May 26, 2016

Eastside Heartbeats Breathes New Life into Chicano Soul

 Buried deep in the history of West Coast Pop music lies the lesser known history of the rock ‘n’ roll music of East L.A. in the mid-1960s. Topanga’s Steve Feinberg, who directed Eastside Heartbeats, says, “I’ve always been specifically interested, musically, in the years 1964-66. I was saved by my records.” As a troubled and damaged teen he was warehoused in a “special class of misfits and not taught anything… [Read More...]

Award-Winning Documentaries at the Skirball, May 24 and June 28

 The Skirball Cultural Center will screen two Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) prize-winning documentaries on May 24 and June 28. THE TRUE COST On Tuesday, May 24, Andrew Morgan's The True Cost, a revelatory expose of the global “fast fashion” industry, will screen at 7:30 p.m. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatical… [Read More...]

Donna De Lory to Peform at Santa Monica Mountains Fundraiser, May 22

 Donna De Lory, a singer, songwriter, dancer and Calabasas native, will join the musical lineup to celebrate and support the Santa Monica Mountains on May 22 at King Gillette Ranch. De Lory’s music combines sparkling pop savvy with a deeply felt sense of spirituality and has won her a strong worldwide fan base. Her voice can be heard on albums by Carly Simon, Santana, Belinda Carlisle, Selena, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow a… [Read More...]

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

 MOMentum Place Soars on Mother’s Day. “Fabulous, beautiful, hilarious and inspirational,” were some of the ways people described the 18th Annual MOMentum Place at the Theatricum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater as each year Topanga’s stunning aerialist, Lexi Pearl, creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus acts, dancers and musicians who perform magical feats of wonder. Truly, what better was it to celebra… [Read More...]

Theatricum’s 2016 Season Begins June 4

 Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum opens its 2016 summer season on June 4 with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (7:30 p.m.) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Sunday, June 5 (3:30 p.m.). Balancing out the season of five plays are the world premiere of Tom, Artistic Director Ellen Geer’s adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (opens June 18, 7:30 p.m.); Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid (opens July 9, 7:30 … [Read More...]

TAC presents The Clean House at Topanga Library, June 4

 Founders of the Topanga Actors Company (TAC), Paula Lebrot and Judith Hendra, invite the community to join them for the second production, a staged reading of The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl, a dark, quirky comedy in which love triumphs over pride, reminding all of us there is no normal. There is no charge for admission but reservations are recommended. Cast members, in alphabetical order, are Sylvia Folesteanu, Alison Graham, Jessica Hendra, Catherin… [Read More...]

Free Film Screening of Burden and Conversation, May 31

 Art on Screen presents the Los Angeles premiere of Burden (2015, 87 mins.), a probing portrait of artist Chris Burden (1946–2015), whose radical performances, monumental installations, and provocative videos consistently pushed the limits and nature of contemporary art. The screening takes place at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7p.m. Known for occasionally violent performances including Trans-fixed… [Read More...]

Film: Captain America: Civil War Leaves a Studio Divided

 Civil War is making money, but is it any good? The only thing sadder than the glaring disconnect between Captain America and Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War is the even more glaring disconnect Marvel Studios has with the craft of storytelling. Intentional or otherwise. It’s comical and sad that fan reception for this film is receiving universal acclaim. Truly, think about the events th… [Read More...]

City Hearts' Shakespeare Challenge 2016

 When 250 children and their parents, who live in the diverse communities of Pacoima, Compton and Boyle Heights, loaded onto buses at their local schools at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21, they had no idea of the wonders they would see and experience. It was the butterflies. It was the lizards. It was the turtles and birds. And…it was the magical stage at the Theatricum Botanicum that made this a day unlike any other. These are the children and families of … [Read More...]