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‘Twelfth Dog Night’ opens Thursday at Falcon Theatre

The Falcon Theatre invites comic anarchy to take the stage Thursday

when the Troubadour Theatre Company opens its “Twelfth Dog Night,” a

madcap combination of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and the rock ‘n’ roll

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of the ‘70s pop band 3 Dog Night.

Songs such as “Joy to the World,” “One is the Loneliest Number,” and

“Just an Old Fashioned Love Song,” help tell the tale of Shakespeare’s

star-crossed lovers and their entourage of comic buffoons.

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The Falcon stage will be filled with slapstick comedy appropriate for

the whole family. There will be actors on stilts, trampolines and

scaffolds, clowns, musicians who sing and dance and trip and flip their

way through this tale.

Los Angeles-based Troubadour Theatre Company’s previous work, “Butt

Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Clowns’ Labours Lost,” has won the company

many awards.

Tickets are $12. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2

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p.m. Sunday. The production continues through Jan. 16. Special Christmas

week matinees begin Dec. 27 and run through Dec. 30 all at 2 p.m. The

Falcon Theater is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. There is free on-site

parking. For tickets, call 955-8101.

Las Vegas-style show opens at Beyond the Stars Palace

Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale is offering a unique dinner

theater production with music and dancing from around the world

Wednesdays through Sundays.

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“Russian Extreme” features 26 famed Russian dancers in colorful

costumes in addition to daring circus acts, slapstick magicians, clowns

and audience participation.

Music in the show, spans the gamut from techno, jazz, Latin, ambient,

modern Jewish dance and even an African number with the “I Dream of

Jeannie” theme laced throughout. Another favorite number include a modern

dance version of “Back in the USSR.”

For dinner, there is an array of appetizers such as smoked fish and

meats, caviar, sushi, dolma, liver pate, vegetarian dishes and salads.

Entrees include baked salmon in a pastry shell, Saltimbocca, Chicken

Kiev, Beef Stroganoff and others. A variety of desserts is offered and a

full bar. After the show, dancing to a live band continues until 2 a.m.

Prices range from $48 to $75, which covers the food, show, dancing,

tax and tip. Valet parking is available.

For reservations, call 500-0151. Beyond the Stars Palace is at 417 1/2

N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Shows start at 8 p.m. Wedneday through

Saturday. On Sunday, doors open at 5 p.m. The palace is taking

reservations for New Year’s Eve.

Orchestra receives largest challenge grant given by arts council

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a resident company of The Alex

Theatre in Glendale, has received the largest challenge grant ever given

by the California Arts Council.

The grant is a $100,000 challenge grant that must be matched three to

one by Sept. 30. Its purpose being to implement the orchestra’s strategic

plan just recently approved by its board of directors.

One of the goals of the grant is to increase the orchestra’s family

concerts from one to three. These were piloted last year with a

prformance of Green Eggs and Ham at The Alex. The grant is also expected

to help underwrite the orchestra’s rehearsal time, increase the guest

artist budget and allow the orchestra to offer special add-on concerts to

the subscription series.

The orchestra is hoping to add many new partners to the roster of

generous angels who help fund the subscription concerts, as well as the

education and outreach programs.

For information, call the orchestra at (213) 622-7001, ext. 212.


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