It’s Time a Tale Was Told…

‘Tis the season for Band Aid, Wham, and David Bowie’s duet with Bing Crosby, but I dug this gem out and am giddy with excitement. Reel Around the Fountain was my introduction to The Smiths and, almost immediately after getting this 12″, the vinyl warped beyond recognition. Its condition did not prevent me from listening to it over and over, and it was something I had grown to expect and love over the last 30+ years. Tonight, however, by some miracle, this record is in pristine condition. I’m not going to question the universe on this one, I’m just going to listen to it again and again.

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The Happiest Place on Earth. Well, Almost.

I’m not going to lie, the last two months haven’t exactly been kind to me. While I desperately needed to find my happy place, a trip to the South of France was not in my immediate future. So, when my nephew asked me to go to Disneyland with him, I did. Because of the ever increasing admission prices, I haven’t been to Disneyland in years and, truth be told, I could have flown to Nice for the cost of a “SoCal Resident” ticket. Still, seeing Disneyland through the eyes of a six year old was worth it.

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Culture: The 39 Steps

After being introduced to Actor’s Co-op Theatre in June via Lucky Stiff, I jumped at the chance to get in on their 2017-2018 season. I’ve seen The 39 Steps before and this production lived up to and, might I say exceeded, the version at the Ahmanson.

With a mix-and-match of plots & dialogue from “39 Steps,” “North By Northwest,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Rear Window,” “Psycho” and “Vertigo” this was a lot of fun to watch!

The 39 Steps runs through October 29th!

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Concert: Bryan Ferry @ The Hollywood Bowl

Wow! To think I almost declined the invitation to attend this show. Normally I jump at the chance to see Bryan Ferry live, but when this concert was announced I knew I’d be in the midst of programming The Valley Film Festival and didn’t think I’d be able to attend. Fortunately, the concert gods were looking out for me and a friend had a spare ticket. The great thing about this show was that it was almost exclusively Roxy Music, backed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Swoon!

Setlist:

  • The Main Thing
  • Slave to Love
  • Ladytron
  • Out of the Blue
  • Simple Twist of Fate
  • A Waste Land
  • Windswept
  • Bete Noire
  • Zamba
  • Stronger Through the Years
  • Can’t Let Go
  • Re-Make/Re-Model
  • In Every Dream Home a Heartache
  • More Than This
  • Avalon
  • Love is the Drug
  • Virginia Plain

Encore:

  • Do the Strand
  • Jealous Guy

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Why Donate to The Valley Film Festival? Because You Can!

I don’t often pimp out The Valley Film Festival, but the month of June is when I do! I’m so proud of the growth we’ve experienced this year and, hello, that we’re celebrating 17 kick-ass years. 17! That’s a milestone that is easy to overlook when you’re caught up in the day to day of it all. VFF has been able to thrive thanks to awesome volunteers and individual donations. We’re a non-profit project of Community Partners and not supported by corporate sponsors or grants. Plus, about 88 cents of every $1 goes into programming educational panels, networking events, and film screenings. We do a lot with a dollar!

If you can do without a latte or two, before June 30, I will be forever grateful.  Donate now through Network for Good.

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Culture: 7 Dinners for 7 Countries – Iraq

So excited to finally launch 7 Dinners for 7 Countries with our first dinner honoring Iraq and benefiting Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace & Justice.

Over a menu of dolma, humus, baba ganoush, olives, cucumber salad, chicken biryani & ashtalia pudding, Dr. Arik spoke about IRTPJ and their upcoming Interfaith March on April 2.

We’ll be celebrating Iran next, so follow on Facebook if you’d like to get in on the fun.

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