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Antaeus tackles Harold Pinter’s little-known dark comedy ‘The Hothouse’

GLENDALE, Calif. — Chilling, sinister, thought-provoking — and wickedly funny. Antaeus Theatre Company presents a fully partner-cast production of Harold Pinter’s seldom seen dark comedy, The HothouseDirected by Nike DoukasThe Hothouse opens on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 (one opening for each cast), running through March 11 at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale. Low-priced previews begin on Jan. 18.

 

Written in 1958, but put aside by the author until 1980, The Hothouse is a wild, impudent and blisteringly comic look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it.

 

According to Antaeus co-artistic directors Bill BrochtrupRob Nagle and John Sloan,

 

 

“Although probably unfamiliar to most audience members, The Hothouse is a true ‘hidden gem’ — a searingly comic indictment of institutional bureaucracy ambiguously set in a ‘rest home’ or ‘sanitarium’ where the unscrupulous staff prey on the patients, and corruption and red tape are rampant. Nike’s talents as an actor, director, teacher, dialect expert and coach are well known to everyone at Antaeus, so it’s thrilling to have her on board to helm this wild ride.”

 

In the Antaeus tradition known as “partner casting,” Josh Clark and Peter Van Norden share the role of Roote, the ex-colonel in charge who, on Christmas Day, finds himself confronted by a dual crisis: one of his numerically identified patients, 6457, has died while another, 6459, has unexpectedly given birth. Graham Hamilton and Leo Marks partner as his second in command, the Machiavellian Gibbs, while Melanie Lora and Jocelyn Towne play Miss Cutts, Roote’s calculating and shrewd mistress. Other characters include the appropriately named Lush (Adrian LaTourelle and Rob Nagle), the hapless Lamb (JD Cullum and Steve Hofvendahl), Lobb (John Apicella and Gregory Itzin) and Tubb (John Bobek and Paul Eiding).

 

Pinter himself directed the first production, which opened on April 25, 1980 at the Hampstead Theatre before transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre on June 25. The play was also first published in 1980, by Eyre Methuen. It received its American premiere at the Trinity Repertory Company in 1982. Pinter himself played Roote in a 1995 production staged at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester, which later transferred to the Comedy Theatre in London.

 

“It was fantasy when I wrote it, but now it has become, I think, far more relevant. Reality has overtaken it,”

he said.

 

Antaeus Theatre Company’s award-winning creative team includes set designer Se Hyun Oh, lighting designer Ginevra Lombardo, costume designer Julie Keen, sound designer Jeff Gardner, props designer Erin Walley, dialect coach Lauren Lovett-Cohen and production stage manager Jeanne Valleroy.

 

Harold Pinter (1930 – 2008) remains one of the most influential modern British dramatists, whose writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming and Betrayal. He wrote 21 screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Sleuth as well as adaptations of his plays The Homecoming and Betrayal. He was also a director and an actor. Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005. Other awards include the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, the Legion D’Honneur, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D’Honneur for Lifetime Achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature. He received honorary degrees from seventeen universities.

 

Antaeus is a cooperative theater ensemble founded to empower the actor and to bring classical theater to Southern California. The company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Taking their company name from the Titan who gained strength by touching the Earth, Antaeus members — many of whom are familiar to film and television audiences — regain their creative strength by returning to the wellspring of their craft: live theater. Members of the company span a wide range of age, ethnicity and experience; they have performed on Broadway, at major regional theaters across the country, in film, television and on local stages, and are the recipients of numerous accolades and awards. Audiences, who never see an understudy due to Antaeus’ trademark “partner casting,” frequently return to see the same play in the hands of an equally excellent but very different set of actors.

 

The new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center complements Glendale’s ongoing commitment to integrate vibrant arts space into the fabric of city life, ensuring the arts remain accessible to all. Located just a few blocks away from The Americana at Brand and the newly remodeled Glendale Central Library as well as the Alex Theatre, the center promises to build upon Glendale’s growing reputation as an arts and entertainment destination. The center includes an 80-seat theater, a reconfigurable 45-seat performance/classroom space, a theater classics library and a lobby art gallery. All the artwork on display is available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Antaeus Theatre Company.

 

Performances of The Hothouse take place Jan. 25 through March 11 on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pmSaturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. (no matinee performance on Saturday, Jan. 27). Tickets are $30 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $34 on Saturdays and Sundays. Six preview performances take place Jan. 18 through Jan. 24. Preview tickets are priced at $15. Antaeus Theatre Company has partnered with TodayTix, the free mobile ticketing platform, to offer a $5 preview lottery; a limited number of $5 tickets will be made available through the TodayTix app for previews.

 

The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center is located at 110 East BroadwayGlendaleCA 91205 (between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.). The first 90 minutes of parking is free, then $2 per hour, in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard). The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

 

For reservations and information, call 818-506-1983 or go to www.antaeus.org.

 

Details for Calendar Listings
The Hothouse
WHAT:
The Hothouse
 — A wild, impudent and blisteringly funny look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Harold Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it. Nike Doukas directs a fully partner-cast production.

WHO:
• Written by Harold Pinter
• Directed by Nike Doukas
• Starring John Apicella, John Bobek, Josh Clark, JD Cullum, Paul Eiding, Graham Hamilton, Steve Hofvendahl, Gregory Itzin, Adrian LaTourelle, Melanie Lora, Leo Marks, Rob Nagle, Peter Van Norden, Jocelyn Towne
• Presented by Antaeus Theatre Company

WHEN:
Previews: Jan. 18 – Jan. 24
Performances: Jan. 25 – March 11
• Tuesday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 23 ONLY (preview)
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 24 ONLY (preview)
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 18 (preview), Jan. 25 (opening); Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 19 (preview), Jan. 26 (opening); Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9
• Saturdays at 2 p.m.: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10 (no 2 p.m. perf. on Jan. 20 or Jan. 27)
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 20 (preview), Jan. 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Jan. 21 (preview), Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11

WHERE:
Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.)

PARKING:
First 90 minutes free, then $2 per hour in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard)

HOW:
(818) 506-1983 or www.Antaeus.org
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AntaeusTheater
• Follow us on Twitter @AntaeusTheater

TICKET PRICES:
• Opening Night performances on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26: $34 (includes post-performance reception)
• Thursdays and Fridays: $30 (except Jan. 25 and Jan. 26)
• Saturdays and Sundays: $34
• Previews: $15*
* Antaeus Theatre Company has partnered with TodayTix, the free mobile ticketing platform, to offer a $5 preview lottery. A limited number of $5 tickets will be made available through the TodayTix app for previews.

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L.A. Theatre Works records ‘The Goodbye Girl’ for radio, podcast, online streaming

 

WHAT:
The Goodbye Girl
 — L.A. Theatre Works records Neil Simon’s screenplay for the 1977 Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning romantic comedy. Known as “The Goodbye Girl” because of all the live-in boyfriends who have left her, Paula McFadden and her young daughter must make room in their cramped quarters for a new roommate. But can they make room in their hearts for another man who may just walk out that door again?

Each of the five performances at UCLA’s state-of-the-art James Bridges Theater will be recorded live in front of an audience for future radio broadcast, distribution on CD, digital download and online streaming. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.

WHO:
• Written by Neil Simon
• Directed by Rosalind Ayres
• Produced by Susan ALoewenberg
• Presented by L.A. Theatre works

WHEN:
• Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.

WHERE:
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)

HOW:
310-827-0889 or www.latw.org
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks
• Follow us on Twitter @latheatreworks

TICKETS:
$15-$60

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Fountain Theatre, City of LA, ‘West Wing’ alum band together to support a free press with celebrity reading of ‘All The President’s Men’

Bradley WhitfordJoshua Malina, Richard Schiff and
Ed Begley, Jr. head cast at City Hall on Jan. 27

“Nothing’s riding on this except the First Amendment of the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future
of the country.”

 

— Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, as portrayed by Jason Robards in ‘All The President’s Men’

 

LOS ANGELES  —Bradley Whitford (The Post, Get Out, The West Wing), Joshua Malina (Scandal, The West Wing), Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor, The West Wing) and Ed Begley, Jr. (Future Man, St. Elsewhere, The West Wing) will head the cast of a special, one-night only reading of William Goldman’s screenplay for All The President’s Men, presented by the award-winning Fountain Theatre in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and with exclusive permission from Warner Bros Entertainment and Simon & Schuster. The free event will be hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrelland will take place in the John Ferraro Council Chamber of Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. A catered reception will follow in the City Hall Rotunda.

 

Based on the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the 1976 film All The President’s Men tells the story of their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon.

 

“This high-profile reading will be a statement asserting the First Amendment, advocating freedom of the press and honoring the tenacity of American journalism in a free society,”

 

 

says Fountain Theatre co-artistic director Stephen Sachs, who will direct the reading.

 

 

“As the current administration is under investigation, the echo of Watergate rings loud and clear. Reporters from The New York Times and Washington Post have been heroes, warriors for our democracy, as they were forty-five years ago.”

According to Councilmember O’Farrell,

 

All the President’s Men is a reminder of the parallels between Richard Nixon and the corruption that brought his presidency to an end and the current state of corruption overshadowing the Donald Trump administration. I want to thank the Fountain Theatre for producing this live reading, which underscores the importance of art in its many forms that can illuminate the conditions that affect us as a nation and as a society.”

Adds Sachs

 

“We are profoundly grateful to Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s office and the City of Los Angeles for taking the extraordinary and unprecedented action of hosting the reading at Los Angeles City Hall, in the City Council Chamber, as a sign of solidarity. I am very proud of our city.”

 

Although admission to the reading is free of charge, any voluntary donations will support, in part, the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s oldest organization representing American journalists, founded to improve and protect journalism and dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press.

 

The Fountain Theatre is one of the most successful intimate theaters in Los Angeles, providing a creative home for multi-ethnic theater and dance artists. The Fountain has won over 225 awards, and Fountain projects have been seen across the U.S. and internationally. Recent highlights include being honored for its acclaimed 25th Anniversary Season in 2015 by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council; the inclusion of the Fountain’s Citizen: An American Lyric in Center Theatre Group’s Block Party at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The Fountain’s most recent production, the world premiere of Building the Wall by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, ran for five months and was named “L.A. hottest ticket” by the Los Angeles Times.

 

All The President’s Men takes place on SaturdayJan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the John Ferraro Council ChamberRoom 340 of Los Angeles City Hall200 N Spring St.Los Angeles, CA 90012. Admission is free; however, seating is extremely limited. Please go to [www.FountainFreePress.com%20]www.FountainFreePress.com or email freepress@fountaintheatre.com to inquire about reservations. Due to high security at the venue, no walk-ups will be permitted.

 

Details for Calendar Listings
All The President’s Men
WHAT:
Celebrity reading of All The President’s Men — Bradley Whitford (The Post, Get Out, The West Wing), Joshua Malina (Scandal, The West Wing), Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor, The West Wing) and Ed Begley, Jr. (Future Man, St. Elsewhere, The West Wing)  head the cast of a special, one-night only reading of William Goldman’s screenplay for All The President’s Men, presented by the award-winning Fountain Theatre in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and with exclusive permission from Warner Bros Entertainment and Simon & Schuster. The free event will be hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and will take place in the John Ferraro Council Chamber of Los Angeles City Hall. Based on the book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the 1976 film All The President’s Men tells the story of their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. As the Trump administration is investigated for obstruction of justice, the echo of Watergate rings loud and clear.

 

WHO: 
• Written by William Goldman
• Directed by Stephen Sachs
• Composer/Sound Designer Peter Bayne
• Starring Bradley Whitford as Bob Woodward, Joshua Malina as Carl Bernstein, Richard Schiff as Washington Post local news editor Harry Rosenfeld and Ed Begley, Jr. as Post managing editor Howard Simons
• Hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
• Presented by The Fountain Theatre and the City of Los Angeles with special permission from Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and Simon & Schuster

WHEN: 
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
John Ferraro Council Chamber
Room 340
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

HOW:
[www.FountainFreePress.com%20]www.FountainFreePress.com or (323) 663-1525
• Seating is extremely limited
• Please go to [www.FountainFreePress.com%20]www.FountainFreePress.com or email freepress@fountaintheatre.com to inquire about reservations
• Due to high security at the venue, no walk-ups will be permitted

TICKET PRICE:
FREE
• Donations will support the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s oldest organization representing American journalists, founded to improve and protect journalism and dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press.

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? DJ KHALED, DIDDY and DRAKE!

On last Wednesday, December 20, 2017 DJ Khaled got into a jet ski accident on his way to Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ house when he smashed into a floating tree. Therefore, he posted videos via his Instagram informing his followers of his dire situation. The producer told his followers,

 

“This ain’t no joke. I am stuck! This ain’t no joke, team. Never a joke, that’s the problem. Honey, I just texted you … anybody know my people, tell them to check their texts, tell them I took the secret route.”

 

DJ Khaled is known for his optimistic attitude and even in his time of stress he turned his accident into a source of motivation stating,

 

“To be honest with you the only reason why I’m documenting this… is because in life there are roadblocks and you have to overcome every roadblock. The key is don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.”

 

The producer eventually found his way to Combs home where he was greeted by his friends, Drake and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’.

 

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Odyssey Theatre opens 2018 with off-Broadway hit ‘Freud’s Last Session’

Intellectual debate and food for thought: Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presentsMark St. Germain’s off-Broadway hit, Freud’s Last SessionEmmy Award-winner Robert Mandel directs for a January 13 opening, with performances continuing through March 4 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.

 

Suggested by the book “The Question of God” by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., the play imagines a meeting between the father of psychoanalysis, Dr. Sigmund Freud, and rising Oxford don and author C.S. Lewis, newly converted to Christianity. The conversation takes place in London on Sept. 3, 1939 — the day England entered World War II, and just two weeks before Freud, in the advanced stages of oral cancer, took his own life.

 

Freud (Martin Rayner, in the role he created for the world premiere production at the Barrington Stage Company, off-Broadway at New World Stages and in Chicago at the Mercury Theatre) invites the younger Lewis (Martyn Stanbridge, whose theater work includes UK tours of The Graduate, Rebecca, Dangerous Obsession and Lotty’s War) to his home, where they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.

 

“The debate of God’s existence set against the backdrop of George VI committing Britain to WWII and Freud’s last days is compelling and dramatic,”

 

says Mandel.

 

“The dialogue is thought provoking, smart and humorous. For me, it’s at its best when it moves away from theoretical discussion to the effect it has personally on Freud and Lewis.”

 

Freud’s Last Session premiered at Barrington Stage Company in 2009. It opened off-Broadway at New World Stages on July 22, 2010, where it ran for two years and 775 performances, garnering the Off Broadway Alliance Award. The New York Times found it a

 

“sharp, lively discourse… audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased,”

 

while the Huffington Post called it

 

 “riveting… a theatrical and intellectual delight.”

 

NY1 hailed the play as

 

 “a gem… intellectually thrilling with both humor and insight in abundance…the kind of nuance that breathes life into history.”

 

The Odyssey’s creative team includes set designer Pete Hickok, lighting designer Derrick McDaniel; costume designer Kim DeShazoand props designer Josh LaCour. The stage manager is Emma Whitley.

 

Mark St. Germain’s plays include Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics and Lucille Lortel Awards), Dancing Lessons, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Best of Enemies, The God Committee, Scott and Hem and Out of Gas On Lover’s Leap, as well as the musicals Stand By Your Man and, with Randy Courts, Gifts of the Magi, Jack’s Holiday and Joseph and Mary. Television work includes The Cosby Show, and he co-wrote Carroll Ballard’s film Duma. He directed and co-produced the documentary My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story and wrote the prize winning children’s book Three Cups. Mark is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild East and an Associate Artist of the Barrington Stage Company. He was awarded the New Voices In American Theatre award at the William Inge Theatre Festival. Playbill has hailed him as

 

“America’s premier biographical playwright.”

 

Robert Mandel recently took a nine-year hiatus from directing to serve as dean at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He is an award-winning film and television director with credits including F/X, School Ties, Big Shots, The SubstituteX-Files (pilot), Lost, Prison Break and Dominion. Robert won an Emmy Award for his first TV movie, Andrea’s Story. He has served as a directing mentor at the Sundance Institute and won first prize for his short film, Nights at O’Rears at Filmex in LA; USA Film Festival, Dallas; and a screening at the NY Film Festival at Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of the Special Educator Award given by The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Mandel directed theater in NY at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Roundabout and The Public, where Joseph Papp was his mentor. He directed regionally in Providence, Washington DC, and Syracuse.

 

Performances of Freud’s Last Session take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Jan. 13 throughMarch 4. On Sunday, Jan. 14 only, the performance will be at 5 p.m. with no 2 p.m. matinee. Additional weeknight performances are scheduled on WednesdayJan. 24ThursdayFeb. 8WednesdayFeb. 21; and ThursdayMarch 1, all at 8 p.m. Talkbacks with the cast follow the performances on FridayJan. 19 and WednesdayJan. 24. Tickets range from $30 to $35; there will be three “Tix for $10” performances on Wednesday, Jan. 24FridayFeb. 2; and Thursday, March 1. The third Friday of every month is winenight at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.

 

The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 SSepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, call (310)477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

 

 

Details for Calendar Listings
Freud’s Last Session
WHAT:
Freud’s Last Session — September, 1939. On the day England enters World War II, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, only weeks before Freud took his own life, they engage in a brain-teasing battle of wits on the subjects of love, sex and the existence of God. Filled with humor, this deeply touching play explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.

WHO:
• Written by Mark St. Germain
• Directed by Robert Mandel
• Starring Martin Rayner as Sigmund Freud and Martyn Stanbridge as C.S. Lewis
• Presented by the Odyssey Theatre EnsembleRon Sossi Artistic Director

WHEN:
Jan. 13 – March 4:
• Wednesday at 8 p.m.: Jan. 24** and Feb. 21 ONLY
• Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 8 and March 1 ONLY
• Fridays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 19* **, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16*, 23; March 2
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Jan. 13 (opening night), 20, 27: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3
• Sundays at 2 p.m.: Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11**, 18, 25; March 4 (no 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 14)
• Sunday at 5 p.m.: Jan. 14 ONLY
*The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and
mingle with the cast after the show.
**Post-show discussions on Fri., Jan. 19; Wed. Jan. 24; Sun. Feb. 11

WHERE:
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025

HOW:
• (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com
• Visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OdysseyTheatre
• Follow us on Twitter: @OdysseyTheatre_

TICKET PRICES:
• $30-$35
• “Tix fo $10” available on Wed., Jan. 24; Fri., Feb. 2;; and Thurs., March 1
• Discounted tickets available for seniors, students and patrons under 30

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? MIGOS, CARDI B and NICKI MINAJ

Fans have been going crazy since the release of the Motor Sport video featuring Migos, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

 

Migos performed at Powerhouse 2017 in New York City on October 26th where they screened the Motor Sport track to a live audience for the first time. The next day, the track hit the internet exciting fans all over the world. Migos’ member Quavo made a major united move in silencing the beef rumors between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj by including them both on the track. The highly anticipated Motor Sport video was released on last Wednesday night which was directed by Bradley & Pablo Quavo and fans went wild; causing its YouTube assessments to rise to over 11,579,269 views!

 

Nicki Minaj success within the music industry helped pave the way for artist like Cardi B. In an interview Nicki Minaj stated,

 

“My role in Hip Hop has been super unique because when my first album came out there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum. There wasn’t um, a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was reintroducing the female rapper.”

Despite the rumors, both Nicki Minaj and Cardi B spit bars on the Motor Sport track.  The “Bodak Yellow” rapper sat down with Capital Xtra while overseas in London where she clarified a few details regarding her recent collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

 

“When I heard the track her verse wasn’t finished…Quavo told me to get on the song and I just felt it’s a perfect opportunity for me to be on a track that’s big like them. Those are two big people and I just started in the game… I know if I get on this record, it’s gonna be crazy. Who doesn’t want it?”

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Power Couple JAY-Z and BEYONCE!

On December 4th Jay-Z celebrated his 48th birthday with a lavish cake commemorating his 4:44 album. In addition to the cake, to celebrate her husband’s birthday, Beyoncé rented out a theatre in New York for a private viewing of Woody Allen’s new film, Wonder Wheel.

 

After which, the couple was spotted leaving the Angelika Film Center where they posed in the elevator as Jay-Z told paparazzi’s,

 

“Hurry up. Come get it.”

 

Beyoncé struck a pose in a Versace dress and Jay-Z donned a wine suite with a white tee and gold chains. To commemorate the elevator incident that had the world buzzing in 2014; the Carters encouraged the paparazzi to take photos. It’s three years later and people can still recollect the elevator incident that took the world by storm.

 

Last August in an interview with Rap Radar, Jay-Z spoke on the infamous incident involving him and his Sister-in-law, Solange. He stated,

 

“We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool.”

 

Jay-Z added,

 

“She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.”

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Will SMITH, JOEL EDGERTON and NETFLIX!

On December 22nd Netflix will air an original fantasy crime movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Netflix subscribers will view the premiere of Bright; directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) and written by Max Landis (American Ultra).

This crime fantasy is guaranteed to take you into another dimension as it catapults you into an, “alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.” (Bright Synopsis)

In the midst of the crime, fantasy and action, Bright takes time to address modern day social concepts, as Smith’s character, Daryl Ward declares,

 

“All of the races are different. Just cause their different doesn’t mean anybody’s better or worse than anybody.”

 

During an interview with the Associated Press Smith stated,

 

“It was spectacular for me as an African American, playing a police officer that was racist against the first orc on the force. It’s like the flip of those social concepts… as a black dude you just don’t get a lot of movies where you’re the racist.”

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For the Love of Felicia

For the Love of Felicia (Part 9)

The much anticipated weekend was here! Felicia and Jessica were preparing themselves for their double date at Jessica’s house, as had become their “going out” routine. This saved time and allowed the women to talk and pre-game before their escapade. By preparing at Jessica’s house, they also had no worry of watching the children, because Jessica’s mother automatically took over their care.

“What do you think Sergio’s friend looks like?” Felicia curiously asked Jessica.

“Girl, I’m sure he is as fine as Sergio so I don’t even care! You shouldn’t either; this night is about you having a good time with a real man!”

“I don’t know, Jessica,” Felicia responded doubtfully. “I mean, what do I really know about him?”

“Stop worrying so much! You know enough to know that he’s a gentleman and went out of his way to make sure you were comfortable going out with him. How many guys do you know who willingly take extra baggage on first dates?”

“You do make a good point. See, that’s why we’re such great friends!” Felicia laughed.

So that the women would feel even more at ease, Sergio suggested that they all meet at the restaurant that was also a night club. It was located along South Beach in Miami. The restaurant had been in business for a little over a year and was doing extremely well! It was known for having famous dj’s and live bands that played a mix of hip-hop, soul, and Latin music from all around the Caribbean. Aside from great music, some of their food dishes had been featured on various food networks. Not too shabby for a first date!

When arriving at the night club, the women, both dressed in colorful tops, with skin-tight jeans, and stiletto heels, that accentuated the strength in their calves, were greeted by the two finest gentlemen there. Sergio and his friend literally looked like night and day walking side by side. The women were so drawn into the sexy specimens before their eyes, that their mouths were agape. Luckily, there weren’t any flies around!

Sergio spoke first saying, “Good evening beautiful queens!” As he spoke, he leaned and placed a soft kiss on Felicia’s cheek while handing her a single, long-stemmed, red rose. Pointing to his friend, Sergio stated, “And this is my friend Kalief. Kalief meet Felicia and Jessica.”

Felicia took in all of Sergio’s masculine handsomeness. Sergio was about 6’2” tall. At closer inspection, Felicia compared his complexion to the soft color of jojoba butter. He had an athletic build that was making his arms beautifully stretch the bicep area of his button-down shirt.

As Sergio had given Felicia a rose, Kalief handed Jessica a small bouquet of colorful flowers that actually went with her outfit. In a deep baritone voice, Kalief said, “Nice to meet you! And you, Jessica, Sergio did you no justice when he attempted to describe your vibe!”

Blushing and smiling, Jessica responded, “Thank you, Kalief! If it makes you feel any better, I had no idea what you looked like. So seeing you is a delicious treat to my eyes!”

Kalief could have been the twin of Kofi Siriboe! He had deep brown skin that was as smooth as pressed almond butter. Kalief stood about 6’3”, which complimented Jessica’s natural height of 5’7” that she increased with the stilettos. Together, they looked like a Paris magazine cover.

Breaking the flirting session, Felicia spoke, “Look, we are all beautiful kings and queens. Even kings and queens need to eat and enjoy themselves!” Upon Felicia speaking, the double-daters entered their destination to see what was in store.

Written by Dani Powell, RM Entertainment Original Story Contributor

Entertainment News

Inland Pacific Ballet Presents The Nutcracker


A Holiday Tradition Returns to the Inland Empire 
Performances in three theaters between December 9 – December 23, 2017
Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside


LOS ANGELES – Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. The Nutcracker comes to life in this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage with a total of 10 performances from December 9-23 at three theatres – Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in ClaremontLewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, and the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. This annual holiday show tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, falling snow, a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, new Gingerbread characters in an updated choreographed Mother Ginger scene, Tchaikovsky’s classic score, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy that stirs the imagination. Young audience members can look forward to meeting and greeting the cast after the performance for photos and autographs.

 

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Returning Principal Dancers include Allynne Noelle as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Thomas Garrett and Evan Swenson as the Cavalier, Cameron Schwanz as Arabian, Jonathan Sharp as Drosselmeyer, and Reece Taylor as Mouse King and Arabian. Principal Character Artist Brandon J will perform as Mouse King and Dragon Master. Soloists Michael Milligan will dance the roles of Dr. Stahlbaum and Dragon Master with Hannah Leah Oeding as Snow Queen and Spanish, and Chanel Tekin as Arabian and Spanish.


New Principal Dancers include Madison Morris, a southern California native recently returned from dancing with Houston Ballet, who with her warm and expansive performing style will grace the roles of Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Mrs. Stahlbaum.Gracie Holway, a tall, exquisite, dancer who hails from Michigan will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy, among other roles, andJessica Gadzinski, whose elegance and inner passion make her a perfect interpreter for the Arabian Princess, and Dew Drop roles.

 

 
IPB’s two new soloists are Kelsey Dorr from Lake Forest in Orange County, who among other roles will dance a Rose in Waltz of the Flowers, and Lawrence Chen, a brilliant young artist from Chino Hills who is also currently pursuing his interest in mathematics at Pomona College. With his power, athleticism and grace, Lawrence will be dancing The Nutcracker Prince, the Spanish, Russian, and the Soldier Doll.

 

 

“We are always excited to share our beautiful production of the Nutcracker with loyal fans and new audiences,”

states Artistic Director Victoria Koenig,

 

“and this year we are thrilled to introduce five outstanding new dancers who have just joined the Company. You don’t want to miss these inspiring dancers who all bring fresh and unique qualities to their roles. Their enthusiasm is infectious!”

 

 
The Nutcracker has become the most popular ballet of our times. It was first presented in 1892 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was an adaptation of the 1816 story by E. T. A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Nutcracker was choreographed by Lev Ivanov with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa, the reigning choreographer at the Maryinsky, fell ill, so the job passed to Ivanov. Tchaikovsky only reluctantly accepted the commission to compose the score which, when completed, he considered “infinitely worse than ‘Sleeping Beauty’.” At the premiere, the ballet was deemed a complete failure. More than 60 years and many productions would pass before The Nutcracker would become a staple of the repertoire in ballet companies around the world and one of the universal traditions of the holiday season.

 

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Children’s Tickets for IPB’s The Nutcracker start at $23, senior tickets start at $38 and adult tickets start at $41 with premium seats at $59. Performances take place from December 9/10 at 2pm and December 9 at 7:30 pm at Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in Claremont; December 15/16 at 7:30 pm and December 16/17 at 2 pm at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; and December 22/23 at 7:30 pm and December 23 at 2 pm at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.

 

 
Inland Pacific Ballet’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season with five additional abbreviated performances of The Nutcracker for PreK-12 students from local area schools that include a talk and demonstration showing the magic of live theater and how dancers tell a story without words. Students are encouraged to participate in simple movement activities in their seats and then view the lavish professional ballet performance, followed by a lively question and answer session. Teachers also have access to a free Study Guide to continue the experience back in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned through the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience live performance art, being in a theater, and learning about ballet. Information about outreach performances are available at IPBallet.org.

Photo credits: Copyright © 2015 E.Y. Yanagi

Inland Pacific Ballet, is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers

 

 
Over the past 23 years Inland Pacific Ballet’s Founders/Directors, southern California natives Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers, have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include seminal works by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work that includes creative adaptations of much loved stories such as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Dracula.


Victoria Koenig
 – co-founder and Artistic Director – is a native of Los Angeles where she trained with Carmelita Maracci, Kenneth Kreel, Tania Riaboushinska Lichine and Stanley Holden.  After many years as a professional dancer in such notable companies as the Feld Ballet, New York and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher for cultural institutions such as Taiwan’s National Institute of the Arts and Artemis Dance Concentrum in Amsterdam, she returned to Southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community.  In Los Angeles she co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, a critically acclaimed contemporary ballet company known for its creativity and originality.  For eight years she was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center where she taught the professional level class attended by local pros as well as visiting artists from companies around the world.  She also served for six years on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach.  Now a resident of Claremont, Victoria has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of both the Inland Pacific Ballet and the Company’s official Academy, which provides unique training and performance opportunities for the region’s serious young dance artists.  She also serves the community as a grant review panelist for State and local arts agencies including the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department.  Victoria is also a member of the dance faculty at Pomona College.


Kevin Frank Myers
 – co-founder and Co-Director – is a native of Riverside, California.  He danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including GiselleSwan LakeThe Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and in work created on him by Houston Ballet’s renowned Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson.  Later as soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet, he danced principal roles in a variety of Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels.  As a Co-Founder and Associate Director of Inland Pacific Ballet and of the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Kevin is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for the young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet and providing local talent with the chance to pursue a career in the field.


Jonathan Sharp – Associate Director – was trained at the National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. While on full scholarship at SAB, he was trained by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Farrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. After finishing his training there, he danced professionally with the Boston Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He was also a member of Stars of America Ballet (a touring group headlined by Robert La Fosse and Darci Kistler). He returned to NYC and appeared in the original casts of five Broadway shows: The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 Tony winner for Best Revival), The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player in the daytime drama Another World, as well as guest-starring on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls. Jonathan is a faculty member of Idyllwild Arts Academy and also teaches and directs all over Southern California. He is an ABT Certified Teacher for Primary to Level 5.

 

 

 

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Inland Pacific Ballet Presents


The Nutcracker

 

Who:   Inland Pacific Ballet, southern California’s premier professional ballet company


What:
  The Nutcracker
Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. The Nutcracker comes to life with this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage. This annual holiday production tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, and a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. IPB’s The Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition for many and family entertainment at its best!


Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Children tickets start at $23; Senior start at $38; Adults start at $41; Premium seats are $59

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017             2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2017              2:00 p.m.


Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Children tickets start at $27; Senior start at $46; Adults start at $49; Premium seats are $59

 

Friday, December 15, 2017                7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017           2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017              2:00 p.m.


Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Children tickets start at $23; Senior start at $38; Adults start at $41; Premium seats are $59

 

Friday, December 22, 2017                7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2017           2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


Information & Tickets:  
IPBALLET.org; tickets from $39 with senior/child/group discounts available.