Monday, August 4, 2008

O.N.E. Coconut Water featured at Topanga Nights


What: Topanga Nights Dance and Movie Extravaganza on the New Lawn
When: Sunday, August 17, 2008; Gates Open at 5:30 – Close at 10:00 p.m.

Where: Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.; Topanga 90290

Why: Topanga Nights fund raiser benefiting the Topanga Community Club (TCC). Howling coyotes and the shooting stars above the full size movie screen are added free attractions.

August 17 Line-Up: Spin Master: Brother to the Night; Live Entertainment: Melanie Kareem’s Middle Eastern Dance School and Francesco’s Drum Heaven, composer of additional music for “Thin Red Line” (Movie nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Dramatic Score) Movie: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG), starring Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law and Liam Aiken, introduced by Ernie Demontreux of Topanga Lumber; Emcee: Billy Portman.

Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $7 Teens & Seniors, Free 12 & Under, Free entry 20 minutes after movie starts

Parking: Limited parking on premises $5 per car

After eight weeks of tender loving care the Topanga Community House ball field is once again open for public enjoyment, kicking off with the Topanga Film Festival on Friday-Saturday, August 15-16 for juried showcase of short films by new filmmakers and then climaxing in the cosmos on Sunday, August 17 with the TCC fund raiser Topanga Nights line-up of home grown talent.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 17th, the Community Center’s new lawn will be christened with a dance celebration extraordinaire with Brother to the Night ushering in picnic families and friends with his urban funk, followed by the vibrant color, small to tall exotic dancers of Melanie Kareem’s Middle Eastern Dance School with live drumming, which will meld into the cosmic, hypnotic extravaganza, tribal dance beat of Francesco’s Drum Heaven.

“Francesco’s cosmic dance beat sound is truly unique and I think everyone will be swept up and dancing on the lawn with him and his African drummers,” explains event chairperson Dianne Porchia. “He doesn’t want to be up on stage, but rather down on the grass along with the audience so everyone can really feel like they are participating in the musical experience.”

The movie on Sunday is the Oscar winning family-fantasy-comedy-adventure, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, by director Brad Silberling, based on the children’s books by Daniel Handler.

“Charley Gilleran of C&H Studios will be providing professional movie rigging for our 16”x24” movie screen facing our new green grass,” says Porchia. “And Topanga’s own Ernie Demontreux of Topanga Lumber will be introducing the movie and giving us his ‘inside scoop’ on some of the building materials used on the movie set.”

“The Topanga Nights events make for a great date night out or even a fun business promotion opportunity for the community,” boasts Porchia. “The Canyon Bistro offers a special box dinner menu especially for Topanga Nights with 20% going to the TCC and during last month’s event, Chryssa Lightheart of Pritchett-Rapf & Associates Realtors hosted a private wine tasting under the Big Oak for her clients and friends, which was a big hit.

Elaine Hanson of the same real estate office has also added Topanga Nights to her web site at, Topanga’s Country Natural Food Store and Von’s Calabasas have donated drinks and snacks for our concession sales along with sponsor O.N.E. Coconut Water. As this annual event becomes more popular I will be curious to see what other creative pairings develop in and out of the Topanga community.”

What to Bring: Warm clothing for cool evenings; low back lawn chairs, flashlights for walking to your car at night; picnic dinner. Do Not Bring: Pets, glass bottles, large coolers.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for self-catering picnic and entertainment. Movie starts approximately 8:15 p.m. or at sundown. Event ends at 10:00 p.m. Topanga Nights merchandise: nylon picnic blankets and fleece throw blankets on sale.

Sponsored Concessions: O.N.E. Coconut Water & Açai Juice; packaged snacks and popcorn (no food concessions.

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