JOAN OF ART - A Great Broadway Musical, Salsa Dancing, Comedy, and a Car Show

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

Hope you all had a great thanksgiving weekend and are ready for some really fun pre-holiday events. First up is an awarding winning show straight from Broadway entitled COME FROM AWAY at the Ahmanson located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is a show that proves there are still some really great people on planet Earth.

The musical takes place on 9/11 when the world stopped. This is the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. The musical was written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein and features Christopher Ashley's Tony winning direction.

I'm seeing tonight when it opens but the show plays until January 6th 2019 so you have plenty of time to see it. For tickets go to or call 213-628-2722.

In addition to theatre, music, film and eating, I love cars, especially vintage cars. Well there aren't any vintage car shows around, but there is the 2018 L.A. Auto Show at the LA Convention Center from November 30th - December 9th and I'll definitely be there. This is the world's largest auto show with over 1000 vehicles. Whether it's new vehicle shopping, free test drives, experiencing the latest tech or exploring an assortment of customized rides and exotics this is the place to be. The doors open at 9 am and close at 10pm. For tickets or more information go to

I also love to Salsa. Not sure if I put that on my list of fun things to do. Every Friday night is Salsa night at El Floridita Restaurant located at 1253 Vine Street in Los Angeles. Not only do they have delicious Cuban food but the band is sensational and the dancers, wow. It can be a little intimidating since their so good but everyone is welcoming and it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a professional, it's all about having a great time and I promise you, you will. For more information go to

And lastly if you want to laugh then get over to the Comedy Store in Hollywood. Saturday, December 1st, Dane Cook, Arsenio Hall, Bryan Callen, Brian Monarch and many more will be on stage sharing their humor with you.

The famous Comedy Store is located at 8433 Sunset Boulevard. The Main Room opens at 6:30 and there's a two drink min per person. For more information or to purchase tickets to to

Whatever fun thing you chose to do people, have a great weekend.

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death.