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Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.

“Jersey Boys” at the Ahmanson Theatre – Oh, What A Night

“Jersey Boys” is what I call a feel good jukebox musical. Whether you’re a fan of The Four Seasons or not, by the time you leave the theatre, you’ll be singing many of the great songs the group wrote and recorded. … Continue reading

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“Little Shop Of Horrors” Rocks At The Hillcrest Center For The Arts

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a comedy rock musical by composer Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  The musical is based on the low budget 1960 black comedy film of the same name.  It opened Off Broadway in 1982 where it … Continue reading

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“Pure Confidence” A Powerful Play About an Unlikely Friendship

The high-stakes world of pre-Civil War horse racing sets the stage for this captivating drama during the time of slavery followed by the Reconstruction era in the 1900’s. Director Marya Mazor tells us that “this is a play, that at first glance, … Continue reading

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Topanga Days – Ozomatli & Jefferson Starship To Headline Over Memorial Day Weekend

Topanga Days is back, and being a four-year Topanga resident, I look forward to this event every year. I can’t think of a better way to spend Memorial Day weekend. In its 44th year, this three-day family-friendly festival and fundraiser continues … Continue reading

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“Alien Covenant” The Bitch Is Back and Still Has Major Anger Issues

Many people, including myself, weren’t that crazy about Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” People found it confusing and not up to the original “Alien” film. Well, guess what? Mr. Scott has completely redeemed himself with his new film “Alien Convenant.” It is absolutely … Continue reading

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Concours d’Elegance – Rare, Beautiful Vintage Cars at the Historic Greystone Manor

I love vintage cars, so I’m more than excited to be attending the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, May 7th 2017 at Greystone Mansion. This incredible event is not just a must-see for lovers of vintage automobiles, but also for those … Continue reading

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West Side Story Soars at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

“West Side Story” was the first Broadway musical I ever saw.  I was barely four years old, but I remember every second of that extraordinary theatrical experience. Since then,  I’ve seen the film at least ten times and know the … Continue reading

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – Bigger, Better and So Much Fun

The crew of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is back.  In case you need a refresher course, they include: Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves called the … Continue reading

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“Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers” at Skylight Theatre

Skylight Theatre Company launches the World Premiere production of resident writer Louisa Hill’s “Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers,” recipient of the Mark Twain Award for Comic Playwriting from the Kennedy Center American College of Theatre Festival. The story … Continue reading

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‘Sister Act’ Broadway is Coming to the Cabrillo Music Theatre

SISTER ACT is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and The Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), … Continue reading

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