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Cirque’s Amaluna

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna is now playing On the Waterfront in San Pedro

Cirque’s Amaluna

  • By Arlene Winnick

Cirque du Soleil returns to Los Angeles this month with AMALUNA, a mind-bending visual spectacular.

For this show, the creative team was influenced by the classics:  Greek and Norse mythology, a touch of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and even the Bard’s Tempest plays a role.

AMALUNA is set on a mysterious enchanted island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. The queen Prospera leads her daughter’s coming of age ceremony honoring heroines and celebrating the passing of wisdom and values from one generation to the next.  The sacred dynamics are soon challenged when a storm ensues bringing a group of men to the island. ..and a romance must survive a series of trials.

All the usual acts we’ve come to treasure are represented from juggling, acrobatics, dance and aerial routines plus a few more mythical additions like the Waterbowl, Banquine, and the Balance Goddess.

Directed by Diane Paulus, The cast of AMALUNA is mostly female including a 100% female band. Explains Director of Creation Fernand Rainville, “AMALUNA is a tribute to the work and voice of women.”

For tickets and more details, click here.

Die, Mommie, Die!

LATW’s Die, Mommie, Die’s Charles Busch (Photo Frederic Aranda)

Die, Mommie, Die!

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo By Frederic Aranda

Die, Mommie, Die! How could a play with such a fabulous title not be campy and over-the-top hilarious? Written by legendary female impersonator Charles Busch, it’s a parody of 1960s gothic horror films like Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte crossed with the Greek tragedy Electra. It tells the tale of ex-pop singer Angela Arden, who wants to be free of her suffocating marriage to sleazy film producer Sol Sussman. What better way than poison? The original production premiered at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood in July 1999. (And I was the press rep!) Of the show, Variety said, “Charles Busch’s funniest, most accomplished, and raunchiest work!” A 2017 revival at LA’s own Celebration Theatre was chosen for inclusion in Center Theatre Group’s annual Block Party. Busch also wrote and starred in the 2003 film version, earning him a Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Busch’s other plays include The Lady in Question, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Divine Sister, Shanghai Moon, and more. This month, LA Theatre Works will be recording Die, Mommie, Die! for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download, and online streaming. Starring the incomparable Busch himself in the lead role of Angela, the cast is also set to include Mark Capri, Willie Garson, Jeffery Self, and Ruth Williamson.

For tickets and more details, click here.


Openaire Restaurant at Line LA Hotel's Crispy Squash Fries (Photo Paige Petrone)


  • Story / Photo By PAIGE PETRONE

Openaire restaurant, located in the Line L.A. Hotel in Koreatown, is an amazing poolside oasis boasting the amazing cuisine of Chef Partner Josiah Citrin (Charcoal Venice). The restaurant caters to hotel guests by offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day plus weekend brunch. The hotel also has a happening lobby bar that transforms into a late night (club vibe) hot spot.

Guests nibbled on Crispy Squash Fries, Smoked Beets with almonds, horseradish, fried onions and lemon, Ahi Tuna Tartare with avocado, cucumber and citrus vinaigrette, Caramelized Cauliflower with pepper and golden raisins, Crispy sea bass with sunchoke, spinach, and passion fruit, Casarecce Pasta with sprouts, tomatoes, and arugula-cashew pesto, Fried Rice with forbidden black rice, tamari, and slow-roasted vegetables topped with sesame seeds, and Spring Pea Agnolotti with brown butter and mint. All dishes were high end, spectacular, and very special.

I discovered Openaire when I hosted a group of LAArtsOnline’s VIPs for an inspired performance of For the Record’s The Brat Pack which is currently playing inside the hotel’s fantastically themed 80s bar, Breakroom 86. It feels as if the space was made for the show! The bar is super cool and it was such a pleasant surprise to find a lovely place like Openaire to meet and dine before the show. I highly recommend it. Go!

Openaire is located at 3515 Wilshire Boulevard inside Line L.A. Hotel.

1212 Santa Monica

1212 Santa Monica’s Dining Room

1212 Santa Monica

  • By Ashley Halverson

In looking for a place to accommodate our large party for an Easter brunch that didn’t involve a buffet or pix fix meal, I stumbled upon what very well could be my new favorite restaurant by the beach.  1212 Santa Monica’s brunch menu boasts an inviting array of items like the Classic Benedict (with a croissant twist), their popular Chilaquiles Verde (delicioso and fun to say!) and the Chicken Cobb Salad with bacon, avocado and Point Reyes blue cheese served with a creamy house made golden balsamic blue cheese dressing.  All pair perfectly with a Mimosa or Hibiscus Margarita.

The dinner menu offers exquisite starter options such as Kobe Meatballs, Avocado “Poke” Quinoa Salad or my choice – the Beet & Burrata Salad with blood orange and sweet balsamic.  Seafood lovers will devour the Risotto Mare that features lobster, manila clams, shrimp and mussels.  Steak aficionados will have trouble deciding between the Petite Filet with garlic green beans, mashed potatoes and truffle butter or the Ribeye “Japonais” with soy garlic and plum potatoes.

For an extra special post dinner treat – try the Electric Daisy.  This Sipsmith gin concoction is sweetened with Lillet rouge and fresh raspberries and spiced with Serrano peppers and house-made sour.  But the real kick is in the garnish – save the Szechuan buzz berry for last and be ready for an indescribable jolt.

1212 Santa Monica is located at 1212 3 Street Promenade.

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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

SATURDAY, October 27, 2018




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