We went to the wonderful Americafest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena yesterday, it was terrific. They have an outstanding fireworks show, and before that we saw a motorcycle stunt team, the singer Ian Thomas and the Beatle's tribute band, Liverpool Legends. Good times!
Just had a busy weekend, last night I saw the excellent production Bronies! The Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which was really fun and well done, excellent singing too. The Hollywood Fringe Festival continues on through June 29th, visit hollywoodfringe.org for more information.
Then today, Sunday I went to to Los Angeles Film Festival and saw the Coffee Talks: Directors and Coffee Talks: Actors events, both were outstanding. It was exciting seeing working directors and actors talk about their trade and artistry. The film festival continues through Sunday, visit lafilmfest.com for more information. More pictures are up at flickr.com/joybennett as well.
Last night I saw Judith Owen, a singer/songwriter at The Mint in Los Angeles. She's a lovely songstress, her sweet, lyrical voice uplifts her audience and I'm sure herself with it's soothing sounds of soft 70's rock. She has a nice album out now called Ebb & Flow. She
also quite funny, and kept the audience laughing with her stories and jokes.
Yesterday was a fun day. First I picked up my press pass for the LA Film Festival, going on now at LA Live downtown. It's a huge film festival, with something for everyone, and tickets and more information are available at lafilmfest.com.
Then I went to the opening night of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, with lots of up and coming talent doing their thing all around Hollywood. Last night I saw Jennifer Jasper in her solo show she wrote and performs, I Can Hear You ... But I'm Not Listening. This delightful, candid show talks about her experiences growing up with four sisters. It's funny, touching and very nicely performed. For more information at the Hollywood Fringe Festival visit hollywoodfringe.org. It continues through June 29, get out and support your local artists! You'll be very glad you did.
Lots of things going on in June in Los Angeles. First, the Los Angeles Film Festival opens today, June 11th, and runs through June 19 at LA Live and other locations downtown. This is a huge festival, with galas, short films, panel discussions, lots of celebrities and tons of films of all variety. For more information and tickets visit lafilmfest.com.
There's also the Hollywood Fringe Festival, a wonderful showcase for up and coming actors, musicians, comedians, and all types of performers. It runs tomorrow through June 29th, visit hollywoodfringe.org for more information.
Last night sadly was the closing night at Dances with Films, an excellent film festival in Hollywood. I saw the film King of Herrings and went to the Closing Night party. Fun times, I'll be back next year! More information can be found here: danceswithfilms.com.
Last night at Dances with Films I saw a charming, funny film Odd Brodsky about following your dreams, no matter how difficult. It was written by the team of Matthew Irving and Cindy Baer, Cindy also directed, acted and produced this labor of love. Very fetching!
Today is the last night of Dances with Films, for more information visit danceswithfims.com, and there are more photos at flickr.com/joybennett.
Friday was another great day at Dances with Films festival. I saw three good films, one of which was really terrific, and generally had another wonderful time. First was the environmental documentary The Future of Energy - Lateral Power to the People which covered why sustainable energy is so important for our future. Next was Gone Doggy Gone, a hysterical comedy about a kidnapped dog. Really funny! Finally I saw the wonderful, beautifully photographed film Druid Peak, a coming of age story involving wolves in the wilds of Wyoming. Really a lovely, gentle story. If you love nature films as I do, this one is for you. Dances with Films continues through Friday in Hollywood, visit danceswithfilms.com for more information. More photos are up at flickr.com/joybennett too!