Paramount Ranch Jam

Enjoy Bluegrass at its best at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival at Paramount Ranch’s famous Western Town movie location (2903 Cornell Road) in Agoura Hills on Sunday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also featured are contests, jamming, folk dancing, flat-foot dancing, clogging, children’s activities, story tellers, handmade crafts, workshops, food trucks (or bring your own) and exhibits. Advance purchase tickets: $23 adults, $17 juniors/seniors; free parking. TopangaBanjoFiddle.org

Artist Reflections

The public is invited to the opening reception of Squeak Carnwath: How the Mind Works, Saturday May 18, at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum, at Pepperdine University. Through July 28, 2019, the exhibit showcases Bay Area artist Squeak Carnwath’s bold, colorful paintings created to provide a journey into the creative process. Using a personal iconography of texts, images, charts, and symbols, she explores both the philosophical and mundane experiences that fill our everyday lives. Her paintings function as fields of information, mixing words and images into reflections on our everyday lives that run the gamut from the lighthearted and humorous to the somber and serious. Her paintings reflect on how the mind works, providing a glimpse into the rich complexities of human thought, seen from a highly personal artistic and poetic point of view. Like New Image painting, her imagery is direct, basic, and fundamental. Carnwath’s principal talent is her ability to transform inert materials into something akin to living matter. Arts.Pepperdine.edu

Tasteful Art

Join the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica  Mountains and Seashore in supporting the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and local conservation efforts on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rosenthal Wine Bar and Patio, 18471 Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu. The group’s art exhibit and sale features local artists displaying original representational landscapes and seascape paintings of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Fine wine tasting, music, snacks and a food truck will be onsite. Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio provides enthusiasts with wines of uncommon breeding that delight the senses and connect them to our unique local Malibu location in Newton Canyon. The Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains was founded over 20 years ago to paint and preserve the unique natural beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Allied Artists members organize exhibitions of their paintings to raise money and increase public awareness of the endangered land that they depict in their paintings. The group also sponsors free monthly paint-outs on the second Saturday of the month at various locations throughout the recreation area. Allied-Artists.com

Save the Date!

The final round and awards ceremony of the Parkening International Guitar Competition takes place June 1, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.n. at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University. Every three years, some of the most astoundingly talented young classical guitarists around the world travel to Malibu for the world’s preeminent guitar competition. This recital will feature the competition’s Gold Medalist, who returns to Pepperdine to demonstrate the musicianship that won this coveted title. Arts.Pepperdine.edu