October 22, 2017 · 12:27 pm
Grown-up comedy! Adult beverages! Live music! Dancers! The bubbly — and a bubble machine!
It’s time to ring in the New Year once again at Studio5 in Evanston, Illinois just north of Chicago.
Following last year’s smash holiday engagement at Studio5, the legendary Practical Theatre returns with Mr. Olsen’s Champagne Celebration, featuring veteran improvisational comedy writer-performers Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse and Dana Olsen.
Mr. Olsen’s Champagne Celebration is a musical comedy revue in the style of The Lawrence Welk Show, filled with laughter, satire and song.
Joining the cast are the Practical Theatre’s longtime musical director, Steve Rashid, songbird Eva B. Ross, cabaret chanteuse Shelly Goldstein — and the Studio5 All-Star Band, including Rockin’ Ronny Crawford on drums, Don Stille on accordion, bassist Joe Policastro and Don Stiernberg on every stringed instrument a man can play. Plus stand-up comedienne Emilia Barrosse, Giggle Break’s own Daniel Rashid and percussionist Robert Rashid.
Did we mention the Mr. Olsen Dancers?? Oh yeah. They’re back – and better than ever!
It’s a limited engagement – with just three shows on Friday December 29, Saturday December 30 and Sunday December 31. Tickets are on sale now here!
The show on December 31st will be followed by live music and dancing, as we invite you all to swing into the New Year! (And enjoy tasty food, too!)
Studio5 is Evanston’s hippest, most intimate performing arts venue, with comfortable seats, great sight lines, state of the art sound and lights, and lots of free parking.
There will be a cash bar for all three shows. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30.
See you there!
October 17, 2017 · 11:01 pm
Revolutions need a spark to begin.
Tonight, I take one revolutionary step.
For several decades, I’ve collected volumes of historic coins and stamps. Especially coins.
I was honored to receive the Abraham Lincoln coin. And the F.D.R. coin, too. Those people were giants. We were blessed to have them occupy The White House at a critical time in our nation’s history.
I was delighted with the shipments that brought me gold coins commemorating the terms of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. That Washington refused the opportunity to become our first king — and Jefferson’s poetry inspired humanity to champion our cause — must balance out their antebellum slave-holding sins.
Opening the packages that contained the coins honoring Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter and Obama filled me with pride and patriotism. Promise, intelligence, optimism, compassion and forward thinking were the hallmarks of their terms. I smiled as I slid each of them into their plastic page covers and snapped them into my binder.
Along the way, I endured drunken, racist Andrew Johnson, hapless Herbert Hoover, and Dick Cheney/George W. Bush. I had no problem with my Ronald Reagan coin, even though I believe he was a malevolent influence on our body politic.
Then – today – a package arrived with a Donald J. Trump Presidential coin.
No way. I can’t accept a Trump presidential coin.
I didn’t vote for him – and I don’t want him. He’s a menace to the nation we all profess to love.
So, I sent this note to the coin folks…
It made me feel better. And it may affect someone on the other end.
As I said — a revolution needs a spark to begin.
Filed under Comedy, History, Politics, Polls, Uncategorized
Tagged as Carter, coins, Eisenhower, F.D.R., Obama, President Kennedy, presidents, Trump
October 11, 2017 · 10:15 pm
My sweet-singing, songwriting daughter, Eva B. Ross, will be playing a set of her newest and grooviest tunes at The Hotel Café on November 4th at 10:00 pm. Doors open at 9:30 PM.
Vic and I will be waiting at the bar to toast your entrance.
Eva has been woodshedding this summer, crafting a brand new batch of songs – and she’ll be presenting many of them at this gig, backed by her stalwart lead guitarist David Miller and keyboardist Grant Milliken, both fellow UCLA grads and musical prodigies.
Eva is appearing at the Hotel Café to help celebrate the birthday of another UCLA musical friend, Ryan Nealon – whose band will take the stage after Eva at 11:00 pm.
Ryan is a kick-ass R & B singer – and this will be a party that kicks off the holiday 2017 season with a solid dose of dance-inducing soul.
Tickets are on sale here.
Only fans of good music that are 21-years old and more will be admitted. Pre-sales close on November 4th at 6:00 PM.
When you purchase your tickets – please indicate the artist you’d like to support. (That would be Eva.)
The Hotel Café is located at 1623 Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028 United States
In this crazy year filled with nasty weather, insane politics and the passings of Glen Campbell and Tom Petty — it’s a good time to enjoy some wonderful songs played and sung very, very well.
Filed under Art, Beauty, Music, rock & roll, Uncategorized
Tagged as Eva, Eva B Ross, Eva Barrosse, Hotel Cafe, Ryan Nealon, The Hotel Cafe, The Practical Theatre
October 5, 2017 · 8:22 pm
As many of you already know, my daughter Maura is a singer of great soulful, bluesy and funky power. She’s been gigging throughout the year with Vaud & The Villains – but she’s back for the spooky holidays with her own band: Ms. Maura & The Misters.
On Saturday, October 28th, Mr. Maura & The Misters will kick off the pre-Halloween weekend with an exclusive costume party at quirky Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood.
Ms. Maura suggests that you get your dance on at this all-ages shindig — featuring the sweet sounds of Karlina Covington and the rockin’ rhythms of Ms. Maura and her very groovy band.
8:00 PM – Karlina Covington
9:00 PM – Ms. Maura & The Misters
Space at Kulak’s is limited, so get your tickets today at: https://swingingshindigs.yapsody.com/event/index/158021/masquerade-madness
Ms. Maura would also like you to know that Kulak’s is a booze-free listening room. But there are plenty of nearby establishments where you can get a drink or two before and/or after the show.
See you all there!