When it comes to improvisational acting, Rob Adler is less interested in the wacky comedy of shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and more in inviting his students to step outside of their heads and be in the moment. His focus is on work with scripted pieces, teaching his classes not to say “yes, and” to outrageous characters and plots, but to command space and integrate the truthful elements that make a memorable performance. Rob, who has taught at such places as the Aaron Speiser Acting Studio, The Actors Gang, and the University of Southern California, and helps actors and directors delve deep into the imaginary worlds of their performance pieces, along with corporate training for executives who wish to delve deep into the imaginary world of business.
Popular globetrotting pop collective Architecture in Helsinki transforms L.A.’s historic El Rey Theatre into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band seduces grateful dance floors with smile-baiting 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, girl-group garage rockers The Sandwitches enchant with sardonically lovelorn themes and harmonies, and pop enthusiasts Dom charm with stargazing Casios and hockey anthems about their cats.
Jill Taylor draws on nearly two decades of psychic experience to delve into current and past lives, particularly in regard to love and relationships. Neon signs beckon guests into a serene interior, where Taylor taps into her education in an array of psychic modalities, including palm, tarot-card, and crystal readings, helping patrons connect with their life energy by building self-awareness.
Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than a dozen events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.
Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.
Family owned since 1978, the New Beverly Cinema promises a well-curated calendar of double features, splashing the silver screen with indie flicks, classic comedies, offbeat thrillers, and deep cuts of foreign films. Spend an evening with two pictures directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, presented in 35mm film on May 22–24, beginning with High Plains Drifter (1973) and drifting into Pale Rider (1985). On May 29–30, movie-goers can slurp their large sodas and munch their medium popcorns as they giggle to the twin bill of Road to Morocco (1942) and Road to Utopia (1946), each a farcical tale of travel starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.