Mardi Gras comes early in Venice By Brittany Ford “We are all a part of a circus — it’s just the ringleader who changes,” posits Jessica Long, founder of the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade. The annual revival of an Abbot Kinney-era nod to New Orleans party culture returns at noon on Saturday with a come one, come all costumed boardwalk parade from Rose Avenue to Windward Plaza followed by a dance party at Larry’s Venice. Now in its 16th year, the celebration offers a chance to celebrate the uniqueness of Venice, to bring neighbors closer together and to...Read More
Marina del Rey hosts a Pepperdine forum for leaders of socially, environmentally and ethically responsible businesses What does it take to run a business that is socially, environmentally and ethically responsible? Speakers from companies such as Honeywell, natural gas company Clean Energy Renewables and solar product company Envision Solar share their insight and business expertise in these areas at Friday’s 6th Annual SEER Symposium in Marina del Rey, organized by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. This year’s theme is “A Recipe for Innovation.” Delivering the keynote address is Seth Goldman, the founder and former CEO of...Read More
To discover the true power of her voice, Penny Fuller had to nearly lose it By Christina Campodonico Bicoastal stage and screen actress Penny Fuller is a seasoned pro. In 1963, when the leading lady of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” (Elizabeth Ashley) couldn’t go on because of a severe back spasm, Fuller filled in, making her Broadway debut opposite Robert Redford. In the 1970 musical “Applause” (the musical version of “All About Eve”), she held her own against film star Lauren Bacall’s Margo Channing and earned a Tony nomination for her portrayal of that character’s nemesis, the...Read More
Odyssey Theater opens its doors to dance The Odyssey Theater is known throughout the Westside for staging classic and contemporary plays, but starting this weekend the venue will take its first steps into the world of dance — inviting troupes from around Los Angeles and the world to perform on its stages for an inaugural dance festival Dancers Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah, founders of the German dance collective MAMAZA and alumni of the cutting-edge Forsythe Company, kick off the festival on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 14 and 15) with their duet “Eifo Efi,” sponsored by the Goethe Institut...Read More
If breakdancing and ballet had a baby, it would be Jacob Jonas’ dance company By Christina Campodonico When Jacob Jonas needs a hint of inspiration, he goes to the sea — the Venice Pier actually. “I rely heavily on inspiration from watching the ocean and catching my breath at the pier,” he writes in an email. The 24-year-old Santa Monica-based choreographer and founder of Jacob Jonas The Company got his start dancing with the Venice Boardwalk’s Calypso Tumblers at age 13, and he has emerged over the last two years as a creative force and community connector within L.A.’s...Read More
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