Malibu Seen / By Kim Devore

ART SMART

Art lovers, gallery owners and collectors will be heading over to the Barker Hangar for one of the year’s most appealing and attractive events. The 15th annual Los Angeles Antiques Show features some of the finest examples of sculpture, furnishings, fabrics, lamps, paintings, jewelry and rare books around. This year’s extravaganza will showcase the best of the best with more than 60 exhibitors from across the United States and Europe. Each gallery sets up shop in a living room-like setting where it’s easy to admire the glorious goods.

There’s something for everyone, with stunning examples from just about every artistic movement you can name from the ancient world to modern times. Whether you are a fan of Native American tribal art, drool over Deco or go loco for Louis, this sumptuous art spectacular has you covered.

The five-day event kicks off with a special opening night preview on April 21 hosted by locals Courteney Cox and David Arquette along with Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer. Fittingly, the festivities will benefit P.S. Arts, an organization which works to keep arts education in public schools.

OH BABY!

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza was bopping a few nights back with a slew of swinging septuagenarians who showed they’ve still got what it takes. This year’s Best of Doo Wop concert was a crowd pleasing blast to the past with everyone from The Safaris to Dodie Stevens taking the stage and strutting their stuff.

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The Rolling Stones may be rocking well into their senior years, but even they can’t top Danny and the Juniors. The old school crooners started out in the fifties and they’re still going strong.

Frank Maffei, Danny Rapp, Joe Terranova and Dave White shot to fame with number one hits like “At the Hop,” “Twisting USA” and “Pony Express.” The guys were signed by legendary local Dick Clark who featured them on his “American Bandstand” program. Another regular on Dick’s show back in the day was Dodie Stevens. Looking like a teen queen, she took the audience down memory lane with songs like “Pink Shoelaces.”

Jimmy Stevens of The Safaris sang his hit “Image of a Girl,” and the ever dapper Diamonds had them dancing in the aisles with “Little Darlin’.”

So next time you start moaning about getting older, check out these Doo Wop wonders for inspiration. They all look pretty good, move pretty good, sound pretty good and what’s more, their loyal fans just can’t get enough.

Got a hot happening or cool event? Send the 411 to kimdevore@malibutimes.com.

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