Kathleen Sterling


The San Fernando Valley Arts Council will be hosting their annual Valley Artists Studio Tour on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2011. During this two-day event, 24 Valley artists are graciously opening their studios to the public. Among them are artists like Valley Village artist Evans Webb whose vibrant portraits of the world are described by mathematics, or reflected in telescopes and microscopes; Sherman Oaks artist Susan Manders-U.S. Olympic artist with narrative expres-sionist paintings, limited editions, jewelry and ceramics; Valley Glen’s Charles Knecht whose impressionistic paintings expresses the essence of romanticism in landscapes; Studio City artists: Sylvia Hamilton Golden whose paintings, monotypes and mixed media, capture movement, energy and emotion; Clara Berta whose colorful mixed media art integrates recycled materials, photos, and playful textures and Michael Culhane who has developed large garden kinetic sculptures as well as interior conceptual film industry art in alloy metals.

Kathleen Sterling
Kathleen Sterling

Other participating artists are Calabasas artist Lyn Gertenbach recognized for her impressionistic, plein-air oils of landscapes, seascapes, figurative works, and portraits; West Hills Christina Lynn John who fuses glass with vibrant colors in addition produces realistic, tranquil watercolors; Reseda artist Steve Lenchner who is acclaimed for his fused glass and fruit painting for tiles, windows, room dividers, counters, tableware and jewelry, and Diane Nelson Gold who renders Nature’s vibrant color and design in plein-air oils, photography, and jewelry. An elegant reception featuring food, wine and live music will be held Saturday evening, October 1, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

During the evening, Kathleen Sterling, publisher (pictured above) of the Woodland Hills based Valley News Group publications — The Warner Center News, Valley Vantage and Las Virgenes Enterprise — will be presented with the first of the Sterling Award in recognition of her years of dedication and support to the Arts and Culture of the San Fernando Valley by Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine. Each artist has graciously submitted a selection of their work to be sold, with 30 percent of the proceeds donated to art education programs and scholarships for San Fernando Valley art students. Reception attendees will choose the Peoples Choice Award.

Tickets: $20 each purchased in advance, Groups of 5 or more $15 each and Children 12 and under are free. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 each. To purchase tickets online (credit card or Paypal) go online to www.sfvartscouncil. com. You can preview of the Artists work and VAST artists reception by visiting THE GREAT FRAME UP at 9010 Balboa Blvd., Northridge CA on these following Sundays: September 10th, 17th, and 24th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. or the WESTFIELD TOPANGA, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA on Saturday and Sunday September 24th adn 25th from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.For more information please call (818) 469-3380.


The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is presenting a free concert with the famed Australian Girls Choir on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose, California at 7:00 p.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose, California. The choir is known for its inspirational performances which include compelling choreography and spectacular stage presentation. The LA Children’s Chorus has previously hosted the Australian Girls Choir.

The concert is free and reservations are not required. The Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is located at 2411 Montrose Avenue, Montrose, CA 91020. For more information call (626) 793-4321 or visit www. lachildrenschorus.org. For information on the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www. lachildrenschorus.org.


California State University Northridge is inviting all home gardeners to learn how to contend with bugs. Jerry Turney, senior biologist and plant pathologist with the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, will offer advice on how to deal with voracious intruders without harming the crop at CSUN’s next free gardening class on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 9 -10:45 a.m. For more information go to http:// blogs.cusn.edu/news/2011/09/ bugs-2/


The Valley Jazz Club welcomes Corey Gemme and the Dixiebop Quartet as the featured band on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the Elks Lodge in Canoga Park. The quartet features Corey Gemme-Cornet, Trombone, and Clarinet; Chris Dawson- Piano; Craig Fundyga- Vibraphone; Bobby Barron on Drums. Musicians who wish to jam are invited to the jam sessions that begin at 1 p.m. The Elks Lodge is located at 20925 Osborne Street, Canoga Park CA 91304. Admission: Members $7; Elks Members $7; Non-Members $10. Jamming Musicians and children under 12 are free. You can purchase drinks, lunch, or snacks like popcorn.


This newest production currently playing at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles County Center for Performing Arts until Sunday, October 16, is about two marriages and four lives who over the course of two days in a lovely country home will answer the question (or lead to even more questions) “Is it adultery if they already think you’ve done it?” Starring in POOR BEHAVIOR is Reg Rogers (Ian), Johanna Day (Ella), Sharon Lawrence (Maureen, Ian’s wife), and Christopher Evan Welch (Peter, Ella’s husband).

The play opens with a loud debate between Ella and Ian about the qualities of good wine as well as a debate on morality, history and ethics. Maureen, Ian’s wife, proposes that Ian and Ella are masking the fact that they are having an affair. And, from there the two marriages descend into something akin to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” but with lots of commentary on married life and husbands and wives that repeatedly drew hearty laughter from the audience. Playwright Theresa Rebeck has stated in an interview with Kristin Friedrich in the Performances magazine that a weekend she and her husband had with another couple inspired her to write “POOR BEHAVIOR.”

The other wife had decided that she, Theresa, was having an affair with her husband and insinuated as much during the weekend. Some of your readers may have also been put into that position and will be able to relate to this production. Today Ms. Rebeck and her husband are very careful about whom they invite to their home. I found that the cast was exceptionally good and wondered if they’ve experienced this situation in their real lives and were really conveying what they felt in a similar situation. The only problem I found was Peter’s exit speech (Christopher Evan Welch) in the second act and couldn’t be heard in Row M.

The new work is presented at the Taper by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn and features set design by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Obie Award winner David Van Tieghem. The production stage manager is Barclay Stiff. Rebeck is a prolific screenwriter, novelist and playwright. Her work includes The Scene, Omnium Gatherum (co-writer), Our House, The Understudy, The Water’s Edge, Spike Heels and more. Her new play, Seminar,will get its world premiere on Broadway in the fall, starring Alan Rickman. She also created the new TV series “Smash,” to premiere in early 2012 on NBC. The Emmy Award winner has also written for TV’s “LA Law,” “Law and Order,” “Criminal Intent,” “NYPD Blue” and “Brooklyn Bridge.” I found POOR BEHAVIOR a compelling comic-drama but rather disturbing and could produce hours of conversation. Yet, other friends of mine who have seen it were uncomfortable watching it. I wondered if POOR BEHAVIOR was hitting too close to home. Tickets and information are available by going to www. centertheatregroup.com.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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