“Anna Christie” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

A student once asked playwright and teacher William McCleery why dramatists were called playwrights and not playwrites. “Because plays are…

“Billy Elliot the Musical” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

Billy Elliot is one of those shows which, when done well, is particularly satisfying, for while it deals with hard…

“Serrano” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

As Serrano – “poet, lover, hit man” – Tim Martin Gleason is the sturdy tentpole of the production. Acting well…

“Cleo King’s Open Mic” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

At the center is Cleo King herself. You’ll recognize her, maybe from her many film appearances, including in Transformers 4.…

Q & A Perilous State of Freedom of Thought..

Starting the line up of entertainment this season from Skylight Theatre Company, LA’s “Intimate Theatre” with the most 2014 Ovation…

“DIRTY” Reviewed by Rose Desena

The cast shines as they square off with a quick dialog that carries everything into an unpredictable ending. Excellent character development and brilliant acting assist in the reality of the story. As I mentioned, it seemed as though we were all involved, it was uncanny…

“Ezralow Dance” Ford Amphitheatre Saturday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

Winding up the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series and bringing the Ford Theatres 2014 summer season to a close, Ezralow Dance takes the stage at the Ford Amphitheatre on Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.…

“Ceremony” A True Tale of Love, Fear and Ayahausca – September 26 – 28, 2014

After touring nationally to D.C., San Diego, Chicago, and San Francisco, Ceremony, the award-winning solo show about love, fear and ayahuasca written and performed by Michael Kass and directed by Diana Wyenn, returns home to Los Angeles and the Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Boulevard) for…

THE GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2014 BEGINS JUNE 26

Los Angeles… Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC) returns to the Old Zoo at Griffith Park for the 2014 season for its GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL with two plays by William Shakespeare: TWELFTH NIGHT and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.…

“Burnt at the Steak” Opening June 12th through June 15th, 2014

The Hollywood Fringe Festival will be hosting Carolann Valentino Productions premiere of Burnt at the…

THREE MEN, TWO BOYS, A LITTLE DOG AND ONE LONG-ASS WAR – Opening June 8th

(Los Angeles) Sewer Socialist Productions is proud to present the world premiere of Paul Hoan…

VIVIEN by PERCY GRANGER Opening May 3rd – May 25th, 2014

Los Angeles – (April 2014) CABIV Productions is proud to present VIVIEN, by Percy…

The True Life Adventures of Barbie and G.I. Joe Written and Performed By Bill Ratner

Los Angeles, CA (April 15, 2014) Hollywood Fringe Festival Favorite, Master Storyteller, and Voiceover Artist,…

One Night in Santa Monica… Celebrating Theatre Through Song, May 15, 2014 • 6:00PM-10:00PM

Kick off our seventh season at our 2014 Benefit Gala! One Night in Santa Monica……

Rougue Machine Theatre 2014 Benefit Gala at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club

The 2014 Gala will be held at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club – 1210…

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“Anna Christie” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

A student once asked playwright and teacher William McCleery why dramatists were called playwrights and not playwrites. “Because plays are not written,” he replied, “they’re wrought.” He paused, then murmured, “Sometimes overwrought.” Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie, now at the Odyssey, serves up a double whammy:…

“Billy Elliot the Musical” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

Billy Elliot is one of those shows which, when done well, is particularly satisfying, for while it deals with hard truths and life lessons – the tension between fathers and sons, the ache of a parent who wants a better life for his kids, the…

“Serrano” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

As Serrano – “poet, lover, hit man” – Tim Martin Gleason is the sturdy tentpole of the production. Acting well and singing beautifully, Mr. Gleason provides a grounded center for all the madness around him. The two big problems: (a) can we really believe that…

“Cleo King’s Open Mic” Reviewed by Dan Berkowitz

At the center is Cleo King herself. You’ll recognize her, maybe from her many film appearances, including in Transformers 4. Maybe because she’s in her fifth season as a regular on the TV hit Mike and Molly, in which she plays Grandma to an actor…

Q & A Perilous State of Freedom of Thought..

Starting the line up of entertainment this season from Skylight Theatre Company, LA’s “Intimate Theatre”…

“LA County Holiday Celebration” Reviewed by Rose Desena

This is truly a magical event, thanks to all the cool folks, the LA Board…

“Almost Maine” Reviewed by Rose Desena

His writing has sharpness and “Almost Maine” is laced with an honest richness and profound…

Q & A John Perrin Flynn of Rogue Machine

Hi John, thanks for agreeing to answer a few questions. I want to introduce…

“Train to Zakopane” Reviewed by Rose Desena

Its 1920 in Poland when the play opens, we watch a relationship develop between a…

Q & A Virginia Carter With Rose Desena

Carter explores Dorothy’s personal journey, as an adult. Her story is not in a forest,…

FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Advanced Melanoma

Melanoma patients have been waiting anxiously for this day, given the promising data that early studies have shown. In clinical trials, 24 percent of patients taking pembrolizumab had their tumors shrink. Most of these patients continued to respond past the 8.5 month study cut off.…

Dr. John J. Kim, An Alternative To Western Medicine

For over 30 years, Dr. John J. Kim has been a resource for those seeking an alternative to Western medicine. A licensed acupuncturist and the founder of ReNuMi Wellness Center, Dr. Kim specializes in a unique healing approach that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and…

“Taste Africa in Style” Bitter Leafs, Goat Stew, Millet Polenta

In a pot over medium heat. Add 3 tbs oil. Add onions, sauté for about 2 minutes. Add garlic, blended tomatoes, red pepper, cayenne. Saute for about 4 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add goat meat, cherry tomatoes, bay leaf, cumin, nutmeg, herbs,…

“Taste Africa in Style” African Fries, Shrimp, Black Cod, Salsa

Season, cod fish, shrimp with coriander, salt and black pepper. In a pan over medium heat. Add one tablespoon coconut oil. Add fish, cooked on skin side for 3 minutes, turn it on the other side, add shrimp and thyme. …

The What, When, Why and Where of the Affordable Care Act (Part 1 of 3)

Realize that progress is not defined as being in any one direction. So let…

“Taste Africa in Style” Baked Sardines, Radish, Peanut Butter Sauce

“Taste Africa in Style” is about a life style. It shows my great passion for…

The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. And AARP Launch Series Of Forums On Family Caregiving

NEW YORK, March 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. partnered with AARP…

Zero Hour for Children in State Budget Battle

PHOENIX – Battle lines have formed at the Arizona Legislature over funding for children's programs…

Report: Racial Divide with Changing Demographics Costs MN Billions

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota continues to grow more diverse by the day, a…

Push to Expedite Rape Kit Testing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sexual assault advocates are demanding changes in the handling of crucial evidence…

Burbank Game Hack Recognizes the Value of S.T.E.M.

Recognizing the important of S.T.E.M, also known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – and looking to engage veterans, women and minorities - the Burbank Community YMCA, Nickelodeon and the City of Burbank partnered together to produce a 3 day hackathon called Game+Hack 2014…

Landmark Teacher Tenure Case Wraps Up

LOS ANGELES – The fate of California's teacher tenure laws is now in the hands of a judge. In closing arguments Thursday, the attorneys for the Vergara vs. California plaintiffs argued the laws protect so-called bad teachers, while attorneys for the state said they're needed…

Stepping Up STEM Education in Washington

SEATTLE - Washington is getting more funding to introduce kids to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the hours beyond the school day. A $120,000 two-year grant will be used to train more after-school program providers and connect them with experts in STEM-related fields.…

New Report Links Prison Education Programs to Reduction in Recidivism

WASHINGTON, The U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) today announced research which explores knowledge gaps and opportunities for leveraging academic and vocational education programs to improve the reentry outcomes of incarcerated adults and juveniles. …

Bold Lesson: Florida School District Swaps Cops for Counseling

“Looking at the glaring expulsion, arrest and dropout rates for our black and Latino students,…

Helping Children Discover and Achieve Their Dreams

We mobilize a team to enable public middle schools in low-income communities to provide a…

A “Reality Check” on Charter Schools

Charter schools might make up only 5 percent of the nation’s schools, but they do…

Reading Survey Shows Slow Start To Teaching Shift

Because of new learning standards called the Common Core, New York City educators attending the…

Education: What Is Common Core And What Are The Standards?

The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the…

School Finance Reform and Low-Income Students

Delivering significantly more money to schools based on the number of low-income children they serve…