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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 03:52

Call to NoHo Artists – The BH artSHOW

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Call to NoHo Artists – The BH artSHOW The Artist’s Application for the Spring Beverly Hills artSHOW is live!

Three tourist locations to flee the British winter…

Here’s your NoHo arts community update!

We look forward to sharing lots of fun and unique news, events, profiles and updates on what’s happening in the NoHo Arts District.

Friday, 12 June 2015 09:50

It’s Theatre Month…Hollywood Fringe Festival

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More Than 1300 Performances Scheduled for Annual Performing Arts Fest

Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:27

NoHo News: NoHo's Guide to FUN.

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Here’s your NoHo arts community update!

We look forward to sharing lots of fun and unique news, events, profiles and updates on what’s happening in the NoHo Arts District.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 08:20

NoHo Senior Re-Writing Retirement

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Meet NoHo Senior Arts Colony Resident Rick McManus

Rick McManus NoHo Senior Arts Colony www.nohoartsdistrict.com

Seniors Are Re-Writing Retirement Just Ask Author Rick McManus.  The days of pondering retirement might weigh heavily on the minds of some adults, but for many at a local apartment community the word “retired” is almost nonexistent among residents.

That’s because these residents are exploring new career paths, chasing down dreams, and inspiring the rest of us with their sizable accomplishments, during a time in their lives when they would typically be into retirement.

Rick McManus, a resident of the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments, is 76 years old and has truly redefined what it means to be retired.

Recently publishing his sixth book, McManus has no intention of slowing down. He enjoys sharing his books with others and focuses on writing stories that offer a powerful message to readers.

Prior to becoming a writer, McManus worked in the real estate industry where he settled in the small coastal town of La Jolla, Calif. He spent the majority of his career working in real estate, but discovered his deep passion for writing in the late 1960s while working for a local newspaper in Boston.

Although McManus enjoyed many years in La Jolla with its beautiful beaches and excellent weather, there was something that appeared to be missing.

It wasn’t long before he discovered the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments in North Hollywood. He was intrigued by the community’s appeal and arts focused concept. “At this community, I am surrounded by artists and like-minded individuals who are also discovering new career paths at this stage in their lives.”

Moving into this community in April of this year, McManus says, “I couldn’t go back to my life in La Jolla even if I wanted to. I am closer to my son, daughter-in-law, and three young granddaughters and there is so much more activity and interaction here.”

McManus had no idea what to expect when he moved in, but he soon found himself surrounded by activities, friends and opportunities that he would not have had otherwise.

Since moving into the community, McManus has kicked his writing into full gear.

His most recent novel “Empty Earth” tells a story in which almost the entire world population has been eliminated through unending violent weather disasters caused by excessive climate change. The novel demonstrates the effect climate change can have on our planet, while bringing a twist of young love to the story.

The novel takes readers on a journey to find an answer to global warming that has nothing to do with technology, as two young individuals try to survive in this new world where everything has been destroyed, everything but their love for each other.

This book is among five others that McManus has previously published, and he doesn’t anticipate it being the last.

At 76 years old, redefining what it means to be retired, McManus is an inspiration to us all, and a reminder that just because you’ve reached the age of retirement, doesn’t mean you have to retire your passions.

About Rick McManus:
McManus is an author who currently lives at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments. Originally from El Centro, he relocated and settled in the small coastal city of La Jolla, California twenty years ago. Throughout his career he has worked for The Voice of America in Washington, D.C., the U.S. State Department as a diplomatic courier in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and The Christian Science Monitor in Boston as a news reporter.

McManus has written several works including two novels and three books that focus on his family. He is currently marketing his novel “Empty Earth” through Facebook and his webpage, rickmcmanus.com.

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About the NoHo Senior Arts Colony Apartments:

Apartments at NoHo Senior Arts Colony are now available for lease. The community is for adults age 62+ and features one-and two bedroom apartments. Art programs and social opportunities like the ones referenced above are available free of charge to our residents. The community also features on-site art openings, theatre previews and play readings by the professional Road Theatre Company. Whether you are an artist or simply take pleasure in the creativity of life, visit www.nohoseniorartscolony.com or call 855-399-5381. NOHO Senior Arts Colony is located at 10747 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood, California.

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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:22

PRO99 Street Party to save AJS Costumes

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The NoHo Arts District and PRO99 organize street party to save AJS Costumes

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 02:28

After Orlando

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After Orlando

Monday, 07 September 2015 08:36

An Iguana Comes to NoHo

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Iguana Vintage Clothing opens its doors in the NoHo Arts District

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:55

Chicago comes to The Valley

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The Last Act of Lilka Kadison


Los Angeles is a theatre town. Yes, it is. But the East Valley is a theatre hub. The NoHo Arts District dot com team had the opportunity to chat with the TONY Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company from Chicago on their play "The Last Act of Lilka Kadison" that they brought to L.A., to the Falcon theatre, right here in Burbank.

What is "The Last Act of Lilka Kadison" all about?
Falcon Theatre, Abbie Phillips and Jan Kallish in association with Lookingglass Theatre Company Present the West Coast Premiere of The Last Act of Lilka Kadison written by Nicola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips, Heidi Stillman, Andy White and directed by Dan Bonnell.

At age seventeen, Lilka Kadison flees Poland on the eve of World War II. Seventy years later in Los Angeles, she's spending her afternoon hassling her son, wrestling her caregiver, and arguing with the ghost who keeps rearranging her furniture - and her memories. Join us on this journey about the power of story, humor and grace in the face of loss. Originally premiered at the Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre.

 Brittany Uomoleale and Nicholas Cutro star in the West Coast Premiere of THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON, directed by Dan Bonnell and now playing at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.  PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont www.nohoartsdistrict.com

Brittany Uomoleale and Nicholas Cutro star in the West Coast Premiere of THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON, directed by Dan Bonnell and now playing at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont



While everyone seems to be so youth crazed, what inspired you to write a story that features an elderly woman towards the end of her life?
We workshopped this play over a period of time during which life continued around us. Babies were born, parents and grandparents died, teenagers grew up. The idea of exploring the last day in the life of a smart and complicated woman, and meeting her seventy years earlier as a 17 year old felt very compelling. We manage to explore the best both worlds, first love and other discoveries, memories, wit and revelations.


Mindy Sterling and Usman Ally star in the West Coast Premiere of THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON, directed by Dan Bonnell and now playing at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.  PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont www.nohoartsdistrict.com 

Mindy Sterling and Usman Ally star in the West Coast Premiere of THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON, directed by Dan Bonnell and now playing at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Lamont


What do you want the audience to take with them after seeing the play?
A satisfying full-bodied theatrical experience – one where the audience will find many points of identification. Specifically for NOHO residents, know that you live in the virtual epicenter of the setting of the play.

Inside our carefully handcrafted, production utilizing a well-tuned quartet of actors, live music, innovative production design and magical toy theatre – beats the heart of a giant action epic of the human heart. You’ll laugh, you’ll be delighted, and then tears will flow. And then, call your mother.

How did your writing team come together?
The creation of The Last Act of Lilka Kadison was a collective act. It began originally a radio series, One People, Many Stories was a global survey of classic Jewish stories, produced by Johanna Cooper and myself. Then through the generous imagination of the Righteous Persons Foundation, we joined with TONY Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago to workshop together to discover the play. David Kersnar, Heidi Stillman and Andrew White are all founding members of the Lookingglass Ensemble. The talented young LA writer Nicola Behrman joined our crew when we lost Johanna Cooper to illness.

Have you worked with director, Dan Bonnell on other projects?
This is the first time. It can be a delicate dance between a writer/producer and a director that we proudly tango-ed through. Dan is a deeply experienced and gifted director and I would relish the opportunity to collaborate again.

Since, you have such a rich and diverse creative background, what advice would you give a new writer?
Make something. Keep at it. Consume everything that makes you curious and inspired.

Where does the play go from here?
There is already interest for productions in some regional theaters, There is even some possibilities of touring abroad. Of course, it would be great to eventually land somewhere in NY. Although, the circumstances of Lilka are very specific, the experience is very universal – and I’d look forward to sharing this with as diverse an audience as possible.

Any future creative projects on the drawing board?
Yes, looking forward to pursuing several theatre projects with some colleagues from Lookingglass Theatre Company.

For more information on The Lookingglass Theatre Company, visit www.lookinglasstheatre.org 
To purchase tickets, visit www.falcontheatre.com

The Last Act of Lilka Kadison at the Falcon Theatre on www.nohoartsdistrict.com

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