The Anarchist at Theatre Asylum

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To be numb by the ecstasy of perfection. [per-fek-shuh n] 

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The opening of The Anarchist at Theatre Asylum on Santa Monica Blvd., Theatre Row Hollywood, this past weekend, is the dictionary definition of impeccable excellence. An instantaneous lights up and go! Mamet all the way with rapid crossfire, deftly performed, showing off what might possibly be the ultimate execution of Meisner stage craft.

Submission, rebirth and faith are the issues that come into play or so we are led to believe from lead character Cathy in a white hot intensity of erudite repartee, wit, lies and manipulation. But who is manipulating who?

Decades ago lead character Cathy (Felicity Huffman) and a group of young anarchists murdered two police officers. Now just moments before her final parole appeal with the victims’ families waiting in the office next-door, Cathy must convince a prison administrator, Ann (Rebecca Pidgeon), of her reformation or risk serving a life sentence.

Directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan (One in the Chamber), The Anarchist not only fulfills even the remotest of fantasies about what first-rate theatre can be, it smashes the notion that 99 Seat Theater is subpar while supporting every aspect of it being large yet intimate.

Felicity Huffman and Rebecca Pidgeon commit to a stunning performance that will verily take your breath away.

“My God, I’ve been to the theatre!”

Very highly recommended!

The AnarchistThe Anarchist by David Mamet
(Drama)

Starring Felicity Huffman and Rebecca Pidgeon

Written by David Mamet

Directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan

Runs
Fri, Apr 24 – Sat, May 23
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, @ 8pm 

BUY TICKETS$34/Ticket

Reservations
(323) 960-7784

Special Events
LA Drama Critics Circle Award Winning Actress HEIDI SULZMAN will UNDERSTUDY for FELICITY HUFFMAN on FRIDAY 5/8.

Special Show Info
Running time: 70 minutes.
No Late Seating. Valet Parking will be made available at cost.

Theatre Asylum
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90038
Street Parking
Area Map

Special Theatre Info
Allow time for Street Parking! Wheelchair Access is available at this theatre.

The theatre has concessions.

Dance Camera West Presents Its 14th Annual Dance Media Festival

April 30 – May 5, 2015

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Venues in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Westwood

Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. Taking place at various venues in Beverly Hills (UTA Screening Room), Downtown Los Angeles (MOCA, historic Palace Theatre, REDCAT), Hollywood (historic Egyptian Theatre), Santa Monica (Aero Theatre), and Westwood (Crest Theater, UCLA) from April 30 – May 5, 2015, this multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone and will showcase many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Over 30 films will be screened over the course of the Festival connecting diverse cultures and environments through the exploration of dance.

DCW aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming. The vision of DCW is to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.

tickets, Dance Camera WestFor more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.DanceCameraWest.org

Ticket Prices:  Free – $15; Festival Kickoff $75

Dance Media Festival Schedule:

Thursday, April 30 – Festival Kickoff, UTA Screening Room, Beverly Hills, Screenings, Cocktails and appetizers, 6:30pm, $75
Live dance performance from JacobJonas The Company: a project based creative company specializing in dance, content production, and arts education.

Escualo – USA, 2014, 4:00, Martin & Facundo Lombard (filmmakers); A powerful new piece from the Lombard Twins.
Dancing is Living: Benjamin Millepied
– France, 2014, 57:00, Louis Wallecan (filmmaker) – West Coast Premiere; This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance. Q&A with Louis Wallecan, Filmmaker and James Fayette, Managing Director, LA Dance Project.

Friday, May 1 – Opening Night Shorts, The Palace Theatre, Downtown LA, 7pm, $15

A selection of top international short films and a live dance performance from JacobJonas The Company:
ME – A Story of a Performance – Finland, 2014, 7:30, Jopsu Ramu (filmmaker), Johanna Nuutinen (choreographer); We follow the performance from different perspectives: how it is perceived by the dancer, the audience and how it can be seen from an objective point of view as a mere code. U.S. Premiere

Cracks – Spain, 2013, 4:45; Alex Pachon (filmmaker/choreographer); Every sound generates a movement and every movement produces a sound. U.S. Premiere

Pas – Canada, 2014, 15:00, Frédérique Cournoyer-Lessard (filmmaker); The dance and the acrobatics deeply move between narrative plots and visual poetry. West Coast Premiere

Fuel for Thought – India/UK, 2014, 4:04, Michael Joseph (filmmaker); Choreographer Hemabharathy Palani’s response to Hip Hop artist Mikey J Asante’s track, creating striking imagery against large-scale outdoor scenery and intimate spaces in India.

AM/FM – USA, 2014, 4:45, Morgan Wise (filmmaker), Robert Moses (choreographer); A romantic afternoon car ride turns into a surprising physical contest when a young couple has to choose between two competing radio stations.

Gone – Iceland, 2014, 16:00; Helena Jonsdottir/Vera Solvadóttir (filmmakers); Who is living your life at the moment? Your guest is not always your guest… U.S. Premiere

Martiality, Not Fighting – China, 2012, 10:00, Marianne M. Kim/Cheng-Chieh Yu (filmmakers); A young Chinese dancer performs the role of conscientious objector.

Amandi – Spain, 2014, 7:00; Francesc SitgesSardà/Elisabet Prandi (filmmakers), Claudi Bombardó Oriol (choreographer); A full blend made of nature, woods and weird landscapes with two characters whom travel through that space in constant transformation trying to fit in, to blend in. US Premiere

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Saturday, May 2 (day)The Crest Theatre, Westwood

Program 1:  2:30pm; $15
I Was Within – USA, 2014, 9:46, Jenny Stulberg (filmmaker), Jenny Stulberg/Sebastian Grubb (choreographer); Examines the course of a relationship through the multi-faceted elements of love, loss, time, and identity.

Fall to Rise – USA, 2014, 92:00, Jayce Bartok (filmmaker), Catherine Cabeen (choreographer); Who Will Catch You When You Fall? A famous principal dancer injures her knee and attempts to settle into motherhood only to realize she has no identity without dance, and struggles to return with the help of an equally troubled former company dancer.

Program 2: Celebrating Technicolor 100th Anniversary; 4:30pm; $15
The Unfinished Dance – USA, 1947, 101:00, Henry Koster (filmmaker)
Meg, a young ballet student played with penetrating passion by Margaret O’Brien, grows distressed to learn that visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than the school’s top ballerina Bouchet (Cyd Charisse) will play the lead in “Swan Lake.” As a result of Meg’s actions, Bouchet remains a star unfettered by competition and Meg copes with guilt. Dance critic Debra Levine of arts•meme will lead a conversation with Technicolor senior executive Robert Hoffman highlighting the film’s majestic use of color cinematography on the occasion of 100 years of Technicolor films.

Saturday, May 2 (evening)The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, 7:30pm, $11

I Hate Dancing – Canada, 2014, 2:17, Jo Roy (filmmaker/choreographer); The repulsive nature of dance as told through dance.

American Cheerleader – USA, 2014, 89:00, David Barba/James Pellerito (filmmakers), Hank Light/Jason Keogh (choreographers); Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship Title.

Sunday, May 3 (day)The Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown LA

Israel Past and Future – 1pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)
Ze’eva Cohen: Creating a Life in Dance – USA, 2014, 32:00, Sharon Kaufman (filmmaker); Spanning 70 years, how an artist can survive in the dance world by carving out an independent path for herself. Featured artist: Ze’eva Cohen. West Coast Premiere

Glove Story – Israel, 2013, 38:00, Oren Shkedy (filmmaker), Dana Ruttenberg (choreographer); Explores the notion of personal space and the all-too-often invasion into it. It asks the question: what are the psychological, physical and social repercussions of treating borders as mere suggestions?

Renewal – USA/Israel, 2014, 40:00, Stacey Menchel Kussell (filmmaker); In their pioneering Eco-Arts village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Vertigo Dance Company in performance and rehearsals, and their ecological pursuits including gray water recycling and permaculture. West Coast Premiere

Animate Life: Dance! – 3pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)

Choreography and Animation Technology Panel Discussion

Frank Gladstone,Gladstone Film; Peggy Holmes, Disney Toon Studios; and others tba

Illumination, education and examination, both contemporarily and historically, of the relationship between Animation and Dance through discussion and screenings.

Sunday, May 3 (evening) REDCAT, Downtown LA

Program 1 – 5:30pm; $15

CalArts Emerging Artists Competition

Jiri Kylian: Forgotten Memories – France, 2011, 52:00, Don Kent/Christian Dumais-Lvowski (filmmaker) – West Coast Premiere; World-renowned Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian, a singular artist whose vision has inspired dancers and choreographers around the globe. West Coast Premiere

Program 2 – 7:30pm; $15

Continuum – France, 2014, 9:15, Natalianne Boucher (filmmaker); Explores time and space through dance and animation techniques.

Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity – USA, 2014, 82:00, Catherine Gund (filmmaker); Motley troupe of flyers and crashers, propelled by Elizabeth Streb’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. Breathtaking tale about the necessity of art, inspiring audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.

Monday, May 4 – UCLA Moore Lecture Hall, Special Campus Screening, 6:30pm, Free
Migration
– Canada, 2015, 5:44, Marlene Millar (filmmaker), Sandy Silva (choreographer); Migratory journey of percussive dancers who rely on their hands, feet and sonic bodies to create a unique soundtrack as they move through water, wind and sand interpreting the preparation, departure, and flight of their collective journey. West Coast Premiere

Let’s Get the Rhythm: Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack – USA, 2014, 55:00; Irene Chagall (filmmaker); Celebrates the wondrous world of hand clapping games, a traditional genre that thrives on the playgrounds of large cities and in remote corners of the world. West Coast Premiere

Tuesday, May 5 (evening)Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

4th Annual Dance-A- Long, 6:30pm, Free
Bring your dancing shoes, friends and family for a fun dance lesson prior to the screening from LA Dance Fit

Final Festival Screening – 7:30pm; $11

Dancing for my Havana – Italy/Cuba, 2015, 112:00, Claudio Del Punta (filmmaker), Yordan Mayedo Perez (choreographer), Q&A with lead dancer/actress/choreographer Nayara Nunez Oliva; Young Cuban dancers struggling to achieve fame and fortune on the world stage, while honoring their intense love for the people and creative energy they find only in their homeland. U.S. Premiere

Dance Camera West is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media. DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace.  To find out more visit: www.dancecamerawest.org

Tonia Barber, Dance Camera West Director, started her career as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and continued on to the Broadway stage by age 17. Her credits include “42nd Street” and original cast member of Tommy Tunes’ 9-time Tony winner “The Will Roger’s Follies.” Barber has staged and choreographed numerous plays, commercials and industrials including Budweiser, Salon Selects and Gillette as well as working with fashion giants Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Barber’s first film endeavor started in New York by investing in the independent film Tumbleweeds, which was released worldwide by New Line after competing at Sundance in 1999. The next year Barber produced Interstate 84, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was sold worldwide. Barber then Executive Produced the racecar indie, QuattroNoza, which was in competition at Sundance 2003 and won best cinematography. After moving to Los Angeles 2003, Barber wrote, directed and produced the short film, RAW that premiered at Sundance 2005 and screened at the AFI FEST 2005.

 

Music We Missed in 2014: The Prettiots Boys (I Dated In High School)

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Los Angeles Travel Magazine Launches Spring 2015

Marc Wheelerby Marc Wheeler, Mover & Shaker Extraordinaire

 

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Last night the Los Angeles Travel Magazine celebrated their Spring Issue Launch with a swanky soirée at the “World Famous” Supperclub LA. Guests were treated to spectacular aerial work, freestyle dance and a must-be-seen balloon act by the talented performers of Zen Arts. An autograph signing/meet-and-greet featuring Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz of Vanderpump Rules transpired early in the evening. Tito’s Handmade Vodka kept the drinks flowing and SuperCool Creamery delighted the palettes of many a sweet tooth as DJ D-Dub’s mixes filled the air.

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Celebrity Cruises offered travel tips and champagne toasts as red carpet photos featuring live snakes and supperclub showgirls brought out smiles and poses to flashing lights. Additional sponsors included Alcazark Photography, BNG, How 2 Travelers, Huey Bui Photography and Sterling Social.

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Bang Bang at Highways Performance Space

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Mike Ciriaco and Michael Matts in “Bang Bang” . Photo credit: Gina Long.

Butt fucking, blow jobs, penis tugging and pistols…exibitionism ranks high in what is otherwise a very old school character monolog driven presentation of sex, lies, confessions, more sex and videotapes in Bang Bang currently playing at Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.

If you’re here for a fun night out, be prepared…casual or easy is NOT what’s on display. Bang Bang audience members will find plenty of the content invariably homoerotic, emotionally everywhere, immature, funny, often disjointed, and despite the nudity and stories developed from headline news within this piece, and in the oddest of ways, wildly ordinary .  

Backing up…Bang Bang written by American playwright Michael Kearns as presented has a balance of power at work here. One one hand it has the edifice of being highly gratuitous, on the other there is an efficacious subtly . The subjects themselves have important dialog to express.  There is a NEED to be heard. The ideas within this piece are very charged…some of the script in fact, downright, deliciously hard-core, dealing with school shootings, murder and molestation. There is a realness and compassion written into this work which finds direction through storytelling. But the character work at times comes across as vanilla and the end result was not as impactful as I would have expected.  And I did expect a literal Bang BANG! 

The poetic line housed inside the piece threading together a multitude of stories of guns, shooting, sex and sexual violence, Irish con man Padric, romping around stage sadistically “playing” everyone and filmmaker Peter are the most compelling elements in this tale with the extraordinary exception of actor David Pevsner’s spot on believability – bar none – as psychiatrist Dr. Jack L/Mr. Hide & Seek.

Mr. Pevsner’s throw down of his characters, the concerned, highly curious doctor who transitions into a methe- addicted serial killer, is impeccable, volumptous and gritty and where the story finds its true denouement long before the ending. In a phrase, “He nails it!” – the characters, the life of the thread, all the emotions and the true violence presented.

This is the last weekend to experience Bang Bang. Two performances left.

Highly recommended.

Synopsis:

Peter, one of the play’s main characters, is a documentary filmmaker and his film-in-progress (titled Bang Bang) reveals the heartbroken lives of the viscerally wounded. The documentary that is being filmed becomes the play: a collage of confessionals and testimonies, intimacies of sexual rage, and arias of palpable loss.

A man loses his black son in a white cop shooting; a woman loses her husband and daughter in a random school shooting; an elderly man plans to off his wife, who is in the throes of Alzheimer’s; a prostitute murders her boyfriend-pimp; a gay therapist morphs into a meth-addicted serial killer; a cop relives his experience of removing children from a schoolroom that was “a sea of blood.”

But Peter’s film shoot is interrupted by Padric, a charismatic Irish con-man who steals not only hearts, but stories…

Bang Bang

Mark Bringelson, Director
Michael Kearns, Moon Mile Run Partner & Playwright

With: Mike Ciriaco, Michael Matts, JoNell Kennedy, Lizzie Peet, David PevsnerRyland and Shelton

Highways Performance Space
18th Street Arts Center
1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA

Friday and Saturday nights at 8:30pm

TICKETS: $20 in advance ($15 for students, Highways members, and seniors)

Online: https://ww04.elbowspace.com/secure/20060523121621515002

Phone: 310-315-1459

INFORMATION:

www.highwaysperformance.org

May 2nd is FREE Comic Book Day!

On Saturday May 2nd, over two thousand three hundred comic book shops across North America and around the world will give out over 5.6 million comic books—free of charge—during Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). 

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The annual event is one of the most anticipated comic book celebrations of the year as retailers prepare to welcome new and devout comic book fans into their stores for fun events and free comics.

The 50 free books available this year include super hero stories like Marvel’s All-New, All- Different Avengers, stories featuring classic characters such as The Tick, TMNT, and Spongebob, sci-fi adventures as seen in Doctor Who, Pokemon, The Simpons, Sonic, and many more.

“Explore your local comic book shop!” 

Along with free comics, many comic book shops will feature events during the day including creator signings, appearances of costumed characters, and great deals on exclusives and sale items.

To view all 50 free titles and to find a participating comic shop, fans are encouraged to visit www.freecomicbookday.com.

WE LOVE THIS PART!!!!:

Fans can see world re-known actor and long-time comic book fan Mark Hamill promote FCBD at http://bit.ly/MarkHamill_FCBD2015 .

Join the FCBD fan club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/freecomicbook) and follow us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/freecomicbook).

ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is an annual event taking place the first Saturday in May where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. National marketing and distribution of all Free Comic Book Day materials is handled by Diamond Comic Distributors while individual retailers promote and host planned FCBD events. For more information visit www.freecomicbookday.com.

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. and Free Comic Book Day, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

This Week at the Theatre: See Some Show Los Angeles

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“5863.” Rudi Stroebel stars in his show about a man imprisoned for life,  for a heinous crime he swears he did not commit. At The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village 91607. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 7:00. Ends May 17.
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Screen-Shot-2015-03-25-at-5.02.57-PM“Generation Sex.” The women of Chicago’s Teatro Luna present this World Premiere comedy about sex, reltaionships and dating, with a focus on the ways in which technology (smartphones, sexting, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) have impacted our mating rituals. Fri. at 7:00 and 9:30, Sat. at 7:00 and 9:30, and Sun. at 3:00. Ends May 17.
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“Dreamscape.” Pioneering hip-hop playwright-director Rickerby Hinds’ fictional rendering based on real events including police use of deadly force against a young Black woman in Riverside County. At Los Angeles, Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. 90013. Thurs.- Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00. Ends May 17.
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working on time“Women on Time.”  7 short plays written and directed by women about American women in different decades. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00. . At Working Stage Theater, 1516 N. Gardner, L.A. 90046. Ends May 17.
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DiscordAltar“The Discord Altar.” Ovation Award-winning librettist Meghan Brown and Ovation Award-winning director Amanda McRaven (“The Pliant Girls”) reteam for this contemporary opera about the homeless, and a homeless man’s embittered daughter,  with music improvised by the cast. World Premiere. Presented by OperaWorks and The Fugitive Kind Theatre at The Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., NoHo. Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Ends May 3.
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the glass menagerie“The Glass Menagerie.” Tennessee Williams’ classic. At Renegade Theatre, 1514 N. Gardner St., L.A. 90046. Thurs. at 8, Sun. at 6. Ends May 17.
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Preview-Train-to-Zakopane-23-FINAL-693x1024“Train to Zakopane.” Tanna Frederick and Mike Falkow star in the true story of a Jewish businessman and an anti-Semitic Polish nurse in Europe who fall in love betWeen the World Wars. A  World Premiere play by Henry Jaglom. At Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Thurs.- Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 5:00.Ends June 28.
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