When we met Vince Connor in GETTING OFF, he said that his only Hollywood ambition was to drink at ALL THE BARS ON SUNSET. Oh, you poor innocent man.
Single again, Vince is starting to feel he’s aged out of the bar scene, and his favorite dance partner has other fish to fry. Then he stumbles onto a show by the Underground Cabaret, and things start to get interesting again. He agrees to work with Michelle, one of the Cabaret principals (CHROME) on a number, because there’s really no down-side to dancing.
And then his best friend’s girl tells him to come out to Santa Monica because she’s got someone he needs to meet. And boy, did he ever need to meet this woman.
Kelli Lopez was mostly amused by her new friend’s offer to call the guy. Then he actually showed up … and then he turned out to be a great dancer … and then there was that dinner at Morton’s and they both knew this thing was going places.
It was still a bit of a surprise when one of those places was on a stage!
Vince and Kelli aren’t professional dancers when we meet them. She still isn’t, years and many L.A. Stories later. But dance is a huge part of their lives, so we see them in numerous Underground Cabaret performances, at a salsa competition (CHROME) and in the tango show ‘Gaucho’ described in FACE THE MUSIC, where Vince has a breakthrough on creating character in a dance. Their coach Dmitri hosts a post-wedding party for them in BEAT. Vince becomes a dance teacher and choreographer (GREEN MAN WALKING, A RANDOM SEQUENCE), and his transition to professional ballroom dancing features in a work-in-progress novel. Their mutual transition to parenthood is a key subplot in A RANDOM SEQUENCE.
ALL THE BARS ON SUNSET is available now at Amazon.com.