"The Old Road" watercolor
by Nancy Swenson.
The school show will include a garden exhibit,
featuring metal sculptures, mosaic tables and other patio and
garden art. Refreshments will be available. On opening weekend,
a portion of all sale proceeds at both locations will be donated
to the school's Enrichment Program.
Just a short walk from the school, the show at the Gallery will
feature an artist's reception on Saturday, November 18, from
3-7 p.m. The unique art will be both a feast for the eyes and
easy on the pocketbook.
Topanga Canyon Gallery holiday hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
10-6 p.m., Sunday 10-5 p.m. For further information, call the
Gallery at 455-7909 or 455-1169.
Pralitz Plays Paganini
at Fall Concert
By Jack Smith
| Under the leadership
of Music Director and Conductor Jerome Kessler the Topanga Symphony
presented its fall concert at the Community House on Sunday afternoon,
November 5. Welcoming the overflow audience, Symphony President
Jack Smith reported that Symphony violinist and long-time Topanga
resident Donald Stork had passed away on July 12 and that his
family had asked that, in lieu of flowers, friends and relatives
make donations in his memory to the Topanga Symphony. The response
to this suggestion has been so generous that it has made an important
contribution to the Symphony's ability to continue its program
of free concerts.
Conductor Jerome Kessler leads
The Topanga Symphony with guest violinist Hubert Pralitz.
Smith also announced that one of the Friends
of the Topanga Symphony, Sonia Nayle, a professor of computer
science, has arranged a free website for the Symphony. This should
prove very useful in spreading information about the Symphony
and its programs. The address is www.topangasymphony.8k.com..
The program opened with a joyful performance of the overture
to Mozart's comic opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio."
Then guest artist Hubert Pralitz, a brilliant young violinist,
took the stage. Pralitz played the devilishly difficult First
Violin Concerto by Paganini with astounding virtuosity combined
with depth of feeling. The audience gave him a well-deserved
standing ovation. The program ended with the powerful Symphony
No. 2 by Robert Schumann.
a Swinging Success
By Elena Lokvig
It takes a community to keep our emergency
center going. These are the people that are the real heroes in
making this dance successful: Raffle Prizes: Jack & Pat Mac
Neil. Messenger: Gabriele Lamarand. Flyers, signs and tickets:
My husband, Tor Lokvig. Setup and decorations: Gail McDonald,
Jacy Wenn Hernandez, Esther Raucher, Jean Francis. Donation of
decorations: Suzanne Teng, Choquosh Aoho, Terry Steinman, Anne
Christine von Wetter. Kitchen help and tickets at the door: Toni
Donovan, Patrice Winter, Choquosh Aoho, Dorothy Reik, Wally and
Debra High, Randy Just, Susan and Ken Clark, Rachel Widen, Josh
Widen, Ken Widen, Terry, Donna Falmouth, Shelly Vucker, April
Lavery, Celeste Fremon, Delmar Lathers. Security: Casey, Jayni
Converse, Randi Johnson, Mark Bathen. Parking: Jack MacNeil,
Ned Lederer, Jordan Lederer, Nick Savas, Michael Dean, Dave Winter,
Joe Morrison. Music: "W" and Spirit Level. Emcee: Noel
Rhodes. D.J.: Elizabeth Shapiro, Sound: Sandy & son Rick,
Scott Grusin. Radios: Allen Emerson. Clean up: Sergio Jemanez,
and all the folks that stayed to help take down decorations.
Thanks for all your help, Elena Lokvig.
Pat Mac Neil and Fred Feer want to thank Elena, who is too
modest to say that as organizer she worked her heart out.
By Barbara Anahita King
The first session of clay classes is over,
and I'm already missing the kids! The 6-8 year olds came skipping
down the drive each week eager to get going, slicing off a slab
of clay and rolling it out on the canvas boards. The classes
of 4-5 year-olds with a parent, grandparent or guardian art pal
created an intimate sense of community, each person contributing
to a finished piece. The adult class is also a community event,
as we each found we share a common fondness for what clay can
bring into our lives.
I'm delighted to say that the second set of classes start the
week after Thanksgiving, with a comfortable break over the holidays,
finishing up by the second week of February.
The 4-5 year-olds with a parent meet Tuesdays at 2:15-3:15 p.m.
with another class on Saturdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. The 6-8
year olds meet for 2 separate classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Adults meet on Saturdays from 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Older kids may want to join the adult class also. Call King of
Arts Clay Studio at (310) 455-3731 and I will be happy to mail
or fax out a description and schedule of classes.
Thank you to Topanga for fostering an artistic spirit which breathes
life into my classes!
Last City Room" by Al Martinez
Reviewed by Tony Morris
We were young in that decade and
strong and righteous. We knew what mattered and what didn't.
We could smell the bullshit as neatly as we smelled the roses.
We shouted peace in the world and made war in the streets.
- Prologue, THE LAST CITY ROOM
At a time when major daily newspapers across
the nation continue to be bought by global conglomerates, and
small town dailies disappear altogether, Al Martinez returns
us to the 1960s with the story of a daily newspaper under assault
by the forces of change. A Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for
the Los Angeles Times and author of seven previous works,
The Last City Room is Martinez' first novel.
Drawing upon more than four decades as journalist, the author
creates the world of the fictional San Francisco Herald.
Into the paper's city room walks Martinez's protagonist, William
Colfax, ex-Marine and reporter for a small town paper, The
Edenville Messenger. Colfax is thrust into the drama of the
city room and hits the ground running. Martinez presents his
credible cast of characters as only a veteran journalist could
do. He does this with a knowing attention to detail and an uncommon
flare for the dramatic.
With San Francisco of the late '60s as the setting Martinez
draws his audience onto the streets of Berkeley with Free Speech
protest marches at Sather Gate and the tension of the times.
For those growing up in the turbulence of the '60s the scenes
are all too familiar-protesters picketing the Herald and
its publisher, Jeremy Lincoln Stafford III, trying vainly to
understand why his world is under attack.
For the author the '60s was a time when "There was a passion
for reporting and writing. It was more intense and there were
a lot of good writers too." Martinez shares his passion
for his work and provides an intimate view of a working journalist's
world. As William Colfax searches for clues to the bombing death
of an FBI agent, the author brings us along on Colfax's quest.
In a style which is at once spare and revealing Martinez does
not waste words. There is something about the author, an ex-Marine
and Korean war veteran, which always rings true. One is eager
to find out what is around the bend as protagonist Colfax presses
his search for answers. Along the way the staff of the city room
become credible characters in the drama. Eschewing characters
as caricature, Martinez gives us the straight scoop.
As for the world of the '60s Martinez's memories of journalists
and drink are "memorialized" with the Three-Oh bar
where the Herald's staff spends much of its time.
The bar had a motif the "habitues liked to call neo-defecation,
a combination of heavy browns and tarnished golds that absorbed
whatever light was allowed in."
The author remembers that days at the Oakland Tribune
were not complete without a number of trips to the Hollow Leg,
a legendary bar frequented by the paper's staff.
"You clap for someone you like who dies at his desk. Later,
they'll drink to him across the street and buy him a snort whenever
they order a round," remarks city editor Gerald Burns.
The Last City Room provides the author with an opportunity
to reflect on a profession he values and respects. As William
Colfax is swept up in the turmoil of the '60s and the San
Francisco Herald is under assault, Martinez presents a compelling
drama which contributes to an understanding of a time when this
country was shaken to its very roots.
Al Martinez is a veteran of the Korean War having been in combat
as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.
Starting his career at the Richmond Independent Martinez
was a columnist for the Oakland Tribune from 1955 to 1972
when he journeyed to Los Angeles to join the Los Angeles Times.
He shared a gold-medal Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1984 and
was a member of a staff that won Pulitzers in 1993 and 1995.
He was honored two years ago by the Society of Professional Journalists
as Journalist of the Year.