May 092017
Star-Studded 50th Anniversary Celebration At Ahmanson

Annette Bening and Alfred Molina in “The Cherry Orchard” at the Mark Taper Forum. Bening and Molina will participate in Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Ahmanson Theatre. For more information, visit Center photo by Craig Schwartz.








One-Night-Only Production to Take Place on Saturday, May 20th 2017 at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre


Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group, announced today that Matthew Broderick, Tyne Daly, Louis Gossett Jr., Thomas Sadoski, Jimmy Smits, René Auberjonois, Jon Robin Baitz, Bill Cain, Anthony Crivello, Culture Clash, Merle Dandridge, Tim Dang, Keith David, Shaila Essley, Davis Gaines, Harry Groener, Clint Holmes, David Henry Hwang, Gregory Itzin, Dale Kristien, Doug LaBrecque, Tzi Ma, Alan Mandell, Dakin Matthews, Christina Saffran, Benjamin Schrader, Shoshannah Stern, Lisa Vroman, Ed Waterstreet and Aryana Williams are set to take the stage at Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Co-Chaired by Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Center Theatre Group board member Robert Greenblatt and fellow Center Theatre Group board member Sue Tsao.

The lauded group joins previously announced Center Theatre Group alums Annette Bening, Sir Matthew Bourne, Alfred Molina, Edward James Olmos and Phylicia Rashad for the one-night-only production from writer, director and producer Robert Egan. The performance will draw from the many landmark productions that have been brought to life on Center Theatre Group’s stages, as well as its continuing role in creating new work and helping to define the role of theatre both in Los Angeles and beyond.

Center Theatre Group has welcomed to its stages some of today’s biggest stars, including Matthew Broderick, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Al Pacino, Chris Pine, Denzel Washington and more.

For more information about Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, please visit




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Feb 062017

Free Tax Prep For Los Angeles Low Income Families

Mayor Garcetti announces Free Tax Prep Los Angeles to support low-income working families

Campaign will provide families with free tax preparation services and help them claim State and Federal tax credits up to $9,000.

Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a campaign to provide low-to-moderate income households with free tax preparation services, and help taxpayers claim State and Federal tax credits.

Mayor Garcetti joined Jerome Horton of the California State Board of Equalization and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin to launch Free Tax Prep Los Angeles. All 16 of the City’s FamilySource Centers (FSC) will be open throughout the tax season to assist families with claiming their refunds.

“Filing taxes can be complicated — and without professional assistance, too many eligible residents aren’t aware of tax credits that can put thousands of dollars back in their pockets,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Angelenos work hard, and should claim the refunds they’re due. That money can help working parents get quality childcare, reduce debt and invest in themselves and their children in so many meaningful ways.”

Households with annual incomes of $54,000 or less may qualify for approximately $9,000 in cash back through the State and Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The Free Tax Prep Los Angeles campaign is a public-private collaboration that includes the City of Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), Citi Community Development, the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), the Youth Policy Institute, and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

The campaign is funded by a $250,000 Citi Innovation grant to HCIDLA. In addition, both the Koreatown Youth and Community Center and the Youth Policy Institute secured a $300,000 grant each from the California Department of Community Services and Development. Together, these funds will expand the integration of free tax prep education into services provided at FamilySource Centers. Services include giving people access to information on how to claim the EITC, helping families access safe and affordable banking products, and connecting them to financial education and counseling services.

“Los Angeles is home to 60 percent of California’s eligible EITC filers, yet families in Los Angeles leave over $566 million in unclaimed tax credits on the table each year,” said James Alva, Southern California Market Manager, Citi Community Development. “Free Tax Prep Los Angeles will expand access to tax credits and financial coaching that empower more working families with the tools they need to build a resilient financial future.”

Free Tax Prep Los Angeles has identified 23 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across the City and County in communities with the most need of tax filing support, offering free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing available to qualified individuals.

As part of the campaign launch, the City and County hosted a “Claim Your Refund Day” on Saturday, Feb. 4 at participating VITA sites. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation. For more information about this campaign, please visit

About FamilySource Centers
FamilySource Centers are designed to assist low-income families become self-sufficient by increasing family income and increasing the educational attainment for youth and adults. All 16 centers are located in the most economically distressed areas of the City.




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Dec 032016
“Amélie, A New Musical”

L-R Adam Chanler-Berat, Sam Pinkleton and Phillipa Soo at a workshop for “Amélie, A New Musical,” which will be produced at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre December 4, 2016, through January 15, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit or call (213) 972-4400. Photo by Joan Marcus. ©2016 Joan Marcus



“Amélie, A New Musical” Coming to the Ahmanson Theatre on December 4th

In anticipation of “Amélie, A New Musical” coming to the Ahmanson Theatre, Center Theatre Group and The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles will present a special screening of the five-time Oscar-nominated film “Amélie” on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Center Theatre Group’s production of “Amélie, A New Musical” at the Ahmanson Theatre begins previews December 4, 2016, opens December 16 and continues through January 15, 2017. Based on the motion picture written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, “Amélie, A New Musical” will have its Broadway premiere at the Walter Kerr Theatre, beginning performances on March 9, 2017 and opening April 3, 2017.

Amélie captured our hearts in the 2001 French film. Now Amélie (played by Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo) comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Clybourne Park”), with a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (“An American in Paris”), music by Daniel Messé (of the band Hem), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (“Tuck Everlasting”) and Daniel Messé, musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé, and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin.

In addition to Phillipa Soo in the title role, the cast will feature, in alphabetical order, Emily Afton, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Lily Sanfelippo, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson and Paul Whitty.

The musical follows the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.



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Aug 282014

After nine years, the fairytale romance of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt culminated in a long anticipated wedding. The setting was Chateau Miraval in France. The ceremony took place on Saturday August 23rd 2014. All six of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children participated in the wedding ceremony. The wedding was an intimate affair attended by family and friends of the couple.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married! (The photo is believed to be public domain and is published with no intent of disrespecting anyone’s rights, including possibly copyrights.)

The sparks between Angelina Jolie and – then married – Brad Pitt flew when they costarred in “Mr And Mrs Smith” in 2005. Apparently, the sparks evolved into a fire with a staying power as the pair’s romance remained strong in a relationship which included elements of a fairytale as well as Angelina’s preventive mastectomy.

So, as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married, says congratulations to the newlyweds! We’ve been following your love story from the sidelines and it affirmed our belief that a fairytale can come true. Many blessings to you and your family!