Women’s March 01.21.17

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I took many shots before my battery died… Here’s what I caught before my phone went poof.

Downtown Los Angeles – 01.21.17

Photos by L.K. Thayer

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“O’Neill’s Ghosts” Play at The Odyssey Theatre – Opens Sept. 5th

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September 5th – 8PM (Limited Engagement)

Performances: Thurs.- Sat. 8PM – Sun. 2PM

The Odyssey Theatre

johnstarkproductions.com

O’Neill’s Ghosts, written by award-winning playwright Jovanka Bach, is told from the tormented perspective of Eugene O’Neill as he struggles with his latest writing while being haunted by the ghosts of his alcoholic-suicidal son, Bud; his career-plagued father, James; his dope-fiend mother, Ella; and debauched older brother Jamie. O’Neill suffers pangs of conscience while ravaging his family’s troubled history as plot fodder for his many plays, but it doesn’t stop him from pushing the pen.

The drama is set in 1912, in a coastal Connecticut home. As O’Neill arduously tries to concentrate on his latest work, he is haunted by the years of paternal neglect toward his eldest son, Eugene O’Neill Jr. (Bud). This relationship is reminiscent of the interactions with his own father James, mother Ella and brother Jamie. In the meanwhile, his long-suffering but dutiful wife, Carlotta struggles to uphold his privacy. The interruptions include a series of frantic calls from the family attorney concerning Eugene’s and Carlotta’s overwrought concern for their ailing dog. From her own perspective, the family’s surly Irish maid, Maude, grows even more disgusted as she tries to make sense of the family’s dysfunction.

Sadly neither O’Neill’s father, his mother, nor his brother can impress upon him enough to change the way he interacts with his own son, Bud. The more he tries to impress his father, the more Bud’s spirit deteriorates as it becomes evident that his father will never take the time from his calling to accept him into his world. And, just as O’Neill seems to have an epiphany, it is all too late as Bud takes his own life. But, the show must go on as they say, and O’Neill continues to bury himself in his work.

Featured as Eugene O’Neill is John DiFusco, with a supporting cast of Dana Kelly, Michael Vaccaro, Lisa Thayer, Penny Orloff, Tom Groenwald and Tanya Starcevich.

The production is designed by Jaret Sacrey, with lighting and sound by Kent Inasy and stage management by Joe Morrissey. Poster designs by Lara Starcevich.

“WAITING FOR JACK…” – Friday Dec. 7th 8pm. @ Beyond Baroque

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Meet the Beats – 
S.A. Griffin/Ferlinghetti
Peter Harris/Ted Joans
Lisa Thayer/Anne Waldman
Richard Modiano/Gregory Corso
Dani Roter/Joyce Johnson
Mark Boone Jr./Charles Bukowski
John Thomas/John Harris
Pegerty Long/Philomene Long
Herb Schmid/Kenenth Patchem
Dave Alvin/Jack Spicer,
Rick Overton/Rexroth
Marc Olmsted/Allen Ginsberg
and surprise guests…..

with Rex Weiner & Michael C Ford

Produced by Eve Brandstein

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Beyond Baroque

681 Venice Boulevard  

Venice, CA 90291
(310) 822-3006

Be There Or Be Square……….

“WAITING FOR JACK…” Friday Nov. 16th 8PM @ Beyond Baroque!

Waiting For Jack  with…
S.A. Griffin, John Doe,
Lisa Thayer, Marc Olmsted,
Cheryl Fidelman, Richard Modiano,
Marc Olmsted, Yvonne De la Vega,
Theida Salazar, John Thomas,
Mark Salerno & Herb Schmidt
Performing the works of
Diane di Prima, Ferlinghetti,
Ginsberg, Corso, Janine Pommy Vega,
LeRoi Jones, Bob Kaufman,
Jack Spicer, Anne Waldman,
Hettie Jones, Robert Creeley,
Kenneth Patchen
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See WAITING FOR JACK – Nov. 16, 8 pm Beyond Baroque $15
Eve Brandstein’s Poetry in Motion Presents WAITING FOR JACK, a tribute to Beat Poetry at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CAVENICE, CA – November 16: A lineup of L.A.’s poets and actors will perform poems by Beat Era icons in a re-creation of the historic 1955 Six Gallery poetry reading in a theatrical performance produced by Michael C. Ford, Rex Weiner and Eve Brandstein.The shamanistic evocation of the Beat Era, staged at Beyond Baroque, the legendary Venice poetry mecca, is

a “must see” for those who love Beat poetry and great performances.In this limited engagement on two dates—November 16 and December 7—today’s poets recall the lyrical language, powerful political commentary and eloquent insults of the influential writers of the Beat Era, all the while awaiting the arrival of “Jack” (Kerouac), who is always late to every engagement. Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane DiPrima, LeRoi Jones, Ann Waldman, and Gary Snyder are just few of the spirits conjured to appear in these two performances. Jack finally arrives, but in a magically unexpected manner.This 90-minute theatrical experience was created by Michael C. Ford and Rex Weiner, who play regulars in a mythic Beat cafe, summoning the poets who are introduced as they appear, and providing social commentary as the events and attitudes of the past reflect and are reinterpreted in new realities of our Millennial age. The performance is directed by Eve Brandstein and Rex Weiner.
EVENT FACTS: WAITING FOR JACK
WHERE: Beyond Baroque 
681 Venice Boulevard 
(310) 822-3006
WHEN: November 16, 8PM
December 7, 8PM
Advance tickets are available for $15 at
http://WaitingforJack.eventbrite.com/.

CONTACT: Nancy Fulton
(424) 270 9004

WEBSITE: http://waitingforjackshow.blogspot.com/

“A Gathering Of Friends” @ Cafe de Solar – Wed. Sept. 12th 7:30 PM Tonight!

Tracy McCormick and Levy Lee Simon present

“A GATHERING OF FRIENDS”

THE NIGHT WILL FEATURE:

Lisa K. Thayer/Poet, Todd Garner/Singer, Johnny Cervolo/Singer, Special Guest Maria del Carmen/Poet, Carla Collins/Comedienne, Rob Larkin/Singer, John Marshall Jones/Actor, Durga McBroom Hudson/Singer, Joseph Eid/Singer, Dyan Kane/Actress, The Cast of KBP Theater Group’s “The Last Five Years”, Robbie Mangiardi/Singer, Jeff Labeouf/Poet, Anna Robles, Neon West and  singer Roberta Freeman!!

Come and join us at the hippest Cafe in LA, Cafe de Solar.

Grab some cool drinks and something to eat while listening the words and sounds of some incredible artists.

Wednesday, September 12th 7:30PM – 11PM.

SOLAR de CAHUENGA, aka CAFÉ de SOLAR,

1847 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

No charge. Just an amazing gathering of friends that includes YOU!!!!!

Photo by L. K. Thayer