The Valley Line: A new year and new beginnings

January 11, 2012|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Kiwanis-AM members Chuck and Joan McGee, along with Erik Fiske, pause for a photo while planting the winter garden at the Lanterman House. (Photo by Frances Hill)
Kiwanis-AM members Chuck and Joan McGee, along with Erik…

Here we are into the second week of January already. I reluctantly removed the ornaments from my tree, wrapping each one carefully in tissue paper. I always hate putting them away because they are so magical and representative of places I’ve been in the world and memories of family times. It will be an entire year before I see them again.

Now that the holiday activities have faded away, it looks like the community is taking a well-deserved nap after the frantic rounds of parties and gatherings, and the social pace is slower. Hard to believe that all is so quiet on our front.

The movie award season begins this Sunday, Jan. 15, with the Hollywood Foreign Press presentation of the 69th Golden Globe Awards. Those will be followed on Jan. 29 by the Screen Actors Guild’s SAG Awards. The granddaddy of them all — The 84th Academy Awards ceremony — will be coming up on Feb. 26.


For a film buff like me, this is always an exciting time. It was even more fun that two of the favored movies for Golden Globes, “The Help” and “War Horse,” had pre-screenings right here in our very own La Cañada Regal Theater.

One movie award event that I look forward to each year is the USC School of Libraries’ “Scripter Award,” held in the Times Reference Room on campus at the Doheny Library. This will be the 24th presentation honoring the author and screenwriter of the year’s best book-to-film adaptation.

Of course I love all of the red-carpet fashion parades to see the best- and worst- dressed stars.

Moving away from the silver screen for a moment and jumping onto the boards of legitimate theater, this weekend I went to A Noise Within’s reprised production of “Noises Off.”

This is the third production for the A Noise Within company in its beautiful new theater in Pasadena.

“Noises Off” is a hysterically funny British farce that has received rave reviews. By the second act, I was laughing so hard that tears were running down my face. Just what the doctor ordered for whatever ails anyone — don’t miss it. It runs through Jan. 15.

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