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Critic At Large... Ruta Lee

C”™est La Belle Vie
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Aug 25, 2010 - 6:46:02 AM

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FRANCE—Nothing like sipping wine and enjoying yourself in the French country side. From the cuisine to the art to everything it has to offer, it is magnificent.



  Firefly”¦ A Unique Dining Experience
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Aug 8, 2010 - 7:16:54 AM

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STUDIO CITY—The Firefly was a one-and-only sort of experience, from its mystery of being found, to the actual dining, it was a night to remember.



The Little Door, A Superb French Restaurant
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Jul 25, 2010 - 11:36:36 AM

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LOS ANGELES— The Little Door opens into a real Wonderland, with its great wine selection and organic food that is anything but boring. It was a deliciously healthy delight.



  Denim And Diamonds
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Jul 14, 2010 - 8:58:22 PM
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LOCKHARTThe stars don't just gather in Hollywood to dine. Texas can also host quite a spectacular weekend, especially if the event is hosted by Dollie Cole.


In The Heights
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Jul 4, 2010 - 11:31:46 AM
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HOLLYWOOD
—Friends,
never did I think I would find myself saying that a hip-hop, rap musical was wonderful, but not only is it wonderful, it is fan-freakin'-tastic!

  Actors Funds Celebrates Tony Awards
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Jun 20, 2010 - 7:20:39 PM
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BEL AIRThe Los Angeles branch of The Actors Fund celebrated the Broadway Tony Awards at the Skirball last Sunday afternoon/evening. It was exciting!


It Ain”™t All Confetti
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on May 30, 2010 - 2:22:02 PM
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BEVERLY HILLS—While most of us here in Beverly Hills have “been there, done that,” it is thanks to television, comedian Rip Taylor has filled our living rooms with joy.


  "Cats"
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Mar 19, 2010 - 1:51:19 PM
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HOLLYWOODI think I was the only person in the entire world who hadn't seen "Cats," the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that opened in London back in 1981.


Spencer's Restaurant
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Mar 14, 2010 - 12:22:12 PM

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PALM SPRINGSNestled against the mountain in old Palm Springs, is Spencer's. It's part of the famous Tennis Club, not to be confused with the Racket Club.



  The Beauty of Clientele
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on May 16, 2009 - 1:04:24 PM

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LAUREL CANYON—I am often asked what beauty products I personally use, so I gladly share that I have had good experience with the entire Clientele line.



"Divorce! The Musical"
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Apr 25, 2009 - 12:40:59 PM
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VARIOUS—“Tragedy plus time equals comedy.” If you’ve ever been divorced, this is true. These words come from Erin Kamler, the brilliant writer, book, music and lyrics of "Divorce! The Musical."



  The Thalians All Star Gala... Best Show In Town!
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Oct 26, 2008 - 3:07:32 PM
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Thalians President Debbie Reynolds and Chairperson Ruta Lee invite you all to attend a star-studded event. Each year, the Thalians hold their annual gala to raise money to help those with mental illness.


New York! New York!! ... And Then Some!!!
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Oct 26, 2008 - 1:06:14 PM

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With great anticipation, I ran to the 23rd annual
New York alumni "Night of Nostalgia" at Beverly Hills High School. It started at around 4 p.m. with all the ex-New Yorkers eating hot dogs, knishes”¦



  We Could've Danced All Night
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Oct 19, 2008 - 1:03:57 PM

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Last weekend was a very busy one and delightfully so. I attended two outstanding events: on October 3, the Professional Dance Society Fall Ball and on October 4, the Lithuanian Festival.



A Taste Of Niagara On The Lake
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Sep 21, 2008 - 4:30:19 PM

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Niagara on the Lake is an elegant refuge away from the hubbub of Niagara Falls. Surrounded by vineyards, it is truly a verdant paradise”¦well, in the summer months. Fall here must be spectacular as well.



  Montreal Today
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Aug 31, 2008 - 6:25:27 PM

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In spite of the fact that I was born and reared in Montreal, it is not a user-friendly tourist destination”¦if you are English speaking. All signage is now strictly French so getting around can be difficult.



Music Within a Tune In America's Heart
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Apr 20, 2008 - 1:00:35 AM
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Some time ago, Steven Sawalich, a young director came into my life as a possible producer for one of my shows for The Thalians (thethalians.org). However, he became totally involved in another project.


  Omi Sushi... A Great Find!
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Apr 6, 2008 - 1:10:24 PM

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It’s cherry blossom time, which brings Japan to mind”¦ and being a Japanese Food enthusiast, I am delighted to report on a real find... Omi Sushi, centrally located in the heart of West Hollywood.



Don't Pity This Town
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Dec 30, 2007 - 1:39:17 PM
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I went to see Town without Pity at The Macha Theater without big expectations”¦ as rock and roll was never “my thing.” Mantovani (mentioned in the show) was more to my liking.


  All This and Heaven Too
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee... Critic at Large on Dec 23, 2007 - 3:13:15 PM
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I took a little time out from the Christmas hubbub to see a show at the Macha Theater in West Hollywood. What a delightful surprise to find an itsy bitsy theater providing such big and outstanding entertainment.

"Salute to Two of Hollywood's Greatest Song Writers"
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Aug 19, 2007 - 12:11:01 PM

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Beverly Hills
, a famous and vibrant place, has much to offer its residents. One of the bonuses is the summer concert series “Plaza Sweets” in the beautiful Civic Center Plaza during July and August.



  REPUBLIC to MUSSO & FRANKS
Point of View : Critic At Large... Ruta Lee
By Ruta Lee on Oct 1, 2006 - 10:00:00 PM
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Republic is the new "hot spot" on La Cienega's restaurant row. Just north of Melrose, a valet will take your car and beautiful young ladies meet, greet and seat you in this unique bar and dining room. The bar is verrrrry comfy, big cushy sofas and well upholstered bar chairs make cocktails a very pleasant experience. The staff aims to make all guests very comfortable.

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