This Weekend: Theater, Movies and Music Highlight

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Sunny Thompson as Marilyn Monroe in “Marilyn: Forever Blonde” at the El Portal Theatre in  North Hollywood through Sunday.


Marilyn: Forever Blonde:  This limited run through Sunday at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood is about  what might have been Marilyn Monroe’s last chance to tell her story in her own words. Starring Sunny Thompson,  it’s played over 400 times across the U.S. Canada and England. Conceived by award-winning producer and writer Greg Thompson, the script  was constructed  from hundreds of quotes from Monroe herself.  The words in the play are all Monroe’s own and the songs are all songs she sang in her movies (although they are sung in a personal “storybook” style).  Ultimately, these are the final thoughts of a little girl who became a legend and in turn could never be loved or accepted for herself.  The play is funny, sad, witty, titillating, sometimes scandalous, and in the end, heartbreaking, as we watch the desperation of a woman lost in a world of Hollywood make-believe. Thursday, August 2 at 8 p.m., Friday, August 3 at 8 p.m., Saturday, August 4 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, August 5 at 3 p.m.. Ribbon cutting and renaming of the Monroe Forum Theatre, Saturday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m. TICKETS: $30 – $40 Sides,$50 – $75 Center, For tickets call: 818-508-4200,866-811-4111 or go to the El Portal website.

The 5th Hollywood International Feel Good Film Festival:The Feel Good Film Festival is a film viewing experience for the entire family.  The festival encourages the development, production, and distribution of short or feature length films with positive themes, happy endings, that make audiences laugh, and that capture the beauty of our world.  Laemmle NoHo 7 Theater.


Franklin Canyon Movie Magic Hike: Franklin Canyon is an active filming location for movies and TV shows, including such classics as the Andy Griffith Show and Star Trek.  Meet at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center and go on location with naturalist Diane on and easy two hour walk. Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive (off off Mulholland and Coldwater).

Movies on the Green:   Tintin is this week’s film, an animated feature directed by Steven Speilberg about an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a work of high adventure against the nefarious Red Rockham. Based on the book series, The Adventures of Tin Tin.  Saturday, August 4, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills.


Family Ampitheatre Perfomances at the Skirball: Saturday, August 4: Kutturan Chamoru performs songs, chants, and dance from the Pacific Island Micronesian Region. Sunday, August 5: Tami Sauer (author) and Dan Santat (illustrator) of the charming children’s books Bawk & Roll and Chicken Dance stop by the Skirball for live storytelling. Times are at noon and 2 p.m.


Concert on the Green:  Bruce in the USA with Matt Ryan from the Vegas show, Legends in Concert.  Fans say it is a high-energy musical experience and a note-perfect, visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E. St. Band show. Sunday at 6 p.m.  Free. Bring a picnic and chairs. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills.

Face to Face at The Starlight Bowl: It’s a tribute to Journey and Jon Bon Jovi  at The Starlight Bowl in Burbank this Sunday from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., 1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank.  Adults: $10 Children (3-12): $6 Seniors (60+)/Disabled: $6 Children 2 and under free (excluding box seats) Tickets purchased at the gate on the evening of the performance will be an additional $2 per ticket. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

Silents Under the Stars: The National Park Service and Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage present the 25th Annual Silents Under the Stars summer outdoor movie series at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. This Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. watch For Heaven’s Sake (1926) starring Harold Lloyd & Jobyna Ralston. Directed by Sam Taylor A debonair young millionaire donates money toward a mission in an effort to win the evangelist’s daughter. Movies are accompanied with live music by Michael Mortilla. Surprise short subjects will be shown before the feature. $6 admission ($3 for kids under 12 and $5 for Hollywood Heritage members).

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