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ii’s on Entertainment: To everything a ‘Season’

By Andrew Shane Walters

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aero_marqueeStrut on down to the Aero Theatre on Montana tonight for a double feature. A Dry White Season and Siméon are playing at 7:30 pm. But wait . . . it gets better!

Euzhan Palcy, the director of these films and the first black female director to be produced by a major studio, will take part in a discussion moderated by Ava DuVernay, director of the award-winning film Selma.

Sit down with these two inspiring women and enjoy some provocative cinema. You can get tickets on fandango.com. Get a move on it!

Performance of the Week

 Synapse edSpeaking of moving, move your body into a chair at the Broad Stage this weekend. Then stay put and watch others move, with grace, with elegance and with intensity. This weekend brings Santa Monica College’s Dance Department performance of “Synapse” to The Broad.

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ii’s on Entertainment: Meet my friend, art

By Andrew Shane Walters

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Do you have any invisible friends? How about those visual friends? Those vastly, excitedly colored and decorated optical mates? All right, I’ll cut to the chase — art can be a friend just like a real flesh and blood person. Art can breathe life into your own life. Creating and having an appreciation for creativity can make life less stressful, more fun and help you make deeper connections with those around you.

“Thank You For Being A Friend” is an art exhibition playing at the 18th Street Arts Center through June 26. Check it out!

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ii’s on Entertainment: Sing it loud, sing it proud

By Andrew Shane Walters

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Mr.HulsCU_smallBada-boom, shakalaka … Oh, yeah! Like singing in the shower? Who doesn’t? Well put some clothes on and think about joining a choir.

You’ll get a good idea of what it’s like tonight at the screening for Big Voice, a behind the scenes look at Santa Monica High School’s choir and instructor Jeffe Huls.

“Choir is a team sport,” says Huls. “It requires 100 percent effort from all involved. In an age of the ‘me’ generation, of personal status updates on Facebook, selfies and tweets, choir stands in direct opposition to that. It requires everyone to be in the moment with a group of people all with the same goal and the same focus.

“When that happens, it’s magic, but getting there is always a challenge.”

Big Voice screens tonight at 7 p.m. at Samohi. For tickets, go to bigvoicemovie.brownpapertickets.com.

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640px-Beekman_Place_New_YorkWhere are all my artsy architecture buds? You’ve probably heard of Frank Gehry, and even if you’re not familiar with his work, you actually may be. He’s probably most famous in LA for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. You know that one? All right.

Why give a (bleep)? Two reasons. First, Gehry is a resident of Santa Monica, one of our own. Secondl, we adore beautiful vibrant art. Hennessey and Ingalls Bookstore is featuring two of his books, so it seemed like a good time to bring him up. Okay, if you haven’t already checked out Hennessey and Ingalls on the 200 blocl of Wilshire Boulevard, it’s a gorgeous bookstore that caters to the thirsty artist. hennesseyingalls.com.

 

Performance of the Week

LAFSupperWhen life gives you lemons . . . order the fish.

Santa Monica Playhouse’s newest show in the Benefit Series is The LAFSupper. Written and performed by Steve Mackall, this solo show is bound to be a riot.

The LAF Supper is a comedy/musical about a hopeful idea-machine-of-a-man who, after years of Hollywood rejection, attempts to join a monastery and re-brand the church’s long-suffering image.”

Mackall is an award-winning writer and producer, in addition to being a wonderful songwriter. Get out and support the Santa Monica Playhouse through laughter. Your last chance to see The LAFSupper is this Saturday. Show starts at 8 p.m. with a pre-show cocktail reception and post-show coffee and confections. For tickets, visit santamonicaplayhouse.com

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ii’s on Entertainment: Shake before being served

By Andrew Shane Walters

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You like to boogie, don’t you? Your hips don’t lie. Or do they? Either way, check out the 14th annual Dance Camera West Festival (DCW), “a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance and dance media.”

UntitledRecognized by the city of Los Angeles as one of the best festivals to illuminate the art of dance, this festival, ahem, kicks off today. Screenings will run through Tuesday, May 5. Stretched across nine different venues, (including the Crest and Aero theaters) the DCW is guaranteed to be fresh and get you shaking your money maker.

For more information, visit dancecamerawest.org. Then, don’t even think about missing the free, 4th annual Dance-A-Long on Tuesday. Shake before serving.

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CA Bookstore Day 2015 gif 300_1_0Back by popular demand, this Tuesday marks California Bookstore Day. Shimmy over to Diesel A Bookstore in Brentwood Country Mart for a scavenger hunt and enter a photo in their Instagram contest. Make sure to use “#dieselbrentwood” when uploading.

You might even find a rad book on dance. Books and dance? What more do you need in your life? Maybe a performance …

Performance of the Week

So you think you can dance … but can you defy gravity? Me neither, although it would impress you if I could. This week, check out “Diavolo”, which incorporates physically stunning movement with lyrical content and large architectural objects.

Diavolo1_426x426Mind, prepare to be blown.

“Diavolo runs May 1-3 at The Broad Stage. For times and ticket information, visit thebroadstage.com.

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ii’s on Entertainment: Who the (bleep) are you?

By Andrew Shane Walters
Performance of the Week: Never Givin’ Up
Go on, express yourself! Identify your identity by letting your hair down. Spread your arms wide and relish in yourself, your own beautiful sense of freedom. Anna Deavere Smith’s Never Givin’ Up is a testament to the stories and voices of the civil rights movement, those who wanted nothing more than to just be themselves. She understands the power that comes from having a individual perspective, an individual voice.
“I feel like my work has been my path to freedom from having grown up in a segregated environment,” says Smith, a playwright and actress known for her roles in The West Wing and The American President.

Your voice can set you free.

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