This Weekend: What’s Happening This Weekend and Some Special Events Running Through February

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Ladies Night Out in Burbank: Tonight is the night  (and the last Friday of every month), in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. Get your friends together from 6 to 9 p.m. for a store-to-store party filled with super sales, wine tasting, art show, food trucks,  goodies, fashion shows and prize drawings. .Check out the Facebook page to keep up to date on all the activities.  Shop along the blocks of 3100 through 3500 on West Magnolia Blvd.

Diane Cary, Sharon Sharthand Jane Kaczmarek in Kathryn Graf’s The Snake Can.  Photo: Ed Krieger

The Snake Can: Playwright Kathryn Graf, a San Fernando Valley resident, follows up her critically acclaimed hit Hermetically Sealed,  with the world premiere  of The Snake Can at The Odyssey Theater in West Los Angeles.  Well-known television stars Jane Kaczmarek and Gregory Harrison star in this dramedy that centers around three successful middle-aged women: a widow and mother who is dipping  her toes into dating (Kaczmarek); a recently divorced woman  (Diane Cary) who left her actor husband (Harrison) to pursue her independence; and  a childless two-time divorcee who’s been single for ten years  (Sharon Sharth).  The play, directed by  Steven Robman,  also  stars James Lancaster and Joel Polis.  Graf,  a widow who raised two sons,  says she wrote the play  very much out of personal experience.  Her characters travel a road of self-discovery through marriage, divorce, friendship, single life , computer dating, sexuality and re-invention that brings laughter, insightful commentary and a sense of melancholy to a stage that is comfortably and energetically filled  by the cast.   The Snake  Can plays Thursday-Sunday through February 24. For tickets, go to


Menopause the Musical at the El Portal: Here’s the perfect girls night out!  This is  the story of four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and  memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This  musical parody  has been a traveling hit for over ten years and is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.  Through February 3.

Smoke City Market: The Mark Isler Show AM870 is broadcasting live from this Sherman Oaks bbg restaurant on Saturday, January 26 . The Sardo Brothers Band will perform from 7-9 p.m.  At 9 p.m. Isler  will begin the show with a line-up of guests,  including comedians, Tom Dreesen and Evan Sayet,  actress Morgan Brittany and many more!5424 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

LA Art ShowLA Art Show: The 2013 LA Art Show will build upon the concept of two distinct shows under the banner of the LA Art Show. A complete art experience, the fairs-within-a-fair will showcase four sections of work: The Modern & Contemporary Section, The Historic & Traditional Section, The Vintage Poster Section and The IFPDA Los Angeles Print Fair,.  There’s  200 000 square feet of paintings, sculpture, works on papers, photography, installations, and video – over 130 prominent galleries from around the globe.  Jan. 25 and 26 11 am–7 pm; Jan. 27 11 am–5 pm. $15–$40. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.822.9145. 

Art Los Angeles Contemporary:  Collectors, curators and art lovers will value this show held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  Now in its fourth year,  this show presents 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries. Participants showcase some of the most dynamic recent works from their roster of represented artists, offering an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. Jan. 25–26 11 am–7 pm, Jan. 27 until 6 pm . Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 323.851.7530.

Museums-Free-For-All:  19 museums representing  art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science are joining together this Saturday and Sunday for this 8th anual event for free admission.  Click here for the list of museums.



Billy Gardell

See  “Mike” of CBS’ Mike and Molly:  Billy Gardell, star of the CBS Hit television series Mike and Molly, returns to Flappers on January 26 at 10pm, tickets $20. 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank 

Woodland HIlls Ice :  It’s the last weekend of this outdoor ice rink next to Westfield Topanga.   If you haven’t been yet,  it features over 7000 square feet of real ice.. Friday  1p.m.-Midnight, Saturday : 9am-Midnight, Sunday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Child$12 Students/Seniors $13, Adults $15, includes skates.  6100 Topanga Cyn. Blvd. Woodland Hills (310) 854-4151




The Johnny Holiday Program at Sportsmen’s Lodge

UPCOMING: Dining and Dancing Extravaganza:  The  Sportsmen’s Lodge  has something very special for the day after Valentine’s Day for a heart-filled, musical  extravaganza with dinner, dancing and a full bar. With its recent renovations, SL is seriously “old school cool” with a “new cool vibe.” The Johnny Holiday  Program will take over the historic Empire room and  premiere the first of  11 performances  starting on February 15.  It’s a  retro  50s-style Big Band with amazing singers, dancers and other performances.   See Dean Mora and his Orchestra along with Christine Nelson, Adam Tunney,  The Satin Dollz Pin Up Dancers and  special guest star Toni Prima. They’ve blown the roof of the house at the Cicada Club downtown and are now bringing their unique brand to the valley.  Johnny Holiday has opened such  headliner legends  as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Jerry Vale, Dick Haymes, Nancy Wilson, Johnnie Ray, Eddie Fisher, Don Cherry, John Gary, Tony Martin, Frankie Laine, Mel Torme and more. Doors open at 7 p.m. $20 for entertainment; $69 for dinner and dancing.  Reservations recommended. Tickets: or call (818)  432-7502.  This is the first of 11 performances contracted at Sportsmen’s Lodge.

BID NOW! Charitybuzz Online Auction:   L.A. Theatre Works brings the most distinguished names of stage and screen to an exciting online auction at Charitybuzz, offering celebrity experiences, TV set tours and compelling, one-of-a-kind opportunities. Comedy sitcoms and crime dramas, talk radio and The Tonight Show—there’s something special for everyone. Place your bid for a chance to have lunch with Ed Asner or dinner with four-time Academy Award-nominated actress Marsha Mason. Take a personal tour of Ed Begley’s solar-powered Studio City home and then stay for lunch, or enjoy dinner with John de Lancie of Star Trek. Take advantage of a script consultation with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation writer/producer David Rambo, or watch a rehearsal of Charles Busch’s new play and attend a performance in NYC. Get up close and personal with set tours of your favorite shows, including White Collar with Tim DeKay, The Americans or How I Met Your Mother. Visit the set of Criminal Minds and meet Joe Mantegna, or meet writer/producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on the set of Glee. Be the lucky one who attends a read-through of The Simpsons—and have Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, record a message on your answering machine. To view these and other exciting items, go to


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