Local Coalition Holds Summit on Homelessness Thursday, July 9th

(While this meeting is not taking place in Melrose Village, it is nearby and the area this group is discussing includes our area.)

The Midtown Los Angeles Homeless Coalition is holding a Summit on Homelessness on Thursday, July 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ACME Theatre at 135 N. La Brea Avenue, and is encouraging community members and leaders to attend and learn how they can get involved in addressing homelessness locally. Light refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30, followed by a program which will highlight the challenges that our chronically homeless neighbors face, and unveil the coalition’s 100 day goals.

The Midtown LA Homeless Coalition is made up of members representing a wide variety of neighborhood organizations, business groups, government agencies, and social service providers working together to build a local response to chronic homelessness in the Midtown region. The Coalition is working to support the implementation of the countywide Coordinated Entry System (CES) in the Midtown area. That approach focuses on connecting homeless individuals to permanent supportive housing, and has been proven to be effective both in addressing the needs of those living on the street and in reducing costs for cities. Scott Epstein, the Chair of the Mid City West Community Council, and leader of the coalition notes that “our homeless neighbors have a lot of health needs and are at great risk living on the streets. Permanent Supportive Housing is the key to getting our homeless community members’ lives back on track. And we know it will also save us money through reduced police costs, emergency room visits, etc.”

Antquan Washington of the Center at Blessed Sacrament is leading the coordination of services in the Midtown area, and hopes that the Summit will be a call to action for the community. “There’s a lot community members can do to assist in this effort,” Washington says. “We will need help reaching out to homeless neighbors and helping them obtain the necessary documentation to be housed. Stakeholders can also help by attending coalition meetings, raising funds, lend professional support, and more.” Members of the public will have the opportunity to sign up for these different volunteer opportunities at the event.

To learn more and RSVP, go to MidtownHomelessnessSummit.Eventbrite.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Midtown-Los-Angeles-Homeless-Coalition/349952688528106

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Groundlings School Building Fundraiser Monday, July 20th

7280 Melrose Ave.You may have noticed construction going on in and around the building on the southeast corner of Melrose Ave. and Poinsettia Place.

This is the start of the work on what will become The Groundlings School building, scheduled for opening in early 2016.  The school, which started in 1979, has been renting space in the area. The company purchased the 7280 Melrose Ave. building last year, and they are now preparing it for classes and student performances.

That costs money, so The Groundlings have been raising money for this work. As part of this fundraising, dozens of alumni will return to The Groundlings Theatre stage on Monday evening, July 20th. Groundlings Alumni from four decades will appear in four separate shows over the course of this one night – Decades Night!

Tickets are $20 for each individual show, including one drink. Or you can purchase a VIP Pass for all four shows and open bar for $100. The performance schedule, with links to purchase tickets is as follows:

70s at 7 p.m. $20 | 80s at 8:30 p.m. $20 | 90s at 9:45 p.m.  $20 | 00s at 11 p.m.  $20
VIP Pass for all 4 shows and Open Bar $100

(Those attending must be at least 16 years old, and alcoholic beverages are only for those age 21 or older.)

Note: The Groundlings Alumni shown on the poster below may or may not be performing in these shows.
Groundlngs 7/20/2015 Decades Night Fundraiser

 

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The Art of Melrose Third Thursdays in June, July & August

Melrose BID Summer events wideThe Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting a series of themed events this summer that will highlight the great things Melrose Ave., from Fairfax to Highland, has to offer. The series is called The Art of Melrose and will be held on the third Thursday in June, July and August from 6 to 9 p.m., each month focusing on a different 3-to-4 block stretch of the street.

Next Thursday, June 18th, is The Art of Melrose: Focus on Fashion in the Gardner, Martel and Fuller blocks where there is a large concentration of high-end boutiques, trendy restaurants, and unique stores. On this first Art of Melrose evening, there will be live models in-store, mini-fashion shows, food trucks, live music, restaurant specials and other live entertainment. For details on special offers and events Thursday evening, see the blog on the Melrose Avenue BID website.

For this night and each of the nights below, food trucks of many kinds will be along Melrose Ave.

On Thursday, July 16th, The Art of Melrose: Focus on Design will take place on the east end of Melrose, between Sycamore and Citrus where there are many high-end design and furniture stores. Focus on Design will highlight the abundant mix of furniture, art and home decor independents specializing in modern and art deco furnishings as well as vintage and designer clothing. There will be a speaker series, designer meet-and-greets, sales, designer tips, interactive elements, live music and food.

And, on Thursday, August 20th, The Art of Melrose: Focus on Expression will take place on the west end of Melrose from Ogden to Curson. Focus on Expression will feature established and emerging imagery and artistry in fashion, food, accessories and the arts along the Melrose. The evening will feature live painting, artists accessorizing clothes and shoes, art shows, special performances, DJs and, of course, food trucks.

These evenings are another way to explore and enjoy the “downtown” of Melrose Village.

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L.A. Pride Christopher Street West Festival in West Hollywood this weekend.

A really big event is set for this weekend in West Hollywood — the annual L.A. Pride Christopher Street West Festival. A lot of great things will be going on there.LA Pride CSW 2015

Since this is close to Melrose Village, it may affect traffic hee, and it will definitely affect traffic in West Hollywood, where Christopher Street West related street closures start Thursday evening:
⊗ Thursday, June 11, from 7 p.m. through 10 a.m., Monday, June 15:
‍               San Vicente Blvd. will be closed between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd.
⊗ Friday, June 12, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.:
‍               Santa Monica Blvd. will be closed between Doheney Dr. and La Cienega Blvd.
⊗ Sunday, June 14, the following closures will take place from 5 a.m. through 5 p.m.:
‍        — Santa Monica Blvd., from North Fairfax Ave., to North Dohney Dr.
‍        — North Crescent Heights Blvd. from West Romaine St. to Fountain Ave.
‍        — Norton Ave from Havenhurst Dr. to Laurel Ave.
‍        — Streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave.
‍                  and North La Peer Dr.

West Hollywood’s free shuttle bus along Santa Monica Blvd. will be running at least every 15 minutes during the festival hours (Sunday- late afternoon and evening only), starting at La Brea Ave. See the West Hollywood shuttle bus for details on this service.

Also please note that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. will be using Plummer Park as a staging area. The Community Center at the park will be set up as a command center and there will be lots of Sheriff’s vehicles in the south parking lot.

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June 10th Fairfax High School concert cancelled/postponed

We’ve just learned that the June 10 concert with The Vandals at Fairfax High School has been cancelled. We’ll post here if and when the concert is rescheduled.

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CANCELLED: Concert at Fairfax High Wednesday afternoon, June 10th

NOTE: This concert has been cancelled. 

Fairfax concert June 10

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Theatres in Melrose Village & a Classic Black Comedy Opens at the Zephyr

Among the many places to visit in Melrose Village – restaurants, shopping, and so on – are many small theatres (or theaters, depending on your spelling preference). And by “small” we mean with 99 seats or less, not small in presentation. Among these are the Greenway Theatre on Fairfax, the Matrix Theatre near Stanley, the Lyric Theatre on La Brea, Neon Venus Art Theatre, east of La Brea, The Groundlings Theatre near Poinsettia and the Zephyr Theatre near Vista. So you can see there is no shortage of places to see shows within walking distance right here in Melrose Village.

On a related matter, there is continuing issues regarding the status of 99-seat theatres relating to the Actors’ Equity Association contract. But that’s not what we’re going to talk about here.

The House of YesThe black comedy classic The House of Yes is now playing at the Zephyr Theatre through June 14. Zephyr Theatre producing artistic director Lee Sankowich directs this 25th anniversary revival of the wickedly entertaining play by Wendy MacLeod that became a cult classic indie film.

In the play, as a violent hurricane swirls outside the Pascal family home in McLean, VA, the storm of the century is about to erupt inside. Mrs. Pascal (Eileen T’Kaye), daughter Jackie-O (Kate Maher) [at home from a mental institution], and younger son Anthony (Nicholas McDonald) are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jackie’s twin brother for Thanksgiving. But when Marty (Colin McGurk) brings along his new fiancée (Jeanne Syquia), secrets unravel [including the sexual relationship between the twins], and the family’s elegant veneer begins to crack. And somehow the what happened to JFK in November, 1963 comes into the mix. And what could be funnier than mental illness, incest and the Kennedy assassination?

So why is it called “The House of Yes”? Author Wendy MacLeod says, “It seemed the perfect title for a house of immorality. No one has ever said ‘No’ to these people.”

The House of Yes premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, then played at Las Palmas Theater in 1990 here in L.A.. In 1995, it opened at New York’s SoHo Rep. In 1995, the play was made into a Miramax film, a cult favorite to this day, that earned a Special Jury Award at Sundance.

Everything about the show is terrific. The direction and staging of this edition is so wonderful in this small venue. The acting is top notch, and, of course, the script is awesome.

The House of Yes continues at the Zephyr Theatre – 7456 Melrose Ave., just west of Vista Ave. – through June 14 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. General admission is $25. For reservations and information, call 323-960-5563 or go to www.plays411.com/houseofyes.

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