with color.

  • 10:00 – 11 a.m.:  Puppet Making Workshop by Rogue Artists Ensemble and Sock Puppet Theater
  • 11:30 a.m.:  Parade with Grand Marshall Bob Baker
  • 12:30 p.m.:  Parade Closing Ceremony

Sunday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.:  Big Green Puppetzilla Puppet Slam
Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90057
$10 in advance, $15 day of – tickets available at; ages 18+
– The L.A. Guild of Puppetry presents PUPPETZILLA Puppet Festival Slam for fun, edgy, subversive live puppet madness for adults. A little vaudeville, a bit of burlesque, and a dash of performance art – Puppet Slams cover the whole spectrum of puppetry styles. Rough and tumble works-in-progress or polished gems of art, you’ll see it all at a Puppet Slam! Puppetzilla Puppet Slam is made possible in part by a grant from the Puppet Slam Network.

Sunday, April 6, 9 p.m. – midnight:  Live Band Puppet Karaoke – Free, ages 21+
Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036
– Break out the mesh crop top and leather pants; you’re invited to join a rock band!  Or a pop band, or a funk band, or whatever you want — you get to decide when you take the stage to sing with live karaoke band Casual Encounters.  With a catalogue of over 200 songs from Abba to Zeppelin, you’ll be sure to find a favorite song to serenade your adoring fans. And since this is a LA Puppet Fest celebration, we’ll have monitors set up, so your furry friend can release his inner Jagger and rock his rods off.  Drinks, music, and puppets — this event is sure to go platinum!

Monday & Tuesday, April 7/8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.:  The Art of Bob Baker Gallery Exhibition – Free, all ages
Blue 5 Art Gallery, 2935 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90064
– This two-day exhibition provides a glimpse into the creative process of Mr. Baker. Curated by Nancy Larrew, archival drawings, photographs and intricate marionettes will be on display. Los Angeles based puppeteer and magic maker, Bob Baker, has been delighting children and adults for more than 75 years. Both a visual artist and performer, Mr. Baker, who recently turned 90, has over 3000 marionettes that he has created and entertained with at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater located in downtown LA.

LA Puppet FestFriday, April 11, 8 p.m.:  Tales of Longing and Belonging: The Losing, Finding and Making of Place,  an Evening of Puppetry and Song with Beth Peterson – $15; $20 VIP; all ages

Elephant Stage’s Lillian Theatre, 
6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038
– Giant and tiny puppetry and live music for all ages including “Hue- the suitcase show” is a boy’s color filled search to find a place where he belongs; songs of Cu~nao explore the journey of history, loss and search for new place, and “The Nomad” features episodes from the life of Dominique Moody who creates new pieces and places from the shards of the past.  Shadow puppets, toy theater, a giant puppet or two, and storytelling combined with live music to bring these tales to life, courtesy of A One Grain of Sand Puppet Production.

Saturday, April 12:  Workshops, Round Table & Show

Asylum Lab, 1078 Lillian Way, Hollywood 90038

12 p.m.:  Exploring the Wonder of Shadow Puppetry with Leslie K. Gray - $25; ages 10+; Limit 40 participants
– Shadow puppets are an integral part of rituals and arts all over the world, but not so prevalent in Western culture. Come join theater artist Leslie K. Gray for a hands on workshop that explores the techniques of shadow puppetry, ancient and modern. Create your own shadow puppet presentations using light to create images from reflected darkness! This two-hour workshop is designed to be an intensive for ages 10 and up. If you are able to bring a pair of scissors, a pencil, ordinary sheets of paper (office recycled is fine), and any items you think might cast interesting shadows, you will be one step ahead in creating your own shadow puppet show!

Elephant Stage’s Lillian Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038

2:30 p.m.:  Introduction to Puppet Sketch with Erik Kuska – $25; all ages – limit 20 participants
– Love puppets but having a hard time coming up with new ideas? Love sketch comedy but not really sure how its done?

Need help finding the ‘funny’ in your work, or just need some motivation to get some writing done? Well this is the workshop for YOU!

These sketch writing techniques apply to ALL writing, whether it’s a feature length script or writing a monologue to start your show. The idea is, better writing gives you better puppetry. So bring a pen, paper, and get ready take the next step toward being a better writer. We’ll examine sketch formats, discuss how to play to your puppetry strengths, and learn how to develop ideas more efficiently.

5 p.m.:  Future of Puppetry Round Table; guests to be announced. Moderator: Eric Lynxwiler – $15; $20 VIP; all ages
– Young puppetry professionals share their perspective about where the art form is going and what they are doing to help it advance their way.

8 p.m.:  Puppet Show “Minimalism Times Three Plus One” - $15; $20 VIP; ages 12+
– The show opens with a preview of “206 – The Church of Bones” written and created by Sean T. Cawelti and Morgan Rebane. An original multidisciplinary puppet and media performance exploring the relationship between death and consumerism based on true events spanning a 700 year history at a single church in the Czech Republic.

Following that are three pieces in the Minimalist style. Each one tells a different story with a single object. The goal of this limitation is to foster a high degree of creative thinking while at the same time unearthing the emotional potential of the most common of objects. The thoughts and imagination of the audience are directed towards the formation of new associations for everyday objects and materials. It is these associations that give birth to the fun and entirely original puppetry images typical of a Minimalist Puppetry show. A MUST see. VIP tickets include priority seating and meet and greet with the cast.

Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.:  Skirball Puppet Festival: A Family Celebration of the Wonders of Puppet Theater
Skirball Cultural Center, 
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90049
$10 general; $7 Seniors/Students; $5 Children 2-12; Free to Skirball members; all ages
– Join the Skirball for its third annual celebration of the art of puppetry, featuring interactive puppet performances, shadow puppetry, live music, art making, spectacular strolling puppets, an interactive display from the Los Angles Guild of Puppetry, and more. This campus-wide, daylong festival brings together some of Southern California’s most talented puppeteers and artists, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles. A day of imaginative storytelling and innovation sure to amaze visitors ages 2 to 102!