September 23, 2014

Group Clay Classes

 It's September and Kirsty Iredale’s Fall Clay Classes are back in session for children and adults. This season it is time to take chances, make mistakes and get messy—join a clay class! Class Packs are now available for students to purchase online. Everyone who purchases a Class Pack for fall gets $5 to spend in Potter’s Bucks at the Studio Gallery to save for a holiday gift or a special treat for yourself. Group clay… [Read More...]

Paint-Out At Malibu Pier, Sept. 13

 Originally built in 1905, the pier was opened to the public in 1935. Come out and paint scenes of the beach or of the pier and local attractions on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. The Paint-Out is for all artists, new or experienced, working in any media, who are cordially invited to join in the capture of so much natural beauty in the Santa Monica Mountains area. Bring your own supplies. The Paint-out is sponsored by Alli… [Read More...]

Sifu Beth Leone to Discuss Qigong at Bank of Books Malibu, Sept. 13

 Sifu Beth Leone will discuss and sign her new book “Qigong: Ancient Movement for Health and Vitality Volume 1” on Saturday, September 13 at 2 p.m. at Bank of Books Malibu, 29169 Heathercliff Road. Leone is a sifu—an accomplished teacher of qigong, the ancient Chinese system of movement which heals and transforms the body, mind, and spirit. Her new book is a simple visual guide to a classic qigong set called the “Eight Pieces of Brocade,” also known as “… [Read More...]

The Summer Concert of the Topanga Symphony

 The musical performance of the Topanga Symphony summer concert was exceptional, as always. After the concert, an audience member was overheard saying that the concert “was better than last week at the Hollywood Bowl!” The Topanga Symphony is truly an exciting and amazing group of musicians who, for the most part, donate their time and talents to play music for their enjoyment while the audience gets the fun of listening… [Read More...]

Music: Walking back into the Arcade

 30 years after its release, Zen Arcade is just as fast, visceral and relevant as it ever was. Black Francis stated that when he formed the Pixies, he owned only five albums; three of them were by Husker Du. His favorite among them: Zen Arcade. Tommy…Zen Arcade….Nevermind…The Suburbs. Husker Du’s seminal release is a fitting cog between The Who, Nirvana and leading up to Arcade Fire of albums that made paradigm shifts in alternative rock. This h… [Read More...]

Theater Review: Equivocation : The Conscious Shakespeare

 Magnificent is the word for Bill Cain’s play Equivocation on stage currently at Topanga’s Theatricum Botanicum for four more performances. A tour de force of history, witty dialogue and laugh-out-loud comedy, held together with brilliant performances by the entire ensemble cast at our Canyon amphitheater and directed with perfection by Mike Peebler who explains Equivocation’s “center is totally human, something we can all relate to.” The … [Read More...]

Interview: Seven Questions with Playwright Bill Cain

 From 1975-1982, playwright Bill Cain directed the Boston Shakespeare Company and has written a number of plays, including Stand Up Tragedy and Nine Circles. He was also a writer on the television series "Nothing Sacred" (1997-98), about modern life in a Catholic parish, as well as the writer for a recent episode of the Netflix series “House of Cards.” In an interview for Religion & Politics, Cain states, “I am a Jesuit priest who … [Read More...]

Buried Child at the Whitefire Theatre

 Excellent, provocative, chilling and outstanding. Those are the descriptions spoken by the audience after seeing Buried Child on opening night at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Anyone who says theatre is dead in the Valley needs to drop everything and go see this new production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning play. This is a landmark production, perfectly cast and beautifully produced by Scott Disharoon. Buried Child… [Read More...]