December 2008


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LODESTONE AFTER DARK: THE BEGINNING OF THE END

Hosted by:
Dec 11:
GEDDE WATANABE (Sixteen Candles’ Long Duk Dong) & ERIN QUILL (Avenue Q
)
Dec 12-14:
ALEC MAPA (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives
)

Lodestone After Dark: The Beginning of the End is a cabaret-style show which will feature comedy sketches and musical numbers to celebrate Lodestone’s ten years and launch the company’s final season of shows before it closes its doors at the end of 2009.    Come join us for an outrageous, festive and raunchy celebration of our past, present and future!

Join your Lodestone favorites and our special celebrity guests who will be making appearances during the run of the show including: JOHN CHO (Harold and Kumar, Star Trek), JAMES K. LEE (Heroes), GEORGE TAKEI (Star Trek), KABA MODERN’S YURI TAG & FYSH N’ CHICKS’ TAEKO COLLINS (America’s Top Dance Crew), members of the Asian American comedy groups the 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS, OPM, COLD TOFU & many other surprises.  You never know who will stop by on any given night of the run!  
(NOTE: Some guest artists will appear only on select evenings & all appearances subject to artists’ availability)

Directed by Henry Chan, Chil Kong & Alberto Isaac
Produced by Junko Goda, Michael Hornbuckle, Nic Cha Kim, Rosa Kwon & Amelia Worfolk
Written by Prince Gomovilas, Michael Hornbuckle, Charles Kim, Nic Cha Kim, Annette Lee, Tim Lounibos, Alec Mapa, Erin Quill, Judy Soo Hoo & Peter J. Wong

December 11-14, 2008
8PM
ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

General Admission: $15
Students/Seniors/Groups of 10+: $12
Pay by cash or check only at the door

GTC BURBANK
1111-B W. Olive St.
Burbank, CA 91506
(inside George Izay Park, just west of S. Victory Blvd.)

FREE PARKING: Park near the jet plane in front of George Izay Park at 1111 W. Olive St.  Walk into the park, past Olive Recreation Center.  GTC Burbank is behind the Rec. Center, facing the softball fields.

RSVPS strongly recommended: (323) 993-7245

THERE WILL BE NO LATE ADMISSION!

For more info. about Lodestone:
http://www.lodestonetheatre.org
http://www.myspace.com/lodestonetheatre

grandgignol

*NOT FOR CHILDREN.

WHO IS GUIGNOL? The beloved Guignol puppet of Lyon, France was born in puppet plays featuring Polichinelle, the French version of the Commedia Dell’Arte’s low-brow character, Pulchinello. The Guignol puppet was added in 1808 by a dentist of Lyon, France who had begun performing the puppet plays to allay the fears of patients. In England, Pulchinello became Punch of the Punch & Judy show, who is also featured in our show.This GRAND GUIGNOL CHILDREN’S SHOW NOT FOR CHILDREN presents classic folk tales in their darkest forms: Little Red Riding Hood: a Horror Play, Hansel and Gretel: a Horror Play, The Ugly Duckling: a Melodrama Ballet, and Rapunzel: an Erotic Thriller by French finger puppets.  We also offer a pre-show absinthe presentation and tasting.  Masks, birthday cake, over the top dance numbers, puppets, and a lot of blood.  And a little boob. The show is not appropriate for children.

WHAT IS GRAND GUIGNOL? The Théâtre du Grand Guignol in Paris (1897-1962) achieved a legendary reputation for explicit violence, blood-curdling terror, so that a resident doctor was needed onsite to treat fainting spectators. A performance at the Grand Guignol strove to terrify and titillate the spectator through a mixture of horror, laughter and the erotic. A typical evening’s entertainment exploited the contemporary audience’s fears, taboos and desires.  The name Grand Guignol is a play on the “big puppet” show, both in size and for ‘big people.’  Known as an “evening of hot and cold showers” the performance alternated farce and horror plays.
 
BACKGROUND FOLK TALES: The origin of folk tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel varies greatly, as they were passed down orally. There is no single original version, source nor meaning of these stories, rather they vary by culture and era.  In the late 17th Century, Charles Perrault, French courtier to Louis XIV, first published folk tales, sanitizing the darker bawdier oral versions, making them more palatable for his salon peers and adding his own moral messages. A century later, the Grimm Brothers collected and also published the folk tales for academic purposes, then later, seeing the marketing value, adapted them for children. Contemporary versions are often even less violent and less sexual. But certain essential elements remain the same among centuries and continents, making them a fascinating and powerful expression of the human psyche and an appropriate match for the Grand Guignol.

 Pre-sale tickets are HIGHLY recommended – www.brownpapertickets.com or for more info go to:
www.grandguignolers.com.

WHERE:  Art/Works Theatre * 6569 Santa Monica Blvd. * Los Angeles, CA 90038.  
 
DATES: Dec. 5 – Jan. 10. 2009 Fri/Saturdays at 8:30 (except 12/26), with two Thur. (12/18 & 1/8)
and two Pay What You Can Sun. (12/28 & 1/4) at 7pm.* Pre-Show Absinthe Demo about 1/2 hour early *
* grown up drinks & absinthe *  SUGGESTED DRESS: Cocktail, Birthday Party and/or 1920s-30s.  
 TICKETS:  $20-30

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JK Gallery is excited to announce an exhibition of recent work by Jennifer D
Anderson
.  This exhibition will be held from November 1 through December
20, 2008.  

Working on found ledger paper, the surface generally used for transactions
of monetary funds, Anderson combines images to highlight the uneasy
exchanges that often take place in terms of body and soul in warfare.
Injured and exposed bodies contrast with the cool crisp font of the word
cash printed at the top of each page as well as the handwritten names and
the clean lines of children playing soldiers and formal regalia of the
military.  In the artist’s own words she explains, “Without any intention of
furthering any side of the present debate regarding war, this work is about
the loss of innocence shown through the simple line figures and diagrams of
soldiers, guns and children playing with the harsh reality of loss of life
and limb that occurs in the theater of war.”
 
The visceral and corporal understanding of the body presented in Jennifer D.
Anderson¹s work arises from the folklore of her Southern Appalachian
upbringing. Through the combination of hand processes and digital imaging,
she examines the complexity of the human form and life, creating these hard,
harrowing images tempered by their vulnerability and ephemeral nature.  Her
work has been exhibited in both national and international venues and is
included in several public and private collections including the Royal
Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium. Anderson has a MFA from the University
of Georgia and presently is the instructor of printmaking at Orange Coast
College. For more information on the artist, please see her website.
 
JK Gallery is a unique and important addition to the art community in the
Culver City Art District, a integral part of the exciting Los Angeles Art Scene. JK Gallery is dedicated to presenting meaningful artistic expression that engages
a diverse clientele. It dedicates time to hosting and exposing local,
national and international artists and art.
 
For further information, please contact:
Javad Kheradmandan, Director
JK Gallery
2632 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
jk@jkgallery.net                                
Telephone:310.837.3330                  Fax: 310.837.4001

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