I’ve written before about the ways that small LA theater companies face daunting financial hurdles that are being overcome by greater cooperation and asset sharing. I’m very happy to spread the word about another such opportunity. The first step of production is often to seek out a venue. The calculus and footwork involved can be daunting, and with the huge number of venues in the city and the somehow also huge rents to pay (and competition for the 5% of venues that are actually worth the money) a show can […]
I knew it from the moment Back to the Future, a movie that holds a special place in the hearts of every child of the 80’s, made its way into the long intro to this year’s Academy Awards: they’re aiming this Oscars at me.
[UPDATE: Apparently you can (and must!) vote for ShopLab everyday at the Pepsi Refresh Project. It’s super easy to sign in, especially if you’re already logged into Facebook. Keep voting and we can win! DOOO EEEEET NNAAAOOOO!] If you have ever produced a low-to-mid-scale play for a nomadic company in Los Angeles, or in any city for that matter, you know how expensive and inconvenient a temporary a shop/storage place can be. For companies without an existing space to store materials, build set pieces, or ways to move stuff around, these costs can drag down even a healthy budget. The time spent securing these resources also weighs on a production, and when it’s time to strike the show, there’s that sinking feeling you get when you watch perfectly good lumber, flats, large props or whatever can’t be stuck in the producer’s living room, get thrown in the dumpster and lost forever. The Solution. (click and vote, more below the fold.)
The claim of being “world famous” should really mean something in Los Angeles, but drive down any Los Angeles boulevard and you’ll see it abused indiscriminately. amirite? It’s hard to argue that any one burger could be world famous (besides the Big Mac, of course) but there are several that should be even more famous than they are. and while everyone has a personal favorite that they swear by, the fact is that not all burgers are created equal. It’s a point of pride for many Angelenos to know where to find the supreme cheeseburger. It’s a food so commonplace in this city, and this country, that a truely stand-out offering can be like a revelation. And now, my friends, you can have that revelation too. Here is the definitive list of LA’s top 5 burgers.
One of my favorite new summer traditions returns to Hollywood Blvd tomorrow night, and this year it looks like it’ll be better than ever. The 3rd Annual Feel Good Film Festival starts this Friday with their trademark yellow carpet opening night hosted by Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines. I love specificity in art, and by cutting such a warm and fuzzy niche from the WithoutaBox universe, FGFF has hit a heart-warming motherlode. Film festivals can be intimidating, they’re often a hodge podge of not only quality but also tone. […]