Archive for September, 2013

An American Tango: The Story of Veloz and Yolanda

An American Tango: The Story of Veloz and Yolanda

By Natasha Lewin When Frank Veloz first caught a glimpse of Yolanda, it was love at first sight. Together, the two would tango their way into ballroom history, but not without their fair share of battle wounds. Through a history lesson of American music, dance crazes, and the roller coaster of love, An American Tango: […]

Behind the Burly Q by Leslie Zemeckis

Behind the Burly Q by Leslie Zemeckis

By Diane Skwarek The story of Burlesque in America…. Prior to reading this book, my only knowledge of Burlesque was the movie Gypsy Rose Lee. “Burlesqued” was the term used to describe this early form of entertainment … parodies of popular plays, operas, or current events. It was considered good fortune to be chosen. In […]

Lake Anne Review

Lake Anne Review

By Dennis Spair The lights come up to reveal an entire stage basking in the tranquil glow of a large, beautiful lake projected beyond the windows of a charming house. It’s dawn, and a woman sits alone at her table. She scribbles some notes in her journal, setting a heartfelt and contemplative tone. Lake Anne […]

I caught a very entertaining classic play on the weekend, presented in three acts

I caught a very entertaining classic play on the weekend, presented in three acts

A highly revered family drama, with true to life comedic moments. It first opened on February 19, 1935, at the Belasco Theatre, and has been revived countless times starring celebrated casts. I hadn’t ever seen it before myself, but recommend that you catch this production! Awake and Sing! Written with heart-wrenching soul by Clifford Odets, […]

TEN-HUT! Yarmy’s Army on Deck

TEN-HUT! Yarmy’s Army on Deck

By Natasha Lewin Over 20 years ago actor Dick Yarmy — brother of Don Adams — was diagnosed with lung cancer. Friends gathered together to cheer Dick up, but Dick had no ordinary friends. Illustrious comedians like Harvey Korman and Tim Conway, veteran actors such as Chuck McCann and Pat Harrington, Jr., and prominent director […]

The Family

The Family

The Family Runtime 111 minutes Not for children. Hollywood has generally been good to The Mob, picturing them either as cartoon characters or sympathetic men of honor (The Godfather trilogy). Hollywood even has created made-Mafia men movie stars (Michael Squicciarini of The Sopranos). But the mafia is not a joke and its members have nothing […]

One-On-One with Fritz Coleman

One-On-One with Fritz Coleman

Weatherman FRITZ COLEMAN is a widely-known staple of NBC Channel 4 News throughout Los Angeles County. The San Fernando Valley resident studied radio, television, and film at Temple University in his hometown Philadelphia. When he’s not giving us the forecast, he is performing stand-up at The Improv, Ice House, and many other So Cal clubs, […]

AltCar Expo Shows Rate of Progress

AltCar Expo Shows Rate of Progress

When the City of Santa Monica held its first AltCar Expo back in 2005, alternative-fueled vehicles were still a bit of an anomaly. There were only a handful of electric cars on the road, and none for sale. Hybrids were few and far between, and generally, only government fleets used vehicles that ran on compressed […]

This time, the Oakland A’s didn’t make their fans wait until the final day

The A’s clinched the American League West Division title on Sunday with a Texas loss before winning 11-7 at home over Minnesota. Last season, the A’s defeated the Rangers on the final day to sweep the series and win the division title. “I think last year we surprised a lot of people,” A’s third baseman […]

Smash

It’s tried-and-true and the type of offense that Stanford runs under Head Coach David Shaw, and Jim Harbaugh before him. While some high-powered teams like No. 2-ranked Oregon prefer the spread, the Cardinal rely on smash-mouth, run the football up-the-gut which has worked well in the past and did last Saturday against visiting Arizona State. […]