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Entertainment Tips Of The Week 12-15-08

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Let’s Go to the Theatre! “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”

From the pen of Ray Bradbury, this is a charming story of five young Latino men from East Los Angeles who ascribe near-mystical powers to a beautifully tailored suit in the window of Shumway’s Sunshine Suits. The suit is white, the color of luscious vanilla ice cream, so pure in color that it radiates its own special glow. If only Martinez had that suit, then Celia, the prettiest girl in the neighborhood, might notice him. If only Villanazul had that suit, then he could really impress people as a public speaker.

If only Gomez or Dominguez had that suit, they’d be hits with the ladies. If Vamenos had that suit, he could cease to be a social pariah and instead become the life of the party. Alan Neal Hubbs, resident director of Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company directs a cast that includes Adrain Elizondo, Joaquin Garay IIII, Daniel V. Graufau, Robert Kerr, Verona Masongsong, Joy Nash, Paul Renteria, Eddie Ruiz, Rudy Rodrigues and Philip Sokoloff. This charming tale of friendship, romance and dreams fulfilled comes from the pen of America’s storyteller Ray Bradbury, who has recently been honored by the Pulitzer Prize Committee with a lifetime achievement certificate.

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit is being presented by Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company at the Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Avenue (at El Centro) in South Pasadena 91030. Free parking is available behind the theatre. Previews are January 16; opening Saturday January 17 at 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, February 15, 2009. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission $20; Seniors, $15; Students, $10. For reservations call (323) 960-4451 or go to www. plays411.coj/lraybradbury.

Cabaret Entertainer Returns to Stage

Clifford Bell, known affectionately as “Lawrence of Cabarabia,” one of the leading directors in the fields of Cabaret, Concerts and One-Person Shows is himself performing on the stage for

Colony Theatre

Colony Theatre

the first time in 25 years. CABARABIA! An Evening with Clifford Bell and Friends, a benefit for the Academy for New Musical Theatre, will be performed on January 17, 2009 2 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.

“The people that I have invited to be in this evening are who I consider to be among the best cabaret and theatre performers in the business,” says Clifford. “It’s going to be a very eclectic mix including a few of Broadway’s greatest leading men, some quirky and hilarious personalities and some ‘raise the roof/go to Church’ singing.”

Appearing on the program with Bell will be many guest artists, all of whom are Broadway and cabaret stars: Michael Maguire, Tony Award Winner from Les Miserables; jazz and blues great Barbara Morrison; Todd Murray, recording artist of the hit CD Stardust and Swing; Douglas Sills, Tony Award nominee for Broadway’s Scarlet Pimpernel; Lara Teeter, Tony award nominee for On Your Toes; Brad Ellis from Forever Plaid and Forbidden Broadway; Eydie Alyson from Little Shop of Horrors and Les Miserables; Dana Meller from Les Miserables and The Full Monty; Kiirsten Hollly Smith from Stay Forever: The Life and Music of Dusty Springfield; Arriane Alexander from Big, Blonde, and Beautiful; Spencer Day, recording Artist of Vagabond; and Paul Jacek from Secrets of A Beverly Hills Shampoo Boy. The evening will be presented at the Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third Avenue, Burbank at 8:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the garage. Enter from Third Street. Tickets are $75 and $125. Reservations and more information go to anmt.org.

At the VIVA Gallery

The Pasadena Society of Artists Holiday Exhibition is now open and runs through December 27 at the VIVA Gallery, 13261 Moorpark Street in Sherman Oaks. In this diverse exhibition the gallery visitor will view over 60 pieces of art in a variety of media and styles, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, photography, digital art, figurative, landscape, abstract, traditional and contemporary. The works that you’ll see were selected by a jury of three long-standing members of the Pasadena Society of Artists.

The Valley Institute of Visual Art (VIVA) is open from Wednesday- Friday from 11 am- 4pm and Saturday from 12 noon – 4 pm. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Nearly all the works are for sale with a percentage going to support VIVA.

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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