AN EDITORIAL UPDATE TO WHAT’S GOING ON, AND THE DRAW OF BEING THERE!

Over the past few weeks, we have been receiving a number of letters and inquires over some of our editorial content we have been posting with our weekly issues. Many, if not all, had to deal with two very obvious elements.

The two that we’ll address is why we didn’t necessarily comment upon the aspects of the current health crisis a.k.a COVIG-19, as well as the issues of race, especially with some of the events that’s been taking place in late-May and much of June.

Although the letters we have received states much of the same aspects only worded differently, we will attempt to answer these two issues with this blanket reply.

Let us mention by stating that we are a news service that reports upon the multimedia, as well as creating commentary of those concerns by my own point of view. (You decide if you wish to accept them for how they exist–within reason of course!) And many of these aspects are indeed important and should be addressed and not ignored.

It is true that multimedia did play a part in both concerns. For the COVIG-19 part, there had been a lot of ups and downs noted from a spike of TV viewership to a drop of going out for entertainment purposes. Theaters were shut down as both live stage performances and as moving picture houses. Habits of this participating public had been totally altered. People have been seeing each other through applications that was somewhat unknown by the start of this year, and had now been noted as a verb. (“We’re going to Zoom our happy hour gathering!”) And those that could not work from home, viewing video, and even creating content, kept people busy from getting out from their gourds.

As to the event leading up to the issues involving a death of a Black/African-American in the hands of a police force? Well, media did play a role in that event, and even brings that issue out in its open range.

For starters, the entire event in question was video captured through various sources, from security cameras that were affixed on nearby buildings and posts, as well as from individuals that had smartphones that had the ability of capturing moving imagery, often in high definition that’s been deemed suitable as “broadcast quality” imagery.

If it wasn’t for these concepts that are now available, what did take place would have been only limited to eyewitnesses that were there at the scene as well as for any police reports that would have been filed. And both of those results would have been based upon a “he-said-she-said” guideline of reporting the facts and the fictions.

And that brings to another element we’ll note here. Thanks to these smartphones that appears that everybody seems to have at their disposal, it’s quite possible to capture both still and moving imagery of what’s occurring in front of the phone holder. Generally, use of this spontaneity is based on practical and pleasant reasons, such as taking pictures of a building site for record keeping, or taking imagery of your pals acting a bit goofy for amusement sake. And when a tragic event occurs, one holds the natural sense of capturing that moment for the same reasons, although there is no “fun” aspect connected to speak of.

Once upon a time, if one became an eye witness of some occurrence that was of a tragic nature, it would never been seen by anyone who was not there. Unless one happened to have a camera device on their person when the whole thing made its mark, it was possible to transcribe the event. But the chances of that occurring would have been near zero. It’s just based on fate and being present at the right place and the right time.

This form of capturing an event as it took place once occurred to yours truly! When I was working for a local cable TV system based in suburban Minneapolis, I was with my video equipment shooting static shots of a pedestrian bridge that was located next to a junior high school. The shots were made for a local news report for the city to place more of these bridges near schools that were along any major streets that held a lot of traffic. I was there around 3:30 that afternoon when school was letting out. A lot of the students were scattered about as school was over for the day, and the shots of the kids crossing the bridge showed the importance of such bridges.

While I was in front of the school, a few police sirens were heard coming in from a distance. Then a squad car came racing in to the school’s front driveway, sirens wailing with flashing lights and all. I continued to tape this squad car as it pulled in front of the main entrance, when two officers were seen exiting the car and getting in to the building.

A few moments later, I saw the offices escorting out a middle aged man that was handcuffed at his back. The offices then proceeded to place the man into the squad car. He then began to struggle with the offices, yelling at them. Then the offices placed him face down at the front hood of the squad car, holding him down while the man continued to yell. They held him down for a few moments until he eventually calmed himself down.

While this was all going on, a small group of kids were gathering near the squad car attempting to see what was going on. The cops didn’t appear to shoo the kids away. They were still holding this man face down as he hovered over the hood of the squad car still cuffed. Although the kids were keeping their distance away, some appeared to be what one could call as placing themselves in a too-close-for-comfort distance. But these were a bunch of kids middle school aged, not being as hip to danger as kids of this same age would know about in today’s landscape.

And what did occur on that day? It seems that the man was going through a bitter divorce case that involved the custody of his thirteen year old daughter. He tried to enter the school with the attempt to grab his daughter using some force. He encountered a school official that would not allow him to grab his kid right there. A scuffle then occurred. Somebody called the police. They arrived and apprehended the man. The daughter, who later because aware of this episode, wasn’t harmed.

The above play-by-play was using the facts gathered from a local news article that appeared the next day in a community newspaper.

Although that episode didn’t create a major cause of concern, it was my placement of being there while I had a video camera. I was able to capture every moment while I was near to be in the outdoor space while keeping my distance. (I was on the front sidewalk where much of the close ups shot were provided through a zoom lens that was on the camera device I was using.)

For the record, this event occurred in 1983, some thirty-seven year ago. This event was recorded on VHS videotape. The only other portable technology that was made available at the time to anyone else would have been a portable radio, or perhaps a “walkman”-type cassette player. Phones were still limited as hard lines verses wireless, and TV was receive only. But if this event occurred in today’s landscape, just about every student present would have been able to capture still and moving imagery of this event with their phones while knowing that they would have been kept far away! Unless the local SWAT teams didn’t keep everyone away in the first place!

So with all of these things being said and done, please remember that we can’t address every single issue that may be deemed as important by the public at large! And also remember there are far too many places in cyberspace that will address those issues far better (or worse) that we could ever muster up! We are not the only media game in town, and we knew these facts since we began nearly a quarter century before!

PS…For many years, that innocent video recording was once thought of as a forgotten and possibly erased tape as the news story I was working on was later killed by our managing editor on duty. A few years ago when I was going through my archive of videotapes, I discovered the master tape as it was incorrectly labeled, thinking the tape had some other content recorded. Although now the footage remains in my archive, it has never been shown in any public setting nor was it ever uploaded in any public media portal. (i.e. YouTube, etc.) Although there are no immediate plans to release this footage at this time even though too many years have passed for the subjects depicted could protect themselves legally, this footage may soon become available for reference and academic purposes.

Until then, stay tuned…..!
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STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

About one year ago when we completed our last State Of The Union Address issue, we were really looking forward to our next fiscal year that lied ahead. At the time, we were going to call the last six months of 2019 as a success. Although we were planning to cut down on our editorial content, we were receiving email letters asking us to not cut down. If we were to cut down, we were asked to add more personal stories for the life and times of yours truly rather than news one can find somewhere else. This meant that our readership was going up (which it was by the fourth quarter of ’19 according to our audits of circulation and the count of online “hits”), and the notion that we were receiving a genuine following i.e. “likes”!

We were also looking forward to a new decade! This decade told us that we were getting the Roarin’ 20’s back! We were going to celebrate the end of the teens and a welcome to the 20s! We were going to whip out a recipe for bathtub gin, taking our raccoon coats out of storage, cranking up the Ford Model “T” to take it out for a spin, catch up on the latest phrases such as “Hot-Cha-Cha”, and “Vo-Do-De-Oh-Do”, dance to the Charleston with the music by Rudy Valee and Paul Whiteman playing on the Victrola, while catching up with some dramatic flicks starring Clara Bow or Rudolph Valentino, get a few laughs with the antics of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, and to hear Al Jolson tell us that we ain’t heard nothing yet! It was going to be a new year and a new decade full of hope, wonder, and how much we have been progressing with the Great Recession getting farther and father away as seen on our rear view mirror!

Well, we did get our roarin’ 20s all right, but not the kind of things we had in mind! All we got was a taste of the Great Depression, loaded with massive unemployment, breadlines snaking around the blocks, people full of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, and it was lead by a President that didn’t seem to care much for its citizens and the “common people” that made up the majority of those living and working in the US of A.

For 3/4” of our fiscal year that ran from July 1st, 0f ’19 and ending on June 30th, it appeared that we were going to have one of those “best years yet” times we love to brag about. But around March 13th a.k.a. Friday the 13th, our stepping out on the good foot turned out that we just stepped into a pile of dog s#it! Since that moment, all hell started to break loose. Folks were getting some strange illness that didn’t seem to have a proper name, only a moniker that resembled a vanity license plate number. Some people did get this illness. Many recovered, while some perished. In order to stop this virus that seemed to have been invented by a hack writer of lame science fiction stories, businesses were ordered to limited patrons entering its doors, then shutting down completely. Movie theaters started to shut down, So did Hollywood itself. Live theater shows came to a grinding halt. Schools were ordered to shut down, forcing their students ranging from elementary school to post-graduate to take classes online, later taking those online portals into graduation. A little known web application calling itself “Zoom” became the app of the year, if not for the new decade! Before long, just about any and every form of in-person meeting were suddenly turned into virtual meetings and events via Zoom.

Before long, the name Zoom became a verb in the same stance as “Google” changed its part of the domestic lexicon. Cancellations of any form of live something or another arrived from everywhere. It was a “Slaughter On Tenth Avenue” for conventions, gatherings, and just about any from of activity that was going to be attended by more than three people standing at clos(er) range.

Even holidays were on the calendar came and went, but they didn’t play out the ways intended. There we no St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in bars or on the street. No Easter egg hunts or Easter brunches. Ditto for Mother’s Day brunches. Memorial Day was nearly forgotten. Father’s Day may have a barbecue going, but no sports to watch on the big screen TV! And for fireworks on the Fourth of July? Instead of going off with a bang, it went off as a bust!

Although yours truly has been working for home for quite a while virus or otherwise, it became part of the so-called “new normal” by default. WFH was now linked to WTF. With those that were lucky enough to take advantage with WHF, many didn’t! Just ask the 40 million that applied for employment insurance. Or ask the businesses that applied for a PPP loan from the SBA–if they were able to snag a loan! As it’s now getting to a “wait and see” to find out who’s going to be the last (wo)man standing!

Finally, there was a brief wave of “civil unrest” taking place in this nation, only to make the sense of a virus threat only worse within the morals of its citizens.

So where does all of these aspects fit within on our status at ALO-L? First of all, our goal here was not only to provide some from of editorial content based upon current trends or through personal perspectives from the life and times of this writer. And we were providing news and reviews from the fields of movies, selected television programming, and the realm of regional and community theater–or bread and better so to speak.

Our last theater review was published back in Vol. 25-No 12. We haven’t reviewed a live show since then because there were no live shows to review. Some of the smaller theater companies and the theater locations itself may not present a program for a while. A few of these outlets will never come back. And everyone is hurting for everything from cash money to keeping the lights lit–ghost lights be damned!

But we will still be plugging away, we are lucky enough to keep our lights on, our internet connection going, our Zoom accounts active and up to date using Zoom 5.03, and even making sure that dinner will still be on the table and our coffee pots will be full in keeping up alert and awake! And to add a disclaimer, our parent company Linear Cycle Productions did apply–and received–a loan from the SBA for our media archiving services. (Visit http://www.LinearCycleProductions.com for more information.)

So as we start another fiscal year, we will have our chins up as high as we can get away with it all. We will keep reminding ourselves that everything is going to be fine ‘cuz the experts all agree! And yes, this too shall pass! By the next year, we are going to look back at these times with a hearty laugh or with a good cry, whatever comes first! But in all forms of strife, one winds up to be smarter, stronger, and ready to take upon the next challenges that may lie ahead! As the old song once told us, “We’ve done it before and we can do it again!” We can do it again! This time around, we will finally know just what we are doing!

PS…We also learned how to cook too! Have you ever made a macaroni and cheese dish that is far better than the slop once served in a elementary school lunchroom? This dish isn’t for kids that are fixed on their smartphones, but for the former kids that didn’t even have a dime in their pockets to use a pay phone!

As so it goes….
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

The Sierre Madre Playhouse of the city of the same name will present a staged reading of David Henry Hwang’s YELLOW FACE on Wednesday, July 8th.

Yellow Face is the playwright’s memoir of a protest he lead in the 1990’s objecting the casting of Jonathan Pryce as the Asian pimp in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, who wasn’t of Asian decent, but was causation. This caused a scandal in the theater world that note that those playing a role of a specific race should be performed by a person that was of that same ethnic origin.

Drew Barr will direct the reading of Yellow Face for this one day only performance. Unlike previous Sierre Madre Playhouse stage readings, this upcoming reading will be conducted online.

Although this reading will be presented online without charge (although the theatre will be honored to accept a donation), reservations are required. To reserve your spot, visit the link at https://ci.ovationtix.com/35040/production/1030062?performanceId=10551708

Under General Admission, select the number of people for whom you would like to make a reservations. Select Checkout and follow further instructions to complete checkout No physical tickets are required for this event! Disregard the Will Call ticket details from the purchase confirmation email reply.

This performance will be available to view online on July 8th between the hours of 12:00 PM through 11:59 PM (PST)

Those making their reservations to “attend” will be offered to view a live post-show talkback with Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano, Director Drew Barr, and a cast member (to be announced) on Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 PM (PST). An online link to access this talkback will be sent following the show.

The Sierre Madre Playhouse is located at 87 West Sierre Madre Blvd. in Sierre Madre. Live performances at this playhouse will begin in the 2021 calendar year. For more details, visit the theater at http://www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
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We’ll still keep you posted when we will offer new reviews in the world of regional theater, feature films, or anything else of noteworthy interest!

Keep watching this space!
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THE WRITING ON THE WALL or THE ORIGINAL TWEETS

Editor’s Note: Events may not open as fast as they have within the last weeks due to a possible threat of a relapse of cases of the COVID-19 virus reported in the state of California and the Los Angeles region.

However, we are keeping an eye of things when the moment arrives towards the sense of so-called “normalcy”.

Until then, we will continue to publish the articles that were written long before all current events took hold, such as the article below.

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In the previous issue, this humble writer composed an article on a book of etiquette that I obtained from a long forgotten relative.

When I pulled that book from the bookshelf it was placed on, I found another book that I had also obtained through the years. It wasn’t a book that I inherited from my family estate, it was a book I grabbed from a long forgotten garage sale. But it’s not really a book per se. It’s a thin 8” x 5” softcover booklet that one could mistake as an owners manual for a electronic device or appliance. However, it’s indeed a curio that speaks about an expression that people used to get a point or two across.

The book itself is entitled Graffiti: Selected Scrawls from Bathroom Walls, published in 1967 by Parallax Publishing, that was part of Simon & Schuster at the time. The book itself consists of graffiti and various writings that were found on the walls of rest rooms as collected by Robert Reisner, a journalist that worked on the jazz music beat for The Village Voice. Each writing prose compiled was categorized by its subject matter such as “Sarcasm and Cynicism”, “Politics”, “Inspiration”, “Homosexual Billets-Doux”, (graffiti written by those in the homosexual/gay community),“Wishes, Yearnings, and Desires”, and other topics of distinction. Many of these writing are rather humorous, while others are explicit (for the era anyway), and rightly honest for what they appear, since most (if not all) of these musing scribbled down were not meant to be recorded in any means of form. They would only last on the walls as long as the ink from the pens didn’t fade out, or they were cleansed off, painted over, or perhaps the walls the writings once appeared were removed from its former spaces.

To give various samples of what Mr. Reisner collected, these are some of the quotes that were compiled that made the final edition of this book(let). These bits of graffiti were mostly found in the men’s room as discovered in public places located within the Manhattan New York areas in the middle 1960‘s, based on the thoughts and opinions of men who would normally patronize the clubs, bars, restaurants, and related locations as the book notes. However, there were some writing of graffiti found in rest rooms located in public schools, drive-ins, retailers such as Woolworth’s, and even stuff written in the ladies rooms! The latter fact assumes that women during this era would even take the time to write anything on the walls where they “did their business”. (And for the record, men would even do “real” business in the men’s room, such as cutting a business deal, signing a contract, or to do outside of what was the usual bathroom duties i.e. doing a “number one” or a “number two!”)

For instance, in the category of Sarcasm and Cynicism, Reisner jotted down such prose as Asian flu for Asians only, Stamp out mental health, Stamp out reality, Stamp out Bert Parks, The graffiti in the men’s room Is better (found on the wall of the ladies room at Lion’s Head, located at 59 Christopher Street), and a musing that had Do Not Write On Walls stenciled by the management of the Forum Coffee House located on Avenue “A”. Below somebody added You want we should type maybe?

In keep with being philosophical, there were a number of lines that speak a truth, such as There are no answers, only mysteries, Obey good laws, break bad ones, When in doubt, worry, The pen is mightier than the pencil, and, Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you may be radioactive.

Politics were in high fashion that spoke about what was going on in the nation expressing political leaders such as All the way with L.B.J., L.B.J. either way, Half the way with L.B. J., L.B.J. for ex-President, L.B.J. takes trips, F-ck the great society, and Impeach Johnson. Below that line somebody added We already tried it stupid, in the 19th century!

Urinals also had their fair shake (pun?) as well! A number of instruction were given on how close one should stand to the urinal, such as We aim to please, you aim too, please, Puritan with short muskets step up to the firing line, Pilots with short engine mounts-please taxi up close, Men with short bats stand close to the plate, Stand up close. The next man might have holes in his shoes, If you can read this you are not aiming in the right direction, and If you are reading this you are probably pissing in your left shoe. Below that line somebody wrote No, my right shoe I’m cross-eyed.

When it came to religion, that topic was not spared. Perhaps something to note were reaction from the infamous Time Magazine cover of the issue dated April 8, 1966 that has the headline Is God Dead? on its cover. The reaction to that headline as expressed on the restroom wall went as God isn’t dead-he just doesn’t want to get involved, God ain’t dead, he’s just playing possum, and a few of these variations:

God Is Dead-Time
Time Is Dead-God
God Is Not Dead-Billy Graham
Who’s Billy Graham?-God

and..

God Is Dead-Time
Time is Dead-God
God and Time are dead-Billy Graham
God is Time-Dead
And to follow up- Billy Graham is the religious editor of Time.

These above entries, as extracted from this book now long out of print, gives an idea to whose bit of prose survived time and tide. It was a way where one could state what they wanted on any topic, no matter how offensive and taboo the subject really was.

Although restroom graffiti still exists, there are other places where the public at large can say their piece, and that place of course is online. Twitter is perhaps the modern day equivalent of graffiti where anyone with a Twitter account can “tweet” their way to happiness for the entire world to see, not just limited to somebody who stumbles upon those scribbles found on a wall in a rest room set within some hole-in-the-wall joint.

It would be nearly impossible to collect such Twitters for a collection of such “wit”. That is, unless one limited themselves to a specific person. The current king of the USA has much of his tweets already collected. (Comedy Central recently hosted a traveling “gallery” show consisting of art pieces consisting of framed quotes extracted from The Donald’s amusing commentary as posted through this Twitter account featuring the best of his so-called “wit”!) But again, that is for a person of public interest rather than another John or Jane Q. Public that may be out there or not!

But if one holds the hankering (and if local rules apply), just whip out that ol’ Sharpie and write what ‘cha feel! Just make sure it’s amusing enough! After all, if you gotta go…
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

We recently received word that Pat Taylor, a fellow theater reviewer and a good friend of AOL-L, passed away last June 18th of natural causes at the age of 76.

Yours truly would occasionally see her at the many theaters that dotted the Los Angeles region. Her “beat” was the eastern San Fernando Valley area (Burbank, North Hollywood, Toluca Lake, etc.) where she was one of the staff writers for local/community theater for The Toluca Times.

As of this writing, services are pending. More details can be found through her obit at
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/burbank-ca/patricia-taylor-9228107
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BE POLITE!

Editor’s note: Although things are very slowly getting back into a state of normalcy (whatever “normalcy” means), we here at ALO-L central decided to go back to publish a few articles that were mean to be released long before the current crisis took its hold.
The following article was meant to be released in late March. However, it does provide a nice diversion to what’s going on in the world. Don’t ya think??
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Not too long ago, I was lucky to inherit some books and related goods from a deceased relative of mine. This was from a cousin I bailey knew. In fact, the last time I recall seeing her was sometime in the 1980’s when my grandparent passed away, and she and I was there for the funeral. All I know of this person what she was in her middle 70’s at the time of her death, and died of an unspecified illness.

Anyway, I requested from the family that I could obtain any personal photos she had, or any home movie footage shot on 8mm, Super 8mm, or 16mm film that may exist. After dealing with the person (some probate attorney) handling the estate, I was told that I would receive the requested good if (or when) they could be found.

Some five years passed. Then one afternoon, I received a medium sized box from some address in Chicago I didn’t recognize from the law firm handing her estate. I was hoping that it would be the collection of photos and related media I asked for way back when. I somewhat forgot this request since I didn’t think I would receive anything, so I wrote the whole thing off. But now this box was finally here. I thought to myself that my long awaiting for the goods finally paid itself off!

So upon opening the box thinking I would find photo albums or perhaps reels of film, all I was able to find was a collection of hardcover and paperback books. There was no note attached to this collection. All there was to be found was a series of hard cover novels published in the 1980’s, as well as a collection of mass produced paperbacks. Again, those were novels published around the same time, something one would find in any standard garage sale selling for whatever one could get for them, if anything at all!

I was rather disappointed over this cache of books that frankly wasn’t what I had asked for. Never mind the fact that these books were once part of this long forgotten relative’s library. It didn’t seem it held any sentimental value. Or at least not to me.

However, there was one book that caught my eye. It was the only book that wasn’t a novel published in recent years. It was the only book that wasn’t even in the greatest shape. The dust jacket had water stains on its lower half, and the pages were slightly yellowed with a discolored piece of Scotch tape holding the jacket together from a tear. However, it was a book that spoke upon a period of domestic society that has long disappeared and has changed drastically since it was published.

The book in question was entitled The Seventeen Book of Etiquette and Entertaining, written by Enid A. Haupt, and published by David McKay Company, Inc, based in New York.

This book was first published in 1963 and was written by the then Editor-In-Chief of Seventeen Magazine, a title that was first published in 1944 as a magazine for teenage girls, and continued its run as a monthly until 2017 when it became an every other month selection. Today, it’s only published as separate stand alone issues when its current publisher, Hearst Publications, find the need for a print edition. However, it’s still alive and living online at at http://www.Seventeen.com

Anyway, getting back to the book. On the inside cover cover written in ink is my cousin’s name with the year-1963. On the second page, somebody wrote with a felt tip pen “Happy Etiquette! Craig”. I don’t know who this “Craig” is (or was). Perhaps it was a (boy)friend of hers long forgotten as I don’t know of any relations with the name of Craig.

I started to go over this book that lists in detail the ideas and tips a young woman of the era should follow. It covers everything from keeping personal habits in check, how to be nice with family, friends and in public. It provides advice on how to compose letters, how to speak to people in person and on the phone, as well as what to wear, when, and how. And of course, it also gives advice on how to act and react with the opposite sex i.e. “boys”.

Being the fact that the topic of sex is far more amusing than on how to host dinner parties, I turned to the chapter entitled “Boys Boys Boys”. Sure enough, the entire chapter covers the topic of this species of humans that are known to girls, but something that isn’t known enough!

My cousin used a yellow highlighter marker to make this sentence listed in the first paragraph. It reads “Any girl can get a date, have a boy in love with her, become engaged and get married. Fix these facts in your mind and believe in them and you will be successful in getting along with boys.” (The italics appear in the book as published!)

Apparently, she had to confirm herself in getting this fact straighten out so she would know just what to do to with believing the idea that it was rather possible to get a boy’s attention just by following the rules. And this chapter would tell her just how to go about the process!

There are a very long list of things one must do, what to say, how to say it and so on! And when it comes to sex, a word that interestingly enough, never appears in this part of the book (the italics are of this writer’s addition), it does inform (warn?) the reader on how to be careful so the boy won’t put the make on her!

F’instance, in the section of this chapter called Manners in Love, it states that the reader should stay friends with the boy treating him as a casual beau and to be honest with him, such as keeping the lights on, making sure that somebody else was in the house, and to avoid such situations as long drives in the country, moonlight walks on the beach, and spending evenings in a fire lit room with a thousand love songs on the record player. It was suggested to leave the new jazz and the old twist records on the machine and move the ping-pong table nearby! So instead plopping some mood music recorded by Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra, it’s best to twist again (like you did last summer) with Chubby Checker, or to swipe your dad’s disks cut by Dave Brubeck or Miles Davis while engaging in a hot and heavy game of ping-pong!

Yes, the above notes does sound like they were taken from an episode of The Donna Reed Show where Mary Stone would entertain her beau, or even The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet where Ricky would invite some young lass to the Nelson household to play his latest hit.

But that was what this nation was going through in those so-called innocent times where nice girls didn’t “do it”. And even if they did and the boy didn’t bother to head on over to the neighborhood Rexall Drugs to grab a box of “pros” before the fact, she would eventually get a bun in the oven. Then the girl’s daddy would grab his trusty Remington rifle out from the hall closet and tells the boy to start drawing up marriage plans–or else!

I won’t get into details on other tips on etiquette it speaks of, such as how to host “adult” dinner parties, or proper ways to send letters to those in public office such as how to address the First Lady of the USA. (Hint: Address her as “Mrs. Kennedy”.) But this book, among all of the other books I received, was the only keeper. I can’t say if my cousin ever followed these rules as I never really got to know much about her, but at least she had the tips on hand to guide her whenever the notion called for it.

Not too far from where this writer hangs his hat, there is a community library where a local resident placed a bookshelf outside of his home. There are a number of books on the shelf where neighbors are encouraged to take a book, and to possibly leave a book for those to later take and enjoy. So all of those books once owned by my late cousin were plopped on those selves awaiting for their good homes. The only selection from this ghost library that remains was this book written by Mrs. Haupt that inform those women of the baby boom era (first generation), on to follow for a preparation of a happy and healthy life as a woman of domestic society.

PS…Was there ever a book written for boys to follow etiquette-wise? Perhaps, but nothing that this writer is aware of, or at least not created from this era. Maybe boys already knew on what to do and what to say. Perhaps they never knew, let alone even cared to learn! However, maybe they through if Elvis can get away in what he did in his moving pictures, maybe they could pull the same stunt! After all, what’s the harm in a little fun in Acapulco anyway? (Thunkathunkaverymuch!)
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

There are some good news to report! Many of the movie theater chains such as AMC, plan to reopen their movie houses on July 12th through limited capacity. Some places will request patrons to don face masks with entreating their places. Of course, if one is consuming popcorn, soda pop and the like, one can remove the mask when eating and drinking (‘natch!)

To obtain information on who is opening up and its procedures, visit the designated theater’s website for complete details!

As to what’s available on the big screen? Many of the studios are making mad scrambles on getting their schedules going. Again, check the theater to find out what’s playing!

So as Gene ‘n Rodger used to say, we’ll see you at the movies!!
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LAST “MAN” STANDING

For a lot of places and businesses, being shut down due to the current crisis has been hard enough. With no activity going as well as any form of cash flow to deal with, the notion of who is going to survive and who is going to fail brings forth upon the devastation that’s been taking place that has leaped out from nowhere only to bite anyone and everyone hard in the a$$.

As things begin to slowly open up, not everything is running in full capacity. Restaurants will have to limit its capacity as low as 25% of what they used to provide. Some retailers will still offer curbside service but nothing much more. Businesses that are not deemed as “essential” is willing to welcome back its customers, assuming that they are going to even show up! With the notion of having those learning how to make do with what they have, they have learned that going through the “waist-not-want-not” method of progression has become their revised normal. This just means that they may no longer hold an interest in coming back to that business in question thanks to learning how to do or have things go as the “smaller-faster-cheaper” methods of life.

And what makes it even worse, many of these businesses that’s been part of their community, both physically and methods that they cater to, could not hold the weight of not working or being able to serve those that want to be served. Many of these establishments were barely operating even before all hell broke loose. Now that the hell has made its escape out in the world as we know it, their ability to operate has before has met its match.

One specific form of business is the performing arts, especially for the live theater production companies and theater spaces. For many generations especially in a town such as Los Angeles where there are a lot of folks that work (or desire to work) in the theater, it was the place to be! From the actors on stage, the crews that work off stage, the technicians that make the theater magic happen, and those that attend the shows as a studio audience, live theater is the experience to take part of. It’s far from just watching a movie, and even father than something to view on a video screen. It’s entertainment that makes its worth while.

Many of these theaters functioned as non-profits, replying upon grants, donations, and whatever they can get from the box office. Some of these places reap in large amounts while others can barley keep their light on!

In last week’s issue, we published a message from the North Hollywood Arts Council over the fate of the theater companies and playhouse that exist on or along the Lankershim and Magnolia Blvd. corridors. They, along with other playhouse, hasn’t performed anything since middle March. A few will become lucky enough to offer something to prove to its patrons that they are still out there. Others may take their leave of absence with the promise to return one day–whenever that “one day” will be! And a few will close its doors for the final time, never to return.

And it’s not just the theater companies that’s in trouble. Many other smaller retail based outlets face this same challenge. The ol’ mom-and-pop places faced tough times even before the virus took its hold. Anything done on-line was its mortal enemy. But because people were forced to stay at home, or those that stayed in place by choice, doing stuff on-line was easy, fast, and most of all, convenient! After all, who would not want to have bragging rights to admit that they were able to binge watch the entire run of Tiger King on Netflix while totally drunk–and to get away with it! And what about the notion of buying a closet full of clothes through Amazon while not even wearing any? The list goes onward and upward!

So as the spring season blends into the “official” start of summer, it’s going to be a hearty game of “wait and see”! By the time this entire event blow over (whenever that’s going to be), everyone will find out who’s here, who’s different, and who’s done and gone. It will indeed be part of the last man standing. Even if that “man” isn’t a man, woman, or even a beast! It’s just those that are part of the luck of the draw!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

As businesses slowly open up as close as to full capacity, so will the theater community–stating for both live stage shows as well as those moving picture houses. As things stand, they are all presently arranging their opening strategies on when (and how) that will take place.

When that moment comes to light, we will once again resume our weekly listing of news and reviews from the stage and moving theater domains. Those days will really arrive soon! We promise!!
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HOME LIFE-AN UPDATE!

As communities are going through the phases of “opening up” with so-called “normal” activities, there are a lot of changes that’s been seen that will determine if these changes will remain for the moment or for the good.

First of all, the way people do things within their homes verses conducting their tasks and services outside of their domicile are getting their makeover. It’s been proven that folks that (still) have a paid job can conduct that same occupation while not sitting inside of an office space to perform the same functions and duties. Thanks to modern technology that is accessible and more affordable than ever before, it’s quite possible to write reports, create spreadsheets, perform research elements, etc. while squatted down in front of a laptop, desktop, or some other portable electronic gadget that can connect to an internet connection no matter where they may be. Anyone no longer has to get dressed in some form of “work clothes” to look presentable. One can wear a grubby t-shirt, torn and stained sweat pants, or if one is even bold enough, wear nothing but a smile on their face to slave away! These workers won’t have to deal with annoying and perhaps obnoxious coworkers, bosses that look over their shoulders while micromanaging each and every little thing they do, deal with office politics or some kind of new world order, along with other forms of office-type antics that could provide enough material for a lame sit-com! There won’t be any communing to do either! No more long drives on the freeway each morning and afternoon. The office management itself won’t have to provide office supplies that tends to be either underused or outright stolen by other employees! (“Who’s is going to miss a few staple guns or rolls or tape anyway?” is often the ploy from office based fellow workers say to themselves!) The same management won’t even have to provide such office space either!

Since people also screamed for work-life balances, now they finally have them! One can write up the Frisbee Report while feeding the kids breakfast, walking Fido around the block, or even taking some time catching up on your favorite soap opera! Just as long as the work’s done, then those little traits are OK to do. One can get away from doing them all a whole lot easier!

When it comes to shopping, then buying goods online is the new(er) be-all-to-end-all method! Granted, some products are out there in retail land that one has to see in-person. Purchasing clothing online can be done, but would it fit properly, let along look good on one’s self? However, when people were in their lock-downs, they did rise to the occasion and just “punted” in getting what they wanted through a web portal. And many of those places offer shipping either offered as fast, free, or perhaps both! One can’t get it any better without leaving one’s comfy chair to shop away!

When it comes to dining, why bother to spend big bucks eating out when one can do it at home? Thanks to being cooped up, people started to become creative in their meal prep. Folks were beginning to grab their cookbooks from their archives and finally create something found within those guides of old after ignoring them long after the fact for more time than anyone would want to remember.

F’Instance, one person that this writer knows of once received as a gift for her twelfth birthday, the latest edition (1972) of the Betty Crocker Cookbook. It was given to her when she was expected by her mom (now long deceased) to become a proper home maker as a later adult, since within the next fifteen years-give or take, she would be married and have a family of her own. So if she was going to live a happy domestic lifestyle, she better start out right then and there!

She was glad to get the cookbook at the time. However, over time and tide, the notion of living that domestic lifestyle didn’t bode too well with her. So she placed the cookbook on the shelf, where it sat for a number of years. When she moved from one place to the next, she placed the cookbook in various spots within her home stashed in many nooks and crannies. It just wound up as another knickknack from a childhood now semi forgotten.

Last March, she found that cookbook she received some 48(!) years before. Within the next four weeks, she created enough meals and dishes that were not only tasty, but were from the so-called “good old days” back when nobody didn’t seem to have many foods issues to fuss with ranging from various allergies to eating meat free. (Yes, there were folks that did possess those kind of eating lifestyles back then, but those issues were never emphasized or had much attention drawn to them!) So she enjoyed that nearly long forgotten birthday gift long after the fact!

We do wish to add that although the restaurant industry is going through a major funk, we don’t want to offend anyone involved in that industry in stating to not eat out. Going to a local restaurant or eating establishment is encouraged once its considered safe, and has its moments. Even this writer kind of misses the notion of taking advantage of visiting that cute looking place located just around the corner for a dish of something or another. So then the time comes when eating places before safe to open full time, we will be there in spades!

Again, the method of getting back to a normal is very complex, if not totally complicated. Only time, tide, and the powers that be will get those things back together, assuming that it will be back together! These may be challenging times indeed, but these complicated things shall too pass.

In the mean time, we’re gonna hope that our friend with that old school BCC will whip up those tasty dishes that’s decked out in within that book from the days of yore! After all, that recipe for macaroni and cheese with hot dog bits looks yum-mee! Dinner is served!!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

As the above editorial states, although basic elements are slowing starting to emerge, there is no solid word on the status of the regional theater groups resuming their offering for the time being. Of course, we are keeping our eye on things once they do emerge.

We don’t have to state any further that these are indeed trying times. However, when those elements come to light, we at ALO-L will provide those revisions and updates once they resume.

Keep staying tuned!
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MY CITY IS GONE!

This article can be classified with the category of “The best of times, the worst of times!”

We don’t have to express the fact that the threat of the virus still exists. With over 100,000 accounted deaths so far, the crisis is far from over. However, that is not the only element that is of major concern right now.

Over the last week, there has been riots within the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota over a death that involves an arrest of a citizen that was in police custody. That act brought turmoil in that community, as well as through other communities that expresses the same concerns.

This article won’t address the case in question, even though it’s just as important as notions stand. What will be addressed is that the civil unrest that’s taking place is happening in the city of Minneapolis itself. This is a community that has been known to be labeled one of the better area in the nation to live, work, and even retire. These traits speak for both the city itself and the many suburban communities and areas that are part of the five group regions of Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, and Scott Counties. Known as the “City of Lakes”, Minneapolis hosts a few of the so-called “10,000 lakes” (as it states on the Minnesota license plates), where its local citizen can enjoy both the lake, as well as the parks that surround each body of water.

What I am attempting to state here is that all of this turmoil is occurring in a town that I have always related to as a community that is peaceful, charming, and if I may state–safe for what it is! This is a town that was never known for its crime rate. There was always an existing amount of crime, but not in the same capacity as New York, Chicago, or even Los Angeles. It was a community that I looked upon as wholesome with a great fondness attached.

This was the area where I was able to start my professional career in the fields of media production, and was the place where I first got my “act” together after experiencing a year of college that wound up to be a personal disaster. (What that “disaster” was will be noted for a future article!)

Back in the early 1980’s when I was the age of a “young adult”, I decided to move to this city to seek my so-called fame and fortune. Perhaps not as a traditional “fame and fortune” where if I wanted to be in show business, I would have moved to Hollywood looking for my big break. Even though I was interested in a career and perhaps lifestyle of being in show biz, that was not my full goal. My goal was just to live a life that was far from staying in the depressed state I was attempting to escape from.

I chose Minneapolis because I did visit the city the year before while hoping to enroll as an undergraduate at The University of Minneapolis-Minneapolis campus. Although the school was worthy enough for my needs, it didn’t offer all of the elements I was looking for at the time. However, unlike some public state colleges that were located in small towns, the U.of M.’s main campus was in the heart of the city that offered plenty of things to do without totally relying upon the campus itself. And even though it was urban, it was still suburban in my viewpoints where people from all walks of life lived. Many of its citizen were born there, lived there, and even died there. And yes, many people did speak with their unique accents and mannerisms common place for the upper midwest, This was a trait that I didn’t notice while I was living there until I saw the feature film Fargo many year later–a movie made by a pair of bothers that were born and raised in that town who used these little notions to their advantage making such phrases as “you betcha” fall into the American lexicon of speech.

I started making the rounds of moving into a large home (c. 1911) in south Minneapolis owned by a guy who was a professor of real estate at the U of M. I was one of three roommates that shared this large two story home complete with a paneled basement space. The other two roommates were people he knew from his junior high school days. I was the first “outsider” to become part of this household.

From there, I got started into TV production, my real career goal. But it wasn’t in a traditional TV station such as KSTP, WTCN, or even in the mighty WCCO. It was at a public access TV facility that was part of the local cable TV system that existed in a suburban bedroom community. (Minneapolis itself was late in the game as they didn’t get cable TV until 1984 when Rogers Cable, a Canadian cable company, was awarded the franchise from the city.) I worked up through the ranks in community TV programming, performing such duties such being as a cablecaster, a camera operator, a videotape editor, and even to a program producer where I became eventually involved in a local live talk program called Accessibly Live–a program that this very news service is a descendant!

I also had my other activities as well. I had my gang of friends, and even encountered my first so-called “girlfriend” who I even lived with for a while. And there was the community itself that I found very appealing and charming. Even through I did not take total advantage of the arts and culture that was at my disposal at the time, it was there for me to know it was there should I ever desired to ever take part of it.

The weather up in the Twin Cities did change for each season. Its Springtimes were mild and pleasant. Summertimes could be hot yet bearable. Its Fall seasons were very cool and became eye candy where the fall leaves on the trees would become a work of art of browns, yellows, and gold colors into itself. And the Winters were rather cold and sometimes brutal. However, one would and could rise to the occasion where one can take winter to its advantage. I learned how to dress warmly donning padded undergarments in layers, while mastering the art of using cross county skies! This form of transportation came in very handy when one had to travel from one part of town to another when there were massive amount of snow on the roads where cars could not travel through the city streets. Ditto for when it was bitter cold. Unless your vehicle was parked inside of a heated garage, your car battery wouldn’t have enough power to start up! And rotsa ruck in getting the AAA to get over to your car to jump it with a set of battery jumper cables!!

Of course, all good things must come to its end, and indeed the time I spent up there it did arrive to its conclusion. My career of my job at Group W Cable based in suburban Columbia Heights would be over as its parent company Westinghouse decided to sell off its cable TV network to a media conglomerate that had little interest in public access television as P.A. wasn’t a money maker for them! Although I still had my gang of friends, my relationship with my girlfriend went on the skids. And since I never completed my college degree, I eventually decided to continue my college education after taking the few years off. But the school I wanted to attend was located in Carbondale, Illinois, some 800 miles to the south. It was that moment when it was time to say farewell!

It became a somber moment to finally leave my city after a little over four years of residency. I vowed to never forget the communities I once lived within and to always keep those episodes of my life and times within my own heart and mind.

I did visit Minneapolis a few times since I had moved away with a final return in the fall of 1990. But I never had the opportunity to visit the city that I once called home since then. I always promised to myself that I would return for one day more. Alas, that “one day more” never came to be!

Of course, I speak for a community that I lived in some thirty-five plus years long after the fact. Since I left town, many things has changed. Much of the gang I once knew has either moved away, died, or just wound up on my “whatever because of…?” list. Places I used to visit or even “hung around” are long gone. A few may still remain, but only as shadows of their formal selves. The city itself has grown, and its diversity has changed as well. It is no longer the blond-hair-blue-eyed-white-completion round of citizens that existed while I was present. And these changes were for the better and for the worst.

I had the good times I experienced along with the moments that were not going as well as it could have been. I will always remember those four short years where I was able to develop myself to where and how I stand in this very day and age. I will always call myself a Minneapolitian that’s on a leave of absence. I will always pledge my allegiance to the city and its surrounding community that I so desired to become part of. And I will say that living up in the frozen north was indeed a small portion of the best years of my life.

And as the norskies would say, “Uff da!”
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

For the last few weeks, we have been asked a number of times on the current status of community theater in the Los Angeles region.

Since middle March, no theater, be it the larger establishments or the smaller intimate places have been conducting show performances thanks to the current slow and shut down of activities due to COVID-19.

The following press release on the latest details is being published in its entirety. It speaks for those theater companies that are doing their part in making their long awaited appearance become a reality once more…

Los Angeles Intimate Theaters Release
a Message of Hope and Solidarity for Their Future

Artistic Directors of 44 Intimate (aka 99-Seat) non-profit theaters have created a roundtable to discuss the post COVID-19 re-emergence of theatre in Los Angeles. The group recently released the following statement:

“Like Los Angeles, our theatre community has always been at the forefront of innovation. As an integral part of the cultural conversation, a group of 44 artistic directors from LA’s intimate theaters came together two months ago to discuss how we can move through the current COVID crisis and come out stronger. We are committed to raising the bar and pushing the boundaries of professional theatre. At weekly virtual roundtables, we continue to remind each other that theatre is a collaborative art form, in every sense of the word. We are stronger together as one community regardless of company size.
 
While the doors to our theaters may be shut, our artists continue to innovate and utilize new technology to serve Los Angeles and promote the importance of theatre. Our creative work has never been limited to our stages, and the boundless creativity of Los Angeles theatre artists will ensure that our theaters will reopen with a renewed sense of purpose. Los Angeles is one of the cultural capitals of the world, and together we make sure that #LALivesOnStage.”

This statement was signed by the following intimate theaters:

24th Street Theatre, Actors Co-op After Hours Theatre Company Ammunition Theatre Company Antaeus Theatre Company Boston Court Pasadena Celebration Theatre Chance Theater Company of Angels Coeurage Theater Company Echo Theater Company Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA Fountain Theatre Ghost Road Theatre Company Greenway Arts Alliance IAMA Theatre Company Impro Theatre Latino Theatre Company Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble Matrix Theatre Company Moving Arts Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Open Fist Theatre Company Ophelia’s Jump Productions Playwrights’ Arena Pacific Resident Theatre Rogue Machine Theatre Ruskin Group Theatre Sacred Fools Theater Company Sierra Madre Playhouse Skylight Theatre Company Son of Semele Theatre of NOTE The 6th Act The Group Rep Theatre The Inkwell Theater The New American Theatre The Road Theatre Company The Robey Theatre Company The Victory, United Stages, VS.Theatre Company, Theatre West, and Whitefire Theatre

The group is taking this opportunity of a pause in their programming to consider some of the bigger issues facing Los Angeles intimate theaters. Most importantly, they have implemented action committees for creating collaborative strategies in health and safety protocols for audiences, staff, and artists. Other areas of focus include marketing, and planning an online Intimate Theatre Festival, with a Live LA Theatre Festival in the works once everyone is able to gather again. Partnering with LA Stage Alliance/onStage.LA, the group is working to establish a central hub for all Los Angeles theatre activities.
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STAYCATION 2.0

Being the fact that it’s somewhat difficult to keep tab on the days and dates, this weekend is the start of the unofficial-official opening of the summer season. Memorial Day, the date to remember those who served in the armed forces that didn’t home back from the battlefields, is the first of a trio of three-day weekends (Independence Day and Labor Day round out the three), that are usually measured as part of what’s known as Summertime–a season that’s been called those lazy-hazy-crazy days.

Although summertime is associated with going to the beach, taking on a bar-be-cue or three, and even planning for a trip someplace, that period of time has been reformed as a group of crazy days with better weather attached! But when folks were beginning to plan for their summertime antics around the time when Mari Gras was running its course, everything went into its tailspin! Instead of dusting off their fans for circulating those cool breezes, it seemed that the s#it hit those fans first!

That was some ten or so weeks ago. Right now, the plans for engaging for the summer season were placed on hold, only to be replaced by how to get one’s life together, among a longer list of things to do–98% of those things totally unplanned!!

Nevertheless, summertime did arrive on schedule. The weather is indeed a whole lot better for what it is. However, positive attitudes by those fanatics of summer are anything but! But after playing the game of “shelter-in-place” wore out its welcome, people are craving to get out to head off somewhere–anywhere! Sadly, there is a lot of precaution linked on to those plans.

Yes, there is going to be a lot of social distancing involved. Luckily, there are a few outdoor activities where crowds are not necessarily. Playing golf, hiking on a lonely trail, and even heading off to a beach can be done, assuming that local community standards will allow such activities. But when in comes to taking that vacation? That’s another factor!

As this article is being created, The Disney Parks in both Florida and California are shut down. Other theme parks of that nature are either closed or offering limited services are still taking its hold. One can drive to a spot for something that isn’t amusement park worthy since gas is still cheap for what it is. But one element is needed to take on that full blown trip. It’s not sunscreen, clothing that’s idea to wear in warmer weather, or even finding a place to go for a little R ‘n R! That factor that’s needed in money!

Already, the unemployment rate is at an all-time high, and hasn’t been this high since Hoovervilles were popping up, Bonnie and Clyde were making their rounds, and the biggest thing in media was listing to Amos ‘n Andy on the radio machine. Yep, the Great Depression has returned–for better or worse!

So did the Staycation, an activity that was born during the Great Recession of 2009 and a few years afterword. That is when people, very hard up for cash, devised an idea to take a vacation at one’s home base where for a week or so, one would do some of the things one would normally take part in through a traditional vacation, except one would never leave their premises. They could be in the form of partaking in a bar-be-cue or perhaps a camping activity while staying within their back yards or its equivalent. One would go on a vacation without the notion of getting somewhere through a virtual reality space without the use of a Zoom app!! That act would save a bunch of money, since there is no gas to spend on getting somewhere while keeping close to a very strict budget. This feat may not be the best of both worlds, but it’s better than no vacation at all!

This time around, people do want to get somewhere since they were stuck at home. Yes, they were able to clean the house (multiple times!), bake just about every recipe found in the Betty Crocker Cookbook, and to binge on every title found on the streaming channel of one’s choosing! (How many times one can watch Tiger King??) But getting away involves running into mysterious places where a virus may be lurking–or not!

But since gas is rather cheap(er), one can take off to some place for some of that getaway. But the real takeaway to is stay close to home and to remain that way. That is, until this whole COVID-19 finally blows over–whenever that will be!

So until the for said virus finally peters out, one can only do the best one can. Yes, it’s a bit different right now. But for the most part, people are still alive and living. One just has to keep that face mask at bay! There may not be any professional sports to watch (yet), but why not wear that custom mask with one’s favorite team’s logo on its front, decked out in the team colors? Those Dodgers face masks don’t look too bad on one’s mug! Just make sure you take ‘em off to wolf down a Dodger Dog or two grilled on the BBQ placed in the back yard? After all, it’s still summertime….
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

As of this writing, a number of theaters, both small and large, are making their plans to possibly open later this year. Some places such as the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills stated that they will commence with programs from July 1st onward. Other theatre companies didn’t have a definite schedule in mind.

However, we are keeping close watch to all chances and announcements. Until things be themselves back on track, we here at AOL-L will keep you on track to those revised notices and posts once we receive ‘em!

Stay tuned….
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WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED DOROTHY?

That was a line uttered (give or take) by Ray Bolger as the scarecrow in the forever classic feature film The Wizard of Oz. The scarecrow was speaking to Dorothy as played by Judy Garland near the end of the film after they has met the Wiz (played by Frank Morgan) shortly after the gang received their “gifts” from the man behind the curtain.

Dorothy learned a lot from her journey down that yellow brick road. And in these recent passing times, a lot of other folks learned a lot from what they have experienced and what they are experiencing right this moment. Some of these lessons were for its well being, while others gave them a sense of reality that needed to be addressed for quite some time, only to get buried from other hubbub that just got in the way.

And the results through various opinion polls taken online speak that truth. The Harris Poll, one of the nation’s leaders in gathering details on the public’s opinion of things at large, has been asking those on how this crisis known as COVID 19 has affected the lives of the domestic population for the good and for the not-so-good.

The results state that nearly everyone has been affected is some way or another. These being affected range from encountering a form of loss of employment, opportunity, and missing out of many life milestones from celebrating births, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, confirmations, graduations, weddings, and even the passage of commemorating deaths. Many of these same folks experienced “wake up calls” over what has gone on and what’s going to occur next. Some of these “wake ups” reflected self awareness. Others discovered that it arrived as a swift kick in the a$$! As Charlie Dickens would write, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times.

And those lessons were obtained from the school o’ hard knocks, if not from forced homeschooling for those that were enrolled in college, high school, and even down to middle and elementary level schooling. Some of these lessons from life showed that there were some issues that had to be addressed only to become lost within a virtual fog. Now that the fog proved itself worthy, it’s time to review a handful of the facts that manifested itself as honorable enough.

For instance, many people learned how to cook meals at home. Granted, most folks that have access to kitchen facilities limited themselves to just preparing token things as to warming something in the microwave. Now those same folks actually whipped out dusty cookbooks (or at least getting access to those cookbooks found online somewhere) to create dishes that were actually decent for the user. In one recent Harris Poll report, 77% of people polled stated they’ve stocked up of foodstuffs since the start of COVID-19, yet 55% said they were concerned their stock would eventually run out. 50% noted that they wanted to have enough to last through the pandemic. However, 89% admitted that once the physical stores were open up more, they would be concerned to return as previous. (11% were unconcerned.) The top worry for shopping in stores is being too close to other people (63% noted this fact) while 21% feared their store(s) would close for good.

And shopping online nearly went through the roof. Amazon, perhaps the be-all-to-end-all place to go to purchase everyone from soup to nuts as well as everything including the kitchen sink (no kidding!), had the online retailer become busier than ever. Amazon also became part of the high demand of employment opportunities that were around since this whole sheltering thing began. The same goes for using take out deliveries as provided by local pizza joints and through third party delivery services on behalf of a eatery or three that could not physically open as normal.

And for those that discovered the joys of cooking, stocking up on foodstuffs were on its rise. The Harris Poll continued to note that 43% of those stocked up on meat products, 37% on pasta, 32% on rice, while 28% grabbed baking supplies such as flour and yeast. Those kitchen appliances from slow cookers, rice makers, and bread machines were busy working away to create dishes that haven’t seen the light of day for generations!

However, in spite of all of the lessons learned, we are all still traveling down that yellow brick road as we have yet to arrive to the Land of Oz. There is still a load of uncertainty that has yet to be discovered. Only time, tide, and perhaps the grace of God (and its equivalent) will be able to sort things out.

However, it’s not all that bad! When was the last time somebody baked a depression cake? When did anyone create hasenpfeffer using a genuine Crock Pot device? What about baking beer bread using a stand alone bread machine? Yours truly did the last two, while a friend of ALO-L whipped up the depression cake (also known as a crazy cake) from a recipe passed on from her late father!

If Julie Child and Graham Kerr could only see this now! Bon Appétit!!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

SCOOB! (Warner Bros.) is a retelling of a saga of the four teenagers who are part of Mystery, Inc., and the dog that made is all happen.

The story opens at Venice Beach, California, where a young boy “Shaggy” Rogers (Will Forte) finds a stray pup that’s on the lam for stealing a slab of gyros from a food stand. This is where Shaggy meets the pup he names Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker). Before long, Shabby and Scooby (or “Scoob” for short) meets up with three other kids: Fred Jones (Zac Efron), the good looking blond haired guy wearing an ascot, Daphne Blake (Amanda Seyfried) who has the grace and is a ‘people person’, and Velma Dinkley (Gina Rodriguez), the brains of the outfit. After solving a case of a local haunted house that turned out to be phony, they form “Mystery, Inc”, a group that solves mysteries using Shaggy and Scoob as the comedy relief. Now grown up as “teenagers”, Scooob and the gang meets a new challenge-a mysterious secret plan to let loose the ghost dog Cerberus upon to the universe, a dog from the time of Alexander The Great of ancient Greece, where its later discovered that Scoob is a decent. Using the aid of Shaggy’s super hero idol The Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and his robot dog sidekick Dynomutt (Ken Jeong), they are off to get behind this scheme that is lead by evil bad guy Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs) who in turn had his own dog sidekick, Muttley (Billy West), that is best known for biting D.D. In the rear end with its trademark “chomp”!

This CGI animated feature film, based upon one of the longest running and perhaps the most successful franchise creations that ever came out of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studies behind The Flintstones, is a rather amusing and somewhat snarky reboot update of the cartoon that first made its appearance at the start of the 1969-70 TV season, changing through its many decades afterwards. The screenplay by Matt Leiberman, Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donandson, and Derek Elliot, with story by Eyal Podell, Jonathon E. Stewart and Leiberman, is a piece that is very fast moving yet somewhat loud and complex that takes blends of super hero and sci-fi, making the original series look rather tame! (This feature has a much bigger animation budget it‘s working with). This feature piece is ideal for those of the (mostly male) Gen-Z demographic that likes their toons with lots of action with enough comedy to make it appealing that grew up on such other TV toons as Family Guy, The Simpsons, and anything running on Cartoon Network’s recent off-shoot, Adult Swim. Tony Crevone direct this title matching up with its story line where the moral (yes…moral) to this whole thing is that friendship will bond any two people for the longest time no matter what! Even if that friendship is between a boy/teen and his pup named Scooby Doo!

This is the second feature film of late that was moved from its original theatrical release to a release made available on streaming based video-on-demand, or VOD for short. This change of course, was based upon the circumstance that most traditional movie houses were closed due to a pesky virus that’s going around! That change of venue may have been the saving grace for this film as it appears to play a lot better viewing it on one’s home video device rather than a bigger (and perhaps louder) movie screen in a theatrical setting loaded with other people that may possess a fever–or not!

In addition, it’s not only those post millennium aged boys that will find this flick appealing. It will also cater to those much older (as well as fans of H-B animation) where there are a lot of references to other H-B toons mostly from the 1960’s and 1970’s scattered through this feature. Since one have the device to place this film on “pause” while viewing, it will be a lot easier to spot them all–if one so desires to to that!

SCOOB! is generally an animated title that will tide one over until Pixar Animation will release its next entry Soul, later this season. Disney is shooting for a theatrical release. But as they used to say on TV–stay tuned for further updates!

PS…would it be a spoiler alert to note that the line “I would have gotten away with this if it wasn’t for you mending kids!” is barley mentioned? At least Scrappy Doo is no where to be found!

This film is rated “PG” for cartoon action/violence, and mild suggestive humor. Now available for streaming video-on-demand nationwide for all electronic portals and devices.
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LIFE IS (WAS) BEAUTIFUL-ISH!

Editor’s note: As the stay at home orders continue, we here at ALO-L are still attempting to get some form of “normalcy” going. So instead of reporting the latest news regarding this virus thing that we assume you are overwhelmed about it all at it stands, we are going through the articles we created back in early March for publication shortly after.

The article below was scheduled to appear in Vol. 25-No 13-Week of March 29th, ’20. We are presenting it right now based on how things were going at the time of writing. Now it’s part of historical reference.

-What a difference a few weeks makes!
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The above headline reflects the current status of Americans based upon a recent poll done by the folks at Gallup, the go-to source on discovering what’s going on with the domestic population at large.

According to a report filed by this source of polls, some nine in ten Americans are satisfied with the way things are going within their personal life. Gallup reports that this stat is a new high in their four-decade trend that followed this trend, beating the previous high of 88% recorded back in 2003.

The poll continues to note that those polled reported being very satisfied with their personal life, taking an average of an 83% of satisfaction. The percentage of satisfaction ebbs and flows over time and tide, usually depending on what the current economic state of the nation is at the time of polling. The lowest level of satisfaction it ever got was recorded in July 1979 at 73%, around the period of the oil crisis that was going on at the time, when folks had to wait long lines to get gas and pay as much as 89 cents per gallon of regular unleaded! (Horrors!!). Then again, this wasn’t the first time there was a gas shortage. This shortage brought the formally underdog Japanese auto makers such as Toyota and Datsun (now known as Nissan) into the vehicle spotlight.

But getting back to the poll for the moment. What really determines what makes domestic life good are a number of factors. It’s mostly based on personal income, political party affliction, and marital status.

And those factors are rightly so. If one holds a steady income, one is pleased in the elements of their life. If politics comes to view, then if one holds a lean toward a political party where those in office that are part of that league and conducting a great job in getting things done, that that would boost one’s satisfaction. And if one is set within a status of life that is just as good (being single, married, having a domestic partner, etc.) that there is another cause of having a greatness in life.

And the recent poll stats reflects those issues. According to the results, 95% of those that live in high-income households, who identify themselves as Republicans, and who are married state that they are satisfied with their personal life, down to a ratio of three out of four stating that they are very satisfied.

On the opposite end, those in lower income households are the least likely to admit that they are satisfied with their life, followed by those that are affiliated by the Democratic party and those that are unmarried i.e. single.

These stats were gathered through a poll that Gallup conducted in early January of this year, based on what the level of the nation was at during the time of the poll. But if anyone wants to check out the results, visit the link before as noted: https://news.gallup.com/poll/284285/new-high-americans-satisfied-personal-life.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_content=morelink&utm_campaign=syndication

It’s always great to know that this decade of the “Roarin’ 20s (2.0)” have started off on the good foot. The economy is going well. Folks are buying stuff. Unemployment is at an all-time low, and although this is an election year, the battles of “us vs. them” are going to be heated. (When were they never at risk??) Whatever the case, it seems that those experts can definitely agree that “Everything Is Fine”!

Of course, one is going to find naysayers that will disagree with anything that is noted within this poll and its report. These are the folks that can be called “party poopers” that no matter how good everything is going, there will be a few that will report the doom and gloom. They will state that the economy will go bust, the king of the USA will take the nation (and the world connected to it) into a one-way ticket to hell. And they will also say that being married/single/having a partner/not having a partner sucks big time!

In other words, there will be a few Joe Btfsplks out there that exist to place a hex on anything and everyone. (For you comic strip fans out there, Joe Btfsplk was a minor character in Al Capp’s comic series L’ill Abner, and was always in a state of doom and gloom, complete with a rainstorm cloud that always hovered over his head!)

In spite of these life and times, let’s not worry over these things. Just enjoy life for what it is. After all, if those expects out there admit that everything is fine, then it must be. They are not expects for nothing, y’know. And that isn’t “fake news”!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

Inpro Theatre, the theater company based in “East Hollywood” (or east of Hollywood) that performs improvisational versions (or “unscripted” in their case) of shows presented in the style and tradition of such playwrights and authors as Jane Austin, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, William Shakespeare and a host of others, has been keeping busy the last few weeks by presenting online versions of their performances.

A number of their rep players are staying home while they interact with one another through their Zoom accounts, bringing to the audience (also staying at home) some of their shows as presented live where they create a new work as they go along. Their shows are always done in the style of a selected playwright or genre, performed through their theater wit and skills, and by their seat of their pants! Nobody will know how the show will being or how it will end in advance. Their “world premier” is also their “closing night”!

To discover what Impro Theater will be presenting on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM (PST), and their Sunday matinee presentation at 1:00 PM (PST) (as well as details on getting on their e-mail mailing list), visit the folks at Impro Theatre at http://www.improtheatre.com
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