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Music@MimodaJazzo our longest-running free show at MiMoDa Studio, now happening weekly on Wednesdays! Join us in the studio for an evening of various musical styles performed live by some of the best musicians in Los Angeles. The concerts are curated and hosted by Maksim Velichkin.

Physical interpretations will be performed throughout the show by Mimoda Jazzo Gruppa, our resident theater company led by Yasha Michelson, Owner of PoP Cafe. Free music and a show? Can't be beat!

Program of the week: 

 Retrospective-style concert of the music of Los Angeles composer, Jeremy Gilien.

The Program:

1.' Children's Overture' for Woodwind Quartet and Piano
2.' English Afternoon Suite' for Woodwind Quartet and Piano
3. ' Julia Suite' for Woodwind Quartet and Piano
4. 'Rondonette' for String Quartet
5. 'Mermaids' for Piano Trio
6.'Two Rimbaud Songs' for Mezzo Soprano and Piano
7.'Haunted Dances' for String Quartet
8. 'Valentine' for Violin and Piano
9. ' A Little Like Fall' (Song)
10. ' How the Cold and the Starry Night' (from 'The Happy Prince')
11. 'In Priory Grove' (Song)

Salpy Kerkonian, flute; Catherine Del Russo, oboe; Lisa Kohorn, clarinet; Elizabeth Gutierrez, bassoon; Marina Manukian, violin; Robert Matsuda, violin; Alan Busteed, viola; Simone Vitucci, cello; Zanaida Robles, soprano; Bonnie Schindler, mezzo soprano; Bryan Pezzone, piano; Jeremy Gilien, piano, voice.


Free Admission:  Donations are appreciated.

Wednesday, August 2nd
8:00 PM 
5772 West Pico Blvd. @ Ogden 
Entrance thru Paper or Plastik Cafe


Mary Go Nowhere by Julie Shavers

From Black Rocking Chair Productions and critically acclaimed playwright Julie Shavers comes a brand new black comedy and a deliciously dark script for this year’s Fringe-goers. 

Workshopped under the guidance of Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel at the esteemed Sewanee Writers Conference, Shavers’ new comedy satirizes the extreme competition and achievement-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. Lala Land isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; it’s surveillance by the neighbours, the police and the PTA.  In a world where strangers snap cell phone videos of you for leaving your child in the car, or call the cops if your kid walks home alone from the playground, it can feel as if everyone is out to get you. 

Mary Go Nowhere is an absurdist take on trying to get by as a parent in LA, where if the droughts, fires and earthquakes don’t get you, your fellow parents will.  Mary’s 3 year old son curses, carries a gun and brings spiders to school.   Trying to keep him enrolled and keep up with the Joneses has got Mary at her wit’s end.   This is a story of one October in Los Angeles, where the weather and residents are hot and mean, and Mary is going nowhere.   

This production reunites director Paul Urcioli and star Dan O’Brien, who return to the Fringe for the first time in 17 years following their 2000 Scotsman Fringe First winning, highly acclaimed production of Brian Park’s Americana Absurdum. 

Paul Urcioli (director)

The main acting teacher at David Mamet's Atlantic School for the last 20 years, Paul has appeared in numerous Hollywood movies including Viral, The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Wolf of Wall Street, Adult Beginners, Shelter, Thanks for Sharing, Morning Glory, 3 Backyards as well as countless TV series; Elementary, Blue Bloods, The Americans, The Blacklist, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, Homeland, The Good Wife, Golden Boy, Royal Pains, The Unusuals, Cupid, Fringe, Cashmere Mafia, Six Degrees, Conviction, Law and Orders, Third Watch, Sex and the City, All My Children, The Guiding Light and a recurring role on the CBS drama Queens Supreme.  He’s currently producing the feature Phoenix to be directed by Amy Redford.

His New York Theatre credits:  Point Last Seen (Atlantic Theatre Company 2nd Stage), The Invitation (Ohio Theatre), Goner, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, (The Present Company) Over the River and Through the Woods (The John Houseman), Americana Absurdum (Lucille Lortel and P.S. 122) Greg Kotis’ Eat the Taste (Barrow Street Theatre).  Internationally:  Americana Absurdum (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner 2000) and at the Menier Theatre in London in 2004. 

Directing credits include an all-female version of The Learned Ladies (Cake Productions and Ateh Theatre Group), Reckless, Weekend at an English Country Estate (Ateh), Revenge of the Space Pandas, Our Town, The Devil & Billy Markham, Twelfth Night, Bridezilla Strikes Back (NY Fringe Festival Award Winner), Brian Parks’ Suspicious Package (HERE), The Rimers of Eldritch, The Women, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Harm’s Way, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet.  

Paul has taught Acting, Improvisation, Sketch Comedy and On-Camera Technique at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School, PACE University, The Tom Todoroff Conservatory and On Camera Technique at The Matt Newton Acting Studio and was an Artist in Residence at Oberlin College teaching acting, movement, improvisation and performing with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.  


“Indie Theatre All Star Julie Shavers,” ( is a playwright, actress, choreographer and mama from Shelbyville, TN.   In 2014 she participated in the Sewanee Writer’s Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar with Paula Vogel and Dan O’Brien. In 2006 she participated in the Royal Court Theatre’s New York residency with Simon Stephens and was a finalist for the Emerging Artists program at the Public Theatre.  Recent productions of her work include Silver Bullet Trailer (Ohio Theatre 2008), Go Robot Go (The New York International Fringe Festival 2004), Sunshine on a Monkey’s Balls (Vineyard Theatre 2004), The Secret Life of Plants (The American Globe Theatre 2003), The Kitchen is Small (The Planet Ant Theatre, Detroit 2003) and Lips and Assholes (The Red Room, NYC 2002).  She currently lives as a minivan hobo with her husband and three little boys somewhere between New York, Los Angeles, Virginia and Tennessee. And just between us chickens, Tennessee is still her favourite.

As an actress, The New York Times praised "the compelling Julie Shavers" for her work as the title character in Len Jenkin's Margo Veil at The Flea. Other acting credits include Adam Bock's Three Guys and a Brenda at the Lucille Lortel and Julia Barclay's multi-genre collaborative Word to No One, produced by the Present Company at Siti Company in NY and the Camden People’s Theatre in London.


Dan O’Brien is a Los Angeles based actor, director, voice over artist and producer.   He has worked with Academy Award winning writers and directors from Aaron Sorkin to Erol Morris, but also in church basements, fringe festivals and community arts centres all over the world.

TV credits include Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, and two seasons as Mark on the NBC primetime sitcom Whitney (aired in the UK on Comedy Central).   Dan’s TV experience has given him the opportunity to work with award winning talent like John Cleese, Ben Stiller, James Burrows, Andy Ackerman, and more. 

He earned a Scotsman Fringe First Award for his work in America Absurdum by Brian Parks at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival and has since worked on numerous productions in theatres in New York and London including The Atlantic, The Flea, The Vineyard, The Ohio, and The Camden Peoples Theatre.

He and playwright Julie Shavers first met when he auditioned for a play she wrote in 2002.  Since then, they have produced a half a dozen critically acclaimed plays, married, and had three beautiful sons.  


Chris previously originated the role of Christian Grey off-Broadway in 50 Shades! The Musical, co-wrote and performed in Fringe smash-hit Thrones! The Musical Parody, and performs regularly with Baby Wants Candy. His TV credits include Superstore, This Is Us, Idiotsitter, The Thundermans, Serious Music. Film: That Awkward Moment. He earned his BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

July 20th, 21st and 22d
8:00-9:30 PM 
5772 West Pico Blvd. @ Ogden 
Entrance thru Paper or Plastik Cafe




For the first time ever, the Independent Artists Association of Los Angeles in conjunction with Mimoda Studios, will perform the fully transcribed rites of the Ancient Ugarit Civilization, known as the Cultus Septem. The Seven "known" rites, translated from their original source materials, will be performed in a full theatrical production environment with costumes from the respective time periods and music found within the original manuscripts.


The Cultus Septem is an ancient traditional mystical craft whose origins reach back to the Ugaritic Tradition, and eventually were incorporated into the ceremonies of other ancient civilizations including the Sumerians and Assyrians. The name of the order focuses on Seven Rites which were traditionally conferred in a ceremonial setting which focus on conquering the "Storm and Darkness," within the self. The progression of the Seven Rites follows the ancient practice of the "Lightning Path," which focuses on providing individuals with ancient methods of self-discovery through ritualistic doctrines that offer methods of navigating through the Darkness of the Self, in order to find the inner Light of Illumination. 

August 18th, 19th

7:00-10:00 PM 
5772 West Pico Blvd. @ Ogden 
Entrance thru Paper or Plastik Cafe


All Together Now: Storytelling With Friends

All Together Now is a monthly storytelling get-together with the hope of making our big city feel a little cozier. Performers and neighbors alike will tell their personal tales so kickback and watch or participate yourself! We aim to shrink the gaps between us to build a  stronger and more joyful community. Funny or sad, silly or touching, epic or ordinary; our stories remind us that no one is alone. Come on - All Together Now!


Free Admission:  Donations are appreciated.

Monday, September 4th
8:00 PM 
5772 West Pico Blvd. @ Ogden 
Entrance thru Paper or Plastik Cafe


   Open Dance Floor (Open-Mic-Style)
Paint the Music with Your Body: Physical Interpretation of Music  
WHAT: Yasha J. Michelson invites local dancers and movement artists to explore and perfect their craft in
an open-mic format before an uninhibited audience to showcase their Physical Interpretation of Music.                                
 All are welcome to dance and interpret music in three- to five-minute segments for performance.
Spontaneous participation from audience members is encouraged.  
People between the ages of 18-65 who love to dance…with or without dance experience.
Open to the public. $10 suggested donation for dancers/spectators.
The audience votes and the performer with the most votes will get to go home with a cut from all donations!
Competing dancers must secure a participation slot by emailing Yasha    


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