Schoolhouse Rock Live! - Samueli Theater - October 4, 2014

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Schoolhouse Rocks Live! Photo by Tim Trumble
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Samueli Theater
10/4/14

Children of the '70s and early '80s no doubt remember educational Schoolhouse Rock tunes like "Conjunction Junction," and "I'm Just a Bill." Similarly, children of the '90s likely experienced the catchy musical cartoon shorts when the series was put back on the air. Both the images from the series and many of the songs have made the Schoolhouse Rock brand a part of American culture. In 1996, a musical theater adaptation of the material called Schoolhouse Rock Live! premiered, and last weekend professional theater company Childsplay performed the show at Samueli Theater.

While the familiar cartoon images, as well as the memorable voice of Jack Sheldon (who originally sang many of the Schoolhouse Rock songs), were missed, Childsplay's minimalist production captivated the attention of parents and children alike. In fact, the atmosphere that parents brought to the theater was one of nostalgia as they all seemed to be chanting the old tunes -- both as an effort to increase their children's enthusiasm for the show as well as to celebrate their fondness for the material; but as soon as the show began, the audience became hooked into Childsplay's adaptation.

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Not Just A Camp...It's a Passion for "Girls Rock Camp Orange County" !

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"Check! Check!" went the mic last Sunday at Original Mike's where eighteen women gathered in the spirit of rock n' roll participating an all first ever OC Ladies Rock Camp. It took only two days for these mujeres to learn bass, drums, paino, and tune their vocals in efforts to fundraise for this summers Rock 'n' Roll Camp For Girls Orange CountyMore »

Five Things an EDM Diva Learned at Burning Man

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Burning Man

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Burning Man is an annual event and temporary community based on radical self-expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Having conquered every other major music and arts festival in the US from Ultra Music Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to Electric Daisy Carnival it seemed only natural that I was ready to embark on the journey to take on the 26th Annual Burning Man pilgrimage. On top of being a community of over 60,000 music and art aficionados it is a spiritual refuge where burners gather to reflect on their lives and mourn the loss of loved ones or other obstacles with the burning of the man (a giant wooden effigy in the shape of a man) and then the temple so beautiful it rivals many churches.

Burning Man takes place on a dry lake bed, a vast flat expanse of alkali salt called the playa. Two girl friends and I made the nine-hour drive to meet our three guy friends who drove an RV all the way down from Vancouver and another close girl friend who flew into Reno, Nevada. All sharing journeys of overheated cars and electrical problems on planes, I wish someone would have told us the journey to the playa would take an entire day. But we were finally together, brought some bad-ass army and Indian tribe outfits and stocked way too much vodka and beer with not enough tequila and Four Lokos. Living on an RV in Black Rock City made us the closest hippie family and taught us plenty of valuable life-changing lessons.


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Summer Sensation Concert Rallys Young, Santa Ana Community Organizers

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Youth members in a meeting.
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A fiesta is brewing in Santa Ana. Only this party is more about waking up to help a community versus passing out on your neighbor's grass while wearing your favorite sombrero. The first-ever 2012 Summer Sensation Concert is part of "Building Healthy Communities," an initiative of The California Endowment focused on transforming Santa Ana--a majority Latino, low-income community--into a safe and healthy environment for the city's neighborhoods, and primarily its youth.

"I feel like there's limited safe spaces, safe and fun spaces for us," says 22-year-old Tony Ortuno, an intern with The Center for Gay and Lesbian Community Services of Orange County. He worked with a coalition of youth groups from Santa Ana-based organizations like KidWorks, Latino Health Access, and The Grain Project, to plan the concert, which features local bands, live art, food and a resource fair at the Yost Theater.
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Just Announced: Flights & Sounds Summer Festival at Great Park

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The Irvine Barclay Theater announced the lineup for the 2012 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival, where each weekend in August, the Orange County Great Park will host a different flavor of world music. Even better, admission is free, though you can expect to pay $10 to park your car on the grounds. Still, though, not too shabby considering artists they've booked, which includes local legends like Poncho Sanchez and Latin buzz band La Santa Cecilia.

Here's a rundown of each week. Concerts are held at three different park locations: The Palm Courts Arts Complex, The Dance Concourse and the Runway Stage.
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The Ultimate Bearhug Play at Cocktails for a Cause: 'Our plan is to always be involved with benefit shows.'

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OC Weekly and Music for a Cure team up this Thursday for Cocktails for a Cause, a monthly fundraiser/mixer that brings various people throughout Orange County together to support a local charity. Hosted by the gracious folks of The Observatory, this month's Cocktails is presumed to be quite the production featuring performances by The Make and sultry local duo, The Ultimate Bearhug. I caught up with Barrett Johnson and Doll Knight to get an update on their anticipated debut album, and their thoughts on the importance of music and giving back to the community.


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The Really Really Free Market Over the Weekend

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When you see flashing advertisements on your web browser announcing you've won a free laptop, iPod, Louis Vuitton purse, etc., the "scam" light bulb goes off in your head. Even when you get a coupon for a free burger, one scan of the fine print will show you that you need to buy the same damn burger to get one. When surrounded by situations like this, it's to believe that anything in this world really is free. When it comes to events such as The Really Really Free Market, it's second nature to look for a catch.

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Photographer/Writer Amateur Chemist, a.k.a. Andrew Youssef, on Indefinite Hiatus

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Everyone here at OC Weekly and Heard Mentality is sending out good vibes and well wishes to photographer extraordinaire Andrew Youssef, a.k.a. Amateur Chemist.

If you read our blog regularly, you've read his concert reviews and would definitely be familiar with his fantastic photographs, such as the ones he took of Gang of Four at the House of Blues in Anaheim, or Blonde Redhead at the Glass House or A Perfect Circle at the Avalon.

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$73 Million Concert Hall Coming to South Orange County

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South Orange County is getting its own concert hall.

Construction is complete on a $73 million performing-arts center at Soka University, a majestic college campus in Aliso Viejo. The space, anchored by a 1,034-seat auditorium, will be used for dance and orchestra productions, plays, musicals, lectures, and community events.

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Nicki Minaj and Komen for the Cure Turn Black Friday Pink

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast cancer awareness organization responsible for the all-pink-everything "Passionately Pink for the Cure" campaign, might have found their newest spokesperson in Nicki Minaj.

It only makes sense--the break-out femcee has an unrelenting obsession with the color pink, and has been so infectious that her fans, or "Barbies" as they prefer to be called, have all but painted themselves pink in support of her upcoming debut album Pink Friday (wait... they've actually done that too) So why not mobilize for an actual cause? 
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