You may know I’m a member of IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) and here’s an event that fellow member Jeanine Frank is putting on as part of her long-running series of shows, Parlor Performance. Following is news about IWOSC’s booth at the LA Times Book Festival April 26/27.


Parlor Performances and Hayworth Theatre present
A Fund-Raiser on Two Variety Nights for ALS-stricken solo artist Carla

A CARLA-BRATION for Carla Zilbersmith: Two Special Variety Nights
Saturday, April 12
Steinway Hall @ Fields Pianos, 12121 W. Pico Blvd.


Monday, April 14
The Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd.

Jeannine Frank of Parlor Performances @ Steinway Hall and Danna Hyams and
Gary Blumsack of The Hayworth Theatre are joining forces to present
CARLA-BRATION! two special variety nights raising money to assist their
friend and colleague, Carla Zilbersmith who was recently diagnosed with
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). These two benefit shows will feature a lively
line-up of some of LA’s favorite monologists, cabaret artists and musical
humorists including Ray Jessel, Marie Cain, Betsy Salkind, Kres Mersky,
Darryl Henriques, Stephanie Satie, Kenny Kane and more — including Carla

While facing extraordinary challenges and tough decisions Zilbersmith
continues to be insightful, honest — and even humorous, regularly
channeling her observations and feelings into a series of ironic, often
hard-hitting and always-inspiring essays at All proceeds from these events will go
toward additional assistance and quality of life services not covered by
insurance. More information about the fund and Carla can be found at” \o “

Zilbersmith’s solo show, “Wedding Singer Blues,” ran at the Coronet and
Hayworth Theatres in 2006 and was described as “bitingly funny” by the LA
Weekly. The LA Times called her “a strong-voiced find with a knack for
spot-on characterizations that recalls Lily Tomlin.”

Just the Facts: A CARLA-BRATION for Carla Zilbersmith: Two Special Variety
Nights to celebrate & support a friend and artist in need!
When: Saturday, April 12 at 8pm
Where: Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos, 12121 W. Pico Blvd. (one door w. of
Bundy, Level P2 under the store), Park free in lot!
Cost: $25 suggested donation
Reservations & Info: or (310) 471-3979
When: Monday, April 14 at 8pm
Where: The Hayworth Theatre, 2509 Wilshire Blvd., and Los Angeles 90057
(between Rampart and Alvarado).
Cost: $25 suggested contribution
Reservations & Info: or (800) 838-3006


Visit IWOSC at the LA Times Festival of Books at UCLA, Sat.-Sun., April
26-27, Booth #428 near Royce Hall. And don’t miss our annual Agents
Panel, Mon. April 28. Reservations required; see

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