Oct 312014
 

This is the complete list of Upcoming Concert & Entertainment Events At Nokia In Los Angeles. The latest additions to the schedule are marked in RED.

DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON – October 31st, 2014 & November 1st, 2014

PREMIOS DE LA RADIO – November 6th, 2014

RUSSELL PETERS – November 8th, 2014

SIRUSHO – November 9th, 2014

JUDAS PRIEST – November 10th, 2014

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS – November 23rd, 2014

ESPINOZA PAZ – November 29th, 2014

MOHSEN YEGANEH – December 6th, 2014

KOST CHRISTMASLAND PRESENTS HILLSONG – December 10th, 2014

KOST CHRISTMASLAND PRESENTS CELTIC WOMAN CHRISTMAS – December 11th, 2014

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS – December 14th, 2014

MYTHBUSTERS – December 17th, 2014

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS ROCKS EXTRAVAGANZA – December 21st, 2014

GABRIEL IGLESIAS – December 27th & 28th, 2014

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – January 7th, 2015

THE O’JAYS – January 17th, 2015

THE GODFATHER – January 24th, 2015

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – January 28th, 2015

JACKIE EVANCHO – January 29th, 2015

RICARDO ARJONA – March 27th & 28th, 2015

JOHN MELLENCAMP – July 28th, 2015

 

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Anything L.A.

 

NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE is located at:
777 Chick Hearn Court (between Figueroa Street and Georgia Street)
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 763-6000
Website: www.NokiaTheatreLALive.com

Oct 312014
 

“DAME EDNA’S GLORIOUS GOODBYE – THE FAREWELL TOUR”
AT THE CTG / AHMANSON THEATRE JANUARY 24 – MARCH 15, 2015

“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” At The Ahmanson Theatre

“The most purely enjoyable night of the year,”
The New York Times
“The house roars…I salute her,”
The New Yorker
“Razor sharp brilliance,”
The Australian

Tickets go on sale this Sunday, November 2, 2014, for “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour,” which begins previews at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre on January 24, opens January 28 and continues through March 15, 2015.
In a side-splitting, historic finale, Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell celebratory show. “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” will give audiences the chance to bid farewell to the incomparable Dame Edna, arguably Australia’s greatest entertainment export.
Surrounded by spectacular sets and gorgeous, talented dancers, Dame Edna keeps her audience enthralled and “in stitches” with her sparkling wit, mischievous wisdom and razor-sharp banter. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper: No one is safe from the Dame’s wicked tongue.
This brand new show is directed by award-winning Simon Phillips, who directed the original “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and is currently directing “First Wives Club,” with design by Tony Award-winning Brian Thomson, who designed the original Australian and London productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “The Rocky Horror Show,” as well as the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” opened to rave reviews in Australia and moved to adoring crowds in London and throughout the UK, where Neil Norman of the Daily Express said, “I almost asphyxiated myself with laughter,” and Mark Shenton of the Sunday Express said Dame Edna is “a comic, cosmic wonder.” John Lahr of The New Yorker paid tribute, “Dame Edna may leave the stage, but she will never leave my heart. I love her. I honor her. I cherish the high times she has made for me and millions of others.”
Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years, winning a Tony Award for her Broadway show, “The Royal Tour.” The “housewife superstar” has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theatres including the Royal Albert Hall at the “Last Night of the Poms,” and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as well as countless performances for the Royal Family. Television credits include the now legendary UK special, “A Night on Mt. Edna” and two series of her own innovative chat show, “The Dame Edna Experience,” with special guests Cher, Roseanne Barr, Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and the late Robin Williams.
Her books include “Dame Edna’s Coffee Table Book,” “Dame Edna’s Bedside Companion” and her seminal autobiography, “My Gorgeous Life,” which is currently being adapted for the stage and screen. Possibly Jewish, Dame Edna is a widow, with three grown children. She spends her time visiting world leaders and jet-setting between her homes in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Switzerland and Martha’s Vineyard. She is the Founder and Governor of Friends of the Prostate and the creator of The World Prostate Olympics.

“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” is produced by Dainty Group. www.daintygroup.com.
For more information, please visit the official “Farewell Tour” website: www.dameednafarewell.com

BARRY HUMPHRIES:
Educated at the University of Melbourne, where he studied law, philosophy and fine arts, Barry Humphries performed regularly in university revues before joining the newly formed Melbourne Theatre Company.
In 1955, he created the remarkable Mrs. Edna Everage, a purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife now known around the world as the gigastar Dame Edna. Dame Edna has since appeared on stage during theatrical tours of Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Humphries won a special Tony Award for his 2000 Broadway offering “Dame Edna, The Royal Tour” and a Tony nomination in 2004 for “Back with a Vengeance.”
Dame Edna has also appeared regularly on television in Australia, the UK, Europe and the U.S., winning Humphries the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991.
Her creator has also won numerous honors for his contribution to cultural life, including an Order of Australia in 1982, an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (Australia) in 1994, a Doctorate of Law from Melbourne University in 2003 and a CBE for his contribution to the arts in 2007. He was recently presented with the Australian of the Year in the United Kingdom Award at Australia House in London.

Oct 282014
 

LAPD’s Safety Tips For The Holiday Season

The LAPD Needs Your Help To Keep Our City Safe

The LAPD Needs Your Help To Keep Our City Safe

The holiday season quickly approaches and law enforcement would like the public to be mindful and take steps to think ahead about personal safety, and the safety of your Communities.

As we quickly approach the holiday season, now is the perfect time to remind one another of the importance of keeping yourself, your family and your Community safe and sound. Holiday time is often a time for gatherings and socializing with those you care about most. It is also a time when criminals and opportunists prey upon such gatherings. With Halloween around the corner, now is a great time to plan your outing with your family and children.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you travel to and from the places that you frequent during the holiday season.

1. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings, if something seems out of place it probably is, so do what you can to avoid those situations and then report what you observed to police.

2. Take Advantage of Lighting, travel well lit areas or areas that are highly populated, don’t give criminals or opportunists the chance to catch you off guard or isolated

3. Travel In Numbers and make sure that your group knows what to do in case of an emergency. Locate escape routes in case of dangers, fire, earthquake or other calamity. Have a plan to protect yourself and others against harm.

4. Lock It, Hide It & Keep It. This means don’t leave anything of value in your car where thieves will see it.
5. See Something, Say Something! The safety of our Community is Everyone’s responsibility.

The Los Angeles Police Department needs your help to keep our City safe each and every day. As the holiday season approaches, take this time to talk with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers about things that will make our Community safe. The Los Angeles Police Department is always available to meet with Community and Business groups who would like additional safety tips for their Communities.

Crimes and Tips may be reported to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to report crime and remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org

Oct 272014
 

PREVIEWS BEGIN FOR JOE ORTON’S “WHAT THE BUTLER SAW” NOVEMBER 12, 2014, AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM

The Riotous Farce Features Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan, Rod McLachlan, Charles Shaughnessy and Paxton Whitehead

Opens on Sunday, November 23

Cast of “What The Butler Saw” At Mark Taper Forum

L-R (back row): Rod McLachlan, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan, (front row): Frances Barber, Paxton Whitehead and Charles Shaughnessy in rehearsal for Joe Orton’s “What the Butler Saw.” Directed by John Tillinger, “What the Butler Saw” will play at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Opening is set for November 23. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw” begins previews Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. Opening is set for November 23 and performances continue through December 21.

The acclaimed cast includes Frances Barber (Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Marguerite in “Camille” at Royal Shakespeare Company), Sarah Manton (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), Angus McEwan (“The Duchess”), Rod McLachlan (Broadway’s “Holiday,” “The Government Inspector” and “Our Town”), Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”) and Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”).

“What the Butler Saw” is directed by farce veteran and Orton expert John Tillinger, who previously directed the Orton plays “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” in repertory at the Taper (1987). Set design is by James Noone, costume design is by Laurie Churba Kohn, lighting design is by Ken Billington and John McKernon, sound design is by John Gromada, wigs and hair are by Carol F. Doran, casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice (played by Shaughnessy) is interrupted by his wife (Barber) just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary (Manton). As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.

Oct 262014
 

Troubadour Theater Company’s The Snow QUEEN Directed by Matt Walker at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank

Previews begin December 3, 2014
OPENS Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8pm

The Falcon Theatre in Burbank To Feature “The Snow QUEEN”

Falcon Theatre is proud to present Troubadour Theater Company’s The Snow QUEEN, directed by Matt Walker, the third production of the Falcon Theatre’s 2014-2015 Subscription Season.

We Will Rock You this holiday season with the Ovation Award-winning Troubadour Theater Company, as they do a hilarious musical reimagining of this classic fable with the music of the mercurial British rock band. So grab your Somebody To Love and feel the holiday fun of being Under Pressure with the masters of mayhem.

PREVIEWS: December 3 – 6 at 8pm; December 7 at 4pm & 7pm; December 10 & 11 at 8pm
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8pm
SHOW CLOSES: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 4pm
PERFORMANCES: Wed. – Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 4pm & 7pm
No shows Dec. 24 & 25, or Dec. 31 & Jan. 1
No 7pm show on Jan. 11 or Jan. 18
Added shows Dec. 27 at 4pm, Jan. 3 at 4pm
PRICES: Previews $31.50 – $34.00
Opening Night $54.00 – $59.00
Weekdays (Wed/Thurs) $36.50 – $39.00
Weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) $41.50 – $44.00
Student Rate (valid student ID) $29.00

WHERE: Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505
TICKETS: (818) 955-8101 or FalconTheatre.com
TICKETS ON SALE: November 12, 2014

Troubadour Theater Company is a free-wheeling, no holds barred, Commedia Del Arte flavored, slapstick driven Los Angeles based ensemble of actors, musicians, and comedians that has been performing for audiences throughout Southern California and beyond since 1995. Their fast-paced, laugh-filled, loose adaptations (some of the lines are still there) of classic plays, literature and film, as well as their original productions and hilarious sketch material, make this company a unique and exciting experience for theater-goers of any age. The Troubies, as they are affectionately called, have played to audiences throughout California, performing in parks, schools, parades, Legion Halls, food festivals, and fringe festivals. The company is a not-for-profit organization and has performed charitably for many causes including animal conservation, adult rehabilitation, AIDS awareness, California Literacy Night for LAUSD, children with autism and other youth programs. Troubadour members have professional experience as writers, directors, and performers for film, television, theater, orchestra, and circus. In its adaptations of the Bard’s classics, Troubadour has combined the beauty of Shakespeare’s language with feats of acrobatic physicality, comic routines, and musical numbers. What makes for even more fun is the clownish, interactive style in which the performances are presented. Improvisation plays a large part as audience members are called upon to help erect the set, sing along, and even enlisted to play parts! Never the same show twice! In recent years the Troubies have put their spin on all genres of classic tales, such as A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, Fleetwood Macbeth, Hamlet the Artist Formerly Known as PRINCE of Denmark and Frosty the Snow Manilow. Troubadour Theater Company was one of five arts organizations selected by the Santa Monica City Council to program youth entertainment at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. The Troubies’ travels have grown each year to include theaters in Hollywood (The Ford Amphitheatre, The Roxy on Sunset, The Matrix Theatre), Santa Monica (The Miles Memorial Playhouse), Malibu (The Getty Villa), Burbank (Falcon Theatre), La Mirada (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts), Long Beach (The Carpenter Center), Garden Grove (Grove Theatre Center), Fullerton (The Muckenthaler), Ojai (Ojai Shakespeare Festival), San Francisco (San Francisco Fringe Festival), Hailey, Idaho (sponsored by Company of Fools at the Liberty Theatre) and Adelaide, Australia (Adelaide Fringe Festival). The Troubies have ventured the high seas as well performing with Crystal Cruises as part of their Film & Theatre Cruise from New York to Turks/Caicos. The Troubies have received numerous accolades including Ovation Awards for Best Season for the productions As U2 Like It, Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2 – Through the Looking Glass and It’s a Stevie Wonderful Life as well as The First Jo-el, A Wither’s Tale and Fleetwood Macbeth. The Troubies are the first to win the prestigious Best Season award twice. Matt Walker was also presented with the Joel Hirschhorn Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre. For more information on the Troubies or details on how to donate to this growing troupe, please visit www.troubie.com.

Matt Walker (Director) has trained with Second City Improvisation, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, Master Clown Bill Irwin, and is a graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College. After a short stint as a circus clown with The Greatest Show on Earth, Matt returned to Los Angeles and resumed his post as Artistic Director for Troubadour Theater Company. With the Troubies, Matt has collected four Ovation awards, three LADCC awards, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. Matt serves as an Adjutant Professor of Commedia dell’arte and Clowning for the University Southern California, and has written and directed shows for Universal Studios Theme Parks, Disney Imagineering, The Getty Villa, and most recently collaborated as an on-set-writer for Garry Marshall’s New Years Eve. Many thanks to our audiences who give us a chance to live our dreams.

The Falcon Theatre is a 130-seat professional theatre that operates year-round in Burbank, California, built by Director/Writer/Producer Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina. The Falcon opened in November of 1997 and launched its annual 5-play Subscription Series in 2002, currently produced by Kathleen and Sherry Greczmiel. Mr. Marshall founded the Falcon as a place where established artists and emerging talent can come together to create live, exciting work on stage.

The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 W. Riverside Drive in Burbank, California. Website: www.FalconTheatre.com

Oct 252014
 
The Academy

Eight Documentary Short Subject Films Contend for 2014 OSCAR. Nominations will be announced on January 15th 2015 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 87th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations.

Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 58 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” Perry Films
“Joanna,” Wajda Studio
“Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace,” Show of Force
“The Lion’s Mouth Opens,” Tree Tree Tree
“One Child,” New York University
“Our Curse,” Warsaw Film School
“The Reaper (La Parka),” Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
“White Earth,” Weary Traveler

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15th 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

Oct 242014
 

Al Jarreau: “The greatest jazz singer alive.” – Time Magazine

An Al Jarreau Christmas Is Coming To Smothers Theatre In Malibu

Monday, December 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

With his unique vocal style, Grammy Award-winning Al Jarreau is one of the world’s musical treasures. This special concert at Smothers Theatre in Malibu at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 15, showcases his warm, inimitable voice interpreting favorite holiday classics, as well as some of his biggest hits.

Tickets, priced starting at $40 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or online at http://arts.pepperdine.edu/. More information: http://aljarreau.com/.

Al Jarreau’s innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time, with seven Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards, and popular accolades worldwide.

Jarreau has been singing since the age of four, growing up harmonizing with his brothers and performing solo at a variety of local events in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, it wasn’t until he moved to San Francisco that Jarreau’s natural musical gifts began to shape his future. He found himself performing at a small jazz club with a trio headed by George Duke, and by the late 1960s he knew, without a doubt, that he would make singing his life.

Working out of Los Angeles and New York, Jarreau held apprenticeships in such famed nightspots as Dino’s, the Troubadour, and the Bitter End West, as well as gained national network television exposure with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Frost and Mike Douglas.

In 1975, following an extended stint at the Bla Bla Cafe in Los Angeles, Jarreau signed a record contract with Warner Brothers Records. His debut album for the label, We Got By, was released to unanimous acclaim. But Al’s career breakthrough came in 1977 when Warner Brothers Records released Look to the Rainbow, his live double album, which was culled from his first world tour from that same year and earned him his first Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

His fourth album, All Fly Home, was released in 1978 to further accolades and a second Grammy for Best Jazz Vocalist. It was followed by a string of innovative and original offerings, including: the million-selling Breakin’ Away, which brought him a broader audience and two more Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Male Jazz Vocalist; the Grammy-nominated R&B album Heart’s Horizon; a fifth Grammy for Best R&B Performance for the 1992 album Heaven and Earth; and the opportunity to sing the Grammy-nominated theme song for the hit television series Moonlighting. In 1996, Jarreau also accepted a three-month stint on Broadway playing the role of ‘Teen Angel’ in the hit musical Grease!

Jarreau received his own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2001, commemorating his status as one of the best singers of his generation. Only five years later, Jarreau celebrated his third decade in the music business by pairing up with the legendary R&B guitarist and singer George Benson for the album Givin’ It Up, which was nominated for three Grammys and featured many guest artists, including Herbie Hancock, Sir Paul McCartney, Jill Scott, Chris Botti and Patti Austin.

After more than thirty years, Al Jarreau is undoubtedly one of the greatest performers and innovative vocalists the music world has ever known. He continues to tour extensively worldwide with his sextet and Symphony shows, and is currently working on a new album.

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University provides high-quality activities for over 50,000 people from 664 zip codes annually through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibitions, and master classes. Located on Pepperdine’s breathtaking Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the “black box” Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

WHEN: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
TICKETS: (310) 506-4522 or arts.pepperdine.edu
PRICES: $40-$70 for adults; $10 for Pepperdine students

 

Oct 232014
 

The Academy Introduces Its New Website20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF “THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION” WITH FRANK DARABONT, MORGAN FREEMAN AND TIM ROBBINS HIGHLIGHTS ACADEMY’S NOVEMBER PROGRAMS

A 20th anniversary screening of “The Shawshank Redemption”; restorations of Mary Pickford’s “Little Annie Rooney” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Bank”; a screening series and panel discussion complementing the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition; and six diverse films from director Edgar G. Ulmer are all part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ November programs. Ticket holders for Hollywood Costume will receive free same-day admission to Hollywood Costume-related public programs.

“THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION”
With special guests Frank Darabont, Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins
The Academy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Best Picture nominee “The Shawshank Redemption” on November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The evening will feature an onstage discussion with writer-director Frank Darabont, who received an Oscar® nomination for his adapted screenplay, Best Actor nominee Morgan Freeman, and star Tim Robbins.
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DEFINING CHARACTER: THE ART OF THE COSTUME DESIGNER
Hollywood Costume curator and Oscar nominee Deborah Nadoolman Landis will moderate a discussion on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater with two of today’s top costume designers: Judianna Makovsky, who earned Oscar nominations for “Pleasantville,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Seabiscuit,” and Michael Wilkinson, whose work includes “300,” “Man of Steel” and the Oscar-nominated “American Hustle.”
Hollywood Costume ticket holders will receive free same-day admission to this event.
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THE PERFECT MATCH: HOLLYWOOD COSTUME COLLABORATIONS
This screening series explores the collaborative partnerships between costume designers and directors. Mark Bridges will discuss his work with director Paul Thomas Anderson and Jeffrey Kurland will share stories of his experience with Woody Allen as they introduce each evening’s films at the Bing Theater. Moderated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
Hollywood Costume ticket holders will receive free same-day admission to these events.
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THE MARY PICKFORD CELEBRATION OF SILENT FILM
THE COSTUME OF SILENT DRAMA: MARY PICKFORD AND LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY
The Academy and the Mary Pickford Foundation will continue their annual celebration of silent film with the restoration world premiere of “Little Annie Rooney” (1925) on November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater. Film historian and author Jeffrey Vance and Academy Film Archive Director Michael Pogorzelski will discuss the restoration of the silent classic. The screening is presented in conjunction with Hollywood Costume, which includes the costume that Mary Pickford wore in the title role.
Those who purchase tickets to “Little Annie Rooney” may view the exhibition free of charge immediately before the screening, from 5 to 7 p.m.
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THE COSTUME OF SILENT COMEDY: CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND THE TRAMP RESTORED
Fascinating stories, behind-the-scenes footage, never-before-exhibited documents and the earliest filmed images of Charlie Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” character will all be part of a unique presentation hosted by film historian and preservationist Serge Bromberg on November 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater. The evening includes screenings of two Chaplin shorts: “A Night in the Show”(1915) from a new print, and “The Bank”(1915), from a new restoration making its theatrical world premiere. Chaplin’s ensemble from “The Tramp” is currently on view in Hollywood Costume.
Hollywood Costume ticket holders will receive free same-day admission to this event.
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AFTER EXPRESSIONISM: THE VERSATILE EDGAR G. ULMER
In conjunction with the exhibition Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, presented by LACMA in association with the Academy, the Academy will present in November six films directed or co-directed by production designer-turned-director Edgar G. Ulmer: “Detour,” “The Strange Woman,” “People on Sunday,” “The Light Ahead,” “The Black Cat” and “Ruthless.”
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Oct 162014
 
Remembering Elizabeth Peña

Remembering Elizabeth Peña
The photos are believed to be in public domain.

The radiant, beautiful, fiery and talented actress Elizabeth Peña has died, yesterday! No additional information pertaining to the cause of her death is available at this time. Several media outlets defined her death as due to “natural causes”. Personally, I can’t imagine a death due to natural causes at only 55….

Elizabeth Peña, a Cuban American from an artistic family, started her acting career early and became a household name with roles in such films as “La Bamba,” “Transamerica,” “Lone Star,” “Rush Hour,” “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Free Willy 2.”
For her performance in the “Lone Star,” Elizabeth received the Independent Spirit and “Bravo” awards. “Tortilla Soup” earned her the ALMA Award.

Her television roles – most recently on “Modern Family” where she’s been Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) mother – on such TV shows as “L.A. Law,” “Dream On,” “Resurrection Blvd.”, “Matador,” and others (like “Tough Cookies”, “I Married Dora” and “Shannon’s Deal”) earned her critical acclaim for her dramatic as well as comedic talent and timing.

Elizabeth Peña wasn’t a great Latino actress: she was a great actress, period. Her unique personality and presence were embraced by viewers of all backgrounds. She will be missed by her family and friends as well as her fans. Her artistic contribution survives her.

Oct 162014
 
Neil Patrick Harris Will Host 2015 OSCARS®

Neil Patrick Harris Will Host 2015 OSCARS®.
Photo Credit: Eric Schwabel

Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony. The show will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” said Harris. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

“We share Craig and Neil’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “He is the consummate entertainer. Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”

“Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker and collaborator,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “We can’t wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together.”

“Neil Patrick Harris is highly energetic and a definitive entertainer,” said Paul Lee. “We are thrilled to have him as our 2015 Oscar host.”

A triple-threat performer, Harris has enjoyed a successful career in entertainment. He can currently be seen starring opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s critically-acclaimed feature film, “Gone Girl.” Harris garnered multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe award nominations for his role as Barney Stinson on the hit television series, “How I Met Your Mother,” and he won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on “Glee” in 2010. He also recently starred in the title role of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway, earning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Harris served as host of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Tony Awards, for which he won four Emmys. Most recently, Harris added the title of author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his autobiography from Crown Publishing, “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.”

The last two Oscars telecasts, which were produced by Zadan and Meron, received a major spike in the ratings. The 86th Oscars was TV’s most-watched entertainment event in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership since 2000, with more than 45 million viewers. The show resulted in dramatic gains in younger demos and social media conversation, with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar Sunday. Additionally, the star-studded “selfie” became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 4 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
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Oct 142014
 

83 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2014 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR®

The Academy

A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.

The 2014 submissions are:
Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;
Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;
Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;
Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;
Belgium, “Two Days, One Night,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;
Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Lončarevič, director;
Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;
Bulgaria, “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Ivan Nitchev, director;
Canada, “Mommy,” Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;
Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;
Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mršić, director;
Cuba, “Conducta,” Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director;
Czech Republic, “Fair Play,” Andrea Sedláčková, director;
Denmark, “Sorrow and Joy,” Nils Malmros, director;
Dominican Republic, “Cristo Rey,” Leticia Tonos, director;
Ecuador, “Silence in Dreamland,” Tito Molina, director;
Egypt, “Factory Girl,” Mohamed Khan, director;
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
Ethiopia, “Difret,” Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director;
Finland, “Concrete Night,” Pirjo Honkasalo, director;
France, “Saint Laurent,” Bertrand Bonello, director;
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
Germany, “Beloved Sisters,” Dominik Graf, director;
Greece, “Little England,” Pantelis Voulgaris, director;
Hong Kong, “The Golden Era,” Ann Hui, director;
Hungary, “White God,” Kornél Mundruczó, director;
Iceland, “Life in a Fishbowl,” Baldvin Zophoníasson, director;
India, “Liar’s Dice,” Geetu Mohandas, director;
Indonesia, “Soekarno,” Hanung Bramantyo, director;
Iran, “Today,” Reza Mirkarimi, director;
Iraq, “Mardan,” Batin Ghobadi, director;
Ireland, “The Gift,” Tom Collins, director;
Israel, “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors;
Italy, “Human Capital,” Paolo Virzì, director;
Japan, “The Light Shines Only There,” Mipo O, director;
Kosovo, “Three Windows and a Hanging,” Isa Qosja, director;
Kyrgyzstan, “Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains,” Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director;
Latvia, “Rocks in My Pockets,” Signe Baumane, director;
Lebanon, “Ghadi,” Amin Dora, director;
Lithuania, “The Gambler,” Ignas Jonynas, director;
Luxembourg, “Never Die Young,” Pol Cruchten, director;
Macedonia, “To the Hilt,” Stole Popov, director;
Malta, “Simshar,” Rebecca Cremona, director;
Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Mexico, “Cantinflas,” Sebastián del Amo, director;
Moldova, “The Unsaved,” Igor Cobileanski, director;
Montenegro, “The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street,” Nikola Vukčević, director;
Morocco, “The Red Moon,” Hassan Benjelloun, director;
Nepal, “Jhola,” Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director;
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
New Zealand, “The Dead Lands,” Toa Fraser, director;
Norway, “1001 Grams,” Bent Hamer, director;
Pakistan, “Dukhtar,” Afia Nathaniel, director;
Palestine, “Eyes of a Thief,” Najwa Najjar, director;
Panama, “Invasion,” Abner Benaim, director;
Peru, “The Gospel of the Flesh,” Eduardo Mendoza, director;
Philippines, “Norte, the End of History,” Lav Diaz, director;
Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Portugal, “What Now? Remind Me,” Joaquim Pinto, director;
Romania, “The Japanese Dog,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director;
Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Serbia, “See You in Montevideo,” Dragan Bjelogrlić, director;
Singapore, “Sayang Disayang,” Sanif Olek, director;
Slovakia, “A Step into the Dark,” Miloslav Luther, director;
Slovenia, “Seduce Me,” Marko Šantić, director;
South Africa, “Elelwani,” Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director;
South Korea, “Haemoo,” Shim Sung-bo, director;
Spain, “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” David Trueba, director;
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
Switzerland, “The Circle,” Stefan Haupt, director;
Taiwan, “Ice Poison,” Midi Z, director;
Thailand, “The Teacher’s Diary,” Nithiwat Tharathorn, director;
Turkey, “Winter Sleep,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
Ukraine, “The Guide,” Oles Sanin, director;
United Kingdom, “Little Happiness,” Nihat Seven, director;
Uruguay, “Mr. Kaplan,” Álvaro Brechner, director;
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Oct 132014
 

FULL CASTING IS SET FOR JOE ORTON’S RIOTOUS FARCE
“WHAT THE BUTLER SAW”
OPENS NOVEMBER 23, 2014, AT THE CTG / MARK TAPER FORUM
Previously-Announced Paxton Whitehead is Joined by
Charles Shaughnessy, Frances Barber, Sarah Manton, Angus McEwan and Rod McLachlan
Rehearsals Begin Tuesday, October 14

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy, who will appear in “What the Butler Saw” at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum November 12 – December 21, 2014. Written by Joe Orton, “What the Butler Saw” will be directed by John Tillinger.

Casting is set for award-winning British playwright Joe Orton’s riotous farce “What the Butler Saw,” opening at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on November 23, 2014. Rehearsals begin October 14, previews begin November 12 and performances run through December 21.

Joining previously-announced cast member Paxton Whitehead (Broadway’s “Importance of Being Earnest,” “My Fair Lady” and “Noises Off”), are Frances Barber (Ophelia in “Hamlet” and Marguerite in “Camille” at Royal Shakespeare Company), Sarah Manton (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors”), Angus McEwan (“The Duchess”), Rod McLachlan (Broadway’s “Holiday,” The Government Inspector” and “Our Town”) and Charles Shaughnessy (best known for CBS’ “The Nanny”).

“What the Butler Saw” is directed by farce veteran and Orton expert John Tillinger, who previously directed the Orton plays “Loot” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” in repertory at the Taper (1987). Set design is by James Noone, costume design is by Laurie Churba Kohn, lighting design is by Ken Billington and John McKernon, sound design is by John Gromada, wigs and hair are by Carol F. Doran, Casting is by Mark B. Simon, CSA, and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Set in the consulting room of a private psychiatric clinic, the action begins when the very proper Dr. Prentice (played by Shaughnessy) is interrupted by his wife (Barber) just as he is about to seduce a beautiful, young woman who is applying for a job as a secretary (Manton). As his botched efforts to conceal his actions spiral outrageously out of control, Orton ferociously skewers psychiatry, religion, marriage, morality, government and definitions of gender.

Tickets for “What the Butler Saw” are available by calling (213) 628-2772 or visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 – $70 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Oct 122014
 

THE ACADEMY UNVEILS THE NEW OSCARS.ORG

Offers Fans Their First Chance to Win Tickets to the Oscar® Fan Experience hosted by PEOPLE

The Academy Introduces Its New Website
The Academy introduced the newly redesigned Oscars.org, featuring unprecedented access to its members, collections and exclusive content, including the definitive Oscars® timeline.

“This site is an extension of our ongoing efforts to inspire, educate and entertain fans worldwide,” said Chief Marketing Officer Christina Kounelias. “Built on decades of history, expertise and passion for film, it’s a site that only the Academy could create.”

The site features a sleek, mobile-friendly design with social media integrated prominently throughout, encouraging fans to be a part of the conversation, share their passion and connect with other movie fans around the world. Other features include a dynamic visual showcase of the Academy’s vast collections from its library and archive, 50,000 photos and videos including 86 years of Oscars highlights, and a vibrant events section that allows fans the chance to experience Academy events and programming first-hand. The previous site was built in 2008.

“Our new website expands on the relationship we’ve developed with millions of fans on our social channels over the past few years,” said Josh Spector, Managing Director of Digital Media and Marketing. “It’s a platform that allows fans to access more of what they love most about the Academy – our amazing collection assets, the expertise of our members, and the original content we create.”

Highlights include:

  • Collection Highlights: With the help of some remarkable items from our Academy Collection, fans can take an in-depth look at some of the most legendary filmmakers and movies of all time. 11 collections are now available to view and new ones will be released in the coming weeks. Visitors are also able to suggest other items from around the web they think are worthy of being included in these one-of-a-kind pages.
  • Oscars Ceremonies: The definitive Oscars timeline. Users can explore 86 years of photos and videos and share favorite moments in Oscar history.
  • Events: Features upcoming Academy events and programs, and allows fans to go back through Academy history and relive past events.
  • News: Get the latest news about the Academy and the Oscars, and hear Academy members in their own words.
  • Social Drawer: This feature connects website visitors to the Academy’s social media content in real time, creating a unique way for fans to join the conversation.
  • Mobile Friendly Design: The site has been custom-designed for an optimal user experience on all devices.

To celebrate the launch of the new Oscars.org, the Academy is offering fans the first chance to win tickets to the Oscar Fan Experience, in partnership with PEOPLE, by entering online for a random drawing for bleacher seats along the 87th Oscars red carpet.

Those selected will watch and cheer on Oscar nominees, presenters and other guests as they arrive on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Oct 112014
 
Dael Orlandersmith

Playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith. Commissioned by CTG and directed by Neel Keller, the world premiere of Orlandersmith’s “Forever” will be presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, October 9 through 26, 2014, as a part of DouglasPlus programming.
Photo by Kevin Berne

The world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s “Forever,” directed by Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller, opens this Sunday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the CTG / Kirk Douglas Theatre. A DouglasPlus presentation, “Forever” was commissioned and developed by CTG. Performances continue through October 26 (previews October 9-11).

In “Forever,” writer/performer Orlandersmith investigates the complex legacy she received from her mother and their difficult life in New York. A riveting and powerful memoir about family – the ones we are born into, and the strange way powerful bonds are formed with people who are “kin” through shared experience and perspective, is inspired in part by Orlandermith’s experiences in Paris at the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery where strangers from around the world make pilgrimages to the graves of such legendary artists as Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust and Richard Wright.

Set design for “Forever” is by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design is by Mary Louise Geiger and sound design is by Adam Phalen. The production stage manager is Young Ji.

Orlandersmith has been seen at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in a staged reading of “Forever” (2013), preceded by her plays “Stoop Stories” and the world premiere of “Bones” (2010). Her award-winning plays have been commissioned and presented by theatres across the U.S., including “Black n’ Blue Boys/Broken Men,” “Horsedreams,” “The Blue Album,” “Yellowman,” “The Gimmick,” “Monster” and “Beauty’s Daughter.” She is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim and the 2005 PEN / Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career and a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights Fellowship.

“Forever” is the second, among five, DouglasPlus presentations for the 2014-2015 KDT season. For five years, DouglasPlus has provided the flexibility to explore new work and push boundaries through fully and minimally staged events, workshops and readings and traditional and non-traditional performance configurations.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, 90232. For tickets and information, please visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling (213) 628-2772 in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to curtain.

Oct 102014
 

The downtown Los Angeles arena is heading into its 15th season and has spent nearly $7.5 Million to improve the fan experience and update its lighting system

L.A. STAPLES, Anything L.A.STAPLES Center President Lee Zeidman announced that the arena went through some incredible upgrades over the summer and that they are excited to unveil them to STAPLES Center’s guests and tenants for the upcoming 2014-15 NHL and NBA seasons. AEG, the arena’s owner and operator, invested just over $7 million to offset a list of renovations that were completed or are currently underway. At the top of the list was a new LED sports lighting system, along with upgrading the retractable seating of the lower bowl and the relocation of the TEAM LA Store to a larger retail space.

The summer’s biggest and most consuming project for STAPLES Center was the installation of the new LED sports lighting system supplied by Solotech manufactured by Lidlum. AEG spent six-figures to install a new LED sports lighting system that will dramatically reduce energy costs compared with the standard metal halide lighting. STAPLES Center is the first NBA arena to feature LED lighting and is the first NHL arena in the United States to feature LED lighting (Montreal’s Bell Centre is the first North American arena to convert to LED sports lighting). The Los Angeles Lakers will continue to use their own current lighting system modeled after the NBA All-Star Game lighting grid. STAPLES Center is looking towards an energy cost savings of approximately $280,000 annually.

“We are thrilled to be on the forefront in our industry by converting the arena to LED lighting, it is the latest technology and the wave of the future and we wanted to get on board right away,” Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “From an environmental and sustainability standpoint, this made sense for us and will save us significantly in the long run on energy costs.”

“The Clippers are committed to working together with STAPLES Center to provide our fans with an innovative and first-class experience,” Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said. “It is exciting for everyone involved to have the Clippers play in the first NBA arena to utilize LED lighting.”

After years of doing business with AEG, back in October of 2013 Brian Konechny from Solotech started taking a look at what energy savings could really look like for arenas in Southern California. “Most people were just looking at the energy savings, but with the Lidlum products we found now you could have both savings and great light quality” said Konechny. “STAPLES Center being the industry leader in sports venue technology, we knew they would be interested,” he added.

Lidium’s CEO Jean-Louis Legault also noticed manufactures focused on power consumption and not CRI or color temperature, so he set out to design a better light fixture. “We are very happy that LA Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille was one of the first people to show interest in our sport lighting system back in 2012 and now STAPLES Center is first to receive the latest and upgraded Lidium LED sport lighting system version,” added Legault.

The next large upgrade project under way is the retractable seating that is a critical part of the arena’s operations, considering it is the only arena in North America that is home to two NBA teams, an NHL team and a WNBA team. STAPLES Center hosts more than 250 events annually and the arena on average converts the building over 200 times a year and has completed 149 doubleheader days, in which two games are played in one day, since opening its doors in October 1999. STAPLES Center strives to have all doubleheader conversions done within 90 minutes and the arena has always hit that mark, but the new retractable seating will make that process much more efficient and require less maintenance.

Working closely with AEG, the new customized retractable seating system is produced by StageRight and together a design system was created to meet the needs of the arena. The installation will take place over two seasons due to STAPLES Center’s busy event schedule. The first portion of the retractable seating will be installed at stage end on the arena’s north side, which is the end most affected by conversions and will be completed and in place by mid-November. The overall project will be completed mid-year 2015.

“StageRight is excited and extremely grateful for the opportunity to provide STAPLES Center with this innovative retractable seating system,” said Nathan Rogers, President, Rogers Group. “The conversions staff at STAPLES Center played an extensive role in the development of our dual rise system. Their invaluable insight on the operational parameters required with conversions of this magnitude was vital in assisting our team in the design of the next generation of retractable seating. We look forward to a successful installation and furthering our valued relationship with STAPLES Center.”

Other upgrades include the remodeling for the former American Express Platinum Lounge to The Centurion Suite by American Express at STAPLES Center. It is a VIP area for active American Express Platinum Card & Centurion Members complete with a full bar and exclusive menu options for purchase and a view of the arena for hockey and basketball games. Additional amenities also include phone charging, flat screen televisions, cocktail tables, bar height chairs & lounge seating. The Centurion Suite access is only eligible to Platinum Card & Centurion Members and a valid, American Express Platinum or Centurion Card and picture identification must be presented upon check-in.

The bar top in the San Manuel Club located on Suite Level A has been updated and extended to accommodate additional guests and fans to sit at the bar top or to walk and order. Additionally all suite levels walls have been repainted and all venue photography has been updated and new frames have been installed throughout the three suite levels.

On the Main Concourse fans will find a new concession stand outside Section 108 created and designed by our partners at Anheuser-Busch called Goose Island which will feature a variety of craft beers that will include Matilda, Sofie, Goose Island Honkers, Goose Island 312 Pale, Goose Island Urban Wheat, Goose Island IPA, Goose Island Rambler Red IPA (Seasonal). The food offerings will include a Chicago Style Hot Dog, all beef Vienna hot dog with tomatoes, nuclear relish, celery salt, sports peppers, onions, mustard, and a pickle spear served on a poppy seed bun; FRITOS® Pie Dog- loaded all beef hot dog with chili, shredded Cheddar cheese and FRITOS® Original Corn Chips; and Mac & Cheesy Dog – loaded all beef hot dog with macaroni and cheese topped with CHEETOS® Crunchy Cheese Snacks.

CPK has revamped their menu offerings for the upcoming season which include the additions of “The Works” pizza with spicy Italian sausage, rustic pepperoni, cremini, mushrooms, mozzarella, red onions, poblano peppers, olives and wild Greek oregano. The other addition to the menu is the Chicken Caesar Pizza which is a combination of two classic favorites a Caesar salad and pizza all in one. CPK will still continue to carry their Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad.

Camacho’s Cantina has also made some updates to their menu offerings by adding the Camacho’s Bowl which includes choice of Carne Asada or Chicken Tinga, ranchero style pinto beans, seasoned rice, cilantro onions, salsa ranchero, sliced radishes and pickled onion slaw. The menu will still include Camacho’s Nacho, Tostada Salad and the Camacho Burrito.

The final upgrade for the season will take place in the coming months with the relocation of the TEAM LA Store into a currently vacant space off the Main Concourse that was formerly the home to the old Fox Sports Skybox restaurant. The additional square footage and new location will work to increase the retail sales for AEG Merchandising. During the 2014 Stanley Cup Final run, AEG Merchandising generated over $1.6 million in gross merchandise sales. The new retail location will help further boost sales as well as dramatically increase its square footage in a prime location for all visitors and guests. The new TEAM LA Store location is set to open in December 2014.

The 2014 Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings open up their season on October 8th versus the San Jose Sharks, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers on October 28th versus the Houston Rockets and then the Los Angeles Clippers open up their season October 30th versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Oct 092014
 
“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” Is Coming To Ahmanson Theatre

Dame Edna in “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour.” Directed by Simon Phillips, “Dame Edna” plays January 24 – March 15, 2015, at the CTG / Ahmanson Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400.

EVENT:
“Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour”
(Previously announced as “Dame Edna and Barry Humphries: The Final Farewell Tour”)
Directed by Simon Phillips.

DESCRIPTION:
In a side-splitting, historic finale, Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) is capping a spectacular career spanning 50 years of bravura showmanship in this farewell celebratory show. Surrounded by spectacular sets and gorgeous, talented dancers, Dame Edna keeps her audience enthralled and ‘in stitches’ with her sparkling wit, mischievous wisdom and razor-sharp banter. With her take-no-prisoners comedy and hijinks, Dame Edna is not going out with a whimper: No one is safe from the Dame’s wicked tongue.

DATES/TIMES:
Previews Begin January 24. Opens January 28. Through March 15, 2015

Oct 082014
 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 RICHARD E. SHERWOOD AWARD
Center Theatre Group’s Award for Early Career L.A. Artists

 

Center Theatre Group’s Award for Early Career L.A. Artists

L-R: Sean Cawelti, Zakiyyah Alexander and Jenny Foldenauer have been selected as finalists for Center Theatre Group’s 2015 Richard E. Sherwood Award, a $10,000 award that provides support for emerging artists living and working in Los Angeles. The winner of the award will be announced at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance on November 2, 2014, at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Three finalists have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2015 Richard E. Sherwood Award.
The Sherwood Award provides financial support for emerging theatre artists living and working in Los Angeles. Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the $10,000 award is designed to nurture innovative, adventurous theatre artists of promise.
Zakiyyah Alexander, Sean Cawelti and Jenny Foldenauer were selected out of a competitive group of applicants in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the Los Angeles theatrical landscape.

Zakiyyah Alexander is a playwright and graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Her work, which is created to make audiences experience the unexpected, has been produced both locally and throughout the country. Her most recent credits include “Under the Glass” at Chalk Repertory Theatre, “Yesterdays/Today” at Urban Theatre Movement, “you are here” at Ventura Theatre, and she is currently developing a musical based on the poetry of Sonia Sanchez. Zakiyyah is also a founding member of the advocacy group The Kilroys, which nominated a “pipeline” of 46 unproduced plays by female playwrights for suggested future productions.

Sean Cawelti is the Founding Artistic Director of Rogue Artists Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based theatre company that creates hyper-theatre through the innovative use of puppetry, masks and multimedia. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Cawelti has also collaborated with organizations throughout Los Angeles, including Cornerstone Theater Company, A Noise Within and The Theatre @ Boston Court. He has received numerous nominations for his work from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards.

Jenny Foldenauer is a costume designer who creates a range of designs, from the fantastically surreal to modern world, with an eye toward budgetary restraint. Foldenauer attained her masters of fine arts in theatre design and production from the California Institute for the Arts. Her credits include “Everything You Touch” at The Theatre @ Boston Court (Ovation nominated for Costume Design), “Our Class” at Son of Semele and “Macbeth” at A Noise Within.

Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has rewarded emerging artists willing to push the boundaries of Los Angeles theatre. “If we are to have a dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career,” said Dorothy Sherwood, wife of Richard E. Sherwood.
Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the CTG Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at CTG by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members, to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre.
Previous Sherwood Award winners include Miranda Wright, John Sinner, Christopher Kuhl and Ann Closs-Farley, among others.

The Sherwood Award will be presented at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance on November 2nd at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

Oct 062014
 

Academy to stage live read of the winning scripts

Winners Of 2014 Academy Nicholl FellowshipsThree individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each individual winner and the combined writing team will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 13, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For the second consecutive year, the event will also feature a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts by members of the Academy.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Sam Baron, Cambridge, United Kingdom, “The Science of Love and Laughter”
  • Alisha Brophy, Los Angeles, CA, and Scott Miles, Austin, TX, “United States of Fuckin’ Awesome”
  • Melissa Iqbal, London, United Kingdom, “The Death Engine”
  • Sallie West, Charleston, SC, “Moonflower”

The winners were selected from a record 7,511 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. Eight individual screenwriters and two writing teams were chosen as finalists. Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately chose the winners.

This year’s finalists were (listed alphabetically by author):

Sam Baron, Cambridge, United Kingdom, “The Science of Love and Laughter”
Alisha Brophy, Los Angeles, CA, and Scott Miles, Austin, TX, “United States of Fuckin’ Awesome”
Robert D. Cain, Los Angeles, CA, “Gagarin”
Josh Golden, Los Angeles, CA, “Road to Oz”
Melissa Iqbal, London, United Kingdom, “The Death Engine”
Ben Jacoby, New York, NY, “Earthwalkers”
Duncan Samarasinghe, Dandenong, Australia, “The Caretaker”
Ryan Trevino, Seal Beach, CA, and Robert Wolfe Dunn, Los Angeles, CA, “Arcadia”
Mike Van Waes, West Hollywood, CA, “Grave Hearts”
Sallie West, Charleston, SC, “Moonflower”

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, chaired by writer Robin Swicord, with marketing executive Buffy Shutt serving as vice chair, is comprised of writers Tina Gordon Chism, Daniel Petrie Jr., Eric Roth, Kirsten Smith and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographer John Bailey; executive Marcus Hu; producers Stephanie Allain, Albert Berger, Julia Chasman, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.

Since 1986, 137 fellowships have been awarded. This year, past fellows with produced work include Ehren Kruger who wrote “Transformers: Age of Extinction;” Creighton Rothenberger who co-wrote “The Expendables 3;” Anthony Jaswinski who wrote “Kristy,” which premieres at the upcoming London Film Festival; and Raymond De Felitta who directed “Rob the Mob,” which opened theatrically in March. Fellow Rebecca Sonnenshine is a writer and producer on “The Vampire Diaries.” Andrew Marlowe is the creator and executive producer and Terri Edda Miller is a consulting producer on “Castle.”

Tickets to the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Awards & Live Read are now available at Oscars.org/Nicholl. Casting for the live read will be announced at a later date.

Oct 042014
 

HATSUNE MIKU – October 11th & 12th, 2014

GERARDO ORTIZ – October 18th, 2014

94.7 THE WAVE PRESENTS FANTASIA & BRIAN MCKNIGHT – October 24th, 2014

SIAVASH GHOMAYSHI – October 25th, 2014

DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON – October 31st, 2014 & November 1st, 2014

RUSSELL PETERS – November 8th, 2014

SIRUSHO – November 9th, 2014

JUDAS PRIEST – November 10th, 2014

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS – November 23rd, 2014

ESPINOZA PAZ – November 29th, 2014

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS – December 14th, 2014

MYTHBUSTERS – December 17th, 2014

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS ROCKS EXTRAVAGANZA – December 21st, 2014

GABRIEL IGLESIAS – December 27th & 28th, 2014

THE GODFATHER – January 24th, 2015

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – January 28th, 2015

JACKIE EVANCHO – January 29th, 2015

STEVE HARVEY ACT LIKE A SUCCESS – January 31st, 2015

JOHN MELLENCAMP – July 28th, 2015

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Anything L.A.

 

NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE is located at:
777 Chick Hearn Court (between Figueroa Street and Georgia Street)
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 763-6000
Website: www.NokiaTheatreLALive.com