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Thursday, November 13

Relatively Speaking: A Visit with Albert Einstein

Hamlin Charter Academy

22627 Hamlin Street, West Hills, 91307

5:00pm to 6:00pm

"Relatively Speaking: A Visit with Albert Einstein" written and directed by Ian Patrick Williams, Performed by Steve Bean.
Families are invited for a "chat" with Albert Einstein as he speaks about his theories and life.
The performance will be held in the auditorium at Hamlin Charter Academy. Best for ages 7 and up.

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Mark Winkler

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm to 11:00pm

with Ann Patterson on woodwinds

Piano: Rich Eames
Bass: Gary Wicks
Drums: Peter Buck
Sax and Flute: Ann Patterson

Mark Winkler is a platinum award winning singer/lyricist who has had over 200 of his songs recorded and/or sung by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Randy Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Bob Dorough, Jackie Ryan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Britain’s Claire Martin.

In the Fall of 2013 Summit Records released his 12th CD “West Coast Cool” with Manhattan’s Cheryl Bentyne which celebrates the great music of the 50s on the West Coast. It immediately went to #14 on the Jazzweek Chart and is garnering great reviews- Earlier this year, his 11th Cd “The Laura Nyro Project” featuring the Lyrics of 60s/70s Icon Laura Nyro was released, where it too received stellar reviews and reached the top 25 on the Jazz Week Charts. This follows up his 2011 CD of mostly original Winkler lyrics, “Sweet Spot” which was one of the top Top 5 Vocal Jazz CDs in Jazz Times magazine. He has also been featured in two national magazines- Jazz Times and Cabaret Scenes (where he was the cover boy) and did an interview and concert on Voice of America that was broadcast to over 60 countries.

As a lyricist he has written lyrics for songs by Wayne Shorter, Duke Pearson, Joe Sample, David Benoit and Dexter Gordon.

He has performed in clubs in Los Angeles, in New York- at the Blue Note and the Laurie Beechman, Birdland and the Iridium, and has sung in London, Tokyo and Australia. As part of West Coast Cool with Cheryl Bentyne he has performed at the Syracuse Jazz Festival and in Tuscon, Arizona, Toronto, Canada and Madison Wisconsin among many other cities.

He also wrote songs for the 2nd longest running musical in Off Broadway History ‘Naked Boys Singing!” and has two other shows “Bark!” and “Too Old for the Chorus” touring the country.

As an educator he teaches lyric writing “Crafting Great Lyrics: A Songwriters Workshop” at UCLA extension and he writes columns for Music Connection magazine.

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Friday, November 14

Gwen Majors

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm to 11:00pm

Born in Martinez, CA, raised in Los Angeles, Gwen began singing at the early age of 4 years old in her Baptist church. She is a sultry songstylist with a captivating stage presence, prolific songwriter and owner of Melodicchic Records. Gwen sings about her life journey and love experiences that everyone in any age group can relate to. She brings an emotional and heartfelt delivery in her performances. You can literally feel her passion as you listen to her smooth, sexy voice. Her mission is to return to meaningful lyrics, good singable hooks and intricate melodies. Fred Pittman, a staff producer at Fantasy at the time, heard about Gwen’s performances in the Bay Area and signed her to Fantasy Records, recorded her first album and during that time she was the supporting act for the Dramatics. She has toured internationally – Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada; performed for the King of Singapore. She has shared the stage with James Brown, EnVogue among others. Gwen has been produced by Grady Wilkins (Whispers), Preston Glass (Aretha, Whitney), Felton Pilate (Confunkshun), Claytoven Richardson (Narada Michael Walden) and D. Tavie’ (Lakeside). She penned her first club joint “All I Wanna Do Is Dance” featuring L.J. Reynolds (Dramatics) which was a major hit with the Oakland club scene.Gwen was also honored with the opportunity to cover the Motown classic, “Your Precious Love” with the “Emperor of Soul”, the late, great Mr. Ali Woodson of The Temptations. This was his last and final recording.

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Sunday, November 16

CHS MIXED DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT - FUNDRAISER

Calabasas High School

22855 MULHOLLAND HIGHWAY, CALABASAS, 91203

8:00am to 5:00pm

The Calabasas High School's Tennis Program is hosting their Mixed Doubles Tennis Fundraiser on November 16th, 2014. This is a great opportunity for parents & children of all ages to team up together and gives the community a chance to show their support for the CHS tennis and athletic programs! Players will be provided FREE snacks and beverages. There will be prizes for the top 3 teams.

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PIECES

Zombie Joes Underground Theatre Group at Z.J.U.

4850 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, 91601

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Proudly presents the seasonal-sensation of Adam Neubauer's dark and daring sexy-comedy-Thriller, "PIECES"- The tantalizing tale of John (a hopeless romantic), and his unquenchable passion to re-create the "lost love" of his life - by any means necessary!

Written & Directed by Adam Neubauer and Produced by Zombie Joe

SUNDAYS @ 7:00pm
OCTOBER 12 - NOVEMBER 16, 2014

Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group at Z.J.U.
4850 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601
(Just north of 101-134 Fwys across from KFC)

Reservations: (818) 202 - 4120
Tickets $15 Cash/MC/Visa/Debit card accepted at door or BUY ONLINE at http://ZombieJoes.tix.com

- Doors open at half hour before showtime - No Late Seating
- Come relax in our lackluster lounge
- No food or drink inside
- Take the Red Line to North Hollywood Subway Station http://mta.net (Now open til 2am!)
- Plenty of street parking
- Allow 5 minutes for seating

FB: http://facebook.com/ZJUTheater
Tw: http://twitter.com/ZombieJoes

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Tuesday, November 18

Aquarius – signature hits of the late 60s

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm

Biography:
Forty years ago a musical revolution swept America! Sandwiched between the Monterey Pop Festival (1967) and Woodstock Festival (1969), the music of the time and the charisma of its most iconic artists- from Jimi Hendrix to Sly and the Family Stone to Janis Joplin to Grace Slick – still resonate today. Aquarius is a unique, colorful and authentic tribute that captures the excitement of this magical era — a six-member band that brings alive the spirit and signature hits of the late 60s. Whether performing for a concert in the park, street festival, casino or private event, audiences both large and small have enjoyed this journey back to an earlier era of change in our country!

Through the media, which focused this past year on the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love and on the upcoming 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the 60′s has resurged into the mainstream and perhaps may be one reason that the band has sold out more than one venue prior to performing, based on the concept alone! The colorful costumes, fast-moving show and groovy on-stage banter invoke nostalgia in those who experienced the late 60s, and offer a sense of recognition for a younger generation just now discovering this great music. Complete with wardrobe changes, Aquarius re-creates dozens of well-known songs with full rock instrumentation (two guitars, bass, keyboards and drums) and rich vocal harmonies.

The AQUARIUS repertoire includes timeless classics of the era including songs from The Mamas & the Papas, Roy Orbison, Steppenwolf, The Moody Blues, The Guess Who and Joe Cocker, and offers up charismatic performances in the likes of Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Sly Stone, John Fogerty and Jimi Hendrix.

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Friday, November 21

Sunday, November 23

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