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Spotlight on events and local interests in NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Burbank and BH

A profile on Zombie Joe of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group

“I'll say it was creepy, funny, silly, occasionally pretty gross- and at points, pretty terrifying.” “Blood, guts, zombies...what's not to like?” “When the room goes pitch black, you can't hear anything but your heart racing in anticipation of the next horrifying scene.”

Monday, 02 April 2012 09:40

Spotlight >> THE BRIDGE CLUB

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the bridge club nohoWest Coast Premiere

Presented by Simon Productions
Writer: Richard Raskind
Director: Mike Sabatino

Opening Weekend Shows:
Friday, April 20 at 8pm (Talkback after show)
Saturday, April 21 at 2:30pm (Talkback after show)
Saturday, April 21 at 8pm (Talkback after show)
Sunday, April 22, at 2:30pm (Talkback after show)

Friday, April 20 – Sunday, May 13
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2:30pm
Sunday at 7pm (except opening weekend)

Show Tickets:
Opening Night April 20 - $34
General Admission all other performances - $25

Gala Package Opening Weekend: $25 ticket add-on includes pre-play dinner reception & mingle with the playwright 1hr. prior to curtain

Buy Tickets/Information: or (323) 960-7711

Where: Deaf West Theatre 5112 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood 91601
Parking: Metered parking on Lankershim & on Magnolia until 6pm; best free parking on sidestreets west of Lankershim Blvd. (please read all parking signage)
Running Time: 120 minutes (plus one intermission)

THE BRIDGE CLUB West Coast Premiere at Deaf West Theatre
Richard Raskind’s “The Bridge Club” directed by Mike Sabatino, produced by Simon Productions, will have its West Coast Premiere Friday, April 20 through Sunday, May 13 at the Deaf West Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.

Set on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a despairing man parks his car and considers the waters below, only to find a mouthy, opinionated young woman already on the edge. These two discover what, if anything, is worth living for. This art imitates life story offers suspense, mystery, and a surprising touch of humor.

Cast features Christopher Franciosa, Shelly Kurtz, Nancy Dobbs Owen, Vesna Tolomanoska, and Andrew Villarreal.


RICHARD RASKIND (Playwright) hails from the Boston area, which makes him a diehard Red Sox fan. He attended but did not graduate from Tufts University. Richard got his start in radio comedy, where a Tufts man – Tommy Hadges – donated studio time at WBCN in Boston for Richard to put together a network of eight radio stations for his comedy sketches. Three live cabaret style shows followed – the “Nothin” show, the long-running “Nothin Special,” and “Portland’s a Piece a Cake.” Later, Richard wrote for many television shows, both comedies and dramas, and contributed famous episodes for such shows as “Family Ties,” “Coach,” “Hart to Hart,” “Hunter,” “Scarecrow & Mrs. King,” “Webster,” “Fantasy Island,” “Roc,” “Crazy Like a Fox,” and “E.R.” Richard’s play “Newtonville Weekly” was staged at the Court Theater in Los Angeles, where it captured three DramaLogue Awards. He has since created a new body of work, beginning with the “The Bridge Club” which premiered on the main stage of the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, May 2011, where it was a ‘Critics Choice’ of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

MIKE SABATINO (Director) started his career in front of the camera as an actor and stuntman. His years of film and TV acting credits include numerous Guest Star and Co-Star roles. Mike is perhaps best known for his 11 year recurring role as Officer Martelli on the hit TV series NYPD -BLUE. After directing a series of short films, Mike came back to the stage with his original play “Honor The Badge” which recently premiered at The Crown City Theater in North Hollywood. Future projects include his original plays “Heaven Sent” and “Wedding Vows” to be produced late 2012.


CHRISTOPHER FRANCIOSA (Jack) was recently seen at The Odyssey Theatre in Shaw’s Misalliance and Off-Broadway at The Mint Theatre in The Charity That Began at Home. Although being Darth Vader on Chapelle’s Show was pretty fantastic, his favorite Regional theater credits include Antony & Cleopatra with Mercedes Ruehl at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Camino Real with Eli Wallach at The Actor’s Studio, Dan in Closer at The Hippodrome Theatre, Treplev in The Seagull, Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath, Ellard in The Foreigner, Banquo in Macbeth, Trinculo in The Tempest, and all the male roles in The Trojan Women. A playwright as well, Christopher has had numerous productions of his works all over the U.S. and was a member of the Warner Bros. TV Writing Workshop.

SHELLY KURTZ (Harold) Shelly’s last show was NEW JERUSALEM. Before that he was seen in COUNTER MEN, COME SUNDOWN, BROOKLYN USA, DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER, LAND OF THE TIGERS, WIT, MOLLY SWEENY, TWENTIETH CENTURY, AMY’S VIEW, SIMCHA, A SLIGHT ACHE, and many too numerous to mention. His most recent film work has been major roles in MANDOULA, THE SPHERE, THE LEPIDOCTOR, and the futuristic film/pilot THE GUNRUNNER BILLY KANE. Shelly played Coach Sanderson in the award- winning feature JUMPING FOR JOY and Feliksas in MIRIAM. He has starred and guest-starred on many television shows such as DALLAS, THE NEW LASSIE, HILL STREET BLUES, HUNTER, FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES, THE OLDEST ROOKIE and recurred as Detective Pete Reynolds on KNOT’S LANDING.

NANCY DOBBS OWEN (Sue) Nancy’s credits include National Theater: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. LA Theater: The Limitations of Genetic Technology at Theatre of Note, Sweeney Todd at the Production Company plus productions at The Alex Theater, The Hudson Theater, The Santa Monica Playhouse and The Met Theatre. Numerous independent films and national commercials. Other regional theater: American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Magic Theater, 42nd St. Moon and Berkeley Opera. LA choreography: Theatre of Note, Sight Unseen Theatre, the Production Company, Santa Monica Playhouse and the Hudson Theater. She also choreographed the new video "YoSe" for the band Pie. Nancy is a dance faculty member at Gabriella Charter School, The Performing Arts Center, Centre Stage Dance, and Synthesis Dance Center.

VESNA TOLOMANOSKA (Ginny) was recently seen in the role of Vera in Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, and as ‘Vivi’ in LE TIC TOC CABERET at the Edgemar Theatre. She was born in Macedonia and was raised in New Jersey, where as a teen she toured with a Macedonian folk dance company. Vesna studied at the (AMDA) in New York City.

ANDREW VILLARREAL (Sebastian) was recently seen in Carol’s Christmas under the direction of Steven Helgoth at The Underground Theatre. Notable theatre credits include Hal in Nicky Silver’s Three Changes under the direction of Sandy Martin, and El-Fayoumy in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot under the direction of Joe Garcia at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Villarreal has also portrayed Nick in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Harold Dobbs in David Auburn’s Proof in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Villarreal is the proud recipient of the Santa Monica Theatre Guild’s Geoffery Award for Best Actor as Alan Strang in Equus at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre directed by Madeleine Dahm.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 04:32

Spotlight > Michael Roud, photographer and film maker

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Why did you locate your business to NoHo?

Two and a half years ago I saw the potential that this area had but it was still in a transitory state. There were a bunch of independent theaters, a few restaurants, a lot of artists, and even more heart. My business was located in Culver City and I knew that I wanted to get out of the Hollywood area. In NoHo people seemed excited about what they were doing and motivated to go out and make things happen. Today, our Art's District is thriving with new restaurants, businesses, and even an independent theatre. I saw the potential in this area and now it is becoming an arts mecca for not just the valley but Los Angeles as a whole. I feel motivated by the local business owners and I think that we have a common goal; to realize the potential of our community.

american cancer society relay for life north hollywood studio cityJoin in the Fight Against Cancer this Spring!

The Relay For Life of Studio City‐North Hollywood will be held on May 19‐20, 2012 at Walter Reed Junior High School. Teams of 5-20 people create a relay by taking turns walking, running, or strolling around the school track for 24 consecutive hours. Participants will camp out with family and friends, enjoying music, entertainment, food, and friendship while building team spirit to help in the fight against cancer. The event’s 24 hours symbolize the difficulties cancer patients can face in just one 24‐hour period.

Monday, 05 March 2012 11:33

Rush Hour Lot

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Rush Hour Lot is a pop-up food court serving the North Hollywood community. It's comprised of a group of rotating Food Trucks. It's every Wednesday night from 5:30pm-9pm at The Other Door 10437 Burbank Blvd. The Flatiron Truck will be there every week!

For more info about "Rush Hour Lot" contact
Twitter: @flatirontruck
Facebook: flatirontruck

rush hour flat iron

It’s Thursday night, and I’m here at the famed Federal Bar, located in the NoHo Arts District on Lankershim and Chandler Blvd, surrounded by an array of eclectic dancers, artists, and lovers of music. Deejay Anthony Valadez spins everything from reggae to salsa to 90’s hip-hop, while emcee KG Superstar keeps the crowd hyped up, smiles on faces, drinks in hand, grooving to the beats. Suddenly, a battle breaks out in the middle of the dance floor between several dancers as they try to out-jerk, out-reject and out-pop, lock and drop one anther. It’s a truly entertaining and inspiring sight for dancers and simple mortals alike.

CoolUp The Environment Whale Party, The XCel Foundation, Cool Cups and MenuPlex Media invites children of all ages, schools, clubs, camps, art schools and all to participate in our Regional Reduce-Recycle-Reuse Plastic Cups Competition.

Friday, 03 February 2012 02:27

Starlight Jazz Serenade

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starlight jazz festival

Starlight Jazz

About Hands 4 Hope

Serving underprivileged kids and single parents since 2000!

We are an after-school and single parent resource program based in the NoHo Arts District. We serve predominantly low-income minority youth from single parent homes in North Hollywood and the surrounding communities.

Hands for Hope is dedicated to broadening horizons, developing talents, promoting self-esteem and instilling life-preparation skills by extending a hand of hope to at-risk youth and single-parent families through safe, quality after school programs.

“I never expected to make a penny from this,” says AnnMarie Baker, the Co-Founder and Co-Owner, along with husband Robert Baker, of famed Millennium Dance Complex- one of the leading, most renowned dance studios in the country, located in creative hub NoHo Arts District. Her words practically drip with irony as we sit inside this 12,000 square foot building, complete with six fully-equipped studios that house jazz, hip hop, tap and ballet classes to name a few. The space is also rented out for audition, rehearsal and casting purposes as well, with inspirational quotes perfectly displayed on the walls.

Friday, 20 January 2012 08:43

Billy Blanks' "Dance With Me"

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We are now featuring one class a month, where you can come in and try it out for FREE. This month's featured class is Billy Blanks' "Dance With Me" instructed by Amberia Allen. The Free Master Class will be on Saturday, January 28th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

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