Pentacle Is Building a New Way to Present and See L.A. Dance




To help meet the challenges of presenting and producing dance in Los Angeles, Pentacle steps up to the plate with Pentacle Presents Home Grown @ Bootleg, a new pilot program in two parts: February 19-22 and April 23-26.

Reservations: 213.289.3856  or 

The innovative new program is open to all dance companies and independent choreographers in Los Angeles County, and will offer participants more opportunities to show their work, to build and expand the audiences, and to create audience identity with the Bootleg Theater, a trusted venue for strong Los Angeles area based dance and performance work.   In addition to the evening performances, each weekend will include a fourth afternoon of celebratory engagement with the artists and participatory exploration of the works presented in performance the three previous nights.

February 19-21 at 7 PM

Part 1: Antics and MULTIPLEX Dance** (more information about this program appears below)

Added: February 22 at 1 PM: Celebrate with the artists and explore the work.  (Free, but RSVP is required).

April 23-25 at 7 PM

Part II: Invertigo Dance Theatre and Danza Floricanto/USA

All performances at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.

Tickets: $20 in advance/ $25 at the door



Companies selected for the debut performances of Home Grown @ Bootleg in February are Antics, Amy “Catfox’ Campion’s L.A. based hip hop company, and MULTIPLEX DANCE, which integrates athletic and acrobatic movement vocabulary with digital media and electronic music.   The April dates will see Invertigo Dance Theatre and Danza Floricanto/USA.

The companies were selected by a panel that included Alicia Adams, Artistic Director of Bootleg Theater; Charmaine Jefferson, Kelan Resources; Sara Wookey; and Evy Warshawski, former Executive Director of Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.  Home Grown @ Bootleg will be led by Pentacle Director Felicia Rosenfeld and Program Coordinator Raélle Dorfan.

Why a new program for dance? 

As noted by LA Times dance writer Lewis Segal,  “Angeleno choreographers Melissa Barak, Josie Walsh (both at the Broad) and Jacob Jonas (at Highways) launched impressive, short-term attempts to break into wider renown.  But what’s next for them?  Another night or two a year from now?  And will they have to mortgage all their wordly possessions and maybe even their first born to afford even that?   As they know too well, there’s no dedicated dance space in this city, no sure passage for choreographers and companies to grow from studio to stage, no accessible/affordable venue where the members of the dance community can measure their work against the achievements of others and where audiences can find and follow the artists they’ve heard or read about.”   These are EXACTLY the issues Pentacle seeks to address with Home Grown @ Bootleg!


Through this pilot initiative, Pentacle, in partnership with Bootleg Theater, is determined to provide a home for  L.A.’s vivid dance scene, opening doors by creating new and affordable means for local dance artists to showcase their work in an on-going way.   In addition, Pentacle hopes to create audience identification with the Bootleg Theater as a venue that the audience can trust to present high quality, interesting and engaging Los Angeles-based dance.

**More About the February 19-21 program:

Antics will present Sneaker Suites, a performance collaboration between the company and story architect Mark Gonzales.   Through spoken word poetry and street dance, Sneaker Suites delves into the diverse and personal relationships that we have with one of the most highly purchased fashion items in the world: sneakers!

MULTIPLEX DANCE will perform From Darkness to Light, a two part work consisting of subSTRATA (2014), and the premiere of Between Earth and Heaven.   Both works incorporate video projections designed by Chad Michael Hall and music by composer David Karagianis.

PENTACLE is a not-for-profit management support organization for small and mid-sized companies and project-based artists working in dance and theater.  Pentacle’s mission is to provide these communities with flexible and affordable infrastructure support in a sustained way, on an expert level, and at an affordable price.  Since 1976, Pentacle has served as a model for arts administration, a direct resource to the groups and artists with whom we work, and as a facilitator to the performing arts community with innovative programs of local and national impact.   Pentacle is unique in providing infrastructure support directly to dance and theater groups and artists, grounding their services and programming in the creative work of each artist-group, and responding and adapting to the ever-changing needs of the community so that artists have more time to create, perform and engage in the world.

Danza Floricanto USA

Danza Floricanto USA


Silent Witnesses at the Odyssey Theatre

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


A genuinely humanizing, beautiful and hopeful amalgamation of the conversations of four women, one of whom is the therapist of the other three, Silent Witnesses articulates the narrative memories of child survivors of the Holocaust.

Stephanie Satie takes this one woman show into a quiet place to amplify a potent recanting of the Holocaust through the eyes of innocents.  Morphing into each character with impeccable craft she brings to life four heartbreaking yet incredibly inspiring realities.  Not ghastly in any way, Silent Witnesses is smart and uncommonly warm.

Truly unique of any of Hitler’s victims are the youngest Jewish children who were growing up under the Nazi regime.   For so many years their experiences were pushed aside and unspoken because they were ONLY kids.  They were allotted zero importance at the expense of even their own people’s collective cultural wail. Yet these children were ripped from everything they knew and throughout the Nazi rule, absolutely silently bore witness to every atrocity.  They grew up in the shadows, confused, terrified, displaced, even rejected by their own so they would have a chance to survive.  Some of the fairer ones, the pretty ones, even hid in plain site of Hitler’s gestapo, blended into sympathetic Aryan families for protection.  But because they were babies or practically so, they were almost ignored and that was their “luck”.

Most didn’t even know that there were others — hundreds of thousands like them, or a story to tell.  But theirs is probably the most important because they are the boys and the girls who lived.  Yet, for decades they did not have voice — until now.

It’s a short run with only two more Sunday performances left.  And it’s an easy show to sit through.   My only only disappointment with Silent Witnesses is not having a resolution with the therapist’s character with her personal history and family.  I would have liked to have known if she ever did keep her promise to go back to Lvov, to come face to face with a shocking fact revealed about her father.  Otherwise, this is one production that wholeheartedly deserves a last look before it disappears once again.  Ms. Satie is a brilliant storyteller.

Silent Witnesses

Written and performed by Stephanie Satie Directed by Anita Khanzadian

Now playing or 2 more performances Sundays, January 25 & February 1 at 2:00 pm

The Odyssey Theatre 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025

For tickets and information call: (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or visit:

Ticket prices General admission: $30 Seniors: $25 Students: $20

Jazz on a Monday Morning with LA’s Brian Charette

Here’s something a little different for today’s Music spotlight.

Brian Charette

Los Angeles jazz organist Brian Charette just released his new single, “Time of the Season”. The cover of this 1968 hit by The Zombies is the latest from Charette’s full-length album, Good Tipper.

CIn addition to the release of this single, if you are a super die hard Jazz fan, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can hear Brian Charette LIVE, and you’ll want to!  He’s been raved about by All About Jazz, Jazz Times, Jazz Inside Magazine, The LA Times and the NY Times!  Brian’s got multiple show dates throughout the month of January starting this evening in Santa Cruz. No worries Angelenos, he’ll be here at the Baked Potato next Tuesday night!

Show Dates

Monday | 1/19 | 7pm| Santa Cruz, California – Kuumbwa Jazz
Tuesday | 1/27 | 9:30 pm | Los Angeles, California – Baked Potato
Wednesday | 1/28 | 7pm | Hermosa Beach, California – The Light House
Thursday | 1/29 | 8:30 pm | San Jose, California – Cafe Stritch


Beginning his career as a jazz organist/keyboard player at the young age of 17, Brian Charette “cut his teeth” with many well-known artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, and Michael McDonald. He will also be playing with Danny Carrey, Tool’s drummer at an upcoming show at the Baked Potato jazz venue. Brian is a grammy-nominated musician and recently received the 2014 Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Rising Star: Organ. When he’s not recording and performing, Brian teaches master classes all over the world and is on the faculty of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jesek Conservatory in Prague.

Music We Missed in 2014: Sleepy HaHas Dull Days


Guilt-Free Low Calorie Cocktails

sighFess up!  We already know that plenty of you have either broken your New Year’s dieting resolutions or only made it only a few days into Dry January.  You can’t stay away from the bar.  You’re friends are having fun without you.  You just plain hate Seltzer. It’s OK!  Tequila Herradura sent us these low-calorie cocktails for some delicious, slimmed-down options to imbibe without feeling completely guilty.

Kaffir Lime Leaf Spritzer


  • 2 oz Herradura Silver
  • 2 oz Kaffir lime leaf tea (chilled)
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz lemongrass syrup


  • For Kaffir tea: take 10 Kaffir lime leaves and place in a teapot or other heat proof receptacle and add boiling water. After 10 minutes remove leaves and allow cooling to room temperature.
  • For the Lemongrass syrup: cut 2 stems of lemon grass into discs. Place in a hot pan and gently toast for 20 seconds. Add 1 liter of simple syrup and bring to the boil, simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat & allow cooling to room temperature.
  • Place all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard and strain over ice into a tall glass. Garnish with a lemongrass spear and a mint sprig.


Pomegranate Refresher


  • 1 oz Herradura Silver
  • 1 oz Dolin Bianco vermouth
  • Dash orange bitter
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz club soda
  • Pomegranate seeds


  • Place all ingredients except the soda into a high balled filled. Add the club soda last then using a bar spoon stir the ingredients together to chill & combine the flavors. Garnish with a mint sprig and pomegranate seeds.


The Philly Cheesesteak: Ordering a Mighty Sandwich

Credit: Photo by J. Varney for Visit Philadelphia™

Credit: Photo by J. Varney for Visit Philadelphia™

In Philly the Cheesesteak is a civic icon, tourist draw and cultural obsession! You could easily make a mess of things when ordering the city of brotherly love’s most treasured food.  So if you don’t want to be a total tourist about it heed the advice of the locals in these two videos sent to us by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® .  Learn the art and lingo before you get in line for this flavorful sandwich in four simple steps.  The easy part: eat and enjoy.  Tips: Ordering a Philly Cheesesteak is serious business. Know what you want before you get to the counter and be quick about it!  Cheez Whiz with fried onions–that’s a “Whiz With.”  Provolone without fried onions ask for a “Provolone Without.”

But don’t stop there. Go to the official visitor websites and, and get more information.  Better yet, why don’t you just visit Philadelphia and check out one or all of these top 10 cheesesteak houses!!! (We did a while back and well we’re STILL too stuffed to talk about it!)

How To Order A Philly Cheesesteak:

Philly Cheesesteak 101:

Best Places To Find A Cheesesteak:

Nearly every pizza shop on any corner of every neighborhood in the city serves up the mouth-watering delicacy. Here are a few notable Center City and South Philadelphia spots, many of which are featured in the two videos:

  • Cosmi’s Deli is a relative newcomer among the cheesesteak contenders, winning recent accolades from Philadelphia magazine.1501 S. 8th Street, (215) 468-6093,
  • It may be across the street from the oldest cheesesteak joint in town,but Geno’s Steaks is a formidable competitor going roll for roll with Pat’s for nearly five decades. 1219 S. 9th Street, (215) 389-0659,
  • The brisket cheesesteak at Jake’s Sandwich Board can be adorned with either mild provolone and caramelized onions or, less conventionally, wasabi spread and crunchy onions. 122 S. 12th Street, (215) 922-0102,
  • Jim’s Steaks has multiple locations, but the classic smell of fried onions wafting down South Street makes that outpost a memorable one. 400 South Street, (215) 928-1911,
  • A small shack amidst shopping plazas, John’s Roast Pork is frequently cited as one of the city’s top steak spots. Its secret weapon? A crusty seeded roll. 14 Snyder Avenue, (215) 463-1951,
  • The original home of the cheesesteak, Pat’s King of Steaks is still owned and operated by the Olivieri family.9th Street & Passyunk Avenue, (215) 468-1546,
  • Rick’s Philly Steaks is a third-generation spinoff of Pat’s, started by the “Prince of Steaks” Rick Olivieri,who exported his cheesesteak savvy to Kennett Square. 148 W. State Street, Kennett Square, (610) 444-7425,
  • With rolls from Conshohocken bakery, a plethora of cheese choices and daily-cut sirloin, Spot Burger’s food cart has been repeatedly named a favorite among cheesesteak lovers. Locations vary, (484) 620-6901,
  • Every sandwich at the award-winning Tony Luke’s is worth ordering, and the deliciousness now spans multiple locations across state lines.

philly cheesesteak

8MM: Rapture at the Viper Room


We dropped the camera. Ok, maybe not dropped but definitely fumbled. So it was a toss up as to which Android or iPhone myself and my photographer were going to use.

But honestly, it didn’t matter. Nobody really hit The Viper Room for the photo shoot. They came for the Friday, January 9th rapture. And the intensity of 8MM was FIERCE!

They came to play a show with Jimmy Gnecco.. But by the end of a very sexy, powerful set, we couldn’t have cared less. No offense Jimmy. 8MM was so more main act than opener – we were basking in the multi-lit stage glow of a ripping performance which drove through an intentional build topped by an explosive finale.

Noir pop rock, there is a definitive cross-genre sound.  Not so much battlecry, super serious or super dark. But absolutely channeling classic CBGB (NYC) edge. Everything about Juliette Beavan and the band takes you to the precipice of the pleasurable dark side.

Find them on their sites:

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The duo consists of music producer/mixer Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, No Doubt, Guns N’ Roses) and his wife Juliette Beavan. Together, they are one of the most licensed artists in the business, having songs appear in award-winning movies such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and critically-acclaimed television shows like “Pretty Little Liars”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “One Tree Hill.”