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"...if you don't know Theatre Movement Bazaar, they're one of my favorite LA companies as much for their dry, insightful wit as their performative genius...The strength of Big Shot rests on the company's body of work, the chops and precision of the cast, and our collective adoration of The Godfather. This is, by far, the most accessible of Theater Movement Bazaar's pieces..." - Anthony Byrnes, KCRW

From the creators of TRACK 3 and ANTON'S UNCLES

Theatre Movement Bazaar and Bootleg Theater present:

BIG SHOT is a vaudevillian theatrical collage inspired by The Godfather films and novel. The Godfather is an iconic story; the novel and subsequent motion pictures have had significant international cultural influence. Its remarkable success came in part due to its ability to present the gangster genre via a dysfunctional family. Everyone could relate. For BIG SHOT, TMB shakes down this iconic story to create a new work, echoing the source and investigating family dynamics, power, criminal behavior, and being an Italian American. In BIG SHOT, the American gangster genre is upended through stylized theatrics, dynamic movement, song, dance and pasta.

May 14 - June 6
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30PM

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Show Box L.A. Announces West Coast Premieres of
Two Interdisciplinary Dance Works

Show Box L.A. concludes its 2014–15 season with the West Coast premieres of two evening-length interdisciplinary dance works in an “as-small-as-you-can-make-it-and-still-call-it-a-festival” format. This pairing of independent works includes Milka Djordjevich + Chris Peck’s MASS, a choir of voice, action and image, and Michelle Ellsworth’s In Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome, a performance deployment of web technology, choreography and her unorthodox archives. These works are presented on alternating nights: Milka Djordjevich + Chris Peck on Thursday & Saturday, June 18 & 20; and Michelle Ellsworth on Friday & Sunday, June 19 & 21. Performances take place 8pm, except Sunday at 3pm, at Bootleg Theater, located at 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057. All tickets are $20 and are available at

Although these artists work in very different ways, together they investigate new territories in dance and performance—embodied and virtual, contemplative and attention-deficient. Show Box L.A. is excited to host a platform to share these distinctive works with audiences in Los Angeles.

Mass comes to Los Angeles following its premiere at The Kitchen in New York, though its co-creator and choreographer, Milka Djordjevich, is an L.A. based-dance artist who is on faculty at UC Riverside. In Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome has toured to major experimental venues around the country, including American Realness and Fusebox Festival, and Michelle Ellsworth serves as Co-Director of the Dance Program at University of Colorado, Boulder. Read more following the program details.

Performance Schedule & Details

Thur, June 18 at 8pm Milka Djordjevich + Chris Peck’s MASS
Fri, June 19 at 8pm Michelle Ellsworth: In Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome
Sat, June 20 at 8pm Milka Djordjevich + Chris Peck: MASS
Sun, June 21 at 3pm Michelle Ellsworth: In Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome

TICKETS: All Shows $20, General Admission


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Presented in Association with Bootleg Theater.
Made possible in part with generous support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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June 18 & 20, 2015
Thursday and Saturday at 8p

“Materials—the body, sound—merge exquisitely in this hourlong dance-song (song-dance?) … the song unravels into something wild, then plain, bodies as they are.” —The New York Times

MASS is a dance. It is singing and dancing. A song and dance in a black box. A slow dance on a pedestal for three women. With music. It’s also the mass, force and friction against, around and inside that box. It’s a trio of voices tuning, their bodies objectified and recomposed through gradual processes in motion and sound. Like a prayer, it proceeds without manipulation, loving the flaw. Three female dancers execute an interdependent score of movement, choreographed by Djordjevich, and music, composed by Peck. They are their own musical accompaniment; a choir of voice, action and image. The trio creates hyper-objectified anonymous forms and three-part harmonies that pulse and throb through the black artifice of the theater.

The performers oscillate between action and inaction, singing and dancing, chanting and swaying—an engine that evolves through space and generates friction over time. The work aims to unveil the materiality of the moving and sonic female body, unraveling its inherent choreographed code. MASS deepens Djordjevich’s focus on a transdisciplinary dance-making process developed through her long-term collaboration with composer Chris Peck.



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June 19 & 21, 2015
Friday at 8p and Sunday at 3p

In an inventive and humorous unscripted live performance, Michelle Ellsworth prepares audiences for the end of men. Her “man archive”—a vast compendium of science, non-science, procedures and possibilities—provides the foundation for a hyper-linked tour through the modern mind and the future of our species. Committed both to conservation and archival efforts, Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome employs web technology, choreography and the latest data from the Whitehead Institute at MIT to ask a random sampling of humans what it might mean if, as some scientists have predicted, men disappear from the scene. Under the steady watch of her male gaze simulator, Ellsworth demonstrates her one-of-a-kind replacement apparati, shares her idiosyncratic research and works to expand an inventory of artifacts that just may become irreplaceable.




Major support for Show Box L.A. comes from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. 




June 26 at 7:00 PM

Danza Floricanto/USA



No)one. Art House

June 27 at 1:00 PM

Danza Floricanto/USA

The Assembly

The Sunland Dancers

June 27 at 7:00 PM

Danza Floricanto/USA

The Horton Awards Celebration

All performances at Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
Tickets: $20 in advance/ $25 at the door
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WRITE CLUB Los Angeles is:
3 bouts of
2 opposing writers/ 2 opposing ideas
7 minutes apiece
Audience picks a winner
Net proceeds go to charities of winners' choosing

Pay-What-You-Can $5 - $25

Literature as Bloodsport.
Prize money to charity.

MONDAY June 8 @ 7pm
And the 2nd Monday of every month


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72 Virgins Mocktail Party 5/25 6pm-8pm at SIJCC

Join 72 Virgins for a nosh and some delicious non-alcoholic drinks to celebrate our inaugural workshop. We've created an amazing line up of refreshing mocktails and can't wait to share them with you! 72 Virgins is dedicated to brining Muslims, Jews, and others together to socialize over a drink. Help us fight xenophobia and bust stereotypes by having a good time.

This event takes place at the Silverlake Independent JCC, 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Feel free to park in the lot (enter from Effie) but please enter the building from the front door on Bates.

Presale tickets are $20. Presale ends at midnight on Sunday 5/24. Same day tickets are available at the door for $25 cash/ check. A small fee will apply to credit card purchases.

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Bootleg Theatre is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater and performance born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging theater artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.

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