Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bechnya at the Hudson Theatre, LA

After a number of award winning plays taking on the issues of Eastern Europe, writer, Saviana Stanescu, turns in a convoluted, hot, mess of a production at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. Not knowing what she wants to say, Stanescu takes us back and forth from America to the fictional town of Bechnya in search of revenge, answers and atonement for the bitter fate of a sister who lives through the neglect of orphanages and the horrors of war after she is abandoned by her baby sister through an American foreign adoption.  A modern Grimm Fairytale with several kinds of endings, a history lesson and a play that would have done better to present itself as an art installation commenting on adoption, religion, war and family.  Click here to read the full review.

Spontaneous Street Art

Street Art – Graffiti is not new.  Talking about it is not new.  It is even a form of expression according to Wikipedia, that has existed since ancient times, with clear examples dating back to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.  And of course, it is considered a crime when it defaces public spaces without the permission of the owners of those spaces.  Although former Cat Woman, Julie Newmar, of the older TV series of Batman & Robin didn’t mind at all when her entire property at the corner of Rosewood and Fairfax (now enclosed in a cement fence for perhaps pre-construction) became completely etched in spray paint.  In fact, it delighted her so much – to the chagrin of her conservative neighbors – that she left it there as a display of wonderful spontaneous street art.

But what still amazes me is the dynamic of an empty space being almost instantaneously filled by a random artist with the kind of graphic design skill, sans the technical help of Adobe, Kodak, Wacom or Sony, that most traditional artists might otherwise find challenging to accomplish.  And it is bold.  I mean, maybe it’s just me, but waking up to my local Melrose Avenue boarded up retail location getting a brilliant makeover from an ugly, uninviting, barrier with a sales sign on it, one day before, is kind of mind-blowing to me.  I admit, I only half understand it.  But I am  becoming more and more infatuated with discovering more about it as a particularly special urban craft.  What does this all really mean to the artist anyway?  Could someone anonymously write in and explain?

~Gia On The Move

Street Art – Take 1

Commedia dell’Arte or Advertising at its best?  And at no charge.  Really love the Casper the Friendly Ghost touch.

Teenagers, Teachers and Sex Experiments – oh my!

Certainly a thrill to behold is the wonderment of love and quite a lot of unabashed “gizzing” in the classroom, in the gym and nearly all over the school, in Wonderlust at Theater of Note, written by Cody Henderson and carefully directed by Amber Skalski.  Now playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 1st.  click here to read more…


Reading Is Fun with Celebrities

Celebrating a good friend today who just happens to be a celebrity, is super cute, a great actor and speaks even better Italian than I do! (well that isn’t too hard these days, I never practice.)  In the spirit of celebrating food with friends Sean has written a new book and is introducing it to the world this Thursday evening in Studio City, CA.  Hope you will join us!
Dear Friends,
This Thursday September 22 I will be signing copies of my book at Barnes and Noble Bookstar at 12136 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City from 6-8 pm. I am asking all of my friends to please drop by the store. There will be a film crew and photographers covering the event.
Please come out and support me and my book “The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan.  The book has been getting extremely positive feedback and it will be a really fun evening.
Thursday September 22, 2011
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Barnes & Noble Bookstar
12136 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 505-9528
Sean Kanan plays the role of bad boy, Deacon Sharpe (the role he originated on The Bold & The Beautiful) on the daytime drama, The Young & The Restless. Sean is also a recurring panel guest on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight and on FOX’s Red Eye. Sean got his first big break in Hollywood in the role of Mike Barnes in the now iconic film, Karate Kid III. Sean is very involved with the Anti-Defamation League especially in the area of anti-bullying. He has lobbied in Washington, D.C. in an effort to create effective anti-bullying legislation.

About the Book: THE MODERN GENTLEMAN is more than a cookbook of recipes Sean has collected over the years as a self-taught gourmet cook and avid traveler. This book speaks to men about the lost art of being a gentleman. He offers ideas on how to impress someone of the opposite sex including setting a table, arranging flowers, advice on manners, etiquette and more. He hopes his book will be used as a tool for men and he encourages women to share this book with the men in their lives.

“Sean’s book gives single clowns like me the courage to step into the kitchen and actually do something besides stand around! With his recipes and advice, we may even be able to impress a girl or two!” –Justin Chon, Actor…The Twilight Saga

“Women will certainly applaud Sean’s efforts. His book is just the right nudge that most men need!” –Eva La Rue, Actress, CSI:Miami

Sean Kanan
The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan will be available on Amazon.Com September 13.

Not so Fashion’s Night “IN”

It’s Fashion’s Night Out and I am sick with a cold.   Bummer.  I always love attending fashion events.  Last year at the Beverly Center a friend and I were invited to a front row seat at the catwalk and it brought back memories of many a season working backstage for designers like Gianni and Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren and more.  Rush, rush, rush, stress, stress, stress, perfection to perfection in an attempt to not just present the latest clothing but also entertain Fashion’s most prestigious guests at the tents in New York City.

I even got to walk the runway one year for NYC downtown mainstay designer, Cesar Galindo, who is also a personal friend and whose oh la la designs (especially the gowns)  I’ve worn for years.  One of the girls didn’t show up and they needed a replacement.  I happened to be backstage:   “But Cesar, I’m not a runway model.”  “You’re an actress so act like you’re a model and get dressed!”

It’s a different scene here in LA.  Most of the fashion events tend to  look more  like Victoria Secret shows than anything else.  It’s street beat here in LA and that’s what kids here love.  Sure I sometimes long for the elaborate costumes and high intensity drama, lavish catering and bubbly post show champagne.  I even miss the yelling, bitching, fighting and screaming that goes on behind the scenes to create a picture “perfect” for you.

But alas, tonight, I may have to settle for the 10 o’clock news and a bottle of cough syrup.