JOAN OF ART: Delicious Food, Cinderella Like You've Never Seen Her Before, Art at the Rendon, and a Classical Musical That Never Grows Old

Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

Now that the rain is over and the sun will be shinning it's time to step out of your house, get into your car and explore some very cool events that will be happening this weekend in Los Angeles.

I love food... I consider myself of foodie... However my definition of a foodie is someone that loves to try new and different things to eat. I love restaurants that do a twist on classic dishes. Having said that, I am happy to report that you don't have to go too far to experience one of my favorite restaurants that does just that... JAVIER'S which is considered the finest food of Mexico.

JAVIER'S presents a rich heritage of elevated Mexican cuisine in a friendly, captivating ambiance. Enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, rare tequilas, craft cocktails and a vast selection of beer and fine wines. Dine in the main dining room, al fresco patios, one of their intimate private dining rooms, or at the exquisite bar surrounded by one of the West Coast's largest selection of the world's finest tequilas.

JAVIER'S considers all their wonderful customers a part of their family and they thank them for their support and sharing in the success and joy that is JAVIER'S. Everyone needs to experience the freshness of their original Mexican cuisine in a warm, friendly environment at one of their six locations.

I'll be going to the one located at the Westfield Century City this weekend.

Their other locations include Newport Beach, Las Vegas, Irvine, Los Cabos, and La Jolla. I promise it doesn't matter which location you decide to visit, you will not be disappointed. Their food is absolutely exquisite and in everyone of their resturants you will experience the same fine dining that they are famous for.

Javier's selects only the best and freshest ingredients available. The fish is always fresh and in season. They serve only number one White Mexican Prawns, Scallops, Dungeness Crab and Maine Lobster- all sustainable seafood. Oh and their Margaritas are unique and absolutely delicious. It's hard to stop at one. I'll be there this weekend for my friend's birthday and I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Javier's is located at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd #1005, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Hours: Open at 10:30 and Closes at 10pm.

You can make reservations via or by calling (424) 313-8143.

Now if you're not too stuffed from feasting on all this incredible food, I suggest you get back into your car and head over to the Ahmanson Theatre to see Matthew Bourne's CINDERELLA. I promise this is not your childhood Cinderella.

Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing RAF pilot together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz.

Performed to Prokofiev's magnificent score, this new production comes alive with heart stopping choreography, vivid theatrical storytelling and sumptuous award winning scenic and costume designs that will transport you, the audience, to the heart of war torn London for a timeless story of the power of love.

I've seen many of Bourne's shows and I've been especially looking forward to this one.

The show plays at the Ahmanson and for tickets and more information go to

CINDERELLA plays from February 5-March 10th 2019. The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. If you see the show, leave your review on their page at

Now what would a weekend be without ART and once again the Rendon Gallery l is presenting another one of their unique and I have to say amazing art shows. This one is called THE CASSPIR PROJECT.

For this iteration of THE CASSPIR PROJECT, Ziman has designed the massive gallery space with a “macro and micro” experience in mind. Each room within the gallery space brings context to the next, informing the project as whole. The exhibition starts with an installation of brightly colored AK-47s leading into a room with large photographs taken in Soweto. For the photos, Ziman recreated scenes from newspapers during the apartheid, incorporating many of the elements found within the exhibition such as the beaded guns and SPOEK 1. A screening room shows a 20 minute documentary by Ziman which tells the history of the Casspir, from its design and conception to people's personal experiences with it in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It chronicles Ziman's reclaiming of the Casspir, detailing how he transformed and Africanized it. The exhibition culminates with the dramatic presentation of SPOEK 1, lit only by a spotlight in a dark room.

Opening a dialogue between those who remember and those too young to know, The Casspir Project is a profound attempt to reconcile history. Ziman has reclaimed the savagely violent brute—embellished and bedazzled, the Casspir has been made less threatening, its power and authority subverted.

10% of sales of artworks (excluding the Casspir) will be donated between Brady Center To Prevent Violence, whose mission is to create a safer America by ending America's gun violence epidemic, and The Ron Finley Project which aims to transform inner-cities around the World, from food deserts to food forests through urban gardening.

Ralph Ziman was born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has had solo exhibitions at Joseph Gross Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, and C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA, as well as group exhibitions at the National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, Brooklyn NY and the FNP Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work has been written about in Art in America, BCC, and The Guardian.

For more information go to The off site location is at 1242 Palmetto Street Los Angeles. The Project will be on view from February 7th to March 7th 2019.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, have a great one people!

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.