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Folk Music Festival

By Joy Bennett

May 19, 2014 | 6:39 pm

I drove out to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills yesterday to attend the 54th Annual Topanga Banjo, Fiddle Contest and Folk Music Festival.  Lots of fine musicians there in a lovely country setting.  I saw the excellent Suzie Glaze and the Hilonesome Band there, also pictured above.  For more information visit topangabanjofiddle.org.

  • One Small Hitch Film

    By Joy Bennett

    May 5, 2014 | 10:14 pm

    Laemmle's Royal Theatre, West Los Angeles

     

    Tonight I went to see another couple of films at the LA Jewish Film Festival.  The first was one of the best short films I've ever seen, The Man Who Buried His Own Leg.  Just three minutes long and absolutely perfect.  Then we saw... read on

  • Cupcakes Film

    By Joy Bennett

    May 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm

     

    Last night I saw a very sweet, fun film Cupcakes screened as part of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.  It was light, frothy, genuinely funny and original.  Directed by Israeli director Eytan Fox, the film is a musical comedy about a bunch of neighbors who spontaneously... read on

  • LA Jewish Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    May 2, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    Front of Saban Theatre, one of the LAJFF venues

    Last night was the gala opening night of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and it was super.  Tons of folks showed up, lots of celebrities, and a wonderful film screened called Ten from Your Show of Shows.  Wonderful comedy... read on

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  • Food and Wine Event at Greystone

    By Joy Bennett

    April 27, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    Vintage Bouquet Event at Greystone Mansion

     

    This afternoon I attended a lovely food and wine tasting event at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.  It had dozens of tasting tables, a live jazz band, raffle tables, and lots of friendly folks.  It was a benefit for the Beverly... read on

  • PEN Center USA Event

    By Joy Bennett

    April 17, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Susan Minot, photo by Joy Bennett

     

    This morning I went to a very interesting reading by Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls. It was sponsored by PEN Center USA.  Ms. Minot discussed her book and working life.  The book tells the heartbreaking tale of girls taken hostage by rebels in Uganda, and is based on a true story.  To find out more about PEN Center USA or join, visit penusa.org.

  • RAW Artists

    By Joy Bennett

    April 14, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Sarah Goff of The Elizabeth Kill band, April 13, 2014

    I just went to a delightful private showcase of local creative types last night in Hollywood. They had wonderful musicians, artists, designers, stylists of all kinds, it was a lot of fun. Tons of talented folks around... read on

  • We Are the Best!

    By Joy Bennett

    April 8, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures

    Last night I was invited to a screening of a very cute and adorable film, We Are the Best! directed by Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.  It’s an appealing and funny tale about three 12 and 13 year olds trying to form a punk band set in 1982 in... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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