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Deck the Halls of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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For the prize of a virtual candy cane, here’s a riddle: What holiday event is charming, cheerful, indispensable, and quintessentially L.A.? Okay, so it’s a bit of cheat because there really are two such events, the Rose Parade being one of them. The other is the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration produced by the L.A. Arts Commission on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. Each year, close to 5,000 people visit the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to enjoy the performance in-person – for free – while over a million people tune in to the live television broadcast. I’m going to be one of those 5,000. How about you?read

‘Annie Jr.’ Hits the Boards Next Month at the Robert Frost

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Culver City's children's musical theater group, dee-Lightful Productions, invites the community to their latest show, "Annie, Jr.," over three days and four performances by two different casts next month. The schedule at the Robert Frost Auditorium, on the campus of Culver City High School, 4401 Elenda St.

What Will Happen to Baby Luna?


Review of Luna Gale, on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Cynicism is an easy currency to trade in, especially when the subject is the government and its initiatives – and popular entertainment is a large marketplace. Consider child protective services and related efforts to help distressed children; how often is the social worker positioned relative to families as the internal affairs investigator is to the police? In Luna Gale, playwright Rebecca Gilman wisely resists the impulse to be cynical without resorting to romanticism. Her depiction of a social worker’s efforts on behalf of the titular baby is poignant, yes, but also

Spending an Early Navidad with Three Latina Comediennes

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Back by popular demand after a sold-out run last year -- standing room only -- The Latina Christmas Special at Theatre Asylum features three Latina comediennes telling three personal Christmas stories of holidays past. Sandra Valls, Diana Yanez and Maria Russell return to deck the halls with guacamole in nine performances the next three Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 5, at 6322 Santa Monica

Moderately Suggestive: Thoughts on Slightly Salacious at WLAC’s Fine Arts Gallery

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Anyone hoping for nerve-tingling titillation or grand displays of erotic prowess from the West L.A. College Fine Arts Gallery’s latest show would do well to recall its title: Slightly Salacious. There are nudes, yes, as well as insinuations, but nothing outrageous enough to work up a good froth over. The exhibit offers no incentive to re-chart well-trod topographies in an attempt to delineate pornography from art, although I wonder to what extent the question even holds any interest in this worldly age. What Slightly Salacious does offer, however, is

Where Did Thanksgiving Go?

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If you look at signs on store fronts it’s hard to find a turkey
Or a pumpkin pie displayed without a jack o’ lantern lurking
The goblins and the witches now wear garb that’s red and white
They look more like Santa Claus…a much less frightening sight
But even yet more frightening is the shifting of our focusread

Everyone Has a Choice

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A poem dedicated to the counselors at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention

To Save the World

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Culver City's Poetess Laureate shares a poem in honor of our

Not Only Do We Grow Older, So Does Our Memory

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Editor’s Note: Linda Ferrara ( is one of our favorite readers. After reading to her granddaughter the other evening, she forwarded this abbreviated but appreciated missive: “For you Mensa kids. I quoted this as Emily Dickenson’s work to Eileen tonight. Memory not so good!!”read

Edgy Art Exhibit Opens This Week at West L.A. College

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Supreme Court Justice Porter Stewart famously said, “I know [pornography] when I see it.” “Slightly Scandalous,” an art exhibition opening Thursday in the FineArts Gallery on the campus of West Los Angeles College, showcases 10 well-known Los Angeles artists who titillate and deal with eroticism. Sometimes they walk the fine line of what Justice Stewart’s “it”

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