October 8, 2015

Film: The Martian is Lost in Space

 Ridley Scott and Matt Damon team up in a return to form for the director. Survival films almost always take their cue from their main star in terms of what type of drama the audience is going to see. Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, shows an average Joe obsessed with time now caught at a crossroads after losing four years of his life. Darker and more intense, 127 Hours, details the hubris of a man finally con… [Read More...]

“Lifescapes:” The Photography of Felice Willat

 Photographer Felice Willat just returned from a family wedding in New Zealand and is excited about her new large scale show presented by Divine Inspiration Gallery 
of Fine Art, showing now through November 28. The Artist’s Reception is
 Sunday, October 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., at 1515 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Gallery Hour are Thursday through Friday 12–5 p.m; Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information: (805) 962-6444;̷… [Read More...]

Topanga Corral Music Reunion, THS Members Only, October 27

 The Topanga Historical Society is revving up the time machine back to the ‘70s and the Topanga Corral for their annual potluck picnic on the site of the original Corral at Horseshoe Bend beginning at 4 p.m. Music will live again on Tuesday evening, October 27, for one magical night only from 6-9 p.m., with the “Old Posse” coming together for this musical reunion. Greeting them will be Marie Janisse, keeper of the door back in the day. Gracing the Co… [Read More...]

TCG Hosts “Journey,” October 10-25

 Topanga Canyon Gallery will host an exhibition entitled “Journey,” an exhibition of passages featuring artists Toby Salkin and Donna Geist Buch. Salkin works primarily in oil, her paintings often whimsical and bold. She frequently paints landscapes, portraits and, more recently, old automobiles with a flamboyant flair. Occasionally she includes elements of collage as well as assemblage. Buch loves to push boundar… [Read More...]

New CD from Jamie Papish and Peter Kfoury, “At the Heart of Two Worlds”

 Jamie Papish announces a new CD, “At the Heart of Two Worlds,” by Oud player Peter Kfoury. Peter combines his Middle Eastern roots with musical influences growing up in this country to create a unique sound and feel on this ancient instrument. “I did all the percussion on this (live in studio with Peter in two days), as well as overdubs at my home studio,” Papish said. “Please give a listen. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised.” To listen t… [Read More...]

Meet Author Rina Tham and Baza Guru Rinpoche, October 11

 Topanga author Rina Tham and her family, along with honored guest Baza Guru Rinpoche, and film and television composer, Russ Landau, will host a book-signing of Tham’s inspiring and motivational memoir, “Lucky Number 9: Journey of a Rubber Tapper’s Daughter.” The public is invited to the open house, October 11, from 3–6 p.m., which will feature music by world renowned Sitar and Tabla Maestro, Rajib Karmakar Ji, and Vineet Vyas Ji on Tabla. “Lucky Nu… [Read More...]

Gail Wronsky Featured in 2015 Online Interview Series by Poetry.LA

 Topangan Gail Wronsky, acclaimed as one of the most distinguished poets of her generation, has authored ten books of poetry, prose and translations, among them, “So Quick Bright Things” (What Books, 2010), “Poems for Infidels” (Red Hen Press, 2004) and “Dying for Beauty” (Copper Canyon Press, 2000). PoetryLA, producer of more than 500 online videos of poets performing at cafes, galleries, bookstores and other L.A. venues, has just released the second o… [Read More...]

“Haunted” Art Show Gets a Jump on Halloween, October 13-31

 “Haunted,” an autumnal, emotional, evocative showing of fine arts by members of the San Fernando Valley Art Club opens on October 13 and runs through October 31. Exhibit days and hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the artists’ reception on Saturday, October 17, 2 to 5 p.m., and is open to the public The show is hosted by Keryl Kris Studio at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center, located at 1831… [Read More...]

Tuscali Mountain Inn Hosts the Topanga Symphony Second Annual Fundraiser

 A “Fugue for Spoken Chorus” and a horn concerto without the horn filled the afternoon with a departure from the traditional. Jerome Kessler, Conductor and Music Director of the Topanga Symphony for the past 34 years, chose music for the Symphony’s second annual fundraiser that stretched from the serious to the comical and thoroughly entertained the audience on September 20, at the beautiful Tuscali Mountain Inn hoste… [Read More...]