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Leila Drake and Jack Stewart as Yolanda and Frank Veloz in State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara’s “An American Tango.”

Seven Days, Review, Broad Stage, Santa Monica, Dance

Santa Barbara’s State St Ballet Graces The Broad Stage

Posted Oct. 1, 2013, 10:44 am

“An American Tango – The Story of Veloz and Yolanda” pays homage to Frank Veloz and Yolanda Casazza Veloz, a very famous dance couple in the 1930s and 1940s who graced the cover of “Life Magazine” which declared them the Number One Ballroom Dance Couple in America. At the height of their careers, they were earning $8,000 a week, a huge amount of money for that period.

David Schaal as George Kelly (from left), Kevin Kearns as Carl Conway, and Karl Maschek as Bush in Robert Massey’s riveting drama “RANK.”

Seven Days, Theater, Review, Santa Monica

The Odyssey Theatre Scores Another Hit With Premiere Of Robert Massey's "Rank"

Posted Apr. 17, 2013, 9:04 am

The rich literary heritage of Ireland, and Dublin in particular, is legion with such renowned writers as George Bernard Shaw, Oliver Goldsmith, James Joyce, C.S. Lewis, Bram Stocker, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats all of whom have collectively produced some of the greatest poetry, novels, and plays ever written.

From left: Kathy Baker (Sadie), Chris Mulkey (Ed), Jaime Ray Newman (Chloe), and James Van Der Beek (Martin) in Joanna Murray-Smith’s “The Gift.”

Theater, Review, Santa Monica

"The Gift" On Stage At Geffen Playhouse - "Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing"

Posted Feb. 21, 2013, 8:10 am

Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s “The Gift” was recently premiered at the Geffen Playhouse and this is one gift you might want to return.

Angela Paton as Shirley Abramowitz with her granddaughter Clara, played by Grace Kaufman, journey back to 1935 in “Coney Island Christmas.”

Seven Days, Theater, Review

'Coney Island Christmas' - A Jewish Christmas Show At The Geffen Playhouse

Posted Dec. 12, 2012, 1:15 am

The creeping stress of holiday madness is upon us. Presents to buy. Cards to send. Decorations to be retrieved from boxes and bags in the garage. Spare rooms reorganized for the onslaught of visiting relatives. Oy vey. It’s enough to make a person crazy. But wait. Relief is here and can be found on stage at the Geffen Playhouse in the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright’s over-the-top delightful, well-written play, “Coney Island Christmas,” which is based on “The Loudest Voice,” a short story by Grace Paley.

Jennifer Shelton, Phillip Brandon, Niketa Calame, Lacy Darryl Phillips and Amber Mercomes perform in 'Ain't Misbehavin,' a review of the music of Fats Waller, on stage at the International City Theatre in Long Beach.

Seven Days, Theater, Review

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Behaves Magnificently At The International City Theatre

Posted Oct. 29, 2012, 4:27 am

‘Ain’t Misbehavin,’ a rousing, foot-stomping, dazzling review of the music of Fats Waller is currently on stage at the International City Theatre, closing off their 2012 season. Under the sharp direction of Saundra McClain, a Broadway-caliber cast gifts us with a delightful journey back to the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance that took place in the 20s and 30s, performing music that dominated the musical landscape of the Golden Age of Jazz.

Gavin Creel as the devout and handsome Elder Kevin Price and Jared Gertner as the overweight nerd Elder Arnold Cunningham in The Book of Mormon.

Los Angeles, Theater, Review

The Book Of Mormon On Stage At Pantages Theatre

Posted Sep. 21, 2012, 2:08 am

Rude, crude, and extremely offensive – that’s the goal “South Park” creators hoped for and achieved when writing the religious satire musical The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award winning production currently on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Natalie Sutherland (seated) as Lisa, an aspiring writer with her mentor Ruth Steiner, played by April Lang, which is a guest production at The Odyssey Theatre.

Los Angeles, Seven Days, Theater, Review

Collected Stories - A Tale Of Triumph And Betrayal

Posted Sep. 19, 2012, 2:19 am

Donald Margulies’ multiple award-winning “Collected Stories,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist, premiered at South Coast Repertory in 1996 and was later produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1997.

Joe McGovern (far left) as Doc and Lela Loren (far right) as Suzy, along with the entire cast of “Sweet Thursday” on stage at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice.

Venice, Seven Days, Theater, Review

'Sweet Thursday' At Pacific Resident Theatre Not So Sweet

Posted Sep. 6, 2012, 1:06 am

John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel, “Of Mice and Men” was based on a poem by Robert Burns which contained the famous quote: “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry,” and unfortunately this sentiment can aptly be applied to Robb Derringer and Matt McKenzie’s world premiere stage adaption of John Steinbeck’s sequel to “Cannery Row,” “Sweet Thursday,” a mélange of disjointed, rambling scenes which director Matt McKenzie could not turn into a satisfying evening of theatre making it a tedious train ride to nowhere.

Gwendolyn Druyor, Brynn Thayer, Kip Gilman, Bobby Costanzo, Stuart Pankin, and Gina Hecht star in “Mutually Assured Destruction” on stage at Odyssey Theatre.

Seven Days, Theater, Review, Santa Monica

Odyssey Theatre Presents Guest Production 'Mutually Assured Destruction'

Posted Aug. 6, 2012, 2:34 am

The plot of this tasty theatrical morsel, written by Peter Lefcourt and well directed by his wife Terri Hanauer, who keeps the action moving at break-neck speed, is a familiar one – man cheats on the wife of his best friend, gets caught by another friend who, let’s say is always looking to save a dime and drives to the Valley to get a lube job and unexpectedly comes upon two cheating hearts.

The group is amused as they listen to one of Stephen’s (Shaun O’Hagan) (center) stories. From left: Rick (Austin Hebert), Keiran (Patrick Quinlan), Father Kevin Shaunessy (Joe Pacheco), and Joseph (Scott Conte) in “The Irish Curse.”

Seven Days, Theater, Review, Santa Monica

'The Irish Curse' On Stage At Odyssey Theatre

Posted Jul. 31, 2012, 1:58 am

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble’s Artist Director Ron Sossi, the face of Equity Waiver theatre in Los Angeles, has scored yet again with Martin Casella’s “The Irish Curse,” a rip-roaring comedy/drama that ultimately delves deeply into the psychological effects on men who are anatomically challenged and how it impacts on their lives.

“War Horse” is currently on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Los Angeles, Seven Days, Review, Santa Monica, Theather

“War Horse” A Play Of Epic Proportions On Stage At Ahmanson Theatre

Posted Jul. 14, 2012, 1:58 am

Throughout the history of cinema, war films have been a dominant theme beginning in 1915 with D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” and have included such seminal films as “Battleship Potemkin,” “The Big Parade,” “Wings,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Grand Illusion,” Gone With the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “A Walk in the Sun,” “Twelve O’Clock High,” “The Third Man,” “Pork Chop Hill,” “The Guns of Navarone,” “The Longest Day,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Das Boot,” “Gallipoli,” “Platoon,” “Full Metal Jacket,” “Schindler’s List,” “Braveheart,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” and “The Hurt Locker.”

Ushuaia Steak House at 2628 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica is the latest restaurant endeavor for three Argentine entrepreneurs.

Restaurant, Seven Days, Review, Santa Monica, Food

A Taste Of Argentina At Ushuaia Steak House In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 20, 2012, 2:06 am

While each and every moment should be enjoyed, there are few that come close to being as savory and delightful as the ones spent eating. There is nothing quite like being seduced by food, and when I come across a restaurant that does just that, I promise to do what I won’t do when I’m eating there: share.

The Charleston features live entertainment and Chef Jet Tila’s take on American comfort food expressed in a menu of shared plates.

Dining, Restaurant, Seven Days, Review, Santa Monica, Wilshire Boulevard, Food

The Charleston: Surprising, Delicious, And Memorable

Posted Jun. 13, 2012, 2:06 am

You’re not going to get what you expect at The Charleston – but in such a good way that when you leave, you’ll be feverishly texting all of y...

Mauricio Ortega crafts a cocktail at the recently opened SHOREbar.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Review, Santa Monica

SHOREbar Opens With Gangster Drinks In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 7, 2012, 1:12 am

SHOREbar, a new bar located at 112 W. Channel Road in Santa Monica, brings the pitching woo of Malibu and Boston inside the vicinity of Santa Monic...

Rustic Canyon’s Niman Ranch Burger with Fried Egg and French fries. Best served medium rare.

Life And Arts, Dining, Restaurant, Seven Days, Review, Santa Monica, Food

The Perfect Burger At Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

Posted May. 16, 2012, 2:02 am

Arriving at 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, we knew that procuring a table would be a toss-up. Jumping out of the car, I raced inside and announced ...

The Misfit Burger is optimally served with just the right texture and tenderness and with buttery bread.

Restaurant, Seven Days, Review, Santa Monica, Food

Food: The Misfit Restaurant And Bar

Posted May. 2, 2012, 1:05 am

Don’t be misled, despite the face of the name: you aren’t going to find purple couscous or square menus at Misfit. Aside from the misdemeanor o...

Tanna Frederick directed and stars in “Why We Have A Body” on stage at the Edgemar Center for the Arts.

Seven Days, Theater, Review, Main Street, Santa Monica

'Why We Have A Body' On Stage At The Edgemar Center For The Arts

Posted Mar. 31, 2012, 1:43 am

You know a production is in trouble when the only positive comments you can make are that technically it was well staged on a most creative set and...

The slow-roasted chicken dish is served with a Panzanella salad with peas and ricotta.

Dining, Restaurant, Seven Days, Review, Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard, Food

Freddy Smalls: Bar + Kitchen Delivers Quality Food, Spirits

Posted Mar. 27, 2012, 1:59 am

If you have ever wondered what’s really in your glass when you’re out a bar, now there’s a place where you can find out: Freddy Smalls: Bar +...

Brussels has become a tourist hotspot in Europe.

Review, Travel, Food

Belgium: A Gastronomical Delight... Eat, Drink, And Be Merry

Posted Mar. 24, 2012, 7:49 am

Whatever you’ve heard about the gastronomical experience you’ll have in Belgium surely cannot begin to prepare you for the tasty days that lie ...

John McCool Bowers (left) and Brandon Stafford in "Sweeney Todd" at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre that runs through April 7.

Seven Days, Theater, Review, Santa Monica

'Sweeney Todd' Raises Its Razor At Morgan-Wixson

Posted Mar. 19, 2012, 2:03 am

In the portion of town where Venice melts into Marina Del Rey, one will find a row of private residences wedged between a beach and a canal. These ...

“Viva Elvis” on the Las Vegas Strip is in its final season. The show evokes the spirit of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in every way.

Theater, Review

Cirque du Soleil Celebrates The Life Of The King Of Rock 'N' Roll

Posted Mar. 15, 2012, 1:29 am

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll lives on – until the end of the year at least – in Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis” tribute show inside Aria...

Sweet Lady Jane, 1631 Montana Avenue, 310.254.9499, sweetladyjane.com

Dining, Seven Days, Review, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, Food

Delicious Desserts At Sweet Lady Jane On Montana Avenue

Posted Feb. 29, 2012, 1:42 am

Why are you taking pictures of my cakes?” a cheery gentleman inquires boisterously as I aim my camera at his cake case. “Because...I love them...

The selection of freshly baked cookies.

Dining, Restaurant, Seven Days, Review, Main Street, Santa Monica, Food

M Street Kitchen Plays To The Season

Posted Feb. 28, 2012, 12:53 am

Main Street in Santa Monica may be known for its proximity to the beach, but I promise you anyone who calls Main Street their home neighborhood is ...

Tom O’Leary (left) as Valene and Jason Paulfield as Coleman in Martin McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West” on stage at The Ruskin Group Theatre.

Seven Days, Theater, Review, Santa Monica

The Lonesome West: An Irish Tale At Ruskin Group Theatre

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 1:12 am

Sibling rivalry is taken to Shakespearean or Biblical proportions in this delightfully funny dark comedy about two Irish brothers whose lot in life...

"Thin Ice" co-stars Greg Kinnear (left) as Mickey Prohaska, a sleazy insurance salesman, and Alan Arkin as Gorvy Hauer.

Seven Days, Review, Celebrity, Interview, Film

Greg Kinnear And Alan Arkin On Acting Challenges And Awards

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, 1:15 am

Alan Arkin is a creative treasure whose career has spanned over 50 years, beginning as the lead singer and guitarist in “The Tarriers.” He co-w...

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