It’s been a while since I’ve walked out of a theatre humming a song from a musical. After seeing School of Rock on opening night, I found myself not only humming, but singing “Stick it to the Man” while driving home. The next day, I sang it again while doing chores around the house. Not only is this song catchy, it had the audience up and out of their seats at the end of the show.
The original score by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and clever lyrics by Glenn Slater were inspired by Julian Fellowes book.Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s high-octane Broadway and West End show is a hit at the Pantages Theatre. It was a thrill to see Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, walking the red carpet and posing with some of the young and talented cast before taking a seat to see his show.
My review of School of Rock is featured on OnStage Blog –http://www.onstageblog.com/reviews/2018/5/7/review-school-of-rock-is-now-in-session?rq=School%20of%20Rock
Listening to some of the best jazz and blues music from the 1920’s and 30’s, Blues in the Night features four exquisite singers and six soulful musicians transporting the audience on a historical journey while performing 27 songs by the great Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Benny Goodman and Johnny Mercer.
I was happy to see Sheldon Epps name in the program for Blues in the Night. He was the artistic director for the Pasadena Playhouse for 20 years and put on some excellent theatrical productions. Back in 1980, Epps conceived and directed this musical in New York with a brief run on Broadway in 1982. This show even scored a Tony nomination for Best Musical.
Here’s my review of a sensational Jazz and Blues show at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills – http://www.onstageblog.com/reviews/2018/5/7/review-singing-about-the-blues-in-the-night-at-the-wallis-annenberg-center-for-the-performing-arts?rq=Blues%20in%20the%20Night
Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, but it’s also the Kentucky Derby today. Find your finest Derby hat (you just might win a contest) and head over to these three venues for a Mint Julep and Hot Brown sandwich while watching one of the most famous horse races in the world.
Here are 7 fun spots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo around Los Angeles:
Just when you think the world needs a little more happiness, Jared Paul created a multi-sensory Happy Place pop-up experience to encourage Los Angelenos to smile, laugh and enjoy some whimsical fun.
It’s a colorful place filled with 13 uniquely decorated rooms. Yellow is a predominant color, since it is also a happy-cheerful color. There are yellow and white gum balls lining two walls, and giant yellow shoes to slip into. Another nook has rubber duckies next to a yellow bathtub filled with yellow bubble balls.
Bright yellow flowers are a fun exhibit to take a photo, as is the optical illusion bedroom, and rainbow where you can jump into a pot of gold. There are two confetti rooms.
Sample tastes and treats of happiness along the way including white and yellow M & M’s with happy faces on the outside, and cake pops.
After exploring the exhibit, hang out with friends in the “Backyard” filled with fun games, a Happy Place retail store and dining opportunities.
Happy Food Vendors include Unicorn or Green Tea Sundaes by Yellow Business; Unicorn or Glow Cotton Candy or Rainbow Popcorn. My World On A Plate makes an ooey-gooey Rainbow Grilled Cheese sandwich. When you purchase a Iced Cold Lemonade at the Happy Lemonade Stand a percentage is donated to various carefully selected charities.
THIS IS A TIMED ENTRY EVENT – It takes about one hour to explore.
Arrive 20 minutes before the half hour time slot you purchased (eg. arrive at 3:10 p.m. for a 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Ticket) and no later than 20 minutes after the beginning of your time slot (eg. No later than 3:50pm for a 3:30-4:00pm Ticket). Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
Check out https://www.happyplace.me/faq/ for answers to frequently asked questions which will help to enhance and make your experience more memorable.
Address: 1005 Chick Hearn Ct. Los Angeles CA 90015.
Entrance will be located at the corner of Georgia St and West Rd.
Driving down Robertson Blvd., the former Newsroom is now The Henry restaurant. Outside, the classic black and white color scheme has a large gold “H” displayed on greenery boxes. Inside the warm and inviting dining room offers blues and golds with a cozy lounge area near the bar. Chairs and couches surround flower petal tables. High communal tables are set with high back bar stools near a built-in wall unit filled with magazines, plants and tchotchkes. Booths with thick wood tables are set for six guests.
The owner is James Beard nominee Sam Fox. He knows a lot about restaurants creating 16 concepts and 55 restaurants nationwide. I met Fox at the opening of The Henry last month and discussed his newest Los Angeles restaurant. “My vision of The Henry is for locals to grab a coffee, some lunch, after-work cocktails or dinner in the classic open-dining space,” said Fox. “I love the energy of this West Hollywood location and Southern California. We have nine other restaurants here (North Italia and Flower Child) and it’s a second home to my family. When the opportunity came to build a second The Henry location (first one is in Phoenix, AZ) at Robertson Plaza, we knew it was a perfect fit.”
Besides a full service dining room, there is a coffee bar making speciality hot and cold drinks, and a large indoor cocktail bar with trendy, white globe lighting hanging down and comfortable bar stools to sit around. The mixologists make a good Gin & Tonic, Drunken Panda and Strawberry Sidecar. The bar also offers California red and white wines, beers on draught and 9 different bottles and cans of beer. The outside patio bar is a fun people watching spot as locals, designers and tourists walk up and down Robertson Blvd.
The night we dined, we ordered Almost Naked Margaritas made with Casamigos Blanco, lime juice, Contreau and honey. Looking over the menu, we notice the creative fare appeals to just about everyone including omnivores, vegetarians, those who are gluten-free and vegans.
To start we ordered the spring vegetable crudités with whipped tahini, orange and a peppery vinaigrette.The avocado hummus was served with pickled carrot, radish, harissa, and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Grilled pita bread accompanied this dish to dip and spread on top.
Next we had some of the most popular shareable plates including the short rib potstickers dusted with toasted sesame seeds. They arrived floating in a mizuna (Japanese mustard green) and ponzu broth. Another favorite was the pan fried potato hash browns (similar to latkes), topped with dollops of creamy white creme fraiche and ribbon slices of pink smoked Norwegian salmon with tiny sliced chives and an arugula leaf.
There is a rotisserie section on the menu offering Creekstone Prime Rib, a French Dip plate and Jidori half chicken. We skipped those and ordered three entrees to share, including the Ora King salmon, Wagyu diner-style burger with a special Henry sauce and black truffle risotto.
As our server Angela delivered the dishes, she touted to us, “The Henry as the greatest neighborhood restaurant, because it’s homey, yet elegant.” The salmon was served with Chioggia beets, also known as candy cane beets. Chefs like these beets because, they are especially sweet in flavor and don’t ‘bleed’ as much as regular beets, so that bright red beet juice doesn’t stain fingers and clothing as much. What made this dish extra special were the toasted grains and Marcona almond pesto.
The risotto has a poached egg on top. When broken open, the savoriness of the yolk bathed the baby asparagus and fried sunchokes. The thick and juicy burger was served with thick and crispy fries.
Saving room for dessert, the warm croissant bread pudding looked appealing. As server Kaitlin brought it to our table, she told us, “I could sit alone and eat this entire dessert all by myself. It’s that good.” There were toasted chopped pecans, whiskey soaked plump raisins and a scoop of caramel ice cream. We also splurged and ordered a second dessert that arrived on a round dish with two blueberry hand pies, perfectly pinched around the edges and topped with lemon mascarpone and a scoop of cornbread ice cream. Another winner.
Before leaving, we learned that during brunch, the “craveable menu” includes a quinoa breakfast burrito, Little Gem and asparagus Caesar salad, Korean style skirt steak, and salted caramel rolls.
The Henry is kid-friendly and offer a special menu for little ones that is under $10. The restaurant opens at 7 a.m. daily. $$ 120 N. Robertson Blvd. (424)204-1595.
Another review of The Henry is featured in Beverly Press.