Archive for February, 2010

“Movies for Grownups” Gala Has Veteran Stars in the Spotlight

“Movies for Grownups” Gala Has Veteran Stars in the Spotlight

In youth-obsessed Hollywood, it was wonderful to see the veteran stars strut their stuff at AARP Magazine’s 9th annual “Movies for Grownups” gala. Susan Blakely (awards co-host), Frances Fisher, Morgan Fairchild, Stefanie Powers, and Shirley Jones were among the stunning women who proudly included themselves among the over 50 crowd, and they all have multiple […]

How to Get the Right Amount of Cash for Your Gold Jewelry with ‘Cash for Gold’ at Diamano

How to Get the Right Amount of Cash for Your Gold Jewelry with ‘Cash for Gold’ at Diamano

Lucrative “cash for gold” advertisements promising big payouts to be gained by anyone with practically any amount of gold to sell may seem promising. But deciphering the fine print of newspaper ads or the bottom screen of thirty-second commercials tells otherwise. And with buyers out for big payouts themselves, inexperienced sellers are often duped. Though […]

The Beverly Garland Hotel’s Oscar® Event

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 The Beverly Garland, named after the late Hollywood actress Beverly Garland, has a colorful history, a strong presence in the North Hollywood community, and has long welcomed a diverse and colorful clientele from business travelers and family vacationers to celebrities and touring musicians. Built in 1972 and set on seven acres, […]

“The Unexpected Man”

“The Unexpected Man”

By Bea Wolff Bright Eyes Productions’ superb presentation of “The Unexpected Man” offers an acting tour de force. Judy Jean Berns (the woman) and Ronald Hunter (the man) explore, with both humor and pathos, the interior lives of two people who happen to be sitting in the same compartment of a train traveling from Paris […]

It was an interesting weekend, theatrically speaking…

It was an interesting weekend, theatrically speaking…

One comedy, one drama, one hit, one miss! “Broads! The Musical” A high-energy, fun lovin’ musical with plenty of laughs, a lot of heart, and soul searching insight. This is an e-ticket ride to “senior shenanigans!” Starring an infectiously loveable quartet of women playing “sassy seniors” with spunk, each of them boasts impressive and lengthy […]

“Soul Sistahs” Celebrates African-American Women Performers

“Soul Sistahs” Celebrates African-American Women Performers

An entertaining celebration of African-American women performers in the twentieth century, Opera Noir’s “Soul Sistahs” sparkled with style and sass at its show over the weekend. A stage/variety show featuring J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark, the founder of the organization, it contained high energy dancing and music, knockout costumes, and an excellent performance from star Smith-Clark. It […]

Lady Day ‘Blues it Up’ at The Whitefire

Lady Day ‘Blues it Up’ at The Whitefire

With Black History Month upon us, what better way to celebrate and appreciate the gifted talent of legendary jazz/blues vocalist Billie Holiday, than with a performance of “Billie! Backstage with Lady Day.” The Whitefire Theatre continues its ongoing solo series, starring Synthia L. Hardy as the iconic Billie Holiday, presenting an undeniably honest, emotional, gritty […]

“Jungle Kings” at the Raven Playhouse

“Jungle Kings” at the Raven Playhouse

“Jungle Kings” is an original play written and directed by Rain Wilson, and takes place in an inner-city prison. The set design by Mark Macaulay is effective with tall metal bars on either side of the stage evoking jail cells, and a rundown alley in the middle for scenes outside. The subject matter questions whether […]

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Runtime: 117 Minutes Not for Children This movie is getting roasted by critics, with a 16% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, as of this writing. So it’s appropriate to set forth my expectations going in, which were low. I’ve not been an admirer of the talents of Jennifer Garner or Anne Hathaway. I’m really not […]

North Face

North Face

North Face Runtime: 121 Minutes OK for Children Nazi Germany hosted the Olympics in 1936, which started the tradition of the International Olympic movement kowtowing to brutal totalitarian regimes (Stalinist Moscow in 1980 and Mao’s China in 2008). The Nazis anted as much propaganda as possible, so it urged German Alpinists to conquer the virgin […]