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Circa Humans: This is What Defying Gravity Looks Like

Young, fit, scantily clad Aussies performing feats of acrobatic prowess? Yes please. Circa Humans features an award-winning ensemble of ten multi-skilled circus artists (six men...

“Anastasia” Live: This Little Jewel Box Musical is Done Just Right

Based on the animated 1997 animated movie, Anastasia the live musical trades on familiar tropes. Ultimately, the stage production finds its own way in this charming music box of a...

This Is What Almodovar and Banderas Think of Each Other

Every great filmmaker has his muse. For Hitchcock, it was Grace Kelly. For Scorsese, it’s DeNiro. For Woody Allen, it was first Diane Keaton, then Mia Farrow. And for...

Fancy an LGBTQ Adventure? This is the Malibu Wine Safari

Malibu Wine Safari 32111 Mulholland Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 (818) 578-4081 LAsafaris.com Safari in the City If you’re in the market for an antidote to the stressors of modern life,...

O’Connor and Ginsberg: This is the Story of “Sisters in Law”

Playwrights worth their salt know that compelling theater relies on worthy adversaries. Such is the enduring bond and equally enduring friction between the first two women...

“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...