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Vietnam vet talks about his experience: Part 2:  Mortars, mosquitos and a place we never were

A Conversation with a Vietnam Veteran In part one we learned about Ron Irwin’s first day in Vietnam. It was very dramatic and set the tone for what came next. As we continued to chat Ron told me about mortar […]

Vietnam vet talks about his experience: Part 2:  Mortars, mosquitos and a place we never were

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A Conversation with a Vietnam Veteran In part one we learned about Ron Irwin’s first day in Vietnam. It was very dramatic and set the tone for what came next. As we continued to chat Ron told me about mortar […]

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Freddie Gray death inspired new HBO documentary ‘Baltimore Rising’

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Open Fist delivers with “deLEARious”

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Kenneth Branagh did no justice to “Murder on the Orient Express”

1.5 out of 4 stars Maybe Kenneth Branagh should stick to acting. As director of the much-anticipated Murder on the Orient Express, he was handed a cast of stars. But instead

Burbank resident and USMC vet Ron Irwin announces his play about his Vietnam experience

BURBANK, CA working together with Burbank resident and screenwriter Rick Perry, Ron Irwin is near completion of his story with the working title of “1051 RVN.”  It is a

Larry McDonald: “I just wanted to be the conga player”

Larry McDonald is one of the most accomplished percussionists in the world. Honored in Jamaica in 2011 with a lifetime achievement award, for over fifty years McDonald has recorded

Navigating with “A Map of Virtue”

There is a new team in town, an experimental theatre company called “Barker Room Rep” and they are strutting their stuff with Erin Courtney’s award winning play A Map

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Underground Truths” at L.A.’s Dub Club

Top photo: Lee “Scratch” Perry performing at the Dub Club in Los Angeles  It’s hard to gauge the immensity of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s contributions to music. By dint of boundless

Have a laugh at “The Man Who Came to Dinner”

Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman The Man Who Came to Dinner was first produced on stage in 1939 and has been on many stages around the

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