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Feb
25
Sun
Alright Then @ The Pacific Resident Theatre
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Starring Orson Bean and Alley Mills

Tony Award nominee, and winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (Best Solo Performance 2015), Orson Bean, returns to Pacific Resident Theatre in the world premiere of “Alright Then,” co-starring Alley Mills. The new production, January 27 – March 25, 2018, is being directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos (Ovation Award and Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Director), and was inspired by Bean’s multi-award winning companion piece SAFE AT HOME: An Evening with Orson Bean.

As one of America’s best-known raconteurs, and an undisputed triple threat, Orson Bean has entertained several generations of audiences in all forms of media. In his latest comical and genuine extravaganza, he and Alley Mills recount a magical but unlikely meeting that changed the course of their lives forever. A funny, vivid, and synchronistic journey about two artists who beat the odds in the world of entertainment, love…and marriage.

“Alright Then” opens at 8pm on January 27th and runs Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm, and on Sundays at 3pm through March 25, 2018. Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. in Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $25 – $34 and can be purchased online at http://www.pacificresidenttheatre.com or by calling (310) 822-8392. [email protected]

Guillermo Cienfuegos (Critics Choice – LA Times for PRT’s Rhinoceros; The Homecoming and Henry V – Critics Choice – LA Times; Ovation Award, and Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Director) helmed Orson’s 2015/16 multi-award-winning production, Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean, and now returns at the helm for Alright Then. One of Los Angeles’ top directors (Stage Raw award-winning Dutch Masters at Rogue Machine Theatre; 3 Ovation Awards including Best Production) his productions have appeared on KCRW’s, and numerous other, ‘Best of the Year’ lists. In addition, Cienfuegos has directed eight World Premieres for Pacific Resident Theatre, including Keith Stevenson’s Ovation-Award-nominated Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road (recently TOP TEN list for London’s West End), A Fried Meat Christmas, and The Unfryable Meatness of Being; in addition, My Girlfriend is an Alien by Keith DeFacto (LA Weekly and Stage Raw Recommended). After a successful run at PRT, his production of Vince Melocchi’s Julia (nominated for 3 LA Weekly Awards, including Best Director) transferred to New York’s 59E59 Theatre, Off Broadway. Lions, his first collaboration with Melocchi, was nominated for an Ovation Award and later published by Samuel French.

Orson Bean starred on Broadway for twenty years, winning a Theater World Award and garnering a Tony Award nomination; Best Featured Actor in a Musical. His stage career includes starring roles in the Broadway production of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Walter Matthau and Jayne Mansfield), Never Too Late, and Illya Darling. Most recently, he garnered the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award – Best Solo Performance – for his work at PRT in Safe at Home: An Evening with Orson Bean. Orson received a SAG Award nomination for his performance in the film “Being John Malkovich.”

Orson is part of a generation that created the foundation for Broadway and Hollywood as it is today. As a comic, he appeared over 200 times on The Tonight Show, approximately one hundred times as substitute host. As a guest star, he was seen on To Tell The Truth for eight years. Bean has appeared in TV cult favorites Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Forever Fernwood. For seven years, he portrayed the storekeeper, Loren Bray, on the popular western drama, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Orson recently appeared on Modern Family and played Roy Bender, Karen McCluskey’s husband on the three final seasons of Desperate Housewives. His new film “Equalizer II” starring Denzel Washington will be released later this year.

Alley Mills is best know for her six year run as Norma Arnold on The Wonder Years, however she has starred in a dozen other series and numerous TV films. On the big screen Alley played the lead, opposite John Candy, in the movie “Going Berserk.” Her first professional appearance was in a Joe Papp New York Shakespeare Festival production. She then embarked on a national tour as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. On the west coast she has worked at the Mark Taper Forum and the American Conservatory Theater among others. She is a 20-year member of PRT. Currently she is a regular cast member of CBS daytime series The Bold and the Beautiful. She is a magna-cum-laude graduate of the first class of women at Yale and earned an M.A. at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Feb
26
Mon
Monday Night Fiction Workshop at Beyond Baroque @ Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This free weekly fiction workshop focuses on narrative technique, language, characterization, plot, POV, and the realization of an idea. Bring copies of 2-3 pages of fiction for critique and discussion. Facilitated by noted author, screenwriter, playwright, and director Barra Grant through May. Barra has written four produced screenplays, and has won the Writers Guild Award, an Emmy, and has received Directors Guild and Humanitas nominations. Her play “A Mother A Daughter and a Gun” has been produced in L.A., Chicago and New York. She has a repertoire of short stories which she regularly performs at venues in Los Angeles.

Feb
27
Tue
Set Sail 2018 @ Boys & Girls Club of Venice
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for our 2nd Annual Set Sail Event to celebrate and raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice’s Sailing Program. This year, our dinner will be honoring our Mariner of the Year  Wendy Sarnoff, who has made a significant impact on the Club’s program. We also have Special Guest Speaker Olympian Chris Barlow (’92 Canoeing). RSVP by Feb. 20th — Tickets are complimentary! Please also consider supporting the BGCV’s Sailing Program! Each summer, BGCV introduces sailing to hundreds of underserved youth in Los Angeles County. For many, this is their first experience on a boat and for some, their first visit to the beach! Our Sailing Program teaches young people the principles of sailing and water safety while building confidence, leadership and team work – traits that help Club members reach their full potential. Your generous support is needed to continue this life-changing program! Please click “Tickets” to RSVP for Set Sail or Make a Donation. Thank you for your support!

Feb
28
Wed
Scrapbooking @ Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library
Feb 28 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Arts and Crafts Bring your family pictures and create fun colorful pages to add to your scrapbook.  All materials provided. First 10 people to RSVP will get a free scrapbook

Mar
2
Fri
Paul Jackson @ Pierside Kitchen and Bar
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We’ll be playing from 7 PM to 10 PM

Unplug Venice @ Electric Lodge
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Unplug Venice: Disconnect to Connect. with Electric Lodge and Open Temple Game Room. Divine Rhyme. Performance Art. Get Crafty. Music. Meet Someone.First Friday Food Trucks on Abbot Kinney.Featuring: Roger Fojas and the Forest Furries, Was ist Das Variety Show, Snubby J aka: Kent Jenkins, Josh Berkowitz and Zach Puchtel

Mar
3
Sat
Art of Improv with Ben Weber @ Electric Lodge
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am

Come play with Ben Weber at the Electric Lodge! Ben’s 20+ year career as a performer spans film, television, comedy and commercials – all rooted in his early learning of improv.  Join us to learn the art of improv and its invaluable benefits — how to listen, how to work together as a team, build narrative skills, create living characters, and tell a great story — without ever feeling like you’re in a classroom.  Class clowns welcome, introverts strongly encouraged. No experience required. 

Free Income Tax Preparation and Filing @ Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 am

Taxes Free income tax preparation and filing by UCLA through the the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Becoming a Modern Mystic @ Mystic Journey Bookstore
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Simple Ways To Release Tension & Stress & Appetizers: Your Body Knows How To Heal Itself Naturally @ Mystic Journey
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Viva Balance , Selectively Spiritual, Good Saint, and Shanti Kitchen at Mystic Journey Yoga and dedicate a beautiful Saturday afternoon just for YOU! Indulge in some guided meditation, healing, and meaningful connections with your community.

Together we will experience what it is like to be present minded to be able to enjoy this moment that we have now. We will start with some guided meditation that will help relax your nervous system. Afterwards we will learn simple ways to activate your neurogenic tremor that will help you release deep rooted tension(or stuck energy) that was caused by physical or emotional stress or trauma. You will also have access to some resilience tools to help you cope with stress that you will learn from Desiree that you can implement into your everday life. The class will end with tips from Amber St Peter on anti-inflammatory foods that will help your body ease stress and anxiety. You will also get some savory appetizers created by Shanti Kitchen to enjoy at the end of class.

About TRE(Tension Release Exercises)

TRE uses seven exercises to release the psoas muscle, the deepest and largest muscle in the body. This powerful muscle holds physical, emotional, and mental stress that we carry in our bodies over the course of our lives. We have all experienced trauma, and there are many forms that we may have come in contact with it.

A typical session starts by stretching and fatiguing muscles in the feet, and legs that are connected to the fight/flight/freeze response. These exercises help initiate your body’s own self-healing tremor. Once the therapeutic tremor begins, you will lie comfortably on a mat and allow your body to release tension, stress and trauma. You can view a video of it here: https://traumaprevention.com/

When our nervous system is regulated we are in our social engagement and it’s easier for us to build connections, feel at peace, be more creative, be present minded, increase our resiliency, be more focused.

The benefits of tension release exercises after making this a regular practice:

Less Worry & Anxiety, Reduces Symptoms of PTSD, More Energy & Endurance, Less Workplace Stress, Better Sleep, Less Relationship Conflict, Reduced Muscle & Back Pain, Increased Flexibility, Greater Emotional Resiliency, Healing of Old Injuries

What you’ll get in this workshop:

20 minutes of guided meditation with Jamie Wirght founder of Selectively Spiritual

1 hour class on how to release tension

20 minutes of healthy tips presented by Amber St Peter founder of Good Saint

Healthy appetizers by Shanti Kitchen (more info on appetizers coming soon), refreshments & opportunity to meet your peers(community)

Giveaways!

What to bring:

– Light blanket or shawl

– Waterbottle

– Please wear loose & comfortable pants

**If you want to avoid the fees you can pay cash in person, paypal or venmo me.

paypal: [email protected]

venmo: Rocio-Gonzalez-2