Experienced trapeze artist Ray Pierce began his circus training on the tightrope in 1976. More than 30 years later, he and his highly trained staff at his company, Hollywood Aerial Arts, devote their time to every aspect of the art form, from choreographing their own aerial acts to designing custom rigs to teaching the next generation of artists how to maneuver through the air. They reference their collective backgrounds in the circus, Pilates, stunt work, and dance to teach group workshops inside their 10,000 square-foot facility. All of the classes supply students with safely lines and a spotting belt, and the majority of the classes focus on a specific apparatus. These include the aerial bungee, aerial hammock, spanish web, tightrope, tissu, or flying trapeze, which is performed on the facility's 32-foot-high outdoor trapeze equipped with a safety system and animatronic clown cheerleaders.
In 2008, South Pacific swept the Tony Awards®, capturing seven golden trophies, including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, South Pacific tells, dances, and sings the story of two couples—Navy nurse Nellie Forbush with French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and airman Joe Cable with lovely native lass Liat— torn by war and the temptations of tropical paradise. The original production won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1950, with its frank depiction of racial prejudice as a central theme.
Soak up the sun and revelry at Septemberfest, where attendees can let loose while enjoying live music on the Sony Studios lot, as well as unlimited sampling of more than 200 different brews, including Stella Artois, Anchor Steam, Sapporo, Allagash White, He’Brew, Bass, Hoegaarden, Shock Top, and Newcastle Brown Ale. Barbecue and food trucks are available (not included in the price of admission) for carousers who wish to fill up on delectable grub before shimmying to some sonic grooves.
Designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century town square, the four-day Broadway in the Park festival showcases hit musicals amid Victorian-era popcorn lights and meandering barbershop quartets. A preshow showcases local artistic talent before the full-scale choreography and marching-band finale of The Music Man delights guests with family-friendly tales woven through beautifully belted tunes. Hear the musical's classic tunes, including "Till There Was You," "Wells Fargo Wagon," and "Seventy-Six Trombones," sung by a sizable ensemble with full-scale choreography. Spectators should bring lounge chairs, blankets, or modular living-room sets from home to sit on while feasting on personal picnic sets or purchased snacks. Because ushers arrange guests depending on what type of seating arrangements they bring, families should plan to coordinate blanket-fort dwellings in order to be seated together and not lose grandpa in the section of those sitting on their old washing machines.
The Lighthouse Cafe, recognized by the CityVoter Los Angeles HotList as Best Jazz Club in 2009, has captivated customers with sultry scores since the 1940s. Chefs complement crooning with impromptu harpsichord jam sessions and an eclectic menu of pub grub and breakfast offerings. The Heart Attack omelette, named after a classic B-movie featuring an onslaught of rampaging monster hearts, is a morning-time medley of ham, bacon, and smoked sausage ($8.95). Evening imbibers can mash molars on the buttermilk-battered chicken tenders with ranch dressing ($9.95) or the R.A.T. salad, a fresh federation of red onion, avocado, chopped tomatoes, garlic, lettuce, and white balsamic dressing ($8.95). Deploy the fire-fighting foam of a Purple Haze beer ($7.50/12 oz. bottle) to extinguish bicuspid blazes fostered by the spicy-cheese topped Bull Dog, a frankfurter bestrewn with mashed tater tots ($5.25).