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Saturday, April 18, 2015

WORKING FOR THE MOUSE: A theatrical tour-de-force & one-man show about coming of age at Disneyland.





GET YER TICKETS HERE   https://www.theatreasylum-la.com/projects/2317


Calling all fans of great acting, astonishing character work, great improvisation, wonderful writing, and what a really good "one-man show" should look like:

You simply MUST buy a ticket to see WORKING FOR THE MOUSE which is in the last weekend of  its run in LA. IF YOU HAVE A THEATER-LOVING KID -- THIS SHOW IS A MUST SEE. YOUR CHILD WILL ADORE THIS INSIDE LOOK AT WORKING AT DISNEYLAND AND WILL LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT QUALITY ACTING IN THIS MASTERCLASS OF THEATER WORK. Moving, insightful, hilarious and heartbreaking --

You will never see one person play as many characters as you will see in this show. DO take the kids. Do not miss this. Do support this artist's work!!! BOOK THE LAST FEW TICKETS NOW!!!

His show originated in San Francisco, where the below YouTube interview with Trevor Allen was created. Here he shares with the viewer a background on how his life was changed by his work as a part-time character actor at Disneyland.




I'm writing this very rushed, gushy review (sort-of) of this play because A) I'm in the middle of the college decision process with my child, which is a bit time consuming at the moment, and yet I did see this wonderful show last weekend and was struck by how absolutely charming, touching and perfect this performance piece is for a venue in Orange County, CA.

I write it because I read a review of it in a local weekly newspaper that made his show sound lurid and sensational and perhaps not appropriate for kids or true Disney fans -- and I have to say, THIS IS SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH! It's a true story about a theme park that made me love Disneyland and its creators more than I ever thought possible. It's a loving, but realistic tribute to one of Orange County's most frequented tourist attraction and this time I will look at those working in Disneyland with more love, more affection and respect for the hard job they do more than I ever would have before. This show BEGS for a proper theater venue to produce it in Orange County.  I knew whenever a work of theater is recommended to me by playwright, Prince Gomolvilas, that it's going be good, but didn't expect it to be damn near perfect for the OC crowd.

 (Hello, South Coast Repertory?????) WORKING FOR THE MOUSE is a lovely, warm, funny -- Mark Twain-esque coming of age story which takes place from Newport Beach and Balboa Island to Anaheim's most, uhm, colorful motels, to the the very real heart and belly of our one and only Disneyland. Trevor Allen's cornucopia of characters is mesmerizing, hilarious and touching: His is a show Mark Twain would have loved and approved of. Just when you think it's about physical comedy and slapstick, you find the storyline will break your heart and touch you.

 My daughters and I (all Orange County, CA residents) had tears in our eyes when the lights came up. I waited until the audience had left to find Mr. Allen and tell him I want to do everything I can to see this show makes it to Orange County, where I firmly believe it will be greatly loved and adored.

 So - that's the purpose of this rushed blog review: YOU HAVE ONE WEEKEND -- NOW TO STILL SEE WORKING FOR THE MOUSE IN LA. It will make you laugh. It's a master class of acting and storytelling. IT PLAYS THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Until someone wise and wonderful gives it another run in the OC.

I dunno.  Maybe The Orange County Register will write about it or something.  They should.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Meet Other Parents Managing Food Allergies at the 2015 FARE National Food Allergy Conference in Long Beach, CA May 16-17



When was the last time you were in a room with hundreds of parents and others managing food allergies? Maybe never? You’ll get your chance by attending the 2015 FARE National Food Allergy Conference on May 16-17 in Long Beach, Calif. This year marks the first time the national conference will take place on the West Coast! 



This unique opportunity gathers individuals and families managing food allergies, caregivers, school staff, healthcare professionals and others to learn about advances in food allergy research and advocacy, best practices and practical skills for living well with food allergies, and much more. Here are just a few of the exciting sessions you can attend:

·         “Support Group for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children,” led by a registered dietician and mother of a 16-year-old with multiple food allergies
·         “Primed to Present: What Every Parent Must Know About Managing Food Allergies at School,” led by Gina Clowes, FARE’s Director of Education and founder of Allergy Moms
·         “Finding the Right Food Allergy Specialist for You and Your Child,” led by Dr. Allen Lieberman
·         “Bring Fun Back to the Kitchen,” led by Amy Hull Brown, founder of WellAmy.com and Tiffany Rogers, founder of Allergy Cookie

Both full conference and single-day registrations are now available. Register before March 27 to receive a special Early Bird discount! View the agenda and register today at www.foodallergy.org/conference


On a personal note:  My daughter, Juliet Larsen, who inspired me to found and direct PARENTS OF KIDS WITH A SEVERE PEANUT ALLERGY, will be speaking at FARE in a seminar called Living Your Dreams, about her experience in overcoming her fears about having a life-threatening food allergy while continuing to work professionally in at LA MODELS in high school.




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Terrorist groups selling baby elephants to fund terrorism. Actions to save baby elephants from being stolen from elephant matriarchs.

I can't bear to watch Dumbo, I can't sit through Like Water For Elephants, but to tell you the truth: This one story just flattens me.

Please join us to help keep baby elephants in the wild.  Removing them as infants and selling them to other countries to be raised in cement zoo is cruel and inhumane.

Please join forces to stop stealing baby elephants from their mothers to sell to other countries like China and Thailand.  Besides the money raised in places like Zimbabwe is going to fund terrorist groups like the Boko Haram.




NO MORE POACHING ELEPHANTS!

African elephant poaching has reached crisis level with about 100 African elephants poached every day for their ivory.

In the midst of this crisis, Zimbabwe is exporting dozens of baby elephants to China for $60,000 each, while claiming overpopulation as the motivation for export. Three out of four elephant calves exported from Zimbabwe to China in 2012 have since died, and the same fate most likely awaits this new round of calves destined to live out their lives in solitary confinement as show animals or zoo attractions.

Join us in urging the Chinese Government to implement a complete ban on imports of wild-caught live elephants to end this cruel trade once and for all.


 There are hardly any elephants left at all and this last act of terror to them is a crime against all that is good. Please do something to speak out against this. They have no voice. You do. Use it.

  CLICK HERE AND SIGN THIS PETITION, or go to https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action


Delicate, beautiful, extremely rare - almost extinct, creatures simply do NOT deserve to be stolen from their mothers in the wild, let alone shipped off to terrible places, like China, of all horrors.  We are their voice to end this senseless cruelty.

It makes them sick and insane and just plain kills them.   It's the worst thing we can do to these innocent creatures.

Below is a baby elephant that cried for hours and hours after being taken away from his mother elephant (IN CHINA. WHERE THEY SHOULD NOT BE ANYWAY!!) Because after birth the mother calf (stolen and sold to the Chinese) went crazy and tried to kill the poor little baby who cried b/c his heart was broken from being taken from his mother.

These animals have feelings and we should not be doing this to them!!!








Ballet star Sergei Polunin in "The Fragile Balance" a short film by Jem Goulding

Published on Aug 29, 2013 Sergei Polunin, the youngest-ever principal ballet dancer for the Royal Ballet, reflects on his early trials and triumphs in a touching portrait directed by Jem Goulding.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

David LaChapelle + Russia's Ballet Bad Boy, Sergei Polunin + Hozier = A dance performance you can't afford to miss. Watch:

What happens when you combine the talents of Russia's ballet bad boy Sergei Polunin, Irish gospel luminary Hozier and photography pop wizard David LaChapelle? Apparently, a whole lot of angsty, sexy, beautiful dancing ensues.




LaChapelle directed the new visual interpretation of the Grammy-nominated hit, starring British Royal Ballet vet Polunin performing choreography by Jade Hale-Christofi. The emotive dancer, donning only nude tights and a cluster of tattoos, sautés, tombés and pirouettesthrough an illuminated empty space. The white room clashes with the dark energy of the bluesy song, making Polunin's stunning dance moves resemble some kind of spiritual possession. courtesy Huff Po's,Priscilla Frank

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Exclusive:
Leaked footage. Sergei Polunin rehearsing above piece, drunk.



Oh, as if.  LOL.