Bestselling Author Taubes Makes The Case Against Sugar
From best-selling author Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat) comes his latest book, The Case Against Sugar (Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95), a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in people’s lives and making them sick.
Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today that ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10 percent of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is the at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems, Taubes writes.
With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Taubes delves into American’s history with sugar; its use as a preservative, as an additive tin cigarettes, and the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup.
He explains what research has shown about people’s addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar; corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss, and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and a society.
Taubes is co-founder and senior advisor of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). A former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for the journal Science, Taubes has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the national Association of Science Writers.
Children’s TV Favorites Peppa Pig and PJ Masks Coming To L.A. Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens will presents special costume character meet-and-greets featuring the Entertainment One’s (eOne) preschool stars of Peppa Pig (airing daily on Nick Jr.), from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, and PJ Masks (airing daily on Disney Junior) from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, March 19.
• Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, spending days outdoors, and jumping in muddy puddles. For more information on Peppa Pig, visit peppapig.com.
• PJ Masks, produced by eOne and Frog Box, in collaboration with the award-winning French animation studio TeamTO, along with Disney Junior and France 5, is based on French author Romuald Racioppo’s picture book series Les Pyjamasques. By day, 6-year-olds Connor, Amaya and Greg go to school like kids everywhere. But when they put on their pajamas and activate their animal amulets, the crime-fighters transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos and become the PJ Masks: Catboy, super-fast and agile; Gekko, strong and able to scale walls; and Owlette, with the power to fly and see great distances.
Meet-and-greet activities are free with paid admission to the zoo which is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).
For more information on the zoo, in Griffith Park at 5333 Zoo Dr., call 323-644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org.
Yves Lambert Trio To Present Canadian FolK Music With At Irish Touch
Quebec-based Yves Lambert Trio will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the month of the Francophonie (French Language) with a 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 17 concert at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, 10361 W. Pico Blvd.
With three nationally acclaimed albums behind them, the Yves Lambert Trio offers its own interpretation of traditional Quebecois repertoire. Quebec’s distinct musical style developed over four centuries around the kitchen hearths and in the dance halls of the province. Descendants of the early French immigrants passed down French songs and stories, slowly incorporating influences from their Irish and Scots neighbors to create a uniquely Quebecois musical culture.
Founding member Lambert (vocals, accordions, harmonica, jaw harp and percussion), a 26-year veteran of the group is joined by Olivier Rondeau (acoustic and electric guitars, banjo and vocals) and Tommy Gauthier (violin, mandolin, guitar, vocals and feet tapping).
Tickets for the 70-minute performance, with free beer tasting before the show, are $35 and $25 and available at http://tinyurl.com/nj7aulr.
For more information on Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, please visit http://www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com.
‘Spring ’Em’ Is Chance To Adopt New Furry Friend
The Pet Care Foundation will sponsor a pet adoption event, “Spring ‘Em,” Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19 at all six L.A. City Animal Shelters.
Shelter locations and photos of adoptable pets can be found at www.laanimalservices.com.
Adoption fees will be reduced by $25 for the weekend.
“The shelters are full of hundreds of wonderful pets just waiting to become your forever friend,” said Bill Crowe, director of the foundation, said, “The city shelters have everything you could possibly want: young, old, big, small, cat, dog –you name it. This is an excellent opportunity to save a life and save a little cash too.”
The Pet Care Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of homeless pets in the L.A. area.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 310-247-8469.
THEATRE (CLOSE TO HOME)
Santa Monica Rep to Introduce Audiences To The Foreigner
Santa Monica Rep will present an all-new, production of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, directed by Sarah Gurfield for a limited engagement April 22 through May 20 at the historic Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. in Christine Emerson Reed Park, Santa Monica.
The Foreigner unfolds at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSueur, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time Froggy has brought along a pathologically shy young Brit named Charlie, who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So Froggy tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.
In short order, Charlie overhears more than he should — hilarious and damaging revelations made with the belief that Charlie doesn’t understand a word of English. Charlie and the audience share the joke as they learn more and more disquieting things about the other characters.
The cast includes Jon Sperry as S/Sgt. “Froggy” LeSueur, Mike Niedzwiecki as Charlie Baker, Tanya White as Betty Meeks, David Clayberg as Rev. David Marshall Lee, Julianna Robinson as Catherine Simms, Troy Dunn as Owen Musser and Sara Mayer as Ella Simms.
Tickets for performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. are $25 general admission, $20; students/seniors and available online at www.santamonicarep.org, by phone at 1-844-486-2844 or at the box office
Santa Monica Rep, which presents classic and contemporary plays, is now in its seventh year.
THEATRE (WORTH THE DRIVE)
A Noise Within Offers Charming Revival Of O’Neill’s Only Comedy
Classical repertory theatre company A Noise Within (ANW) presents a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy, Ah, Wilderness! through May 20 at its theater, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena.
A rare departure from the playwright’s darker oeuvre, the comedy is unabashedly nestled in the innocent days of turn-of-the-20th-century America. Set on July 4, 1906, it’s a gentle, loving, and optimistic study of a deeply bonded family as they navigate the youthful indiscretions of their wayward son.
“O’Neill said that he wrote this play about the family he always wished he had,” said Director Steven Robman. “So, he took his difficult real life and transformed it into the lighter Ah, Wilderness!. Though you can see the outlines and composites of the more troubled characters that appear in his other plays, Ah, Wilderness! is a side of O’Neill that many people don’t know about or aren’t used to. When audiences more familiar with Long Day’s Journey into Night or The Iceman Cometh watch this play, they’ll be surprised and pleased to see that O’Neill can write jokes and can give them a fun experience in the theatre.”
Inspired by the play’s many musical references and moments, Robman adds period songs to the staging and sound design. “Our production opens with the whole family gathered around the piano singing a lilting ballad from the period. In the days before movies and television or even radio, families often entertained themselves by playing musical instruments and singing – and this togetherness underscores the warmth and congeniality of the Miller family and the play itself.”
The cast includes Nicholas Hormann as Nat Miller, Deborah Strang as Essie Miller, Ian Littleworth as Arthur Miller, Matt Gall as Richard Miller, Katie Hume as Mildred Miller, Samuel Genghis Christian as Tommy Miller, Alan Blumenfeld as Sid Davis, Kitty Swink as Lily Miller, Marcelo Tubert as David McComber/Bartender, Emily Goss as Muriel McComber, Conor Sheehan as Wint Selby, Emily Kosloski as Belle, Kelsey Carthew as Nora, and Matt Henerson as Salesman.
The run of Ah, Wilderness! includes post-performance conversations with the artists after the 2 p.m., Sunday March 19 and 8 p.m., Friday, April 21 and May 19 performances.
Performances are: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20; 8 p.m., Friday, April 21; 2 and 8 p.m., Saturdays , April 15 and May 20; and 2 and 7 p.m., Sundays, March 19, April 9, May 14 and May 20
Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.anoisewithin.org or by calling 626-356-3100, ext. 1.