Archive for March, 2011

Maximilian’s Garden

Maximilian’s Garden

By Max Jacobson The cuisine of Central Europe has little exposure in Greater Los Angeles, but the new popularity of Austrian and Hungarian wines is making it a most attractive alternative to conventional dining. What we have is Maximilian’s Garden: a charming country house with a number of cozy rooms and tables, an abundance of […]

Cooking Camp Comes to Walter Reed Middle School This Summer!

Cooking Camp Comes to Walter Reed Middle School This Summer!

Roll up your sleeves, feel the dough between your fingers and get ready to slice and dice at Cooking Camp, North Hollywood’s newest savory summer cooking program for kids and teens 7 to 16 at Walter Reed Middle School’s culinary kitchen! Starting June 27, the Cooking Academy invites your child to take an exciting culinary […]

Hollywood Arts Council Celebrates and Larry King Gets a Charlie Award

Hollywood Arts Council Celebrates and Larry King Gets a Charlie Award

By Frank Barron Greeting guests as they arrived at the Hollywood Arts Council’s 25th annual Charlie Awards luncheon was a life-like wax figure of Larry King. At the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the real Larry King was soon standing next to his wax double, and his beautiful wife Shawn joked that it was hard to tell […]

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer Run time 119 minutes. OK for children. Matthew McConaughey finally gets a chance to act in an entertaining thriller and contribute more than a good smile and bare chest. Playing Mick Haller, a criminal defense attorney who works out of the back of his Lincoln Continental, he gets a chance to defend […]

Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

The charming Far Niente Italian Ristorante has been luring particular palates to North Brand Boulevard in Glendale since 1987 with its white linen dining room and the sports bar next door. On show nites at the nearby Alex Theatre, the place is packed pre-curtain… The menu goes on for several pages with an emphasis on […]

Two productions to tell you about this week… as different as could possibly be

Two productions to tell you about this week… as different as could possibly be

One, an involving dramedy about “40-something” biochemists… the other a lively musical featuring “60 to 80-something” singers/hoofers. Though aimed at different audiences, both are worthy of your time. Pursued by Happiness – A World Premiere A highly acclaimed and multi-award winning theatrical troupe (my favorite in LA), The Road Theatre offers still another mindbendingly trippy […]

Jamaica Me Happy! – Falcon Theatre

Jamaica Me Happy! – Falcon Theatre

The image of Jamaica is often waking up on a tropical beach, white sand and blue waters, the abundance of fresh fruit and fish washed down with coconut water. Though somewhat accurate, this vision is merely a fantasy most of the time. In Jamaica, Farewell Debra Ehrhardt recalls with fondness her childhood memories — growing […]

Copenhagen Explores Moral Dilemmas

Copenhagen Explores Moral Dilemmas

Timely in its discussion of nuclear power and what it means, Copenhagen thoughtfully examines the complexities involved in the creation of the atomic bomb. Outstanding acting and production work emphasize the moral conundrums behind Niels Bohr’s (Jack Winnick) and Werner Heisenberg’s (Richard Lucas) decision to fully develop the science behind atomic power, leading to the […]

Come for the Kritzerland, Stay for the Menken

Come for the Kritzerland, Stay for the Menken

Bruce Kimmel is one of those guys whose life seems like one long, memorable cocktail party, filled with interesting, famous, talented people, and of course, saturated with great music. Lately, the actor/director/author/music producer/impresario — yes, he’s a busy man — has been inviting friends over to the Gardenia Restaurant in Hollywood once a month for […]

Love Sucks — A ‘Cult Hit’ at the Coast

Love Sucks — A ‘Cult Hit’ at the Coast

Love Sucks, the extravagant farce hit at Coast Playhouse, owes its success to its skillful ensemble and amazing writer/director Rob Mersola. Having trained at Rutgers University Professional Actor’s Training Program and the William Esper Studio, the cast goes way back and has a strong history together; thus, the natural chemistry in this play, which is […]