Topanga Students to Perform in Westside Ballet Spring Showcase

Zoe Mack and Sidney Brody will perform with Westside Ballet of Santa Monica in their 2018 Spring Showcase at The Broad Stage, Sunday, May 27, for two limited performances.

Mack, a seventh-grader at Paul Revere Middle School, will be performing in Sleeping Beauty, at the intermediate Level IV “Plus.” She has been dancing  at Westside since she was four. An avid reader, she is passionate about her pursuit of ballet and is grateful to her teachers and the staff at Westside for their instruction, inspiration, and support. Zoe’s family moved to Topanga in 2012, when she started in first grade at Topanga Elementary with Roger Harrell.  

A Pali High Freshman, Sidney Brody will perform in the Level V dance, Etude Classique. She will also perform the role of “Putzie” in the finalé jazz piece, Grease, playing one of Danny’s gang of boys. She has lived in Topanga since she was born, almost 15 years ago.

(l-r) Westside Ballet ballerinas Sidney Brody and Zoe Mack pose before rehearsal for 2018 Spring Showcase. Photo by Mariam Mack

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, a nonprofit organization, is one of the nation’s premier ballet training companies. This pre-professional company was created by Yvonne Mounsey (New York City Ballet) and Rosemary Valaire (Royal Ballet) in 1973.

The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center is located at 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Show date and times: Saturday, May 27, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

All tickets are $35, available at; or (800) 595-4849 (4TIX).

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica Spring 2018 Performance Trailer from Drew Roublick on Vimeo.

For special group rates and ticket questions: For more information 

Mother’s Day Events

Our calendar was bursting this issue (May 4, 2018), particularly with interesting things to do around the upcoming Mother’s Day weekend.

May 11, 7-10 p.m. | Cafe Mimosa presents: A Mother’s Day Shopping Bazaar. Unique gifts from companies owned by women. Libations, edible delicacies, aural delights. 395 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

May 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., or 1-4 p.m. I Bus tour of the historic Santa Susana Field Laboratory, sponsored by Boeing. This tour highlights the history of the site as well as remediation activities. To participate, email by May 5. Attendees must be 12 years of age or older and be able to get on and off a bus with little assistance. Space is limited and early registration is suggested.

May 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Plein Air Paint-Out at Rancho Sierra Vista, intersection of Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park. All artists and art enthusiasts are welcome to participate. Bring your own art supplies, water, lunch, sunscreen and repellent, hat and walking shoes. Rain cancels the
paint-out. For more information, contact Virginia Kamhi; (805) 807-2070,, or visit

May 12, 8-10 p.m. | Spring Star Party at Paramount Ranch. Join rangers and astronomers for stargazing with telescopes. Watch with us as Venus sets in the west and Jupiter rises in the east. The event is free. Meet in the Western Town, 2903 Cornell Road. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

May 13, 10 a.m.-noon. | Topanga Walks Annual Mother’s Day Walk. Join Peter Rice for an easy hike with fun activities for mom and family. Discover how indigenous people used the natural resources, plants, animals and even rocks. Meet by the parking lot at the Trippet Ranch entrance to Topanga State Park, 20828 Entrada Rd. Event is free but there is a parking fee to park in the lot.

May 13, noon-4 p.m. | The 20th annual Mother’s Day Momentum Place at the Theatricum Botanicum A magical afternoon of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater. Bring your mother to honor the MOMentum in her life – always on the go for others. Now, she can sit back, relax and enjoy an uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are kid friendly and full of surprises. For an extra treat, enjoy a scrumptious brunch in Theatricum’s rustic gardens before the performance. Performance: $35 advance purchase, $40 at the door; Students with valid ID: $15; Children 12 and under: $10; Brunch: $30. Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon , Blvd., Topanga CA 90290. (310) 455-2322 or

May 14, 7 – 10 p.m. | Nectar of Song 2018 tour launch.   Supporting Single Mom’s Planet in honor of Mother’s Day! Bathe in the sublime and soothing sounds of the songs of Kimberly Haynes. Kimberly expresses her musical art in a synthesis of uplifting songs in the style of world, folk, pop and sacred chanting in languages of English, Hebrew, and Sanskrit. As a member of the human race, Kimberly is dedicated to supporting harmony on the planet through the medium of art and music. You will be swept away by Kimberly’s enrapturing sonic portals into the bliss of the heart space. Learn more about Kimberly Haynes:  

Tix in Advance: $20; Day of the Event (Cash only at the door):
General Admission $25

Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Topanga Elementary Charter School Presents The Lion King Jr.

Topanga canyon and the savannah of Africa have a lot in common right now. Both are home to majestic lions and a hot dry landscape. And, both are alive with the sounds of African drumming and song as Topanga Elementary Charter School takes on Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” as this year’s musical production.

With more than 100 children, almost a third of the school, participating, the range of talent is impressive from pre-kindergarten to 5thgrade. “It is a coming together of all grades to produce something truly magical,” exclaimed Lisa Ward, parent and Co-producer of the production.

Under the experienced and professional expertise of Kristy Beauvais, parent and owner of the much loved local business, FocusFish, “The Lion King Jr.,” is a singing, dancing, acting, drumming extravaganza, not to be missed.

Beauvais has been with the school’s theater program for the past six years as choreographer, but this year she has taken on double duty as both choreographer and director! “The school is blessed to have the creative vision and talents of Kristy Beauvais,” said Jill Williams, Co-producer and one of the founders of Topanga Elementary Theatre Arts.

Musical Director, Tony Finetti, has been teaching the young cast how to sing melodies and harmonies in the African language and also to understand what they are singing. Destiny London has been designing and creating costumes for many years and she always raises the bar…this year will be no exception. The talented Michelle Ramos will be magically turning children’s hair and faces into that of lions, hyenas, zebras, gazelles, elephants and rhinos to name but a few.

This production is much more than just a school musical, it is an opportunity for all children, regardless of talent, to explore the world of performing arts, whether it be backstage or singing an iconic song in front of an audience for the first time. The experience is an emotional and educational journey for our children. “Not only is connection an important part of acting and telling a story, but it is also the part of our school community that makes doing this scope of children’s production possible,” Kristy Beauvais says. “Every piece is needed for the survival of our play. Every character essential to the heart of the show. Every person important in the experience. It is a true Circle of Life that has certainly moved us all.”

In addition to the performance license, “The Lion King Jr.” came with a supporting curriculum so that all the students at Topanga Elementary could participate in some way, including storytelling, drumming, and themes of the musical that include caring for our environment and all its living creatures.

The whole community is invited to be whisked away on an African adventure and be uplifted by the incredible talents of our local school children.

Performances are at 7pm on Friday, March 16th, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, March 17th, and 2pm on Sunday, March 18th at AC Stelle Middle School in Calabasas, tickets can be purchased and seats reserved online at

All proceeds go to the Topanga Elementary School Enrichment Program, specifically Visual and Performing Arts. You won’t be just bringing your family to see a fabulous show, but you will be supporting the arts in our community, and for that we thank you.

Performances are at 7pm on Friday, March 16th, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, March 17th, and 2pm on Sunday, March 18th at AC Stelle Middle School in Calabasas, tickets can be purchased and seats reserved online at

Transport Literary Festival, Sept. 23-24

Topanga Authors’ Group (TAG) invites you to relax and enjoy stories of the imagination at Transport Topanga Literary Festival on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 at the Topanga Library.

The festival is free and open to the public, suitable for all ages, and includes an exciting mix of storytelling in a variety of forms—written, visual, sonic and artistic.

Presentations and readings (poetry and fiction) take place in the Zev Yaroslavsky Meeting Room, while stories for the young at heart are read aloud in the Children’s Story Corner.

Creative crafts keep visual imaginations engaged, while informal Q&As answer many questions about publishing, the craft of writing and more. An Open Mic welcomes everyone to read, while book-making demonstrations take place in the Study Room. Outside on the patio, music fills the air, while festival goers contribute a line or two to the Story Wall, authors and publishers sell their books, and converse about their experiences over delicious refreshments.

Among the confirmed presenters, panelists, authors and composers to date, are: Linda Ballou, Jacqueline Berkman, Brent Blair, Pablo Capra, Eric Dugdale, Julia Fierro, David Dayan Fisher, Lisa Desimini, Robin Lithgow, Paul Lovas, Diana Mathur, Marshall McDaniel, Gail McDonald-Tune, Deena Metzger, Lauren Polly, Lisbeth Scott, Susan Shankin, Wendy Skolfield, Duncan Thum, and Cieri Torjussen.

The full schedule will be updated as needed online at