48 Hours

Joyce Rudolph

GLENDALE -- Big band singer Beryl Davis is a staunch believer that

imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

So when the Burbank resident listens to today's singers, she marvels

at the new artists re-creating swing music from the 1930s and '40s.

There is an interesting difference between the music performed by

swing legends Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa and Woody Herman, she said, and

today's singers like Celine Dion and Sting.

"I love when they sing my songs," she said. "They put a slightly

different twist to it than I do."

Then she sings a few of the words to a song that Sting does, "My One

and Only Love."

"The very thought of you makes my heart sing..."

Davis will join several legends of big band in the "Celebration of

Swing" concert at 8 tonight at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. She will

sing a World War II medley, including "I'll Be Seeing You," and "In The


The resurgence of swing's popularity keeps the singer and her husband

and producer Buck Stapleton on the road performing across the country and

abroad. The audiences she entertained in London this summer ranged from

18 to 30.

To those audiences, she said, she is more like a history teacher and

tries to keep to the original sound.

"I have a responsibility to perform the song properly, the way it was

during the swing era," she said. "It's lecturing in a way, more like

teaching. I must be true to that situation, stay in my pew where I


Daughter of the British band leader, Harry Davis, Beryl spent many

years touring Europe with his and other bands until Glenn Miller

discovered her. She sang with Miller and toured for the U.S. troops,

which led to a long musical friendship with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra,

Benny Goodman and many others.

Hope brought her to America, and she met Sinatra and joined him on the

show "Your Hit Parade."

"I've been going ever since, singing all over the world with big

bands, and there's nothing I like better," she said.

Radio personality Chuck Cecil will be master of ceremonies for the

Alex concert, which is produced by Stapleton and Bradylock Productions.

Tickets range from $20 to $30 and can be reserved by calling (800)

414-2539. The Alex is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

Also on the bill are jazz legend and trumpet player Peter Candoli and

Page Cavanaugh and his Trio. Candoli played with Tommy Dorsey, Miller,

Herman and others during the big band era. Cavanaugh started his trio

during World War II. He continues to release albums featuring his piano

skills and in 1997 performed for two sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall.


'Jewels of January'

at Descanso Gallery

Carole Buss is showing her impressionistic watercolors of flowers,

gardens and seasonal landscapes in the exhibit titled "Jewels of January"

at the Descanso Gardens Gallery.

Joining her in the show are Tenny Lim and Gerane Mooney.

Implementing an ancient Japanese technique, Lim produces whimsical and

elegant pottery of porcelain, earthenware and Raku.

Mooney creates impressionist oils of brightly colored florals,

landscapes and paintings featuring classic architecture.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The exhibit

continues through Feb. 7. Descanso Gardens' admission is $5 adults, $3

seniors and students, $1 children and free for 5 and younger. Parking is

free. Descanso is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.


'Happytime Xmas' at Third Stage

Justin Tanner's award-winning comedy "Happytime Xmas" continues at the

Third Stage theater in Burbank.

The play is about a typical family at the holidays premiered in 1989

at the CAST Theatre in Hollywood, where it became an annual holiday

tradition. After a four-year absence, it finds a new home at the Third


Ellen Ratner reprises her role as Hazie, a career waitress and

matriarch of the bickering Kinn family, and Sandra Kinder returns as

Hazie's mother Lillian.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call

842-4755. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through

Jan. 26. The Third Stage is at 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

Little Victory's 'Oleanna' ends run today

David Mamet's "Oleanna" ends its run at 8 tonight at The Little

Victory Theatre in Burbank.

The play, directed by Maria Gobetti, is about a college professor

accused of sexual harassment by his student. It explores themes of

political correctness, power, censorship and abuse. The audience is

encouraged to help supply the answers to "who did what to whom?"

Tickets are $18 and can be reserved by calling 841-5421. The Little

Victory Theatre is at 3324 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank.

'Never Too Late'

at Centre Theatre

The classic Broadway farce "Never Too Late" is being produced by

Glendale Centre Theatre through Feb. 9.

It revolves around the hilarious antics of a man who discovers he's

about to be a father again. Seeing as it's been 24 years since his last

child was born, this hysterical comedy proves it's never too late to

start anew.

Tickets range from $13 to $19. For reservations, call 244-8481.

Shakespeare's 'Romeo'

put to Hall and Oates music

Troubadour Theatre Company, known for combining Shakespearean plays

with contemporary music, is producing "Romeo Hall & Juliet Oates" at the

Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

The classic Shakespearean play becomes a madcap romp set to the 1980s

rock and roll music of Hall and Oates. L.A. Drama Critics Circle

Award-winning director Matt Walker assembled the cast of actors,

musicians and clowns who sing and dance and trip their way through the

90-minute musical excursion of potions, sword fights and star-crossed


The company's sold-out hit last year was "A Midsummer Saturday Nights

Fever Dream." featuring disco music from the movie "Saturday Night


"Romeo" runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday through

Jan. 27 at The Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Admission

is $20, and $10 for students and children. For reservations, call


'Funky Punks'

at Falcon Theatre

The Falcon Theatre becomes an arena for pie throwing and prat-falling

as the face-painted, big-shoed, rubber-nosed Troubadour Theatre Company

takes over the space through Feb. 24.

This high energy troupe presents "Funky Punks with Junk in their

Trunks," directed by Matthew Walker. Many of the members are former

performers with Ringling Brothers' Greatest Show on Earth. The family

show combines circus skills, acrobatics, physical comedy, classic clown

gags and improvisation with audience participation. It is especially

recommended for youngsters 1 to 13.

Show time is 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10, and can be

reserved by calling 955-8101. The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside

Drive, Burbank.


Howard Museum offers history of Burbank

The Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex features exhibits of early


Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The complex is at 1015

W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Parking is available at George Izay Park lot off

Clark Avenue. For information, call 841-6333.

The Doctors' House features Glendale history

The Doctors' House, tucked inside Brand Park in Glendale, is a

Victorian home in Queen Anne Eastlake-style open to the public from 2 to

4 p.m. Sundays. Built in the 1880s by real-estate entrepreneur E.T.

Byram, the house has been restored. Brand Park is at 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.

Bolton Hall features early Sunland, Tujunga

Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga, run by the Little Landers Historical

Society, features historical displays relating to the Sunland and Tujunga

areas. It is open to the public at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays. Admission

is free. The museum is at 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga. For information,

call 352-3420.

Looking back at the foothills at the Lanterman House

The Lanterman House, owned by the city of La Canada Flintridge, is

operated by the Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation and is open to the

public from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and the first and third

Sundays of the month.

The house was built in 1914 by the founding family of La Canada

Flintridge. The city took ownership in 1987, and public tours have been

offered since 1995.

For information, call 790-1421.


Skating is cool fun at Pickwick arena

Pickwick Ice Skating Arena, 1001 Riverside Drive in Burbank, has

public skating, figure skating and ice hockey lessons. It is also

available for private parties.

Public sessions are from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 8 to

10 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and

8:15 to 9:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for 17 and

younger, and $3 extra for skate rentals. Call 846-0035.

Equestrian center great for horsing around

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive in Burbank, has

horse events throughout the year but also rents out the animals seven

days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horse rentals are $20 for one hour, $30

for 1 1/2 hours, and $35 for two hours, all with a $15 deposit, cash only. Private hourlong lessons are $35.

Private parties can take night rides or, for the summer only, sunset

barbecue rides. The sunset rides are also open to the public. To horse

around, call 840-8401, or for general information about the center, call


Talk to the animals at the Los Angeles Zoo

The L.A. Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8.25

for adults, $5.25 for seniors 65 and older, $3.25 for kids 2 to 12 and

free for kids younger than 2. Parking is free and strollers and

wheelchairs are available to rent. The zoo is at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los

Angeles. Call (323) 644-6400. It is closed on Christmas Day.


Go to Giggles for salsa, Latin House

Giggles night club, 215 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, is offering a

mixture of dancing and salsa lessons on Fridays. Salsa and merengue

dancing are offered on the lower level on Friday and Saturday. On the

main floor, Spanish Rock and Pop are played on Friday, while Latin House,

Trance and Top 40 are offered on Saturday. There is a strict dress code.

The club is open 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12

both nights. Call 500-7800.

Dance to live music at Sardo's

Sardo's, 259 N. Pass Ave. in Burbank, features the house band,

Skyline, playing Top 40, Rock and Country and Western from 9:30 p.m. to 1

a.m. each Friday and Saturday. There is no cover charge. Call 846-8126.

Crazy Jack's offers country entertainment

Crazy Jack's, 4311 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, offers live country

entertainment and free dance lessons.

Entertainment includes live country bands from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Fridays and Saturdays, and 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays. Dance lessons are

from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The menu includes steaks, hamburgers and French dip sandwiches, along

with a full bar. Call 845-1121.


Dimples showcases its customers

Dimples, 3413 W. Olive Ave. in Burbank, serves up some karaoke, Las

Vegas lounge-style. The club presents its Singers Showcase from 5 p.m. to

1:30 a.m. every night for those willing to croon for a crowd. Choose from

more than 10,000 songs and get a free cassette recording of your


The club opens its bar at 5 p.m. and starts serving dinner at 6:30

p.m. During show breaks, hit one of two dance floors playing disco, salsa

and popular music. Call 842-2336.

Rusty Pelican cooks with live music

Glendale's Rusty Pelican, 300 Harvey Drive in Glendale, serves dinner

and Sunday brunch, but really cooks with its live singing and music.

There's karaoke from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, live jazz from 7 to

11 p.m. Fridays and live blues from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturdays. For

information or to make reservations, call 242-9191.

Swing dancing, karaoke combine at The Mix

The Mix, at 2612 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, offers Top 40 music played

by a disc jockey on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday. On Wednesday, there is

swing dancing instruction from 8 to 9 p.m. followed by swing dancing from

9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Karaoke is offered beginning at 9:30 p.m. on

Thursday. There are also 12 pool tables and a pool league, dart boards

and a darts league, and the occasional live music band. Cover is $3 on

the weekend, $2 on Tuesdays and $5 on Wednesday. Call 248-3040.

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