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2 Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts

Most of the Holiday Indie Gifts are still available, so check those out too!

Gift a friend a Social Media Workshop

Starting this Saturday, I’ll run interactive workshops who main aim is to to expand your audiences beyond family & friends.

Prices start at $40 and i’s a great gift for the friend who needs some help but can’t afford a publicist.

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24th ST Theatre has a phenomenal play running right now. Reviews are raving, but even more importantly, all ages connect with the story and enjoy the show together.

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE by Mike Kenny
SATURDAYS 2 & 7:30pm. NOW-MAR30
This magical play celebrates the special bond shared by grandparents and grandchildren. (Ages 6+) Purchase tickets here. More info at http://www.24thstreet.org/now-playing/

Martha Correa

My kids have learned to love the arts through programs like these. Appealing to our Latino communities thanks for introducing always something new.

Alejandra Sinay
Thank you for putting on yet another great production. My son and I are still discussing the plot lines and deeper meanings. 

Paul Vroom, Actor

My inner child and I both thank you for a wonderful production. I hope you pack the remaining houses!

Tickets range from $10-15. Use code UMBRELLA at Checkout for $2 discount.

Family 4-pack of tickets available for just $20 through Living Social.

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

One of my favorite sites reviews one of my favorite plays.

pLAywriting in the city

By Raquel Sanchez
Staff Writer

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“She looked like an ordinary woman, but inside beat the heart of a tightrope walker.” Imagine you are told your grandmother, whom you love dearly, is gone because she joined the circus to walk the tightrope. What kind of imagery does this concoct? A childlike mind might envision clowns and acrobats, cotton candy, and ice-cream cones or the wonder of that grandmother in a sparkly dress, carrying a pink umbrella while walking a tightrope. How could my grandma pass up on such a grand opportunity? But in the midst of these visions, the following thought might also emerge: How can grandma just leave me behind?

Death is a delicate topic for adults to confront, but how is it shared with children?  When a pet dies, how often have we heard parents tell their children, “Oh Miffy ran away,” or “Goldie left for the pet farm…

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Indie Holiday Gifts: Day 9

With so many independent artists, there’s a variety of unique gifts you can give. I’ll highlight one a day through the New Year!

family theater

Jan 26 – March 30

Family 4-Pack

Tickets to Walking the Tightrope

at 24th Street Theatre

Each ticket can be used for any performance of Walking the Tightrope and/or Huraclown.
Click here to claim. Only good through Dec 31: http://bit.ly/Family4Pack24thST

24th STreet Theatre introduces its new in-house company LAB24 with the West Coast premiere of British playwright Mike Kenny’s gentle, funny play.

Young Esme arrives to stay with her grandparents at the end of summer, just like she does every year. But this time, something’s different: Grandma’s not there.

This magical play, full of moments of remembered childhood,  celebrates the special bond shared by grandparents and grandchildren. The play was the first recipient of Art Council England’s Award for Playwriting for Children & Young People (Rated G – ages ^+) Purchase tickets here.

With the Family 4-Pack, you can choose 4 tickets for your family, for friends, for anyone who could use a special night out!

More information on Facebook.

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Day 1 – Holiday Gifts by Adam Emperor Southard Photography

Day 2 – HUCK FINN: The Robotic Edition & The Selling, a supernatural comedy

Day 3 – Fund an education Shakespeare Puppet Video in someone’s name

DAY 4 – The Puppet Maker’s Bones by Alisa Tangredi

Days 5&6 – LA Makerspace & The Coffee Bean 4 Kids (with special needs)

Day 7 – Emitown

Day 8 – The Ensuite Life

English Roots

Since Walking the Tightrope, the next play at 24th ST Theatre, takes place in England, I find myself researching differences in our

cultures. Most of us know the narrative imposed upon America’s Thanksgiving holiday. Growing up in Boston, I visited Plymouth Rock every year on school field trips, and saw that lovely etching of “1620” into the rock. Not that I doubt the upstanding story of breaking bread before betrayal, not at all….

The concept of Thanksgiving traces back to England, as a Protestant response to all the Catholic holidays. (Remember how key the religions are in Shakespeare?) Here is more from wikipedia:

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.[1] The holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date of the holiday[1][2]

In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritans, the radical reformers of their age, wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts ofspecial providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plague in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armadain 1588, and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, and developed into Guy Fawkes Day.[3]

Do you have any unique Thanksgiving traditions? It’s the one day out of the year that I bake.

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