Santa Monica Repertory Theater is presenting The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) through June 30 at the Promenade Playhouse. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the playhouse, 1404 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) condenses all 37 of the Bard of Avon’s comedies, tragedies, histories and even a nod to the sonnets in one 97-minute package, performed by three actors. Given the breadth and depth of Shakespeare’s complete works, not all of the Bard’s plays are considered equal, but “loving attention” is given to...Read More
The third annual Tecopa Music & Arts Festival, previously held in the desert town of Tecopa, will take place from noon to midnight Saturday, April 6, at the Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey. Event organizers say they decided to move the festival closer to its home base of Venice. The new festival has been growing in size and gaining a loyal following since it originated in 2010, organizers said. More than 500 people of all ages are expected to attend this year’s...Read More
The Leslie Sacks Contemporary gallery in Santa Monica will present Paintings and Flowerbeds, an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Zhuang Hong Yi, beginning Saturday, April 20 through June 1. The opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. April 20 at the gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. B6, Santa Monica. Originally from Sichuan, China, the artist has lived in Groningen in the Netherlands for over 20 years. Works featured in the exhibit include collaged rice paper, mixed media flowerbeds, and paintings that explore Zhuang’s personal pursuit to meld Eastern and Western aesthetics, materials and artistic practices, said Temma Nanas, the gallery’s managing director. The flower motif dominates Zhuang’s work, and he works patiently year after year on this subject alone, Nanas said. In Chinese culture the flower is a significant image, which carries with it countless meanings, emotions and symbols. Zhuang’s mixed media flowerbeds are crafted from delicate pieces of painted rice paper, which the artist has bent and folded into hundreds of tiny buds. Utilizing a traditional Chinese material, the works also represent traditional Chinese aesthetics; they are meditations on color, nature and form, according to Nanas. The canvas paintings bear the influence of impressionism and other Western artistic practices. His work is built upon his native country’s well-established artistic traditions and boundaries, which he has married with the Netherlands’ encouragement of freedom of...Read More
The Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica will present Neil Simon’s classic comedy Plaza Suite, beginning Saturday, Jan. 19 through Feb. 10. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, at Morgan-Wixson, 2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Directed by Michael Rothhaar, the 1968 comedy is a trio of stories, related by the fact that they all take place in Suite 719 in New York’s legendary Plaza Hotel, during its glory days. In the first segment, a suburban couple stays in the suite where they honeymooned over two decades earlier while their house is being painted. The wife has romance on her mind, but the husband can’t disconnect himself from the office for certain reasons. The second segment has a Hollywood producer inviting his now married, former high school girlfriend for a cocktail and to say hello. The last story deals with a couple whose daughter, a young bride, has second thoughts about her wedding, locks herself in the bathroom and refuses to come out. The cast includes Alicia Craff, Karol Garrison, Howard Lockie and Andrea Stradling. The original Broadway production ran for 1,097 performances and was nominated for a Tony Award. The associate producer is Brian Raine and Laura Levin is the production stage manager. Set and lighting designs are by William Wilday, while costume design is by Kristy Pace. Tickets are $20 for general...Read More
Venice Underground Comedy will present comedian Bret Ernst in its first “Special Event Tuesday” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the historic speakeasy basement below Townhouse, 52 Windward Ave. in Venice. Ernst headlines some of the top clubs across the country and has earned the sought-after honor of marquee status on the Sunset Strip, said Venice Underground host Bronston Jones. His half-hour special was ranked in the top five of the Comedy Central Presents series last year and his debut album, “American Comic,” quickly rose to the top 10 in iTunes Comedy. “Bret headlined our two biggest nights ever,...Read More
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