June 2009

This eery montage where  Michael Jackson‘s dance moves are slowed down reminded me of silent-screen great Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) and of course Marcel Marceau (1923-2007)who was greatly admired by Jackson and inspired his moonwalk. The whiter Jackson’ skin became, the more tragic and mime-like his performances.

In this one the crowd goes absolutely wild watching Jackson perform “Billie Jean” 30 years after its release:


Charlie Chaplin



Mary Guilliams as Ariel and Bobby Plasencia as Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Free Shakespeare in Barnsdall Park 2009. The Independent Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest & Henry V, June 26th -August 30th, Friday-Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Admission is free, donations gratefully received. Reservations are free to make and highly recommended.

Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027.

To reserve your seat: boxoffice@independentshakespeare.com or call (323) 836-0288.

The Tempest: In Shakespeare’s final play, spirits, first love, music, and the forces of revenge intersect on a mysterious island.

Prospero has waited twelve years to punish his duplicitous brother with the sorcery he has been perfecting in exile. When there paths collide, he discovers magic doesn’t make the man, the past is only history, and the world can make itself anew. (Perfect for family audiences.)

Henry V: In this high-octane portrait of England’s favorite king, 15 actors play 40 characters, span countries and years, and decimate a foreign power. A play about theater masquerading as a play about war, it’s full of thrilling speeches, big characters and unruly humor.

Click here for showtime and other info.



COMEDY FOR A CAUSE benefits INSIDE OUT COMMUNITY ARTS, PEACE4KIDS and the TIZIANO PROJECT this Thursday, June 25th at The Hive Gallery & Studios, 729 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

Open bar & snacks. Live music and raffle. Doors open at 8:30pm, laughs ensue at 9:00pm.

The Tiziano Project strives to develop and encourage first-class collaborative journalism on a global scale. They provide community members in conflict, post-conflict, and underreported regions with the equipment, training, and affiliations necessary to report their stories and improve their lives.

Tiziano Terzani was an Italian writer and foreign correspondent known for honest and courageous reporting and for defending native and livable values in the face of economic encroachment. He was one of the few Western journalists to report from and remain in Saigon as it was falling and it is in this spirit that our organization is dedicated.


Tiziano Terzani (1938-2004,) http://www.corriere.it

Peace4Kids provides programs and services for foster and at-risk youth from ages 5-18, and after emancipation until age 24. Peace4Kids is dedicated to empowering foster and at-risk youth by providing community as family. We create a strong foundation through programs focused on creative expression and life skills, allowing our kids to discover their unique voice and limitless potential for success.

Through the arts, Inside Out Community Arts promotes healthy interaction among diverse at-risk and underserved Los Angeles middle-school youth. Led by specially trained teams of professional artists and high school age mentors, Inside Out bridges cultural, geographic, socioeconomic and differently-abled boundaries to support youth in creating and presenting topical theater and art, empowering them to make positive choices as individuals and members of the greater community.<


Echoes of Shakespeare, Hendrix and Kerouac charge solo artist/comedian/gifted guitarist R. Ernie Silva’s true-life tale about his odyssey across the great American outback. An 80’s break dance artist, Silva started performing at the age of 12 for NYC street music stations 107.5 WBLA and 98.7 KISS and at 17 was on the brutal stages of New York City’s standup comedy circuit. His fear of being yet another casualty of the street life of Brooklyn and the overdose of his older brother compelled him one night to run away in search of a more meaningful life.

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame follows Silva’s haunting, touching and often humorous journey through the Appalachian mountains of N. Carolina, across the Midwest on trains with the hobos and little tramps, a stop in a jail in Kansas and finally finding his way to Los Angeles.

Written by James Gabriel and R. Ernie Silva. Performed by R. Ernie Silva.

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame @ The Odyssey, Theater II, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, LA, CA 90025. Thursdays through Saturdays @ 8pm. Click here for more information.


R. Ernie Silva.


Consider taking a book on your ride to the Eastside. Josefina Lopez, CASA 0101’s artistic director and author of “Real Women Have Curves”  (the feature film started as a play which premiered at CASA 0101,) just published a novel with the tantalizing name of “Hungry Woman in Paris.”


Click here for an interview with Josefina Lopez about the writing of her first novel or search the web for reviews by bloggers and critics alike.

Now, be aware that taking the train to the Eastside might not be an option yet. According to this article found on LA.Curbed.Com, “it’s unlikely that the line will open in June.” You can check the MTA’s own Gold Line website for everything except an opening date. My favorite item on the site’s menu: the Eastside Flavors Map and the Station Overview. Each station artwork and design reflect the surrounding community. For example, at the Little Tokyo station, “the canopies represent a Zen archery bow” while at the Mariachi Plaza station, “the shape of the main canopy recalls the fans used by Mexican folkloric dancers” and that’s only two out of the eight new stations of the Gold Line extension to East Los Angeles.  

As far as I know, CASA 0101’s new play will open as scheduled on June 19th.


My parents, niece, nephew and sister-in-law met me in New York last April. For many years, I had been resisting the call to New York.  Crowded streets and underground transportation don’t appeal to me. I was happy to leave it all behind when I moved from Paris to Los Angeles. But my father insisted: “Tu dois voir New York!”

My French family doesn’t understand that, having only 2 weeks vacation a year, I’d rather spend it at Mono Lake or Big Sur – two out of the many dream spots that gorgeous California has to offer – than in a congested city. You see, my sister-in-law has 12 weeks paid vacation. I repeat: TWELVE WEEKS.  I rest my case. In fact, I stopped talking to her after she mentioned this little known fact. If I had twelve weeks paid vacation, I would probably spend one of them in New York.  

I must say at first I was put off by the many RULES OF CONDUCT postings we saw in the subway. By the time I spotted this sign on the Hell’s Kitchen street where we rented an apartment, I had it: “If you can’t even stand in your own street!!!!”

Seriously, I’ve never seen a NO STANDING sign in Los Angeles and for a moment I pondered the meaning of this one. Cars don’t stand, do they? Buildings do. Is this skyscraper truly blue or is it the sky reflecting in its windows? I call it the Cloud Scraper.

Loved the juxtaposition of past and present:

Visiting New York with my family meant we hit a lot of  tourists’ spots. 



Saturday, june 13th
gates at 7:30 pm, film at 9:00 pm NEW TIME!!
hollywood forever cemetery
6000 santa monica boulevard at gower
no reservation necessary.
$10 donation tickets available at gate. 

$5 parking available inside
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

For more information, go to www.cinespia.org.

Elegant, playful and visually stunning funny face is one of our most beloved musicals. starring audrey hepburn as an unlikely model and fred astaire as the high powered fashion photographer who discovers her, an unlikely love grows between the naive and beautiful bookworm, and the hard headed shutterbug. Real-life legendary fashion giant Richard Avedon provides the visuals and fashion numbers in one of the most chic movies to ever hit the silver screen.

dj rob sevier (numero group) spins before and after the screening.


Screening at sunset.

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