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What can you do in 50 hours? Well Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre does a theatre festival.

50 Hour Drive By Theatre Festival at Zombie Joes Underground Theatre

Just an FYI, NoHo is a theatre district. We have the highest concentration of theatres outside of NYC. But what the NoHo Arts District dot Com team likes to highlight is the type of theatres we have in the neighborhood. If you are new to theatre or an aficionado, you have to check out one or all of the shows at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre (ZJU) – creative, scary, funny, turbo from anything from new works and Halloween spectaculars to musicals and even the classics. Every show has the Zombie Joe flair we like to say. Well every January, the hardworking folks at ZJU take 50 hours and create a theatre festival. Yep. Just a typical weekend in North Hollywood.

We asked Adam Neubauer, general manager of ZJU, to give us more information on this annual tradition.

So, what exactly is The 50-Hour Drive By Theatre Festival?

The 50-Hour Drive By Theatre Festivalwas started in 2002 when Jeri Batzdorff came to Zombie Joe with the idea of doing a short play festival. They decided that it would be best to do it in 50 hours, rather than 24, to allow more time to rehearse and to create a more cohesive show.

The writers are randomly assigned actors, and three props that must be written into the framework of the play.

It's an incredible challenge for all company members, which is why so many want to do it again the following year.

What’s new about this year’s 50-Hour Drive By Theatre Festival?

This year, we have the largest number of participants we've ever had. There are 5 plays this year: 18 actors, 5 writers, and 5 directors, with Jim Eshom doing double-duty of writing and directing for his 13th Drive-By.

Bitter Lemons editor is participating, that's cool!

Yes. We had the pleasure of putting up a play of Colin's a couple of years ago, and he agreed to come in and act for this year. He's incredibly excited about working with ZJU again, and we're very honored he's going to be with us this year.  Read more about our friends over at Bitter Lemons>>

50 Hour Drive By Theatre Festival at Zombie Joes Underground Theatre

How do you pick the writers, actors?

In the middle of December, Zombie Joe burns all of the old postcards from the 50-Hour the previous year, and from the ashes, reads whatever names he can, and they tell him who should be in the show.

It's a secret process, but we generally try to involve actors and writers who have worked on shows in the previous season.

Any last words?

This show is thrilling, challenging, and extremely fun. Come opening night to see just what can be created in 50 hours.

Get your tickets>>

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Monday, 28 July 2014 14:10

Do we have any songwriters in North Hollywood?

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Are You Ready to Submit YOUR Music to The International Songwriting Competition?

International Songwriting Competition

Well how many recording studios do we have in the NoHo Arts District? LOTS. How many recording artists call North Hollywood their home? LOTS. How many times have you heard someone on the streets singing, people making music on their laptops or writing lyrics in a notebook? LOTS. We make music too in NoHo. So it’s only right to pass along the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) information to our creative NoHo Arts community. The ISC is not only an opportunity for songwriters, musicians and performers to win cash and prizes, but it’s also to help further their music careers, and gain recognition and exposure in the music industry.

What is the ISC?
The ISC - International Songwriting Competition is an annual song contest for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Both amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

What are the ISC Categories?
The categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, World Music, and Unsigned Only. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories. In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, winners benefit from a multilateral promotional campaign designed to give international exposure and attention to their songwriting achievements.

Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the following criteria:
• Creativity
• Originality
• Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
• Melody
• Arrangement
• Overall likeability
Some categories may have additional criteria

Submit YOUR Music>>

So who are the judges of this competition?
This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia, Virgin, Sony Music Latin, Mercury, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists - many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

"This year we decided to invite more record company executives in order to open up more opportunities to songwriters and artists," states Candace Avery, Founder and Director. "It is so difficult for up-and-coming artists to reach these elusive music executives, so this is an incredible chance for artists to have their music heard by the people who actually make career-changing decisions. We are very excited and honored that so many high-level industry professionals want to participate - this is truly unprecedented in any competition."

2014 ISC judges include:

Recording Artists

Tom Waits; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced.

Industry Executives

Monte Lipman (Founder and Chairman/CEO, Republic Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ted Cockle (President, Virgin Records UK); Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony); Keith Naftaly (Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Gary Briggs (Senior VP of A&R/Producer, New West Records); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents' Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); and more to be announced.

See list of judges>>

Please visit for an entry form or more details.

ISC is sponsored by Lowden Guitars, Berklee College Of Music, Airplay Direct, D'Addario, DiscMakers, Thayers,, The Music Business Registry, Indie Venue Bible, Celebrity Access, Tunecore, Independent Mastering, George Stein, Esq., Songtrust, and Taxi.

International Songwriting Competition

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Monday, 01 December 2014 14:30

Councilmember Paul Krekorian's NoHo Holiday Party

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Councilmember Paul Krekorian's Community Holiday Party

Let’s join our North Hollywood Councilman Paul Krekorian and the entire Council District 2 team as we celebrate the holiday season, a year of great partnerships and our incredible (fabulous, wonderful, creative) NoHo arts community.

Councilman Paul Krekorian holiday party 2014

WHAT: Paul Krekorian's Community Holiday Party

WHEN: Tuesday, December 9 from 4-7PM

WHERE: Fire Station 89
7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Stop by and enjoy light snacks, refreshments and good conversation. It’s also an opportunity to get to know more neighbors and the council office team members.

Please make sure to bring a canned food item in donation to benefit the North Hollywood Interfaith Pantry and a small unwrapped toy for the LAFD Spark of Love Toy Drive. Last year, the citywide toy drive collected more than 500,000 toys for children in need across Los Angeles.

Please RSVP by calling (818)755-7676 or emailing

Hope to see you at the party!

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Friday, 26 August 2016 09:26

Got Camera. Will Shoot...for drinks

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We are lucky to have creative folks in the NoHo Arts District who do some amazing events. Meet the folks at Drink and Click™ - a social photography group that gets together with local photographers to socialize, talk, teach and learn. So they walk as a group taking pictures and making pit stops at pubs.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:59

Hollywood has "AN OPEN SECRET"

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A Special One-Night Only Screening Of Amy Berg’s Empowering Sexual Abuse Film An Open Secret At Laemmle North Hollywood

Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:50

Duck, It's Dodgeball Season in NoHo

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Spring: Dodgeball Season

The NoHo Arts District dot com team is thrilled the Eagle Rock Yacht Club (E.R.Y.C) is the official DODGEBALL league in our NoHo Arts community! So drag out those high tops and get ready to Duck, Throw, Catch, Dive and DODGE! Even if you were the one who got pegged in the head the first 15 seconds of the game back in elementary school, it’s ok, now’s your chance to play, meet new friends, do some good and have loads of fun…in your neighborhood.


eagle rock yacht club dodgeball in the noho arts district

E.R.Y.C. North Hollywood SPRING Season
They're Kicking off the spring season of dodgeball in NoHo on April 22 at:

NOHO Rec Center
11430 Chandler Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA
8PM to 10PM

  • 8 Teams of 15 players
  • Each team will play for 1 hour
  • The season will begin April 22 and end June 24 (schedule)



The Yacht Club is committed to helping create positive growth for at-risk youth and young adults through the game of dodgeball, workshops and mentorships.

They work with local parks and their staff to help reinvigorate recreation centers in Los Angeles while encouraging young, socially minded peers to join their efforts in creating strong communities around the United States. The Yacht Club's Mission is to bridge the gap between philanthropy and socializing.  Read all about their mission>>

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 12:11

Who are YOU going to hug today?

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January 21 is International Hugging Day - Instead of a handshake - Give a Hug

Monday, 03 August 2015 09:51

Update on the Television Academy in NoHo

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Here’s an update on the construction project at NoHo’s Television Academy

Friday, 19 September 2014 09:48

NoHo, we may be able to text 911

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City Council Will Vote on Paul Krekorian’s Proposal to Bring L.A,’s 9-1-1 Emergency Response System Into 21st Century

‘Next Generation 911’ Allows Text Messages, Photos

911 text calls

In an effort to dramatically improve the L.A.’s emergency call processing, Councilmember Paul Krekorian is urging the city to study “Next Generation 911,” a modern service that would allow residents to instantaneously transmit a wide range of information to 911 operators, including text messages, photos and videos.

Eighty percent of Americans use their cell phones to send and receive text messages, photos and videos. However, the technology that most people use to communicate is not compatible with LA’s emergency response system. LA residents can only contact 911 by placing a phone call. Cities around the country are either updating or considering changes to their 911 systems to accommodate text messaging.

Councilmember Krekorian authored a motion urging the city to consider Next Generation 911, a modern service that would accept text message and allow for instant communication with emergency response systems. It relies on broadband technology and can transmit a wide range of information immediately. As the city discusses how to improve emergency call processing and achieve efficiency, Next Generation 911 should be a central focus.

"If you send a text message asking for help to 911 today, you get an automated return message telling you to call 911,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “Our system needs upgrading and updating. We should look into the possibility of implementing Next Generation 911 in Los Angeles right away. It will give people with speech or hearing impairments access to this essential service, and allow people in dangerous situations to send texts or photos instantaneously to a 911 operator. This technology could help save lives and improve our emergency services.”

Councilmember Krekorian’s motion gives city staff six months to analyze how LA can achieve Next Generation 911 capability.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents Council District 2, which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and other communities in the east San Fernando Valley. His website is, where you can sign up for news updates. Visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook: 

Paul Krekorian NoHo Arts District

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:38

The Group Rep Gives Back

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, which for more than three decades has provided holiday cheer for children-in-need.

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