November 2017

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All Around Town!

(left to right) The Wallis, Feathers of Fire writer/creator/director Hamid Rahmanian and The Wallis’ Artistic Director Paul Crewes, Underneath the Lintel's Ayre Gross, Company and producers of Turn Me Loose at The Wallis, Danai Katsufrakis with Troker musician (Chay) at Skirball Cultural Center (Photo Cynthia Lum), Kristina Wagner, Tava Smiley and Jackie Zeman at Bright Star pre-show party at Ahmanson, LAArts' team Vanessa Carillo, Emma Rosenblatt and Gina Kim at Feathers of Fire's party, Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day exhibit at the Skirball (Photo Cynthia Lum), Center Theater Group's Kyle Hall, Kiyomi Emi and Arie Levine, Ayre Gross flanked by LAArt's guests Malcolm Danare, John Kassir, Dori Rosenthal and Tony Winner Anthony Crivello, Troker at Skirball, Mascarpone crostini by The Farm of Beverly Hills, Producers of Turn Me Loose, Underneath the Lintel's Playbill at the Geffen Playhouse, Turn Me Loose Banner, Greenleaf's mini salads at The Wallis, Joe Morton (star of Turn Me Loose) and producer/musician John Legend

All Around Town!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

On October 10th, LAArtsOnline hosted guests at “Preview Nights” at the Geffen Playhouse for Underneath the Lintel: An Impression Presentation of Lovely Evidences. Arye Gross gives an all out performance in this one-man show currently playing in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre.

Then on October 13th, we hosted the Opening Night reception for Turn Me Loose starring Joe Morton (Scandal), at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Guests mingled after the show while snacking on fun bites and cocktails sponsored by La Scala and The Farm of Beverly Hills.

Next up on October 18th was a pre-show party for Bright Star at the Ahmanson Theatre administrative offices located across the street from the theatre. Guests were able to grab bites and cocktails (sponsored by Il Fornaio) before the show.

On October 20th LAArtsOnline hosted another Opening Night reception for Feathers of Fire at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Guests enjoyed delicious fare graciously provided by Greenleaf Chop House, Il Fornaio, La Scala and Primo’s Donuts.

Finally, on October 24th, we joined the fun at the Skirball Cultural Center at their Art/Film/Music night in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time. Attendees were able to view Ken Gonzales-Day’s exhibit Surface Tension before enjoying a silent film while listening to live music by the band Troker. 

To view all of our event photos, click here.

Halloween Ball!

(left to right) Austin Power's Fembot, The Sock Monster, Event host Tava Smiley, Grand Prize Winner Trump's Paper Towel, Peg Bundy (Jennie Frangis), Alexia DeLuca (Evian) with Kiss' Gene Simmons (Sean James), fun group, rockin' dance floor at VIVA, Scarecrow, the Beekeeper (Keira Morissette), another fun group, Sumo Wrestlers (Gina Kim and John Karl), Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, DJ Shark, LAArts's team Vanessa Carillo, Martha Prado and Emma Rosenblatt flanked by VIVA's Managers Luke Barr and Erik Weaterford, Peanut Butter and Jelly (Paul Mitchell's Angela Hauk and Keith Grant), The Raven (Kris Hurst), Gene Simmons (Sean James), Al and Peg Bundy (Ira Mandel and Jennie Frangis), Lori Freitag, Dale Forbes and Kymberly Chase

Halloween Ball!

  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photos By Earl Gibson

This Halloween, LAArtsOnline hosted its annual Costume Ball at a new Hollywood location. Yes Hollywood! The new location, Viva Nightclub, on Hollywood Blvd and had us all mesmerized and enjoying ourselves all night. Viva, formerly Beso, has been completely transformed into a lovely and very elegant space offering high ceilings and a wide open feeling that it is really inviting.

Great prizes (valued at $2,500!) were handed out to those wearing the very best, most original costumes. The costumes were so amazing – really creative and very relevant. Prizes included theatre tickets from the Pantages and The Wallis and very generous gift baskets from Paul Mitchell hair products.

Dj Shark was serving up super fun Halloween party jams while monsters, ghouls, scarecrows, vampires, rockstars, angels, and ninjas – to name just a few – were getting down on the dance floor! The photographer spent the entire evening capturing memorable, festive and spook-facular moment! Guests really love this, posing with other several times throughout the night. My friends and I had a great time and we are already thinking of costume ideas for next year!

To view all the costume photos, click here. For more details on Viva Hollywood, click here.


LATW’s Between Riverside and Crazy


  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of LATW

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherfucker with the Hat) returns to L.A. Theatre Works with the Southern California premiere of his 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning drama Between Riverside and Crazy directed by Diane Rodriguez. Disabled ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to a spacious rent-controlled Manhattan apartment on Riverside Drive overlooking the Hudson River. The cantankerous Pops has his hands full with a landlord who wants him out, sketchy houseguests who won’t leave and an impending verdict on his 8-year-old lawsuit against the police department. This rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice and the grit it takes to finally move on.

The cast features Seamus Dever (Castle) and Larry Powell (The Christians at Playwrights Horizons). L.A. Theatre Works records five performances at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater with actors performing live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and; and streamed on demand at

Plays November 16-19. Five performances only. For more information, click here.

Moms Christmas!

A Bad Moms Christmas opens in theaters on November 3rd (Pictured Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn)

Moms Christmas!

  • By Jon Steely
  • Photo Courtesy of STX Films

As the holidays approach – and the holiday stress begins to mount – it’s always nice to look forward to a fun movie with a likeable cast. With Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) reprising their roles from the 2016 comedy Bad Moms, A Bad Moms Christmas is just such a film, and the holiday-themed hilarity it delivers will surely put a smile on your face and laughter in the air.

In A Bad Moms Christmas, the lovable trio of Kunis, Bell and Hahn play three overworked women facing the pressures of the holiday season as they struggle to give their families an absolutely perfect Christmas. But things get more challenging – and much funnier – when they also wind up having to entertain their own moms, played by Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Susan Sarandon (Feud).  And just in case this funny premise for a holiday film — and its lineup of top-tier talent – isn’t enough to get you to the theater, the ensemble cast also includes the hysterical Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm), the charming Peter Gallagher (American Beauty) and the handsome Justin Hartley (This Is Us) as Hahn’s hunky love interest.

A Bad Moms Christmas” opens in theaters on November 3rd.

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