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Stupid Is As Stupid Gets at the Rockwell Table & Stage

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SATURDAY NIGHT: Gabriel Oliva/Selyna Warren/Marissa Shields/Keri Safran/Sarah Wolter/Yael Berkovich/Brant Cox

YES. They actually DID do it again!

Stupid Songs LA decided to give several encore performances at the Rockwell Table & Stage this month including STUPID GOLD, a compilation of their most favorite chart toppers.

If I had to be honest, (and well I kind of do), their earlier 2015 Hollywood Fringe hits list was a categorically flawlessly weaved execution of musical revue sketch comedy. However, this ‘a la Forbidden Broadway’ style troupe never ceases to regale audiences and regular fans (like — A LOT OF THEM!) with their particular euphonious, outlandish, bon mot — STUPID GOLD prevailed exceptionally.

Aided by very special guests Missi Pyle (Gone Girl, The Artist, Galaxy Quest) & Brooke Dillman (Wrecked, The Middle), who performed original material on guitar as the amazing duo, The Tumbleweeds with exuberant and completely inappropriate renditions of Holiday Medley & Armageddon Excited!!  [Can someone give me a “Dear Lord!”?], STUPID GOLD brought down the house with some of my own personal favorites including Bobby D sung by powerhouse Selyna Warren and Pleasure Town sung by the incomparable Carla Delaney who returned with a truly hysterical “chaser” of Nervous Compensation and Yael Berkovich in a practically X-rated Pregnancy Song.  The complete song list is below.

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BOBBY D – “I got a little crush on…Robert Durst!” – Music, Lyrics & Performed by Selyna Warren

Under the direction of über talent Keri Safran at the helm again with Emily Cohn (Alien Vs. Musical) joining as Music Director, 100% entertainment is to be found every single time.  The company is unstoppable.

Carlo Capolupo returns on bass, with Jon Gray on drums and Special Guest Andrew Samples on Guitar.

Stupid Cast: Yael Berkovich, Tad Coughenour, Brant Cox, Sara Cravens, Jason Currie(In-House Music Director), Carla Delaney, Laura Hughes, Aaron Matijasic, Gabriel Oliva, Keri Safran, Marissa Shields, Selyna Warren & Sarah Wolter.

Here’s one they didn’t repeat.  But Keri Safran singing ‘Goo’ is way too good to leave out! ;)

STUPID GOLD SONG LIST! 8/18/15 – Rockwell

STUPID GOLD: “Now that you’re here, order a beer. You have no choice!”
Xanadu written by Jeff Lynne; Lyrics by Keri Safran; Performed by Troupe

MY NEIGHBOR: “I think my neighbor murders girls!”
Music & Lyrics by Sarah Wolter; Performed by Sarah Wolter, Gabriel Oliva & Troupe

FARMER’S MARKET: “I come to check out Hot Dads, Hot Moms!”
Music, Lyrics and Performance by Sara Cravens & Andrew Samples

WITCHES WITH A “B”: “We’re witches…who are twats”
Music by Selyna Warren & Jason Currie, Lyrics by Selyna Warren; Performed by Selyna, Laura Hughes & Marissa Shields

WAY AHEAD OF MY TIME: “I’m…not like the other cavemen!”
Music & Lyrics by Peter Mills; Performed by Tad Coughenour

NERVOUS COMPENSATION: “When I get nervous, I overcompensate.”
Music, Lyrics & Impressions by Carla Delaney; Arrangements by Bryan Blaskie

SCREW LOOSE: “But I just don’t see the harm, in carving your name in my arm.”
Music & Lyrics by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger; Performed by Marissa Shields

L.S.B.F.: “You’re my Lover, my Spouse and-uh my Best Friend.”
Music by Jason Currie; Lyrics & Performance by Jason Currie & Keri Safran

BOBBY D: “I got a little crush on…Robert Durst!”
Music, Lyrics & Performed by Selyna Warren

EYE TO EYE: “You’ll never see your own Butt-Ho-o-o-o-ole! It’s impo-o-o-o-ssible!”
Music, Lyrics & Performed by Laura Hughes

I USED TO BE (Dad Bod): “My dad bod says I’m confident! And CrossFit SUCKS!”
Music & Lyrics by Jason Currie; Performed by Jason w/ Carla, Yael, Sara & Sarah

MISSI PYLE & BROOKE DILLMAN: Holiday Medley & Armageddon Excited!!

JUST A COUPLE A GUYS: “Do ya wanna go to the Eiffel Tower & spend some time with us?”
Music & Lyrics by Aaron Matijasic & Gabriel Oliva; Performed by Aaron, Gabriel & Troupe

TOO PRETTY: “I’m too pretty for cleaning floors while serving you whores.”
Music & Lyrics by Katie Thompson; Performed by Brant Cox

PLEASURE TOWN: “Yes I go to Funky Town…when my neighbors groooove!”
Music & Lyrics by Carla Delaney; Arr. by Bryan Blaskie; Performed by Carla Delaney w/ Troupe

PREGNANCY SONG: “It all starts…with fucking!”
Music & Lyrics by Kristin Anderson-Lopez; Performed by Yael Berkovich

NETFLIX: “I got that HBO Go, SHO-any-Time, Amazon Prime, I got that Neflix…”
Music, Lyrics & Performance by Sara Cravens & Andrew Samples

SATURDAY NIGHT (aka Cat Lady): “You think that’s disgusting? Well, FUCK YOU, I’m a…CAT LADY!”
Lyrics by Keri Safran & Jason Currie; Performed by Keri Safran & Troupe of CATS

The Red Moon is Coming to Zombie Joe’s

 

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Anthony and Roxanna’s bond of eternal love is challenged by their adventurous lust for human flesh and Roxanna’s drive for redemption. Ramon Sanchez’s musical vampire love story makes its world premiere at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group.

ZJU Theatre Group, in its ever-present need to expand it’s theatrical boundaries, approached Los Angeles-based songwriter and playwright Ramon Sanchez last Christmas to further develop his passionate love story, and ZJU’s Lead-Director Denise Devin is excited to bring Ramon’s vampiric-musical to life at ZJU.  Zombie Joe’s Underground has a long history of supporting original work, from inside the group as well as outside the company, and our established, edgy, and experimental theatre in the NOHO Arts District of North Hollywood proves the perfect home for “The Red Moon”.

Directed by Denise Devin and Produced by Zombie Joe.

Grand Opening:  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 @ 8:30pm;
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS @ 8:30pm,
SEPTEMBER 4 – 26, 2015

ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Tickets Only $15.
For Reservations Call:  818-202-4120
Website: ZombieJoes.com
Advance Tickets On Sale for All Performances at ZombieJoes.Tix.com}

*PRESS TIX NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES.
*Contact Zombie Joe @ 818-202-4120, or Email: zombiejoes@gmail.com

What You Want: Fiona Grey at Dirty Laundry LA

Live Performance at
DIRTY LAUNDRY Los Angeles with Room 8
Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00 PM

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“The 19 year old singer brings Hollywood glamour to a sultry story of love, drugs, and vanity” ~Galore Magazine

After a busy summer filled with sold out performance dates, fashion magazine shoots, and filming ABC Family’s Switched At Birth, Los Angeles-based indie-pop songwriter Fiona Grey has released her newest single, What You Want, which will be included on her upcoming EP currently scheduled for released this Fall. The single What You Want, glistens with heartfelt lyrics driven by electronic beats that demands to be heard loud and clear. Filled with edgy melodies and introspective lyrics, What You Want is Fiona’s most personal composition to date.

What You Want is, at its heart, an airing of grievances aimed at would-be romantic interests too indecisive, too preoccupied or simply too intimidated to commit to. “Hold me a little bit closer,” belts Fiona in her signature dusky timbre. “Show me you’re a little bit stronger or you’re never gonna get what you want.

The song’s mood of restless defiance spills over into its video, where shots flicker through Los Angeles, from dimly-lit bedrooms to luxe high-rise concerts to the city streets themselves, turningWhat You Want into a literal windows-down sing-along.

“Writing and recording this track was like bringing a diary entry to life,” says the 20-year-old songstress. “I was feeling all sorts of emotions about this guy and thinking about all the things I’ll never say to him but wish I could. Songwriting has been a huge emotional outlet for me, and I think the things I was feeling at the time really came through while we were recording in the studio.”What You Want takes listeners on a journey filled with young romantic love and infatuation but if not careful will swallow you up in a whirl wind of adolescent passion.

 @FionaGreyMusic

Inconcievable Hilarity at El Grande Circus de Coca Cola

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Pepe Hernandez’ traveling circus may just be a posse of cast off children from his prior 5 marriages, he may have lost a few 3-ring trained animals while crossing the Mohave Desert, to heat stroke and lack of rations, yes the chupacabra is voraciously hungry, messy and running wild around town shredding costumes, tents and car paint in its wake, the choreography awkward, the acts inconsistent and the talent decidedly second-rate.

Then there’s the problem with 15-year-old “mui fuerte” Maria begging, flirting and falling in love with male guests for a green card in exchange for cooking, cleaning and a little something extra. Kittenish half-Swedish blonde bombshell Consuelo is suggestively (but oh so politely in front of the wives in attendance) inviting potential male agents back stage to talk about representation.  Never mind the half-wit drums, piano and accordion playing boys who can’t get anything right — although they try, they really, really try.

El Grande Circus de Coca Cola is the most inconceivable Spanish language only, spectacular “spectacular”, everything but the kitchen sink carnival motif revival, to play Hollywood Boulevard in as far back as probably anyone can remember.

Film aficionado Pepe Hernandez has finally arrived on a world tour, in Hollywood at the Skylight Theatre, bringing with him an almost razzle-dazzle mashup of variety show acts including knife throwing, magic tricks, fortune-telling, opera, ballet, a fearsome parody of Latino telenovela and a coup de gras performance of Las Flamenco Fleas from Barcelona.

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And, in case anyone is interested he is also giving acting classes while in town. You can find a discount coupon in your

FootLights program.

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(Yes really! Go check it out for yourself. It’s there on page 3!)

This show, with all its holes and dragging lulls in between all the “jazz” is so incredibly creative, so high-caliber designed, so astounding in performance there’s no way you won’t want to stay till the end!  The absolute highlights are the team-choreographed commercials made for their sponsor, American soda company, Coca Cola.  The final histrionic stunner however is the photographic replay of Pepe’s girls’ Quinceañera, a bona fide study in perfect physical comedy.

El Grande Circus de Coca Cola is a beautiful, colorful, glitterized, 80 minutes mess!

NOW PLAYING UNTIL AUGUST 23, 2015

Performances run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm, Sundays at 3pm.

The Skylight Theatre
1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027.

Tickets are $34.

Reservations: 213-761-7061 or online at http://skylighttix.com

Find Them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktcla
Twitter: @SkylightThtr

Cast: Paul Baird, Olivia Christina Delgado, Lila Dupree, Aaron Miller, and Marcelo Tubert
Production Credits:
Written by Ron House
Directed by Alan Shearman
John Iacovelli (Set Designer), Jeff McLaughlin (Light Designer), Tor Campbell (Choreographer), Sarah Figoten (Costume Designer), and Jeff Faeth (Props Designer)

Strange Talk on Music Monday

We heard this music and jumped out of our seats to dance!

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This Aussie duo just debuted a new track and announced their Fall headlining tour of North America  including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego!

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Strange Talk are the flourishing melodies heard behind rooftop conversations amongst strangers. They’re also moonlighting as the anthem to your club and festival night. That’s the kind of beguiling juxtaposition that the Melbourne duo, comprised of Stephen Docker and Gerard Sidhu bring to your summer soundtrack.

The duo recently returned with their staggering new track, “Something’s Bout To Change,” which premiered exclusively on A.V. Club and were quick to follow with, “When It Feels So Good,” via Blackbook. Now, the band is headlining in the Fall across North America. They are set to kick off mid-October, in conjunction with their new EP, due October 16 via Wind-up Records.

live-musicPre-sale tickets for the upcoming tour will be available through GoldenTix.

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Nestled comfortably between the French disco samples of Daft Punk and the soaring indie aesthetics of contemporary electronic giants like Flume, Strange Talk return with a re-discovered passion that stems from their roots of electronic music production and song-writing. With a growing realization of who they are and where they want to go, Strange Talk is no longer the 4-piece indie pop band we’ve known them for, but an electronic duo which sees them returning with a whole new look, feel and refocused sound that is crisp, commanding and all encompassing of the shift in dynamic.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/13 – Doug Fir – Portland, OR
10/16 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
10/17 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
10/20 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
10/21 – Last Exit – Phoenix, AZ
10/22 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
10/24 – Limelight – San Antonio, TX
10/27 – 529 Club – Atlanta, GA
10/28 – U Street Music Hall – Washington D.C.
10/29 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
10/30 – Le Poisson Rouge – NYC
10/31 – World Café – Philadelphia, PA
11/01 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
11/02 – Flour City Station – Rochester, NY
11/03 – The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
11/04 – BAR – New Haven, CT
11/05 – Belmont – Montreal
11/06 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto
11/07 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
11/08 – The Rave – Madison, WI
11/09 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
11/10 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, KS
11/11 – Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO

Here’s “More Funk” for Your Weekend Music Playlist

► for your weekend playlist 
YourEDM premieres new Eclypse Records track
Decolt // More Funk
Love Eclypse Records? The Aussie DJ/producer duo and founders of the label, Feenixpawl, are touring with Breathe Carolina this summer! Check out the tour dates + catch them on the road.
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“Feenixpawl and Jason Forté are turning into quite the tastemakers. Though their label Eclypse Records has only been around for three months, the quality of their signings so far have already made them ones to watch.”
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#WhatsHotNow: West Hollywood Rising at RISE NATION

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Rise Nation, VersaClimber

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by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Make no mistake. This is youth fitness culture at its prime.

In the landscape of competitive niche workout gyms on La Cienega Blvd with Soul Cycle across the street as well as Soma Studio and Train West Hollywood, the chic new frontrunner is  RISE NATION .

More an evolution with its exclusive VersaClimber classes, rather than feeling like the next new fad already on the verge of disappearing, RISE NATION created by Jason Walsh and which opened earlier this year in January 2015, brings workout culture to a new reality.

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It doesn’t’ “try” to do too much.  Really, classes only do one thing. In fact, the climbing machines themselves don’t do anything at all.  YOU do all the work.

Yep. Sorry babes. But there will be no casual meditation in between steps, no opps to read or flirt on your iPhone, no apps to tell you what to do and no help from automated equipment. No. Not for this one.

Climbing is a full-time, full-body workout session. It takes focus. RISE NATION climbing classes deal in primitive movements and mechanics – think – how you learned to crawl, then walk, even swim. But the benefits are enormous. Sure, the ultimate bootie workout.  But gaining strength, stamina and overall energy in just 30 minutes while simultaneously stretching is the boost that even a once in while, barely committed student can enjoy. Seriously, I felt 10 years younger and happier just going through the motions.

nick, Rise Nation, VersaClimberThe music was bouncy and energetic without being exhausting, and Nick my instructor welcome me from the moment I walked through the door.

“I’ve got an amazing dance mix today for class.  You’re gonna love it!”

“I’m holding you to it Nick.”

(“Awesome” should be added to his name tag.  He delivered!)

It wasn’t easy.  For my first time on the machine, I paced myself and did surprisingly better than some other newbies.  But it wasn’t anxiety inducing hard either.  The blackout, no interruptions shades and nightclub style pulsating bright lights motivated me through the tough moments.

You can stop and start at will.  My feet got a little numb which is normal.  Takes a few classes for some peeps to deal with the foot stability. But the hefty line of post class new student signups  at the desk downstairs pretty much said, “Must come back!”

Other perks:  Shaded rooftop patio with seating and after workout bar serving fresh juices. Also towels are provided on all the machines.  I purchased a super soft, stylish T-shirt in the shop.  (No Nick did not give me the shirt off his back!  Although I think he would have had I asked. lol) There is also filtered alkaline H2O free to all.

Highly recommended.

Get more info on the website: http://rise-nation.com/

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