Archive for May, 2009

One Final Thought

First, the Palate extends well deserved congratulations to newly elected Burbank Mayor, Gary Bric. I’ve admired him for his firm dedication and modest authority in all endeavors since we first met years ago when Gary acquired, and re-invented, The Ramp, a tavern with food as an afterthought that became a popular and awarded full-service restaurant […]

“Hear NoHo”

“Hear NoHo”

Come to the NoHo Arts District the first Thursday of every month for Hear NoHo, and join the local arts community in celebrating the talents of emerging musical artists. Businesses throughout the NoHo Arts District participate by hosting events, extending business hours, offering discounts and specials to those attending, and by donating their time and […]

I caught two enjoyable productions on the weekend. Lots of laughs!

I caught two enjoyable productions on the weekend. Lots of laughs!

Over the River and Through the Woods NORTH HOLLYWOOD- A poig-nant and very funny play about “family,” and their undeniable influence in the long run, on the kind of adults we become, this is a delightful play. Thoughtfully written by Joe DiPietro, alternating hearty laughs with our own nostalgic memories… Do see this one with […]

Genesis: Reloaded

Genesis: Reloaded

It always takes nerve to put a new adaptive spin on an old, well-known tale, but to take one of the oldest tales out there – the Biblical creation story of Adam and Eve – and re-mix it into a Warchowski Brothers-style sci-fi action adventure complete with sex and violence, takes some serious edge. In […]

“As You Like It” Next Stage Theatre

“As You Like It” Next Stage Theatre

“As You Like It,” by William Shakespeare, is given a sparkling production by the Declan Adams Theater Group, featuring a young and attractive troupe of actors. The director, Jeffrey Morris, sets an energetic pace, and achieves clear articulation from the cast. One was able to hear and understand famous quotes from the play including “All […]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Shakespeare’s body of work is so immortalized that it has conjured a life of its own. So impressive it is that is a living, organic thing, as continual interpretations continue to inspire and entertain. The production of the before-mentioned title suggests that a theatre group can compress the Bard’s entire catalog into two hours seems […]

“The Singing Skeleton” at Stella Adler Theatre

“The Singing Skeleton” at Stella Adler Theatre

“The Singing Skeleton,” written and directed by Stefan Marks, is a remarkably fresh and original two-hour comedic escape. Extremely well-cast, each actor is superbly showcased in this play within a play. Likable and sexually vulnerable Brandon (Barrett Shuler), as the writer/director, gains sympathy when he falls madly in love with a girl he sees at […]

The Merry Gentleman

The Merry Gentleman

The Merry Gentleman Runtime 93 minutes Not For Children What happened to Michael Keaton? He is an attractive actor with terrific comedic timing. So what happened? He is rarely seen, and when he is, he chooses material like this that squanders his talent. Here he directs a disappointing script by Ron Lazzeretti in a movie […]

Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons Runtime 138 minutes The advertising campaign for this proclaims, “Better than The Da Vinci Code!” That’s akin to saying that your blind date is “Better-looking than Quasimodo!” This is brought to you by the same cast of characters who foisted “The Da Vinci Code” on the public. “The Da Vinci Code” was […]

Hunter Stirs Angels’ Drink

Hunter Stirs Angels’ Drink

It’s easy to under-appreciate and even overlook Torii Hunter, the Angels’ superb center fielder. Always the professional, Hunter, in his second season with the club, does everything well, from hitting for average, hitting for power, running the bases, and flashing his trusty glove. Hunter has collected eight straight Gold Gloves, beginning in 2001, his third […]