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Thursday, September 29

What the Night is For

Little Fish Theatre

777 S. Centre St., San Pedro, CA 90731

8:00pm

What the Night is For By Michael Weller. What begins as a casual meal and an evening of catching up turns into a humorous, passionate and moving voyage towards a moment that could change the lives of two former lovers. "Weller weaves a play both painfully honest and unexpectedly funny." THE GUARDIAN.  Runs: September 29 - October 20.

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Regina Spektor

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States, CA 0

9:00pm

(ALSO SEPT. 30) "It felt like those stories where a person sets out from their village, ties a sack on a stick and sets off to experience the world -- and then comes back home."That's Regina Spektor talking about the adventure she embraced making her dazzling new album far. The journey saw the New Yorker striking new, creatively rich partnerships in new locations with three inventive producers - Mike Elizondo (Dr Dre, Eminem), Jeff Lynne (ELO, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys) and Garrett "Jackknife" Lee (R.E.M., Weezer). And then there was the Manhattan homecoming, her sack now stuffed with new possibilities, to David Kahne (Paul McCartney, the Strokes), who produced Spektor's already-brimming 2006 triumph Begin to Hope. "It was great to get to work again together, but I felt I had learned so much since the last record working with all these people that it was like something entirely new," she says.With far, the listener is also the adventurous villager, taking a jaunt into the unknown, a chance to experience new things, to let yourself go, to discover unexpected things along the way. . . and then to return "home" enriched and elevated. And as the guide is Spektor, an artist with an acute sense of detail both in music and words, a way of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary and the extraordinary into part of the fabric of life.As has been the case from her very first recordings in her college basement, the essence remains Spektor's voice and piano implying if not outright stating full arrangements, whole worlds of sound and image."A daunting mix of naivety and arty knowingness," raved the UK's Guardian of her talents. "She pulls words apart with such rapacious glee it's as if she's never spoken before. She throws broken-down sounds against the walls of her piano-driven songs just to hear them bounce and shatter. . . . Less disturbing than the Brothers Quay, more honest than the Brothers Grimm, Spektor is a storyteller with a vivid past and bright future."With far the full spectrum of colors springs from those seeds, right through the art and video elements that have grown as part of the project in collaboration with her long-time friend, photographer/filmmaker/visual designer Adria Petty...

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Friday, September 30

HOW TO LOVE A REPUBLICAN A World Premiere Jerry Mayer political romantic comedy see it and then go out and VOTE!

Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space

1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, 90401

5:00pm

Watch out, Neil Simon! Jerry Mayer is right behind you! raves Profile Magazine. Chris DeCarlos direction is always impeccable, hails LA TIMES. From the acclaimed team that brought you the Critics Pick...

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