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“Skintight”: This is Everything You’d Want in a Stage Satire

Idina Menzel heads up a stellar ensemble in Joshua Harmon’s hilariously dysfunctional family comedy Skintight. Menzel appears as the daughter of a filthy-rich men’s clothing...

Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? This is the 411 on LA’s New Play

Is your soul for sale? And if so, what thing of value would you sell it for? Wealth? Fame? A night with Shawn Mendes? Let’s be honest, every now and then we find ourselves...

Get the Most Out of La Jolla with a Stay at the Grande Colonial Hotel

Grande Colonial 910 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037 858-454-2181 thegrandecolonial.com La Jolla translates as “the jewel,” and it is, indeed a gem of a town. It makes an ideal...

What Happens When “Into the Woods” Gets Political in LA?

I’ve seen Into the Woods enough times to be a little wary of giving it another go. This particular Sondheim work reminds me of a soufflé: Done right, it’s an exquisite...

Here’s Why You Need to See This Tour of “Phantom”

Hand it to Andrew Lloyd Webber for taking a silent film classic like The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and transforming it into a live musical tour de force. The newest...

Here’s a Rainy Day Gay Rom-Com: “Sell By”

Sell By is a gay romantic comedy with modest ambitions that nevertheless lives up to its potential. It’s entertaining, but not game changing. The film stars Scott Evans and...

Get Lost in the World of Dali’s Gay Protégé in “Heavenly Bodies”

Director Vishnu Dass took audiences on a magical mystical journey in his documentary about Steven Arnold, the eccentric gay artist who was a protégé and befriended surrealist...

Welcome to “Nevrland”: A Film with All the Feels

Outfest LA: If you like your existential angst set against a techno soundtrack, Nevrland offers both. In his first acting role, Simon Frühwirth makes an impressive debut. As...

When Porn Is the Family Business? Make a Doc about It

Circus of Books was much more than a hardcore adult bookstore; it was a piece of history. It was also a rite of passage for many young gay men in the era before the internet made...

This Is Who Runs the World in Cirque du Soleil’s New “Amaluna”

Beyonce asked, “Who run the world?” As if in answer, Cirque du Soleil’s latest offering creates a fantastical world of kick-ass female warriors in Amaluna....

This Is What P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour is Really Like

It’s often said that Ginger Rogers had to do everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in heels. A similar analogy can be drawn between P!nk and her diva peers. Who...

Santa Barbara’s Kimpton Canary: Living it Up at the Hotel California

Think you can’t find an affordable boutique hotel with character in Santa Barbara? It took some time, but we found one. And the search was well worth the effort. A two to three...