A play full of follies opens at Falcon Theatre

‘Parallel Lives’brings provocative performances with wit, musings an morals

A review  by Patti Pietschmann

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Parallel Lives opened last night (Aug.26)at the Falcon Theatre to  a sell  out crowd. Considering it is one of the best ‘way off Broadway’ shows I ever saw, that’s understandable. What comes to mind is’something different this way comes,’ as this most unusual and cleverly-written production  comes to life through two very talented actresses who captivate the audience with sketches that everyone can related to. The show opens with the two women bearing large golden wings P1and discussing, sort of, the beginning of  life. The archangel-like figures ponder pregnancy and how to accomplish it.  Should  the man or the woman carry a  child and where  and how would it be delivered? You have to see the show to  find  the answer. Although you  probably  know by  now.

Authors Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy’s script takes us on a mind trip through  a pair of capricious supreme beings (Crista and Alice)who create an energetic, mirthful montage that makes fun of modern life while celebrating it.  The two woman cast (Crista Flanagan and Alice Hunter) proved perfect for the capricious odyssey portraying  numerous men and women struggling though the common rituals of life. Each skit evokes laughter with Crista’s malapropos (“smile and the whole world sleeps with you”),  the duo’s politically incorrect jokes and  serious moments of death lightened by humor. “Make sure grams gets a window seat,” Crista says to her sister who will be transporting the elder’s ashes to the burial grounds.”
The script also hits home  for some, with a well-acted bar scene between an over-worked woman and a besotted cowboy (played by Alice) p3that’s hilarious. There’s sibling rivalry with a twist, family matters everyone’s has faced, a very clever West Side Story parody, and much more.

Mo Gaffney by the way  wrote and starred in the Kathy and Mo Show off-Broadway, received an Obie Award for his acting. Kathy Najimy also won an Obie award for her performance in The Kathy And Mo Show OffBroadway.

The cast

Crista Flannigan, who plays Crista to the hilt was a delight  to behold and the perfect  companion for co-star Alice Hunter who well plays Alice.  Crista was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Evansville and a MFA from the University of California, Irvine.

Alice Hunter is an impossibly multi-faceted talent who almost steals the stage, but Crista’s performance is so sterling that’s it’s about a  draw. Alice, who is currently appearing in Comedy Central’s Another Period  moved to the US from Australia where she appeared in the TV series H20: Just Add Water.  Since arriving in America she made many appearances on Showtime’s House of Lies with Emmy-Award winning actor Don Cheadle.

Parallel Lives runs through Sept. 18, 2016. Tickets cost $37 and $40 on weekdays and $42to $45 on weekends (from Friday). Students can get in for $30.

The Falcon Theatre was co-founded in1997 by the late, great Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen. The beloved Marshall, known as one of the nicest men in Hollywood,  past away recently and will be honored by a memorial on his birthday Nov.13.  The comfy facility has great stage vision and  130-seats.

The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 W Riverside Dr.,  Burbank, CA, 818-955-8101.

Learn to speak clearly with confidence

Take a course by Andrew Firta, a master of phonetics tolearn to speak more clearly and with confidence.

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With phonetics lesson on Skype

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Andrew Firta, a young Los Angeles entrepreneur and master of phonetics has created  a brilliant, much-need and very unique company called Accent Confidence that focuses on individual sounds  and proper pronunciations that many people struggle no matter what their ethnic background. The course can also be a big  confidence booster for people who do a lot  of  public speaking. Sessions are held on Skype but house calls are available for an extra fee. You can  contact Andrew for arrangements and more information. (I just posted that Google cartoon cause I like it so much, hope you do, too).

The website explains that the program can take as few as eight weeks to complete and that it  begins with an initial assessment where patterns in your speech are identified. The program is then modified to suit your specific needs. As the course moves forward, you can expect…

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Cruise French Polynesia in style on the Paul Gauguin

Cruises in paradise

Patti Pietschmann: Cruise Diva

Book it now and get paradise for a song

By Patti Covello Pietschmann
The Paul Gauguin
is one spiffy little ship that sails year around in a tropical paradise known as French Polynesia. While on board you are served fantastic food and offered insights into  the  mystical culture of the archipelago.  And for a short time the company is offering  fares are so good that I am ready to book now. These summer blow sale fares include tips, drinks and round trip air from Los Angeles to Tahiti. Watch the video to whet your appetite.

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Paul Gauguin Cruises  get a savings of up to $4,750* per person off previously advertised rates on select cruises aboard The Gauguin  when booked by August 20, 2016:

Tahiti & the Society Islands (7 nights):

  • October 8, 15, 2016 – now  from $4,445 per person
  • December 21, 2016 – now from  $4,545 per…

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Crunch Fitness ice cream giveaway

Crunch it does a body good.

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  1. Be one of the first 50 members to hit the gym tomorrow & you’ll receive a pint of

    I caught this post on Twitter and had to pass it on. Crunch is all over the country including Puerto Rico so work out and get your ice cream. My favorite Crunch is West Hollywood, California. It has steams, saunas, locker rooms, Bliss bath and hair products, lots of equipment and wild and wacky workouts that  tone you up while having fun. There’s also personal trainers for ‘rent’.

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    Address: 8000 Sunset, 8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Hours:
    Open today July 16 · 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Delta vs Virgin America

A tale of First Class flights on two very different airlines

 

As members of  both Delta and Virgin America‘s frequent flyer programs we decided to  spread the miles for a June trip to Maui by flying Delta over and Virgin back. .  Wealso flew Delta later that month from Los Angeles to Alaska to catch the Seven Seas Mariner for a magical week-long cruise.

                                               Scene from Delta from Vancouver to Seattle

We flew in First Class on all three flights and what a difference an airline can make. We flew Delta First Class (scene from window of Washington) to Maui and Virgin America First Class back to Los Angeles. Both flights were thankfully uneventful and not to thankfully fair  for the  fare. Delta served breakfast, an omelette that was edible and great bread, one miserly glass of Champagne. The stew said hey only brought on bottle aboard. “In First Class,” I countered slightly irate but toned  down because I didn’t want to show any air rage.  The seats were okay  but hardly reclined. There was good leg  room though. Our bags were out fast in Maui,  too. Oh yeah and the earphones in First were those awful ear buds  I hate.

Flying from Maui on Virgin America was a huge disappointment for us Elevate  members. The food wasn’t edible, the service fair, the entertainment/WiFi system down,the wine  undrinkable but the seats really comfy. It wasn’t up to Virgin America muster at all. And to make matters worse we flew on June 19, 2016 and still don’t have our Elevate points posted to our account. Although the airline did give us some travel dollars credit  for our discomfort.

Now we just did  flights from LAX to Anchorage via Seattle  and back from Vancouver BC on Delta that was much more worth the First Class fare. The food was tasty, the seats comfy and the flight crew were just so happy and accommodating especially  on return leg from Vancouver.

 

Flying First Class has its privileges such as two free checked bags, free food (which is usually better on Virgin America than we got on the Maui  run) and drink, more leg room, wider, more comfy seats than in coach some that even drop into flat beds, priority boarding and baggage arrival. In all fairness Virgin America is new to the Los Angeles-Maui schedule having just launched in June so maybe it needs to get the kinks out. I hope so  because I love that quirky  airline that reminds me so  much of the old PSA Airlines which was the outrageously fun to  fly with.

Spa news:Valley Ho adds in room yoga

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yogaScottsdale spa buffs love  the VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho and now yoga fans will love it, too. The hotel recently added an  in-room yoga program called STAY.ZEN in addition to the movement studio classes at VH Spa for Vitality + Health. The new package includes a  a mat, a variety of classes that hotel guests can follow on the in-room TV, two water bottles, and a six-month membership to The Yoga Collective, including hundreds of online yoga classes. Each room comes ready with a STAY.ZEN kit, available for $40 (a $110 value). A second mat is available for $25.

Spa Director Josh Bredimus explains, “Our hope is that STAY.ZEN will improve the quality of travel for all of our guests and increase their overall level of wellbeing.”

VH Spa also offers one-hour, all-levels flow classes. Fridays at 9:15 a.m., class is held in the movement studio. On Sundays at…

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United Airlines jet hits bird makes emergency landing in Sydney

Incident freaks out passengers

The United Airlines plane was bound for Los Angeles when the pilot suddenly turned around and headed back to Sydney where it originated after what was reported by news.comnews.com as a possible bird hit. The jet, a Boeing 777, was greeted at the Aussie airport by emergency crews. There were about 308 passengers on the flight. “United Airlines confirmed the aircraft safely returned to the airport at 11.13 a.m. and the flight has been cancelled,” the airline said. The usual boiler plate statement was also issued saying that the carrier s currently working to get passengers on the next available flight and apologizes  for  any inconvenience this may have caused.” The Daily Telegraph reported the aircraft dumped its fuel before coming in for landing.
The pilot reportedly told passengers there was “an issue with the plane” and they had to return to Sydney.

Posts were flying around on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that called the incident rather frightening.  But today these airline incidents seem to be par for the course.  It’s just lucky that no one was hurt.hawaiianairclouds

AHAVA mud masks make beautiful flawless faces

Pack AHAVA in your beauty bag when you travel

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Go ahead play dirty with Patti’s favorite find of 2016 from AHAVA

AHAVA, the Dead Sea Beauty Authority  recently introduced its spa-like mud facials you can do at home such as:

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  • · NATURAL DEAD SEA BODY MUD : you can have lots of fun rubbing this mud mask all over your body or his or hers and letting it harden and do its job. The mineral-rich formula absorbs excess oil and removes dead skin cells, dirt and toxins to reveal fresh, soft skin. Therapeutic Dead Sea mud stimulates circulation and refines skin’s texture, clarity and tone. Mud treatment can also be heated to help relieve stress and muscle aches.
  • · PURIFYING MUD MASK, DIY a facial at home with this unique blend of purifying Dead Sea Mud, minerals and natural extracts, that goes deep to get rid of the dirt and…

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Keep close contact with your precious eyeglasses with WristReaders

WristReaders for the diva on the go

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Wow here’s salvation for all of us who wear reading glasses an are always trying to find them while on a plane, train, in our  home, hotel, at the gym,  hiking, biking or out shopping. It’s WristReaders, glasses you wear around your wrist. Could be a problem if you talk with you hands like I do with the potential to smash them, but still I love the idea of never having to dig down into my massive purse looking for my glasses in a dark airplane or anywhere.

Created by an enterprising mother and son, the company is looking for funding and will send a set of frames for just $39. A fashion accessory bound to please the edgiest millennial, WristReaders were created and designed by a forty-something mom to solve a huge pain point for so many of us: never having our readers when we need them! Flexible…

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Life’s really a beach on these sandy shores of Fairmont Hotels

If your mantra is “Life’s a beach”  then check out this list of some of the best sandy, sun denched shores in the world,each located outside a Fairmont Hotel:fairmont

Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii

Located along the stunning Kohala Coast, the 32-acre luxury oceanfront Fairmont Orchid resort is at the heart of Hawaii’s beauty. Beachgoers can enjoy a sugar-white sandy lagoon and aquamarine waters, along with an array of beachside activities such as Floating Yoga and outrigger canoeing. Guests can also rejuvenate at the resort’s luxurious Spa Without Walls, featuring oceanfront massage cabanas, and dine at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning Brown’s Beach House located just steps from the shore.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Nestled on the beachfront in Southern California, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is a stone’s throw away from the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Travelers can enjoy the pier’s signature attractions or relax at the Miramar Beach Club, available exclusively to hotel guests. Lounge chairs and parasols are available for guests to unwind, while an array of complimentary activities are offered to guests of all ages. Additionally, dedicated beach butlers are on hand to serve up delicious beverages, snacks and a full beach menu. Hotel guests are also escorted to and from the beach in a topless Jeep Wrangler or they can rent a complimentary BMW beach cruiser to explore the pacific coastline.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

The newly opened beach club at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, A Fairmont Managed Hotel is the latest hotspot in Bermuda. Located a short drive from the resort—accessible via hotel shuttle—and exclusive to hotel guests, the private beach club offers a serene getaway from the bustle of Hamilton and provides relaxation with land or water hammocks and a dose of fun with activities including snorkeling. Guests can also enjoy the new beach club restaurant and bar with a menu designed by renowned celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

Located along 200m of golden beach in the Sanur district in Southeast Bali, the all-suite-and-villa Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali is an ideal world-class luxury resort to retreat to for a touch of sun & fun. Comfortable reclining chairs and umbrellas dot the resort’s beach and guests can stroll along the uninterrupted 5km long footpath that hugs the coastline. Also, the Nyala Beach Club & Grill offers a taste of beachside dining with private beach fronted cabanas available for romantic dinners.

Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

Situated within 240 acres of tropical rainforest intersected by crystal clear waterways and surrounded by pristine Caribbean shoreline, Fairmont Mayakoba offers a stunning white sand beach for guests to unwind on. Guests can choose to stay in one of several beachfront casita suites, ideally situated just steps away from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Exclusive butler service enhances the experience, as does the private infinity pool that accompanies each casita.

Fairmont Ajman, United Arab Emirates

The newly opened Fairmont Ajman is located in the emirate of perennial sunshine, situated along a 200m stretch of shoreline called the Corniche. Here, guests can sunbathe on the glowing beachfront with soft white sand and enjoy a refreshing swim in opal hued and clear waters. The resort’s beach also provides ample sun loungers and cabanas, and water activities. Guests can also stroll along the Corniche and visit an array of sidewalk cafes and traditional restaurants, and swim in a sheltered tidal pool.

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

Situated on Maui’s southern shores at Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani is Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury oceanfront resort. The resort sits on the pristine white sands of Polo Beach, surrounded by 22 acres of lush tropical landscape. Guests have plenty of beach activities at their disposal, from stand-up paddle boarding to kayaking and can even discover the area’s marine life including tropical fish and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. As adults settle under Polo Beach umbrellas, kids can enjoy activities provided by the Keiki Lani Kids Club which include hula lessons, coconut painting and more.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

Set along Barbados’ Platinum Coast, Fairmont Royal Pavilion stretches in front of a pristine beach, regarded as the most beautiful and exclusive in Barbados. In addition to sunbathing and enjoying an array of water activities such as windsurfing, guests can partake in traditional Afternoon Tea at the resort’s al fresco Taboras Restaurant, overlooking the beach, as they embrace the island’s English heritage and this centuries-old tradition.

Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

The luxurious Fairmont Southampton is perched on Bermuda’s stunning south shore, providing guests with access to miles of pink sand beaches dotted with towering coconut palms. The resort’s private beach club, available exclusively to hotel guests, sits in a secluded cove and offers amenities such as plush beach cabanas. Guests can curl up in one of the beach club’s chaise lounges and enjoy cocktails and bites from the Cabana Bar & Grill. Guests can also stroll along the world-famous Horseshoe Bay Beach, a curved stretch of pink sand that connects to South Shore beach, located steps away from the beach club.