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Sunday, February 7

Jack & Jill at Santa Monica Playhouse

Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage

1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

8:00pm to 3:00pm

WHAT: Jack and Jill. A romance.
WHO: Written by Jane Martin. Directed by Jack Heller. Produced by J&J Productions. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. A Guest Production at Santa Monica Playhouse. Starring Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley.
WHERE: Santa Monica Playhouse, on the Main stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
WHEN: Previews January 17, 2016. Opens February 5, 2016. Runs through March 27, 2016. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 3:00.
ADMISSION: Fri. & Sat. $25, Sun. $20.
RESERVATIONS: (323) 960-1055.
ONLINE TICKETING: www.Plays411.com
ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes, plus intermission.
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This production, originally scheduled for December, has been moved to January, 2016 to accommodate the motion picture filming commitments of actor Tanna Frederick.
A new production of Jack and Jill at Santa Monica Playhouse reunites a trio of artists who achieved critical acclaim and popular success with their previous collaboration, a mounting of The Rainmaker in 2013 that ran for nearly a year and was hailed by a number of publications, among them the Los Angeles Times, which designated it a Critic’s Choice, and L.A. Weekly. Director Jack Heller reteams with his stars Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley in the very modern romance, Jack and Jill.
Jack and Jill are two very different people. Jack’s eyes light upon Jill one day, as she reads a book of poems by Sylvia Plath. He is immediately drawn to her and begins to pursue her. He is a professional “imagist,” she’s a medical student. Both have previous romantic baggage. There’s no special reason they should fall for each other, but fall they do, as Jack and Jill follows the couple through courtship, marriage, disillusionment, and perhaps, finally, hope.
Can love endure when the road is so fraught with obstacles? Jack and Jill will have to realize how vital they are to each other. Then again, true love has always been worth the effort.
The famously pseudonymous Jane Martin is the playwright of Jack and Jill, which debuted in 1996. One prevailing theory is that Martin is a collaboration between designer Marcia Dixcy and her spouse, director Jon Jory, who directs all of Martin’s plays. Martin’s other works include Keely and Du, Talking With…., Vital Signs, Laura’s Bush, and 42 more.
Tanna Frederick stars as Jill. Her stage credits include Train to Zakopané, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, Sylvia, Always…But Not Forver, A Safe Place, Dutchman, The Rainmaker and more. Known as a queen of indie films, her screen credits include the upcoming Ovation, The M Word, Irene in Time, Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, Hollywood Dreams, Queen of the Lot, and more.
Robert Standley stars as Jack. He won an Ovation Award for his performance in Barbarians and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic. Other stage turns include Post Office (at the Kirk Douglas) and national tours of Cotton Patch Gospel, According to Coyote, and The Rainmaker. He’s familiar to televison audiences from stints on Invasion, Melrose Place, Breaking Through and All My Children.
Jack Heller directs. He has helmed over 60 productions in the U.S. and Canada, and also television (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman). Also an acclaimed actor, he appeared on Broadway in Luv, locally in Tennessee in the Summer, in the film Queen of the Lot, and both the stage and screen versions of Just 45 Minutes From Broadway.
Jack and Jill celebrates romance, and is perfect entertainment for those who are in love, those who have been in love, and those who still hope to be in love.

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Monday, February 8

P.F. Chang’s Chinese New Year Mobile Wishing Tree Tour

Boys & Girls Clubs–of Santa Monica

1238 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, 90401

10:00am to 6:00pm

P.F. Chang’s celebrates Chinese New Year with the first-of-its-kind mobile wishing tree and will grant wishes at Los Angeles-area Boys & Girls Clubs, local restaurants and throughout the city.

The mobile wishing tree will be parked at different venues throughout the week and guests can interact with the tree by hanging their wish for the new year while also getting a complimentary dim sum gift card from P.F. Chang’s (while supplies last). Those who share their wishes on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PFChangsWish will trigger a $1 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (up to $100,000). P.F. Chang’s will also randomly select and grant customer wishes during the stops.

Full schedule and list of locations:
Monday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
P.F. Chang’s – Santa Monica 326 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
P.F. Chang’s – Burbank 201 E. Magnolia Blvd. Suite 281, Burbank, CA 91502

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
P.F. Chang’s – Woodland Hills 21821 Oxnard St. Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood & Highland

Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Westwood/UCLA at 1031 Broxton Ave.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
China Town Chinese New Year Parade 1137 Alameda

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Chinese New Year Celebration - the Year of the Monkey with the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra

Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport

3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, 90405

8:00pm to 9:30pm

Come celebrate the playful Year of the Monkey with the 17-piece ACJO and composer/bandleader Alan Chan, recent recipient of the Syphonic Jazz Orchestra George Duke Commissioning Prize! Enjoy a tantalizing variety of award-winning cuisine and live jazz at the Typhoon Restaurant.

Reserve your table now: (310) 390-6565

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Chinese New Year Celebration - the Year of the Monkey with the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra


3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, 90405

8:00pm to 9:30pm

Come celebrate the playful Year of the Monkey with the 17-piece ACJO and composer/bandleader Alan Chan, recent recipient of the Syphonic Jazz Orchestra George Duke Commissioning Prize! Enjoy a tantalizing variety of award-winning cuisine and live jazz at the Typhoon Restaurant.

Cover: $10 / Reservation: (310) 390-6565 Website: http://alanchanjazzorchestra.com/

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LiveTalks LA: L.A. Reid with Real 92.3 FM’s, Big Boy

New Roads School

3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Over the last twenty-five years, legendary music producer LA Reid—the man behind artists such as Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Mariah Carey, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Usher—has changed the music business forever. In addition to discovering some of the biggest pop stars on the planet, he has shaped some of the most memorable and unforgettable hits of the last two generations, creating an impressive legacy of talent discovery and hit records. - See more at: http://livetalksla.org/events/upcoming-events/#sthash.ys7qJP5H.dpuf

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Tuesday, February 9

Wednesday, February 10

Thursday, February 11

Piero Selvaggio Presents a Sicilian Dinner with the Wines of Firriato


3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA


Piero Selvaggio and Executive Chef Tommaso Tarantino of VALENTINO, and Marco de Bartoli, General Manager of FIRRIATO Winery in Sicily. Valentino is as relevant today as when it opened in 1972 and continues to be a magnet for those seeking a fine dining experience with exemplary food and wine, grand hospitality and professional, detailed service.

On Thursday, February 11, 2016, VALENTINO transports their guests to Sicily with a dinner celebrating the legendary wines of FIRRIATO vintners Salvatore and Vinzia Di Gaetano. The wines will be accompanied by Chef Tommasi Tarantino’s custom designed tasting menu to complement these extraordinary wines from this southern Italian region. Served throughout the evening will be ample tastings of FIRRIATO Jasmine Zibibbo 2014; Sabbie dell'Etna Bianco DOC 2014;Sant'Agostino Nero D'Avola Syrah 2012; Harmonium Nero D'Avola, 2012; Ribeca Perricone 2011; and L'Ecru' Zibibbo Passito 2012.

More than thirty years ago Salvatore Di Gaetano decided to achieve excellence through the production of high-quality Sicilian wine during a time when it seemed inconceivable. This miniature continent offers an extreme variety of terrain – high mountains, sea level beaches and plateaus of compact clay soils, and lava sands of Etna to cultivate rich, thick, hearty vines. As a young man, Gaetano realized Sicily had the perfect elements to produce epic wine – sizzling hot sun, spiraling winds and cool evenings tempered by the fresh sea air. Salvatore and Vinzia Di Gaetano, along with their family, have made a life's work producing wines with authentic terroir. Through their passion and enthusiasm FIRRIATO was born. The wines have played a leading role and have received accolades from Antonio Galloni, Wine Spectator and Gambero Rosso.

The five course tasting menu begins with Assaggino of Classic Arancini, followed by courses of Octopus Spiedino with Fava Cream and Rosemary Sauce; Eggplant and Tomato Torte and Lamb Cappelletti with Ricotta and Tomato Foam. The main course is a duo of Veal Cheeks in Salsa Verde and Rabbit Agrodolce. The evening is completed with a dessert plate of Valentino’s Sicilian signature desserts including I Cannoli di Ricotta con il Pistacchio di Bronte.  

Guests will enjoy Sicilian music and a virtual video tour of the region in anticipation of Piero’s personal travel tour of his homeland scheduled for June 2016.

The FIRRIATO Sicilian wine dinner is $95 Per Person including wine pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

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