This Weekend: Shop, Sing, Laugh, Cycle, Run, Walk, Relax

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG Courtyard at the Commons Spring Fest: It's a Spring Fest with the Easter Bunny, baskets of free goodies, exciting sidewalk sales, one-day specials and DJ Dustin G to get the party going. Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., … [Read more...]

HGTV looking for DIYers; Show your Beatles knowledge for a chance to win a Hollywood staycation and tix to Rain

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BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF WIN A STAYCATION AT THE HOLLYWOOD REDBURY AND TICKETS TO RAIN Until April 1, @Pantages – the official Twitter account of Broadway/L.A. and the Pantages Theatre – will give followers the opportunity to win a midweek … [Read more...]

Firehouse strongly delivers at the Whitefire Theatre

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Bryan Rasmussen, Kamar de los Reyes, Jon Southwell, Ed Morrone. Photos Jason Bonzon.

BY TOM WALDMAN Going back to at least the 1965 Watts riots, it's typically the actions of police officers that trigger demonstrations or widespread violence in minority communities. But in Pedro Antonio Garcia's solid new play,  Firehouse, … [Read more...]

A Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity is a worthy romp at The Falcon Theatre

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BY TOM WALDMAN These are some of the given reasons women are spurred to lose their virginity— love, lust, revenge, anger, curiosity, boredom, impaired judgment, peer pressure. In The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity, currently … [Read more...]

Down in the Valley: Love Goddess Judy Tenuta hits the Jon Lovitz stage with Love Bites

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Love Goddess is back — or rather, Judy Tenuta never left — the Sherman Oaks resident is appearing for a very special Valentine's show at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal City this Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m.  The … [Read more...]

Gala Performance opens the long awaited Valley Performing Arts Center

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The gala audience was comprised of community members, politicians and performers. Photos: Courtesy CSUN

BY ANGELA FENTIMAN The Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) made its long-awaited debut Saturday (January 29) with a multitude of renowned performance artists and Cal State, Northridge alumni. The … [Read more...]

Rock With You: King of Pop Latin Style Sizzles at the El Portal

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BY TOM WALDMAN The last 20 years of Michael Jackson's life contained so many sordid stories, bizarre sightings and odd bits of information that the older he got, the more difficult it became for the public to regard him as a brilliant entertainer … [Read more...]

Another hilarious Troubie holiday show at The Falcon Theatre with The Last Jo-el

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BY TOM WALDMAN Hearing Piano Man recently, it occurred to me that there were times when Billy Joel could have used his own Bernie Taupin. The songs banal lyrics, as well as those of Joel standards like We Didn't Start the Fire and It's Still Rock … [Read more...]

TODAY! Dancing with the Stars' Mark Ballas and Harry Potter's Freddie Stroma headline Americana tree lighting celebration

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Americana at Brand in Glendale will be lighting up 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments on its 100 foot tree as fireworks fill the sky this Thursday, November 18 at 7:30pm for its Third Annual Tree Lighting celebration. Dancing … [Read more...]

The blues of Bill Withers delightfully mixes with Shakespeare at The Falcon Theatre

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BY AMY LYONS The Troubador Theater Company (known as the Troubies to fans), the acrobatic, song-styling troupe of parody players in residence at the Falcon Theatre, are mixing it up with a show that's less laugh-inducing than their typically … [Read more...]