Revisiting Steinbeck

Here are a few highlights from one of California’s greatest authors—John Steinbeck.

Here are a few highlights from one of California’s greatest authors.

 

FILM

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Produced only a year after the novel was released, the film stars a hopeful Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, who loads up his Depression-era Oklahoma family into a dilapidated Hudson Super Six in search of greener pastures in California. The Joad family’s arduous journey from dust bowl to promised land provides a sobering snapshot of a wretched period in American history. Directed by John Ford and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

 

 

MUSIC

Pipe Dream

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s often overlooked seventh musical was not a huge hit when it debuted on Broadway in 1955. Based on Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and short novel Sweet Thursday, it follows the love story between a marine biologist and a prostitute—though it’s only eluded to in the adaptation. The show was revived in 2012 in New York by Encores! at City Center and lives on in a live recording. That production starred rising Broadway stars Laura Osnes as Suzy and Will Chase as Doc. 

 

        

 

PAGES

East of Eden (1955)

Probably most remembered as a film vehicle for the broodingly handsome James Dean, the novel is just as entertaining and goes deeper into the backstory of Adam and Kate, the parents of brothers Cal and Aron. This modern retelling of the Cain and Abel story uses early 20th-century Salinas Valley as a backdrop. It’s rumored that Hollywood “it girl” Jennifer Lawrence will play a young Kate in a new film adaptation of the book, a part that earned Jo Van Fleet an Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

 

STAGE

Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck first adapted his novella of the same name for Broadway in 1937. That play is currently receiving a handsome revival on the Great White Way directed by Anna D. Shapiro. The new production stars James Franco as George, friend and guardian to Lennie, a mentally challenged but physically powerful giant played by Chris O’Dowd. Like many of Steinbeck’s other works, the story takes place during the Great Depression and follows two struggling California migrant workers. Runs now through July 27.

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Observing the winter landscape and wildlife while on a guided nature hike down the Discovery Trail to the Terranea Resort, parents and their children connected to the natural beauty of the peninsula’s coastline habitat restored by the Conservancy and used it as artistic inspiration for creating their own impressionist masterpieces at this event hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Art to Grow On, Inc.

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Locals' Choice Awards 2013

Southbay magazine celebrated the winners and finalists of our annual Locals’ Choice Awards presented by Paul Martins American Grill at Bo Bridges Gallery and iRun MB, both newcomers to the downtown Manhattan Beach scene. Drinks were served courtesy of Ultimat Vodka, Uncorked Wine Shop and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. A special thanks goes to our friends at VOX DJs, the SKECHERS Foundation, Choura Events and South Bay Plastic Surgeons.

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At a fundraiser to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Pilates Institute of Southern California instructors offered Reformer, Tower, Cadillac and Mat workouts for donations to the BCRF.

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