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March 2020

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Orson Bean

Orson Bean with his wife Alley Mills

Orson Bean

  • By Ken Werther
  • Photo By Paige Petrone

A film, television, and stage actor; a comedian, writer, and producer. A game show and talk show host and a mainstay of Los Angeles’s small theatre scene. He appeared frequently on several television game shows from the 1960s through the 1980s and was a longtime panelist on one of the most enduring —To Tell the Truth. A brilliant storyteller, he was a favorite guest of Johnny Carson’s, appearing on The Tonight Show over 200 times. I’m talking about Dallas Frederick Burrows … the man we all knew better as Orson Bean. On February 7th of this year he was tragically killed in a traffic accident in Venice. He was 91.

There is nary a part of show business in which Bean didn’t participate. Beginning his career as a standup comic, he later appeared in seven Broadway shows (several of them musicals). He was placed on the infamous Hollywood blacklist during the 1950s but managed to continue working. “Basically, I was blacklisted because I had a cute communist girlfriend,” he once said. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 27 years, Alley Mills, who he met when they were co-starring on the CBS drama series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. He was a founding member of LA’s Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble in Venice, where he and Mills performed together many times to great acclaim. Beloved by many, his loss is being felt across LA and throughout the entire entertainment industry. What a truly amazing life.

RIP Orson Bean 1928-2020.

LA Art Show Opening

(left to right) Opening Night Co-Host Sofia Vergara, Palm Beach's Scott Diament, Sofia, St. Jude family, and LA Art Show Producer Kim Martindale, Stylist Lovey Dash (wearing vintage Sue Wong) with Designer Sue Wong, Kim and Holly Hou, VOLTA players, LA Art Show, Kobe Bryant tribute art, and our LAArtsOnline booth on Opening Night (Feb 5th)

LA Art Show Opening

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photos By Paige Petrone

Every year I look forward to the opening night party of the LA Art Show and this year’s gala did not disappoint. There were amazing performances, interactive activities, eye-popping exhibits, live artistic installations, and an incredible array of food from some of LA’s top restaurants. Celebrity host was the stunning Sofia Vergara and the evening benefited St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Our first stop was the Alpha Cube, a walk-in space covered in animated letters, lights and sounds, where selfies were a must. We grabbed one of the unique signature Perrier cans designed by artist Dabs Myla and marveled at the hyper realistic portrait sculptures by LA’s own Kazu Hito. As we headed towards the dining area we were met by a trio of Chinese dancers in traditional dress with strange plexiglass helmets. We dined on fresh tacos, pasta, and salads, and were entertained by performers from Cirque Soleil’s new show, VOLTA. After a few heavenly desserts, we were entranced watching a master calligrapher working on a giant scroll.

The Sue Wong Signature exhibit offered an amazing surprise – my guest was wearing a vintage Sue Wong coat and there it was on display. The designer came right over and took pictures with us. Strolling the aisles, we discovered new trends in the art world from talking with artists and gallery owners. (Next year’s show is February 10-14th.)

To view all the photos, click here.

Hunters

Hunters is streaming now on Amazon Prime (Starring Al Pacino and Logan Lerman)

Hunters

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of Amazon Prime

There’s a misconception that when World War II ended, so did any kind of Nazi activities. However, in the decades since, that could have far from the truth. There have been reports of former Nazis — even prominent ones in Hitler’s Third Reich — had moved elsewhere, like Manhattan or South America, and were secretly operating a Fourth Reich to hope to one day bring back.

Well thank God they never did. While Hunters, new on Amazon Prime, isn’t about a specific type of Nazi hunters group, many of its elements are inspired by real ones. The series follows a very diverse, and eclectic, group of hunters who chase down Nazis living in New York City to prevent them from resurrecting Hitler’s views for a modern generation. The series boasts a stellar cast, including Al Pacino, Lena Olin (Alias, The Reader), Carola Kane (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), and the return of teen heartthrob Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). David Weil created the series in what is his first writing and producing credit (he’s had a solid career as an actor). When Amazon announced development of the series, they also announced Academy Award winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) as executive producer. Hunters is bloody fun, and a rollercoaster of an action show.

Hunters” is streaming now on Amazon Prime.

SURVIVOR TURNS 40!

Survivor’s (40th season) Winners at War on CBS (Featuring “Boston” Rob Mariano)

SURVIVOR TURNS 40!

  • By ALEX BROWN
  • Photo Courtesy of CBS

It has been 20 years—yes, 20 years—since the first time host Jeff Probst introduced US TV viewers to CBS’s hit reality competition, Survivor. And to mark the milestone executive producer Mark Burnett launched the 40th season, Survivor: Winners at War. The show has featured previous players and winners before, but never quite like this where every competitor is a champion. With fan favorites like Sandra Diaz-Twine—the only two-time winner in Survivor history—and “Boston Rob” and wife Amber (who met on the show and got engaged at that season’s finale), there is a player to meet everyone’s taste.

The season has also introduced new elements, notably fire tokens as a kind of Survivor currency, and brought back twists from the past like the Edge of Extinction, once again reinventing a show that has entertained audiences for two decades. With an all-star, all-winner cast this season is certain to be more thrilling than any that has come before, especially with a cool $2 million prize on the line—the largest of any television reality competition ever. Will Boston Rob recapture his title as the master, or will Sandra remain the queen, transforming her two-time win into a three-repeat? Or will an underdog ultimately turn into the victor? There is only one way to know—watch!

Catch “Survivor: Winners at War” Wednesdays on CBS.

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