The Music of “Dog Sees God”

Pre-show Music

1. “Wake Up” by Archade Fire

2. “Black Tables” by Other Lives

3. “Whatever “by Gnarls Barkley

4. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People

5. “Shake Me Down” by Cage the Elephant

6. “C’mon C’mon” by The Von Bondies

7. “Another Morning Stoner” by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

8. “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” by Travis

9. “There Goes The Fear” by The Doves

10. “Days Go On” by Greg Laswell

Music in Show

11. “Riverside” by Agnes Obel

13. “Prelude in E-minor op.28” by Chopin

14. “Nannou” by Aphex Twin

15. “Peanuts” by Asis Galvin

16. “Peanuts Get Ur Freak On Me” by  DJ PHO

17. “Percussion Gun” by White Rabbits

18. “Pure Morning” by Placebo

19. “Taller Children” by Elizabeth & The Catapult

20. “12 Edutes, Op. 10: No. 12 in C minor – Revolutionary” by Chopin

21. “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven

22. “Lacrimosa – Requim” by Mozart

23. “Comptine d’un autre été – L’après-midi” by Yann Tiersen

Bows and Post-show Music

24. “What You Know” by Two Door Cinema Club

25. “Mad World” by Michael Andrews Featuring Gary Jules

26. “Linus & Lucy” by Gary Hoey

To listen and watch video of some of the songs above click here for the “Dog Sees God” Youtube playlist.

If you would like to purchase some of these songs from iTunes click here OR if you are in the area and know me I will gladly burn you a copy 😉

Rodarte: States of Matter

Photo by Autumn de Wilde

There is an amazing exhibit going on at MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood that I am dying to see.  It’s called Rodarte: States of Matter and it is an instillation which features costumes from the movie “Black Swan” as well as other fashion by Rodarte.  Watch the mini tour its absolutely beautiful!!

I’m swooning over the close ups of those wonderful textures ♥♥♥ It’s costumes like these that make my little designer heart skip beats. Amazing works of art!!

The exhibit is up and will be running until June 6th 2011.  For additional information click here.

Not Your Grandmother’s Dinner Theatre

While watching KTLA news, a segment came up spotlighting a new dinner theatre show and I have to say it definitely caught my interest. The show, at Vermont Kitchen and Bar, located in Hollywood, is called “FOR THE RECORD: BAZ LUHRMANN,” and showcases songs from his feature films, “Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge.”  It stars performers you might recognize from Broadway, Television and Film, such as, Tracie Thoms (Rent, Cold Case, Death Proof), Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Wicked), Kate Reinders (Wicked, Gypsy), Jackie Tohn (American Idol) and Brooke Tansley (Beauty And The Beast, Hairspray), as well as some new faces.  If you choose to enjoy dinner with this show there is a prefixed 3 course menu which consists of French inspired dishes.  In addition to the gourmet food, guests can also choose from a variety of Absinthe cocktails like The Sparkling Diamond, a Champagne cocktail with Absinthe and sirop de sucre, which I’m sure is cleverly named after the song in the movie sung by Nicole Kidman, “Sparkling Diamonds.”

Here’s a trailer for this new show:

While looking further into this specific dinner theatre venue and group, I discovered that they also put on a Quentin Tarantino show… yes, you heard me correctly. Quentin Tarantino. I have to say, not the first person that comes to mind when I think “Dinner Theatre” lols. This show features songs and scenes from movies “Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill” and “Death Proof,” which was very shocking to me, but I guess possible because of the great soundtracks these movies have.  Oh but wait!! The fun doesn’t stop there. There is one more show which showcases John Huges movies, with songs and scenes from 80’s films “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ,” as well as “Vacation” and “Home Alone.”  And no, I am not making this stuff up!! I’m dying to see a clip of them performing something from “Home Alone” right now, but sadly, youtube has failed me.

After finding out that shows like this exist out there in the world I am a little speechless, and I admit, very intrigued.  As far as I can see this seems to be unlike any dinner theatre experience I have heard about, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t others out there. The idea of transforming films with great music into musical theatre is a concept which could fail miserably, and has in some cases, but the majority of the movies they have chosen, partnered with gourmet food and themed alcoholic beverages, seems to be worth a look and taste in my opinion. So if you ever find yourself in LA with nothing to do, Barre Vermont looks like it could be good times, and with each show style/theme being so different from each other there seems to be a little something for everyone 🙂

More information on the restaurant and shows can be found by clicking here.

16 Questions: Get to Know a Little About Christina Marie Perez

Christina, age 27


1. Where did you grow up?

The beautiful city of Irvine in Orange County, CA

2. Educational background:

I have a BA from San Diego State University in Design for Film/TV

3. What is your earliest theatre memory and how did you initially get involved?

My mom used to take me to theatre all the time when I was a child. One of the first plays I remember seeing as a kid was “Bugsy Malone” at the Laguna Playhouse back in ’91 I believe. Even though theatre was a part of my life at a young age, I didn’t get involved until college. While taking a theatre history the professor needed more students to fill her costume crafts class and since I was already making those types of things for fun I thought why not.

4. Most memorable moment in theatre:

Being backstage trying to transform a female actor into a passable male in 30 seconds for “Twelfth Night.” Lets just say I’m really good with ace bandages and drawing mustaches uber fast 😉

5. Favorite ice cream flavor and why:

Mint and Chip. The mint is surprisingly good and refreshing and there is just enough chocolate. It’s pure creamy yumminess!! Especially the thrifty brand.

6. What do you love most about theatre?

I love that no two performances are the same.

7. Who in the theatre/entertainment industry do you look up to?

I’m not the type of person who has one person I look up to. I admire a lot of different artists. Off the top of my head I am liking the film team of Baz Luhrmann (director) and Catherine Martin (costume designer) and what they have been putting out there and cant wait to see more. I’m a fan of whoever came up with the overall look and concept of “Pushing Daisies.” Also costume designer Colleen Atwood’s designs are always fun and inspiring. I really loved the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. I liked that he blended fashion with costume and every show of his was a theatrical production and a piece of art. Also, I liked that he worked a lot with musicians. I guess Im just a fan of different art forms mixing. It speaks to me.

8. All-time favorite play and/or musical? One play and/or musical you’ve yet to see but is next on your list?

Not big with the favorites but one of the best productions I saw was The Lion King at the Pantages around 2001. The puppetry was just amazing. Michael Curry and Julie Taymore did an excellent job on those and the costumes. I wasn’t expecting to like a Disney musical so much but it was beautiful. I would love to see “War Horse.” It looks absolutely amazing.

9. What is your guilty pleasure?

Dipping French fries into icecream or shakes. It’s sooooo good don’t knock it until you try it. It’s salty sweet goodness 🙂

10. Theatre wish list (shows you would like to work on in some capacity):

I don’t have a wish list but to answer the question I’ve always said I would love to work on a sci-fi or fantasy movie or tv show one day, so the same would apply for theatre. I would love to design anything that would allow for something fanciful and different. At this point I am happy to get to design and am open to everything.

11. If you could describe yourself with a commonly used term, phrase, or piece of equipment related to theatre, what would it be and why?

“Jack of all trades, master of none.” I feel like I know how to do a little of everything but haven’t quite reached that level of completely mastering something. Whether or not it is true I do not know. I just feel that way sometimes. Theatre is definitely the place for someone like me because you really do get to do a little of everything and it’s great fun.

12. Finish the following sentence: “If I wasn’t in theatre, I’d probably be…”:

If I wasn’t in theatre I would be in the video gaming industry or running a doggie day care.

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully working on costumes for a motion picture.

14. Who or what continues to inspire you as you work in the theatre?

It’s a creative outlet for me with a lot of creative talented people with whom I like to surround my self with. It’s a wonderful atmosphere where we are all working together to put on a production that will hopefully entertain an audience and hopefully reach them in a way that they experience a state of catharsis.

15. Where will I be able to see you/your work when I come to the BASH this year?

I will be designing costumes for a couple of the shows and possibly sound designing one of them.

16. Words to live by:

As you proceed through life, 
following your own path, 
birds will shit on you. 
Don’t bother to brush it off. Getting a comedic view of your situation 
gives you spiritual distance. 
Having sense of humor saves you.

–Joseph Campbell