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Escape Events Calendar (Feb. 3, 2012)

By Jim Walker

February 03, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


‘A Little Princess’ example

"A Little Princess" opened at the Canyon Theatre Guild this past Saturday, and the family classic (originally an 1888 serialized novel) holds up well, particularly with a talented cast of both younger and more seasoned actors. It's a low-key and charming tale, with well-defined characters and a straightforward plot that even the youngest audiences will find easy to follow.

February 03, 2012 | By Jim Walker Third Row Center | Food and Fun


SCV, The Place to Be

We Are Americans - History and Art in Diverse Cultures - comes to William S. Hart Park this weekend. The County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation, William S. Hart Park, presents its third annual Black History Month celebration. This celebration is anchored by the complete collection of Genesis Legacy Projects, historical displays of African American, Latin and Native Americans and their experiences in America.

February 03, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


‘Gypsy’ shakes things up

As "Gypsy" director Patti Finley noted last Friday evening, just before the opening performance of the production, "It's a fun show. The music is terrific. People know the songs but don't even know they came from this show."

February 03, 2012 | By Jim Walker Third Row Center | Food and Fun


Where to catch Super Bowl XLVI

Super Bowl XLVI (46) will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time this Sunday, Feb 5. And, unless you will be in Indianapolis, actually attending the game, you'll probably be watching it via the NBC broadcast.

February 03, 2012 | By Jim Walker Foodie | Food and Fun


Sweet treats

We all get them from time to time ... those little urges to satisfy a sweet tooth. And while there are any number of sweets available, well, just about everywhere, there are occasions when you want your sweet treat to be something special, something with a little class. While there seems to be a bit of a turnover in sweet shops these days, here are some of the SCV's favorites:

February 03, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Jim Walker: Combating the inertia of the inept

So, as I begin writing this column, it is Groundhog Day. And I read that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, and so there will be six more weeks of winter. Now, this begs the question: Does that "winter" apply to all of us, or only to Punxsutawney, Pa., and surrounding areas?

February 03, 2012 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


Real mortgage help is on the way

So, the interest rate on your $400,000 home loan jumped up last year, and your payments are killing you.

January 28, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Your Home


Come back to ‘Jewtopia’

It has only been six months since my last review of "Jewtopia," which opened, for the second time, at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall last Friday night. Now, I had enjoyed the show quite a bit the first time, so the bar was set pretty high, and the likelihood of me being surprised by anything was pretty, well, unlikely, considering it was the same story and script. However, the same story and script, in a beefed up production, with a mostly-new cast, works just as well. So, if you couldn't get a seat for the adult comedy last ...

January 27, 2012 | By Jim Walker Third Row Center | Food and Fun


Escape Events Calendar (Jan. 27, 2012)

By Jim Walker

January 27, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


‘Peter and the Wolf’ at PAC

"Peter and the Wolf" comes to the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons this Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. An adaptation of the beloved children's classic, this production is the story of a young boy who must use his creativity and bravery to protect his animal friends from a threatening wolf. When Peter's grandfather warns him to "stay inside the garden gate of the cottage," Peter finds he can't resist the temptation to unlock the gate and romp through the meadow with the animals and insects. Unfortunately, this act of defiance ...

January 27, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


Jim Walker: It’s the invasion of the emoticons

If you've only recently come out from under your rock, you may not be familiar with the term "emoticon." But, even so, you couldn't have escaped finding a "happy face" or two in some email or text that was sent you in recent years.

January 27, 2012 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


The colors of 2012 arrive

If the new year has inspired you to redecorate your home and/or change the colors of your walls, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable with your choices.

January 21, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Your Home


Praying for snow

This weekend, the weather may bring some good news to local skiers and snowboarders, but so far this season there has been little natural snow. Despite this, several resorts are open and operating with man-made snow. Surprisingly, even Mammoth Mountain is suffering the same fate. But all of this could change fast, so get your gear ready.

January 20, 2012 | By Jim Walker Escape Editor | Escape Cover Story


Escape Events Calendar (Jan. 20, 2012)

By Jim Walker

January 20, 2012 | Jim Walker | Food and Fun


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