Phantom Muzik aids talent in ascending the shaky ladder of the ever-changing music industry. Besides hosting fresh-faced pop, hip-hop, and pop-rock artists on its very own record label, the production company also fosters burgeoning songwriters through its music-publishing services. In a business that can be as perilous as a mayonnaise self-portrait left in the trunk, Phantom Muzik's representatives hit the mat to promote their artists so that their sound can reach multiple platforms, from live performances to multimedia soundtracks.
It doesn't take a superhero's physique or a disregard for the laws of gravity to become one of those daring people on the flying trapeze. And you don't have to be French, Canadian, or French-Canadian to perform those eye-popping, jaw-dropping feats seen in Cirque du Soleil. According to Cirque School founder Aloysia Gavre, "anybody with any body" can run away with the circus, and she should know. As a former Cirque du Soleil aerialist, Aloysia's has long been dominated by a passion for the circus arts. Her Cirque School has been teaching the tricks of the trade to new generations of circus performers since 2004, when it started humbly in a small Pilates studio. These small classes quickly blossomed into a full-time community institution as the school expanded into its current 6,000 square foot Hollywood studio. It's here where Gavre and her team of aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, stilt walkers, jugglers, and balance experts turn even the most casual circus fan into a full-blown big-top fanatic. They've even become the go-to for Hollywood productions seeking circus training, including consulting work for network shows and making Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz look like natural-born circus performers in Water for Elephants.
In classes designed for ages 14 and up, Cirque School melds professional circus training with limberness-enhancing Pilates. It tones frames, cultivates flexiblity, and gives helps give future circus strongmen their strength, all while filling students with mental and physical wellness. It's rigorous, but that rigor is always overshadowed by fun, and as sticklers for safety, nobody works without crash pads. Dangling from a 10- to 19-foot open barrel-roof ceiling, students work their cores and upper bodies in the Pilates-infused Aerial Fitness & Conditioning class, a 60-minute workshop on beginner-level trapeze, fabric, and rope tricks such as climbing gracefully or lassoing the instructor. AcroFit & Intro to Handstands participants hold handstands and develop tumbling techniques in a 60-minute cross-training program held in the school’s 6,000 square feet of industrial loft space. Alternatively, students can lengthen their limbs during Flexibility & Stretch, a 90-minute cocktail of circus contortion, dance training, and rubber-band impersonation.
The Acting Center is a new acting and improv school based on a rediscovered technique buried for the last 80 years. We are an acting studio that produces uniformly confident, completely certain actors who can create any character — in any emotion, in any situation—instantly.
The Groundlings was founded in 1972, and in the nearly 40 years since, the improvisational comedy troupe has supplied audiences with laughs and the comedy world with some of its most beloved stars, including Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig, and Jimmy Fallon. Each improvised show is entirely different, with the actors making up the material on the spot for a performance that's never been seen before and will never be seen again, like Bigfoot rodeo-riding Halley's Comet. The Groundlings troupe practices both long-form improv plays and shorter styles. Among the current shows is the long-running "Cookin' with Gas", in which a surprise guest joins the onstage onslaught of humor—past guests have included John Ritter, Quentin Tarantino, Sinbad, and Mike Myers. "The Completely Different Late Show" brings late-night laughs with its ever-changing cast and format, allowing vampire audience members to enjoy chuckles and chortles before the light of day dissolves their funnybones.
At ACME Comedy Hollywood, professional funny folk bust through the spotlight of an intimate, 99-seat venue to bust audiences' guts during improv- and sketch-comedy performances. Often dubbed the "West Coast SNL," Hollywood Saturday Night broadcasts live as a celebrity host attempts to crack funny bones through new sketches from top comedy writers and ACME performers. Each show also includes a musical guest with the ability to make whoopee cushion sounds with their lips as they play. In Hollywood Dream Role, an improvised movie unfolds onstage as a celebrity guest is forced to act out the part of a lifetime with no script, set, or makeup artist to cover their vestigial tentacles. Audiences can also opt to ogle top comedians in the Hollywood Stands Up show or risk laughing themselves to death during the mystery improv Murder by ACME! As performers create and move the plot along, the audience follows, ready to correctly identify the killer or frame their date at the drop of the final curtain. Before the show begins, Groupon customers can venture over to neighboring Amalfi Restaurant for a $1 discount on beverages, which, unlike a clawfoot tub full of moonshine, can be taken inside the theater.