By Andrew Shane Walters
Production of the Week
Bada-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.
Publication of the Week
Where 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
When 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.