October 23, 2014

Folk Fest to Benefit Anam Cara, October 26

 Anam Cara and Label27 are proud to present the Topanga Folk Fest, Sunday, October 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. This annual event is a fundraiser for Gabriel’s House at Anam Cara, a non-profit end-of-life compassionate care home that provides a nurturing environment to ease the end-of-life transition by attending to the mind, body and spirit of an individual and their loved ones. Apart from being a fundraiser and a fun-filled family event, Topanga Folk Fest wi… [Read More...]

Television: “Last Week Tonight” is Ahead of the Game

 Why John Oliver’s show is appointment television. It was only a year ago that John Oliver made his debut as the fill-in host on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and now appears to have as much influence as his former boss. With “The Daily Show” on full attack mode against FOX News and the far right, Stephen Colbert turning political absurdism into performance art, “Last Week Tonight” has gained an advantage so quickly be… [Read More...]

Inara George and Friends Pay Musical Tribute to Shakespeare, October 18

 Homegrown Topangan and acclaimed singer/songwriter, Inara George, returns to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum October 18, at 6 p.m.
for her annual concert that benefits the theater’s educational programming. This year, George and friends, James Combs, Juliette Commagere, Bobby Halvorson, Justine Kragen, Alex Lilly, Philip Littell, Eleni Mandell, Van Dyke Parks, Becky Stark and Charlie Wadhams pay musical tribute to William Shakespeare, a fitting… [Read More...]

LACO Presents Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2, October 18, 19

 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the virtuosic skills of cellist Steven Isserlis, performing Haydn’s radiant Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd, making his LACO debut, on Saturday, October 18, 8 p.m., at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 19, 7 p.m., at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade and opens the program with “At First Light” by George Benjamin, c… [Read More...]

Film Review: Whiplash Leaves Bruises

 Writer/director Damien Chazelle turns the genre on its head. Much like that first cool crisp week in September after a sweltering summer is a sign of things to come, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is a welcomed breath of fresh air that brings viewers back to earth and away from transformers and guardians of galaxies. The film, named after a jazz number, in the simplest terms is a better version of Black Swan minus the overbl… [Read More...]