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Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo Emerges Under the Big Top

January 21, 2012

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by Valerie Summers The iconic blue and yellow striped tent is back on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier.  An excited crowd gathered  under the gigantic tent in anticipation of what was in store.  The newest Cirque du Soleil continues to amaze and delight audiences with its unique themes, amazing talent and comedy.  […]

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Art With A Heart

October 26, 2011

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The Skirball Cultural Center’s original exhibition, Women Hold Up Half the Sky opens October 27 and continues through March 11, 2012.  Inspired by the book penned by  Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, this unique exhibit presents a call to action. […]

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New & Spectacular Cirque Du Soliel Debuts in LA

September 26, 2011

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Cirque du Soliel has done it again!  Iris — A Journey Through the World of Cinema debuted last night at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre, home to the Oscars.  Appropriately named after that colorful part of the human eye which gathers light and enables vision as does the lens of a camera, Iris offers a salute to […]

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Diavolo Opens Season at The Broad Stage

January 22, 2011

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The ten enormously talented and versatile men and women of Diavolo  had members of the audience holding our collective breath as we viewed their unique performance at the 2011 season opening of The Broad Stage.  The show combines  ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, martial arts and acrobatics enhanced by a dramatic musical score. Founded in Los […]

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Title of Show at Celebration Theatre

July 20, 2010

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Every seat in the casual, intimate Celebration Theatre in Hollywood was filled to capacity for the opening night (July 16) of the Los Angeles premiere of a new musical, “title of show.”  Fresh from Broadway, this unique musical is a show about making a musical created by and for people who love musicals, and the […]

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Will Geer Outdoor Theatre presents the story of Maria Callas in “Master Class”

July 14, 2010

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One of my favorite summer outings is enjoying theatrical entertainment in the rustic Will Geer Theatre Botanicum in Topanga.  Over the weekend I viewed a fascinating play about the famous opera diva Maria Callas in Master Class which I enjoyed at the Los Angeles Music Center more than a decade ago.  This was more a […]

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“The Lieutenant of Inishmore” Opens at The Mark Taper Forum

July 13, 2010

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Last night I attended the opening of a strikingly original black comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a blistering graphic satire with a moral message about violence, which closed with a standing ovation followed by a private party honoring the actors.  The play is set on a rocky Irish island where a hard-boiled terrorist considered too […]

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Elephants Dive In at San Diego Zoo’s Pool Party

July 8, 2010

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At the newly opened Steven Matthew Tappan Memorial Pool, Devi, Sumithi and Tembo, three female Asian elephants took part in the San Diego Zoo’s first ever Elephant Pool Party. Elephants doused themselves under the waterfall, grabbed up apples and played with brightly colored beach balls while visitors looked on. The pool parties will continue on […]

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