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‘Russian Extreme’ dinner theater continues at Beyond the Stars

Palace

Joyce Rudolph

An international dinner show, touting all the glitter and pageantry of

a Las Vegas revue, opens this weekend at Beyond the Stars Palace in

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Glendale.

The Russian Masquerade Show, titled “Russian Extreme,” features a cast

of dancers and musicians from Moscow, says Vice Director Alex Bogat.

They’ll be exciting acts from graceful Russian ballerinas to daring

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circus performers.

More than 200 unique costumes are worn by entertainers in the show

that is reminiscent of a Russian carnival.International and Russian

cuisine has been placed on the menu.

Audience members are invited to sing and dance along and can pose for

pictures with performers following the show.

Show time is from 9 to 11 p.m. tonight and Sunday. The production will

continue for three months, Bogat says, Wednesdays through Sundays.

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Creative producers are Maxim Dunaevsky and Alexey Shelyakin.

Beyond the Stars Palace is at 417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

Tickets range from $48 to $75. For information and reservations, call

500-0151.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Armenian and Persian dance production at Glendale High

For those who enjoy Armenian and Persian dancing, the Djanbazian Dance

Academy is producing “Dance Dominion” featuring premiere dance works

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ranging from ballet and contemporary to ethnic Armenian and Persian dance

forms.

Accompanying the performers are live musicians with traditional

instruments.

The event is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Glendale High School, 1440 E.

Broadway, Glendale. Tickets are $10 and $15 and can be reserved by

calling 247-4465.

Thirteen-year-old writes hip book for peers

Jenna Britton, 13, of Los Angeles, has just finished writing her first

book, “Girls Know Best 3: Your Words, Your World.” She is one out of 25

girl authors, ages 10 to 16, who have contributed chapters to the book

that hit stores in October.

Chapters tout such savvy chapters as “Cool Careers and Where to

Start,” “Dazzling Art Projects, Do You Want to Start a Band?” and

“Gaining Confidence, Taking Charge, Forgetting Fear.”

Britton has written about the history of women’s rights and she

discusses questions girls today might have about feminism.

All 25 girls are touring their home towns across America, sponsored by

Girls Life Magazine. At their book signings, the girls will be talking to

girls about how she became an author, inspiring girls to go for their

dreams.

Local girls can meet Britton at 3 p.m. today at Borders Books and

Music, 100 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For information, call 241-8099.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra plays all six Bach Brandenburg Concertos

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director

Jeffrey Kahane, will present all six Bach Brandenburg Concertos at 8

tonight at The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

For this event, Maestro Kahane will be both conductor and harpsichord

soloist, drawing frm the orchestra’s vast talent of world-class

principals for the balance of the solo parts. The principal soloists are

Allan Vogel and Kimaree Gilad, oboe; David Shostac and Susan Greenberg,

flute; Roland Kato and Victoria Miskolczy, viola; and David Washburn,

trumpet.

Dr. Alan Chapman conducts a 1/2-hour talk one hour prior to the

performance.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

Prices range from $13 to $50, with discounts for students, seniors and

groups, subject to availability.

Dark Delicacies gets visit from author of ‘Creepy Susie’

Angus Oblong, author of “Creepy Susie,” will autograph his book at

Dark Delicacies in Burbank beginning at 2 p.m. today. The characters in

the book will soon be featured in an animated series called “The Oblongs”

to air on the WB channel in the fall. Dark Delicacies is at 3725 W.

Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Call 556-6660 for information.

Jazz Celebrations features The Javier Vergara Quartet

The Javier Vergara Quartet will perform the music of John Coltrane at

the Jazz Celebrations event held at 5 p.m. Sunday at First Lutheran

Church, 1300 E. Colorado St., Glendale.

The quartet features Javier Vergara on tenor saxophone; Donald Vega,

piano; Bill Markus, bass’ and Lorca Hart on drums.

Vergara, a native of Mexico City, started playing tenor sax at a very

young age, as his father was a musician. Ten years ago he left Mexico

City to study in Los Angeles and play with American jazz musicians.

He enrolled in the music program at Pasadena City College and has

studied saxophone with Jerry Pinter and Justo Almario, among others.

Since then, he has performed with Poncho Sanchez, Cecilia Coleman,

David Cherry, Gilbert Castellanos and others. He can be heard playing

with the Banda Brothers and his own quartet in clubs around Los Angeles.

A free will offering will be taken.


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