Articles by Georja Umano

Pacific Opera Project's Mozart vs Salieri Review - More Fun from a Great Company

Pacific Opera Project's Mozart vs Salieri Review - More Fun from a Great Company Pacific Opera Project (POP)'s Mozart vs Salieri competition is thrilling and entertaining

Animal Defenders International Fundraiser - Sending Lions Back To Africa

Animal Defenders International Fundraiser - Sending Lions Back To Africa Animal Defenders International, responsible for saving and improving hundreds of thousands of animal lives globally, is raising funds to return 33 African lions in Peru to their natural homeland in Africa.

LA Opera’s Madame Butterfly by Puccini Review – High Art and Deep Emotion

LA Opera’s Madame Butterfly by Puccini Review – High Art and Deep Emotion Puccini's Madame Butterfly at LA Opera reverberates with deep emotional experiences of racism, sexism, young love and unthinkable sorrow

Review of POP's Merry Widow -- A Romp In The Old West

Review of POP's Merry Widow -- A Romp In The Old West POP's Merry Widow entertains with both great music, talent and all kinds of humor

LA Opera’s Norma – The Sweetest Music You’ll Ever Hear

LA Opera’s Norma – The Sweetest Music You’ll Ever Hear Bellini's Norma at LA Opera is an exciting experience of girl power and enchanting bel canto music

LA Opera’s Moby Dick Review - An Artistic and Rich Experience of An Historic World

LA Opera’s Moby Dick Review - An Artistic and Rich Experience of An Historic World LA Opera's Moby Dick is a beautiful and fascinating ride on Melville's famous whaling ship

Pacific Opera Project's Falstaff-- Talent Wins Out

Pacific Opera Project's Falstaff-- Talent Wins Out POP Opera's creative innovations now include a hilarious version of Verdi's Falstaff

Pacific Opera Project's "Ariadne aux Naxos" Review - A Convoluted Opera with Some Great Performances

Pacific Opera Project's "Ariadne aux Naxos" Review - A Convoluted Opera with Some Great Performances Supposed to be funny, but most of the enjoyment comes from the performances and not the plot

LA Opera's The Barber of Seville Review - Thrilling Music and Hijinks Make a Fun Evening

LA Opera's The Barber of Seville Review - Thrilling Music and Hijinks Make a Fun Evening The rascally Figaro once again outranks the upper classes to allow love to bloom in LA Opera's magnificent The Barber of Seville

LA Opera's The Marriage of Figaro - Magnificent!

LA Opera's The Marriage of Figaro - Magnificent! Mozart's comic masterpiece about the poor overcoming the privileged is purely first class at LA Opera's The Marriage of Figaro

Pacific Opera Project's Abduction From The Seraglio Review - Mozart for Trekkies

Pacific Opera Project's Abduction From The Seraglio Review - Mozart for Trekkies Imagine a Mozart opera about a Star Trek adventure. All this and more in Pacific Opera Project's Abduction From The Seraglio

LA Opera's The Ghosts of Versailles Review-Figaro Antics Liven Up the Dead

LA Opera's The Ghosts of Versailles Review-Figaro Antics Liven Up the Dead Marie Antoinette is terribly unsettled in the afterlife until Figaro and his creator tickle and enliven her

LA Opera's Figaro 90210 - Hilarious and Sublime Modern Masterpiece

LA Opera's Figaro 90210 - Hilarious and Sublime Modern Masterpiece Figario 90210 is a hilarious Los Angeles -themed adaptation of The Marriage of Figaro where every inch lives up to Mozart's beautiful score

Pacific Opera Project's La Boheme AKA The Hipsters - Rowdy and Funny Yet So Sublime

Pacific Opera Project's La Boheme AKA The Hipsters - Rowdy and Funny Yet So Sublime Once more the increasingly popular Pacific Opera Project delights audiences with an updated hilarious and touching rendition of Puccini's La Boheme

PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference 2014- Compassion In Action

PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference 2014- Compassion In Action Day Two of the PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference was a whirlwind of deep passion and creative ideas to help animals

LA Opera's Florencia En El Amazonas -- Enchantment and Power of Nature

LA Opera's Florencia En El Amazonas -- Enchantment and Power of Nature LA Opera's La Florencia en las Amazonas is an enjoyable exploration of the power and enchantment of nature in peoples' lives

LA Opera’s Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard’s Castle : One Amusing and One Thought Provoking

LA Opera’s Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard’s Castle : One Amusing and One Thought Provoking Dido and Aeneas is presented as a fable, and Bluebeard’s Castle, on the other hand, is told as a moral tale, with only two main performers and no one else to blame but themselves.

LA Opera's La Traviata - Phenomenal Power and Beauty

LA Opera's La Traviata - Phenomenal Power and Beauty La Traviata at LA Opera is a beautiful, powerhouse production not to be missed

Elephant Forget Me Not - A Charming, Educational Exhibit at the National Museum of Animals and Society

Elephant Forget Me Not - A Charming, Educational  Exhibit at the National Museum of Animals and Society Elephant Forget Me Not is an enjoyable, welcoming exhibit to the world of elephant

Dog Cat Mouse at the National Museum of Animals and Society - Whimsical and Fun

Dog Cat Mouse at the National Museum of Animals and Society - Whimsical and Fun Dog Cat Mouse exhibit depicts household animals with joy and delight

Sacred Elephant at the Odyssey Theatre - Intimate and Compelling

Sacred Elephant at the Odyssey Theatre - Intimate and Compelling Jeremy Crutchley takes the audience to the essence of the elephant and shows why he must be rescued from his cruel fate at the hands of humans

LA Opera’s Streetcar - Turns Up The Heat, Loses The Sizzle

LA Opera’s Streetcar - Turns Up The Heat, Loses The Sizzle Tennessee Williams’ classic American drama, A Streetcar Named Desire, comes to life in an innovative reinterpretation composed by André Previn, with collaboration and performance by opera superstar Renee Fleming at the LA Opera.

'We Animals' National Museum of Animals and Society Exhibit - Important Photography and a New National Treasure

 'We Animals' National Museum of Animals and Society Exhibit - Important Photography and a New National Treasure The National Museum of Animals and Society Hosts Inspiring and Educational Exhibits and Hands On Events

Lions In The Limelight - Global March for Lions Roars Through Los Angeles

Lions In The Limelight - Global March for Lions Roars Through Los Angeles   A colorful Los Angeles funeral parade for lions will take place on March 15, as part of the Global March for Lions on the same day

LA Opera's Billy Budd - A Fascinating Study of Innocence Betrayed

LA Opera's Billy Budd - A Fascinating Study of Innocence Betrayed Although everyone on the ship’s crew really wants to save Billy, there is no way out for him

The Magic Flute at LA Opera Review- Stunning, Original, Magnificent

The Magic Flute at LA Opera Review- Stunning, Original, Magnificent LA Opera’s new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute has to be one of the most imaginative presentations of that work - ever

Lion Ark the Movie and Fundraiser Review-- Go See This Film!!

Lion Ark the Movie and Fundraiser Review-- Go See This Film!! Lion Ark, a bright adventure-filled documentary and a must-see

Verdi's Falstaff at LA Opera Review - Witty, Energetic Fun

Verdi's Falstaff at LA Opera Review -  Witty, Energetic Fun Italian baritone Roberto Frontali delivers a hilarious presence and musical powerhouse in the lead role of Falstaff at LA Opera

Review of Elayne Boosler's Rescue-A True Story--A Wonderful Concert That Makes You Laugh and Cry

Review of Elayne Boosler's Rescue-A True Story--A Wonderful Concert That Makes You Laugh and Cry A beautiful creative new concert piece with story written and narrated by Elayne Boosler, Rescue-A True Story, delights and opens the hearts of the audience

LA Opera's Carmen Review - Revival Doesn't Live Up to Its Former Glory

LA Opera's Carmen Review - Revival Doesn't Live Up to Its Former Glory This is the third time in ten years LA Opera has revived the popular Bizet opera

The Mikado at Pacific Opera Project Review - Bright and Fun

The Mikado at Pacific Opera Project Review - Bright and Fun Pacific Opera Project (POP)'s "The Mikado" once again delivers a high energy, highly entertaining, modernized production of classic opera

Adama Vegan Comfort Food Restaurant Review - Great Eating in Santa Barbara

Adama Vegan Comfort Food Restaurant  Review - Great Eating in Santa Barbara Worth a trip to Santa Barbara to experience these unique vegan, gluten-free meals

Review of LA Opera's Tosca: Powerful and Insightful

Review of LA Opera's Tosca: Powerful and Insightful A Shakesperian director digs into the deepest meanings of Tosca at LA Opera

One Million Animal Gala: Farm Animal Rights Movement Wins the Hearts of Animal Lovers

One Million Animal Gala: Farm Animal Rights Movement Wins the Hearts of Animal Lovers Farm Animal Rights Movement makes a splash in Los Angeles with an historic protest and a glamorous Gala for animal advocates

Pacific Opera Project's Marriage of Figaro Review: Exciting Homegrown Talent Bring Mozart To Life

Pacific Opera Project's Marriage of Figaro Review: Exciting Homegrown Talent Bring Mozart To Life An all American cast find all the beautiful musical and comedic nuggets in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Pacific Opera Project

Animal Advocacy Museum Opening: Enthusiastic Activists Rush In

Animal Advocacy Museum Opening: Enthusiastic Activists Rush In The brand new Animal Advocacy Museum promises to be a dynamic place to learn about what's going on with animals and how to get involved

Animal Advocacy Museum To Open In Los Angeles!

Animal Advocacy Museum To Open In Los Angeles! Animal Advocacy Museum Launch Party on March 30, 2013

LA Opera's Cinderella: The Mice Steal the Show

LA Opera's Cinderella: The Mice Steal the Show LA Opera's lush and creative production of Giaoachino Rossini's Cinderella is enhanced by sniffing, scratching, scampering, rolling adorable mice

Pacific Opera Project’s Barber of Seville: Brilliance Cloaked in Rough and Tumble

Pacific Opera Project’s Barber of Seville: Brilliance Cloaked in Rough and Tumble With POP's Barber of Seville, Rossini's farcical story is updated as a Hollywood saga with celebrities, fans, rock stars and drugs--and even a homage to the LAPD

Dr. Winnie Kiiru: African Woman on the Rise

Dr. Winnie Kiiru: African Woman on the Rise Dr. Winnie Kiiru of Kenya is a powerful community and conservation organizer whose leadership is helping to save African elephants

LA Opera's The Flying Dutchman Review: Enthralling

LA Opera's The Flying Dutchman Review: Enthralling JULIE MAKEROV stepped in opening night to perform the lead female role in LAOpera's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN- with a bare 20 minutes notice and it is hard to imagine the piece reaching as great a success with anyone else

Hotel Barocco Review: Classy, Charming, and Welcoming Boutique in the Heart of Rome

Hotel Barocco Review: Classy, Charming, and Welcoming Boutique in the Heart of Rome Hotel Barocco is one of the best places you could stay in Rome -- classy, hospitable, and great location

Tortilis Camp in Amboseli Park, Kenya Review: Surprising and Delightful Luxuries In the Bush

Tortilis Camp in Amboseli Park, Kenya Review: Surprising and Delightful Luxuries In the Bush Tortilis Camp outside of Amboseli Park, Kenya, is a fun place to stay with many surprising delights, such as growing all its own organic vegetables

Satao Elerai Camp Review--Natural Beauty, Serenity, Luxury and Ecology at Amboseli Park, Kenya

Satao Elerai Camp Review--Natural Beauty, Serenity, Luxury and Ecology  at Amboseli Park, Kenya A lovely, artistic and very serene campsite made with local acacia trees awaits you, and your visit will help protect and conserve all that is wild and beautiful

Aberdare Country Club and The Ark Review: Sister Lodges That Offer Unique Leisure and Wildlife Viewing in Aberdare Park, Kenya

Aberdare Country Club and The Ark Review: Sister Lodges That Offer Unique Leisure and Wildlife Viewing in Aberdare Park, Kenya Staying at The Ark, modeled on Noah's Ark, in the middle of the jungle is a unique and thrilling nighttime experience and staying at the Aberdare Country Club you are surrounded by beauty and luxury

THE MARGARITA HOUSE Review: A Homey Bed and Breakfast in Karen Suburbs of Nairobi

THE MARGARITA HOUSE Review: A Homey Bed and Breakfast in Karen Suburbs of Nairobi The Margarita House is a homey and affordable place to stay when visiting the sights of Nairobi, Kenya

THE FIRST LUXURY ART HOTEL ROMA Review: Unsurpassed Sophistication, Style and Service

THE FIRST LUXURY ART HOTEL ROMA Review: Unsurpassed Sophistication, Style and Service The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma is a haven of modern art, sophistication and service--where the celebrities go when they want to be incognito

ANIMAL RIGHTS RESERVED--Urgent Care For Wildlife in Kenya

 ANIMAL RIGHTS RESERVED--Urgent Care For Wildlife in Kenya Animal Rights Reserved is a recently founded charity in Kenya which is taking aim at the problems of wildlife and the community

KONGONI LODGE at Kenya's Lake Naivasha Review – A Wonderland You Will Never Want to Leave

KONGONI LODGE at Kenya's Lake Naivasha Review – A Wonderland You Will Never Want to Leave Kenya's Kongoni Lodge is a dreamy, luxurious haven for tourists and wildlife too

Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips Interview - Founders of Animal Defenders International

Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips Interview - Founders of Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International, one of the most effective animal rights organizations in the world, is headed by Jan Creamer and her husband Tim Phillips who are attacking animal cruelty around the globe

“Sweeney Todd” Review: Great Moments in New Production of Pacific Opera Project

“Sweeney Todd” Review: Great Moments in New Production of Pacific Opera Project Great musical moments arise, like the smell of baking pie

Lion Ark Gala Fundraiser: A Love Fest for Animal Advocates

Lion Ark Gala Fundraiser: A Love Fest for Animal Advocates Hundreds of animals lovers came out to Lion Ark Gala to celebrate the great work of Animal Defenders International, their new feature documentary LION ARK, and honor Bob Barker and Jorja Fox

A.D.I.'s Lion Ark Gala: Get Tickets Now for Star-Studded Fundraiser for Animals!

A.D.I.'s Lion Ark Gala: Get Tickets Now for Star-Studded Fundraiser for Animals! Lion Ark Night tickets are now available for an Oct. 13 star-studded gala evening in the Hollywood Hills

Circus PAWS Review: Fabulous and Cruelty Free

Circus PAWS Review: Fabulous and Cruelty Free Fabulous animal free circus challenges the concept of old fashioned animal abusive entertainment

Don Giovanni at LA Opera Review: Sublime and Yet Disturbing

Don Giovanni at LA Opera Review: Sublime and Yet Disturbing Mozart's Don Giovanni is a frivolous comedy of flirtations and attempted seductions, but the story is framed within an ominous tragedy

Circus PAWS Is Coming! - Magical Entertainment Without Animals

Circus PAWS Is Coming! -  Magical Entertainment Without Animals CIRCUS PAWS - it needs no animals to be spectacular - will be playing three shows only Sept. 29 and 30

The Two Foscari Review: LA Opera Dazzles With A Brilliant Production

The Two Foscari Review: LA Opera Dazzles With A Brilliant Production The Two Foscari (I Due Foscari), for all its many charms, is an opera which is rarely mounted

"The Chicago 8" Review: A Riveting New Film

"The Chicago 8" Review: A Riveting New Film This movie could encourage activists today and all Americans to remember what our basic rights are

Elephant Room at the Kirk Douglas Review - Artful and Zany Magic!

Elephant Room at the Kirk Douglas Review - Artful and Zany Magic! Three zany magicians update some old parlor tricks with new gags in a series of wacky comedy sketches

Comedy Benefit for Harvest Home - Another Reason to Love Raymond!

Comedy Benefit for Harvest Home - Another Reason to Love Raymond! Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines and Wendy Liebman entertain for Harvest Home charity

Medium Thomas John - Down to Earth Psychic with Out of This World Visitors

 Medium Thomas John - Down to Earth Psychic with Out of This World Visitors This morning while chatting with psychic Thomas John, I was visited by my mother-in-law. This was a surprise, since she passed away in 2010

La Boheme Review - A Magical Production at LA Opera

La Boheme Review - A Magical Production at LA Opera La Boheme is built around some of Puccini’s most memorable and haunting arias of love

"Cosi Fan Tutte" Review - A Great New Production of Pacific Opera Project

"Cosi Fan Tutte" Review - A Great New Production of Pacific Opera Project Pacific Opera Project’s production of Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” is hilarious and creative

"The Eyes of Thailand" Review - Documenting the Power of Love

"The Eyes of Thailand" Review - Documenting the Power of Love "The Eyes of Thailand"is the interconnected story of two global issues: the plight of the Asian elephant, and the continued suffering caused by land mines

Elephant Summit 2012 Sponsored by P.A.W.S.- Day Three: Saving Wildlife Means Saving Habitat

Elephant Summit 2012 Sponsored by P.A.W.S.- Day Three: Saving Wildlife Means Saving Habitat Elephant Summit attendees were treated to leading edge insights into the natural lives of elephants in the wild

Elephant Summit 2012 Sponsored by P.A.W.S.-Day Two: Replacing Cruelty With Caring

Elephant Summit 2012 Sponsored by P.A.W.S.-Day Two: Replacing Cruelty With Caring Slowly the public is becoming more aware of the sad and torturous lives of many elephants in captivity today

Elephant Summit 2012 Sponsored by P.A.W.S.- Day One: Dynamic Activism

Elephant Summit 2012 Sponsored by P.A.W.S.- Day One: Dynamic Activism The Elephant Summit, sponsored by PAWS Sanctuary brings together dynamic elephant activists from around the world

ElephantVoices Fundraiser - An Exciting Visit with Elephant Expert Dr. Joyce Poole

ElephantVoices Fundraiser - An Exciting Visit with Elephant Expert Dr. Joyce Poole World renowned elephant communicator and scientist Dr. Joyce Poole and her partner Petter Granli have made a recent stop in Los Angeles

American Night at the Kirk Douglas Review - Whacking Off Thru History!

American Night at the Kirk Douglas Review - Whacking Off Thru History! Richard Montoya's new play, American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, at the Kirk Douglas is a hilarious and touching look at a Mexican immigrant studying for his U.S. citizenship test

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - An Elephant Knows When There Is Love In Your Heart (Part 2 of 3)

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - An Elephant Knows When There Is Love In Your Heart (Part 2 of 3) There is much love in the hearts of the founders and keepers of the abandoned baby elephants and raise them to be thriving and wild

Experiencing Sharon-Lee Brow Wow Eyebrow Treatment

Experiencing Sharon-Lee Brow Wow Eyebrow Treatment Australian Eyebrow guru Sharon-Lee hopes to pluck away at the L.A. beauty market

Albert Herring at LA Opera Review - Operatic Farce

Albert Herring at LA Opera Review - Operatic Farce Albert Herring is a comic chamber opera, with an orchestra of just 13, by British composer Benjamin Britten

Simon Boccanegra at LA Opera Review - A Phenomenon!

Simon Boccanegra at LA Opera Review - A  Phenomenon! Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at LA Opera starring Placido Domingo is an operatic and cultural phenomenon

Mark Taper's "Clybourne Park" Review: Contrasting Two Plays

Mark Taper's "Clybourne Park" Review: Contrasting Two Plays Two inter-connecting plays, Clybourne Park and A Raisin in the Sun, run simultaneously for a fascinating comparison

Kirk Douglas "A Raisin in the Sun" Review - Riveting and Masterful

Kirk Douglas "A Raisin in the Sun" Review - Riveting and Masterful Kirk Douglas Theatre’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Phylicia Rashad, is a wonderful, masterful theatrical event not to be missed

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - How To Save An Elephant (Part 1 of 3)

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust  - How To Save An Elephant (Part 1 of 3) Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small but bright beacon of hope and love in a world of danger for elephants

Roméo et Juliette at LA Opera Review - Opera at Its Best

Roméo et Juliette at LA Opera Review - Opera at Its Best Charles Gounod's adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Roméo et Juliette) premiered Sunday afternoon, November 6 at LA Opera

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - I Have Two Families - My Family at Home and My Elephant Family (Part 3 of 3)

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust  - I Have Two Families - My Family at Home and My Elephant Family (Part 3 of 3) Elephants are so human and so lovable that being close to them can bring up mystical feelings

Cosi Fan Tutte at LA Opera Review - Lovely and Lyrical

Cosi Fan Tutte at LA Opera Review - Lovely and Lyrical You can't beat this rendition of Mozart, although as opera it's a bit staid

Diamond Not Furs - A Gala Celebration for Animal Welfare

Diamond Not Furs - A Gala Celebration for Animal Welfare Diamonds Not Furs, a glamorous West Hollywood gala, proves to the world that you don't need animal fur to put on the Ritz

Review of Celebrity Autobiography at the Broad: A Delicious Piece of Toffee Twice Chewed

Review of Celebrity Autobiography at the Broad: A Delicious Piece of Toffee Twice Chewed Celebrity Autobiography is a perfect cabaret piece-- light, gossipy, fun

Review of "This" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - An Unpleasant Slice of Life

Review of "This" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - An Unpleasant Slice of Life Old friends endure life's banalities together

Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum Review - A Production of Many Delights

Richard III at Theatricum Botanicum Review -  A Production of Many Delights Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Richard III at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, is worth taking in

The Naked Army at the Powerhouse Review - Lusty, Bawdy Feminists

The Naked Army at the Powerhouse Review - Lusty, Bawdy Feminists Kudos to the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble for creating and mounting an energetic, updated adaptation of Aristophanes’ classic anti-war comedy, "Lysistrata"

The Method Gun at Kirk Douglas Review - Wild Circus of Ideas

The Method Gun at Kirk Douglas Review - Wild Circus of Ideas "The Method Gun," created and performed by members of the Austin, TX troupe Rude Mechs is a wacky send-up of Tennessee Williams, formal theater training, as well as an exploration of loyalty to a guru

The Academy’s Tribute to Sophia Loren: Love Fest For a Goddess

The Academy’s Tribute to Sophia Loren: Love Fest For a Goddess Many of us fans have had Sophia Loren in our lives for our whole lives

Merchant of Venice at the Broad Stage Review - Powerful as Today's News

Merchant of Venice at the Broad Stage Review - Powerful as Today's News Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Broad Stage, presented by Theatre for a New Audience, is an important, engaging, delightful

The Cripple of Inishmaan Review - Outrageous Banter, Stunning Cruelty

The Cripple of Inishmaan Review - Outrageous Banter,  Stunning Cruelty You will be entertained, astonished and also saddened

Hotel Frank Review - Hip New Digs on Union Square

Hotel Frank Review - Hip New Digs on Union Square Just about everyone we know in Los Angeles considers San Francisco to be a great vacation spot

Turn of the Screw at LA Opera Review - Eerie and Esoteric

Turn of the Screw at LA Opera Review - Eerie and Esoteric Patricia Racette plays the Governess in Benjamin Britten's operatic adaptation of Turn of the Screw ghost story by novelist Henry James

Re-Animator the Musical Review - Zombies Gone Wild!

Re-Animator the Musical Review - Zombies Gone Wild! What’s a little blood bath when you can laugh and scream at hysterically funny horror antics

Broken Glass at Pico Playhouse Review - Arthur Miller Intensity

Broken Glass at Pico Playhouse Review - Arthur Miller Intensity As the first production of their new season, West Coast Jewish Theatre has mounted this production of Broken Glass by Arthur Miller at Pico Playhouse

LA Opera The Turk in Italy Review - Hilarious and Charming

LA Opera The Turk in Italy Review - Hilarious and Charming A lot of people who say they don't like opera really have no idea what they are missing

33 Variations at the Ahmanson Review - Fonda Thrills

33 Variations at the Ahmanson Review - Fonda Thrills Jane Fonda is a phenomenon

Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy - Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World

Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy - Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World Preparations are being made for the exclusive preview of a new documentary “Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy,” to be screened January 20 at Kat Kramer’s “Films That Change The World” Series

Sunworld Safari Review - Dramatic Wildlife, Fascinating Maasai People, Essential Eco-Tourism

Sunworld Safari Review - Dramatic Wildlife, Fascinating Maasai People, Essential Eco-Tourism The vast and beautiful Maasai Mara, home to the great wildebeest migration, is land of the Maasai people

Venice at the Kirk Douglas Review - Wow What a Musical

Venice at the Kirk Douglas Review - Wow What a Musical Kudos to Venice, a world premiere musical at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Loveland at Santa Monica Playhouse Review - Ann Randolph's Manic and Meaningful Flight

Loveland at Santa Monica Playhouse Review - Ann Randolph's Manic and Meaningful Flight In her 70-minute one-woman and multi-character show Loveland, writer-comedienne Ann Randolph takes the audience on a flight of imagination and memory

L.A. Opera's The Marriage of Figaro - Not To Be Missed!!

L.A. Opera's The Marriage of Figaro - Not To Be Missed!! What could be more refreshing on a hot Sunday afternoon, than Placido Domingo, Mozart, belly laughs, and air conditioning

Sunworld Safaris Review – First Exciting Days in Kenya

Sunworld Safaris Review – First Exciting Days in Kenya Americans used to mostly get their notions of safari from the movies

Sunworld Safari Review – Kenya’s Fabulous Flamingos, Hungry Hippos, Galloping Giraffes

Sunworld Safari Review – Kenya’s Fabulous Flamingos, Hungry Hippos, Galloping Giraffes The first president and grandfather of independent Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, who came to power in 1963, used to spend lunchtimes every weekend at Lake Nakuru

Forest Dream Cottage Kenya Review – A Treasure of the South Coast

Forest Dream Cottage Kenya Review – A Treasure of the South Coast Forest Dream is a lovely compound of Swahili-style cottages nestled in a lush equatorial forest

Hotel Le Tourville Review - A Classy Nook in Paris

Hotel Le Tourville Review - A Classy Nook in Paris Hotel Le Tourville in Paris is a gem of a place

Comedy Stars Give Their All for Elephants

Comedy Stars Give Their All for Elephants Joviality and laughter filled the evening soiree at the Voice for Animals Foundation’s Beverly Hills fundraiser hosted by Lily Tomlin

Stars Perform To Free Billy From L.A. Zoo

Stars Perform To Free Billy From L.A. Zoo Legendary comedienne Lily Tomlin will be joined by some of today's leading comedy acts including Orny Adams, Elayne Boosler, Rick Overton with emcee Bruce Vilanch at a private estate in Beverly Hills in a benefit event for Voice For The Animals this Saturday, Aug.7

Up Chick Creek Review at Santa Monica Playhouse - Three Sassy Solos

Up Chick Creek Review at Santa Monica Playhouse - Three Sassy Solos Up Chick Creek is a trio of short one woman shows performed recently as a benefit for Santa Monica Playhouse. Barbara Cole, Lizzie Czerner and Dinah Steward pitched in to show, in their very different styles, a medley of women finding themselves

Stoop Stories at the Douglas - Poetic and Heart-Wrenching

Stoop Stories at the Douglas - Poetic and Heart-Wrenching With only a staircase, good lighting and synchronistic sounds, Dael Orlandersmith presents her love poem about the characters she grew up knowing so well in Harlem

Cougars and Kittens Prowl Through Hollywood

Cougars and Kittens Prowl Through Hollywood “Cougars and Kittens” is a citywide stand up comedy competition which is picking up steam. Sexy and funny ladies tickle the funny bone and titillate other bones as well.

Gotterdamerung Review - A Thrilling End to the Ring

Gotterdamerung Review - A Thrilling End to the Ring Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods) is the fourth and last opera in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle)

Black Hole at the Santa Monica Playhouse - Of Great Benefit

Black Hole at the Santa Monica Playhouse - Of Great Benefit Santa Monica Playhouse is the only theater company in Los Angeles that has continually produced shows for both young audiences and adults, nonstop for 50 years

Dream Girls at the Ahmanson - Fast, Flashy, and Frantic

Dream Girls at the Ahmanson - Fast, Flashy, and Frantic The Dreamgirls musical revival at the Ahmanson is a huge, ambitious show with multiple stars, multiple themes, multimedia and a huge adrenaline rush

LA Opera's Barber of Seville - Comic and Musical Mastery

LA Opera's Barber of Seville - Comic and Musical Mastery Listening to the overture of The Barber of Seville, my heart pumped in childlike excitement and anticipation of the fun and exciting music and characters I was about to experience

Gala for Animal Acres: Compassion Rocks!

Gala for Animal Acres: Compassion Rocks! On Sept. 12 the annual Gala for Animal Acres, postponed this year because of the devastating fires, was held at the glamorous Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, rather than at the farm

Interview with John O'Hurley - A Man for All Media

Interview with John O'Hurley - A Man for All Media John O'Hurley is an inspired man who has been able to successfully fulfill his creative aspirations in many arenas

Voice Lessons at the Zephyr Review - Fun and Entertaining

Voice Lessons at the Zephyr Review - Fun and Entertaining Voice Lessons at the Zephyr Theater in Hollywood is prolific playwright Justin Tanner's latest offering

Summit for Elephants - They Need Our Help

Summit for Elephants - They Need Our Help Along with wildlife veterinarians and trainers... I was privileged to attend the three-day Summit for Elephants at ARK 2000, a Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in San Andreas, California

PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary - A Haven of Love

PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary - A Haven of Love All wildlife should be kept in the wild, not held captive by people, according to Pat Derby and Ed Stuart, owners and operators of PAWS

Die Walküre at LA Opera - Not to Be Missed!

Die Walküre at LA Opera - Not to Be Missed! The second installment in the renowned "Ring Cycle," Die Walküre is Richard Wagner's compelling love story between the doomed hero Siegmund and his soulmate Sieglinde

McKinley Comedy Benefit Review - Humor Is Great Economic Stimulus

McKinley Comedy Benefit Review -  Humor Is Great Economic Stimulus McKinley Elementary raised thousands of dollars with its Ninth Annual Comedy Benefit starring Paula Poundstone and Bobby

Kirk Douglas One Man Show Review - Inspiring and Fun

Kirk Douglas One Man Show Review - Inspiring and Fun In this one-man show, Hollywood legend and born storyteller Kirk Douglas steps onto the stage of the theater named after him

Das Rheingold LA Opera Review - If You Like This Kind of Thing

Das Rheingold LA Opera Review - If You Like This Kind of Thing Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" is a monumental experience that tells a unified story, drawn from Norse mythology

Native Foods Restaurant Review - Outrageously Worthwhile in Westwood

Native Foods Restaurant Review - Outrageously Worthwhile in Westwood Native Foods in Westwood is a vegan restaurant, where the food is fresh, complex and delicious, and the setting is casual

Minsky's Musical Review - Rousing World Premiere at the Ahmanson

Minsky's Musical Review - Rousing World Premiere at the Ahmanson The world premiere of Minsky's, named for impresario-owner Billy (Christopher Fitzgerald), is a lavish and rowdy, old-fashioned musical

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