Rude InterruptionsThe Monsters are Due on Wilshire Boulvard
Master of film illusion Ray Harryhausen.
Theatricum Botanicum’s Fall Series Under the Oaks
Melora Marshall, Ellen Geer and Peter Alsop make beautiful music during the "Woody Show."
On Saturday August 13, a band of volunteers assembled on Rodeo Grounds Lane, just off Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Pacific Coast Highway, to participate in a TreePeople restoration event on State Park land. Held periodically in several canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains, the goal was to remove invasive plants and trees that hinder the natural growth and spread of native species. Leader of the group, which numbered some 23 adul… [Read More...]
Tuesday, August 12, and Topanga Elementary Charter School was top to bottom with parked cars and the campus bustling with parents and children finding their way to class. Most of the children seemed excited to be back to school although a few clingy kindergartners were less so. Principal Steve Gediman banged out a rhythm on a tom-tom in the courtyard outside Mrs. Weismans Transitional Kindergarten classroom buzzing with t… [Read More...]
Topangans and folks traveling along Pacific Coast Highway can now buy gas and get snacks at the brand new ARCO station at the corner of Topanga Canyon Blvd. and PCH across from Malibu Feed Bin. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with six pumps and a full-service AM PM mini-mart, Topangans no longer have to travel to Malibu or Sunset/PCH to get fueled up. In between a steady stream of customers, Station Manager Iris Molina… [Read More...]
There is, in Linda Hinrichs sparkling sea green eyes, a vast knowing gleaned from years of looking, really looking into the eyes of young children. As the caring, nurturing director of Childrens Corner Play Center for 36 years, many a child has received the benefit of her wise-woman vision. Linda Hinrichs, who seems born to encourage and respect a childs right to be a child, embraces the teachings of visio… [Read More...]
As Theatricums 2016 repertory season of plays winds down and summer slips into fall, patrons can also enjoy afternoons and evenings of music, as well as three more "Dinner and a Play." THEATER: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Reviewed by Jason Biel Theatricums annual signature production of Shakespeares classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream, has found a perfect home at the cherished outdoor performance space. Wit… [Read More...]
Botanicum Seedlings, Theatricum Botanicum's development series for playwrights, announces 2016 Izzy winner and opens submission window for new plays. Botanicum Seedlings is pleased to announce Paula Cizmar as the recipient of the sixth annual Izzy Award for new plays. The winning play, The Last Nights of Scheherazade, was presented last summer as a private, developmental GreenRead. Named for Theatricum's f… [Read More...]
Mike Birbiglia turns in a stunner. Say improv to the general public and youll get Whose Line is It, Anyway? Say the same word to savvy people who appreciate comedy and youll hear, Yes, and and Del Close. Dont Think Twice is a stirring love letter about improv, community and growth. There wont be a hard punchline with the requisite snare shot here. Writer/director Mike Birbiglia captures the truth … [Read More...]
As Straw Before the Wind focuses on the plight of Filipino nurses in America. Have you ever wondered who is taking care of you or your loved ones in the hospital or in a nursing care home? What are the real stories of the millions of Filipinos who have come to the United States seeking work, often leaving children and families behind? Their poignant story is told in As Straw Before the Wind, wri… [Read More...]
I met a great guy today who should have been born a hundred years ago! These were the words spoken by Frank Kelly to his wife Mike (Michelene) on a day in 1978. Frank was referring to General Telephone lineman, Topanga born and bred Gary Cheney who had been working on a pole off the Kellys property. Gary looked, spoke and acted the way I imagined his great grandpa didlike a good old country boy. Gary truly was a… [Read More...]
Like many other kids of my Boomer generation, I got hooked from an early age on horror, fantasy and science fictionbooks, movies, radio dramas, comic books. It was partly an accident of good timing; the relatively young medium of television had a voracious appetite for cheap programming and Universal-International (as it was then known), which produced a long run of monster and science-fiction movies from the early 1920s… [Read More...]