La La Land’s Group Art Show Opening for Charity featuring Mark Mothersbaugh’s “Pure Joy” 45 Acetate

Mark Mothersbaugh – “Pure Joy”

La La Land Gallery presents “For Goodness Sake” on Saturday March 25th where Kii Arens’ is curating a group of artist’s who will include Pop Artist Peter Blake (best known for his sleeve design of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), Shepard Fairey and Mark Mothersbaugh among many others for this charity fundraiser. Mark Mothersbaugh with be offering a special one-of-a-kind 2 song acetate 45 single as a special part of the La La Land’s group show intended to cheer up our community and raise money in support of the Syrian Relief Fund, via a partnership with Oxfam America. The record will be played at the opening and for sale to a lucky collector. This will be a night of art by many well known artist for everyone!

Besides, Mark Mothersbaugh, Shepard Fairey, and Peter Blake these are the other featured artist works that can be seen Saturday: Gary Baseman, Dalek, Oliver Hibert, Luke Chueh, Gary Taxali, Matthew Bone, Kii Arens, Anthony Ausgang, Rosie Lea Brind, The Art of Chase, Janee Meadows, Steve Ellis, Warmoraw, Rudy Fritsch, Mark Rogers, Anthony Ausgang, Donnie Molls, Danielle Garza, Sung Hyun, Hey Pogo, Ekaterina Oloy, Travis Lampe, Erin Goedtel, Shoko Yanagisawa, Teri Harriet, Mike Sandoval, Smiley Stevens, Amelie Laurice, and Susan Anderson. Each artist is being creating a brand new piece of art that elicits nothing but Pure Joy.

Kii Arens of La La Land Gallery says, “With all that’s been going on around the world lately, this will be a refreshing change of pace and a positive new look for the future. We’re excited to tell you we have partnered with Oxfam America (oxfamamerica.org) for this show to donate to Syrian Refugees Relief.” There will also be a special mix-cassette created for the event by Kristian Hoffman which will be given to the attendees. You can be a part of an evening to help others and score some great one-of-a-kind art!

Opening is March 25th at 7pm – 11pm at LA-LA Land Gallery • 6450 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Movie Review: “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a gorgeous Focus Features film based on the story of Antonina and Jan Żabińska, the owners of the Warsaw Zoo who rescued hundreds of people during the Holocaust. The screenplay by Angela Workman was adapted from Diane Ackerman’s book of the same title, which stems from Antonina’s diaries and extensive research. The film centers around Antonina (Jessica Chastain), a sweet-natured, shy woman who adores animals, opening with a magical scene in which she does her morning rounds on a bicycle in the zoo, with Adam the camel galloping along behind her. Chastain is positively glowing as Antonina, and her life with Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) and their son seems idyllic; the zoo is prosperous and they are a loving family, but there is disturbing news at a dinner party of Hitler’s interest in Poland.

When the Germans invade, the zoo is heartbreakingly destroyed by bombs, with many of the animals scattered or killed. The family is then oppressed by German soldiers who set up camp in their zoo, which falls under the control of Hitler’s chief zoologist Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl), a charmer whose own passion for animals is much more scientific. His interest in breeding programs helps to keep the zoo from being dismantled, however.

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In “Martha,” Christina Carlisi Exquisitely Brings Martha Graham To Life

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Actress/dancer, Christina Carlisi is breathing life into the great Martha Graham at the Whitefire Theatre and you do not want to miss it.

For those of you unfamiliar with Miss Martha Graham, she was the most influential, dancer/choreographer of the Twentieth century. Some say there wasn’t such a thing as modern dance before she came along. Actually, I think Martha said it and I couldn’t agree more.

Martha considered herself a dancer first, choreographer second and she proved it by performing until she was in her mid seventies. In 1926, she founded the Martha Graham Dance Company and it still reigns as the oldest dance company in the United States.

One can’t help but wonder how anybody can bring such a mega star to life and do her justice. Well, Christina Carlisi does just that and does it beautifully.

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The Hollywood Museum Unveils Arresting Homage to Jean Harlow!

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When you think of beautiful, bodacious, yet badass, screen presences, certain names might come to mind such as Sigourney Weaver in “Aliens,” Carrie Fisher as a scrappy Star Wars princess, or even Rizzo aka Stockard Channing aspiring to her very own version of Greased Lightning! But nothing compares to some of the first great grand dames of drama by way of the attitude rather than the action of some of our best black and white actresses.  Couple the above with extreme elegance and a classic 1930s flair and you get none other than Jean Harlow to speak nothing of The Hollywood Museum’s latest exhibit: “Jean Harlow: Hollywood’s First Blonde Bombshell”.

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In Remembrance of Keith Emerson: 1944-2016

“Remember that you need to keep things flying high in your personal life.” Keith Emerson at the cockpit of his beloved plane, circa 1970s. Photo courtesy of the Keith Emerson Official Website. Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

It’s hard to believe it, but yesterday marked the first anniversary of the death of a beloved Progressive rock music icon: Keith Emerson. It’s been 24 years since I met him, but in my mind it was only yesterday.

My introduction to Keith Emerson began with a naughty “gift” that he (with the assistance of Carl Palmer) left waiting for Greg Lake and me aboard Greg’s boat; left conspicuously on a table near the bed. In January of 1993, when Greg and me descended into Greg’s boat (docked at a marina in the Los Angeles area) the first thing that caught my eye was six Polaroid shots (close-up) of Keith’s bare derriere, in all its glory. “What in the hell is THIS?!” I demanded to know, as I picked up the photos and looked them over, wondering how (and why) they got there. Smooth as silk, Greg took the photos from my hand, studied them carefully, then replied: “There were some Swedish students that were using the boat recently. It looks like one of them was messing about and took some naughty photos of his bum! Never mind, Luv. That’s a grim thing to find waiting for you, but pay it no mind.” With that, Greg took away Keith’s ‘calling cards’, never to be seen again.

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“Beauty and the Beast,” or “Beneath Every Monster Is a Prince”

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Well, not every monster, but definitely the one in this Disney classic.

“Beauty and the Beast,” directed by Bill Condon, written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Siliotopoulous, is a live-action/CGI remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story,  Emma Watson plays Belle, an independent young woman who loves literature and whose way of thinking greatly differs from that of her traditional village, turning her into an outcast.

One day her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), stumbles across the castle of a fearsome Beast (Dan Stevens) and is taken prisoner. When Belle finds out, she agrees to live in the castle if the Beast releases her father. How could any Beast say no to this?

Of course, this being a fairy tale, nothing is the way it seems. The Beast is actually a Prince, who’s arrogance pissed off the enchantress, Agathe (Hattie Morahan) so she turned him into a hideous looking creature who definitely wouldn’t make the cover of GQ.

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Movies Till Dawn: Silly Monsters and Super A*P*Es

Revenge of the Blood Beast” (1966, Kino Lorber) Italian-made supernatural horror which opens on a harrowing note, with 18th century Transylvanian villagers drowning a monstrous witch, before flashing forward to the present, where chic English tourists Barbara Steele and Ian Ogilvy accidentally pilot their VW Bug into a lake, reviving the witch to carry out her revenge on the descendants of her killers. Michael Reeves, who oversaw the grueling “Witchfinder General” in 1969, wrote and directed this hodgepodge of grisly violence and broad comedy; the gags, which mostly target locals like Mel Welles’ innkeeper, who have substituted blind faith in Communism for superstition, are laugh-free and undermine the surprising ferocity of the witch’s attacks. The end result is probably best enjoyed by Italo-horror completists and devotees of Ms. Steele, a morbidly glamorous presence in films by Mario Bava (“Black Sunday”) and others, though her screen time here is little more than an extended cameo. Kino’s Blu-ray, which bears the film’s British title – Americans know it as “The She-Beast” – features a stellar HD transfer and liner notes which detail Reeves’ brief career before dying of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 25. Oddly, both the notes and the cover art feature an image of a monster-face woman draped with a snake that’s from an entirely different film (1965’s “She Freak”).

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Leimert Park Garden Tour – Tickets on Sale Now

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I’d Eat That: Quick and Classy Lunch at Market City Caffe, Burbank

Have you ever had one of those work days where you want a quick lunch but don’t want fast food?  Or maybe you want a full service lunch but don’t have the time to spare for a lunch that goes on and on.

Market City Caffe in Burbank has introduced a lunch service that fits both of these cases perfectly.

Called the “Quick Serve Lunch”, the mid-day meal service makes it easy to get a meal that’s the quality of a full service restaurant in about the time you can be in and out of a fast food place.

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“Kong: Skull Island,” Not Your Ideal Vacation Spot, But Visit It Anyway

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“Kong: Skull Island” a fantasy, adventure, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set in the 1970’s. For those of you too young to remember and not paying attention in history class, that was the time when people had to actually use language to communicate with one another.

Skull Island as imagined by screenwriters, Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly from a story by John Gatins is an uncharted and undiscovered island that lies somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

The Vietnam War has just ended and a secretive organization known as Monarch led by secret agent, Bill Randa (John Goodman) a major Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theorist convinces the government to fund an expedition to an island that may or may not exist, in the hopes of finding a new species. Since Washington no longer has to pay for  a war and apparently has extra money to spare, they give him the okay.

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