February 28, 2010
Kids Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Earthworm Ensemble Celebrate the release of this family music act's latest CD at a special all-ages concert. Composed of some of L.A.'s best folk and country artists, including I See Hawks in L.A., Mike Stinson, and the Chapin Sisters, the band's lively sound pleases kids and adults alike. McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Today, 11 a.m. $8. (310) 828-4497. Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party Audiences help Alice set a topsy- turvy Wonderland aright in this zany Rudie-DeCarlo musical comedy.
November 29, 2009
Kids' Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The L.A. premiere of the hit holiday musical fable stars John Larroquette as Old Max and Stefan Karl as the Grinch. www.ticketmaster.com.Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Today, 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Tue.-Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. $23-$90. (323) 468-1770; (213) 480-3232. Cinderella: The Musical This interactive musical from Rudie DeCarlo will charm and delight kids of all ages.
October 20, 2008 |
Charlie Lustman is on a musical mission to help people feel better. He's written and stars in the first pop operetta about surviving cancer, "Made Me Nuclear," now at the Santa Monica Playhouse through December. The sweet, sad and humorous one-man show chronicles Lustman's bout with cancer, beginning with receiving the diagnosis to being declared clean of the disease after a year of chemotherapy.
September 20, 2008 |
After meeting Charlie Lustman, it's a little harder to take life for granted. In 2006, the musician and then-proprietor of the Silent Movie Theatre was told that the curious bump on his jaw was a rare cancer. Eradicating it meant removal of three-quarters of his upper jaw (since replaced with a prosthetic mouthpiece) and a year of chemotherapy. But he'd been given back what he was afraid he'd lost, and he felt compelled to turn his feelings into music.
April 6, 2007 |
"Eccentric yet august taste," to quote Edgar Allan Poe, permeates "Masque of the Red Death" at Zombie Joe's Underground. This macabre in-the-round reading of Poe's plague-ridden classic typifies the company's skill at interpretive mayhem. Mingling in the lobby, attendees can don party masks to the adept playing of guest violinist Robert Matsuda. Before the house opens, planted cast members succumb to violent fits and bloody sweats.
March 30, 2007 |
Populist tactics meet cultural realities in "Black & Bluestein," and if it is more old-school than cutting-edge, that's only appropriate. By couching this study of racial prejudice and real estate values in 1963 St. Louis as boulevard comedy-drama, playwright Jerry Mayer lets his valid central point sneak up on us.