JOAN OF ART: A Must See Film, A Classic Play and Rediscovered Art

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

An amazing film with an electrifying performance by an Irish actress opens in theaters this Friday, June 21st. The film is called 'Wild Rose' and the electrifying performance is given by Jessie Buckley. This is by far my favorite film of the year.

Jessie plays Rose Lynn Harlan, a 23 year old wannabe country singer who dreams of going to Nashville. The film opens with Rose getting out of jail and from there we go on an amazing unpredictable journey with her as she tries to fulfill her dream of being a country star. Jessie is an incredible singer and that alone is worth the price of admission. Don't miss this film!

Death of a Salesman

Also opening on Friday is the Tony Award Winner for Best Play and Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' at the Ruskin Theatre located at the Santa Monica Airport. The play is strikingly relevant in our times and is considered to be on of the greatest plays of the 20th century. The play stars actor Rob Morrow as the tragic character Willy Loman.

To purchase tickets go to or call 310-397-3244. 'Death of a Salesman' plays Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. It run till August 4th.

If art is what you crave this weekend then Diverted Destruction: Found Objects Rediscovered as Art is a must see.

The 11th annual Diverted Destruction exhibition is at the La Brea Gallery through August 20th. This is a provocative and ultimately profound concept. Gallery owner Liz Gordon has shown this type of exhibit yearly. She says it's one that is pivotal both in terms of the art itself and as an aesthetic for the L.A. art community.

Liz was an antique art dealer and throughout her 40 year career she had to decide on the value of millions of pieces that have come across her path. She always had a section in the store labeled the 'Artist Boxes' and these items were always sold at a fraction of their price in order to encourage artists to use them.

This time around the show has only female artists. Her reason? "We continue to live in a 'man's world' and look what they are doing and have done." she exclaims. "It's time we give women the platform and maybe, just maybe, the approach would be humanity first," she states.

This will be one very interesting art show. For more information go to

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, make it a fun won.

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.