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The Only in Hollywood Music + Arts Festival was a four-day music and arts showcase and walkable neighborhood open house for the Hollywood community. This was the inaugural Music + Arts experience and was a showcase of both established performers and artists, and emerging young talent. Discover music, art and creativity animating the street scene and facilitating enjoyment of one of L.A.’s most walkable neighborhoods.
Devin Tait & The Traitors
Organized and marketed by the Hollywood and Sunset + Vine BIDs, the event spotlighted venues throughout Hollywood, particularly those with strong ties to music and arts. From Amoeba Music to the Record Parlour, Second City Comedy to Avalon, AMDA to Musicians Institute, a roster of programmed experiences and live performances complemented by Hollywood’s emerging culinary scene surprised and delighted residents and visitors in a four-day celebration of the Hollywood experience. I can't wait for next year!
Devin Tait & The Traitors
Devin Tait & The Traitors

Second City in Hollywood celebrates over 50 years of cutting edge satiric revues and sketches with its latest hysterically witty musical sketch  ArmaGAYddon. The show begins with the premise that Gay marriage has been sanctioned by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and serendipitously the only Friday night performance of ArmaGAYddon was performed on the night the SCOTUS did in fact legalize gay marriage. The director, the actors and the audience were all stoked before the show ever began.

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Martin Garcia center. Photo: Chuck Jones
Written and Directed by Nancy Hayden, ArmaGAYddon is not only historically timely but addresses other notions and prejudices as well. Gays, straights, religious,  religious, bigots, charity workers, cities across America- no one was safe from the jokes and barbs and they followed one after the other. The music was infectious and fun as well.
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Michael Henry, Jamison Scala, Todd Risenmay & Gina Brown. Photo: Chuck Jones
The performances were spot on every one. ArmaGAYddon is definitely an ensemble piece, the whole being more than any individual. Actor Martin Garcia (left) almost stole the show with his sexy Trans performance after making a spectacular transition from a celebrating gay dancer to a bible thumping bigot. I didn't recognize him as one in the same until writing this article and trying to match characters with names. Michael Henry was a master manipulator of timing. He always waited for the audience before throwing out the bone and got the laugh every time. Even the keyboardist Dan Wessels appeared to enjoy the show as much as the audience. Kudos to all who made this show a great one. -Suzanne Birrell, For: Discover Hollywood Magazine  
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Josh Callahan, Martin Garcia, and Todd Risenberry. Photo: Chuck Jones

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