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March 23, 2014
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Cute Couple Showcase Bump to Baby and Hubby’s New Song = Internet Win

Watch this young couple’s time-lapse progression going from pregnancy to baby, accompanied by daddy-to-be, Tom Fletcher’s self-composed song. With over 3 million views in a few days, they are the newest internet sweethearts enjoying their time in the internet spotlight. And yes, their baby Buzz Michelangelo is adorable. Welcome to the world little guy. Your parents are pretty cool.

Brilliant use of internet and You Tube as a medium for showcasing talent, while simultaneously being used as a family journal. Great job, kids, and enjoy parenthood!

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March 15, 2014
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Chance Theater Live Performance Marathon Line-Up Announced

chance a thon e1394900243576 Chance Theater Live Performance Marathon Line Up Announced Here’s Chance Theater’s performance line-up for the third annual 24hr Chance-a-thon, taking place  Saturday, March 22 from 10am-11pm and Sunday, March 23 from 9am-10pm.

Picture 26 hours of live entertainment featuring OCSA kids, church choirs singing show tunes, podcasters battling over cinematic supremacy and tons of local artists, You Tube stars and OC community members, all wanting to share their talent in support of the Chance.  Here’s the line-up and it’s gonna be off the hook.

 DAY 1 – Saturday, March 22

 Leg 1: 10am-4pm

 10am   “Learn the choreography from Lysistrata Jones” – with Kelly Todd:  Ever dreamed of trying out cheer leading? Want to try some big basketball moves? Then come on out for a super fun dance class taught by our award-winning choreographer.

 11am   “Community Speak Up” – with Marilyn Boehm, Sarah DuVal, Maile Fok, Christopher Hughes, Courtney Mitchell and Regina Niles:  Thanks to a grant from the Orange County Community Foundation, a few supporters of the Chance were selected to work with our artists to present something wholly original as part of the Chance-a-thon.

 12pm   “Friday Night Film Fights” – a live podcast with Sam Well and Kyle Haas: A podcast that pits two films — “The Mighty Ducks” and “Bad News Bears” — against each other in a battle for cinematic supremacy. Hosts Kyle Haas and Sam Well are joined by Chance Theater Member Casey Long.

 1pm     “Rachel Mount” – a cabaretRachel will be singing different songs ranging from musical theatre to pop, ballads to up tempo pieces.

 2pm     “Truth Be Told” – a one-man play with Doyle SmiensThis one-man show will use dramedy storytelling to share this man’s journey to his truth. The story will unfold as Doyle shares about his life in small town, his big family and coming into his own knowing. Note: contains some adult material

 3pm     “Dis-FUN-ction” – a cabaret with Joanne Juliet Lapointe:  A hilarious journey about all things grown-up told through song.

 Leg 2: 4pm-10pm (with a bonus 10pm slot)

 4pm     “King of the World” – a cabaret with Ana Bomgaars and friends:  Join us for a unique tribute that will take you on a stylistic journey through the repertoire of modern day Musical Theatre legend, Jason Robert Brown.

 5pm     “Pump Room 111” – a new play by Gabriel CarrascoBased on the true story of three sailors who fought to save the USS West Virginia during the Pearl Harbor attack and became trapped at their battle-station when the ship sank to the harbor’s bottom.

 6pm     “So Happy (Singing) Together” – a concert with Robyn and Robert Wallace:  For the first time since they were in high school, Robert and Robyn Wallace will take the stage together in this delightful musical journey!

 7pm     “Seventh Street Jazz” – with Cristiana Franzetti:  Seventh Street Jazz uses multi-layered melodies, tight harmonies and exciting improvisations to delight audiences of all ages.

 8pm     “Let’s Duet” – with Melinda Porto and Miguel Cardenas:  This dynamic duo has wowed audiences on the Chance stage and beyond, and they are very excited to melt more faces (and hearts!) for the Chance-a-thon.

 9pm     “Craic in the Stone” – with Jocelyn A. Brown, Aimee Gomez, David McCormick, Erika C. Miller, Bill Strongin and Scott B. Well (2-hour event):  St. Paddy’s Day lasts all month, so come on out for CRAIC IN THE STONE, have a pint, and support great theatre at the same time!

 DAY 2 – Sunday, March 23

 Leg 3: 9am-4pm

 9am     “Wild Things Troupe” – with The Wild Things Children’s Theatre TroupeJoin the Wild Things on stage for some interactive FUN! We will also have some awesome musical performances for you to enjoy to round out our time together. Fun for all ages!

 10am   “Speak the Speech” – with OCSA studentsActors and Singers from the Orange County School of the Arts will perform monologues, scenes, songs, and even some famous impressions!

 11am   “Take a Chance!” – a musical revue by Ragtag Entertainment:  This special musical revue showcases our boldness as a company of Ragtag characters, while celebrating our unique character as individual performers.

 12pm   “We Will Rock You 2!” – with OCSA Senior Commercial Voice studentsFeatures amazingly talented Orange County School of the Arts Senior Commercial Voice students doing original and copy pop and rock tunes backed by a live band.

 1pm     “Musical Revue 4 U” – with local middle and high school students:  These future “stars” will WOW you with their talent for performing musical theater and pop tunes.

 2pm     “Inspired” – with St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church ChoirLet us take you on a ride through the worlds of jazz, classical, musical theater, and even some contemporary original songs.

 3pm     “The Jenga Princess” – a new play by Tiffany Reid:  Two Narrators attempt to tell the story of a Princess who runs away to find her Prince. Instead she finds rabies, murderous acrobats and the Narrators find their own relationship more interesting than their story.

 Leg 4: 4pm-10pm

 4pm     “Judevine: A Solo” – starring Brian Rickel, directed by Kari Hayter:  Brian Rickel’s solo adaptation of author David Budbill’s epic story pares 24 characters down to 14 and plays them all himself.

 5pm     “Ragtime For All Time” – with Eric Marchese:  Eric’s act encompasses selections from the ragtime era (1897-1917) as well as contemporary ragtime pieces, including some of his own ragtime compositions.

 6pm     “Blue Skies” – a concert with Erika C. Miller, Rob Blaney, Jon Hyrkas and Bill Strongin:  After sold out Chance-a-thon performances in 2012 and 2013, Chance co-founder Erika C. Miller is back with a whole new set of Simply Good Music.

 7pm     “Miscast: A Broadway Cabaret!” – with Jared Kaitz and friends:  Miscast is a show about performing the roles you have always wanted to play, but have been unable to, due to race, gender, type, etc…

 8pm     “Improv Comedy” – with Secret City Comics Society:  Secret City Comics Society creates comedic scenes based on audience suggestions. Secret City turns everyday life and flips it on its head though comedy and music. Scenes are appropriate for all ages.

 9pm     “Role Reversal 2” – with Laura M. Hathaway, Katie Brown and Matt TakahashiRole Reversal is back! We are turning Musical Theater standards on their heads by switching genders and giving new meanings to some of your favorite tunes.


The 24hr Chance-a-thon is a weekend immersed in theater.  Artists and community members alike come together for a marathon of live performances to raise money for the Chance. This is the third year the Chance has presented its 24hr Chance-a-thon, a unique fundraiser that harnesses the talents and support from our local community. This special event has been a great way for the Chance to bond with its patrons and artists while we all work together to raise money for our education outreach programs and regular season. Last year, through 633 audience members, 221 donors, 50 fundraisers and over 100 artists, the event raised $31,116.

 This will be the first year that the event will take place in Chance Theater’s new home, which can seat up to 150 patrons eager to experience something new and get in on the fun.

 To purchase tickets, or get more information about the performances, visit www.ChanceTheater.com/24hr or call Chance Theater at (714) 777-3033.

 Chance Theater is located at the Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center, 5522 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807.


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March 2, 2014
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Best Actress Oscar Dresses 1929 – 2013

From Janet Gaynor’s off the rack suit dress to Jennifer Lawrence’s Christian Dior gown, this graphic depicts the Oscar fashion of each Best Actress award winner. Gorgeous. My personal favorite: Susan Sarandon’s 1996 Dolce & Gabbana. Let the Oscars begin!

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infographic credit: mediarundigital.co.uk

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February 22, 2014
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Traffic Parody of FROZEN’S ‘Let It Go’ Cracks Me Up

Gotta love the “Let It Go” phenomenon that has Disney’s FROZEN tune stuck on repeat in parents’ heads across the nation. This Cincinnati TV traffic guy’s no exception and graced viewers everywhere by singing an ode to his city’s winter traffic woes to the tune of “Let It Go”.
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“I played it for my kids last night…and my son, Sam, just looked at me and I think there was shame in his eyes.”

Parenting, theater and kids. Yep.

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February 20, 2014
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This Weekend: A Day of Art @ Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar

 Join 50 artists in outdoor art activities for the whole family at the lovely Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar.

Rogers Gardens Day of Art This Weekend:  A Day of Art @ Rogers Gardens in Corona del MarRoger’s Gardens presents “A Day of Art.”  50 artists will be painting and drawing in the gardens for this all day event, Saturday, Feb 22, 9:30am – 4:30pm  Hands-on art activities will be available for the entire family to enjoy.  Artists’ paintings of Roger’s Gardens will be on display throughout the weekend.

*In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to Saturday, March 1st.

Hands-On Art Activities Schedule:

The entire family can be an artist for the day by participating in any of these workshops:

Botanical Print Making
10:00 – 11:30 AM in the Amphitheater
Create a botanical print with Laguna Outreach for Community Arts.  Everyone can take home their own original print.
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is a nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. They have been serving the community for over 20 years.
Drawing in the Gardens 
12:30 – 1:30 PM in the Amphitheater
Enjoy a fun one-hour sketching demonstration and mini-workshop with art instructor, Fred Hope. Join Fred as he explores the visual variety of Roger’s Gardens, as seen through the eyes of the artist in all of us.
Fred Hope is a well-known artist and educator with a history in the entertainment industry.  Fred has been teaching in Orange County since leaving the entertainment industry in 2000.  Has taught at the Art Center College of Design and Laguna College of Art & Design. 
Journal Your Garden Through Art
2:00 – 3:30 PM in the Amphitheater
Learn to draw leaves and flowers and some secrets for drawing in perspective from art instructor Deborah Shaw.
Deborah Shaw is a botanical artist and scientific illustrator.  She is a member of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She has taught at Roger’s Gardens, as well as The Getty, Bowers Museum, the Huntington Library.
Free to the public.  No signups required.  Great for the whole family, no art experience required.
  • 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
  • 949.640.5800
  • Open Daily 9 am – 6 pm

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February 8, 2014
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USA Bobsledder Crashes Through Bathroom Door and into Olympic Spolight

JohnnyQuinnUSA USA Bobsledder Crashes Through Bathroom Door and into Olympic SpolightSochi’s getting lots of press regarding the not so stellar hotel accommodations and this tweet shows how USA Olympic athlete @JohnnyQuinnUSA got himself out of  a bad situation.

Stuck in the hotel bathroom in Olympic village, stranded and naked with no phone or help around, Johnny Quinn showed good ol’ American get ‘er done ingenuity and busted through the door!

Quinn is the first 2014 Olympic athlete I’ve noticed due to his CRASHING through the bathroom door and into the twitter spotlight.   A quick overview of his website shows he’s an all American kinda guy and I’m impressed.

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I’ll be following Quinn and his bobsled team, hoping for Olympic Gold.

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His twitter account’s already going viral from less than 4K last night to closing in on 10K this morning.  He’ll be fun to follow, I’m sure.  Go get that gold, Johnny! We’re rooting for you.

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January 28, 2014
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Free Event: Can The Arts Make Us More Joyful and Better People?

 Free Event:  Can The Arts Make Us More Joyful and Better People?

Five People Looking At Art by Ken Barclay

Can experiencing the arts makes us better people? What about creating art  – on canvas, on stage  with music, dance or theater? Anyone who’s been in any kind of performance will tell you there’s a euphoric high that comes with creating something to share with others.

While some research suggests that reading fiction makes us more empathetic and that listening to music can make us happier, it’s difficult to measure the inspiration that can come from a streak of light across a canvas, the way a story set in a foreign land can shift a worldview, and why getting fully immersed in a performance is so uplifting.

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Orchestra Concert by Barbara Yalof

How do the arts change our lives and our behavior in ways we don’t expect and often can’t put into words? Can experiencing a sublime work of art or the majesty of an opera not just bring us pleasure but make us more humane people?


New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts President Terrence W. Dwyer visit Zócalo to discuss the role the arts play in shaping our selves.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Samueli Theater
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA


It’s free!  Just fill out a reservation to reserve your spot.

Parking is $10 in the Plaza Tower Parking Structure, off Anton Boulevard and Park Center Drive


Let me know you’re attending so we may continue the dialogue.


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January 25, 2014
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Off Center Festival Tilts OC Off Axis

It’s here! The Off Center Festival is in full swing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, presenting fresh works for adventurous audiences. This isn’t the Orange County your grandma blogs about. Check out all the contemporary theater and music happening now through February 2, 2014.

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The 2014 Off Center Festival events include:

Sekou Sundiata’s blessing the boats – the remix
January 23, 24, 25 & 26 at 8:00 p.m. – Founders Hall
A re-imagining of poet and performance artist Sekou Sundiata’s acclaimed solo theater work about his emotional and profound struggle with kidney failure becomes an inspiring story of hope, compassion and wonder told through language, music and visual projections.

POP: Party on the Plaza
January 24 at 6:00 p.m. – Arts Plaza
A free concert to kick-off the festival, featuring Little Willie G. – the original voice of Thee Midniters, La Santa Cecilia and Culture Clash.

Die Roten Punkte: Super Musician
January 24 & 25 at 8:30 p.m. – Samueli Theater
Berlin’s prince and princess of indie rock are a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones.

Edgar Oliver: Helen and Edgar
January 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30pm – Studio Performance Space
Playwright, poet and performer Edgar Oliver alternately tickles and terrifies in this real-life Southern Gothic tale, the utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving account of his childhood in a decaying Savannah mansion ruled by an eccentric artist mother.

Culture Clash: Keep Culture and Clash On
January 30, 31 & February 1 at 8:00 p.m., February 2 at 3:00 p.m – Founders Hall
The nation’s most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe premieres a new work celebrating 30 years of outrageous satire.

Rinde Eckert : Becoming …Unusual: The Education of an Eclectic
January 31 & February 1 at 8:30 p.m. – Samueli Theater
With a virtuosic command of gesture and language Rinde Eckert has been at the forefront of contemporary performance art since the early 1980s, creating evocative and haunting pieces that have pushed at the edges of recognized theatrical form.

Phil Soltanoff: LA Party
January 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30 p.m. – Studio Performance Space
A fanatical vegan slides off the wagon one night, falling head-first into a wild LA bender. The story collides with live video in which six performers produce a compelling composite human being. A charming soup-çon from the celebrated Phil Soltanoff whose acclaimed works are playful meldings of theatre, visual art, dance and new cirque.

Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet
February 1 at 9:30 p.m – Founders Hall
Southern California trumpet virtuoso Castellanos leads his acclaimed quintet in a concert to close the 2014 Off Center Festival in swinging style.

Off Center Lounge
January 23 – 26 and January 31 – February 2 – Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge
The Off Center Festival isn’t over when the curtain goes down! After the performances, audiences can join the artists to mix and mingle in Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge.

About the sponsor:
Segerstrom Center for the Arts exists to present a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California. They believe that experiencing the best in the performing arts adds meaningfully to the quality of life in the community and are committed to providing an unsurpassed attendance experience. In conjunction with its artistic mission, Segerstrom Center is also entrusted with stewardship of its world class facilities which provide the performance base for its resident companies.

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January 4, 2014
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Bama Football Mom Goes Ballistic – Gives Kids Bad Life Lesson

The web drops all sorts of videos on our laptop doorstep and this morning’s viral video over morning coffee is something to take in on many levels.

On first viewing I was gobsmacked with jaw dropped. Look at this drunk Bama Mamma fly! What the heck?!   She launches herself over the crowd to attack a frat kid who was exchanging words with her son. We don’t know the words exchanged, but …  holy wow.  Mamma Bear turned into a crazy lady. Her fly-by was impressive just by the pure physicality of it all.  She must do Ballet Bootcamp or Kung Fu Pilates at her local Total Woman gym.

Then there’s her drunk-walk back to her seats when her poor hubby goes to fetch her. She looks like she also took a few pole dancing fitness classes. Just WOW.

Like a good net surfer sleuth,  I followed the net to the frat kid’s twitter feed and see this:


The tackled college kid, Michael Connolly, uploads a different video of the “Mom and Son Moments” just before her crowd surfing stunt. I focus on the little girl standing next to her mom.  She’s smiling with an unsure look as she glances back and forth between her mom’s sexy dance and flipping off the camera to her big brother’s trash talking bravado with the frat kid. What life lessons did she learn that day? Let’s take a family outing to the football game, mom in her skinny jeans and scarf ensemble looking all cute and fun, who then turns into the mean drunk, dive bombing college kids in  what might have been a really bad college flash back attack.


Then there’s the dad.  Lord, he looks like Ray Morano in Everybody Loves Raymond. Bewildered with a worn down here-we-go-again look in his eyes, wishing he was somewhere else and maybe married to someone else.  She’s probably just as hard to deal with at home, slipping past any normalcy to create drama where none needs to be had.

Bama Mamma, here’s my advice:  put down the beer and Jagermeister and class up your act. Lead your children by example in good things, like actually watching the football game with your kids and not dive bombing into a college kid to start a brawl. Go home and make chili and cornbread for dinner instead of nursing your hangover and bruises.  Become the lady your kids and husband will be able to be proud of and not have to worry about future dates and employers googling the family name.  Seriously, in ancient Japan you’d have to commit harikari to bring honor back to your family.  But don’t be so brash.  Just start with baby steps and stop flipping the bird in front of your little girl.  Think more Donna Reed and less Real Housewives.  Peace out.



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January 1, 2014
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My youthful Interpretation of Phebe ala Diane Chambers

All hail Facebook and YouTube, where we can stumble upon a long lost performance caught on video and digitized by a smart theater techie. Behold! My one and only Shakespearean performance as Phebe in As You Like It at the Tempe Little Theater in 1987.  For me, it’s a lovely visit of a past life with good friends and my young love affair with theater.

This theater reviewer can turn the tables and self critique. Her cadence is pleasant, yet the rate is a bit too fast.  Shakespeare’s words

Join me in my reminiscence watching me rapt Shakespearean and enjoy my interpretation which is oddly similar to Diane Chambers in Cheers.

yet her Phebe and Silvius begin at the 1:04:20 mark and continues at the 1:30:24 mark

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