3,000 LAUSD Student Leaders In Arts, Sciences, and Civics Projects Celebrated At Spotlight On Success

T24-CommunityNews1LaBongeOf the 160,000 students that participate daily in after school programs under the auspices of Beyond the Bell – LAUSD branch, 3,000 students who have distinguished themselves as leaders in arts, sciences and community involvement were celebrated at the seventh annual Spotlight on Success on Saturday. This marked the annual culmination of “Beyond the Bell’s” (BTB) innovative Take Action Leadership Campaign. LAUSD’s most talented singers, dancers, and music ensembles performed in talent show finals on multiple outdoor stages. Scholarships and trophies were also presented to winning students. The day was highlighted with an outdoor Expo focused on students’ accomplishments, most notably Students Serve LA, where more than 300 students volunteered for a day helping the homeless.

1-405 Carpool Lane Is Officially Open!

Metro, in partnership with Caltrans, officially celebrated the opening of the newly built I-405 northbound carpool lane. The new 10-mile carpool lane between the I-10 and U.S. 101 completes the last remaining gap in the entire I-405 carpool lane network between Orange County and North Los Angeles County. The carpool lane opening is the primary deliverable for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. During construction over the years, this project also seismically upgraded three bridges — Sunset Blvd, Skirball Center Drive and Mulholland Drive. Councilmember LaBonge was honored to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, his fellow City Council colleagues, Metro, and Caltrans in celebrating this much needed opening!


COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival

Two comedy panels will be featured during the inaugural COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival. The first panel will be presented by SAG-AFTRA’s Asian Pacific Media Committee and will be titled “Business of Comedy: Insights from Stand-up, Stage and Screen.” Panelists will include a variety of different professionals from within the comedy industry. The second panel will be presented by the world famous comedy club LAUGH FACTORY and will be titled “The Architecture of Comedy: Building the Funny From the Ground Up.” Panelists will include well-known comedians from the worlds of stand-up, film and television.

The three-day COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival will feature screenings of comedic features and shorts from around the globe, stand-up performances, a screenplay competition and more. It will celebrate funny filmmakers and the gut-busting work they create. COMEDY NINJA will honor iconic comedic actress Lin Shaye during their June 1 COMEDY NINJA HI-YAH Awards Ceremony.

SAG-AFTRA’S “Business of Comedy: Insights from Stand-up, Stage and Screen” will take place on Saturday, May 31, from 2—4 p.m. LAUGH FACTORY’s “The Architecture of Comedy: Building the Funny From the Ground Up” will take place on Sunday, June 1, from 2—4 p.m.

The COMEDY NINJA Film Festival will take place from May 30-June 1. Tickets are $10 online, $12 cash at the door. Full schedule available at comedyninja.org.

The Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles.

For more information, email comedyninjafest@gmail.com.


To Theo, L’Chaim, To Life!

Theodore Bikel celebrates 75 years in show business with a concert in his honor at the Saban Theater.  Mr. Bikel has garnered distinguished recognition in music, film, and stage, with leading roles on Broadway as well as an Academy Award nomination. In celebration of his 90th birthday, he will be performing with some of his very talented friends, including Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, and many more! This event is supported, in part, by the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation.

There will be a VIP/donors reception with Theo and his musical guests after the concert.

The Saban Theater

8440 Wilshire Blvd.

Monday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.

For information on tickets go to ticketmaster.com. To become a VIP ticket holder and/or a sponsor contact concert4theo@gmail.com.


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