July 29, 2014

Local Author Wins “Children’s Book Award” for First Novel

 Longtime Topangan, actor and now author, Eric Pierpoint received the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) “Reading the West” children’s book award for his first novel, “The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole.” Classified as juvenile fiction, it is an exciting read for anyone, not just kids, interested in the wild west of the mid-1800s. “The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole” is about a 12-year-old boy named Caleb a… [Read More...]

Film Review: Le Chef Follows the Recipe

 This director relies too much on Paris and not enough on story. A movie, like a meal, can be simple and satisfying; forgetting about the outside world if only for a moment. Like the French haute-cuisine it profiles, Le Chef is loaded with fat and old-world technique. All is forgiven since empty calories are the life blood of puff pastries and cheat days. Jacky (Michael Youn) is an amateur chef with Michelin Sta… [Read More...]

Theatricum’s Celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, July 26

 The day will be highlighted by the presentation of a commemorative plaque by British officials. TOPANGA, CA—Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is throwing a party to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday on Saturday, July 26—and everyone is invited. Even more exciting, Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare will join the United Kingdom’s Deputy British Consul Barbara Greene; British Council West Coast director Simon Gammell, OBE; L.A. County … [Read More...]

Off the Grid Improv Back for the Summer, Starts July 18

 Ian Flanders’ improvisation comedy troupe, Off the Grid, has set its summer schedule for Friday, July 18, Friday August 29 and Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Theatricum Botanicum, nestled in the hills of Topanga. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Be prepared for hilarious comedy and audience participation where you may find yourself on stage. Get away from the daily grind and city pace and let the cast of modern-day vaudevillians work out the kinks and knots of th… [Read More...]

Save the Dates for Topanga Youth Services Events in August

 Two August events are coming up from Topanga Youth Services, one on August 2, when “455 LIVE” returns featuring Forty Feet Tall and more bands; and the Teen Dance Party on August 30. TYS is seeking volunteers, both parents and youths, to help set up, break down, sell tickets and advertise. Youths get in free for volunteering! To volunteer, please contact Karen Cooke at (310) 502-3358; tys@topangayouthse… [Read More...]

“Faces” Invitational Show to Feature Chuck Blackwell

 Summer at Topanga Canyon Gallery can be as offbeat and unpredictable as your last summer vacation. Who knows what enchanting memory awaits as you wander down a cobblestone street off a village square or follow a short cut without a map? For the gallery it is a time to do something unconventional; a time to make a bigger splash and corral those not on vacation but looking for excitement in our own backyard. [[tcg_rob… [Read More...]

TPA Film Night, The Harvest/La Cosecha, August 1

 The Topanga Peace Alliance will screen The Harvest/La Cosecha on Friday August 1 at the Topanga Library. In some countries, children pick crops for 14 hours a day. The United States is one of those countries. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. The Harvest is the story of the children who work 12-14 hour days in the fields without the pro… [Read More...]

Music Review: Mastodon

 Once More ‘Round the Sun turns the page. It’s such an outlier for a band to expand their size and scope with every album that a band like Mastodon either gets marginalized or taken for granted. To say that the band's latest album, "Once More ‘Round the Sun," is a stunning piece of work with metal edge, psychedelic grooves and prog musicianship is par for the course is true, but it is also why Mastodon has emerged as the… [Read More...]