Rock Musical "A Night with Janis Joplin" Resurrects the Icon"A Night with Janis Joplin" is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Powered by showstopping hits like "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show brings Joplin's story to the stage while also saluting some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Catch this soulful, no-holds-barred tribute to one of rock music's greatest performers at the Laguna Playhouse.
The Help Group’s summer camps provide a safe and enriching atmosphere for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Our unique day camps create opportunities to engage, experience and explore. Each camp strives to developmentally and chronologically match each camper across the spectrum to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as art projects, sensory play, special events, animal-assisted activities, field trips and much more! Camp will run on June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (no camp on July 4th), August 7-11, and August 14-18
One-Woman Show "Martha" Explores Pioneer of Modern DanceA fierce, witty, trail-blazing feminist, Martha Graham didn't let anything stop her from pursuing her vision. Christina Carlisi brings the founder of modern dance to vivid life in the one-woman show "Martha", a revealing look at a woman whose gifts helped revolutionize an art form. Graham told stories and expressed emotion through dance in a way people had never seen, and she continued to dance well into her seventies, simply because she refused to quit. Explore the creative process and drive of this major artist during this one-woman showcase at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
"Emotions and Math" is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy's new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York singer-songwriter's proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal.
On its surface, the title track talks about being a touring musician and figuring out how to see your partner, looking at the calendar and calculating how you're going to spend time together. But "Emotions and Math," which ATO Records will release on June 17, also sums up an epiphany she had while making the record.
"In a lot of ways, it's kind of how I operate," says Glaspy. "I've always considered myself a free spirit, someone who goes with the flow, but actually I'm not exactly like that. This record really taught me that I'm super analytical and process-driven. I think they really do go together, emotions and math. Nobody is just one thing."
As introductions go, these 12 songs waste no time in cutting close to the bone. This is a young artist with something to say, one who has found her voice, as both singer and songwriter, after years venturing down a crooked path.
After cutting her teeth in New York and Boston, where she was a touring musician and played in other people's bands, "Emotions and Math" signals an assured new direction for Glaspy.
Glaspy, who's 27 and grew up in Red Bluff, California, self-produced the album, which frames her revealing ruminations in shards of jagged guitar rock. Building on its early buzz - Rolling Stone hailed first single "You and I" for its "hot barbs of electric guitar," and BrooklynVegan declared it a "stomping rocker with a DGAF attitude" - Glaspy prepares for a big year in 2016.
She's a fierce believer in the power of specifics to tell universal truths, to capture emotions we've all felt but don't necessarily hear reflected in pop music. Some truths are uglier than others, but Glaspy never backs down.
Take "You and I," which opens with a sentiment so gripping that Glaspy initially worried it would send the wrong message. "Tonight I'm too turned on to talk about us/ And tomorrow I'll be too turned off/ And won't give a fuck/ About you and I," she sings with a punk sneer that turns up often throughout her debut.
"A lot of the songs are so specific but also feel like they apply to so much of my life," says Glaspy. "I realize more and more on a daily basis that if you're given a microphone to share what you have to say, then I hope to God that I don't encourage some fantasy of what we're supposed to be or how we should live our lives."
Glaspy would rather tell you the truth of the matter. On "Memory Street," she envisions her past as a small town dotted with old relationships and memories both fond and painful: "Why remember all the times I took forever to forget?" She salutes her self-reliance on "Somebody to Anybody," reminding both the listener and herself that, "I don't want to be somebody to anybody// No, I'm good at no one."
The album also showcases Glaspy's finely tuned ear for production. Throughout "Emotions and Math," she keeps the recordings clean and urgent, without an ounce of fat on them. She had plenty of practice; having recorded demos of the album twice at home before eventually ironing out the wrinkles at Sear Sound studios in New York. Glaspy auditioned her players and kept the sessions brisk and loose, running through songs a few times with musicians still reading the charts she had written out. "Everyone was on their toes, waiting for the right moment," she says.
That freewheeling vibe ended up imbuing the songs with the same brittle energy and warm intimacy Glaspy brings to her live performances. In a bit of comic relief, "You Don't Want Me" is a duet with herself, an imagined conversation between an insecure woman and a man who has to reassure her. "You don't want me," Glaspy sings dismissively, countered by her own voice, slightly distorted and pitched lower: "I do/ You are on my mind/ Every night of the week/ Stop being so nave," Glaspy sings.
Told from the perspective of a parent to a child, "Parental Guidance" plumbs the fragile psyche of adolescents. "I think a lot of times kids are pigeonholed as being kids, but at the same time it's the most important years of their lives," Glaspy says. "Our view of ourselves is so paramount, and when it gets messed with at a young age, it's lethal."
The closing "Black Is Blue" is a poetic ode to accepting a reality you never knew. The least autobiographical song on the record, it's the story of a couple who were in love, had a kid, and then broke up. "But from far away, Black Is Blue' is about things you thought were one way but aren't really like that at all," Glaspy says.
"It's taken a minute," she admits, "but I'm so glad that I waited to record my debut. I went through so many different phases before I got to where I am now. It feels like it took 26 years to make this album."
Leapin' Lizards! Broadway in the Park's "Annie" Pre-SaleYou may actually see some leapin' lizards when this outdoor production of "Annie" comes to Peppertree Park in Old Town Tustin. Now celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Broadway debut, the musical sensation that started out life as a comic strip and then grew into a huge hit on stage and on the big screen shows no sign of outgrowing its iconic red dress and curls. The beloved story of a plucky young Depression-era orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family, "Annie" brings back all the great characters you know and love, including the adorable scamp herself, the lovable Daddy Warbucks, his faithful assistant Grace, the crotchety Miss Hannigan -- and of course, her dog Sandy. Featuring unforgettable songs like "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," this production represents Broadway in the Park's 17th annual show under the stars. Get your tickets early with this special Goldstar pre-sale.
There's no doubt that Oregon's Yob is one of the most recognizable names in the underground metal game of thrones. Their 2009 LP 'The Great Cessation' saw them reunited for the first time in many years and brought them to heights of recognition that they'd always deserved but hadn't achieved. The world was finally ready for Yob. In 2011 Yob are now firmly back, tour ready and have delivered a striking 5 song statement in the form of Atma.
"Bring It!" -- Miss D and the Dancing Dolls LiveCatch your favorite dance stars from the Lifetime dance reality show "Bring It!" as they pack their bags and set off on a brand-new nationwide tour. In 2016, the troupe blew away live audiences. Their 2017 tour ups the wow factor with steamy, never-before-seen performances. Mississippi-based dance coach Miss D and her fierce Dancing Dolls are set to own the stage at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, where you'll get to see them perform. Filled with unbelievable moves, original routines and Miss D's signature dose of magic, "Bring It! Live" is sure to be one unforgettable night of entertainment.
"Faced with a modern music scene that champions washed out bedroom recordings designed to be enjoyed alongside a cup of cold brew or craft beer, The Head make music that feels honest to them.
Brothers Mike Shaw (bass, vocals) and Jack Shaw (drums) and Jacob Morrell (guitars) have been jamming together since high school, writing and performing original songs inspired by the bands they love: trippy Brits like Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo and the Bunnymen, and moody Americans like National, Scott Walker and early R.E.M.
After logging more than 200 nights on the road, The Head returned home to Atlanta to record with producers Tanner Hendon & Wyatt Oates at Madison Studios. The result is Space, their forthcoming 13-song LP that defines The Head???s lush sound and defies lo-fi conventions."
Janelane is a 4-piece garage pop band from South Pasadena, California consisting of lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Sophie Negrini, Shelly Schimeck, Jason Funston, and Timothy Franco. The group's self-described sound is a crossover of "all of the corny, nostalgic Monkees-esque melodies of the late 60's/early 70's combined with your favorite 90's teen romance movie soundtracks". The band's debut EP, "Peaches and Cream", came out on Danger Collective Records in March 2015 via bandcamp and cassette. Janelane just completed a two week tour for South by Southwest this past March and is currently recording their debut LP to be released later this year. Sophie also plays keyboard in punk band Peach Kelli Pop.
Hear the Queen of Rock n'Roll sing her best songs again in this Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Featuring Joplin's greatest hits, including, "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," and "Mercedes Benz" along with other faves from Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more.
The Help Group’s summer camps provide a safe and enriching atmosphere for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. Our unique day camps create opportunities to engage, experience and explore. Each camp strives to developmentally and chronologically match each camper across the spectrum to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as art projects, sensory play, special events, animal-assisted activities, field trips and much more! Camp will run on June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7 (no camp on July 4th), August 7-11, August 14-18, and August 21-23 (Sherman Oaks location only).
Douglas "The Crooner" Roegiers, With Italian Dinner at Sorriso Ristorante & BarDouglas Roegiers is so smooth and classy, his fans call him "The Crooner." At this live music dinner show at Sorriso Ristorante & Bar, he'll sing standards from the Great American Songbook and take you back to the great days of the big band swing era. And while this unique performer with a larger-than-life persona is on stage, you can indulge in a four-course meal, including the choice of a Sorriso favorite: penne alla vodka. Make a date to hang with "The Crooner" in Pasadena.
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" -- See the Tony-Winning PhenomenonWinner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is now touring North America. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott ("War Horse"), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
"Pageant of the Masters": Paintings Come AliveSee a work of art come to life at the "Pageant of the Masters". This one-of-a-kind production, an Orange County tradition, uses real people to recreate classical and contemporary paintings down to the finest detail. As you take in the visual marvel, a narrator guides you through the story behind each work while a live orchestra sets the tone. This year's presentation, "The Grand Tour", recreates the experience of a time when there were virtually no public museums and people would go on artistic pilgrimages, traveling around Europe to see great works of art. Highlighting masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Tiepolo, Longhi, Watteau, Reynolds and Romney, as well as American artists like John Singer Sargent, "The Grand Tour" will take you on a whirlwind journey from Pompeii to a celebration of Carnival in Venice to the European tour of Buffalo Bill's "Wild West Show" to Paris in the Jazz Age.
Martha Graham simply refused to quit. Her influence on dance, which is often compared to Picasso’s influence on modern art and the impact that Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture, has unequivocally transformed the art form. She pursued her vision with unwavering dedication in spite of the difficulties and challenges it brought to her life. Which were many.
“Each one of us has all of life in us, and it is our choice to decide what we will reveal. How many drops of blood have gone into making you? How much memory is in that drop of blood?” – Martha Graham
Ellen Melaver’s quintessential glimpse into the passionate heart and history of the woman who revealed a “hidden language of the soul of the body,” mines the triumphs and struggles faced by this pioneer of modern dance. Graham’s work manifested the complexities of human society, emotion, frailty, and perseverance as never before interpreted in dance. The first dancer invited to perform at the White House, the first choreographer to regularly employ a multiracial ensemble; she revolutionized set design, and was a champion for women.
“Moments of magic…Carlisi’s performance can be incandescent” – LA Times
Playwright Ellen Melaver has had her work produced at Williamstown Theater Festival, SPF, New Georges, Teatronetto in Tel Aviv, and Le Cirque Roman in Paris. Her play, Little White Mice from Broken Homes, was commissioned by Juilliard and Calendar was published by Smith & Kraus. Readings and workshops have been hosted by theaters such as Cherry Lane, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Company, The Zephyr Theater, and Westside Arts. Television work includes pilots for Spyglass, Touchstone, CBS, and Fox, and she was a staff writer on What About Brian (ABC) and Paul Reiser's Love Bites (TBS). She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Director Stewart J. Zully has helmed new works by David Lindsay-Abaire (Pulitzer Prize winner, 2007), Romulus Linney, Peter Tolan (Analyze This, The Larry Sanders Show), Rolin Jones (Weeds) and Marco Ramirez (Orange Is The New Black, The Royale). Most recently he directed the Los Angeles premiere of White Guy On the Bus, by Bruce Graham, at the Road Theatre. He garnered a Scenie Award (Direction of a Comedy - Intimate Theater) for his work on American Wee-Pie, by Lisa Dillman. Regional directing credits include the East Coast Premiere of Kent R. Brown's In The Middle of Nowhere (recipient of the Julie Harris Award), three new works at City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Series at The Arsht Center in Miami, part of America’s Short Play Festival in conjunction with Actor’s Theater of Louisville. Stewart co-wrote the feature film Perfect Opposites, which stars Piper Perabo, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Joe Pantoliano, and Jennifer Tilly. The movie is based on the stage play A Piece of My Heart, by Matt Cooper, which Stewart directed at The Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.
A dancers career is usually short, but Martha Graham continued to dance into her seventies and choreographed until her death at age 96. For most artists, a life away from the arts feels impossible but when is it time to say..."when?”
From the moment she steps on stage, she grabs our attention and doesn’t let go“ – Cultural Weekly
Christina Carlisi (Martha) has worked as a dancer along side notables such as Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Stanley Donen, Gower Champion, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, and Kenny Ortega. She has toured the world for Disney Productions and starred as the ballerina in the acclaimed production of Tamara in Los Angeles. Selected stage credits include Burn This, The Rivals, Juno and the Paycock,(Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination - Best Actress) Lady-Like (Drama Logue Award - Best Actress), Reckless, Shivaree (Drama Logue Award Best Actress), Seascape, The Boor, The Immigrant, Trojan Women, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Recent film and television credits include All About Steve, The Soul Collector, Wave Babes, Hear No Evil, and ELI (Winner Best Short - Comic-Con). (Web Series) Luke 11:17 (Series regular, nominated for two Webby Awards), (Television) Bones, Supernatural, Rizzoli & Isles, Criminal Minds, CSI, Glee, Six Feet Under, Ugly Betty, NYPD Blue, Providence, Picket Fences and Crystal Empire (series regular).
“Brava, Ms. Christina Carlisi!!! Possesses all the creative elements…stunning” - Broadway World
MARTHA runs Wednesdays at 8pm on July 19, August 16, and September 20, 2017. The Whitefire Theatre is located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at www.marthasoloplay.brownpapertickets.com . For more information: (818) 990-2324.
?"Jocelyn Arndt owned the stage with inferno-like intensity (think Amy Winehouse x Janis Joplin x Fiona Apple). Chris Arndt delivered delicious riffs and energetic solos that???d earn a celestial fist-bump from Jimi Hendrix.??? -Shirley Huang / Edge Television / Hollywood, CA
"Outrageously talented siblings boast a time-honored sound that is well beyond their years" -David Pitz / Baeble Music / New York, NY
???The Arndts sound like they were raised on 60???s rock records, and would enjoy having a drink with the ghost of Janis Joplin.??? -New York Scene Report?
"One couldn't help but to just be amazed at her raw, Janis Joplin-inspired voice. Chris Arndt morphed from John Mayer to Eddie Van Halen to Jimi Hendrix and back again. Both artists were so authentically themselves while still reviving a type of rock 'n roll that had been lost for far too long.???
-Alex Phillips / The Daily Beacon / Knoxville, TN
Devastatingly powerful vocals & retro-rock guitar, with lyrics that run the gamut between vulnerable to all-out venomous: siblings Jocelyn & Chris Arndt are creating a new generation of authentic album rock.
In early 2016, their full-length debut ???Edges,??? featuring their band and special guests G.Love & Gov?t Mule?s Danny Louis, peaked at #14 on The Jambands Top 30.
In February, Jocelyn and Chris???s live album ???30,000 Miles??? debuted at #8 on The Relix Jambands Top 30 Album Chart.
Their sophomore full-length ???Go??? was released to radio April 10th. That week it was Billboard???s #5 Most Added Single to AAA Radio in the US.
Together with their band, Jocelyn & Chris have logged performances coast to coast, including stops at The Sundance Film Festival, Mountain Jam Music Festival, SXSW, CMJ, The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, Milwaukee Summerfest, The Birchmere in Alexandria, and numerous other top venues and events.
*In July, Jocelyn & Chris won the audience vote for ???best band??? on the emerging artist stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee.
Recent press includes Relix Magazine, Huffington Post, Baeble, Glide Magazine, The 405, and more than 100 other publications.
See Future PGA TOUR Players Tee Off at the US Amateur Golf ChampionshipCatch some of golf's greatest players who aren't yet on the professional circuit as the US Amateur Championship comes to Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club in the Pacific Palisades. While anyone with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower is eligible to enter, top competitors tend to be golfers on the verge of entering the PGA TOUR, and sometimes becoming stars of the sport. The premier event of the USGA, this tournament is broadcast on networks such as FS1 and Fox Sports, but you can see it live with a ticket that allows you to walk two of the most stunning golf courses in Los Angeles, both of which are annually ranked in the Top 20 in the U.S. and worldwide.