THEATERS AND “CHILL”

This writer has been seeing his share of movie campaigns since last November with statements that can be translated as “Please consider us for your movie award(s)!” The kind of features that hark this message tend to be of the “art” or “independent” type that holds an aspect of a cast of actors and actresses that may not necessarily be big names in terms of box office fodder, but are ones that do their performance on screen in a respected matter. The movie itself is also be more melodramatic in nature. That is, the movie has a linear plot line with human characters taking place in some society that exists in the present time or in a historic past. The special effects used are either very minimal or non-existent. Some special effects may be utilized, but are used to create an illusion that made the movie a bit easier to create i.e. people riding in a car that posts an artificially generated background image. Overall, the movie may resemble an episode of a TV program that looks and plays better on a small screen rather than on a giant viewing area found in traditional theaters.

These same titles also attract a more mature “adult” audience as well. Because these titles are bucking for awards for categories such as ones that are “below the line” (editing, music score, special effects, art direction, etc.) or “above the line” (acting, directing, etc.) they cater to those that are involved in voting these features for those said awards. And a good number of these voters are of a mature age, ranking over the age of fifty. These are the type of movie goers that were weened in seeing newer movies in theater houses rather than on any electronic device that sports a video screen.

In today’s landscape, many folks that do watch movies, new or otherwise, have the choice to viewing these films in any environment that is anything but a theater! Of course, there is the convenience level. One can take on a flick anytime they want through a traditional TV device, their laptop, their electronic pad, or their smartphone. Granted, they may not receive the “big screen” pleasure when it comes to viewing a feature on a hand held device, but at least one can take that viewing experience wherever they may rome, assuming that one can access to a wifi connection somewhere!

As to the movie houses themselves. They have been attempting to bring much of the comforts of homes to their theater spaces, such as serving gourmet meals, alcohol by the glass, and even offering seat side service where waitstaff will take your order only to serve it to you within minutes. The seats themselves may range from oversize plush chairs to downright “Lay-Z-Boy”-esque seats complete with reclining backrests and ottomans to prop up one’s legs and feet. In other words, one can have the comforts of home without being home!

However, if one wants to have these elements at their disposal, one would have to pay for the privilege! Movie houses that offer such premiums can charge as much as $20.00 per person–not counting any other surcharges as to seeing a 3-D version of the same movie or viewing the film on an extremly large image method (IMAX, etc.), assuming that the title exists as large screen and/or 3-D.

Regular movie houses that may not serve fancy meals at their concession stand can also be pricey for what’s offered. A local movie house operated by one of the larger movie chains charges $15.20 for regular admission. There are discounts for kids under a certain age, seniors, those in the military, and for matinee screenings, but paying $15.20 for a movie may be a bit too much for some. (Why this movie chain charges that 20 cent addition is not known to this writer, unless that 20 cents includes any sales tax added to its admission price.)

For those in the know, video streaming may be more of a practical choice. Although sources such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. pushes original content, there are movies to view. And since the charge is on a month-to-month basis, anyone can gain access to an active account and watch as much content as one can stand for as little as ten dollars per thirty days! That’s a lot of “chillin’” to do no matter where and when!

Of course, there are exceptions to this scenario. Many of the super-hero titles are best seen on a big screen. Ditto for any Star Wars related entry. But for the most part, any movie that looks and acts in the same way that one can view on a video screen would be better off on such a screen. It can be done for a lot less, too!

This writer can also get into other reasons why movies in theaters has lost its appeal to the public. It could fall under the range of encountering rude staff, ruder patrons, as well as the chore of sitting through twenty minutes of advertising (not counting trailers as those are of a different entity) before the film actually begins! But the notion of having the movie fan finally making their stand has taken the industry’s attention in more of a serious matter.

But movie theaters are not going away at all! Retail stores also still exist even though anyone can buy nearly anything online. People do enjoy the emotional appeal, as well as the fact that they can get out of the house for a while! So to state that it’s the end of the world as we know it may be a bit extreme. It’s just another case for us to “chill”, and enjoy the show!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

The Kentwood Players presents as their first production of the calendar year, Arthur Miller’s THE CRUCIBLE, a play that speaks about some supernatural events taking place among a Puritan settlement.

Set within the waining decade of the 17th century inside of the new world settlement of Salem, Massachusetts, the village minister, Reverend Samuel Parris (Daniel Jruger) recognizes that his daughter Betty (Brenna Piller) niece Abigail (Caitlin Barry) as well as other young girls from the community engaging in some strange dance rituals in the nearby forest with his domestic slave Tituba. (Blinda A. Skinner) Betty soon falls into some from of deep sleep from the dancing. Rumors come about that some form of mysterious application was conducted among these girls, leading into the theory of the practice of pagan witchcraft that’s fully against the strict following of the Puritan lifestyle as dictated within the written biblical scriptures the community follows. Before long, there has been some notions of fears and doubts that such witchcraft is affecting the citizens and the remaining sect toward the community’s faith. What occurs is a struggle between their belief of God, the holding upon their scriptural based ways of existence, and the Devil itself, where its understood that this conviction can destroy their community and the people that dwell within.

This play, perhaps one of the greatest plays written by a 20th century American author, has been analyzed in many different ways and in many different formats. Perhaps the most well known and possibly accepted theory speaks for the anti-”red” political movement that was going on at the time of this play’s creation. (1950’s). As viewed within a contemporary domestic landscape of the present, its focus is set upon the actual witch hunts that were occurring in the latter era of the 17th century. Although over 400 plus years has passed since these events took place (or not), the play still rings true to the notions of the fear of the unknown and the aftermath it brings.

In this Kentwood Players production, some twenty-two performers appear within the cast. Among some of the notables, Harold Dershimer appears as John Proctor, a farmer that once had a fling with the Reverend Parris’ niece. Brad Halvorsen appears as the Reverend John Hale, a noted investigator of the supernatural. Stuart James Galbraith plays Deputy Governor Danforth, arriving to Salem to preside over the witch trials., and Aaron Merken plays Judge John Harthorne.

Even though this production does boast a hearty cast, the play itself is very talky (enough to fulfill its dramatic quotient), and it’s very long. (A running time of three hours including its fifteen minute intermission!) George L. Rametta directs this stage piece into a stirring drama that never lets itself down from its momentum, right to its final few moments.

Four (count ‘em) set designers were used in this stage production. Featured are the stage talents of George L. Rametta, George Kondereck, Jim Crawford, and Doug Carlson.

THE CRUCIBLE is indeed a modern classic work that only gets better (and perhaps more timely) over the ages. And what better way to experience this said classic work is on the imitate stage setting as presented by the Kentwood Players.

THE CRUCIBLE, presented by the Kentwood Players, performs at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue (at 83rd Street), Westchester, until February 17th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. A set of three talkback sessions with the cast and crew will take place following the Sunday matinee performances of January 28th, February 4th, and February 11th.

For tickets or for more information, call (310) 645-5156, or via online at http://www.KentwoodPlayers.org
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SQUASHING THE SQUISH

Not too long ago, we received this rather interesting message sent via e-mail. Unlike the letters we occasionally receive commenting on what we write about, this one appeared to ask us on some advice of a personal nature. It read…

There is this person that I see once in a while at a church-related group I belong. This person has a nice personalty that I’m attracted to. Although I am part of a domestic relationship, I feel that I am taking a strong liking toward this person. What should I do to surpass my feelings toward this person without jeopardizing my current relationship?

-Anonymous

We don’t know the genders of the people addressed within the letter. However, be it between a man and woman, or as a pair of men or women, the notion is still the same. It seems that person “A” is taking a shine toward person “B”. Person “A” holds a desire with person “B” that doesn’t involve any love, romance, or anything of a sexual nature. However, person “A” keeps a liking toward person “B”. However, it’s assumed that person “B” doesn’t necessarily knows of person “A”’s real intentions, or perhaps person “B” isn’t necessarily interested in person “A” in the same way that person “A” holds.

This method of fondness is known as a “Squish”. It’s a second cousin to a “crush”–a feeling toward another person that may contain romantic purposes.

According to the website UrbanDictionary.com, a “squish” is of the equivalent of a “crush”, but explicitly lacking an interest in forming a romantic couple or having a sexual relationship with the person in question…A squish is an intense feeling of attraction, liking, appreciation, admiration for a person you urgently want to get to know better and become close with…

Generally speaking, this is a person that you want to be with because some element the person has, yet holds no interest in having a sexual relationship with. One may like a person because of their personality. It may be the same of a “BFF” (“Best Friend Forever”), or even a “Bromance”. (A pair of guys that are close or being brotherly in nature, but remain asexual.)

This stage of taking attraction toward another person begins at a very young age. Kids tend to make friends with little effort since they have yet to learn or develop many of their trials and tribulations one holds as an adult. Many kids find their friends through school, sport activities, or clubs or groups the kids in connected to. As they get older, that is where the term “crush” kicks in, and these kids become of age. It continues through middle school, high school, and even for the college bound. Folks in their 20’s make efforts for friendship as well. However, “crushes” may continue. But it’s quite possible to develop “squishes” during this stage of life.

As one become older, these same feeling progress, but not necessarily as strong as they were a near decade or two beforehand. Assuming that one is living within a local domestic domain in this post-modern universe, one may be involved in a romantic relationship, or perhaps had some kind of involvement of that nature. But squishes can develop. Women tend to have such feelings toward their “girlfriends”. Even men may have a liking toward their “best buds”. These guys can hang out through their associations at the gym, the golf course, the playing field, the office space, or even through spending quality time at their favorite watering hole tipping a few cold ones while watching the game on many TV screens that are all over the joint!

Squishes, like crushes, can work in one’s favor. However, unlike crushes where one is seeking a deeper relationship toward another, squishes can be a bit problematic. Sure, one can go to the other to say something like “wanna hang out?”, but sometimes the other may not have the time, ability, nor interest to “hang out” with the other. Some people feel that they don’t want nor need another friend. A few can’t understand why somebody would ever want to hold an interest toward themselves unless some notion might be on the horizon, although this was never intended nor implied as evil or wrong.

There’s a quote posted on this topic of human attraction that’s been attributed to Thrya Samter Winslow that states “Platonic love is love from the neck up.” Yes, it’s quite possible to love somebody, but not to be in love with that same person! It’s a form of emotional feelings that people tend to receive. It all depends on the people involved, the realm that the people are set in, and how the people react.

So to answer anonymous’ quest on what to do, we will give our half heeded advice. Try to talk to the other person while you at your group event. Suggest in passing that you would like to meet this person for lunch, a cup of joe, or maybe for a “real” drink that may be alcoholic. If the person holds a mutual interest, swap business cards, phone numbers, or whatever way one would communicate with another. Once that is done, then one will find out of person “B” is really cracked up to what person “A” suspects. However, if person “B” isn’t interested toward meeting with person “A” later for a bite to eat, etc. then one would have to accept that outcome. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be and would have saved a lot of time, effort, money, and a load of emotional heartache.

Although we here at Accessibly Live Off-Line do appreciate your input, we don’t necessarily dispense advice on relationships or anything of that nature. This writer is answering this question based upon personal experience as yours truly recently encountered as a form of a “squish” episode. But that’s another story as that stands since it doesn’t hold the same sectionalism comparing to the recent “coming out” of the Hollywood casting couch!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

Making its world premier at Hollywood’s Lounge Theatre is Marja-Lewis Ryan’s BUGABOO & THE SILENT ONE, a saga of two woman behind bars and the consequences they must face living on the inside, both physically and mentally.

The place is the Henderson County Jail, located somewhere in West Virginia. Within the woman’s prison block is Margaret (Heidi Sulzman), who holds the nickname of “Bugaboo”, a handle she earned since her excessive talking would make the bugs fly into her mouth without her knowing it. She’s doing a stretch of twenty-five-to-life due to a drug charge based upon the “three strikes” rule. The two things she has to keep herself going is a chalk set giving to her by one of her many cousins, and a dogeared bible to assist her to find Jesus. She uses the chalk to make tic-tac-toe boards to play endless games of solitaire. As she awaits a transfer to a more permanent home (a state prison), she receives a cell mate, (Jacqueline Toboni), whose fate awaits her for her crime. It didn’t involve drugs per se, but was enough for her to do a long stretch. Bugaboo makes her cell mate welcomed, although she talks about anything she could, from the brood of kids she mothered, to the man she was involved with, and how she got caught. Before long, there is some emotional bonding that develops, since these two will be locked up for quite a while.

This one act play, written and directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan, isn’t another “woman in prison” story that’s been depicted as something as violent (women on the rampage), or as erotic. (Lesbian Jail!) It’s really a story of two individuals that may have done some kind of crime, but are in reality good souls. Heide Sulzman as Bugaboo plays her part as a woman that has a lot of spunk, always going emotionally and knows what she only needs to know in spite of never having much of a formal education. Jacqueline Toboni as the silent one is meek and mild, although she’s emotionally unstable. These two personalities form an emotional bonding that can become quite rare in the free world. But they don’t live in such a universe, and may never see the freedom they were once accustomed to.

As to the visuals on stage, Skye Stewart-Short provides the costuming, mostly consisting of drab beige prison garb, and Michael Fitzgerald presents the set design of a large prison cell consisting of bedding, a combo sink and toilet, a shelf or two where a prisoner can hold all of their worldly possessions, and not much else! (After all, it’s a prison cell!)

Also appearing in Michelle Gardner as Peterson, the prison latchkey guard. She is Bugaboo’s only link to the outside world, providing if Peterson would tell her anything beyond keeping the place in order!

This play is an ideal case study on the notion of building onto a friendship in spite of the circumstances depicted. And will there a happy ending to this tale? Well, it’s a prison story. Is that concept a hint?

BUGABOO & THE SILENT ONE, performs at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. at El Centro Avenue, one block east of Vine Street, Hollywood, until January 27th. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. For more information and for ticket reservations, call (800) 838-3006, or online at http://Batso.BrownPaperTickets.com
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2017-GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE!

It happens every year on January 1st. It’s the traditional look upon the previous year that have since passed. Every event and occurrence is being recalled that took place between January 1st through December 31st. And it appears to always be within the same results. It was a good year while it was a bad one. What this all means is the fact that the previous twelve months is seen as “goodbye and good riddance”!

2017, the latest year to become part of the history books, is no exception. A lot has occurred through that year. Many were of a positive nature, while others were anything but pleasant and nice. There were the joyful events such as wins, victories, gains, and improvements. There were the tragic moments in the form of death, destruction, fires, floods, and earthquakes. There were the new arrivals and the dearly departeds. Moments were gained while others were lost. Things became to change while the they all remained the same. People continued to love while folks went on the rampage. The human spirit was well alive and living while that same human spirit took a one way ticket to hell in a hand basket. And as Charlie Dickens once penned, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times!

Every year tends to contain such elements as noted above. There are the events that everyone seems to know about, thanks to media coverage and social media posts through likes, tweets, and pins. There are other events that took place that somewhat missed the news headlines. Folks around the world and around the block saw many personal changes and states of sameness throughout the days, weeks, and months. The letters people used to enclose inside of their “holiday” cards that gave the reader a thumbnail sketch of what they did in the previous year are now posted on all of the social media outlets one can stand! Many of the events were of a positive nature while some were anything but! It may not necessarily be on the same scale of a sports playoff win victory or a report of deaths through mother nature or human nature, but they were part of what made 2017 just what it was.

But since one can’t change the past, one can do something about the present and future. These are the moments that really matter as those elements are based upon a change for the better. Sure, millions of New Year’s resolutions post the expected “I must…” or “I will..” stanzas, only to have some of those promised to one’s self fall on the wayside. A few will be modified through the days (“I will lose ten pounds” changed from the original “I will lose twenty pounds”), while a few will be kept and maintained. And since nobody can predict the future, only time and tide will forecast to what’s going to go forward.

As this issue was being released, 2018 was less than a day old. It’s the new(er) kid on the block. It’s a year that’s been welcomed now that ’17 is dead and buried. However, one year from this day, media sources will be posting and tweeting how 2018 was the best year ever, while is was the most f#ucked-up year to date! Mark this writer’s words! It’s gonna happen!

So as the Christmas/”Holiday” tree is plopped on the curbside, the wrapping paper is flooding the trash heaps, the New Year’s celebrations are done and over with, and video devices are tuned to the many bowl games that are being played between now and next week, it’s time to get back to the grind of things. Whatever may occur, 2018 is here to stay for another twelve months–give or take a day or two! It also means that the 2000s are now of an adult age. Then again, are there any eighteen year olds out there are worthy enough to be considered as adult fodder? We didn’t think so, either!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

The Glendale Centre Theater kicks off their 2018 season of plays and musicals with Neil Simon’s modern classic BARE FOOT IN THE PARK, a tale of a young newlywed couple living in their Manhattan apartment and the people that revolve around their newlywed lives.

Stephanie Skewes and Joshua Evans are Corie and Paul Bratter, a couple that’s been married for less than a year and are starting anew. Paul’s a fresh attorney handing small cases that may bring him on to other and more important legal matters. Carrie’s a nonconformist that’s eager to start off her domestic life as a humble wife full of ideas. They do have their ups and downs, dealing with Paul’s mother-in-law Edith (Caron Strong) as well as their neighbor, the eclectic Victor Velasco (Ted Wells) that is living through a lot of adventure within his life. He may be a bit unusual, but has his own distinct appeal. But Corie and Paul are just starting out in life, and no matter what they may encounter, there’s always their chance to experience their newlywed life in a new light!

This comedy written by Neil Simon, who at the time was just getting his playwriting career off and running, is a charming comedy that harks a so-called simpler era when young marrieds can indeed rent a brownstone apartment in the heart of Manhattan as a single family household. But besides that notion, the laughs are still genuine, and the performances seen on the GCT stage holds very true to these facts. Stephanie Skewes as Corie performs her role as the young Mrs. full of hope and ambition that looks forward to a bright future. Joshua Evans as Paul is the lawyer who also looks ahead in climbing up the legal latter. Caron Strong as Edith may be the mother-in-law, but not of the mother-in-law type what was the butt on many a one-liner joke that was popular at the time when this play was first presented c.1963. The real show stopper here is Ted Wells’ performance of Victor Velasco, a man that is a master of many talents, but expert in none! (His portrayal is a fine tribute to the personality of Hans Conreid!) George Strattan, a GCT rep director, helms this show (his 75th show he has directed at this theatre) with his fine comic timing that brings the best into a comedy that can be viewed and enjoyed by all!
Also appearing in this production is Mark Gates as the AT&T phone repair man, and Rick Steele as a friendly delivery man.

The Glendale Center theatre is the only theatre-in-the-round performance arena in the Los Angeles area. It’s a great way to see a show where any side of the stage is the front, no matter where one places themselves within this 360 degree stage space.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, presented by and performs at the Glendale Centre Theatre. 324 North Orange Street, Glendale, until February 10th. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, Saturday matinees at 3:00 PM, with Sunday afternoon performances taking place on January 7th and 14th at 3:00 PM.

For more details and for ticket reservations, call (818) 244-8481, or visit the GCT’s web site at http://www.GlendaleCentreTheatre.com
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HOLIDAY CRUNCH

As the calendar progresses, this week states that it’s the final days counting toward December 25th, the day known as “Christmas” where most of the seasonal shopping revolves around. It’s the time where the retailers, both as a real store and those that exist online, are making haste to grab those last moment customers in to spend their little hearts out in order to grab their goods.

So far, the retail industry is seeing their numbers up. Even through the official seasonal shopping days end on December 24th, some places will be offering deals for those post-Christmas sales were folks can come in to exchange the girts they received from other folks in order to get what the gift giver really wanted–assuming that the obtained a receipt for the item that would make it a whole lot easier to exchange! For those gift givers that will include a receipt with the gift(s) they give, don’t worry! Many of these retailers will provide a receipt without a physical price posted. This method is provided since the gift receiver won’t necessarily know how much an item was purchased for. This will also hide the fact on how that same gift giver was either very generous or notoriously cheap!

Then again, there are those gift cards that have been popular over the recent years. One can give a card valued as little as five dollars and as much as $100.00. This will allow those to mosey over to the retailer of choice to get whatever the card giver would ever want. It’s an alternative method upon giving some kind of token gift that may not necessarily be wanted or desired! Scented candles are somewhat nice for what they are, but for those that have a limited use for scented candles, then that item is all for naught! And no offense to those that give and/or receive scented candles! That item isn’t for everyone. Just like fishing tackle would be a choice for one, but seen as another piece of junk to somebody else! You get the idea!

However, there is more then spending toward the season just to give gifts. There is the dread to paying for it all once those credit card statements arrive in January. Just around the time that the last of the post-New Year’s events are finally swept under the rug, there is the evil dread for paying for it all! Around the time that Black Friday was looming, a quarter of those that that racked up credit card debt from the previous year’s seasonal shopping period still owed an amount yet to be completed and paid. The amount due from last year’s shopping spree doesn’t include interest that was racked on the card(s) used! With that being said, one may not pay off their 2016 seasonal antics until 2018 or even later!

Then again, there are alternatives to spending for spending’s sake. There are opportunities to give a gift without going into debt. Many folks are giving a gift based upon a personal service or favor, such as a promise or offer to provide a service to the person in the form of domestic duties (housekeeping or related), or some kind of other element that isn’t physical per se, but as an offer to provide an aspect that would be more appreciated than let’s say, a cheese and cracker kit, a bottle of middling quality wine, or scented candles! (And again, no offense to those that give and/or receive the above noted items!) However, a gift such as a promise to look over a person that may not be able to take care of one’s self or to provide gardening services tends to be limited to family members, close friends, are those that fall in between! It’s not necessarily suited to a person one barely knows. However, in spite of what the commercialization may point out, it’s the whole notion of what makes the season bright! One can find this season for what it’s suppose to stand for, or what it just means toward the person in terms of generic merry making. It’s all within the eyes of the beholder!

On that note, there are a few more days left to take part of the season. As it may state, it does come once a year, so grab any opportunity one can! Just make sure one takes it easy on the tom and jerry–and this writer isn’t referring to the cartoon characters! But you already knew that–right??
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

MOLLY’S GAME (STXfilms) stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom. She once competed to become part of the Olympic ski team, but an accident during her time trials placed her out of the running. Planing to go to law school, she decided to relocate to Los Angeles to get her life in order. Her first job was working as a cocktail waitress at a club owned by Dean Keith (Jeremy Strong). He eventually hires Molly as an office assistant where he not only runs his club, but operates a backroom high stakes poker game inviting celebrities from Hollywood, professional sports, and others that have deep pockets (a.k.a. money) to play around with. Before long, she becomes more involved into the poker games where the said high stakes are exchanged. Soon, she branches out on her own, running poker games first in LA then moving to New York, dealing with people in show business, business executives, and even the Russian Mafia. However, she gets in trouble with the FBI as part of a raid. She turns to attorney Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) to clear her name in order to get the feds, as well as the Russian mob, off her back.

This feature film, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and based upon the published memoirs by the real Molly Bloom, takes a premise that is a cross between a “heist” and a “scam” feature, and blends these two topics into a movie that comes nearly close in succeeding, creating a character study on how an almost innocent person becomes mixed up into something that become far over her head, while enjoying the financial success it brings. Unlike other movies that takes upon such a premise such as the 1990 release of Goodfellows where the characters in that picture hold colorful personalities and are fun to bond to, Molly and her bunch stand as mildly amusing at best, and rather bland and somewhat boring at its worst! Jessica Chastain as Molly is appealing when she is outside of her skiing antics and more in the heavy poker game arranging. When she was just a lowly person in the poker games, her role is rather amusing. When she turns into a leader of the games, she becomes more melodramatic than anything else. Idris Elba as Charlie Jaffey tries to become another interesting person as he descends into Molly’s world, but doesn’t succeed to capture that interest! He does comes close many times throughout the film, but never hits it on the head! Perhaps the reason for these near misses is due to Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay. Arron tends to write his material that’s rather talky, suitable for a stage play and/or a television program one would find via a streaming media source. In other words, the movie works better for the small screen (television/video) that the big sized one! (Movies) The dialog spoken and the action that goes along it all has its moments, but again, it’s better suited for video where such dialogue and the characters that speak those words matter more than action seen on the viewing area!

Also appearing is Kevin Coster as Molly’s father who was at one time her ski coach, along with Michael Cera, Bill Camp, Brian d’Arcy James, and Graham Greene. Outside of Coster, the supporting players are not big name stars per se, but are more known as supporting or characters actors better suited for indy films and/or TV fodder.

MOLLY’S GAME is far from being a bland picture. The subject matter is amusing for what it is, but isn’t as fun to experience as it could have been! It appears why this title exists in the first place is for it to become nominated for some kind of movie award. However, this feature is competing with some 32(!) titles released within the month of December alone. This amount dosen’t count for the films released in November as well as the other titles released earlier this year that are of this caliber! Just know when to fold ‘em…!

MOLLY’S GAME is rated “R“ for cussing and limited violence. Opens on December 25th in selected theaters. Opens in wider release on January 5th, ’18
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On December 13th, The Library of Congress’ National Film Preservation Board announced the twenty five film titles that will be entered as part of the LOC’s National Film Registry.

Under the guise of the National Film Preservation Act, the LOC chooses twenty five titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The films must be at least ten years old at the time of creation or public release. Any motion picture can be chosen as long as it meets those guidelines, and do not necessarily have to be commercial productions. (Amateur and home movies can be selected.)

Each year, the LOC selects the titles are suggested by the LOC’s film preservation staff, moving image scholars, as well as the general public.

Listed below are the twenty five titles along with its year of release/creation. A “#” in front of the title indicates that it is a non-feature length film. (Short subject, amateur film, etc.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)
Boulevard Nights (1979)
Die Hard (1988)
Dumbo (1941)
Field of Dreams (1989)
#Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection (1920s and 1930s)
4 Little Girls (1997) 
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
The Goonies (1985)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
#Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)
La Bamba (1987)
#Lives of Performers (1972)
Memento (2000)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Superman (1978)
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
#Time and Dreams (1976)
Titanic (1997)
To Sleep with Anger (1990)
Wanda (1971)
#With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain (1937-1938)

For more details on the above titles including titles of other films on the registry as well as how to vote for the 2018 selection, visit the LOC’s National Film Preservation Board web site at http://www.loc.gov/film
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This issue will be the final edition of Accessibly Live Off-Line for the 2017 calendar year. We will be taking the next week off, and will return with Vol. 23-No. 1 the week beginning on January 1st, 2018.

On behalf of the staff and management of ALOL, we wish everyone a safe and progressive holiday season! See you in ’18!
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NOTHING’S ON!

As the so-called holiday season chugs onward, there’s nothing like watching something one would want on the old television set. Not so much as tuning in on a phone, a laptop, or through a electronic pad, but on a genuine video screen that resembles a TV set.

Thanks to all of the choices one has at their disposal, one would believe that with all of those choices, there would be something worth viewing. And thanks to those so-called “over the top” sources that are not found through broadcast, satellite, or coax cable, but through streaming, those viewers would be pleased in what they can find…right?

Well, according to a research study compiled by PwC (the accounting firm formerly known as PriceWaterhouseCoopers), almost two-thirds in their survey noted that TV viewers find it a “struggle” to discover something to watch. Some 62% of those polled stated that they can’t find something to look at after their timely search to find a program worth watching (with the search time running about a couple of minutes), 20% default to rewatching something they have already seen!

This factor isn’t much of a surprise to a generation of viewers that are getting used to the idea that one can consume their longer-form video information on any electronic device that can connect to an internet based source that sports a video screen. (Longer -form video in this case, is programming with a running time of ten minutes and up.) Depending on one’s age demographics, this is the method that video, not necessarily “television” but resembles this form of media, is to be used and recognized. The younger one from “Gen Z” (age 21 and less), to Millenniums (21-35) find this way to watch TV as the norm. These groups even find their choice or programming to consume influenced by people that they know. The PwC study finds that 51% noted that they watch a specific program based on what their family and friends state. It’s assumed that these family and friends are the people they know for real, rather than through “friends” only found through social media circles. However, a quarter of those polled (25%) noted that they watch a title so they won’t fall into the trap of being left out in discussions toward a program selection. (This term is better known as FOMO!)

During this current calendar season, although it may be called “the most wonderful time of the year” as a classic seasonal song notes within its lyrics, it can be the most hectic! With all of the shopping to do both in-store and online, as well as the cooking and baking (done inside of a real kitchen, no doubt) to all of the festive merry making that is part of the seasonal antics, one may not have the time to view video content. But they do! Thanks to the for noted phone devices, it’s a lot easier to take advantage of one’s favorite (or perhaps not-so-favorite) program while shopping in a physical store, creating editable goodies, or even attending a “holiday” based get-together. After all, if one is attending a party of some kind and they don’t care so much of what’s going on, one can just whip out the ever lovin’ smartphone, and you are good to go! This way to self distract one’s self may drop a subtle hint to the party giver that maybe the bash isn’t as great as one may believe! But this is besides the point!

But there is the reliable TV device that is bigger (as much as 7” across in screen size), hooked up to a booming sound system, (enough to blow out the windows of the place is one is so inclined), as well as a comfy place to plop one’s rear on! And with all of the choices to take a look at, there is plenty for everyone! So what’s the real beef?

As the new year is just around the corner, there will be more to watch, and more to complain about! Television is now experiencing its next big phase, perhaps the biggest change since color pictures replaced the old monochrome signals. (That’s “black & white” to those not in the know!) But as things do progress, so does television and its related aspects! And when more these changes, more will stay the same with the classic cries and gripes to recall with a zillion sources to pick through, there is still nothing worth peeking at! And this does not count going through the many remakes/reboots/reemerges of TV shows that originated from another generation. That’s a whole different issue as that stands, and more choices to ponder upon! So much for something really different!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

HOLIDAY DILEMMAS, a collection of four short plays that takes place around the Holiday season, performs at Studio C theater in Hollywood for a limited run.

The first place entitled No Expectations, written by Michael Lamb and directed by C. Jay Cox stars Kurt Koehler and Kate Robertson about a man who performs drag shows receiving a visit from a daughter he never knew he had. The second play, Physical Beauty & Other Abnormalities, written by James Edward Quinn and directed by Christopher Comeau, features Calvin Picon and Manuel Soro that tells about a man with a physical deformity on his face and a visit from a “professional” man to perform an intimate “service”. The third piece, Mikey, written by Jackson Courtney and directed by C. Jay Cox, speaks about a young man back from military service who visits his parents at home as mom is surprised to see her son while dad is mentally out of touch. Mikey stars Nicole Stanton, Michael Edelstein, and Jordan Santoro. The final play, Margerie (Siclam) features Trisha Stahl and Brandon Nagle as a noted serial killer who visits the home of his next victim, an overly obese woman, only to get his intentions become a bit complicated.

This quartet of plays runs the gambit between comedy and somberness with a pinch of charm along with a touch of bittersweetness. The comic elements portrayed are of the quirky type. When it becomes dramatic, it does so with true emotion. One can feel how the season to be merry and bright can become anything but through default!

Granted, there a number of holiday based productions floating around town to experience. Some are of the musical variety, while others can yet be another re-re-re-telling of Charlie Dickens’ greatest hit! But for those that desire a seasonal alternative, this collection of short plays will all do the trick! And with a eighty minute running time (give or take), one will have plenty of time to extend the holiday cheer after the show by heading off to one’s favorite watering hole for a tom and jerry or a cold glass of high powered egg nog! After all, that is what the season is really all about–taking responsibility of course!

HOLIDAY DILEMMAS, presented by Studio C Artists and Combined Artform, performs at Studio C, 6448 Santa Monica Blvd. (between Wilcox and Cole Avenues), Hollywood, until December 16th. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM., with an additional performance on Thursday, December 14th at 8:00 PM. For ticket reservations, call (800) 838-3006, or via online at
https://holidaydilemmas.brownpapertickets.com/

Visit Studio C Artists at http://www.StudioCArtists.com and Combined Artform at http://www.CombinedArtform.com
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“HOLIDAY” ANTICS

It’s no surprise that the ever loving ”holiday” season is going in full tilt, a movement that’s actually been into effect since late Halloween!

By now, just about any ad found on all forms of existing media has been tying themselves to this season that consists of many holidays from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other events that fall within the month of December that emphasis celebrations, gift giving, and related festivities. It’s also the time where everything goes into a complete dizzy for many, an aspect that is welcomed by some and dreaded by others.

There are the ones that welcome the events of the month. They are the folks that are involved in getting gifts, giving gifts, creating dishes that make the season just what it is, throwing parties, attending parties and well, you the the idea!

The people that dread the season are the ones that feel that they are obligated to create the goodies, host the gatherings, and so on. Such stress isn’t as new as one suspects. It’s been around in domestic society for generations. The only reason why it appears to be more precise is the fact that the word on such stress is much easier to pass around, especially to those that are outside of people’s circles. Social media is nearly plastered with notices on how the season is just as great and wonderful as how it’s a total wreck!

Perhaps why such times are within this state is the oft given fact that the season is suppose to be as perfect as a Christmas cookie or a Hanukkah latke! Much of the media usually painted a picture where everyone is depicted as happy with everything that goes around. If one turned toward television over the years, many of these TV programs, some remembered while other long forgotten, didn’t portray stress or other form of strife, or not within anything that would qualify as such as depicted is so-called “real life”.

However, that was at a time where if anyone was encountering such stress, it was usually kept to themselves. Many folks did make attempts to overdo the season by attempting to show some form of happiness when in reality, they were not! It was rather taboo to show some from of non-contentness, especially during the Christmas, et. al season. Again, the only way to see what the season was all about was through media, mostly in the form of television.

But television as a whole was considered escapism that showcased a fantasy world that was believable in some ways and means. It was a world where people spoke in witty terms, held some kind of knowledge that one’s “next door neighbor” didn’t necessarily possess, and in many ways, had their situations solved by the time the end credits rolled.

But this writer doesn’t want to emphasis how “bad” the season is. Yes, there seems to be a lot going on, and there are lots to do and witness. However, these moments are indeed for the moment. Once January hits, everything will come back to its so-called normal and perhaps relaxed state.

The best and perhaps only way to deal with all of this fal-de-ral is to use the advice that is simple and to the point. It’s the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice season—Get over it!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

THE SHAPE OF WATER (Fox Searchlight) takes place in an alternative period that resembles 1962. Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) is a mute woman that lives in a rather large yet dreary apartment that sits above a movie theatre. Her neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins) is a graphic artist that lives in the same type of unit as Elisa dwells–big in size but just as old and rickety. Elisa works as a cleaning woman in a government based research center that works on top-secret projects. Elisa’s friend at work is Zelda Fuller (Octavia Spencer), another cleaning lady for the company. All three of these characters hold a common bond: they all sport a sense of isolation. Giles lives with a number of cats, and can’t seem to get any of his commercial artwork sold. Zelda is married, but is a “negro” woman that faces the challenges of working in a white man’s world. Elisa lives alone, and can’t speak due to her being raised in an orphanage and had her speaking abilities altered as a young child. Her life changes drastically when she discovers by accident, the company’s top-secret project. They had found a “gil-man” that came from a remote location near the Amazon that can be used to live in the ocean to perhaps spy on the Russians. But there is something that fascinates Elisa to this gil-man. This fascination gets to the attention of Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) who is in charge of the top-secret project. He wants to keep this project within his control, far from the Russians who might just have a spy disguised as a company scientist working within the place-Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg). What is appealing to Elisa of this gil-man? What are the real plans for the government to employ this beast from the underwater? What do the Russians want from this creature? And will Giles find the true happiness he seeks from his own life?

This movie, written (with Vanessa Taylor) and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, is a feature that takes upon many shapes. First, it’s a period film that takes place in a time that resembles a stereotypical 1962, where modernism was everywhere, fashions of the time were all the rage, yet men were superior, woman worked “woman’s jobs”, and heaven help you if you were not white! Although the times were real, those times as presented in the film were not. That what makes this movie a vehicle that holds comic potential, but isn’t a “comedy” in the traditional sense. In fact, sometimes the movie viewer wants to laugh, but doesn’t quite know what to laugh at! It’s also eye candy too! There are plenty to visuals to look at from vintage furnishings, cars of the period, as well as snippets of old movies from the 20th Century Fox film library. (Those clips are seen on Giles’ TV set, as well as the films playing at the movie house Elisa and Giles lives above!) Nigel Churcher’s art direction along with Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin’s set decorations keep the period it represents well alive within its own perspective.

As far as the elements that give the reasons to see this movie as entertainment value, they do exist. However, because of the basic scope that this title holds, it may not be for all tastes as it leans toward a surrealist viewpoint. Although superhero movies do the same thing, those epics are created for other reasons as those same titles are for a mass audience. This movie is more toward older adults that watch movies for not over the top visuals, but for story and character. This is same kind of demographic that participate in voting for industry based awards usually presented at the beginning of the calendar year for films usually released after November 1st. And this title fits right in to those guidelines!

As hinted, THE SHAPE OF WATER isn’t for everybody. Then again, so are those superhero movies! But those make money because everyone wants to see ‘em in a theatre. This movie may do well on the small(er) screen!
PS..Doug Jones plays the gil-man (billed as “Amphibian Man” in the end credits) that resembles the Creature From the Black Lagoon. This time, using better special effects!

This movie is rated “R” for violence, cussing, and nudity. Now playing in selected theaters.
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The Angel City Chorale held their annual Holiday seasoned concert over the previous weekend (December 2nd-3rd) entitled A New Home for the Holidays, taking place at their new home, the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, located in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles.

Sue Fink, lead conductor for the ACC, proceeded to musically usher a group of both male and female voices, backed by an intimate full orchestra to present a selection of musical numbers that rang true to the festive season.

The selection performed consisted of a blend of traditional songs (Gloria in Excelsis, O Holy Night, etc.) contemporary numbers, (Do You Here What I Hear?, a melody of Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow) as well as a original piece entitled Hanukkah Lullaby, composed by Sue Fink and Denny Wynbrandt as arranged by Sue Fink and orchestrated by Nita Sinaga. The concert audience also had an opportunity to participate in a few sing-a-longs. Although the songs selected to sing-a-long to were more of the familiar type, the lyrics were provided within the pages of the concert program.

Perhaps the must unique aspect of this concert was its new physical location. The Immanuel Presbyterian Church is one of those massive cathedral-esque churches that were built in the first half of the 20th century (Immanuel Church was completed in 1929) that were grand lavish places a church could be within an urban setting. Not only a facility such as this gives the concert a sense of spirituality, but also provides near perfect acoustics as churches from this era did not utilized electronic sound systems. Compared to ACC’s previous location (another church facility located farther west on Wilshire Blvd.), this new place offers a bigger capacity, better seating, and more parking space!

ACC’s next concert will take place on June 2nd and 3rd of ’18, entitled One World Many Voices II that celebrates global diversity through music. More details on that event will be posted through ACC’s website and social media outlets found online at https://angelcitychorale.org, via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AngelCityChorale, YouTube www.youtube.com/user/AngelCityChorale, Twitter https://twitter.com/AngelCityChoral and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/angelcitychorale
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SHOPPING DONE(?)(!)

The date of this edition is the Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend. For many years, this day was designated as “Cyber Monday”, the day where folks would head online to shop for their goods as part of the “holiday” shopping season. (The term “holiday” in this case referrers to all of the festive events taking place in December where gifts are normally exchanged as part of the said festivities!) This Monday after the day o’ thanks caused a big upstart to traffic on sites that sell goods online, since this was the day where folks would return back to their workspaces, and would take advantage of having access to a ‘net connection.

“Cyber Monday” became an offshoot to “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving where folks to rush over to the local retail outlets to take advantage of deals set by the retailers just to get them into the stores. These items up for sale usually consisted of electronics, toys, and related goods that is normally considered as a “gift”, or some item that are well in demand.

Physical stores tried to plan strategies to get people into the stores far from their competition would by opening on Thanksgiving evening. Then opening times moved to the afternoon hours. Then their sale deals would begin the Sunday before. Before long, the deals would begin into early November where people would no longer rush into the outlets on a 6:00 AM opening time in order to grab the goods!

Then the cyber outlets got into the game, posting deals and values through their shopping portals. Before long, online retailers such as Walmart, Target, and perhaps the biggest one of ‘em all, Amazon, offered many incentives for folks to shop online, from free shipping, second day delivery, free wrapping, and so on! These incentives made “Cyber Monday” the day that lost much of its luster, the same notion that “Black Friday” took over the recent seasons.

Of course, people have learned that bargains on nearly anything that can be purchased and considered as a gift would become available all year round, not necessarily connected to the holiday shopping season. In this case, that “holiday” would be for any holiday, not just for Christmas, etc. Thus, the practice of shopping year round would take to heart.

This method of shopping every day of the year for a specific time or event is nothing new. A person this writer knows of got this idea from a long forgotten article that appeared in one of those domestic lifestyle magazines that cater to a female demographic. (Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, etc.) The article stated that one can build a “gift box”, where one could purchase items throughout the year, and to place items inside of a box or container of some sort. These items would serve as “stand by” products where one can use as a last minute gift just in case a festive day comes around, usually at a last moment’s notice. (Birthday, anniversary, etc.) One would simply reach into the gift box, and have an item ready to give to the person for their birthday, et. al.

Things have changed drastically since that gift box idea came across the pages of those homestead magazines. However, the idea is the same. So as the shopping season is in full force, don’t become too surprised if that gift one is going to receive for the holidays was purchased months before–unless it’s a gift that holds minimal thought behind it, such as the ever lovin’ chess and sausage packs that tend to come around in the month of December. This writer even knew of one person who obtained a number of these gift packages after December 25th as a post-Christmas sale. This person then wrapped each package in plastic wrap and placed each item in a deep freezer and kept then for nearly a year. Then the person carefully thawed each package in early December to eventually give to the folks on their shopping list. This person did this for a number of years, and from what’s known, nobody ever suspected! Then again, did anyone really care?
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

COCO (Disney/Pixar) takes place in the village of Santa Cecilia, located somewhere in Mexico. Miguel (Voiced by Anthony Gonalez) is a twelve year old boy that lives with his family than runs a small shoe making business. Many years ago, Miguel’s great-great grandfather who was a musician on the guitar, abandon the family to set out to make his music. Since that time, the notion of music was forbidden within the family as set by his great-great grandmother who started the family business. Miguel’s idol is the legendary guitar player, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) who made a name of himself in performing ballads, making records, and appearing in musical melodramas in the 1940’s. Miguel desires to become a guitar balladeer as his idol once was. However, his family refuses the young lad to even touch a guitar, being self cursed by the notion of music, thanks to having the great-great grandfather leave the family in the name of making music! Now it’s the Día de los Muertos-Day of the Dead, the period that takes place in early November paying tribute to those that have since departed. During this time, Miguel visits Ernesto’s tomb in the village cemetery where his guitar is kept. As he enters the tomb to fetch the guitar, he is transferred to a spirit world, a mystical and rather urbanized Land of the Dead, where he has the chance to meet Ernesto. However, he encounters Hector (Gael Cargia Bernal) a bumbling one-time guitar player who might just be a long forgotten missing link in Miguel’s family.

This latest release from Pixar (its second this calendar year and its 19th in total) is extremely charming, amusing, and as the basic plot suggests, very family oriented. There is plenty to take part of as seen within this feature from its concept design by Nat McLaughlin and Daniel Arriaga, to an original ballad entitled “Remember Me” (composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) that plays out as another basic theme that this feature mentions–to be remembered! Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich’s screenplay from a story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Adrian Molina, & Matthew Aldrich will charm the kids as well as the adults. This all ages element makes animated films as this one very appealing to all that view it, no matter what stage of life one is in. Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina directs this film with the same aspects as to all of the Pixar animated titles with limited (if any) pop culture references used. Unlike other animated films of late, this form of absence gives animated movies as this one more enrichment without putting out for cheap laughs!

Most of the voice cast that is featured is of hispanic decent with the exception of John Ratzenberger. He has been cast as a voice artist in every feature film created by Pixar since Toy Story was first released in 1995. This same cast that also includes (among others) Cheech Martin and Edward James Olmos, also provides the same voices for its Spanish language versions that play in nations that, well, speak Spanish!

This title is ideal to be released around the Thanksgiving holiday as the notion to this film is based upon family and the values it holds–or should hold anyway! It falls within similar realms as to Pixar’s 2015 Thanksgiving release, The Good Dinosaur. (See review-Vol. 20, No. 48).

How is this film different that Pixar’s previous release Cars 3?
(See review-Vol. 22, No. 25). Cars 3 has better merchandise license appeal! As to COCO? Let the folks at The Walt Disney Company figure that one out, unless they have enough to deal with through their Marvel comic book super-heroes and Star Wars universes!

This feature is rated “PG” for thematic elements. Available in both 2-D and 3-D versions. Now playing in multiplexes nationwide.
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The Angel City Chorale will present A NEW Home for the Holidays, a festive concert event that spotlights the season with some classic harmonious tuneful chorale arrangements, as well as some new musical works including a world premier.

Among the musical numbers that are timeless for the season including new creative renditions of recognized carols as Bring A Torch, O Holy Night, among many others, as well as time honored arrangements as classical composers as Joseph Haydn to contemporary favorites from Norwegian songwriter Ola Gjello and Grammy Award-winning melodist Eric Whitacre, a new work will be presented: “Hanukkah Lullaby”, an original piece composed by ACC Founder and Artistic Director Sue Fink and ACC choir member and songwriter Denny Wynbrandt. Fink will once again lead the chorale as she has done since its founding. 2018 will commemorate this group’s Silver Anniversary of providing a musical blend of classical, jazz, folk, gospel, urban, rhythm & blues, and all points in between, to audiences around the nation and across the globe.

And with ACC tradition, there will be sing-a-long sessions presented where the theater audience can “join” the 160+ singers accommodated with a full piece orchestra to use their vocal talents as part of the festivities. It’s the ideal concert for all ages to gather to observe and glorify a timeless season of joy, piece, and the celebration of the human spirit.

As far as this year’s concert theme, A NEW Home for the Holidays. This year’s event, ACC’s 24th Annual holiday concert, will take place at a new location, the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd. (between South Vermont Avenue and Normandie Avenue), in the Koreatown district of Los Angeles, a place that is larger in capacity and offers more parking space!

A NEW Home for the Holidays will take place for two days only, Saturday, December 2nd, and Sunday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM both evenings.

For more information on this event including ticketing details, call (310) 943-9231, or via online at  https://angelcitychorale.org/concerts-events/a-new-home.

Visit ACC through their social media outlets via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AngelCityChorale, YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/AngelCityChorale, Twitter https://twitter.com/AngelCityChoral and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/angelcitychorale

(Note: This notice also appeared in Vol. 23-No. 47-Eds.)
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