Visiting LA Valley College…

Looks like we may be at LA Valley College twice next weekend: Friday for Putnam County, and Saturday for the College Fair. From their website:

October 15-17, 22-24

LAVC Theater Arts Presents the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The LAVC Theater Arts Department will present a production of the Tony award-winning musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on October 15-17 and 22-24 at 8 p.m. (plus a 2 p.m. matinee on October 17) in the Horseshoe Theater. This musical is about six quirky kids who find their county spelling bee as a place to stand out and a place to fit in. The book is by Rachel Sheinkin, and music and lyrics by William Finn. This production is directed by Cathy Susan Pyles. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, contact (818) 947-2790 or

October 17

LAVC Hosts College Expo for LAUSD District 2

LAVC has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) District 2 to host the first annual LAUSD District 2 College Fest on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m.-12 noon at Monarch Square. More than 1500 students and families will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities and attend college information workshops. All students and their families from District 2, which serves the East San Fernando Valley, have been invited to the event. For more information, contact (818) 778-5831 or


Theatre Planning: Near and Far

Some near side and far side theatre planning, while the tea steeps and cools:

On the near side: Yesterday morning, while the tea cooled and I woke up from the van ride, I worked on the weekend schedule for the next few months. I needed to do this because I needed to reschedule tickets for two shows, schedule a third, figure out when we were going to the Ren Faire, and figure out when to order tickets for some other shows we want to see. The following is what I worked out. If this affects you (and it probably doesn’t–it should only affect ussens, ellipticcurve, ixixlix, and anyone wanting to meet us at Southern Faire), give me a shout out with any problems:

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4Q06 Theatre Planning (Update II)

Yet another theatre planning update (and thus a followup to this post). The tickets to The Musical of Musicals have just gone up on Goldstar, and so we now have 3 tickets to the 10/28 matinee show. Hopefully, some friends of ours who live in Burbank will be able to join us; if not, we’ll meet them for dinner afterwards.

The next tickets I’ll be getting will be A Light In The Piazza, for which HotTix go on sale October 10th.

Update 10/10/2006: We’ll be seeing A Light In The Piazza for the Sunday Matinee, 12/3. I have no idea where our seats are: they can no longer tell us that information over the phone.

I’m also tempted to explore tickets I’ve also ordered tickets for The Beastly Bombing, which had an interesting write-up on The Huffington Post as “The Most Offensive & Morally Unredeemable Musical I’ve Ever Heard”. The official subtitle of the play is “A Terrible Tale of Terrorists Tamed by the Tangles of True Love”. It is produced by SORO (The Secret Order of Revolutionary Operettists), and is supposedly a wicked political satire in the tradition of Gilbert & Sullivan. It is at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood, running until November 18th. Perhaps We’ll be going on Friday November 10th, as it looks like NSS&F may be down in Orange County. I’d have to do tickets off-Goldstar, however. [Reading my friends-of-friends list, I discovered that mistermerlin is playing the President; he’s a friend of terpsichoros. shutterbug93: I’ll note that Heather Marie Marsden from It Came From Beyond is in the cast.]


In other entertainment news, the Austin Lounge Lizards have a new CD coming out. It is now available through their store. The song list looks great:

Go Ahead and Die
The Drugs I Need
One True God
Xmas Time for Visa
The Neighbor of the Beast
Wer Ist Da?
     Buenos Dias, Budweiser
Toast the Earth with ExxonMobil
Ain’t Gonna Rain
Banjo Players in Heaven
The Tower
We’ve Been Through Some Crappy Times Before

Yes, I already have a copy on order! I should note that the Lizards are on tour: those on my friends list will find the following of interest:

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2:25 PM: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
    Festival, Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park. (415) 255-0333

  • AUSTIN, Saturday, October 28: Cactus Cafe, UT Student Union, Austin,
    TX. Two shows, at 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Call 512-475-6515 for
    information, or just show up early.

That information came straight from the Lizard’s email.


4Q06 Theatre Planning (Updated)

My theatre planning entry has been updated to show that we are now going to see The Marvelous Wonderettes on October 8; this is the same performance that shutterbug93 will be attending. The tickets just went up on Goldstar.

We also now have tickets to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on March 10th at CSUN.

I’m still monitoring Goldstar for tickets for Musical of Musicals, which should go on sale any day now. HotTix for A Light in the Piazza don’t go on sale until October 10th.


Theatre Planning – 4Q06

I haven’t done a post about theatre planning in a while, but since I was doing tickets tonight, I figured I’d subject you to it :-). The following are shows we either have tickets to, or are planning to go to:

  • × Fences (Pasadena Playhouse). Starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, with Bryan Clark, Kadeem Hardison, Orlando Jones, Wendell Pierce, and with Victoria Matthews. Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award Winner. Single tickets are already sold out. Story: Troy Maxson — a former star ballplayer in the Negro Leagues — finds himself an embittered 53-year old garbage collector. As he comes to terms with his own lost dreams, Troy struggles to hold onto a shred of personal dignity while battling to unite his family.
    9/23 @ 9:00pm

  • × {proof} (Rep East Playhouse). Starring Rebekah Dunn, Mike Levine, Kristen Paige, and Phillip Peck. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Story: Catherine, the daughter of Robert–a recently deceased mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago–had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert’s death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a revolutionary mathematical proof about prime numbers in Robert’s office. Can Catherine prove that her father wrote it? Along with proving the proof, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with the young Hal. Throughout, Catherine finds herself wondering if she will succumb to the mental illness that destroyed her father. NSS&F and ellipticcurve are joining us for this.
    9/30 @ 8:00 pm

  • × The Marvelous Wonderettes (El Portal Theatre). The Marvelous Wonderettes is a cotton-candy colored, non-stop pop musical blast from the past! Featuring your favorite songs from the fifties and sixties, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and more. The Marvelous Wonderettes stars four of the biggest stars on the Los Angeles theatre scene–Kirsten Chandler, Kim Huber, Julie Dixon Jackson and Bets Malone. Needless to say, shutterbug93 will be there (what do you expect; she does the websites for ½ the cast!) [Added 9/21]
    10/8 @ 3:00 PM

  • The Musical of Musicals (Colony Theatre). A captivating, delightfully clever homage to America’s favorite musical theatre creators, and a send-up of every musical you’ve ever seen. NSS&F will join us for this. [Added 10/6]
    10/28 @ 3:00 pm.

  • A Chorus Line (Cabrillo Music Theatre). The story of a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It reveals the high hopes of an eclectic group of young Broadway gypsies seeking to land a job in the show. NSS&F will join us. (Side note: Ask me how Marvin Hamlisch gave me a ride home).
    11/4 @ 2:00 pm

  • The Beastly Bombing (Steve Allen Theatre @ CFI), a terrible tale of terrorists tamed by the tangles of true love, produced by SORO (The Secret Order of Revolutionary Operettists). [Added 10/6]
    11/10 @ 8:00 pm

  • A Day Out With Thomas (Orange Empire). Come and see a really useful engine. NSS&F will also be there.
    11/11 aft. 1:00 pm
    11/12 all day

  • Sister Act: The Musical (Pasadena Playhouse). Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Glenn Slater. Story: When disco club singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody in a dying convent, her unique brand of funk comes face-to-face with the traditions of the church and the strict order is in for a change. Masquerading as a nun named Mary Clarence, this Sister’s act will have you laughing and singing in the aisles.
    11/18 @ 9:00 pm

  • Dirk (Road Theatre Company). A play based on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. This is being presented by the Road Theatre Company, a small house in North Hollywood. We’re doing this for NSS&F’s birthday party; ellipticcurve and ixixlix are part of the group purchase. If you’re interested in joining us, let me know. [Updated 9/22]
    11/19 @ 2:00 pm

  • The Light in the Piazza (Ahmanson). Story: a poignant tale of two unusual young people who fall in love and to explore the essence of love itself. Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas. Winner of 6 Tony Awards.
    12/3 @ 2:00pm.

  • An Evening with Shel Silverstein. My daughter’s school will be doing this play, and as she’s in Drama class this year, she’ll be in it. Naturally, we’ll be there.
    12/7, 12/8 @ 7:00 pm

  • 13 (Mark Taper Forum). A musical about 13 13-year old in Indiana, with Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Hot Tix go on sale 12/1. NSS&F wants to see this.
    Possibly 12/30.

There are also a number of good upcoming musicals and plays:

  • Santa Clarita Rep East: A Few Good Men (Aaron Sorkin) [Jan-Feb]; Driving Miss Daisy (Alfred Uhry) [May/June]; Bleacher Bums (Joe Mantegna) [July/September]; The Unexpected Guest (Agatha Christie) [Sep/Oct]
  • Pasadena Playhouse: Defiance (John Patrick Shanley); Cuttin’ Up (Charles Randolph Wright) plus 4 more plays, including Can-Can.
  • Broadway/LA: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (May 2007)
  • Ahmanson: Jersey Boys (May-July 2007).
  • Cabrillo Music Theatre: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

All in all, a busy time for us theatre junkies.