Theatricum’s 2016 Season Begins June 4
Shaun Taylor-Corbett as Romeo and Judy Durkin as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Theatricum opening June 4.
Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!
Topanga aerialist Lexi Pearl soars through the air for MOMentum Place on Mother’s Day at the Theatricum.
Henry Stern Wows the Crowd at the Mermaid
State Senate Candidate Henry Stern speaks at a fundraiser at the Mountain Mermaid on May 1.
Eastside Heartbeats Breathes New Life into Chicano Soul
Eastside Heartbeats, a new Rock and Roll Musical, plays at the CASA 0101 Theater through May 29.
Where I Learned Who My Foul-Weather Friends Are
A small boy climbs into the seat of Engine 269 firetruck at the Fire Safety Fair at Topanga Elementary on May 7.
Honoring Grandmother Oak
Rosi Dagit, far right, reading to a group gathered to honor Grandmother Oak in Topanga State Park on May 7.
May 1 was sunny and the room was electric as about 60 people gathered at the Mountain Mermaid waiting to meet Henry Stern, State Senator Fran Pavleys choice to replace her when she terms out after the November election. Stern, an environmental lawyer, has been Pavleys Senior Policy Advisor for four years, honing his expertise on climate change, clean air and water, a carry-over from when he worked with Congressman Henry… [Read More...]
Topanga Elementarys Enrichment Program (TEP) yard sale fundraiser on May 7 at The Topanga Center yielded more than $1,500 in funds to help recruit a new teacher. Parents and kids brought in piles of nearly-new items from closets and garages, such as outgrown clothes, toys, household stuff, bikes, furniture and books and donated them to the cause. According to Lisa Ward, who helped organize the event, the community outpouri… [Read More...]
The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) will present its Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program at the Topanga Library on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACOFD) estimates that embers cause the ignition of at least 50 percent of the homes that burn in wildfires. Carried by strong winds, embers fly through the air and rain down on vulnerable homes, well in advance of flames. O… [Read More...]
Rosi Dagit, Senior Biologist for the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM), wasnt always an oak tree afficionado. That changed when, in 1988, she became a Topanga State Park docent and met Grandmother Oak. It was no surprise then when, as the author of a childrens book, Grandmother Oak, she announced that the 300-year-old tree in Topanga State Park had become another victim of the extended dr… [Read More...]
Local resident and Topanga-based Marriage & Family Therapist, Mary Guillermin, is launching an offshoot of The Femininity Project, called Sun-Moon Therapy, on Sunday, June 12, in the beautiful year-old performing arts space, Corazon, in the Old Topanga Center near the Post Office. The afternoon workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and is open to men, women and couples. A donation of $15 is suggested but no one will be exclud… [Read More...]
Buried deep in the history of West Coast Pop music lies the lesser known history of the rock n roll music of East L.A. in the mid-1960s. Topangas Steve Feinberg, who directed Eastside Heartbeats, says, Ive always been specifically interested, musically, in the years 1964-66. I was saved by my records. As a troubled and damaged teen he was warehoused in a special class of misfits and not taught anything… [Read More...]
The Skirball Cultural Center will screen two Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) prize-winning documentaries on May 24 and June 28. THE TRUE COST On Tuesday, May 24, Andrew Morgan's The True Cost, a revelatory expose of the global fast fashion industry, will screen at 7:30 p.m. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatical… [Read More...]
Donna De Lory, a singer, songwriter, dancer and Calabasas native, will join the musical lineup to celebrate and support the Santa Monica Mountains on May 22 at King Gillette Ranch. De Lorys music combines sparkling pop savvy with a deeply felt sense of spirituality and has won her a strong worldwide fan base. Her voice can be heard on albums by Carly Simon, Santana, Belinda Carlisle, Selena, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow a… [Read More...]
MOMentum Place Soars on Mothers Day. Fabulous, beautiful, hilarious and inspirational, were some of the ways people described the 18th Annual MOMentum Place at the Theatricums rustic outdoor amphitheater as each year Topangas stunning aerialist, Lexi Pearl, creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus acts, dancers and musicians who perform magical feats of wonder. Truly, what better was it to celebra… [Read More...]
Will Geers Theatricum Botanicum opens its 2016 summer season on June 4 with William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet (7:30 p.m.) and A Midsummer Nights Dream on Sunday, June 5 (3:30 p.m.). Balancing out the season of five plays are the world premiere of Tom, Artistic Director Ellen Geers adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin (opens June 18, 7:30 p.m.); Molieres The Imaginary Invalid (opens July 9, 7:30 … [Read More...]
Civil War is making money, but is it any good? The only thing sadder than the glaring disconnect between Captain America and Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War is the even more glaring disconnect Marvel Studios has with the craft of storytelling. Intentional or otherwise. Its comical and sad that fan reception for this film is receiving universal acclaim. Truly, think about the events th… [Read More...]
A few weeks ago, I walked into the Woodland Hills Library looking for a movie and left with a real gem. The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is the story of a ten-year-old boys intrepid trek from his familys ranch in the Rockies to the Smithsonian Institute, while pulling his dead brothers wagon with a suitcase in it. He is on a mission. He must complete the journey in time for an award dinner being given in ho… [Read More...]