Celebrating over 25 years in New York and on tour, STOMP never ceases to amaze. Everyday objects -- matchboxes, hubcaps, brooms, buckets, garbage cans and pretty much anything else you can think of -- become vehicles for brilliant music and unique rhythms, all performed by an energetic troupe that dances and pounds its way across the stage. The show also features comedic moments and lots of audience participation, placing you right in the action. The percussive sounds that will fill the Hollywood Pantages are unlike anything you've ever heard, and it's amazing to think that it's all coming from stuff you can find laying around the house. Grab these tickets but resist the urge to create your own at-home performance -- your neighbors will not be as impressed.
Hollywood's newest, coolest pop-up museum comes Instagram ready to put you and the fam right in the middle of some amazing images. The Museum of Illusions is filled with paintings, 3-D set pieces and giant props that produce eye-popping pics, inspired by cartoons, art, current events, movies and more. You can picture yourself on a raft watching the Titanic go down, climb a sheer cliff, become a burger topping or dangle over an MC Escher-like edge. Then show off your shots and really wow your crowd back home.
Questlove -- musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore -- shares his wisdom on the topics of inspiration and originality in a one-of-a-kind guide to living your best creative life. In addition to being the drummer and co-founder of trailblazing live hip-hop act The Roots and the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is also a New York Times best-selling and James Beard Award-nominated author. He'll sit down at Aratani Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss Creative Quest, his unique new guide to creativity that highlights his own inspirations, stories and lessons learned from working with the likes of D'Angelo, Björk, Ava DuVernay and David Byrne. He'll address topics like how to find a mentor, ways to cope with critics and how to maintain a creative network. You'll walk away with newfound knowledge, inspiration, plus your own copy of the book.
The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has a new life in New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Christine Daaé, now one of the world's finest sopranos, is coming to perform in New York. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband Raoul and their young son to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island, where anything could happen. Snag your tickets now so you can be sure to see this epic sequel to one of the most spectacular musicals ever to grace Broadway, as Love Never Dies brings its thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance to the Hollywood Pantages.
The spring edition of the DAPPER DAY Expo is swinging into Anaheim in a gust of bright colors and refined polish. If you're mad about the mouse -- and love a good bowtie or fascinator, to boot -- this Disneyland Hotel shindig is here to cater to all your whimsical wants. For two days, the Exhibit Hall will be filled with elegant vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories, barber and beauty products, home decor, exclusive DAPPER DAY merch and more. As you hunt for Cinderella-worthy opera gloves or a pair of Jiminy-reminiscent spats, you can take in live music or a dance performance. There'll even be live music from Dandy Wellington and His Band and dance lessons (if your jitterbug needs adjustments or your foxtrot's on the fritz). Whether you're hep or haute, the expo's the ideal marketplace for reveling in stylish living from yesterday and today.
Formerly known as Brokechella, Broke LA is the rebirth of Los Angeles' favorite little-big festival. The two-day event is a showcase of the best music, art, comedy, food and vendors from L.A. and beyond. You won't have to break the bank or trek to the desert to catch the literally dozens of indie artists who'll be performing on three different stages. Head to The Regent Theater to get in on the fun.
April 21 & 22, 2018 at 3:00pm-2:00am (Doors Open at 2:00pm)
Founded by a pair of former Alvin Ailey dancers and frequent contributors to the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet has wowed critics and audiences alike with their boundary-breaking style of ballet. Now Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden bring their acclaimed company back to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in DTLA with repertory favorites, plus an exciting new work. Star Dust is a tribute to the late, great David Bowie, danced to some of his signature hits and boasting glam rock-inspired costumes.
This Hollywood supper club hosts great live jazz and cabaret in a setting with Old World charm. Catalina Bar & Grill has lived up to its slogan "Nothing But the Best in Jazz" by presenting a veritable who's who of music legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Carmen McRae, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and vocalists like Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Jane Monheit, Barbara Morrison and many more.
When your famous twin sister's suicide letter instructs you to put together a makeshift wake in a Palm Springs cocktail lounge, what can you do but grant her final wish? L.A. writer Lana arrives in Palm Springs to host an evening with competing ex-lovers, surprising new flames and enough arousing confessions to raise the dead. Death Before Cocktails is a modern black comedy about love, sex and the secret concoction at the end of the tunnel. Delve into this steamy new play at Theater 68 - NOHO.
They've taken on '90s film faves like Scream, Cruel Intentions and Clueless. Now Rockwell: Table & Stage in Los Angeles is making waves across glasses of water everywhere with their unauthorized musical parody of the Steven Spielberg sci-fi adventure and Oscar-winning classic, Jurassic Park. Come to the fictional island where cloned dinosaurs roam free in a wildlife park. This cheeky, song-filled parody at Rockwell: Table & Stage stars L.A.-based actor-singers from TV, film and the Broadway stage.
What do you do when all your best friends suddenly start getting married? Forced to systematically transition from best friend to bridesman as each of his girlfriends gets married, Jordan Berman has decided it's time to start looking for a Mr. Right to call his own. This proves, however, to be a most uneasy transition. The New York Times hailed Significant Other as "an absolutely wonderful new play ... as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring." Laugh (and wince) along as he wades through a string of workplace crushes, painfully awkward first dates and other romantic misadventures on his search for true love in this bittersweet comedy from Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews). After a successful off-Broadway and Broadway run, Significant Other takes the stage of L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse.
The title of their monthly show, Up With a Twist, could be describing how they like their martinis served, or how their celebrity friends deliver your favorite tunes. Comedic duo Todd Sherry and Heather Olt keep the "witty, hilarious, off-the-cuff introductions" coming in Up With a Twist in between special guest star crooners who add their own flavor to songs you thought couldn't get any better. Like the great entertainer duos of our time -- Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Donny & Marie -- talent attracts talent, and Todd & Heather have had the pleasure of welcoming Jo Anne Worley (Wicked), Ana Gasteyer (SNL) and Missi Pyle (The Artist), among others, to L.A.'s Rockwell: Table & Stage.
From Amy Herzog, the award-winning author of 4000 Miles (a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), comes Belleville, which follows a young American expat couple living in a trendy Parisian neighborhood. Their life seems lovely, but beneath the surface of Zack and Abby's enviable marriage, unrest simmers. Hailed by The New York Times as "thrillingly good," this chilling psychological drama asks unsettling questions about whether you can ever really "know" another person. Starring Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom), this modern Hitchcock-style drama will keep you on the edge of your seat at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Don't let the good vibes end on 4/20! Those herb-lovin' folks at High Times are carrying on the cannabis fun with an entire weekend of exploration and educational experiences, seminars, treats, live music and more. Headliners include Lil Wayne and Nas, with Rich the Kid, Rick Ross and Yo Gotti also performing. Set at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino, the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup SoCal celebrates California's recent legalization of recreational cannabis. Get ready to partake in a "live cannabis experience" -- featuring an edibles village, topical massage spa, vape lounge and more -- with plenty of 420 fun.
For every mega-success like the iPhone, VCR and Ford Mustang, there's a couple of Apple Newtons, Betamaxes and Edsels that crashed and burned before them -- and The Museum of Failure celebrates these marketing missteps in all their glory. Now housed in Hollywood with an expanded collection, this primo collection of product blunders, curated by a Swedish innovation researcher, brings the best worst ideas together in an Instagram-friendly collection at Hollywood & Highland. You'll see artifacts spanning from the 17th century right up to the present, including a Trump-based board game, Casio's tiny color TV, New Coke and plenty more. No word on whether Ishtar is included in this Hollywood edition, however.
April 18 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 19 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 20 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 21 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 22 @ 10:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm) April 23 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 24 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm) April 25 @ 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Entry at 9:00pm)
Experience the next crop of Major League Soccer stars at an LA Galaxy II game. Playing in the fan-friendly confines of StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium, LA Galaxy II matches offer an intimate setting for professional soccer in Southern California. Your ticket includes free on-site parking, plus there are discounted concessions options and a host of exciting promotional nights and giveaways. Galaxy II have been one of the most successful teams in the United Soccer League, having made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons.
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 5:30pm (vs. New York Red Bulls II)Wednesday, May. 9, 2018 / 7:30pm (vs. Saint Louis FC)Saturday, May. 26, 2018 / 7:30pm (vs. Las Vegas Lights FC)Saturday, Jun. 2, 2018 / 7:30pm (vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC)
With its hothouse emotions, lush melodies and commentary on racial tolerance, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific is both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable score of this timeless musical is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." See for yourself why this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical has melted the hearts of audiences for over 60 years at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Amazement awaits you and your guests inside Black Rabbit Rose, a swanky multi-space venue boasting a theater for magic and variety acts, plus a bar featuring craft cocktails and Thai-Chinese small plates. This retro-style cabaret show sets out to impress with an array of burlesque and specialty performers, while the world's finest close-up illusionists dazzle you with their magical talent. VIP admission grants you front-row seating at this intimate Hollywood nightspot.
Your fave TV show might be ending, but there's an upside: The Actors Fund and Shondaland invite you to join the cast of ABC's Scandal for a live staged reading of the series finale at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on the night it airs. See your favorite actors from the show (subject to availability), including Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern. Proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund, which provides services for those working in entertainment and performing arts.
When it comes to catching the biggest names in comedy doing their thing at a historic venue, it's hard to top Laugh Factory Hollywood in the heart of the Sunset Strip. A short list of comics that have graced its luminous stage include Tim Allen, Whitney Cummings, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Nealon and many more. You just never know who is going to drop by to get the crowd roaring with a hilarious set. So get on down to the Laugh Factory, get yourself a drink from the full bar, and get ready to crack up with the best of them.
Theatre of Note presents the West Coast premiere of For the Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play) by Gina Femia, directed and choreographed by Rhonda Kohl. When Joy gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you're willing to sacrifice -- or lose -- to follow your heart. This L.A. production features an all-female cast and all-female design team.
Everything that made the Jazz Age so jazzy -- flappers, bootleggers and the music of George and Ira Gershwin -- comes together in Nice Work If You Can Get It, the hilarious musical comedy and homage to the Roaring '20s. Joe DiPietro, Tony-winning writer of Memphis and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, weaves the Gershwins' most beloved hits, along with extravagant dance numbers and glittering costumes, throughout the story of lovable playboy Jimmy and the beautiful bootlegger Billie. Experience songs like "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Fascinating Rhythm" in new ways that will make you laugh and marvel. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards during its Broadway run, this sparkling, feel-good show can be seen at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Circus Vargas is back with an all new show that's sure to spark joy in the hearts of landlubbers and swabbies alike. America's favorite traveling big top circus adds a fantastical new level of swashbuckling spectacle to its music-filled extravaganza with Dreaming of Pirates at the Galpin Ford Lot in Burbank. Jam-packed with aerial feats, acrobatics and clowning, not to mention a colorful cast of characters, world-class performers, singing, comedy and more, Dreaming of Pirates has plenty of treasures for the whole family to enjoy. Before the show, kids have the chance to step into the ring and learn circus skills. After the show, stick around to meet and take pictures with the cast.
You'll think you've died and gone to stoner heaven when you take a trip on the Magic Bus Experience to a psychedelic wonderland. As you make your way through bonkers immersive environments inspired by marijuana culture, you'll unleash your creativity and imagination -- and probably do a whole lot of giggling -- even though smoking and consuming are not permitted inside the event. Navigate the winding "Hotbox" white-out maze. Add your vision to the Giant Coloring Book. Crawl through the giant Pillow Fort. Enjoy live music, magicians, stilt walkers and more performers at the festival-like Magic Bus Experience. Then, satisfy your cravings at Munchie Mountain, a floor-to-ceiling snack bar, or hit up one of the tasty food trucks. Plus, spring for the VIP treatment and you'll unlock access to the legendary Cloud Room, where there's chicken nuggets and tater tots as far as the eye can see. This dope pop-up experience is only at Downtown Los Angeles' The Reef for two days (perfectly timed for 4/20 weekend), so better hop to it!
California is America's largest and most diverse state, home to people, traditions, languages and ideas from every corner of the world. California's dynamic population, culture and geography have made a notable impact on the state's artistic output, which has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. This spirit is always on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which showcases works by California artists in exhibitions like In the Land of Sunshine: Imagining the California Coast Culture, which features paintings of California life from the past 150 years, and "a sky in the palm of a hand", which pays tribute to local artists Lloyd Hamrol and Joan Perlman.
Whodunits -- you gotta love 'em. From the secluded locales to the cast of colorful characters in which everyone's a suspect to the final, ingenious twist, the author who did it best was Agatha Christie. One of her most famous stories, The Mousetrap, has it all. A group of strangers trapped by a snowstorm discovers that a murderer is among them, and you'll never guess who it is! The longest-running play in history, The Mousetrap has been thrilling audiences continuously since its 1952 premiere in London's West End. Now you can experience the ultimate whodunit at Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
The ageless tale of Romeo and Juliet is set against the backdrop of the New York City gang warfare of the 1950's. As rival gangs battle over their turf, a boy and a girl from opposing sides fall in love and begin their tragic fight for survival. This Bernstein/Sondheim gem comes to the Glendale Centre Theatre with such well-loved songs as "Tonight," "Somewhere" and "Maria."
In Midnight Requisition, David's three daughters have gathered to celebrate his wake -- but in the middle of planning, their long-estranged mother appears to try and make a new start with them. Long-buried hurt, anger and misunderstandings are unearthed and examined, revealing that David's life was not what everyone thought it was. Watch it all unfold at The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts in Hollywood.
Spend a gorgeous day at the races at a true Los Angeles landmark with an exclusive Farriers package that includes food, craft beer, collectible keepsakes and more. Santa Anita Park's Farriers Package features Club House admission, complete with box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer from the Farriers bar and an entree from one of Santa Anita's brand-new Club House Mezzanine eateries. And if the memories you make at Santa Anita Park aren't enough, the Farriers package also includes a commemorative pint glass so you can take a piece of the "Great Race Place" home with you.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 1:00pm (Gates open at 11:00am)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 1:00pm (Gates open at 11:00am)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 1:00pm (Gates open at 11:00am)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 12:30pm (Gates open at 10:30am)Thursday, May. 3, 2018 / Noon (Gates Open at 10:00am)
Chocolate and peanut butter. Burgers and fries. Biscuits and gravy... some flavor combinations are undeniable. Tacos and cerveza join the pantheon of terrific taste duos at Santa Anita Park, where you will also enjoy world-class thoroughbred racing at this fun, springtime event. SoCal taco champions elevate the simple food to an art form at the track and you can pair their flavorful offerings with included beer samples. Your ticket includes taco tasting tickets, eight Mexican beer tastings, a $5 betting voucher, plus a tip sheet and grandstand seating.
Find your Happy Place at L.A. Live's Event Deck, as it moves to a new home that's bigger, better and even happier than before. This pop-up experience is filled with laughs, one-of-a-kind installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms and a whole lot of selfie moments you won't want to miss. (Trust us: It's an Instagram-lover's dream.) You'll feel like a kid again as you boogie down in the world's largest indoor confetti dome, jump off a rainbow into a pot of smiley-face coins and pose inside the rubber ducky cubby of fun. Whether you're young or just young at heart, you can experience your joy at Happy Place.
Thursday, April 26, 2018Monday, April 30, 2018Tuesday, May 1, 2018Wednesday, May 2, 2018Thursday, May 3, 2018Monday, May 7, 2018Tuesday, May 8, 2018Wednesday, May 9, 2018
You would be hard-pressed to find a comedy club with more history or greater pedigree than the Comedy Store's West Hollywood location along the Sunset Strip. Since its beginnings in the early '70s, the venue has regaled audiences with an unrelenting torrent of the biggest names in comedy, ranging from Sam Kinison to Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Chelsea Handler, Dane Cook and beyond. Through it all, the Comedy Store has never lost its quirky, intimate atmosphere, making it as inviting for the audience as it is the comics. At any given show you're guaranteed to see some of today's best and brightest stand-ups testing out material, and you never know what surprise guests might drop by to do a set.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon provides a peek behind the scenes of TV's Golden Age in this hit Broadway comedy, based on Simon's time as part of the writing team for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. Set in 1953, the play depicts the distressed writing staff of a weekly variety show as they frantically scramble to top each other with gags while vying for the attention of star madman Max Prince. Max's habit of boozing and popping too many pills is increasing under the pressures of rising McCarthyism, network executives and sponsors who want him to cut back his "too-smart" staff so they can chase after the Leave It to Beaver audience. A skillful mix of nostalgia, laughter and colorful characters, Laughter on the 23rd Floor remains an enduring classic from Simon, as evidenced in this new production from Garry Marshall Theatre.
There's plenty of room for funny business at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, which just happens to be the world's largest comedy club, at 12,500 square feet. And just like its fellow outlets in Chicago and L.A., this venue regularly hosts top-notch headliners, including up-and-coming comedians from the Southland and beyond, and big-name stars from TV and film. Plus, you never know who may drop by for a set. The Long Beach club is also home to the official Laugh Factory Stand-Up Comedy Hall of Fame and Museum, which boasts more than 500 pieces of comedy memorabilia from the likes of Groucho Marx and Rodney Dangerfield, plus wax figures of greats like Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.
Take the timeless songs of Elvis Presley, combine them with the plot of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, add some hip-swiveling swagger and you're guaranteed to get All Shook Up. This hit Broadway show centers on a '50s-era guitar-playing roustabout named Chad who rides into a small town and changes everything -- especially the life of a young girl with big dreams and a big crush. With a book by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), this musical comedy rocks and rolls along on hits like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Don't Be Cruel," "It's Now or Never" and more at El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
Get carried away by the harrowing adventures of Quasimodo and Esmeralda when The Hunchback of Notre Dame swings into Fred Kavli Theatre. This epic Disney musical's all set to ring in its Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza premiere. You'll be whisked back to the perilous streets of 15th-century Paris, where wicked men in power pull the strings and heroes appear where you'd least expect them. Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, with music from the animated feature's Academy Award-nominated score, the production is enhanced with new songs by two acclaimed musical theatre legends: Alan Menken and Steven Schwartz. The theatrical production embraces the story by featuring verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel. Plus, in true 5-Star Theatricals fashion, you'll experience a "Broadway" quality production, with a full professional live orchestra.
World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authentic costumes and thunderous orchestral sound. Their latest exciting stage extravaganza, Experience a Divine Culture, stars a cast of 100 in a wildly colorful, exhilarating and heartfelt journey through 5,000 years of glorious civilization, now on the verge of disappearing completely. You'll see more than a dozen dance pieces, each with its own story, as well as several solo vocal and instrumental performances as part of the show Broadway World calls "extravagantly beautiful," when it arrives on stage at Long Beach Performing Arts Center's Terrace Theater.
This hit New York comedy is actor-comedian Brad Zimmerman's moving and hilarious story about the grit and passion required to "make it" as an artist. Zimmerman moved to New York and "temporarily" waited tables for 29 years, while pursuing his career as an actor. He has opened for Joan Rivers, Brad Garrett and George Carlin and now has his own show that's as profound and touching as it is entertaining. Watch him explore the sweet rewards that come from never giving up when My Son the Waiter ... A Jewish Tragedy comes to The Colony Theatre in Burbank.
Daphna Feygenbaum (Jeanette Deutsch) considers herself a "real Jew" -- the most devout in her family -- while her cousin Liam (Noah James) is a self-described "bad Jew," complete with a shiksa girlfriend (Lila Hood). And stuck somewhere in the middle is Liam's brother, Jonah (Austin Rogers). When they arrive in New York for their Holocaust-surviving grandfather's funeral, they instantly butt heads in a savagely funny battle royale over a cherished family heirloom. Hailed by The Washington Post as "the funniest play of the year," Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews comes to The Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. Jewish or not, you're sure to find something to love, and laugh at, in this riotous exercise in familial feuding.
Flappers Comedy Club brings Los Angeles' top comics to Burbank for a wide range of lively shows, from stand-up lineups featuring national headliners seen on network TV, HBO, BET and Comedy Central, to comedy contests showcasing up-and-coming performers. Throw in some weekly hilarious themed shows and a menu full of fries, wings, tots and margaritas. Flappers Burbank also hosts variety nights and other one-of-a-kind events. Plus, you never know what celebrity comics might drop by for a guest set.
Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 / 10:00pm (Laugh, Resist, Repeat)Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 / 10:00pm (Get It On Tape)Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 8:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 10:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 4:30pm (Two Milk Minimum)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 10:00pm (James P. Connolly From Sirius Satellite Radio)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 5:00pm (El Camino 20th High School Reunion)
Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off shines a spotlight on the hilarious backstage antics of a group of beleaguered actors attempting to perform a theatrical flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers ... and flying sardines. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), the comedy of errors remains a crowd-pleaser more than 35 years after its debut. Catch this joyfully out-of-control British farce at A Noise Within in Pasadena.
A total high-energy package, Howl at the Moon is the experience that brings together a live concert AND a full bar, and the fun doesn't stop short at their spot in Universal City. Try switching out the DJ for a live show that features musicians jamming out to their own renditions of dance anthems and party hits. Whether it's that pop song you hear on repeat on the radio or a good old '90s throwback, Howl at the Moon re-charges each tune with a new, refreshing kick that gets the crowd jumping. Massive buckets of sugar-fueled cocktails also lend a hand to the party, with treats like sparkling vodka apple lemonade, a Fruit Roll-Up-inspired medley and more.
Bad is always better -- just take a look at any Disney villain: they've got a killer look, a devious master plan and a big, loud song-and-dance number that shows off all their evilness. And now you can revel in all the wicked delights of Disney's most iconic baddies when L.A.'s Rockwell Table & Stage presents Broadway Sings Disney. Hosted by Kate Pazakis (The Big Gay Musical) and Peter Vogt (The Goodbye Girl), this whimsical show tune showcase features some of the brightest stars from Broadway, film and TV belting out your favorite villain tunes. Whether its Ursula's voice-snatching anthem or Gaston's macho tribute to himself, you never know what deliciously evil song you'll hear next -- but you can be sure to have an awfully good time singing along.
Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmMonday, May. 14, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Teatro Martini's sizzling dinner spectacular features an edgy combination of cabaret, comedy, music and cirque-style aerials and acrobatics. The Teatro Martini experience comes complete with a four-course meal. As you dine on your gourmet entree, you'll be captivated by an energetic show of non-stop comedy, daring acrobatic acts, live music and more. Teatro Martini's performers come from across the globe to provide you with a captivating and tantalizing getaway from the ordinary.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open 8:00pm)Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:00pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open 8:00pm)
The famed iX Tapa Cantina's lively one-hour mariachi show features a rotating lineup of some of the best musicians and ensembles in the country, and comes complete with a traditional three-course Mexican dinner. Choose from fajitas, carne asada and more from the special Goldstar menu, while you sip on a margarita or signature sangria available for purchase from the bar. A fine pairing of culture and cuisine, the Corazon De Mariachi dinner show will transport you from Old Town Pasadena to Old Mexico. Please see the full event description for menu options, which you can order upon arrival.
What would you do for your family? With courage and resilience, three generations of women in a single family face a world gone mad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A divisive government is turning the country against itself. Do you keep your head down as the rhetoric flies? Do you stand up for your beliefs if they could endanger everyone you love? By the end of this powerful, award-winning play, you'll be asking yourself, "What would I do?" The Madres is being produced in 2018 by four different theaters across the nation. Come find out why. Part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, see The Madres at Los Angeles' Skylight Theatre.
Will the winds blow? The rains come? The cat die? Legendary local playwright Justin Tanner's laugh-out-loud comedy and his brilliant underbelly of sadness for humankind join forces in El Niño. Look for all you've come to love about a Tanner piece, including his regular cast. Directed by his longtime collaborator Lisa James and guest produced by French Stewart, El Niño takes the stage of the MET Theatre in Los Angeles.
Named "one of ballet's most exciting undertakings" by The New York Times, the Dance Theatre of Harlem has electrified theaters around the world with the passion, power and technical precision its dancers bring to each performance. Pushing boundaries for four decades and counting, this multicultural ensemble has evolved into one of the nation's most vital dance institutions. For this program at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the troupe of 14 racially diverse dance artists will perform a thrilling and eclectic program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet, including Brahms Variations, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven and Vessels.
Flappers Comedy Club brings Los Angeles' top comics to Claremont's historic Packing House building. A wide variety of shows include stand-up talent from national headliners seen on network TV, HBO, BET and Comedy Central, comedy contests with up-and-coming performers, hilarious themed shows and more. The club also hosts variety nights and other one-of-a-kind events. Plus, you never know what celebrity comics might drop by for a guest set. Please see the full event description for a link to information on upcoming shows.
Happily Whatever After takes you on a journey to a magical, dangerous and surprisingly dark woods filled with classic fairytales. Very few live happily ever after as these theatrical renditions stay true to the original morality tales of wicked queens, lusty kings and their innocent victims. See bedtime stories in a different light at Hollywood's Tre Stage.
As if the name didn't say it all! Come The Black Box Studios' Tre Stage in Hollywood and be wowed by the mightiest of women from the comic books we all know and love! Bring food and drink to enjoy during Wonder Women!
In Vampire Masquerade, a series of strange and frightening events occur after the theater is taken over by a clan of vampires. Bring food and drink to Hollywood's Tre Stage and enjoy a night of dark and sexy fun if you dare.
The Black Box Studios presents a touching play by resident auteur Chris Berube at Tre Stage in Hollywood. Learn about the highs and lows of becoming an Angel, the meaning of life, and the truth behind our existence. Most of all, it's a play about love affairs with the heart.
Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Los Angeles on this fun food tour. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead you on a leisurely three-hour walking adventure through this extraordinary downtown area, sharing stories of the city's early settlers, Hollywood's heyday, architectural background and the transformation of L.A.'s culture and food scene. Along the way you'll get to enjoy tastes from unique eateries, including the best bakeries, authentic ethnic restaurants and renowned establishments currently creating a buzz in the foodie universe -- six stops in all. By the end of the tour, you'll be able to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of the city and its hidden culinary gems.
The Keen family is dealing with a recent tragedy concerning their daughter, Dana, a Navy corpsman in the Iraq War. Larry copes with a tumbler of scotch (or five), Barbara sets an extra plate setting and Samantha, their teenage daughter, secretly uses Twitter to create a protest. Then Nasser, an Iraqi refugee, arrives at their door unannounced on Christmas Eve. As the family fights over whether or not to keep Nasser's "gift," tempers fly and secrets are revealed. Will the Keens be pulled further apart or will they find grace and redemption in this intriguing family dramedy? This world-premiere production by the Road Theatre at NoHo's Lankershim Arts Center was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.
What makes Hollywood so weird? Is it the culture, the people or something supernatural? Honestly, it's everything, which makes this neighborhood so wonderfully kooky and endearing. Grab your cameras, ghost gear and otherworldly curiosity for a walking tour packed with haunted locations and scary stories in Los Angeles. Step into the shoes of the fallen stars of Hollywood and peer into the grisly fates that fame and fortune had in store for them. In between sights, you'll take a break at a haunted bar to make the rest of the journey extra enjoyable. Meet at the Sweet! Hollywood candy store in the Hollywood and Highland mall for a stroll through Hollywood with the ghost hosts with the most.
Loosen up your neck, because you're about to do some serious headbanging as the metalhead's ultimate fantasy concert, Monsters of Metal, hits the stage at The Glass House in Pomona. Whatever your alloy of choice -- thrash, old-school, prog -- you'll have plenty to rock out to as tributes to Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Ghost BC, Metallica and Judas Priest set out to melt some faces. From the trademark riffs to the awesome stage shows (yep, they even re-create your favorite Manson and Nameless Ghoul costumes), this is one show any metal fan does not want to miss. These awesome tribute bands include Mechanical Manson, Maiden USA, Ghost AD, Motorbreath, and Diamonds and Rust.
The Group Rep presents the comic thriller Deathtrap, written by Ira Levin (The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby). A successful-but-currently-stalled playwright whose recent offerings have been flops, conspires with his wife to "collaborate" with a student whose new thriller shows tremendous potential. Suspense mounts as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play. Directed by Jules Aaron and produced by Larry Eisenberg, see Deathtrap at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)
A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk. And maybe love. Two strangers lost, hidden ... and found? Brea Bee and Marshall McCabe star as Jane and Alex, both on the run from loneliness and the truth. This might be their last chance to find true love -- if only they can seize it! Enjoy Unemployed Elephants at the Little Victory Theatre at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank during the final two weeks of its extended run.
The inaugural WhiskyX event in Los Angeles at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport featuring a live concert from L.A.-born rock group Dawes. Expect to hear the folk rockers play tracks from their latest album We're All Gonna Die. Taste over 60 whiskies offered up by expert brand ambassadors, distillery reps and some of the city's well-known bartenders. You can also purchase delicious bites from local trucks and chefs.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 7:00pm-10:00pm (VIP Entry at 6:00pm)
You couldn't pick a more perfect song to perform in the wedding reception scene in the hit film Bridesmaids than "Hold On" by none other than the best-selling female group of all time: Wilson Phillips. Now the five-time Grammy nominees take the stage live in Pasadena at The Rose with their biggest hits and songs from their latest release, Dedicated, which features covers of songs made famous by The Beach Boys and The Mamas & the Papas. Wilson Phillips likely knows the original music from those groups better than anyone: Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and Chynna Phillips' parents are John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.
When a shocking furniture accident claims the life of his Uncle Max, L.A. actor Doug Elling must work in his family business in Brooklyn to be confronted with not only his dysfunctional family, but what lead him to become an actor in the first place. This Miserable Productions play stars Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Mad TV, Lady Dynamite) and more at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
Set in 1992 Massachusetts against the backdrop of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal and a toxic drinking water scandal (the latter made famous by the book and film A Civil Action), An Undivided Heart is part thriller and part spiritual mystery. A series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Father Mike Cleary into a collision course with his Archdiocese, while Lynne Callahan, a young widow, struggles to make sense of her life in a town whose water has been polluted with deadly chemicals. The two confront a universal problem: How do victims of suffering caused by others find a way to go on? Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theatre Co. join forces to present the world premiere of An Undivided Heart at L.A.'s Atwater Village Theatre.
Welcome to Los Angeles in the not-so-distant future. A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists has burrowed deep into an underground laboratory to find a cure. As they search for an antidote and fight to save the world, each move becomes crucial -- if they accidentally set off the computerized decontamination system, they might be smashed flat by the slowly constricting laboratory walls. Only it isn't actually an underground laboratory, it's the stage at Six01 Studio in Burbank. And there are no scientists, it's just you and your friends as you participate in one of Los Angeles' most exciting and immersive escape room live theater experiences. The Virus utilizes digital technology and virtual reality from some of Hollywood's top craftspeople to create a totally realistic experience, placing you deep within a thrilling science-fiction epic that you won't soon forget.
Soft-rock superstars Air Supply were the kings of the '80s romantic ballad, and they've been tugging at the heartstrings ever since. The duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock enjoyed a remarkable run of seven straight top-five singles in the early '80s, and songs like "Lost In Love," "All Out of Love," "The One That You Love" and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" continue to be staples of adult-contemporary radio. Relive those huge hits with this concert at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, and check out the Australian popsters' newer songs as well.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Richard Wright's seminal work Native Son has been part of the cultural landscape for decades, pulling back the veil on culture and race relations. With this theatrical adaptation, the novel about oppression, freedom and justice bursts with all new life on stage. Bigger Thomas wants more out of life, suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice. His aspirations in 1930s Chicago are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. Don't miss this insightful, urgent adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley at Glendale's Antaeus Theatre Company.
Jack Fry's Einstein! returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse with a new set of accolades -- earlier this year, Einstein! traveled to New York City for the Stem Theater Festival, where it enjoyed a sold-out run and was the festival's highest-grossing show. In addition, it earned "Pick of the Fringe" status at the Hollywood fest. Of course, Einstein's name has become synonymous with "genius," but there's so much more to him than his world-changing theories. Set in 1914 Berlin, the solo play follows young Albert Einstein as he struggles to prove his General Theory of Relativity, while his personal life -- new fatherhood, a wife who won't agree to a divorce, failing health -- and society crumble around him due to the Great War. Told with humor and heart, Einstein! draws on the recent release of 15,000 documents and Fry's three years of research to show a side of the genius that's rarely seen.
Head to the sexiest venue in Long Beach, the underground speakeasy Harvelle's, for a night of comedy and burlesque. There you'll catch some of the biggest names and fastest-rising stars on the comedy circuit -- including comedians seen regularly on top late night shows, hit sitcoms and comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central -- who often pop in to try out new material. You'll also get to enjoy burlesque by professional local dancers, who will present the city's finest adults-only, risque romp. Don't miss this show, which pits stand-up comedians and sultry striptease dancers together in a classic vintage environment.
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Colburn Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Join the orchestra in a celebration of the performing arts, and the Colburn School's role as one of the leading educators of musicians and performing artists of all ages.
If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say? In A Love Affair, Jimmy and Alice Diamond find themselves reliving the flawed masterpiece that is their marriage as financial issues force them to clear out the attic of their Malibu home. Brimming with all the hilarious and moving moments captured from almost 40 years of marriage, A Love Affair is a daring rollercoaster ride through successes, disappointments, sex, traumas and so much more. Journey through A Love Affair at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale has inspired a family musical with some fun new twists: ballet, cha-cha and rap music. The story of a youngster who is rejected for being different, The Ugly Duckling encounters kindness from a friendly dog and peril from one of her own kind before discovering she is actually a beautiful swan. The adaptation was written by Lloyd J. Schwartz (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch), with music and lyrics by Adryan Russ.
There's a new wave of Afro-Cuban jazz hitting the States, and a trio of its most talented artists are taking the stage at VPAC in Northridge for a jam that'll no doubt prove the genre's in excellent hands. NPR calls Havana-born singer Dayme Arocena "a cross between Celia Cruz and Aretha Franklin," while The New York Times has dubbed Roberto Fonseca "a charismatic spark plug of a pianist." And Grammy-nominated percussionist-singer Pedrito Martinez is an award-winning drummer who's worked with greats like Wynton Marsalis, Sting and Bruce Springsteen and released two highly-acclaimed albums as the leader of his own quartet. To make your night as fun and stress-free as possible, parking is included with your ticket.
Who doesn't want to be able to fly? Who wouldn't want to buckle swashes with pirates? When it comes to having the ultimate adventures, Peter Pan knows how to do it up. And just as Peter never grows old, neither does the world of Neverland. You can return to explore its coves and jungles over and over again, especially if your guides are best-selling novelists Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and Jersey Boys playwright Rick Elice. They're the imaginative Dream Team that cooked up the smash-hit Broadway prequel Peter and the Starcatcher. This madcap music-filled adventure throws pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. It racked up a slew of Tonys on Broadway, and now you can see this enchanting coming-of-age tale at the Long Beach Playhouse in a production that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
Find a wide variety of vintage clothing, furniture and just about anything else from days gone by at the Santa Monica Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market. This outdoor market at Santa Monica Airport is a destination for many local decorators, clothing designers, and shop owners as well as families and collectors of all ages. Shop for antique furnishings, architectural treasures, paintings from listed European and American artists, estate jewelry, vintage fashion, chandeliers and interesting lighting, antique linens and silver at this popular community event.
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, May. 27, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Jun. 24, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Jul. 22, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 / All Day (8:00am - 3:00pm)
In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal. One of Broadway's biggest and most compelling hits in recent years, Next to Normal offers a heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder. Featuring original songs by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), including "Just Another Day," "You Don't Know" and "Superboy and the Invisible Girl," this emotional powerhouse of a musical addresses grief, suburban life and even ethics in modern psychiatry. Find out why The New York Times called it "much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical."
The Completely Different Late Show is a wild improv explosion by the cast of the Groundlings' Main Company. Audience suggestions are taken throughout the night for improvised scenes to be performed by the best in the business. It's also a testing ground for brand new material that could be headed -- based on your response -- for the Groundlings' main show. Famous Groundlings alumni include Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow and Paul Reubens, who created his Pee-Wee Herman character there. Every week, it's an all-new comedy experience at this L.A. institution.
Taste buds everywhere are in for a real treat when the finest local food and wine purveyors come together at The Taste of the Valley, San Fernando's largest wine tasting and food festival. This indulgent event features a wide assortment of local flavors that is sure to delight every palate at Canoga Park's Westfield Topanga. Sharpen your wine-tasting skills and get familiar with a variety of wines from 120-plus wineries, including Alexander Valley Vineyards, Artesa Vineyards, 1000 Stories and more. Along with an epic amount of vino to sample, there'll also be a selection of smooth spirits and flavorful microwbrews. And when you get hungry, you can sink your teeth into a plethora of delicious cuisine from over 45 different restaurants, including Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, Bazille at Nordstroms, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, Maggino's Little Italy, Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ and much more. All tastings are included in the ticket, so be sure to bring your appetite and an empty stomach.
Filipino pop icon Sarah Geronimo comes to the Los Angeles Theatre for her This 15 Me concert tour. Geronimo won Star for a Night at the age of 14 and has released a string of successful singles since, including "Forever's Not Enough" and "Tala." Joining her in what's being billed as the biggest Filipino concert of the season are popular singers Mark Bautista and Sam Concepcion with the G-Force dancers. Don't miss this blockbuster night of music and dance!
Sierra trail hikers and Los Angeles actors JB Waterman and Brian Kavanaugh hand pick organic, grass-fed talent to resurrect Chekhov's The Seagull. Check out this classic comedy at Atwater Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
Spend a relaxing evening outdoors with a brush in one hand and a glass of wine or craft beer glass in the other, at this Drink, Paint, Create gathering. Whether you're a novice painter or an experienced artist, this event at the Claim Jumper in Burbank offers a fun and relaxing way to express your creativity. All the materials you need to create your own masterpiece are provided for you, including an easel, canvas and paint, of course, and you can purchase food and drink from the venue.
If you're admittedly a vicarious listener of sex-love talk shows on the radio, then Some F*cking Advice is the comedy show for you. A standout lineup of LGBTQIA and straight performers tell it like it is through a series of sketch scenes, setting out to explore individuals understanding themselves, their hidden fantasies and their relationship dynamics -- but not without some f*cking advice from others. Tune in at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
Yes! Yes! Yes! is a weekly Los Angeles stand-up comedy show featuring a brand new lineup each week of nationally touring comedians who've appeared on Netflix, HBO, Comedy Central, Hulu, Showtime and more. With a full bar and plenty of parking at the beautiful Cafe Club Fais Do-Do, you now have something to do each and every Thursday night.
Called "a shining feature in L.A.'s cultural landscape" (L.A. Times) with "jaw-dropping virtuosity" (LA Weekly), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers for 50 years. Mozart, Bernstein, Brahms, Beethoven, Stravinksy -- you can expect to hear works from all the greats when the orchestra takes the stage, all performed with fiery passion and meticulous attention to detail. Catch "America's finest chamber orchestra" (Public Radio International) at Royce Hall at UCLA.
In the award-winning comic play Under the Jello Mold, Jennie Fahn revisits her very colorful character of a mother during what turned out to be the final act of her mother's life. Jennie's mother was a force to be reckoned with -- a former dancer never content to merely rehash her past, there was always a story to be embellished, always a name to drop, always a lesson to teach. Jennie learns that not only were her post-mortem instructions hid in a specific place ... her mother was also hiding a long-held secret. Enjoy this comedy about life, loss and being of sound mind and body at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Forget the airport -- the quickest way to get from Long Beach to Spain is an evening of authentic Spanish entertainment and cuisine at Alegria Cocina Latina's Ultimate Flamenco Dinner Show Experience. Full of passionate dance and vibrant guitar playing, Andalusia-native La Sole-Yvette Garcia's artistically diverse show encompasses the culturally rich, technically intricate art of flamenco. Along with an evening's worth of exceptional entertainment, you'll enjoy Alegria's delicious Spanish and Latin American cuisine, which includes classic dishes like paella Valenciana and a sinful tres leches cake. Please see the full event description for detailed menu information.
Something Funny is Happening out on the Prairie. The Night Forlorn (or, Waitin' on Godsford) is a re-imagining of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, set in the West during the 1870s. At a campfire out on the prairie, two none-too-bright cowpokes wait for their leader Godsford and for instructions about "the plan." There's been a hanging in town, and they may or may not have been part of it -- in the flurry of what happened, things are somewhat unclear to them. All they are sure about is that Godsford has told them to meet them here by the tree. Into their midst come several tumbleweed characters, all of whom may change the course of their destiny in one way or another. A comedic journey which utilizes the roots of vaudeville as well as the absurdity of Beckett, the play is in many ways an homage to the elegiac westerns of Ford and Peckinpah. The show features Tom Allard, Jim Beaver, Leslie Caveny, J. Downing, Robert W. Laur and June Schreiner. Written by Steve Nevil and directed by Arden Teresa Lewis, see The Night Forlorn, produced by David Mingrino and Linda Rand, at Theatre West in Hollywood.
I Am Not a Comedian ... I'm Lenny Bruce stars Ronnie Marmo as the stand-up comic and social commentator, with three-time Emmy nominee Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) directing. Bruce's passionate crusades for free speech led to obscenity charges and arrests, paving the way for the honest and uncensored acts of Richard Pryor and George Carlin, among many more. Stage Scene LA calls this solo performance at NoHo's Theatre 68 "scabrously funny" and "heartbreakingly poignant."
An uplifting musical comedy hit based on the 1992 film, Sister Act takes place in Philadelphia in 1978, where disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: A convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle imposed by uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly-found sisterhood. Filled with uplifting gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act is a sparkling musical tribute to the universal power of friendship. Enjoy the show at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles.
From the Declaration of Independence to Instagram, The Pursuit of Happiness Workshop Production calls attention to the modern-day cultural obsession with making happiness the ultimate goal. Are we happy? This experiential workshop production directed by our co-artistic director, Cynthia Ettinger, explores the multi-layered definition of happiness and its authenticity through the avenues in which we choose to pursue it. Our workshop productions are a unique opportunity for the curious soul to witness our creative process and all of its moments of magic and discovery which are usually only for the eyes of the cast. Come to Culver City and join us in asking questions and be our eyes and hearts as we explore a new Actors' Gang original production. "Our declaration of independence calls for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In this workshop, we are focusing on understanding the science of happiness and sharing authentic happiness. It's an invitation to exploring of our vibrancy and a deeper understanding of our own happiness. Laughter is a common language and I'm hoping this is what this workshop production will enable in each and every member of the audience." -- Cynthia Ettinger.
Using modern instruments, the much-recorded and highly acclaimed Canadian Chamber Orchestra and their founder present Les Violons du Roy, an immersive evening of incomparable music at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Winner of the 2017 LA Fringe Festival Encore Award, Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump. This original parody musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci-fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. 400 years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded in search of a new planet because due to crazy Trump, the earth blew up! If you're tired of American politics, don't worry -- this will make you laugh about 'em. Don't miss Trump in Space at the Second City Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.
He talks! Charlie Chaplin's hilarious, still devastating political satire about Hitler and the Nazis was his first all-talking picture. The Great Dictator is set in the fictional nation of Tomania, loosely disguised as Nazi Germany. Chaplin plays both a Jewish barber and the country's fascist dictator. Join us for this groundbreaking film that was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1940: for Best Picture, Best Actor and Screenplay (Chaplin), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Oakie, hilarious as Napaloni) and Best Score (Meredith Willson). Also featuring the wonderful Paulette Goddard, see The Great Dictator, presented by Alex Film Society, at Glendale's Alex Theatre, a beautiful vintage movie palace dating back to 1925.
Unleash your inner Picasso and drink a good Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio whilst you're at it. Winey Art has teamed up with The Nickel Bar in Los Angeles to bring folks together for a little drinking, a little painting and some fun creating with Drink, Paint & Create events. Step up to an easel and discover your hidden talents while sipping on craft beers and wine available for purchase. You don't have to be a gifted painter to relish the calm and therapeutic act of producing unique art -- and you'll take home a display-worthy painting at the end of the evening. If you get hungry in the midst of your creative spark, you can purchase wings, pizza, spinach dip and more off as well as specialty cocktails. Wine and art nights are a fun way to spend date night, a night out with the girls (or guys!) or just unwind and relax through the joy of artistic expression. With painting materials provided, Winey Art makes it easy to get down with your artistic self.
Now in its second year, Group Rep's Nine Winning One-Acts event comes to the stage of its theater in NoHo, featuring world-premiere plays chosen out of more than 150 entries from around the country. All nine plays will be performed as one program, and with intriguing titles like I Wish the Voice in My Head Would Stop Yelling Long Enough to Let Me Say 'I Love You', you're sure to be in for a varied and entertaining show.
Los Angeles landmark El Cid celebrates gorgeous Spanish-style entertainment with a flamenco dinner show and concert. You'll be wowed by some of the best flamenco performers in the city as they bring pure and traditional flamenco dance to the stage. As the show provides a feast for your eyes, you'll also indulge on an actual culinary feast, with a choice of three- and four-course dinner packages that all include dessert. Every show is a unique and exciting display of one of the most elegant and integral parts of Spanish culture.
This witty and intimate piece invites you to spend an evening with Dorothy Parker and 14 actors in her New York apartment in 1958. The Dorothy Parker Project brings alive several of her short stories and poems, giving you an opportunity to experience the full range of this sensitive writer beyond her fabled acerbic wit and her membership in the legendary Algonquin Circle. She may dispel some rumors you've heard about her, and reveal some important things you might not have known when this new play opens at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.
The beautiful Cafe Sevilla invites guests to come and enjoy a magical evening of Spanish and Gypsy flamenco dance, an authentic three-course meal and an atmosphere of European elegance and Mediterranean spirit. Celebrating its 25th year, Sevilla is a fixture in Long Beach, and its flamenco dinner-show showcases a variety of dancers, singers, percussionists and guitarists. Adding to the gypsy vibe, Saturday shows will feature a live belly dancer. The included dinner features a salad, the famous Spanish dish paella Valenciana or short rib/salmon duet, and for dessert, crema Catalana, the restaurant's award-winning chocolate espresso creme brulee. A tapas menu, full bar, eclectic wine list and other menu upgrades are also available for a la carte purchase.
Larry Hankin's show How to Be Homeless camps out on the stage at the Fanatic Salon in Culver City. It's a one-of-a-kind collection of street fables, homeless rants and other stories. Hankin is best known as one of the most popular character actors in Hollywood, having appeared in everything form Breaking Bad to Seinfeld to Friends.
Theatre Raymond Kabbaz is proud to present the Quebec's multi award-winning Mélisande [Electrotrad]. Drawing from a rich heritage of traditional francophone songs, singer Mélisande unearths rare treasures that she adapts and presents with a feminist perspective and the distinctly modern sound of the band. Mélisande [Electrotrad] quartet plays an energetic blend of traditional music, pop and electro with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and programming. Mélisande's rich musical background and her mesmerizing voice give a fresh take on traditional songs that she delivers with strong personality. Often groovy, sometimes atmospheric, the songs convey the audience to a journey through time and space to discover timeless realities of women's life. Their new album Les millésimes offers a collection of traditional French-Canadian folk tunes carefully selected during research in various archive centers in Quebec and United States. Like great wines, good songs improve with age. It's an album with broad appeal: creative and intelligent content coupled with music that blends the best of old and new worlds. Mélisande is the voice of today's Quebec: a creative fusion of tradition and innovation that honors the past while re-interpreting it for the present.
For over a decade, Peace Frog has mesmerized audiences with their stunning ability to re-create the music, magic and intensity of Jim Morrison and the Doors. This highly acclaimed tribute act delivers an authentic concert experience that brings to life the legendary Lizard King and his band right before your eyes. For this special 420 party and concert, they'll be joined by Jimi Hendrix tribute Purple Haze. Catch them both live at Sage Nightclub as they perform intoxicating renditions of iconic hits.
Add a twist to date night, girls' night out or simply your own personal me-time with Drink, Paint, Create. Jalapeno Pete's in Studio City hosts this artistic affair, where you can unleash your inner Picasso. Your artist guides provide the supplies and step-by-step instructions on how to complete your painting in two hours. Order a drink, let those creative juices flow and at the end of the evening you'll get to take home your very own masterpiece to show off to friends and family.
Don Juan was one of literature's greatest cads -- the original "love 'em and leave 'em" kinda guy. You might have heard of him. Pacific Opera Project's updated version of Mozart's Don Giovanni shows just how dangerous a game love can be. It's the 1930s and this version of Don Giovanni is working his seduction game, along with many other crimes, in the heart of gangland. His wicked ways catch up with him when his victims (including a vengeful ghost) band together to take him down. Featuring some of best young singers around in an intimate venue, this is one of the best ways to see an opera if you're new to the genre.
After rumors begin to circulate about a space ship crashing in their backyard, a group of friends and family must find a way to cope with their disrupted lives. Catch this comedy at the Next Stage in Hollywood.
Unleash your inner Picasso and drink a good Pinot Noir while you're at it. Winey Art has teamed up with Sherman Oaks' The Woodman to bring folks together to Drink, Paint & Create for a memorable evening. Step up to an easel and discover your hidden talents while sipping on craft beers and wine. You don't have to be a gifted painter to relish the calm and therapeutic act of producing unique art. If you get hungry in the midst of a creative spark, you can purchase some savory dishes like grilled corn lollipops and beer battered shrimp tacos. Art nights are a fun spin to a date night, girls' (or boys"!) night out or a simple way to get out there and express yourself freely. With painting materials provided, Winey Art makes it easy to get down with your artistic self.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb exploded onto the music scene in 1994, when her song "Stay (I Missed You)" was featured in the film Reality Bites and subsequently topped the Billboard charts. Since then, her multidimensional career has expanded to encompass music, film, television, voice-overs, children's recordings and even a collection of designer eyewear spun off her distinctive look. Her thoughtful, melodic songs have earned her a large nationwide fan base, and she spends much of her time touring the country. Hear songs from her various recordings, including her latest, Feel What You Feel, at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach.
Shine provides thrills for the entire family including aerial silks, hoop, cyr wheel, contortion, acrobatics, Japanese drumming, stilt walkers, roller skating, dancing and much more! Some of the renowned performers in this show are, Stiltworld & KnightRollers featuring Trey Knight, master juggler Jack Kalvan and his wife and juggling partner Jeri, the drumming of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, and the amazing cirque talents of Le Petite Cirque. Come on a magical journey filled with colorful characters who laugh, dance, flip, fly, play and love. As the journey unfolds at the James Armstrong Theater at Torrance Cultural Arts Center, you will be drawn into their world, and will share in the transformation from ordinary life into revelation and pure joy.
Master illusionist Ivan Amodei brings his acclaimed show Intimate Illusions to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. With a talented concert cellist playing Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart, as well as custom scored music to perfectly accompany each illusion, this intimate, 90-minute performance cleverly combines world-class sleight-of-hand, fantastic storytelling and audience participation with razor-sharp wit and an entertaining theatrical twist. You'll witness Amodei manipulating time, discovering a spectator's destiny and even controlling a random audience member's fate -- might it be you? The Los Angeles Times named Intimate Illusions a Top Pick, and BroadwayWorld called it "Spectacular!" Amodei himself has won six People's Choice Awards for Best Entertainer.
Named the best show of its kind in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective now comes to Downtown Burbank's Hilton Garden Inn to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a delicious four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes a salad, entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Live Rude Girls is an all-female comedy revue that carefully considers the question of whether women can be funny ... and then takes the paper that the question was written on, tears it up, pours gasoline all over it and uses it to start a dumpster fire protesting the patriarchy. The cast of comedians fearlessly tackles topics like body shaming, street harassment and more in this no-holds-barred satirical take on the female experience. If you've ever been called "shrill" or told you'd be "prettier if you smiled," this weekly Second City Studio Theatre showcase is for you.
Most coming-of-age stories are about young adults, but for the protagonist of the new one-act solo show L.O.V.E.R, finding herself takes a little more time. Veteran actress of stage and screen Lois Robbins ("Sex and the City") wrote and stars in this dramedy, which shows one woman's journey as she recounts her entire sexual history only to discover that the most important relationship she has is with herself. Don't miss it at The Zephyr theatre in Los Angeles.
When Greg crashes into a midlife crisis, he decides to adopt Sylvia, an energetic stray dog. His relationship with his wife Kate suffers for the spontaneous decision, so family and friends new and old sit him down for some counseling in this romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney, the author of Love Letters. Now the long-married empty nesters have to dig their way out of an unexpected hole, in which Kate feels like she's losing Greg's affection to his new best friend. This imaginative take on a midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and insightful thoughts on love, marriage, jealousy and canines. Sit, stay and enjoy all the fun of Sylvia at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse.
You're in for a night of fun and fantasy as the lights dim and L.A.-based theatrical burlesque troupe the Dollface Dames slink down the stairs and through the crowd. Now in their fourth year at the Britannia Pub, the Dames change up their show every week, offering a variety of burlesque acts and special guests. These ladies combine the art of the tease with fan dances, pointe, tap, contortion, magic, hoop tricks, singing, comedy and more. The sexy experience is spread out over three sets at Britannia Pub in Santa Monica.
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Samantha Lavin, Key Change comes during a pivotal time for female empowerment in the entertainment industry. This powerful one-act by Catrina McHugh is the story of real women living their lives behind bars. We see the love, the heartache and the challenge that each of these women face on a daily basis as they participate in the telling of each other's stories. Key Change originally toured in male prisons throughout England before officially premiering at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then making its U.S. premiere off-Broadway. There, it received the highest accolade, The New York Times Critic's Pick. This all-female cast includes Sarah Navratil (Stargate Origins), Maryfrances Careccia (How to Get Away with Murder), Courtney Nichole (Snowfall), Bridget Garwood and Anita Davenport. See this production from The Collective Studio: Los Angeles at Secret Rose Theatre.
Jump inside the minds of T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne as he struggles to write his masterpiece, The Waste Land. Helping him along the way are Ezra Pound, Bertrand Russell, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein. Witness the birth of the modernist movement, croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs and a broken cuckoo clock as playwright Don Nigro takes lines from Eliot's poetry and snippets from their lives to weave a play that is at once hilarious and heartbreaking. Enjoy the world premiere of this witty and weird peek into the lives of legends at the Studio/Stage Theater in Los Angeles.
Four-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "a new breed of super-musicians" who have mastered a diverse and eclectic repertoire of new music, played primarily from memory, while simultaneously being enacted on stage. They'll be joined at The Ace in Los Angeles by singer-songwriter Will Oldham, whose music has been linked to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk and indie rock. Together they'll perform a set of original songs, along with Frederic Rzewski's iconic Coming Together, a touchstone piece of classical music's young, underground, independently-minded set. The text for this piece is taken directly from a letter written by Attica prison inmate Sam Melville in 1971, only months before the riots which he helped organize that led to his death, tracing a descent from self-control into madness.
You are cordially invited to Creating Arts Company's Princess and Superhero Whoop-Tea-Deux Tea Party at Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles! Hosted by some of your favorite characters with Princess Snow White at the helm, this special event is an immersive, interactive experience that combines a show, a party and a formal tea service all in one! Snow White will lead tea time complete with yummy finger foods, decadent desserts and, of course, tea. There is a special royal announcement when the children enter, and a ceremony to send all tea-time guests off in style. You won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind event! All children are given their own special place at a professionally decorated and catered table and are served tea and scrumptious finger food. They will be enchanted, entertained and leave with memories and lessons that last a lifetime.
From conspiring nobles to mischievous sprites, bawdy puns to swoon-worthy poetry, all the trademarks of Shakespeare's masterpieces come to life in an original comedy made up right on the spot in Impro Theatre's Shakespeare UnScripted. But fearest not! You don't need to be an Elizabethan scholar to enjoy this loving send-up; if you at all paid attention in high school English, you'll have a blast. Plus, the show is inspired by your suggestions, and how often do you get to say you collaborated with Shakespeare? So, get thee to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica for what's sure to be a fun show.
Ever wonder where comedy stars like Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman and Lisa Kudrow got their start? At Los Angeles' own legendary comedy theater, The Groundlings! Now, the troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show, Royal Wedding, an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious.The Groundlings is full of comedic treasure: Today's comedian at Royal Wedding just may be one of tomorrow's top comedy superstars.
UnCabaret, the long-running alternative comedy night that helped launch the careers of Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo and Patton Oswalt among many others, continues to bring the funny to vegan restaurant Au Lac in downtown Los Angeles. Named one of Los Angeles Magazine's "5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A.," UnCabaret's shows feature rising stars along with established comedians who dive headfirst into a hot bed of personal storytelling, stand-up and music. Longtime musical director Mitch Kaplan and the show's founder, Beth Lapides, preside over this evening of cutting-edge comedy and music that's Un-like anything else in town.
There's always something funny going on at the Yoo Hoo Room, the second stage of Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, right in the heart of the entertainment district. Pulling from Los Angeles and the Valley's vast talent pool, the intimate room features established veterans along with rising stars, showcased in a variety of stand-up and musical comedy performances, comic essay readings, magic and more. There's also a full-service restaurant on-site, offering everything from appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas to hearty entrees and desserts. The bar is well-stocked as well, with specialty drinks galore available for purchase. Please see the full event description for a link to information on upcoming shows.
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 / 7:30pm (Snow White & the Seven Storytellers)Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 / 9:30pm (Thursday Funnies)Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 7:30pm (YooHoo Pro/Am With Laurie Kilmartin)Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 9:30pm (YooHoo Pro/Am With Laura House)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 7:30pm (YooHoo Pro/Am With Laura House)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 9:30pm (YooHoo Pro/Am With Laura House)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 6:00pm (Escape The Speakeasy)Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 9:00pm (Sinner Sillies)
Brooding, compelling, funny and startling, memories unravel and dark truths are revealed in this haunting ghost story from Daniel Talbott (Slipping). On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around. "Expect to be fully immersed in Daniel's beautiful, provocative and disturbing memory play," says director Chris Fields. Catch the West Coast premiere of What Happened When from The Echo Theater Company at the Atwater Village Theatre.
An affectionate tribute to the trials and tribulations of producing community theater, this fast-paced comedy goes behind the scenes of a play called Murder Most Foul, which could turn out be a real stinker if the company doesn't get their act together. From a haughty author who keeps re-writing the script to actors who keep missing their cues -- and an opening night where everything that can possibly go wrong, does -- Play On! provides plenty of backstage laughs. Catch all the fun on the stage of Theatre Palisades.
When their debut single "Hold On" shot to the top of the charts, it secured their spot as one of the most successful female vocal groups of all time. And their gorgeous harmonies, innate musicality and winning personalities continue to enchant through concerts, TV appearances and more. Now, five-time Grammy nominees Wilson Phillips take the stage live in Santa Clarita at The Canyon, with their biggest hits and covers of songs made famous by The Beach Boys and The Mamas & the Papas. And this SoCal trio likely knows the originals better than anyone: Carnie and Wendy Wilson happen to be the daughters of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and Chynna Phillips' parents are John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Enjoy a little bump and grind at TRiPTease Burlesque, which was featured in Thrillist's 2016 list of "Best Burlesque Shows in LA." TRiPTease is Santa Monica's longest-running weekly burlesque show, showcasing L.A.'s best headlining burlesque soloists and international touring performers -- so it's never the same show twice. TRiPTease combines the art of the tease with comedy, burlesque, boylesque, singing, fan dances, fire, bar dancing and more. You're in for a night of fun and fantasy as the lights dim at TRiP Santa Monica, an intimate venue serving wine, beer and light snacks.
At their second annual Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group is presenting encore productions from three outstanding companies. Ameryka, the second production, is a theatrical thrill ride through 250 years of history. From the American Revolution, to the struggle for civil rights, to the fight against Communism, to the present War on Terror, Ameryka weaves together unexpected events and characters connecting Poland and the United States. Critical Mass Performance Group's kaleidoscopic style of found text, heightened physicality, original music and exuberant spectacle culminates in an exhilarating theatrical journey of boundless hope.
Since 1977, L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre has been inspiring, training, developing and nurturing improvisational talent in performers of all ages. With a list of alumni that includes Will Ferrell, Matthew Perry and Chris Kattan, L.A. Connection has been the launchpad for some of the biggest names in comedy. Their long-running hit show Improv Comedy for Kids by Teens features a talented cast of young improvisers who create a show based on audience suggestions in the style of the hit series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Running for years at its Sherman Oaks location, this improv extravaganza at L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre in Burbank is an event the whole family can enjoy.
In the heart of the world-famous 3rd Street Promenade in beautiful, balmy Santa Monica awaits a great night of comedy. Hosting talent seen on Late Show, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central and HBO specials, the Promenade Playhouse delivers serious laughs from great comics. Many major celebrities cut their comedy chops here, so you never know when you'll be watching the next big name in stand-up. Make an evening of it, as the venue is surrounded by a wide variety of great shops and restaurants.
The Crazy Uncle Joe Show is one of L.A.'s longest-running long-form improvisation shows. Watch as the Groundlings take three suggestions from the crowd and then proceed to weave the stories together, traveling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. There's no games, no director, just side-splittingly spontaneous comedy. After a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again with three new audience suggestions.
Calling all comedy-lovin' kings and queens: Join comic Aidan Park for an evening of Rainbow Pop at The Laugh Factory in Long Beach. This comedy showcase highlights some of the country's top drag queens, some of the LGBTQ community's finest comics and southern California's fiercest female stand-up stars.
If you like the long-running TV improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? then you'll love ComedySportz, a fun, fast-paced live comedy show that's great for the whole family. Watch two teams battle for laughs -- and points -- as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, with audience participation and suggestions incorporated into the act. Full of off-the-cuff humor and unpredictable moments, it's never the same show twice at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. The longest-running stage show in Los Angeles, ComedySportz has been turning great improv into hilarious sport for more than 25 years.
Amir has left his Pakistani heritage behind climbing the corporate ladder, but his wife, Emily, doesn't share his negative feelings about Islam. In fact, she's encouraged Amir to help his nephew with the case of a controversial imam. When they throw a dinner party for Amir's colleague Jory and her husband Isaac, hard truths lead to brutal consequences in Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer-winning drama Disgraced, presented as a live audio performance at James Bridges Theater in Los Angeles.
By day, Los Angeles is all business. But when the lights go down on the City of Angels, it transforms into one of the hottest nightlife spots in the U.S. Now you can get an inside pass into some of L.A.'s coolest clubs and bars with these fun crawls. Get a taste of the vibrant party scene as you hop from one trendy spot to the next with a group of fellow partiers, with no cover charges and drink specials all night long. Party with dozens of locals and tourists and enjoy express entry to four hot L.A. nightlife venues: Check in at local fave Golden Gopher (and score a free welcome shot with drink purchase), feel like you're partying in a museum at Clifton's, take on the high-energy dance floor of Crocker Club, and party it up at The Reserve, which features a vintage bank vault basement club with dance floors and DJs.
The shaken martinis, the bespoke tuxedos, the ridiculously named girls in every port -- James Bond may be a creature of habit, but one thing gets a fresh update in each 007 film: the title theme song. Join Bond, James Bond, for a night of stirring songs and stories that'll have you shook as 007 recounts his highly classified and incredibly dangerous missions in On His Majesty's Secret Cabaret. Presented at the historic El Cid in Los Angeles, this show features music direction and arrangements by Emily Rosenfield and performances by stories from Broadway, movies and TV including Jonah Platt (Wicked), Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys), Lindsay Pearce (Glee), Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect), Molly McCook (The Ranch) and more.
2018 is filled with divisive politics, fake news, presidential tweets, celebrity sexual harassment and the threat of nuclear war. With all of this looming, we've grown UnComfortably Numb. But this show will have you feeling something again ... laughter!! For the first time ever at Second City Hollywood, a cast of alumni, faculty and graduates will collaborate to write an all original sketch comedy revue that'll give you something to smile about for a change.
Enjoy a little 4/20 celebration with Up In Smoke -- a burlesque tribute featuring artists, themes and of course our cannabis cuties rocking the stage! A fully marijuana-themed show will keep you grooving all night at Harvelle's Long Beach.
Bustin' in and out of diamond wholesalers ain't no thang for the girl gang in Reservoir Bitches. In this new play, Jolie's got a team of some fine criminals who just can't help breaking all the rules. Check them out at Tre Stage in Hollywood.
One of the biggest names in reggae history, The Wailers are best known for backing Bob Marley throughout his legendary career. Following Marley's tragic death in 1981, the band continued on, led by bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who was a member of Lee Perry's group The Upsetters before joining Marley in 1971. In addition to their work with Marley, the Wailers have performed with reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear, as well as Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and many other stars from across the musical spectrum. A gifted and tireless touring act, the Wailers have performed for a total of more than 20 million live audience members across the globe -- and now they're coming to The Canyon in Santa Clarita.
Experience sharp, edgy wit and outspoken takes on today's hottest topics with raucous political discourse from comedian Dennis Miller at Oxnard's Levity Live Comedy Club. Miller is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour live talk show, Dennis Miller Live, which had a nine-year run on HBO. Miller garnered three Writer's Guild of America Awards for the series, as well as an additional WGA Award for his 1997 HBO special, Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane. He has also achieved success in the literary arena with four books: I Rant, Therefore I Am, The Rants, Ranting Again, and The Rant Zone. Miller currently serves as the National Spokesperson for USA Cares, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to military families in need.
Colson Whitehead is a New York Times bestselling writer, a MacArthur Fellow and the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Underground Railroad, a tour de force chronicling a young slave's desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017. In the novel, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor -- engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. Hear Whitehead speak on race, culture, the nation's current political climate and more when he visits Royce Hall at UCLA.
Finding your own voice in the world can be confusing and consuming. Singer-songwriter and playwright Monique DeBose knows that all too well. As the child of an African-American father from the segregated South and an Irish American mother from upstate New York, she's spent most of her life trying to figure out where she fits in. With her solo production, Mulatto Math: Summing Up The Race Equation In America, she aims to figure it all out. Through original music and stories of her family's history, this mixed race woman shares her most precious, vulnerable stories of her exploration of family, race and identity. As an audience member, you get to have the experience of being a fly on the wall for some potent, very real and not altogether P.C. conversations. Regardless of your background, you'll be able to see a reflection of your own story in DeBose's. Get ready to peel away the layers when this heartfelt, funny and intimate one-woman show comes to the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
After successful performances around the U.S., singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher's one-woman show, The Hebrew Hillbilly: Fifty Shades of Oy Vey! returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse. Hear how she got her start growing up as a little Jewish girl from Memphis with big rock 'n' roll ambitions. Fisher has had success as a jazz and blues vocalist and created her own romantic-comedy cooking show, Forkplay. She even had a close encounter with the king, Elvis! Her tale is a heartwarming testament to the power of dreams, determination and finding purpose beyond the Hollywood sign. The Hebrew Hillbilly, her funny and moving musical celebration, features 17 original Memphis-inspired pop, blues and rock 'n' roll songs, which she penned with pop composers Harold Payne and Ken Hirsch.
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 6:30pm (Spring Fling Celebration including After Party)
On April 21 2016, a legend passed away. The world cried. We celebrate the amazing career of Prince with a special burlesque show tribute at Harvelle's Long Beach. Come join us in song and celebration as we dive deep into the amazing artist's soul and bring his music to life on stage in true burlesque fashion at Purple Rain Peepshow! What better music is there to bump 'n grind, shimmy and shake to?
Called "a shining feature in L.A.'s cultural landscape" (L.A. Times) with "jaw-dropping virtuosity" (LA Weekly), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has been entertaining music lovers for 50 years. Mozart, Bernstein, Brahms, Beethoven, Stavinksy -- you can expect to hear works from the greats when the LACO takes the stage, all performed with fiery passion and meticulous attention to detail. Catch "America's finest chamber orchestra" (Public Radio International) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
After starting his career as one of Southern California's hottest DJs, DJ Cooch made the transition and is now in high demand as a comic. His comedy is, in large part, based on hilarious true stories from his endlessly entertaining life in the party scene. He's performed at comedy clubs around the country and has shared the stage with Carlos Mencia, Pablo Francisco, Anjelah Johnson, Tommy Chong and more. He's also hosted MTV's Rock the Vote, toured the country with Juan Gabriel and been seen on Mun2 and LATV. Now you can catch him live at Oxnard's Levity Live Comedy Club.
The Echo Theater Company's Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening and Other Plays is a rich and complex collection of monologues through which recurring themes of loss, madness, the fragile nature of perceived reality and the enduring power of love all intertwine. Take an entertaining journey back and forth between 1392 and 1954 and 1945 and the present, at L.A.'s Atwater Village Theater.
Eclectic Stew is a monthly event that brings professional writers, actors, directors, poets and musicians together to display their work. See a genre-blending assortment of small productions on stage at Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village.
Set between 1864 and today, The New Colossus is an homage to the strength, resilience and dignity of the immigrants and refugees that risked their lives to find a better life. Twelve actors from all over the world are telling their ancestors' stories of migration -- from oppression to freedom -- in 12 different languages and 12 different eras. The ensemble reflects the great diversity that has defined who we are as a nation. Experience The New Colossus at The Actors' Gang Theater in Culver City.
This interactive multimedia duet between Ramya Harishankar and Dr. Priya Srinivasan explores the ways that performance as research can come alive. Based on Srinivasan's book, Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor, which examines the history of Indian dance from 1880 to the present in the US in relation to restrictive anti-Asian immigration policies (1924-1965). The performance features her long relationship with Harishankar, her students and teaching processes while questioning dance not just as an aesthetic form but its relationship to socio-political, historical, cultural, racialized and gendered forms of power. While audiences of Bharata Natyam often see dance as a polished end product, Sweating Saris exposes dance as a form of labor. Using postmodern frameworks and structured improvisation (which is part of both Indian and contemporary dance), the work unpacks what is often unsaid "behind the scenes," including the ways in which the book was created. Enjoy the show at Santa Monica's Highways Performance Space and Gallery.
Bareburger is partnering with The Dollface Dames to bring you Barelesque: Frisky Friday, an intimate evening featuring burlesque, circus acts, singing, boylesque and variety! Enter through the curtain to a back private room and embark on a fantastic adventure of food, feathered fans, fire and frivolity in our exclusive VIP show, hosted by our Mistress of Ceremonies Vixen DeVille, as seen on the multi-award-winning TV series, Masters of Illusion!
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 9:30pm (Light It Up: A Mind-Altering Night of Mayhem)Friday, May. 4, 2018 / 9:30pm (Cinema Burlesque)Friday, May. 18, 2018 / 9:30pm (Dance Dance Dance)
The critically acclaimed and award-winning star of Broadway's Wicked, The Light in the Piazza and the Las Vegas hit Steve Wynn's Showstoppers, actor-singer David Burnham comes to Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club to star in his latest cabaret extravaganza. Burnham's also released several solo recordings and helmed several one-man shows.
The award-winning Esotouric team presents Blood & Dumplings, a bus tour focused on the shocking criminal history of the San Gabriel Valley. Explore Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, and learn about the mysterious Man from Mars bandit, various love crimes, battling Neo-Nazis, Phil Spector's castle, and more. You'll visit the bar where hard-boiled crime author James Ellroy's mother was murdered, setting him off on his renowned literary journey to find her killer. Also on the tour are the daughters of Vilma, an adventurous El Monte teen who worked at Clifton's Cafeteria as a camera girl in the '50s, who share insights from her personal diaries. A selection of dumplings from one of the San Gabriel Valley's best Chinese restaurants is included in your ticket price.
Looking for the best burlesque in Los Angeles? Bobbie Burlesque Presents is an always-entertaining show featuring sexy striptease artists, circus feats and more. The ever-changing mix of male and female headliners, variety acts and acrobatic aerialists is designed to provide a different, yet equally stimulating, entertainment experience each time out. A legend on the local scene, boylesque star Bobbie Burlesque has been producing cutting-edge cabaret shows for more than a decade, and was chosen as one of the area's best purveyors of the form by TimeOut Los Angeles. Now he's bringing the party to Harvelle's Long Beach.
The best way to wrap up the weekend and launch into a new week is with laughter. The Groundlings Sunday Company puts forth new improv sketches every week in this hilarious show. It's a fun cast brimming with new talent from the top level of The Groundlings School.
Theater by the Blind, the only blind theatre company in the country, joins forces once again with the gifted musicians with autism from Rex & Friends to present Lost in the Light -- an original stage production infused with music. Blind since birth, headstrong student Angel Taylor has always taken her sighted family's hyper-vigilance in stride with their overwhelming love and support. At the dawn of her budding journalism career, she learns about a rare opportunity to gain her vision through an experimental surgery. Along with her family, Angel grapples with the conflicting notions of seeing for the very first time or continuing to live in darkness. Catch this world premiere production at The Blue Door in Culver City.
Add a twist to date night, girls' night out or simply me time with Drink, Paint, Create. Dark Horse Tavern in Tarzana hosts this artistic affair, where you can unleash your inner Picasso. Your artist guides provide the supplies and step-by-step instructions on how to complete your painting in two hours. Order a drink, let those creative juices flow and you'll be taking home your very own masterpiece to show off to friends and family.
Drawing on an upbringing grounded in the Appalachian music of Black Mountain, Kentucky, renowned blues and soul singer Martha Redbone's evocative and unforgettable tunes blend traditional Native American elements with folk, soul and blues. In her new show, Bone Hill: The Concert, Redbone takes you on a musical journey through four generations of the women in her family for a genre-blending performance steeped in the sounds of Americana. Discover why the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian made Redbone's previous album, Skintalk, part of its permanent collection when she takes the stage of Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach for an intimate, cabaret-style performance.
Los Angeles Urban Adventures takes you on a trip back in time, as you follow the legendary Walk of Fame and stop in at some of the most famous restaurant-lounges in town for a literal taste of Old Hollywood. Admire the gorgeous Art Deco architecture and interiors as you sample the famous drinks favored by the greats of the Golden Age. Your entertaining guides will share the history of these hot spots, many of which played host to Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and other celebrities, and they'll also help you keep an eye out for film openings and current stars. You never know when you'll find yourself walking right across a red carpet. This three-hour walking tour begins in front of the Hollywood & Highland complex on one of the most iconic corners in L.A., and winds up at the elegant and historic Roosevelt Hotel on the boulevard itself.
Experience the high-flying, fast-paced action of the American Ultimate Disc League as the Los Angeles Aviators aim to soar above the crowd. Twenty-six teams from across the continent are batting for the crown in a cool new spectator sport that combines football's exciting pass plays, basketball's aggressive defense, soccer's speed and ultimate frisbee's fun factor. The Aviators will hit the field and look to take down their Western Division foes with a blend of speed and power. Come out and catch the exciting play of these world-class athletes in person at Occidental College's Patterson Field.
Prepare for a funeral like you've never seen before! When billionaire playboy Bruce Calhoun dies in a freak accident, his family and friends gather to mourn his passing. But what should be a celebration of his life turns into a macabre three ring circus of hilarity and slapstick. Prepare to be part of a site-specific theatrical experience where you are a mourner. Audiences are encouraged but not required to wear funeral attire when The Bereaved comes to Generation DCD Studio in Burbank from Force of Nature Productions.
A string of stand-up stars -- Dane Cook, Whitney Cummings, Bobby Lee and Theo Von -- hits the stage at L.A.'s famed Comedy Store on Sunset. One of the most wildly popular comedians of all time, Dane Cook hit it big with his sometimes raunchy yet somehow universal brand of observational humor, selling out Madison Square Garden and going on to star in movies. Whitney Cummings (Whitney, 2 Broke Girls) is best known for her hilarious and razor-sharp insight on men, women, relationships and more. Bobby Lee first became a household name on MADtv, and with his riffs on everything from smoking weed to the Korean-American experience, and countless TV and movie appearances, he's emerged as an in-demand comedy star. Rounding out the headliners is Theo Von, who first became famous as a contestant on MTV's Road Rules and went on to become a finalist as a stand-up on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Brian Monarch plus a few special guests will round out this hilarious night of stand-up.
177FOX tells the "true" story of the Constitution ... as reported by the "heroes" at Fox And Friends. This political parody aims to teach you the "real" meaning of Free Speech, The 2nd Amendment and Christmas. Think of it as Hamilton for loud, angry uncles. See history in a totally different light at Second City Studio Theatre in Hollywood.
Unleash your inner Picasso and drink a good Pinot Noir while you're at it. Winey Art has teamed up with Geezer's Public House in Woodland Hills to bring folks together to Drink, Paint & Create for a memorable evening. Step up to an easel and discover your hidden talents while sipping on craft beers and wine. You don't have to be a gifted painter to relish the calm and therapeutic act of producing unique art. If you get hungry in the midst of a creative spark, you can also purchase sausage arancini or a gigantic shrimp po'boy or burger. Art nights are a fun spin to a date night, girls' or boys' night out or just a simple way to chill out and get creative. With all painting materials and instruction provided, Winey Art makes it easy to get down with your artistic self.
With five Grammy Awards until his belt and thousands of sold-out shows in the books, Robert Cray's razor-sharp guitar playing, soulful vocals, singular songwriting and super-tight band have earned him a coveted spot in the Blues Hall of Fame and collaborations with blues greats from Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker to Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. As Ms. Raitt raves, Cray is "an original; he's passionate, he's a bad ass and puts on one of the best shows you'll ever see." With an arsenal of hits that includes "Smoking Gun" and "I Can't Fail," a Robert Cray concert is a nonstop showcase of blues/rock jams. Experience the true-blue blues at the Canyon in Santa Clarita.
L.A. Connection is moving its weekly flagship show from its Sherman Oaks Comedy Theatre to Burbank. In 2001: An Improv Odyssey, a rotating cast of veteran performers present short-form improv scenes and games in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? They're known for their heavy interaction with the crowd, sometimes even inviting audience members up on stage to assist with popular recurring features like "Supply the Word" and "Repeat Performance." It's the same big laughs, just a different location!
Oakland rock band Y&T formed in the early '70s and their frenzied hard-rock sound made them a major influence on acts ranging from Mötley Crüe to Metallica. They toured with Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith and many more rock legends. They released the amazingly titled Facemelter in 2010, their first new studio album in 13 years, and their back catalog features over ten more studio albums and several live recordings. Still led by lead singer and guitarist Dave Meniketti, they continue to rock the stage after 40 years. Ninth Circle and National Dust open the concert at the Rose in Pasadena.
Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
The Yardbirds' Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck may've been the first dual lead guitarists in rock, but Wishbone Ash have been double shredding it since then, perfecting the harmony twin guitar sound and still touring today. In fact, the band's hardly left the road since their first successful self-titled release in 1970, even with a variety of personnel changes. An acknowledged influence on other legendary groups like Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wishbone Ash is currently led by founding member Andy Powell, who handles lead vocals and trades licks with Yorkshire's Mark Abrahams. Within the past few years they've released their 24th studio album, Blue Horizon, along with a live tour CD and a rockumentary DVD, plus they headline annual fan fests in the UK and the US. Catch them at The Canyon in Agoura Hills.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Want to get away but lack the time or money? This daylong tour "takes you away" to all the best that Los Angeles has to offer. Explore on foot and by public transit as you get a feel for what it really means to live in Los Angeles. Sure, you'll see all the tourist musts like the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach, but you'll also visit a hidden garden oasis on Hollywood Boulevard, learn about film and television history at a local media museum, and take a bike ride along the Pacific Ocean's famous beach path. Locals know that the best lunch to be had isn't in a fancy restaurant, but at the Farmers Market, which is a historic landmark that's been running continuously since 1934. You'll grab lunch from one (or more) of the plethora of food vendors before heading to a bakery and then on to a stroll along the glamorous Rodeo Drive. By the end of this 8-hour guided adventure, you'll come away feeling like you've gotten away -- and having a new appreciation for this wonderful city.
Legacy Ladies will hold its 14th Annual Torch Awards to honor some of today's distinguished leaders and to award scholarships to the most deserving participants of From The School House to The White House Leadership Academy. This year's event is held at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey.
The Yardbirds' Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck may've been the first dual lead guitarists in rock, but Wishbone Ash have been double shredding it since then, perfecting the harmony twin guitar sound and still touring today. In fact, the band's hardly left the road since their first successful self-titled release in 1970, even with a variety of personnel changes. An acknowledged influence on other legendary groups like Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wishbone Ash is currently led by founding member Andy Powell, who handles lead vocals and trades licks with Yorkshire's Mark Abrahams. Within the past few years they've released their 24th studio album, Blue Horizon, along with a live tour CD and a rockumentary DVD, plus they headline annual fan fests in the UK and the US. Now they're coming to The Rose in Pasadena.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Oakland rock band Y&T formed in the early '70s, with their frenzied hard-rock sound influencing acts ranging from Mötley Crüe to Metallica. They toured with Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith and many more rock legends. The group released the amazingly titled Facemelter in 2010, their first new studio album in 13 years, and their back catalog features over ten more studio albums and several live recordings. Still led by lead singer and guitarist Dave Meniketti, they continue to rock the stage after 40 years, proving their mettle live at The Canyon Santa Clarita. The group has spawned 18 albums, four greatest hits collections, a box set and has sold over four million albums since their inception.
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
Maz Jobrani is best known as one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour -- a group of four Middle Eastern-American standup comics who took their routines about post-9/11 life on the road across the U.S. as well as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. The show proved so successful that it spawned a hit DVD and Comedy Central special and catapulted Jobrani into roles on The Knights of Prosperity, Life on a Stick and Better Off Ted. In this show at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, Jobrani is joined by special guests Jamie Kennedy, Moshe Kasher and Harland Williams.
There's nothing quite as electrifying as live improvised comedy, and LPNSImprov troupe The MaD JaCKRaTS deliver a fun take on the art form with their monthly show Makin' a Movie. Each show is made up of three segments, which kick off with a suggestion from you, the audience. The talented group of improvisers then runs with the idea, weaving it into a hilarious scene on the spot. Wacky characters, both new and recurring, will have you in stitches as they deal with whatever off-the-wall scenario you throw at them. Don't miss The MaD JaCKRaTS at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood.
JC Currais' high-energy performance style and outrageously quirky material gained him some local notoriety and a number of high-profile shows. Currais performs in comedy clubs, bars, colleges and other venues across the United States. Witness a full-length set by the rising comedian, who has been seen on ABC, FOX, Rooftop Comedy, HBO, Last Call with Carson Daly and Conan. He is the writer and star of the online sitcom Bar Flys and made his film debut in the Sundance Film Festival film New Low. His persona is as big as his imagination and you never know where the show will end up when this man-child is the ring master. Richy Leis hosts at El Cid in Los Angeles, with special variety artists opening the show!
Can Jon Wee and Owen Morse save the world through laughter and dangerous stunts? Finalists on America's Got Talent, The Passing Zone has been wowing audiences for decades with their award-winning combination of comedy, dexterity, danger and hilarity. Now you can laugh and gasp along when The Passing Zone Saves the World comes to the stage of Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University in Malibu.
The Canyon welcomes Oakland rock band Y&T. Formed in the early '70s in the Bay Area, their frenzied hard-rock sound made them a major influence on acts ranging from Mötley Crüe to Metallica. They toured with Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Aerosmith and many more rock legends. They released the amazingly titled Facemelter in 2010, their first new studio album in 13 years, and their back catalog features over ten more studio albums and several live recordings. Still led by lead singer and guitarist Dave Meniketti, they continue to rock the stage after 40 years. Black Dragon opens the concert at The Canyon
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 / 9:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm)
The Newtown massacre in Connecticut. The Aurora shootings in Colorado. Could a psychotherapist treating the shooters have prevented the carnage? In Threat, a psychotherapist tries to control a narcissistic maniac in order to save innocent lives but is forced to a make a bold choice between honoring her oath and protecting others. Full of suspense and catharsis, Louis Felder's timely play is a tense exploration of narcissism, risk and self-realization. See the world premiere of Threat at L.A.'s Whitefire Theatre.