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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – 3:21 PM


Dick Van Dyke Fan Art Show, Concert, Book Signing This Weekend At Malibu Playhouse

“The Dick Van Dyke Fan Art Exhibit” kicks off Friday, Oct. 2 at the Malibu Playhouse, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway.

At 5 p.m. is a private meeting with the legendary actor. The $500 tickets also include the exhibit opening and the 7:30 p.m. performance of Van Dyke with the Vantastix, an a cappella quartet. (Tickets for the performance only are $75.)

The exhibit of art—generated from Twitter, social media and other sources—opens at 6 p.m. Opening tickets ($100) also include the show.

The four-time Emmy Award winning actor launched to stardom in the 1960 musical Bye-Bye Birdie, which won him a Tony Award, and later starred in the movie version. He has also starred in a number of other films including Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fitzwilly as well as a number of successful television series and made-for-CBS movies. Van Dyke serves as executive creative producer for the Malibu Playhouse

On Saturday, Oct. 3 the exhibit continues with puppet shows and a cartoonist at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets to each show are $20.

A book signing, for ticket holders only, will be from 4:30-6 p.m., Saturday.

For tickets to all the events visit,


Author Ron Childress To Sign His Prize-Winning Novel Thursday

Author Ron Childress will discuss his debut novel, And West Is West, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 at Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite #33 in the Brentwood Country Mart.

The latest PEN/Bellwether Prize winner, the novel tells the story of two different young people who become unwitting players in a big game. Jessica is an Air Force drone pilot in Nevada tasked with launching a missile at a suspected terrorist on the other side of the world (and disregarding the women and children in the crosshairs) and Ethan is a young Wall Street analyst whose algorithm enables his vompany to profit from the financial instability caused by antiterrorist strikes. Though Jessica and Ethan’s roles seem insignificant, their actions have global ramifications that will change countless lives —including their own.

Coming from different parts of the social spectrum, Jessica and Ethan are bound by their complicity with and struggles against the failings of a culture more concerned about security and profit than morality.

The fiercely intelligent novel dramatizes the catastrophic effects of warfare in the advanced technological age. Both poignant and significant to our ever-progressing times, novelist Barbara Kingsolver, who chose the novel as this year’s winner, describes it as “impressive and keenly relevant to our time.”

Childress will be joined by bestselling author, Heidi Durrow who won the PEN/Bellwether Prize in 2008 for her novel, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky.

The PEN Bellwether Prize, judged blindly, promotes fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships.

For more information on the program, call 310 576-9960.

And West Is West, by Ron Childress, Algonquin Books, $26,95, hardcover, 320 pages.

New Book Put Adventure In Walking Journeys Through L.A.

The new book, 10,0000 Steps a Day in L.A. is for urban adventurers eager to explore the Southland.

In this first-ever book to explore the 10,000-steps lifestyle in L.A., author Paul Haddad takes readers on a journey through the city’s streets, beaches, mountains, rivers, reservoirs and parks. He includes 10,000-step walks from Simi Valley to the South Bay and Pasadena to Pacific Palisades.

Walkers will be able to tread the grounds of defunct Disney attraction Dwarfland, trace the extinct canals of Venice Beach, stroll the shortest Main Street in America, discover hidden streams, secret murals, lost cities, Hollywood haunts and stone houses.

The book features:

• 52 walks of 10,000 steps

• Detailed maps and directions

• Descriptions of the terrain, walking surface and dog-friendliness of each walk

• Picnic spots

• Parking suggestions

• Sidebars with trivia and anecdotes

10,000 Steps a Day in L.A.-52 Waling Adventures, by Paul Haddad, 336-pages, $16.95, 800-343-499 to order,


Jasmine Jordan Plays Amplyfi Saturday, Before West Coast Tour

LA-based R&B singer-songwriter Jasmine Jordan, getting ready for her West Coast tour, will appear at 10:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at Amplyfi, in the alley behind Astroburger, 5617 1/2 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, between Gower and El Centro, next door to Paramount Studios.

She will be performing alongside artists Current Personae (from the Bay Area) at 9:30 p.m., Habit Blcx (from LA) at 8:45 p.m., Antoine Edmonson at 8 p.m. and Camila Recchio at 7:15 p.m.

Jordan dropped the video for her single, Smile last month.

Doors at the no-alcohol, all-ages music venue open at 6:45. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

For more information, call 949-274-2594, or visit

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