THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Bully Problem’ Beats Back those Bad Memories, at Hollywood Fringe

Back to front, from left, Frankie Zabilka, Jordan Mitchell-Love, Clint Blakely, Malissa Marlow, Hallie Mayer, Casey Hunter, Andrew Landecker, Jayna Sweet, Tianna Cohen, Melvin Biteng, James Everts, and Allie Costa of “The Bully Problem” at The Broadwater at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019. (Photo by Matt Kamimura)

Remember how you felt the first time you performed in, or even saw, your first high school or college musical? Remember that giddy excitement that sent warm shivers down your spine, instilling a feeling that told you this is how it should always be? If for some reason you’ve since lost that passionate feeling about musical theatre, then “The Bully Problem” will resurrect it. It may resurrect some bitter and bittersweet ones about bullying and puberty, as well.

With book, music and lyrics by Michael Gordon Shapiro, “The Bully Problem” so far is my favorite musical to come out of Hollywood Fringe this year. Directed and choreographed by Joanna Syiek, with music direction from Jennifer Lin, the show is very well paced and the cast navigates the generous Broadwater Mainstage space to full potential.

Chock full of tasty toe-tapping songs, dance numbers, and uplifting and inspiring “good feels.” This tremendously talented ensemble cast of “nerds” and “bullies” who, together with a very handy “invention,” teach and encourage how and when to take that stand Continue reading

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Gary Tackett’s ‘Blue Eyed Sole’ Album Combines Gritty Blues, Country And Funk In An Irresistible Package

Gary Tackett's Blue eyed Sole LiveGary Tackett ‘s Blue Eyed Sole is his just-released debut album. Although this is the first album under his own name, Gary has been on the music scene both locally and nationally for many years, playing guitar on Merle Haggard’s Blue Jungle album, playing with country star Billy Currington on tour and having played at places from the Oakland Coliseum to the Grand Ol’ Opry. Blues is Gary’s love, though and on Blue Eyed Sole he combines his talent for writing some excellent songs along with a few well-chosen covers.

Gary has wanted to do the album for a long time. He told the Los Angles Beat, “I think the reason anyone puts out a physical copy of their, be it a book, cd, painting, is to chisel it in stone (so to speak). It’s permanent. It is legacy. That is why I did it!”. Bringing a lot of the energy he shows in his live performances, Blue Eyed Sole provides some well-chosen blues tunes while not ignoring the elements of his Central Valley/Bakersfield Sound roots, pioneered by such greats as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Gary grew up listening and playing that music in the Fresno area with his parents and their friends, while along the way listening to ZZ Top, Joe Walsh, Ry Cooder, Duane Allman and blues greats like Albert Collins.

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watt’s picture of the week – tuesday, june 25, 2019

we got a visit from peruvian tallship “union” – here she is at berth 91 in my pedro town saturday. righteous boat, I got a look around… much respect.

photo by mike watt

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Gathering of the Faithful: In Search of Goddesses and Gods at Lisa Derrick Fine Arts and Coagula Curatorial

Sabrina and Maritza pay tribute to the goddesses

The large two-gallery exhibit Goddesses and Gods, opened last Saturday night at Lisa Derrick Fine Arts and Coagula Curatorial on Chung King Road in Chinatown. Guests were invited to dress in costume as their favorite goddess or god…and a few were up to the challenge. Meanwhile other guests, whether pagans or non-believers, arrived in droves to enjoy the festivities.

Goddesses and Gods runs June 22 to July 20 at Lisa Derrick Fine Arts and Coagula Curatorial on Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA  90012

©Photos by Judy Ornelas Sisneros. All rights reserved.

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Photo Gallery: OFF! in Gnarlytown

Steven McDonald of OFF! at Gnarlytown 2019. All photos by Jordan Schwartz.

Last weekend Gnarlytown brought extreme BMX, skating and bands to San Pedro. Check out the photos of OFF!’s set.

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Friendly Bear on Livation Wednesday 6/26/19

Up this week on Livation, Friendly Bear is coming to the KXLU performance studio! They draw crowds to their shows with their cool grunge and garage sound. Members are Guy Wiener on guitar & lead vocals, Adam Bones on bass & vocals, and Megan Granger keeping it all together on drums.

Friendly Bear goes on between 12:15 -12:30 a.m., and an interview with them follows. Livation is every Wednesday night at midnight PST and continues through Thursday’s wee hours.  Listen live at 88.9fm, on the KXLU phone app or stream it live at kxlu.com

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We Are Giving Away Two Tickets to the Last Ever LA Food Fest Happening this Saturday!

McConnell’s Ice Cream at at LA Food Fest. Photo by Elise Thompson.

This coming Saturday, June 29, 2019, the 10th Annual LA Food Fest will be taking over Santa Anita Park infield for one last time. And you can win two free tickets right here for unlimited treats and drinks from 90 of the top chefs, cocktail shakers, vintners and brewers in LA, plus special guests from Baja and Mexico City!

***To enter, simply comment on this post with your favorite LA restaurant! Winners will be chosen Wednesday, June 26th so don’t dawdle!***

Participating restaurants include Pez Cantina, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Pinches Flautas, Sushi Roku, Ek’balam Yucatan Cuisine, Mama Musubi, Cevicheria las Olas, Mi Piace, and our favorite–The Eagle Rock Public House. Refresh yourself with beer from Golden Road Brewing, Hop Valley Brewing, Newcastle Brewing and Asahi, plus unlimited cocktails and wine. (Maybe take an Uber.) There will also be plenty of nonalcoholic drinks for teetotalers.

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REVIEW: ‘Bunny the Elf LIVE!’ Spreads Cheer at Hollywood Fringe

Christi Pedigo in “Bunny the Elf LIVE!” at Stephanie Feury Studios for Hollywood Fringe 2019. Photos courtesy of She Did it Productions.

Yep, Christmas in June. And why not?

Directed by Rose London, solo show “Bunny the Elf LIVE!,” is both a funny and touching amalgamation of writer and actress Christi Pedigo‘s imaginative YouTube webisodes/Amazon Prime series, “Bunny the Elf,” with some fresh new material, and is now playing at Stephanie Feury Studios at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Bunny wants to follow her dreams of a life in musical theatre, but her parents want her to get a “real” job. With “musical theatre auditioner” on her resumeand being the (painfully) honest person that she isBunny finds that her job options are a bit limited until she lands a holiday temp gig as a toy store Christmas elf. Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Super ’70s Showcase (Rumble-Rama-Roundtree Edition)

Earthquake” (1974, Shout Select) The Big One – an earthquake measuring 9.9 on the Richter Scale – finally hits Los Angeles, unleashing catastrophic destruction upon the city and an all-star cast. Delirious disaster fetish fantasy from director Mark Robson and Universal, which rounded up a staggering number of former A-listers (Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner), then-up-and-comers (Genevieve Bujold, Richard Roundtree) and assorted oddballs (Marjoe Gortner) and subjected them to a barrage of fires, floods and collapsing buildings (including the Mullholland Dam), with disaster vet George Kennedy working overtime to rescue all of them. The script (initially written by Mario Puzo) is a loose and ludicrous collection of soap opera plotlines, but the visual effects (by Albert Whitlock and others) are impressive, especially when paired with “Sensurround,” Universal’s eardrum-rattling sound process (which reportedly cracked the ceiling of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre*). Shout Select’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray presents two versions of the film – the theatrical release and the extended TV broadcast version, which expanded several plot threads with new footage – and presents both in new 2K scans. There are also featurettes on John Williams’ score, Whitlock’s visual effects, additional TV scenes, audio interviews with cast members, and numerous promotional images, behind-the-scenes pics and trailers.

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: The Little Tramp

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