Joan Alperin

Writer, Registered Critic

Okay so if you do only one thing this weekend, you must go see 'Bohemian Rhapsody" I absolutely loved it. At the press screening I attended, the audience consisting of guild and press must have applauded for over five minutes which is really something for them. If you're not a fan of Freddie Mercurio you will be after you see this sensational film.

This is the story of the man with a man with a vast craving for sex and drugs and rock ‘n' roll, and who had an abnormally debauched X-rated lifestyle, But that's not important in this biopic. British singer, songwriter and record producer Freddie Mercury — frontman of Queen, the band that fused rock with camp, opera, disco, pop, and the film title's eponymous theatrical ballad — is one of the greatest rock stars of our time and this entertaining film shows you why.

You get to see the creative process of Mercury and the band — how they came to write their songs, how they got their ideas — which helps us understand the group's deep connection to each other. Anthony McCarten's screenplay chronicles the meteoric rise of Queen starting in the 1970s up until their astounding performance at Live Aid at Wembley stadium in 1985 (that recreated scene alone is worth the price of admission).

For my full review go to

Now after seeing such an excellent film, you probably will be hungry and want to go somewhere to not only discuss the movie to to stuff your face. And for that I highly recommend this fabulously delicious establishment...SAGE VEGAN BISTRO. it has three locations:

  1. 1700 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
  2. 4130 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, West Los Angeles
  3. 41 Hugus Alley in Pasadena.

Yes it is vegan/plant based but I've taken several of my carnivorous friends here and they have absolutely loved it. To check out their menu, make a reservation and find hours of operation go to
So you've eaten, seen an awesome film and now how bout some comedy. What better way to end the weekend. On Sunday I will be at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach where Jay Leno will be performing. I've seen him perform several times and he's really funny...very different than on his t.v. show. Let's just say he lets go of his 'All American Personality.
The club's beachside location has long made it a favorite destination for comedians and audience members alike.  Many of the top comics in the industry continue to call this their home club.
Jay goes on at 7:00pm. To purchase tickets or to find out more information please go to their website at
So whether you chose to try some new kind of food, see a film about a rock and roll icon or a comedy icon, wishing you a really good time.
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.