Tel: (818) 347-9665 PST

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

5/11 Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS)- PearlCon IV- Board Game and ComicBook Convention

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS) is proud to announce PearlCon IV, the fourth annual Board Game and ComicBook Convention to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is $5. 

The school is located at:
6649 Balboa Blvd.
Lake Balboa, CA  91406
Tel: (818) 654-3775

The event is sponsored by the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School PTSA and Associated Student Body, and will be held on the DPMHS campus.The event is targeted for Middle School and High School students, and is intended to be a day of fun and enjoyment for both kids and parents. 

There will also be an added WWII segment for which The Museum SFV's own Franky Ortega will have special guests and booths educating attendees on the history of the Birmingham General Hospital and the school and areas involvement and history on WWII. Come, meet and learn from WWII veterans too!

The Museum SFV will h ave a booth at the event.

Local game stores and comic book stores will be on campus in the Dealers Room, and will running games, talks, and seminars throughout the day.

The school is using this event as a fundraiser for our school, since the majority of families do not have the means to help finance activities at the school. Our hope is to raise funds to support our basic operation as well as fund specific projects such as sending students to national journalism conventions, purchasing equipment for use by our newspaper and filmmaking students, and providing more resources in our library.

One of the traditional activities during PearlCon is a silent auction of materials that have been donated by local merchants. We are seeking distinctive items and baskets, such as toys, small appliances, tickets, gift certificates, or any services. Local businesses may make a monetary, product or service donation. If you choose to participate, your store will be recognized in a special supplement of The Pearl Post, our school’s nationally recognized award-winning newspaper.  If you wish to provide us with a banner, will be happy to display your banner during the Convention in a prominent location.

DPMHS is a the smallest comprehensive public high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, with an enrollment on only 360 students. Despite its small size, DPMHS is routinely recognized as one of the best schools in the nation by publications such as U. S. News and World Report, who include our school in the top 5% of all high schools. 

The school routinely achieves 100% graduation rates each June, and sends its students to colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Special Speaker event; April 27th @ 7:00 pm; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan - Scott Tracy Griffin at SFV Arts & Cultural Center

The Museum of the SFV Speaker Series continues and is fortunate to have historian Scott Tracy Griffin speak on Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan and on the Centennial of Tarzana Ranch on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center.

Mr. Griffin will share the history, facts and stories on the centennial, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan.
•    In 1911, one of the promoters of the Suburban Homes Co., General Harrison Gray Otis, purchased 550 acres of what is now the heart of Tarzana. General Otis was the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. He took a very active part in the development of the Valley.
•    In 1915, water to the Valley was provided through the Owens River Aqueduct and the Valley was annexed to the City of Los Angeles. This secured the Valley's growth.
•    In 1919, Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased the Otis Ranch, built his home there and named it Tarzana Ranch.

“The Museum SFV is quite appreciative to have Scott Tracy Griffin as one of our speakers this year. His expertise and passion on Edgar Rice Burroughs will have current fans more excited and will develop a fascination for people not as familiar with him and the legacy of Tarzan,” said Michel Stevens, President of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.

There will be numerous story boards for viewing at the event.  Mr. Griffin will be signing copies of his books, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration and Tarzan on Film. The cost of each book is $39.95.

"This community has a fascinating literary heritage," says Griffin, the Director of Special Projects at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. "Tarzana’s founding marked the culmination of the rags-to-riches story of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man dubbed ‘the most influential writer of the 20th century’ by Ray Bradbury. It's a unique historical pedigree that should be celebrated by all Southern Californians.”

The event will be held at The Museum’s alliance partner's location in Tarzana.

The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC)
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356. 

Tel: 818.697.5525

There is free parking in rear of building - take Oxnard East, then right on Etiwanda and then right into alley to enter parking lot. Also, please try to take mass transit in the form of the Metro Orange line. You can take the Orange Line - hop off at Reseda and walk just south to Oxnard and head east about a block and a half to the SFVACC.

The cost for the event is $10/pp; Please RSVP and pay in advance via EventBrite. Walk-in attendees are welcome, but please RSVP beforehand at 818-347-9665 or Light refreshments will be served.

The Museum SFV is located at 18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204, Northridge, CA 91324-1654. The Museum offers free admission to exhibits, free parking and has elevator access.

About Scott Tracy Griffin
Scott Tracy Griffin is the author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016), a lavishly illustrated history of the renowned franchise, which began in 1918 with Tarzan of the Apes and continues through 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan. Griffin’s previous book, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration (Titan Books, 2012), was a 2013 Locus Award finalist for Best Art Book.

Griffin’s career as a writer, pop culture historian, and consultant began in 1993. Print publications for which Griffin has written include Cinefantastique, FilmFax, Femme Fatales, The Burroughs Bulletin, Mississippi Magazine, and AlterEgo.  His online editorial contributions have been featured in the Huffington Post, Amazon’s Hollywonk,, MTV Geek, Flavor Wire, Man of La Book, and

Griffin scripted a 13-week arc for United Feature’s Tarzan Sunday comic strip in 1996, and the forewords to Tarzan in the City of Gold (Titan Books, 2014) and A Soldier of Poloda (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2017). He’s been the moderator for the annual Edgar Rice Burroughs panel at Comic Con International in San Diego since 2012.

He has served as a consultant and on-camera interviewee for numerous documentaries, including Arts & Entertainment Biography’s Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996); Canadian InformAction’s Investigating Tarzan (1997); London Weekend Television’s In Search of Tarzan (1999); Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle (2004); and the award-winning films Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle (2012) and Tarzan Revisited (2017).

Griffin participated in numerous interviews as the “Tarzan expert-on-call” promoting American Movie Classics’ first Tarzan Marathon; subsequent television appearances include CBS This Morning, Turner Network Television’s Rough Cuts, KTLA News (Los Angeles), WCBI TV’s Midday (Columbus, MS), WHAS News (Louisville, KY), and the syndicated Eye on L.A. Podcasts and radio interviews include BBC Channel 3, BBC Channel 4, The Bill Moller Show (WGN, Chicago), Bob Andelman’s Mr. Media, Electric Sheep Magazine‘s podcast Fear and Fantasy, and Journeys in Classic Film‘s podcast Ticklish Business.

The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Post, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal, New Orleans’ Times Picayune, Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, Santa Monica Mirror, The Argonaut (Santa Monica), Starkville Daily News, and Town and Gown magazine are among the publications that have covered Griffin’s work.

A resident of Southern California, Griffin graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson,
Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and was awarded his MBA from California State University Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Director of Special Projects for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Please feel free to visit:

Friday, March 1, 2019

April 11th - Westfield Topanga - Taste of the Valley - great event

The Taste of the Valley is the San Fernando Valley's ultimate Wine, Brews & Spirits tasting and Food festival.

Join us on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm, for tasty cuisine from over 45 restaurants, 120 wineries, and delicious smooth spirits and flavorful microbrews.

Tickets now on sale for $55 per person through March 11, $65 through April 10 and $80 at the door - (No Refunds). Tickets price is inclusive of --

  •  ALL food and beverage tastings
  •  Participation in Crowns On, Crowns Off - an exciting game of chance being held at the event
Crowns On, Crowns Off - Guests collect their crowns at the event. At the designated time and location, participants will take part in a Heads or Tails-style game. A series of coin flips determine who moves forward and who is eliminated depending on how the coin lands ( "Heads" -> Crowns on; "Tails" -> Crowns off). The last person standing takes home the grand prize: a 7 Night-stay for 2 people at the Marina Fiesta in Cabo San Lucas. (airfare not included)

All proceeds benefit the Valley Cultural Foundation. VCF provides diverse programs and events in the arts that bring together talent, community, business and education throughout the San Fernando Valley.

Call Valley Cultural Foundation for information at 818-704-1358.
Attendees must be 21 years of age, I.D. required. No refunds.

2019 Participants as of 2/15/19*


ACE Academy of Culinary Education - Amuse Eatery & Cocktails - Arnie Mortons Steak House - Auntie Annes and Cinnabon - Barone's The Pizza Experience - Bazille at Nordstrom - Bella Donna Special Events - Benihana Restaurant - Blaze Pizza - Bluebird Brasserie - Bristol Farms - Cavaretta's Italian Deli - Costco - Davids Tea - Dog Haus - Dr. Pepper/Snapple - Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - Follow Your Heart - Fresh Brothers Pizza - Gasolina Café - Go Greek Yogurt - Halo Ice Cream - Islands - Larsens Steakhouse - Le Pain Quotidien - Lusy's Mediterranean Café - Maggiano's Little Italy - Pedalers Fork - Rosie's BBQ & Grillery - Roy's Hawaiian Fusion - Runway at the Hilton Woodland Hills - Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - Stonefire Grill

Specialty Shops

A Sweet Design - Bertha Mae's Brownies - The Mochi Ice Cream Co. - Nothing Bundt Cakes - Sugar Brown Pastries


Petite Petite - Michael David - Freak Show - Joel Gott - Napa Cellars - Bogle Wines - Artesa - Ana Cordoniu - Bonterra - 1000 Stories - Deloach - Raymond - Hess Vineyards - District Seven - Butternut - Santa Margherita - CakeBread - Caymus - Conundrum - Mer Soleil - Aubon Climat - A To Z Wineworks - Seghesio - Gainey - Chateau Montelena - Star Lane - Crios - Neyers - Underwood Wines - Vinemark Cellars Chardonnay – Grenache Rose – Reserve Pinot Noir – Cabernet Savignon – Buona Miscela - Rosenthal The Malibu Vineyard - Ascension Cellars - Work Vineyard

Apollo 11 documentary to launch onto IMAX screens on March 1st for one week

Fasten your seat belts for a part of American (and San Fernando Valley) history - if you like space, NASA, the men and women behind that worked on the moon landing and... a terrific precursor to The Museum's exhibit May 1st - July 31st of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, then go out and buy a ticket to this one week showing.

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Movie length: 93 min.

Click HERE to watch the trailer.

Click HERE for link to local movie theatres.

One week only - buy your tickets today!