Hollywood's newest, coolest pop-up museum comes Instagram ready to put you and the fam right in the middle of some amazing images. The Museum of Illusions is filled with paintings, 3-D set pieces and giant props that produce eye-popping pics, inspired by cartoons, art, current events, movies and more. You can picture yourself on a raft watching the Titanic go down, climb a sheer cliff, become a burger topping or dangle over an MC Escher-like edge. Then show off your shots and really wow your crowd back home.
The spring edition of the DAPPER DAY Expo is swinging into Anaheim in a gust of bright colors and refined polish. If you're mad about the mouse -- and love a good bowtie or fascinator, to boot -- this Disneyland Hotel shindig is here to cater to all your whimsical wants. For two days, the Exhibit Hall will be filled with elegant vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories, barber and beauty products, home decor, exclusive DAPPER DAY merch and more. As you hunt for Cinderella-worthy opera gloves or a pair of Jiminy-reminiscent spats, you can take in live music or a dance performance. There'll even be live music from Dandy Wellington and His Band and dance lessons (if your jitterbug needs adjustments or your foxtrot's on the fritz). Whether you're hep or haute, the expo's the ideal marketplace for reveling in stylish living from yesterday and today.
Formerly known as Brokechella, Broke LA is the rebirth of Los Angeles' favorite little-big festival. The two-day event is a showcase of the best music, art, comedy, food and vendors from L.A. and beyond. You won't have to break the bank or trek to the desert to catch the literally dozens of indie artists who'll be performing on three different stages. Head to The Regent Theater to get in on the fun.
April 21 & 22, 2018 at 3:00pm-2:00am (Doors Open at 2:00pm)
What do you do when all your best friends suddenly start getting married? Forced to systematically transition from best friend to bridesman as each of his girlfriends gets married, Jordan Berman has decided it's time to start looking for a Mr. Right to call his own. This proves, however, to be a most uneasy transition. The New York Times hailed Significant Other as "an absolutely wonderful new play ... as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring." Laugh (and wince) along as he wades through a string of workplace crushes, painfully awkward first dates and other romantic misadventures on his search for true love in this bittersweet comedy from Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). After a successful off-Broadway and Broadway run, Significant Other takes the stage of L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse.
They've taken on '90s film faves like Scream, Cruel Intentions and Clueless. Now Rockwell: Table & Stage in Los Angeles is making waves across glasses of water everywhere with their unauthorized musical parody of the Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure and Oscar-winning classic, Jurassic Park. Come to the fictional island where cloned dinosaurs roam free in a wildlife park. This cheeky, song-filled parody at Rockwell: Table & Stage stars L.A.-based actor-singers from TV, film and the Broadway stage.
Founded by a pair of former Alvin Ailey dancers and frequent contributors to the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet has wowed critics and audiences alike with their boundary-breaking style of ballet. Now Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden bring their acclaimed company back to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in DTLA with repertory favorites, plus an exciting new work. Star Dust is a tribute to the late, great David Bowie, danced to some of his signature hits and boasting glam rock-inspired costumes.
With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable score of this timeless musical is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." See for yourself why this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical has melted the hearts of audiences for over 60 years at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
This Hollywood supper club hosts great live jazz and cabaret in a setting with Old World charm. Catalina Bar & Grill has lived up to its slogan "Nothing But the Best in Jazz" by presenting a veritable who's who of music legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Carmen McRae, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and vocalists like Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Jane Monheit, Barbara Morrison and many more.
From Amy Herzog, the award-winning author of 4000 Miles (a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), comes Belleville, which follows a young American expat couple living in a trendy Parisian neighborhood. Their life seems lovely, but beneath the surface of Zack and Abby's enviable marriage, unrest simmers. Hailed by The New York Times as "thrillingly good," this chilling psychological drama asks unsettling questions about whether you can ever really "know" another person. Starring Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom), this modern Hitchcock-style drama will keep you on the edge of your seat at The Pasadena Playhouse.
When it comes to catching the biggest names in comedy doing their thing at a historic venue, it's hard to top Laugh Factory Hollywood in the heart of the Sunset Strip. A short list of comics that have graced its luminous stage include Tim Allen, Whitney Cummings, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Nealon and many more. You just never know who is going to drop by to get the crowd roaring with a hilarious set. So get on down to the Laugh Factory, get yourself a drink from the full bar, and get ready to crack up with the best of them.
Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Circus Vargas is back with an all new show that's sure to spark joy in the hearts of landlubbers and swabbies alike. America's favorite traveling big top circus adds a fantastical new level of swashbuckling spectacle to its music-filled extravaganza with Dreaming of Pirates at the Galpin Ford Lot in Burbank. Jam-packed with aerial feats, acrobatics and clowning, not to mention a colorful cast of characters, world-class performers, singing, comedy and more, Dreaming of Pirates has plenty of treasures for the whole family to enjoy. Before the show, kids have the chance to step into the ring and learn circus skills. After the show, stick around to meet and take pictures with the cast.
For every mega-success like the iPhone, VCR and Ford Mustang, there's a couple of Apple Newtons, Betamaxes and Edsels that crashed and burned before them -- and The Museum of Failure celebrates these marketing missteps in all their glory. Now housed in Hollywood with an expanded collection, this primo collection of product blunders, curated by a Swedish innovation researcher, brings the best worst ideas together in an Instagram-friendly collection at Hollywood & Highland. You'll see artifacts spanning from the 17th century right up to the present, including a Trump-based board game, Casio's tiny color TV, New Coke and plenty more. No word on whether Ishtar is included in this Hollywood edition, however.
April 20 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 21 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 22 @ 10:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm) April 23 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 24 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 25 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 26 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 27 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm)
Mexican comedy stars Adrián Uribe and Omar Chaparro are traveling the States with their live show Imparables. The two veterans of screen and stand-up will square off to see who can get the biggest laughs when their Spanish-language tour stops at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Celebrating over 25 years in New York and on tour, STOMP never ceases to amaze. Everyday objects -- matchboxes, hubcaps, brooms, buckets, garbage cans and pretty much anything else you can think of -- become vehicles for brilliant music and unique rhythms, all performed by an energetic troupe that dances and pounds its way across the stage. The show also features comedic moments and lots of audience participation, placing you right in the action. The percussive sounds that will fill the Hollywood Pantages are unlike anything you've ever heard, and it's amazing to think that it's all coming from stuff you can find laying around the house. Grab these tickets but resist the urge to create your own at-home performance -- your neighbors will not be as impressed.
Everything that made the Jazz Age so jazzy -- flappers, bootleggers and the music of George and Ira Gershwin -- comes together in Nice Work If You Can Get It, the hilarious musical comedy and homage to the Roaring '20s. Joe DiPietro, Tony-winning writer of Memphis and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, weaves the Gershwins' most beloved hits, along with extravagant dance numbers and glittering costumes, throughout the story of lovable playboy Jimmy and the beautiful bootlegger Billie. Experience songs like "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Fascinating Rhythm" in new ways that will make you laugh and marvel. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards during its Broadway run, this sparkling, feel-good show can be seen at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
Experience the next crop of Major League Soccer stars at an LA Galaxy II game. Playing in the fan-friendly confines of StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium, LA Galaxy II matches offer an intimate setting for professional soccer in Southern California. Your ticket includes free on-site parking, plus there are discounted concessions options and a host of exciting promotional nights and giveaways. Galaxy II have been one of the most successful teams in the United Soccer League, having made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons.
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 5:30pm (vs. New York Red Bulls II)Wednesday, May. 9, 2018 / 7:30pm (vs. Saint Louis FC)Saturday, May. 26, 2018 / 7:30pm (vs. Las Vegas Lights FC)Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 / 7:30pm (vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC)
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to the woods Snow White will go! Creating Arts Company is proud to present the classic tale of a beautiful young princess who is banished into the woods by her evil stepmother the Queen. After taking refuge in the seven dwarfs cottage, the magic mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is still the fairest of all. Outraged, the Queen decides to take matters into her own hands with a poisoned apple! Help Snow White escape the evil Queen's plan in this one-hour, interactive, immersive, cinematic experience that will thrill the whole family at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Amazement awaits you and your guests inside Black Rabbit Rose, a swanky multi-space venue boasting a theater for magic and variety acts, plus a bar featuring craft cocktails and Thai-Chinese small plates. This retro-style cabaret show sets out to impress with an array of burlesque and specialty performers, while the world's finest close-up illusionists dazzle you with their magical talent. VIP admission grants you front-row seating at this intimate Hollywood nightspot.
California is America's largest and most diverse state, home to people, traditions, languages and ideas from every corner of the world. California's dynamic population, culture and geography have made a notable impact on the state's artistic output, which has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. This spirit is always on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which showcases works by California artists in exhibitions like In the Land of Sunshine: Imagining the California Coast Culture, which features paintings of California life from the past 150 years, and "a sky in the palm of a hand", which pays tribute to local artists Lloyd Hamrol and Joan Perlman.
Find your Happy Place at L.A. Live's Event Deck, as it moves to a new home that's bigger, better and even happier than before. This pop-up experience is filled with laughs, one-of-a-kind installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and a whole lot of selfie moments you won't want to miss. (Trust us: It's an Instagram-lover's dream.) You'll feel like a kid again as you boogie down in the world's largest indoor confetti dome, jump off a rainbow into a pot of smiley-face coins and pose inside the rubber ducky cubby of fun. Whether you're young or just young at heart, you can experience your joy at Happy Place.
Thursday, April 26, 2018Monday, April 30, 2018Tuesday, May 1, 2018Wednesday, May 2, 2018Thursday, May 3, 2018Monday, May 7, 2018Tuesday, May 8, 2018Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Chocolate and peanut butter. Burgers and fries. Biscuits and gravy... some flavor combinations are undeniable. Tacos and cerveza join the pantheon of terrific taste duos at Santa Anita Park, where you will also enjoy world-class thoroughbred racing at this fun, springtime event. SoCal taco champions elevate the simple food to an art form at the track and you can pair their flavorful offerings with included beer samples. Your ticket includes taco tasting tickets, eight Mexican beer tastings, a $5 betting voucher, plus a tip sheet and grandstand seating.
The ageless tale of Romeo and Juliet is set against the backdrop of the New York City gang warfare of the 1950's. As rival gangs battle over their turf, a boy and a girl from opposing sides fall in love and begin their tragic fight for survival. This Bernstein/Sondheim gem comes to the Glendale Centre Theatre with such well-loved songs as "Tonight," "Somewhere" and "Maria."
This hit New York comedy is actor-comedian Brad Zimmerman's moving and hilarious story about the grit and passion required to "make it" as an artist. Zimmerman moved to New York and "temporarily" waited tables for 29 years, while pursuing his career as an actor. He has opened for Joan Rivers, Brad Garrett and George Carlin and now has his own show that's as profound and touching as it is entertaining. Watch him explore the sweet rewards that come from never giving up when My Son the Waiter ... A Jewish Tragedy comes to The Colony Theatre in Burbank.
Take the timeless songs of Elvis Presley, combine them with the plot of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, add some hip-swiveling swagger and you're guaranteed to get All Shook Up. This hit Broadway show centers on a '50s-era guitar-playing roustabout named Chad who rides into a small town and changes everything -- especially the life of a young girl with big dreams and a big crush. With a book by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), this musical comedy rocks and rolls along on hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Don't Be Cruel," "It's Now or Never" and more at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
Whodunits -- you gotta love 'em. From the secluded locales to the cast of colorful characters in which everyone's a suspect to the final, ingenious twist, the author who did it best was Agatha Christie. One of her most famous stories, The Mousetrap, has it all. A group of strangers trapped by a snowstorm discovers that a murderer is among them, and you'll never guess who it is! The longest-running play in history, The Mousetrap has been thrilling audiences continuously since its 1952 premiere in London's West End. Now you can experience the ultimate whodunit at Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
The Drag Brunch party makes weekends in L.A. worth living again with loads of OTT looks, lots of laughs and heaping helpings of shade to go along with your drinks and afternoon dining experience. Stars from RuPaul's Drag Race descend upon Rockwell Table and Stage for the return of this entertainment spectacular, featuring faves like Manila Luzon, Gia Gunn, Laganja Estranja, Ongina, Jasmine Masters and Jessica Wild. Hosted by Epiphany with beats by DJ Rhea Litre, it's a fresh and fabulous makeover of the usual long lines-for-avocado-toast brunch drudgery. The Queen's VIP package gets you front-of-stage seating so you can see every lash and lip quiver up close, plus an after-show reception and photo op with the divine divas.
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 1:00pm (Doors at 11:30am)Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 1:00pm (Doors at 11:30am)Saturday, May. 12, 2018 / 1:00pm (Doors at 11:30am)Saturday, May. 19, 2018 / 1:00pm (Doors at 11:30am)Saturday, May. 26, 2018 / 1:00pm (Doors at 11:30am)
Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off shines a spotlight on the hilarious backstage antics of a group of beleaguered actors attempting to perform a theatrical flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers ... and flying sardines. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), the comedy of errors remains a crowd-pleaser more than 35 years after its debut. Catch this joyfully out-of-control British farce at A Noise Within in Pasadena.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon provides a peek behind the scenes of TV's Golden Age in this hit Broadway comedy, based on Simon's time as part of the writing team for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. Set in 1953, the play depicts the distressed writing staff of a weekly variety show as they frantically scramble to top each other with gags while vying for the attention of star madman Max Prince. Max's habit of boozing and popping too many pills is increasing under the pressures of rising McCarthyism, network executives and sponsors who want him to cut back his "too-smart" staff so they can chase after the Leave It to Beaver audience. A skillful mix of nostalgia, laughter and colorful characters, Laughter on the 23rd Floor remains an enduring classic from Simon, as evidenced in this new production from Garry Marshall Theatre.
After more than five decades of performing and with more than 200 recordings under his belt, Canada's most famous folk-pop singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot, continues to entertain. The multi-platinum-selling artist famous for his deep baritone and 12-string finger-picking skills had success in the 1960s with songs like "For Lovin' Me," "Early Morning Rain," "Steel Rail Blues" and "Ribbon of Darkness." But it was the recording of his songs by major names -- from Elvis Presley and John Mellencamp to Neil Young and Bob Dylan -- that solidified Lightfoot's name in the folk canon. With more than 20 albums and five Grammy nominations to his name, Lightfoot is in exclusive company as one of music's all-time greats.
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Get carried away by the harrowing adventures of Quasimodo and Esmeralda when The Hunchback of Notre Dame swings into Fred Kavli Theatre. This epic Disney musical's all set to ring in its Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza premiere. You'll be whisked back to the perilous streets of 15th-century Paris, where wicked men in power pull the strings and heroes appear where you'd least expect them. Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, with music from the animated feature's Academy Award-nominated score, the production is enhanced with new songs by two acclaimed musical theatre legends: Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz. The theatrical production embraces the story by featuring verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel. Plus, in true 5-Star Theatricals fashion, you'll experience a "Broadway" quality production, with a full professional live orchestra.
A total high-energy package, Howl at the Moon is the experience that brings together a live concert AND a full bar, and the fun doesn't stop short at their spot in Universal City. Try switching out the DJ for a live show that features musicians jamming out to their own renditions of dance anthems and party hits. Whether it's that pop song you hear on repeat on the radio or a good old '90s throwback, Howl at the Moon re-charges each tune with a new, refreshing kick that gets the crowd jumping. Massive buckets of sugar-fueled cocktails also lend a hand to the party, with treats like sparkling vodka apple lemonade, a Fruit Roll-Up-inspired medley and more.
Selena, the bestselling Latin music superstar and the Grammy-winning Queen of Tejano, had her life and career cut tragically short in 1995, but her music and spirit remain alive in the tribute concert Selena Live. Though just 23 when she passed away, Selena had already released a significant string of hits, including "Amor Prohibido," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," "Techno Cumbia," "Si Una Vez," "Tú Sólo Tú," "I Could Fall in Love," "Dreaming of You" and "No Quiero Saber," among many more. She also brought a sexy, pop vibe to her performances, which led to her nickname, "The Mexican Madonna." Get ready to dance the night away and celebrate the life of this amazing pop star at Lit.LA in Montebello.
Daphna Feygenbaum (Jeanette Deutsch) considers herself a "real Jew" -- the most devout in her family -- while her cousin Liam (Noah James) is a self-described "bad Jew," complete with a shiksa girlfriend (Lila Hood). And stuck somewhere in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah (Austin Rogers). When they arrive in New York for their Holocaust-surviving grandfather's funeral, they instantly butt heads in a savagely funny battle royale over a cherished family heirloom. Hailed by The Washington Post as "the funniest play of the year," Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews comes to The Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. Jewish or not, you're sure to find something to love, and laugh at, in this riotous exercise in familial feuding.
You would be hard-pressed to find a comedy club with more history or greater pedigree than the Comedy Store's West Hollywood location along the Sunset Strip. Since its beginnings in the early '70s, the venue has regaled audiences with an unrelenting torrent of the biggest names in comedy, ranging from Sam Kinison to Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Chelsea Handler, Dane Cook and beyond. Through it all, the Comedy Store has never lost its quirky, intimate atmosphere, making it as inviting for the audience as it is the comics. At any given show you're guaranteed to see some of today's best and brightest stand-ups testing out material, and you never know what surprise guests might drop by to do a set.
Spend a gorgeous day at the races at a true Los Angeles landmark with an exclusive Farriers package that includes food, craft beer, collectible keepsakes and more. Santa Anita Park's Farriers Package features Club House admission, complete with box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer from the Farriers bar and an entree from one of Santa Anita's brand-new Club House Mezzanine eateries. And if the memories you make at Santa Anita Park aren't enough, the Farriers package also includes a commemorative pint glass so you can take a piece of the "Great Race Place" home with you.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 1:00pm (Gates open at 11:00am)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 1:00pm (Gates open at 11:00am)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Thursday, May. 3, 2018 / Noon (Gates Open at 10:00am)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / Noon (Gates Open at 10:00am)
Widely considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works, The Tempest lyricly tells the story of Prospero, an exiled duke who reigns over an enchanted island where fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. He conjures a shipwreck that delivers his enemies to the island, but the plot thickens when Prospero's beloved daughter falls for the enemy's son. It's a magical tale about power, the transformative power of forgiveness, and the bond between parent and child. This great story has inspired all kinds of adaptations, from poetry and paintings to operas and films like Forbidden Planet. Let yourself be swept away by this charming production when The Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Co. bring it to the stage of Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center in North Hollywood to open their 12th season.
You loved his wacky characters on Saturday Night Live and his starring role on 30 Rock. Now see actor-comedian Tracy Morgan return to stand-up at the Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles as part of In Stitches. This fun evening of comedy and cocktails raises funds and awareness for those suffering from hydrocephalus, a rare medical disease where the patient suffers from an excess of fluid in the brain. Join Morgan and his crew of hilarious comedian buddies -- Ardie Fuqua, Tracey Ashley, Ruperto Vanderpool and Marc Theobald -- as they prove that laughter is the best medicine.
There's plenty of room for funny business at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, which just happens to be the world's largest comedy club, at 12,500 square feet. And just like its fellow outlets in Chicago and L.A., this venue regularly hosts top-notch headliners, including up-and-coming comedians from the Southland and beyond, and big-name stars from TV and film. Plus, you never know who may drop by for a set. The Long Beach club is also home to the official Laugh Factory Stand-Up Comedy Hall of Fame and Museum, which boasts more than 500 pieces of comedy memorabilia from the likes of Groucho Marx and Rodney Dangerfield, plus wax figures of greats like Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.
What would you do for your family? With courage and resilience, three generations of women in a single family face a world gone mad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A divisive government is turning the country against itself. Do you keep your head down as the rhetoric flies? Do you stand up for your beliefs if they could endanger everyone you love? By the end of this powerful, award-winning play, you'll be asking yourself, "What would I do?" The Madres is being produced in 2018 by four different theaters across the nation. Come find out why. Part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, see The Madres at Los Angeles' Skylight Theatre.
Celebrate a legend's 77th birthday at El Portal Theatre - Debbie Reynolds Mainstage in North Hollywood! This tribute to Ann-Margret includes a range of songs and performances from her early years intermixed with stories about her life. Best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid and many more, Ann-Margret and Friends is an homage to a woman who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with such giants as Dean Martin, Al Hirt and Elvis Presley. Bring a birthday card and receive a special gift at the show!
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Colburn Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Join the orchestra in a celebration of the performing arts, and the Colburn School's role as one of the leading educators of musicians and performing artists of all ages.
The Group Rep presents the comic thriller Deathtrap, written by Ira Levin (The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby). A successful-but-currently-stalled playwright whose recent offerings have been flops, conspires with his wife to "collaborate" with a student whose new thriller shows tremendous potential. Suspense mounts as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play. Directed by Jules Aaron and produced by Larry Eisenberg, see Deathtrap at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
Will the winds blow? The rains come? The cat die? Legendary local playwright Justin Tanner's laugh-out-loud comedy and his brilliant underbelly of sadness for humankind join forces in El Niño. Look for all you've come to love about a Tanner piece, including his regular cast. Directed by his longtime collaborator Lisa James and guest produced by French Stewart, El Niño takes the stage of the MET Theatre in Los Angeles.
Who doesn't want to be able to fly? Who wouldn't want to buckle swashes with pirates? When it comes to having the ultimate adventures, Peter Pan knows how to do it up. And just as Peter never grows old, neither does the world of Neverland. You can return to explore its coves and jungles over and over again, especially if your guides are best-selling novelists Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and Jersey Boys playwright Rick Elice. They're the imaginative Dream Team that cooked up the smash-hit Broadway prequel Peter and the Starcatcher. This madcap music-filled adventure throws pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. It racked up a slew of Tonys on Broadway, and now you can see this enchanting coming-of-age tale at the Long Beach Playhouse in a production that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
What makes Hollywood so weird? Is it the culture, the people or something supernatural? Honestly, it's everything, which makes this neighborhood so wonderfully kooky and endearing. Grab your cameras, ghost gear and otherworldly curiosity for a walking tour packed with haunted locations and scary stories in Los Angeles. Step into the shoes of the fallen stars of Hollywood and peer into the grisly fates that fame and fortune had in store for them. In between sights, you'll take a break at a haunted bar to make the rest of the journey extra enjoyable. Meet at the Sweet! Hollywood candy store in the Hollywood and Highland mall for a stroll through Hollywood with the ghost hosts with the most.
Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away there was an epic battle between the evil Galactic Legion and the good Space League to rule the universe. Star Quest follows Young Ben Bracone, a man with big dreams to become a pilot in the Space League and help defeat the Galactic Legion and restore peace in the universe. His dream quickly becomes reality when a spaceship lands in his yard and he is whisked off by Princess Raine to find her missing battle bot which has plans that can save the universe! Come be a part of the action in this Creating Arts Company original at Pico Playhouse. Star Quest is a one-hour, immersive, interactive, mini-musical that is packed with space fact and fiction and will thrill ages 3 and up! Choose your side when you enter and get an official sticker! Become a member of the Space League to restore justice to the universe or join the evil Galactic Legion to take over and rule all the galaxies!
A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk. And maybe love. Two strangers lost, hidden ... and found? Brea Bee and Marshall McCabe star as Jane and Alex, both on the run from loneliness and the truth. This might be their last chance to find true love -- if only they can seize it! Enjoy Unemployed Elephants at the Little Victory Theatre at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank during the final two weeks of its extended run.
Flappers Comedy Club brings Los Angeles' top comics to Burbank for a wide range of lively shows, from stand-up lineups featuring national headliners seen on network TV, HBO, BET and Comedy Central, to comedy contests showcasing up-and-coming performers. Throw in some weekly hilarious themed shows and a menu full of fries, wings, tots and margaritas. Flappers Burbank also hosts variety nights and other one-of-a-kind events. Plus, you never know what celebrity comics might drop by for a guest set.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 8:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 10:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 4:30pm (Two Milk Minimum)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 10:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 5:00pm (El Camino 20th High School Reunion)Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm (30/30/Stand-Up - Improv & Stand-Up Show)Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Celebrity Drop In Tuesday)
Larry Hankin's show How to Be Homeless camps out on the stage at the Fanatic Salon in Culver City. It's a one-of-a-kind collection of street fables, homeless rants and other stories. Hankin is best known as one of the most popular character actors in Hollywood, having appeared in everything form Breaking Bad to Seinfeld to Friends.
Yes! Yes! Yes! is a weekly Los Angeles stand-up comedy show featuring a brand new lineup each week of nationally touring comedians who've appeared on Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, Hulu, Showtime and more. With a full bar and plenty of parking at the beautiful Cafe Club Fais Do-Do, you now have something to do each and every Thursday night.
The Keen family is dealing with a recent tragedy concerning their daughter, Dana, a Navy corpsman in the Iraq War. Larry copes with a tumbler of scotch (or five), Barbara sets an extra plate setting and Samantha, their teenage daughter, secretly uses Twitter to create a protest. Then Nasser, an Iraqi refugee, arrives at their door unannounced on Christmas Eve. As the family fights over whether or not to keep Nasser's "gift," tempers fly and secrets are revealed. Will the Keens be pulled further apart or will they find grace and redemption in this intriguing family dramedy? This world-premiere production by the Road Theatre at NoHo's Lankershim Arts Center was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.
You'll never look at an empty liquor bottle the same way after you see luminary artist VSIII's debut exhibition. Combining glass bottles with functional lamps of all shapes and sizes and various other materials, VSIII creates original objects of glowing beauty. You can peruse the Art of Liquor Lights collection -- over 120 pieces -- at Lights Canvas Action!, a night full of art, drinks, music and fun at The Vortex in Los Angeles.
Loosen up your neck, because you're about to do some serious headbanging as the metalhead's ultimate fantasy concert, Monsters of Metal, hits the stage at The Glass House in Pomona. Whatever your alloy of choice -- thrash, old-school, prog -- you'll have plenty to rock out to as tributes to Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Ghost BC, Metallica and Judas Priest set out to melt some faces. From the trademark riffs to the awesome stage shows (yep, they even re-create your favorite Manson and Nameless Ghoul costumes), this is one show any metal fan does not want to miss. These awesome tribute bands include Mechanical Manson, Maiden USA, Ghost AD, Motorbreath, and Diamonds and Rust.
Bad is always better -- just take a look at any Disney villain: they've got a killer look, a devious master plan and a big, loud song-and-dance number that shows off all their evilness. And now you can revel in all the wicked delights of Disney's most iconic baddies when L.A.'s Rockwell Table & Stage presents Broadway Sings Disney. Hosted by Kate Pazakis (The Big Gay Musical) and Peter Vogt (The Goodbye Girl), this whimsical show tune showcase features some of the brightest stars from Broadway, film and TV belting out your favorite villain tunes. Whether its Ursula's voice-snatching anthem or Gaston's macho tribute to himself, you never know what deliciously evil song you'll hear next -- but you can be sure to have an awfully good time singing along.
Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, May. 14, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Shine provides thrills for the entire family including aerial silks, hoop, cyr wheel, contortion, acrobatics, Japanese drumming, stilt walkers, roller skating, dancing and much more! Some of the renowned performers in this show are, Stiltworld & KnightRollers featuring Trey Knight, master juggler Jack Kalvan and his wife and juggling partner Jeri, the drumming of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, and the amazing cirque talents of Le Petite Cirque. Come on a magical journey filled with colorful characters who laugh, dance, flip, fly, play and love. As the journey unfolds at the James Armstrong Theater at Torrance Cultural Arts Center, you will be drawn into their world, and will share in the transformation from ordinary life into revelation and pure joy.
When a shocking furniture accident claims the life of his Uncle Max, L.A. actor Doug Elling must work in his family business in Brooklyn to be confronted with not only his dysfunctional family, but what lead him to become an actor in the first place. This Miserable Productions play stars Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Mad TV, Lady Dynamite) and more at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
Questlove -- musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore -- shares his wisdom on the topics of inspiration and originality in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life. In addition to being the drummer and co-founder of trailblazing live hip-hop act The Roots and the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is also a New York Times best-selling and James Beard Award-nominated author. He'll sit down at Aratani Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss Creative Quest, his unique new guide to creativity that highlights his own inspirations, stories and lessons learned from working with the likes of D'Angelo, Björk, Ava DuVernay and David Byrne. He'll address topics like how to find a mentor, ways to cope with critics and how to maintain a creative network. You'll walk away with newfound knowledge, inspiration, plus your own copy of the book.
Set in 1992 Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal and a toxic drinking water scandal (the latter made famous by the book and film A Civil Action), An Undivided Heart is part thriller and part spiritual mystery. A series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Father Mike Cleary into a collision course with his Archdiocese, while Lynne Callahan, a young widow, struggles to make sense of her life in a town whose water has been polluted with deadly chemicals. The two confront a universal problem: How do victims of suffering caused by others find a way to go on? Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Co. join forces to present the world premiere of An Undivided Heart at L.A.'s Atwater Village Theatre.
Jump inside the minds of T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne as he struggles to write his masterpiece, The Waste Land. Helping him along the way are Ezra Pound, Bertrand Russell, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein. Witness the birth of the modernist movement, croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs and a broken cuckoo clock as playwright Don Nigro takes lines from Eliot's poetry and snippets from their lives to weave a play that is at once hilarious and heartbreaking. Enjoy the world premiere of this witty and weird peek into the lives of legends at the Studio/Stage Theater in Los Angeles.
Sierra trail hikers and Los Angeles actors JB Waterman and Brian Kavanaugh hand pick organic, grass-fed talent to resurrect Chekhov's The Seagull. Check out this classic comedy at Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-course meal. As you dine on your gourmet entree, you'll be captivated by an energetic show of non-stop comedy, daring acrobatic acts, live music and more. Teatro Martini's performers come from across the globe to provide you with a captivating and tantalizing getaway from the ordinary.
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open 8:00pm)
The famed iX Tapa Cantina's lively one-hour mariachi show features a rotating lineup of some of the best musicians and ensembles in the country, and comes complete with a traditional three-course Mexican dinner. Choose from fajitas, carne asada and more from the special Goldstar menu, while you sip on a margarita or signature sangria available for purchase from the bar. A fine pairing of culture and cuisine, the Corazon De Mariachi dinner show will transport you from Old Town Pasadena to Old Mexico. Please see the full event description for menu options, which you can order upon arrival.
Most coming-of-age stories are about young adults, but for the protagonist of the new one-act solo show L.O.V.E.R, finding herself takes a little more time. Veteran actress of stage and screen Lois Robbins ("Sex and the City") wrote and stars in this dramedy, which shows one woman's journey as she recounts her entire sexual history only to discover that the most important relationship she has is with herself. Don't miss it at The Zephyr theatre in Los Angeles.
There's a new wave of Afro-Cuban jazz hitting the States, and a trio of its most talented artists are taking the stage at VPAC in Northridge for a jam that'll no doubt prove the genre's in excellent hands. NPR calls Havana-born singer Dayme Arocena "a cross between Celia Cruz and Aretha Franklin," while The New York Times has dubbed Roberto Fonseca "a charismatic spark plug of a pianist." And Grammy-nominated percussionist-singer Pedrito Martinez is an award-winning drummer who's worked with greats like Wynton Marsalis, Sting and Bruce Springsteen and released two highly-acclaimed albums as the leader of his own quartet. To make your night as fun and stress-free as possible, parking is included with your ticket.
In 1956, a giant kaiju (monster) destroys Tokyo and sends seismic waves of fear, anger and ignorance through generations. Facts are questioned, history is alternatively written and modern politics is set against primal religion in the world premiere of Akuma-shin. This ferociously civilized play is a cautionary tale of two nations coping with their own damaged legacies. Can humanity reckon with the monsters that rise against us, the ones that live within us all? Find out at The Broadwater - Main Stage in L.A.
If you're admittedly a vicarious listener of sex-love talk shows on the radio, then Some F*cking Advice is the comedy show for you. A standout lineup of LGBTQIA and straight performers tell it like it is through a series of sketch scenes, setting out to explore individuals understanding themselves, their hidden fantasies and their relationship dynamics -- but not without some f*cking advice from others. Tune in at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
Using modern instruments, the much-recorded and highly acclaimed Canadian Chamber Orchestra and their founder present Les Violons du Roy, an immersive evening of incomparable music at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Flappers Comedy Club brings Los Angeles' top comics to Claremont's historic Packing House building. A wide variety of shows include stand-up talent from national headliners seen on network TV, HBO, BET and Comedy Central, comedy contests with up-and-coming performers, hilarious themed shows and more. The club also hosts variety nights and other one-of-a-kind events. Plus, you never know what celebrity comics might drop by for a guest set. Please see the full event description for a link to information on upcoming shows.
From the Declaration of Independence to Instagram, The Pursuit of Happiness Workshop Production calls attention to the modern-day cultural obsession with making happiness the ultimate goal. Are we happy? This experiential workshop production directed by our co-artistic director, Cynthia Ettinger, explores the multi-layered definition of happiness and its authenticity through the avenues in which we choose to pursue it. Our workshop productions are a unique opportunity for the curious soul to witness our creative process and all of its moments of magic and discovery which are usually only for the eyes of the cast. Come to Culver City and join us in asking questions and be our eyes and hearts as we explore a new Actors' Gang original production. "Our declaration of independence calls for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In this workshop, we are focusing on understanding the science of happiness and sharing authentic happiness. It's an invitation to exploring of our vibrancy and a deeper understanding of our own happiness. Laughter is a common language and I'm hoping this is what this workshop production will enable in each and every member of the audience." -- Cynthia Ettinger.
An uplifting musical comedy hit based on the 1992 film, Sister Act takes place in Philadelphia in 1978, where disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: A convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle imposed by uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly-found sisterhood. Filled with uplifting gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act is a sparkling musical tribute to the universal power of friendship. Enjoy the show at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Richard Wright's seminal work Native Son has been part of the cultural landscape for decades, pulling back the veil on culture and race relations. With this theatrical adaptation, the novel about oppression, freedom and justice bursts with all new life on stage. Bigger Thomas wants more out of life, suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice. His aspirations in 1930s Chicago are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. Don't miss this insightful, urgent adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley at Glendale's Antaeus Theatre Company.
Don Juan was one of literature's greatest cads -- the original "love 'em and leave 'em" kinda guy. You might have heard of him. Pacific Opera Project's updated version of Mozart's Don Giovanni shows just how dangerous a game love can be. It's the 1930s and this version of Don Giovanni is working his seduction game, along with many other crimes, in the heart of gangland. His wicked ways catch up with him when his victims (including a vengeful ghost) band together to take him down. Featuring some of best young singers around in an intimate venue, this is one of the best ways to see an opera if you're new to the genre.
In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal. One of Broadway's biggest and most compelling hits in recent years, Next to Normal offers a heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. Featuring original songs by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), including "Just Another Day," "You Don't Know" and "Superboy and the Invisible Girl," this emotional powerhouse of a musical addresses grief, suburban life and even ethics in modern psychiatry. Find out why The New York Times called it "much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical."
This witty and intimate piece invites you to spend an evening with Dorothy Parker and 14 actors in her New York apartment in 1958. The Dorothy Parker Project brings alive several of her short stories and poems, giving you an opportunity to experience the full range of this sensitive writer beyond her fabled acerbic wit and her membership in the legendary Algonquin Circle. She may dispel some rumors you've heard about her, and reveal some important things you might not have known when this new play opens at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.
After rumors begin to circulate about a space ship crashing in their backyard, a group of friends and family must find a way to cope with their disrupted lives. Catch this comedy at the Next Stage in Hollywood.
If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say? In A Love Affair, Jimmy and Alice Diamond find themselves reliving the flawed masterpiece that is their marriage as financial issues force them to clear out the attic of their Malibu home. Brimming with all the hilarious and moving moments captured from almost 40 years of marriage, A Love Affair is a daring rollercoaster ride through successes, disappointments, sex, traumas and so much more. Journey through A Love Affair at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
Diablo Cody's cult film Jennifer's Body gets a campy unauthorized musical send-up at L.A.'s El Cid. Watch a new live-action take on this darkly comical tale of a small-town cheerleader turned man-eating demon. The fiendish supernatural thriller raises even more hell on stage with an early '00s soundtrack, including, of course, Low Shoulder's "Through the Trees."
From crisp, refreshing whites to deep-flavored reds, whatever your preferred grape, you'll find plenty to discover and love at Santa Monica Wine Fest. Fittingly held in an airplane hangar (Barker Hangar event space), this vino celebration brings you a diverse group of wines from around the world and gives you three hours to take your taste buds on an international tasting tour. While you sample and learn about the wines, you can enjoy music and purchase food pairings. Whether you're a connoisseur or a newbie, you can discover your new favorite wine at this casual event.
Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Los Angeles on this fun food tour. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead you on a leisurely three-hour walking adventure through this extraordinary downtown area, sharing stories of the city's early settlers, Hollywood's heyday, architectural background and the transformation of L.A.'s culture and food scene. Along the way you'll get to enjoy tastes from unique eateries, including the best bakeries, authentic ethnic restaurants and renowned establishments currently creating a buzz in the foodie universe -- six stops in all. By the end of the tour, you'll be able to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of the city and its hidden culinary gems.
Spend a relaxing evening outdoors with a brush in one hand and a glass of wine or craft beer glass in the other, at this Drink, Paint, Create gathering. Whether you're a novice painter or an experienced artist, this event at the Claim Jumper in Burbank offers a fun and relaxing way to express your creativity. All the materials you need to create your own masterpiece are provided for you, including an easel, canvas and paint, of course, and you can purchase food and drink from the venue.
In the award-winning comic play Under the Jello Mold, Jennie Fahn revisits her very colorful character of a mother during what turned out to be the final act of her mother's life. Jennie's mother was a force to be reckoned with -- a former dancer never content to merely rehash her past, there was always a story to be embellished, always a name to drop, always a lesson to teach. Jennie learns that not only were her post-mortem instructions hid in a specific place ... her mother was also hiding a long-held secret. Enjoy this comedy about life, loss and being of sound mind and body at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Samantha Lavin, Key Change comes during a pivotal time for female empowerment in the entertainment industry. This powerful one-act by Catrina McHugh is the story of real women living their lives behind bars. We see the love, the heartache and the challenge that each of these women face on a daily basis as they participate in the telling of each other's stories. Key Change originally toured in male prisons throughout England before officially premiering at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then making its U.S. premiere off-Broadway. There, it received the highest accolade, The New York Times Critic's Pick. This all-female cast includes Sarah Navratil (Stargate Origins), Maryfrances Careccia (How to Get Away with Murder), Courtney Nichole (Snowfall), Bridget Garwood and Anita Davenport. See this production from The Collective Studio: Los Angeles at Secret Rose Theatre.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb exploded onto the music scene in 1994, when her song "Stay (I Missed You)" was featured in the film Reality Bites and subsequently topped the Billboard charts. Since then, her multidimensional career has expanded to encompass music, film, television, voice-overs, children's recordings and even a collection of designer eyewear spun off her distinctive look. Her thoughtful, melodic songs have earned her a large nationwide fan base, and she spends much of her time touring the country. Hear songs from her various recordings, including her latest, Feel What You Feel, at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach.
Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme perform the hilarious Drag Becomes Her, a drag parody of the ghoulishly entertaining A-list campfest Death Becomes Her. Witness the deliciously dark showbiz satire, with the queens in the roles they were born to play: undead Beverly Hills rivals Madeleine Ashton and Helen Sharp, originally made famous by Oscar-winning leading ladies Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep. The world's "oldest young drag queens" hit The Montalbán in Hollywood to defy natural law before your very eyes!
You are cordially invited to Creating Arts Company's Princess and Superhero Whoop-Tea-Deux Tea Party at Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles! Hosted by some of your favorite characters with Princess Snow White at the helm, this special event is an immersive, interactive experience that combines a show, a party and a formal tea service all in one! Snow White will lead tea time complete with yummy finger foods, decadent desserts and, of course, tea. There is a special royal announcement when the children enter, and a ceremony to send all tea-time guests off in style. You won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind event! All children are given their own special place at a professionally decorated and catered table and are served tea and scrumptious finger food. They will be enchanted, entertained and leave with memories and lessons that last a lifetime.
The Echo Theater Company's Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening and Other Plays is a rich and complex collection of monologues through which recurring themes of loss, madness, the fragile nature of perceived reality and the enduring power of love all intertwine. Take an entertaining journey back and forth between 1392 and 1954 and 1945 and the present, at L.A.'s Atwater Village Theater.
Jack Fry's Einstein! returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse with a new set of accolades -- earlier this year, Einstein! traveled to New York City for the Stem Theater Festival, where it enjoyed a sold-out run and was the festival's highest-grossing show. In addition, it earned "Pick of the Fringe" status at the Hollywood fest. Of course, Einstein's name has become synonymous with "genius," but there's so much more to him than his world-changing theories. Set in 1914 Berlin, the solo play follows young Albert Einstein as he struggles to prove his General Theory of Relativity, while his personal life -- new fatherhood, a wife who won't agree to a divorce, failing health -- and society crumble around him due to the Great War. Told with humor and heart, Einstein! draws on the recent release of 15,000 documents and Fry's three years of research to show a side of the genius that's rarely seen.
Amir has left his Pakistani heritage behind climbing the corporate ladder, but his wife, Emily, doesn't share his negative feelings about Islam. In fact, she's encouraged Amir to help his nephew with the case of a controversial imam. When they throw a dinner party for Amir's colleague Jory and her husband Isaac, hard truths lead to brutal consequences in Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer-winning drama Disgraced, presented as a live audio performance at James Bridges Theater in Los Angeles.
Welcome to Los Angeles in the not-so-distant future. A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists has burrowed deep into an underground laboratory to find a cure. As they search for an antidote and fight to save the world, each move becomes crucial -- if they accidentally set off the computerized decontamination system, they might be smashed flat by the slowly constricting laboratory walls. Only it isn't actually an underground laboratory, it's the stage at Six01 Studio in Burbank. And there are no scientists, it's just you and your friends as you participate in one of Los Angeles' most exciting and immersive escape room live theater experiences. The Virus utilizes digital technology and virtual reality from some of Hollywood's top craftspeople to create a totally realistic experience, placing you deep within a thrilling science-fiction epic that you won't soon forget.
At their second annual Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group is presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies. Ameryka, the second production, is a theatrical thrill ride through 250 years of history. From the American Revolution, to the struggle for civil rights, to the fight against Communism, to the present War on Terror, Ameryka weaves together unexpected events and characters connecting Poland and the United States. Critical Mass Performance Group's kaleidoscopic style of found text, heightened physicality, original music and exuberant spectacle culminates in an exhilarating theatrical journey of boundless hope.
Happily Whatever After takes you on a journey to a magical, dangerous and surprisingly dark woods filled with classic fairytales. Very few live happily ever after as these theatrical renditions stay true to the original morality tales of wicked queens, lusty kings and their innocent victims. See bedtime stories in a different light at Hollywood's Tre Stage.
Direct from Japan, the performance group TAO will get your pulse thumping with their signature blend of powerful drumming and high-energy martial-arts movements. Their all-new theatrical spectacular Drum Heart brings the ancient art of taiko into the 21st century with contemporary costumes, acrobatic choreography and innovative visuals. TAO's performed sold-out shows in more than 15 countries, including across the U.S., and its performers undergo extensive training at the troupe's compound in the mountains of Japan before ever setting a foot on stage. Experience their latest soul-stirring show at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
Head to the sexiest venue in Long Beach, the underground speakeasy Harvelle's, for a night of comedy and burlesque. There you'll catch some of the biggest names and fastest-rising stars on the comedy circuit -- including comedians seen regularly on top late night shows, hit sitcoms and comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central -- who often pop in to try out new material. You'll also get to enjoy burlesque by professional local dancers, who will present the city's finest adults-only, risque romp. Don't miss this show, which pits stand-up comedians and sultry striptease dancers together in a classic vintage environment.
Ever wonder where comedy stars like Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman and Lisa Kudrow got their start? At Los Angeles' own legendary comedy theater, The Groundlings! Now, the troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show, Royal Wedding, an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious.The Groundlings is full of comedic treasure: Today's comedian at Royal Wedding just may be one of tomorrow's top comedy superstars.
After starting his career as one of Southern California's hottest DJs, DJ Cooch made the transition and is now in high demand as a comic. His comedy is, in large part, based on hilarious true stories from his endlessly entertaining life in the party scene. He's performed at comedy clubs around the country and has shared the stage with Carlos Mencia, Pablo Francisco, Anjelah Johnson, Tommy Chong and more. He's also hosted MTV's Rock the Vote, toured the country with Juan Gabriel and been seen on Mun2 and LATV. Now you can catch him live at Oxnard's Levity Live Comedy Club.
Something Funny is Happening out on the Prairie. The Night Forlorn (or, Waitin' on Godsford) is a re-imagining of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, set in the West during the 1870s. At a campfire out on the prairie, two none-too-bright cowpokes wait for their leader Godsford and for instructions about "the plan." There's been a hanging in town, and they may or may not have been part of it -- in the flurry of what happened, things are somewhat unclear to them. All they are sure about is that Godsford has told them to meet them here by the tree. Into their midst come several tumbleweed characters, all of whom may change the course of their destiny in one way or another. A comedic journey which utilizes the roots of vaudeville as well as the absurdity of Beckett, the play is in many ways an homage to the elegiac westerns of Ford and Peckinpah. The show features Tom Allard, Jim Beaver, Leslie Caveny, J. Downing, Robert W. Laur and June Schreiner. Written by Steve Nevil and directed by Arden Teresa Lewis, see The Night Forlorn, produced by David Mingrino and Linda Rand, at Theatre West in Hollywood.
Brooding, compelling, funny and startling, memories unravel and dark truths are revealed in this haunting ghost story from Daniel Talbott (Slipping). On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. "Expect to be fully immersed in Daniel's beautiful, provocative and disturbing memory play," says director Chris Fields. Catch the West Coast premiere of What Happened When from The Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre.
Theatre of Note presents the West Coast premiere of For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) by Gina Femia, directed and choreographed by Rhonda Kohl. When Joy gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you're willing to sacrifice -- or lose -- to follow your heart. This L.A. production features an all-female cast and all-female design team.
Find a wide variety of vintage clothing, furniture and just about anything else from days gone by at the Santa Monica Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market. This outdoor market at Santa Monica Airport is a destination for many local decorators, clothing designers, and shop owners as well as families and collectors of all ages. Shop for antique furnishings, architectural treasures, paintings from listed European and American artists, estate jewelry, vintage fashion, chandeliers and interesting lighting, antique linens and silver at this popular community event.
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, May. 27, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Jun. 24, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Jul. 22, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)
Add a twist to date night, girls' night out or simply your own personal me-time with Drink, Paint, Create. Jalapeno Pete's in Studio City hosts this artistic affair, where you can unleash your inner Picasso. Your artist guides provide the supplies and step-by-step instructions on how to complete your painting in two hours. Order a drink, let those creative juices flow and at the end of the evening you'll get to take home your very own masterpiece to show off to friends and family.
With Argentine and Uruguayan collective Bajofondo, it doesn't take just two to tango -- It's more like eight, and they're all insanely talented musicians bringing contemporary vibes into this classic genre, along with twists on other musical stylings. Now, Bajofondo returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall for the first time since its sold-out performance in 2010. The high-energy electro-rock-tango ensemble, fronted by Oscar and Grammy-winning Gustavo Santaolalla, is known for its rousing live shows and modern reimagining of traditional Latin instrumentation. Get ready to move, groove and shake in Los Angeles at one of the most iconic music venues in the world.
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Wine Reception at 7:00pm)
Experience sharp, edgy wit and outspoken takes on today's hottest topics with raucous political discourse from comedian Dennis Miller at Oxnard's Levity Live Comedy Club. Miller is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour live talk show, Dennis Miller Live, which had a nine-year run on HBO. Miller garnered three Writer's Guild of America Awards for the series, as well as an additional WGA Award for his 1997 HBO special, Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane. He has also achieved success in the literary arena with four books: I Rant, Therefore I Am, The Rants, Ranting Again, and The Rant Zone. Miller currently serves as the National Spokesperson for USA Cares, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to military families in need.
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale has inspired a family musical with some fun new twists: ballet, cha-cha and rap music. The story of a youngster who is rejected for being different, The Ugly Duckling encounters kindness from a friendly dog and peril from one of her own kind before discovering she is actually a beautiful swan. The adaptation was written by Lloyd J. Schwartz (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch), with music and lyrics by Adryan Russ.
Winner of the 2017 LA Fringe Festival Encore Award, Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump. This original parody musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci-fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. 400 years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded in search of a new planet because due to crazy Trump, the earth blew up! If you're tired of American politics, don't worry -- this will make you laugh about 'em. Don't miss Trump in Space at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
Calling all comedy-lovin' kings and queens: Join comic Aidan Park for an evening of Rainbow Pop at The Laugh Factory in Long Beach. This comedy showcase highlights some of the country's top drag queens, some of the LGBTQ community's finest comics and southern California's fiercest female stand-up stars.
As if the name didn't say it all! Come The Black Box Studios' Tre Stage in Hollywood and be wowed by the mightiest of women from the comic books we all know and love! Bring food and drink to enjoy during Wonder Women!
Eclectic Stew is a monthly event that brings professional writers, actors, directors, poets and musicians together to display their work. See a genre-blending assortment of small productions on stage at Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village.
An affectionate tribute to the trials and tribulations of producing community theater, this fast-paced comedy goes behind the scenes of a play called Murder Most Foul, which could turn out be a real stinker if the company doesn't get their act together. From a haughty author who keeps re-writing the script to actors who keep missing their cues -- and an opening night where everything that can possibly go wrong, does -- Play On! provides plenty of backstage laughs. Catch all the fun on the stage of Theatre Palisades.
Forget the airport -- the quickest way to get from Long Beach to Spain is an evening of authentic Spanish entertainment and cuisine at Alegria Cocina Latina's Ultimate Flamenco Dinner Show Experience. Full of passionate dance and vibrant guitar playing, Andalusia-native La Sole-Yvette Garcia's artistically diverse show encompasses the culturally rich, technically intricate art of flamenco. Along with an evening's worth of exceptional entertainment, you'll enjoy Alegria's delicious Spanish and Latin American cuisine, which includes classic dishes like paella Valenciana and a sinful tres leches cake. Please see the full event description for detailed menu information.
When Greg crashes into a midlife crisis, he decides to adopt Sylvia, an energetic stray dog. His relationship with his wife Kate suffers for the spontaneous decision, so family and friends new and old sit him down for some counseling in this romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney, the author of Love Letters. Now the long-married empty nesters have to dig their way out of an unexpected hole, in which Kate feels like she's losing Greg's affection to his new best friend. This imaginative take on a midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and insightful thoughts on love, marriage, jealousy and canines. Sit, stay and enjoy all the fun of Sylvia at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse.
Unleash your inner Picasso and drink a good Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio whilst you're at it. Winey Art has teamed up with The Nickel Bar in Los Angeles to bring folks together for a little drinking, a little painting and some fun creating with Drink, Paint & Create events. Step up to an easel and discover your hidden talents while sipping on craft beers and wine available for purchase. You don't have to be a gifted painter to relish the calm and therapeutic act of producing unique art -- and you'll take home a display-worthy painting at the end of the evening. If you get hungry in the midst of your creative spark, you can purchase wings, pizza, spinach dip and more off as well as specialty cocktails. Wine and art nights are a fun way to spend date night, a night out with the girls (or guys!) or just unwind and relax through the joy of artistic expression. With painting materials provided, Winey Art makes it easy to get down with your artistic self.
Merely Players Shakespeare Co. present this production of the Bard's Much Ado About Nothing at Whitmore Lindley Theatre Center in Los Angeles. Beatrice and Benedick are adamant in their mutual dislike, while Claudio and Hero are deep in love. Their two stories take an unexpected course during a stay at Leonato's beach house.
In Midnight Requisition, David's three daughters have gathered to celebrate his wake -- but in the middle of planning, their long-estranged mother appears to try and make a new start with them. Long-buried hurt, anger and misunderstandings are unearthed and examined, revealing that David's life was not what everyone thought it was. Watch it all unfold at The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts in Hollywood.
Prepare for a funeral like you've never seen before! When billionaire playboy Bruce Calhoun dies in a freak accident, his family and friends gather to mourn his passing. But what should be a celebration of his life turns into a macabre three ring circus of hilarity and slapstick. Prepare to be part of a site-specific theatrical experience where you are a mourner. Audiences are encouraged but not required to wear funeral attire when The Bereaved comes to Generation DCD Studio in Burbank from Force of Nature Productions.
Reproductive health and fertility issues are on the minds of millions of Americans everywhere, and now you can receive answers to your most pressing questions when the American Fertility Expo makes its way back to the Pasadena Conference Center. For one-day only, this event will offer educational seminars from the industry's top fertility professionals and will be a safe and private space for you to learn about in vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, egg freezing, male fertility, adoption, LGBT options, getting pregnant naturally and much more. There'll also be a free screening of the documentary One More Shot, a rejuvenation room and plenty of networking opportunities to help you get the knowledge and inspiration you need.
Los Angeles landmark El Cid celebrates gorgeous Spanish-style entertainment with a flamenco dinner show and concert. You'll be wowed by some of the best flamenco performers in the city as they bring pure and traditional flamenco dance to the stage. As the show provides a feast for your eyes, you'll also indulge on an actual culinary feast, with a choice of three- and four-course dinner packages that all include dessert. Every show is a unique and exciting display of one of the most elegant and integral parts of Spanish culture.
The shaken martinis, the bespoke tuxedos, the ridiculously named girls in every port -- James Bond may be a creature of habit, but one thing gets a fresh update in each 007 film: the title theme song. Join Bond, James Bond, for a night of stirring songs and stories that'll have you shook as 007 recounts his highly classified and incredibly dangerous missions in On His Majesty's Secret Cabaret. Presented at the historic El Cid in Los Angeles, this show features music direction and arrangements by Emily Rosenfield and performances by stories from Broadway, movies and TV including Jonah Platt (Wicked), Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys), Lindsay Pearce (Glee), Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect), Molly McCook (The Ranch) and more.
Legacy Ladies will hold its 14th Annual Torch Awards to honor some of today's distinguished leaders and to award scholarships to the most deserving participants of From The School House to The White House Leadership Academy. This year's event is held at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.
Bustin' in and out of diamond wholesalers ain't no thang for the girl gang in Reservoir Bitches. In this new play, Jolie's got a team of some fine criminals who just can't help breaking all the rules. Check them out at Tre Stage in Hollywood.
Revered as "the best Beatles show in the world" by the Los Angeles Times, The Fab Four is the ultimate Beatles tribute act. With a stunning stage show that spans the brief but timeless career of The Beatles (including three costume changes to signify different eras), this uncanny reenactment has been performed the world over. Delivering one note-for-note song rendition after the next -- including classics like "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "Penny Lane," "A Day in the Life," "Here Comes the Sun," "Hey Jude" and many more -- The Fab Four have so perfected their performance that you may just forget you aren't actually watching the real thing. Joining them are openers The OC British Invaders and Twisted Gypsy -- the Fleetwood Mac Experience.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
New Long Beach Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu has created a night of music that embodies the passion and longing that is essential to the human experience. Follow the symphony on a musical journey that explores the feelings that come with the loss of lovers, friends, and family. Beginning with Richard Strauss' dramatic tone poem about legendary lover Don Juan, Preu will weave a web of human emotion capped by a performance of contemporary American composer Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral. This heartfelt symphonic memorial to her brother who died in 1998, represents, in the composer's words, "our inner travels and the places our souls carry us, the lessons we learn and the growth we experience." The otherworldly effects of this richly-textured work include the haunting sound of tuned water-filled glasses being rubbed along their rims. The journey ends with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suites No. 1 & 2, which capture the crucial moments of the famous romance: the iconic balcony scene, the dramatic death of Tybalt, the pulsating beat of Dance of the Knights and other highlights.
GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling No. 1 hit song, "Stay (I Missed You)," from the film Reality Bites. To this day, she's still the only artist to have a No. 1 single while still unsigned to a recording label contract. It's a remarkable and unparalleled feat for an unsigned artist, though perhaps not a surprising one for this Brown grad with her signature cat-eye glasses. At the time, she was already making her mark in New York's burgeoning singer-songwriter scene, where she caught the eye of Ethan Hawke, who passed "Stay" to his friend Ben Stiller and the rest is history. The fact that "Stay" still resonates with people today is a testament to Loeb's gift as a songwriter and storyteller. From the breakout success of her first single, Loeb has successfully parlayed her talents into a multi-dimensional career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children's recordings. Today, she continues to grow as an artist and to push herself and her career forward with creative zeal and a strong inner drive to create music. Catch her live at The Rose in Pasadena.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Theatre Raymond Kabbaz is proud to present the Quebec's multi award-winning Mélisande [Electrotrad]. Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, singer Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band. Mélisande [Electrotrad] quartet plays an energetic blend of traditional music, pop and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and programming. Mélisande's rich musical background and her mesmerizing voice give a fresh take on traditional songs that she delivers with strong personality. Often groovy, sometimes atmospheric, the songs convey the audience to a journey through time and space to discover timeless realities of women's life. Their new album Les millésimes offers a collection of traditional French-Canadian folk tunes carefully selected during research in various archive centers in Quebec and United States. Like great wines, good songs improve with age. It's an album with broad appeal: creative and intelligent content coupled with music that blends the best of old and new worlds. Mélisande is the voice of today's Quebec: a creative fusion of tradition and innovation that honors the past while re-interpreting it for the present.
I Am Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce stars Ronnie Marmo as the stand-up comic and social commentator, with three-time Emmy nominee Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) directing. Bruce's passionate crusades for free speech led to obscenity charges and arrests, paving the way for the honest and uncensored acts of Richard Pryor and George Carlin, among many more. Stage Scene LA calls this solo performance at NoHo's Theatre 68 "scabrously funny" and "heartbreakingly poignant."
When their debut single "Hold On" shot to the top of the charts, it secured their spot as one of the most successful female vocal groups of all time. And their gorgeous harmonies, innate musicality and winning personalities continue to enchant through concerts, TV appearances and more. Now, five-time Grammy nominees Wilson Phillips take the stage live in Santa Clarita at The Canyon, with their biggest hits and covers of songs made famous by The Beach Boys and The Mamas & the Papas. And this SoCal trio likely knows the originals better than anyone: Carnie and Wendy Wilson happen to be the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and Chynna Phillips' parents are John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Come face-to-face with your favorite celebs at The Hollywood Show -- the only place you'll get the chance to meet and purchase autographs and photos from literally scores of stars under one roof -- at Westin Los Angeles Airport. Every edition of the expo features a different assortment of TV and movie stars from the '60s, '70s, '80s and beyond. Going stronger than ever since its first event in L.A. in 1979, The Hollywood Show also boasts an array of vendors selling comic books, posters, autographs, vintage magazines and other entertainment memorabilia. Please see the full event listing for a link to the continuously updated lineup.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Sunday, April 29, 2018 (Two-Day Pass)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 10:00am (Early Bird Admission at 9:00am)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 11:00am (Early Bird Admission at 10:00am)
You only live twice -- so there's no time to waste. Your mission is to go back to the '60s and revel in the world of debonair superspy James Bond at The Peppermint Club. Arrive in your finest formal or 007-inspired attire to meet the brightest in West Hollywood as this intimate music lounge hits a high note.
The best way to wrap up the weekend and launch into a new week is with laughter. The Groundlings Sunday Company puts forth new improv sketches every week in this hilarious show. It's a fun cast brimming with new talent from the top level of The Groundlings School.
By day, Los Angeles is all business. But when the lights go down on the City of Angels, it transforms into one of the hottest nightlife spots in the U.S. Now you can get an inside pass into some of L.A.'s coolest clubs and bars with these fun crawls. Get a taste of the vibrant party scene as you hop from one trendy spot to the next with a group of fellow partiers, with no cover charges and drink specials all night long. Party with dozens of locals and tourists and enjoy express entry to four hot L.A. nightlife venues: Check in at local fave Golden Gopher (and score a free welcome shot with drink purchase), feel like you're partying in a museum at Clifton's, take on the high-energy dance floor of Crocker Club, and party it up at The Reserve, which features a vintage bank vault basement club with dance floors and DJs.
Unleash your inner Picasso and drink a good Pinot Noir while you're at it. Winey Art has teamed up with Sherman Oaks' The Woodman to bring folks together to Drink, Paint & Create for a memorable evening. Step up to an easel and discover your hidden talents while sipping on craft beers and wine. You don't have to be a gifted painter to relish the calm and therapeutic act of producing unique art. If you get hungry in the midst of a creative spark, you can purchase some savory dishes like grilled corn lollipops and beer battered shrimp tacos. Art nights are a fun spin to a date night, girls' (or boys"!) night out or a simple way to get out there and express yourself freely. With painting materials provided, Winey Art makes it easy to get down with your artistic self.
Enjoy a little bump and grind at TRiPTease Burlesque, which was featured in Thrillist's 2016 list of "Best Burlesque Shows in LA." TRiPTease is Santa Monica's longest-running weekly burlesque show, showcasing L.A.'s best headlining burlesque soloists and international touring performers -- so it's never the same show twice. TRiPTease combines the art of the tease with comedy, burlesque, boylesque, singing, fan dances, fire, bar dancing and more. You're in for a night of fun and fantasy as the lights dim at TRiP Santa Monica, an intimate venue serving wine, beer and light snacks.
You're in for a night of fun and fantasy as the lights dim and L.A.-based theatrical burlesque troupe the Dollface Dames slink down the stairs and through the crowd. Now in their fourth year at the Britannia Pub, the Dames change up their show every week, offering a variety of burlesque acts and special guests. These ladies combine the art of the tease with fan dances, pointe, tap, contortion, magic, hoop tricks, singing, comedy and more. The sexy experience is spread out over three sets at Britannia Pub in Santa Monica.
The Newtown massacre in Connecticut. The Aurora shootings in Colorado. Could a psychotherapist treating the shooters have prevented the carnage? In Threat, a psychotherapist tries to control a narcissistic maniac in order to save innocent lives but is forced to a make a bold choice between honoring her oath and protecting others. Full of suspense and catharsis, Louis Felder's timely play is a tense exploration of narcissism, risk and self-realization. See the world premiere of Threat at L.A.'s Whitefire Theatre.
The beautiful Cafe Sevilla invites guests to come and enjoy a magical evening of Spanish and Gypsy flamenco dance, an authentic three-course meal and an atmosphere of European elegance and Mediterranean spirit. Celebrating its 25th year, Sevilla is a fixture in Long Beach, and its flamenco dinner-show showcases a variety of dancers, singers, percussionists and guitarists. Adding to the gypsy vibe, Saturday shows will feature a live belly dancer. The included dinner features a salad, the famous Spanish dish paella Valenciana or short rib/salmon duet, and for dessert, crema Catalana, the restaurant's award-winning chocolate espresso creme brulee. A tapas menu, full bar, eclectic wine list and other menu upgrades are also available for a la carte purchase.
Master illusionist Ivan Amodei brings his acclaimed show Intimate Illusions to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. With a talented concert cellist playing Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart, as well as custom scored music to perfectly accompany each illusion, this intimate, 90-minute performance cleverly combines world-class sleight-of-hand, fantastic storytelling and audience participation with razor-sharp wit and an entertaining theatrical twist. You'll witness Amodei manipulating time, discovering a spectator's destiny and even controlling a random audience member's fate -- might it be you? The Los Angeles Times named Intimate Illusions a Top Pick, and BroadwayWorld called it "Spectacular!" Amodei himself has won six People's Choice Awards for Best Entertainer.
This deliriously funny Southern-fried farce finds the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas -- Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette -- teetering on the brink of disaster again. Gaynelle, frustrated and frazzled from working too many two-bit jobs, stubbornly refuses to face the fact she's turning the Big 5-0. In a misguided effort to lift her cousin's spirits, Peaches, a sassy, morturarial cosmetologist who's stuck in a romantic dry gulch, is determined to throw Gaynelle a surprise birthday party she doesn't even want. Jimmie Wy, riding high on the success of her new wedding gown boutique for big gals, Wide Bride, reluctantly agrees to help Peaches surprise Gaynelle. But it turns out the surprise is on them when, in a startling twist, the party plans shift to a hastily thrown-together family funeral instead. The hilarity escalates when Peaches' recently declared dead husband unexpectedly returns and his romantic links to each of the cousins is revealed. Catch all the chaotic fun of Rex's Exes at Newhall's Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse.
Psyche on Vine is set at a gimmicky new restaurant where the staff are not only high-end servers, but also trained and licensed psychologists. Customers come there to work out their issues in a safe, comfortable atmosphere while they enjoy a hearty meal. But all hell breaks loose when the staff learns that a representative from the Oprah Winfrey Network is coming in to scout their next celebrity psychologist. With one of them getting a shot at their own TV show, the gloves are off, the daggers come out and the diners are the collateral damage. Come witness the action at the historic Three Clubs Bar in Hollywood, where the cast includes seasoned comic actors like Sean Whalen (Twister, Never Been Kissed), Sean Carrigan (The Young & the Restless, American Vandal), Cathy Shambley (The Groundlings) and more.
Theater by the Blind, the only blind theatre company in the country, joins forces once again with the gifted musicians with autism from Rex & Friends to present Lost in the Light -- an original stage production infused with music. Blind since birth, headstrong student Angel Taylor has always taken her sighted family's hyper-vigilance in stride with their overwhelming love and support. At the dawn of her budding journalism career, she learns about a rare opportunity to gain her vision through an experimental surgery. Along with her family, Angel grapples with the conflicting notions of seeing for the very first time or continuing to live in darkness. Catch this world premiere production at The Blue Door in Culver City.
If you like the long-running TV improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? then you'll love ComedySportz, a fun, fast-paced live comedy show that's great for the whole family. Watch two teams battle for laughs -- and points -- as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, with audience participation and suggestions incorporated into the act. Full of off-the-cuff humor and unpredictable moments, it's never the same show twice at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The longest-running stage show in Los Angeles, ComedySportz has been turning great improv into hilarious sport for more than 25 years.