LA Film School

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor


Thursday, October 27, 2011 will the opening night gala at the LA Film School Main Theater. “A Million Colours” is a film set against the turbulent background of a nation in crisis. It’s a testament to the history of South Africa and its citizens’ struggle for freedom, friendship, love, and second chances. “A Million Colours” is the sweeping adventure of a black South African teenage movie star who fell from grace just months after the 1976 blockbuster “e’Lollipop” made him South Africa’s most famous child star. The film stars Wandlle Molebatsi, Jason Hartman and Mosello Motana and directed by Peter Bishal. The LA Film School is located at 6363 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

LA Film School
LA Film School


On Friday, October 28 at7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m., Center Stage Opera will present a spectacular concert of “Opera’s Greatest Hits” at the New Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park. Conductor Brian Onderdonk will lead favorite Center Stage Opera singers performing ensembles and arais by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Mozart to name just a few. In honor of the season, CSO is inviting the audience to come in costume. Those wearing the best costumes will be invited on stage to compete for some very special prizes. Ticket prices range from $27-$40. On November 20 at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to join members of Center Stage Opera in an unforgettable evening at Angelo’s Ristorante for a full-course meal, with salad, dessert and choice of entree, plus a bounteous buffet of song from Mozart and Puccini to Gershwin and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Seating is limited. For more information call (8180 517-4602 or e-mail

COME FLY AWAY at the Pantages Broadway LA is pleased to present “Come Fly Away,” created by Twyla Tharp. The story follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dancefilled evening at a crowded nightclub. Tharp is bringing forth a striking and sometimes bittersweet look at the reality of people and relationships against a backdrop of romance painted by Sinatra, as performed by a live on-stage big band. Daughter Nancy Sinatra states, “I knew right away that she had captured the essence of my father’s music in dance. You see the personalities of the dancers play out as their stories are told. People will really identify with these stories.”

One of the most accomplished and versatile artists working today, Tharp has created ground breaking work in ballet, modern dance and on Broadway, in addition to her successes in film and television. Twyla Tharp, in 1976, partnered with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1976 to create a piece devoted to Frank Sinatra called “Once More Frank.” In 1982 Tharp was compelled to plumb Sinatra’s catalogue to create Nine Sinatra Songs, which presented 1950s social dancing through the nostalgic and yet sharpened eyes of the 1980s. In 1984 she continued her love affair with the music and energy of Frank Sinatra, creating Sinatra Suite, which the Chairman personally requested be performed when he received his Kennedy Center Honors Award. He’s say, “She gives me class!” “Come Fly Away” will be at the historic Pantages Theatre (6233 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood) for 16 performances only, from October 25 to November 6th. Performances are Tuesday- Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $25 and are available at www., by phone at (800) 982-2787 and at the Pantages Box Office. Valley residents can park their cars at the North Hollywood or Universal subway stations, board the subway and exit at the Vine Street Station and walk across Hollywood Boulevard to the theatre.


Appearing now at the Whitmore Lindley Theatre Center is “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy,” the story of a youngish English teacher who moves to a rural town to escape her past, only to discover a far more complicated situation than she ever could have anticipated. When the teacher gets drawn into the worlds of two teenagers (Dora and Peck), the teacher, Caitlin Skreeting, is forced to walk a fine line. The two teens embark on their own journeys of self-discovery as they learn that their actions have consequences… some of which may change each others’ lives forever. “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy” is being presented by M & M Productions and the Whitmore Lindley Theatre Center. It was written by Carter W. Lewis and Directed by Meegan McCauley. Performance Schedule: October 21 to November 12 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. To order go to www.storytellingabilityla. com. The Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center is located at 11006 Magnolia Blvd., in North Hollywood California (corner Vineland). For further information call (323) 378- 5977 or go to storytellingla@


Saturday and Sunday November 5 to 6 will see the return of the annual Japanese Garden festival at the Descanso Gardens located in La Canada- Flintridge. The weekend will celebrate Japanese arts, crafts and culture with activities for the whole family. The Gardens will be decorated with displays of ikebana, the traditional form of Japanese flower arranging. The celebrations begin on Friday with a sushi-sake tasting event presented by the Patina Restaurant Group in the Courtyard. Chef Travis Kamiyami will prepare delectable sushi paired with amazing sake for sampling.

The cost is $75 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (818) 790-3663. Saturday and Sunday will find the taiko drummers performing at noon in the Under the Oaks Theater. On Saturday Yamni Yamauchi will create origami on a grand scale at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by using an 8-foot square of paper, he will demonstrate the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Origami lessons will also be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Minka. Yamauchi will teach both young and old to create beautiful folded paper flowers. A Japanese tea ceremony in the Minka at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be performed. Seating is limited so place your order early. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at Admission to Descanso Gardens is $8 general admission; $6 seniors/students with ID; $3 children 5 to 12; children 4 and younger are free. The Descanso Gardens are located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge CA 91011. For further information call (818) 949- 4200 or visit www.descanso


Stephen Farber One of the country’s leading film critics and historians will continue his film series “Reel Talk with Stephen Farber” at the Wadsworth Theatre beginning October 24 at 7:00 p.m. with “Young Goethe in Love.” The film is a lush period drama that focuses on the early life of the Great Romantic writer, Johann Goethe. Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, and Moritz Bleibtreu star for director Philipp Stolzl. That evening’s guest speakers will be Michael Ott, Consul for Culture, Press and Legal Affairs with the German Consulate General Los Angeles, and Jeffrey High, professor and Chair of German studies at California State University Long Beach. The series will continue on Monday, November 7 with “The Artist,” which won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival and the audience award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Director Michel Hazanavicius presents a novel, imaginative, and affectionate look at the silent film era in Hollywood. Jean Dujardin portrays a Douglas Fairbanks-type star whose fortunes are threatened by the coming of sound. Film stars Berenice Bojo, Penelope Ann Miller, John Goodman, and James Cromwell. Scheduled Guest Speaker is Penelope Ann Miller.

A Bonus screening on Tuesday, November 8 is “The Descendants,” a new film from writer-director Alexander Payne and stars George Clooney as a distracted father forced to take charge of his two daughters after his wife is injured in an accident. Scheduled to appear are producer Jim Burke and cast members Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer and Matthew Lillard. This screening is free to series pass-holders. A series pass (11 screenings) is $198; a series parking pass $90; Individual tickets are $22 per screening. The Wadsworth Theatre is located on the Veterans Administration Grounds, Bldg. 226, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA For tickets please call (800) 982-2787 or pick up night of performance at Wadsworth Theatre Box Office.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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