March 2, 2015

TAG presents Lisa Desimini and “The Magical Metaphor,” March 4

 On Wednesday, March 4, Topanga Authors Group (TAG) presents “The Magical Metaphor” by book illustrator and author Lisa Desimini at Topanga Library from 7 to 9 p.m. In her fascinating presentation, Desimini shares why and how she became an illustrator and author, the process of making a picture book and why illustrating a narrative story is different than illustrating a poem. She will also share examples of her favorite techn… [Read More...]

Topanga Symphony: Holst, Mozart and Goldmark, March 15

 The Topanga Symphony celebrates its 34th season with its free spring concert that takes place at the Community House on Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m. Taking center stage for the first time will be oboist Margreet Ray and flutist Paulie Davis who will join together on Gustav Holst’s “A Fugal Concerto.” The concert will also include “Serenata Notturna” by Mozart, and “Symphony #1 in E flat” by Carl Goldmark. Long-time Topa… [Read More...]

Commentary: 40 Years in the Making

 Why we’ll never see another show like “SNL40” again. Lorne Michaels’ old adage about “Saturday Night Live” is that the show goes on not because it’s ready but because it’s 11:30 p.m. Regardless of day (Sunday) and time (8 p.m.), “SNL40” was a fever dream of an anniversary special that may have been the producer’s best hour of television yet. Clocking in at three hours, “SNL40” felt like it could’ve used another hour with a brisk pac… [Read More...]

Fiction Writing Class Starts March 4

 Philip Daughtry, a novelist and poet out of San Francisco’s beat scene, is offering a Story Development class for budding writers and old pros alike starting Wednesday, March 4, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community House. Daughtry has taught writing and screenwriting at many venues, among them the Claremont Colleges, UCLA, USC and Santa Monica College. The class costs $36 for the six-class run ($6 per class). Enrollment is open to all levels and will focu… [Read More...]

“Getting There: A Wildlife Crossing” Call for Photographers

 The G2 Gallery in Malibu is calling for submissions for their April 2015 show, “GettingThere: A Wildlife Crossing over the 101.” The exhibit will be a multi-artist show featuring images themed around the proposed Liberty Canyon Landbridge that would save the lives of many mountain lions, coyotes, deer and more. (#SaveLACougars) If you have photographs of those or other related subjects that were taken in Southern California and would like to display y… [Read More...]

Art @ Adobe Solo Artist Series Features Jane Seymour, March 13-31

 The opening reception for the Art @ the Adobe Solo Artist Series features the art of actress Jane Seymour with original and limited-edition art, prints, fine art sculpture, art-to-wear products, watercolor kits and Open Heart books for sale. Also on exhibit is fine art photography by Seymour’s son, Sean M. Flynn, and a period Dr. Quinn costume from Seymour’s popular television series, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” filmed at Para… [Read More...]

Palisades Youth Present Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood, March 6-15

 Theatre Palisades Youth is excited to announce that its latest youth play, Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood, opens on March 6 at the Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades and plays for two weekends. In this 1950’s era musical version of the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood is one cool chick! Wise Prince Jason, Strong Prince Justin and Loud Prince Frank are all on a quest to win her hand in marriage. The grandmother (The Big… [Read More...]

“Afar” in Paso Robles: Robin Becker

 Topanga Artist Robin Becker’s exhibit, “Afar,” may be an excuse for you to steal away to Paso Robles for a weekend getaway (See “Escape to California’s Central Coast Via Charming Paso Robles,” Topanga Messenger, Vol. 38, No. 7, April 10, 2014) where the show continues through March 29, Robin Becker combines her passion for photography, architecture, portraits and fibers/textiles that has evolved into a large series of photo mixed-media paintings.… [Read More...]

Topanga Elementary Presents Disney's Aladdin Jr, March 13, 14, 15

 Take a magic carpet ride with Topanga Elementary and have a night you will never forget.... Topanga Elementary School Theatre Arts production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. opens on March 13 and runs through March 15 at Class Act Musical Theatre in Woodland Hills. If you have never seen our local school's musical productions in the past, prepare to be amazed. The kids of Topanga Elementary are famous for their spectacul… [Read More...]