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Falcon Theatre Delights With “Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit Wonderland”

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Photo By Chelsea Sutton

A few nights ago I went to see the annual holiday show at the Falcon Theatre. This year’s show was “Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit Wonderland.”

The Troubadour Theater Company, made up of actors, musicians and comedians has performed annual holiday shows at the Falcon Theatre for over 10 years.

To me, there is nothing that says Christmas more than the Falcon Theatre. The Troubies always put on an excellent and captivating show. They are known for their witty dialogue, which masterfully incorporates current events, as well as their notorious use of breaking the fourth wall. The storylines are always clever, and often feature cameos by characters from past shows.

The Falcon Theatre holiday shows always incorporate a certain singer or band into their holiday storyline.

Past shows have included “The First Joel,” featuring Billy Joel songs, “A Christmas Carol King,” featuring Carole King songs and “A Charlie James Brown Christmas,” featuring James Brown songs.

This year, instead of focusing on the hits by one artist, the Troubies decided to use famous “one-hit wonders” as the featured music in the show. Selected songs from this year’s show included “Somebody That I Used To Know,” “I’m Too Sexy” and “Take On Me.”

This year’s show seemed to be even more amusing than past years. The actors were quite artful, performing jokes and adlibs with impeccable timing. Active audience participation, including dressing an audience member up in a Santa suit, made the show engaging and hilarious.

My family and I have gone to the Falcon Theatre’s holiday show for over five years now. The comedy is sharp and the music is captivating. Our holiday tradition would not be complete without the Troubies.

Make the Troubies part of your holiday tradition. “Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit Wonderland” runs through Jan 19, 2014
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Visit http://www.falcontheatre.com/winter_one_hit_wonderland.html for more information and to purchase tickets.

Benefit to be Held on Veteran’s Day at Flappers Comedy Club

James P. Connolly

On Sunday, November 11th, James P. Connolly presents the. VFT is a networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in film and television and offers the entertainment industry the opportunity to connect with and hire veterans.

The show features some of the funniest comedians in Southern California, many of whom served in the US forces: Greg Hahn (Comedy Central, Conan O’Brien. USMC), 2 Emmy winning Conan writers: Laurie Kilmartin (Last Comic Standing, Conan) & Brian Kiley (Letterman, Conan), plus Mark Valley (Boston Legal, Body of Proof, Army), PJ Walsh (Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Navy), Byron Bowers (Comedy Central, Adult Swim), Dana Eagle (Craig Ferguson), & hosted by James P. Connolly (Sirius/XM Radio, USMC).
Tickets are $20 (plus a 2 item minimum in the showroom) and are available at http://www.h2f.net/h2fnew/index.php?pg=showdetail_page&meetid=014c517228c18c8&id=8526 or by going to www.jamespconnolly.tv and clicking on Veterans Day Benefit @Flappers in the Tour section. There will also be a Raffle at the end of the show with the Grand Prize of an iPad3!
If you can’t attend the show another way you can help is to Buy a Ticket For a Veteran to Attend for only $20!  Simply click on the link, purchase the tickets directly through Flappers Comedy Club and we will ensure it gets to a Veteran! Click here –http://h2f.net/h2fnew/index.php?pg=promotion_page&id5064954c78572&pid4e1a36b15bfde

Flappers Holds Fundraiser for Victim of Colorado Shooting

By Juanita Adame
Staff Writer
The YooHoo room at the Flappers Comedy Club was filled to capacity on Saturday night as local comedians and friends came to show support for Caleb Medley, an up and coming comedian who was among the fifty-eight victims critically injured in the July 20th Colorado shooting massacre that left twelve people dead.
 
“Although I did not know Caleb directly, we comedians are a tight knit group,” said Michelle Miracle. “We stick together and help each other out- this is comedy camaraderie.” 
 

David Bosa performs at the Flappers Comedy Club. (Photo by Juanita Adame)

Karah Britton works as an actress in Los Angeles and said she didn’t hesitate to help out. “I am originally from Colorado, and although I didn’t know any of the victims, I wanted to do something to show my support.”

 
According to supportcaleb.com, on July 18th, just two days before the shooting, Medley’s career and personal life were looking good. 
 
He and his high school sweetheart, Katie, were preparing for the birth of their son Hugo, due on July 22nd. During that same week, Medley got some more good news; he would advance to the next round of judging for one of Denver’s biggest comedy contests. 
 
The couple decided they wanted to have one more night to themselves before they  became parents, so they bought tickets to the midnight showing of the Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ 
 
Aurora police said about thirty minutes after the movie started, James Holmes entered the theater and began to shoot into the crowd. Medley was struck in the face by a bullet. He lost his right eye, suffered brain damage and is currently in a medically induced coma. His girlfriend Katie and unborn baby escaped unharmed. 
 
“Comedy for Caleb & Colorado” was the name of Saturday’s comedy show fundraiser. It was hosted by David Hill and included a variety of talent from the Los Angeles area and Colorado. 
 
 During an intermission, Hill took some time to talk to the crowd before he brought up the next act.  “Really?” he said as he jingled several quarters and nickels around in the donation bottle.  “What the heck is Caleb supposed to do with this? His laundry? Let’s show him we care, we can do better than this.” 
 
Comic and staff writer for the Conan O’Brien show, Brian Kiley, said the story of Caleb really moved him. “This is such a heartfelt story,” he said. “As a comic, and even just as a human being, we need to do all we can to help each other out.”
 
The show also included acts by: Haley M. Driscoll, David Bosa, Dan Narvaez, Chad Neidt, and Alison Tafel. 
 
In all $900 were raised and Hill said he was proud of everyone who showed their support for Caleb. “This is so much better, thank you all for helping!”
 
For more information or to make a donation visit supportCaleb.com

Funny man Ed Helms Stops By Providencia Elementary for Laughs and a Lesson in Music

The multi-talented, Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover 1 & 2, and The Lorax) visited Providencia Elementary School this week to promote music programs within the local districts.

Lonesome Trio introduces our local kids to bluegrass music. (Photo by Deborah Dodge)

As an advisory board member of Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA ), Helms and
his band, “Lonesome Trio” were invited to perform for local Burbank children. The Providencia Elementary students were the recent winners of an online contest that involved 9 other schools
from surrounding areas, including other Burbank schools, Los Angeles and Compton Unified.
Lonesome Trio gave two performances and showed off their original bluegrass tunes. One performance was geared for the younger kids (K-2nd) and one for the older kids (3rd-5th).  Before the singing began, Helms introduced his band mates and explained which musical instruments they would be playing and what they were called.

(L-R) Jacob Tilov, Music Director Victoria Lanier, Ian Riggs, Principal Jennifer Culbertson. and Ed Helms (Photo by Deborah Dodge)

The first was Helms’ guitar, which all kids seemed very familiar with. The second was the soft-sounding, melodic mandolin, played by Jacob Tilove and the third and final instrument was the
deep-sounding bass, played by Ian Riggs. When Riggs walked out on stage with the giant, wooden bass the little K-2nd graders gasped and a sea of, “woahs” filled the air. The unexpected reaction from the kid-filled audience made the teachers and the trio chuckle a bit. It is all perspective; the bass was bigger than any child in the entire room. Picking up on their amazement and being the famous comedian he is, Helms quickly joked, “ After you play the bass, you can then take a nap in it”. His impromptu one-liners kept the young belly laughs rolling.

Being a smaller school, it was a huge accomplishment to win the online contest. Ten schools in total, vied for the honor to have Helms visit their school. (Photo by Deborah Dodge)

Riggs gave a sample of what a bass sounds like by playing a few funky low-notes, which got the kids all snapping as if they were tiny beatniks transported from the late 1950’s.

After the quick lesson on the names of instruments, Tilov, Riggs and Helms started out with a funny song about ‘being a family, eating Cheetos and fighting about the car’. The upbeat, acoustic song made the children clap, sway back and forth, sing and laugh.  After they finished performing three kid-friendly songs, Helms opened up the floor to some questions.

During the Q & period, Helms asked if any of them had seen, “The Lorax”. When a field of tiny hands shot up in the air, he then had them guessing which character he had played. The hint was to recite

The very well-mannered students wait their turn to ask Ed Helms questions about his career in music and acting. (Photo By Deborah Dodge)

one of his lines from the movie as, the “Once-ler”. The kids all cheered once they were able to put the voice with the face.

One gregarious 5th grader raised his hand and asked the inevitable and unavoidable question, “Was it fun being in, The Hangover”? Helms sheepishly admitted he had starred in the smash adult-comedy hit, and then replied in a very humorous manner by saying, “It’s a movie none of you should know about…” This time, the adults gave a knowing laugh as most shook their heads and smiled.

He continued to discuss how music in schools is so important to children and their development. Helms shared his advice by saying, “I love to play music as you’ve just heard and I think it’s very important. It’s something you all should

(L-R) Stan Carrizosa (Superintendent), Ed Helms, Peggy Flynn (Arts Coordinator) and Tom Kissinger (Director of Elementary Education) (Photo by Deborah Dodge)

foster, work on and try to get better at. Music is something you can take with you throughout your entire life.”

When asked about the music program and how Helms got involved, Victoria Lanier, the Executive Director of ETM-LA expressed, “Our mission is to promote and provide music education in disadvantaged schools as part of the core curriculum to enhance students’ academic achievement, and creative and overall development.  As an advisory Board Member of Education Through  Music-Los Angeles, Ed Helms is a huge advocate of music education for all children and champion of our mission. This visit is a part of the vital work we do to nurture our students’ development and achievement through music –

Jacob Tilov sits down as a 5 yr-old fan thanks him for visiting his school. (Photo by Deborah Dodge)

to provide quality yearlong, sequential and comprehensive music instruction to disadvantaged school as well as to inspire the children through special guest artist visits. Education Through Music-L conceived of the contest to decide which school would receive the visit, to get the school communities involved and engaged in their music programs, and to help spread the word about the mission of ensuring in-school music education for every child.”

In a world where budget cuts are unfortunately very common and music being one of the first programs to be eliminated, we as a community are thankful to ETM-LA for inviting Ed Helms and band mates, Jacob Tilove and Ian Riggs, to share their talent, time and words of wisdom with the students at Providencia Elementary School.

Film and TV and star, Ed Helms talks to our local students about the importance of music in schools. His quick-wit and improv expertise kept the kids' attention throughout the assembly.

Research has shown that music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.  Perhaps these little minds from Providencia Elementary will soon pick up an instrument and explore the musician inside each of them. I know some have already started playing and let’s hope they continue to develop their own special musical talents.

There are many reasons for students to explore the world of music: Music study changes the brain and makes kids smarter, teaches them discipline, a sense of achievement, and it’s fun! Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument too because it helps the mind to be alert and remain active eventually helping to sharpen the memory. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

People can learn more about Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ programs by

visiting:
www.etmla.org
www.facebook.com/etmla (Facebook)
@ETMLosAngeles (Twitter)

You can also check out Ed Helms’ band at:
www.LonesomeTrio.com

Providencia Elementary School, ETM-LA and the very talented, Lonesome Trio pose for the camera. (Photo By Deborah Dodge)