How our life experiences and fate ultimately lead us to commitment
is the theme of choreographer Lucas Crandall’s “Atelier,” receiving
its world premiere tonight at The Alex Theatre.
It is one of the works to be performed by Hubbard Street Dance
Chicago, led by Artistic Director Jim Vincent. “Atelier” is the first
piece Artistic Associate Crandall has done for the company.
To create the piece, Crandall said his inspiration was the story
of the love triangle between French sculptor Auguste Rodin
(1840-1917) and his two mistresses, Camille Claudel and Rose Beuret.
He ultimately chose Beuret to be his wife.
The piece starts after the breakup of Auguste and Camille,
Crandall said, but the balance of the dance is more related to
Crandall’s life experiences.
“It is based on life, love and fate,” he said. “That, at the end,
we do commit to something in our life. If it works, great. If it
doesn’t, we change our commitment, but we still must commit to
Through the dancers’ movements, Crandall also tries to interpret
Rodin’s artistic technique.
“I used an idea from his sculptures. The figures are ample and
round,” he said. “The dancers stay softer in their limbs. They are
not straight or stiff.”
“Atelier” was commissioned by the S. Mark Taper Foundation and The
Alex Theatre. Having groups and corporations give money to support
the art of dance is very encouraging to choreographers, he said,
because funding is more often given to other art forms.
Alex Executive Director Barry McComb is looking forward to Hubbard
Street’s return to the theater.
“People are literally still talking about their last performance
in March,” he said. “That we are premiering a work commissioned by
The Alex makes the event that much more special.”
Atelier means artist workshop or studio, so Crandall said he took
the idea of Rodin working in his studio with the two women and
juxtaposed it with how choreographers, dancers, costumers and
technical staff work in their studios and finally come together in
one studio for a production.
“Atelier” is one of two works created for the Hubbard’s 25th
anniversary season. The other is “Cor Perdut (Lost Heart),” a work in
preview, by Compana Nacional de Danza Artistic Director Nacho Duato.
Those dances are on tonight’s program along with “SUPER STRAIGHT is
Coming Down” by Daniel Ezralow and “Minus 16" by Ohad Naharin.
Tickets range from $25 to $43 and can be reserved by calling
243-2539. Showtime is 8 p.m. The Alex is at 216 N. Brand Blvd.,
ROAD’ERS HAVE CAR OF THE YEAR SHOW
Previous winners of the monthly car shows sponsored by the
Road’ers Car Club will be vying for 2002 Car of the Year from 6 to 9
tonight at Bob’s Big Boy, 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale.
All previous winners must bring and display their trophy to be
eligible. There will be music, raffle prizes and a 50/50 opportunity
drawing. Eight other trophies will be awarded.
The December show was rained out for the first time in four years,
but the club was still able to collect a truck full of toys and $500
for the Glendale Police Toy Closet. Club members delivered the toys
to the Glendale Police Department on Christmas Eve and will present
the $500 check soon.
For more information, call Rick Fox at 240-9461.
PASADENA SYMPHONY PRESENTS ‘FOLK ECHOES’
Grammy Award-nominated violinist Philip Quint will be featured in
the Pasadena Symphony’s “Folk Echoes” during the concert at 8 tonight
at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Conducting will be Music Director
Jorge Mester of Montrose.
Quint, who is making his second appearance with the orchestra,
will perform Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Also on the program are
Shchedrin’s Naughty Limericks, a virtuoso piece for orchestra, and
Dvorak’s sweeping Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”
Residents performing are Terry Cravens, Betty Sirri and Lois
Johnson, all of La Canada Flintridge; Douglas Davis of La Crescenta;
and Barbara Don, Louise Ditullio, Sharon Harman, Deborah Calkins,
Philip Yao and Christian Kollgard, all of Glendale.
Tickets range from $14 to $66, $5 for children 5 to 17. The
Pasadena Civic Auditorium is at 300 E. Green St. in Pasadena. For
tickets, call (626) 584-8833.
TRACY AND HIS CREW AT HIGHLAND GROUNDS
Tracy & the Hindenburg Ground Crew, a Burbank-based roots- and
punk-influenced alternative-pop combo will be playing beginning at 9
tonight at Highland Grounds, 742 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood.
Admission is $5.
FRIENDS OF VIVA DISPLAY AT ARTS CENTER
A juried group show, Friends of VIVA, which is an acronym for
Valley Institute of Visual Arts, has opened at the Burbank Creative
Arts Center Gallery.
Artists in the show are members of the five groups that make up
the institute, said Betty Beam, president of the institute’s board of
directors. They are Women Painters West, the Valley Watercolor
Society, Collage Artists of America, Valley Artists Guild and the San
Fernando Valley Art Club.
There are 92 pieces in the show in the mediums of ink, collage,
watercolor, pencil drawings, mixed media and sculpture. Judging was
performed by Cathey Cadieux, an oil and pastel painter, who attended
the Academy of Art in Chicago.
Receiving top honors are Brenda Bagg of Los Angeles, first place;
Frank Fujita of Burbank, second place; and Betty Beam of Woodland
Hills, third place.
Fujita was flattered to have won, he said, knowing the competition
he was up against.
“It’s very thrilling because it’s something to be honored among so
many good artists. Everything I see -- I love everybody’s work,” he
Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The show ends
Friday. The arts center is at 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. For more
information, call 238-5397.
THREE SHOWING AT BODDY HOUSE GALLERY
Three artists, Carole Buss, Tenny Lim and Gerane Mooney, are
showing their works at Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House Gallery through
Buss, who teaches painting at Descanso, is known for floral and
nature themes painted in luminescent, jewel-like tones.
Lim brings imaginative pottery created with a variety of
techniques, including Raku, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. For
this exhibit, she will also introduce a new technique that includes
fused glass. Mooney, whose oils depict a wide range of topics,
focuses on florals and landscapes for the Descanso exhibit.
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance is free
with gardens admission. Des- canso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive,
La Canada Flintridge. The gardens are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Parking is free. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for
children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 5 and younger.
For information, call 949-4200.
RETIRED DISNEY ARTIST JOINS PLEIN-AIR GROUP SHOW
Retired Disney artist Doug Ball of Burbank is one of eight artists
exhibiting in a group show of plein-air painters at Whites Gallery in
“In his work, ‘Descanso Koi Pond,’ his treatment of light on the
water shows his ability to execute the medium of oil painting,”
gallery owner Linda Strack said.
Other artists showing works are Gegam of North Hollywood, Bruce
Trentham of Burbank, Ron Chesley of La Canada Flintridge, Wie Zhao,
Linda Du Pas and Catherine Hills, all of Glendale, and Michael Situ
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Saturday. This exhibit ends Jan. 30. The gallery is at 2414 Hon-
olulu Ave. in Montrose. For more information, call 957-4071.
KOOL BLEND OF SHAKESPEARE AND FUNK AT FALCON
The Troubadour Theater Company combines Shakespearean prose with
the funky music of Kool and the Gang in “All’s Kool That Ends Kool”
at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank. This piece is directed by Matt
Walker. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through
Jan. 26. Tickets are $20. The Falcon is at 4252 Riverside Drive in
Burbank. For information and reservations call 955-8101.
‘SNOW QUEEN’ IS EVENT FOR WHOLE FAMILY
The Falcon Theatre is presenting the “Snow Queen,” a winter-themed
production for the whole family, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and
1 p.m. Sundays. Magic hangs in the air when the Snow Queen comes to
town and transforms balmy Los Angeles into a snowy winter wonderland.
Now she has only a short time to take Emma, Alexander, and the whole
audience on a musical adventure through L.A. to show them that,
though winter comes and goes, “Love Lasts Forever.”
The play continues through Feb. 2. Tickets are $10. The theater is
at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.
A NOISE WITHIN PRESENTS ‘MACBETH’
A Noise Within officials have extended the run of William
Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Remaining performances are at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Jan. 25. Tickets range from $28 to $38. For
reservations, call 240-0910. The theater is at 234 S. Brand Blvd.,
‘SEE HOW THEY RUN’ AT GLENDALE CENTRE THEATRE
Glendale Centre Theatre kicks off its new season of wholesome,
family entertainment with the British farce “See How They Run.” It
was written in the 1940s by Philip King. Burbank resident George
Strattan is directing.
The play is about an English vicarage gone nuts. With the arrival
of the Bishop, one expects the shenanigans to cease, however, the
confusion showballs. Tickets range from $14 to $17. The play
continues through Feb. 15. For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale
Centre Theatre is at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale.
SWING DANCING, KARAOKE COMBINE AT THE MIX
The Mix, at 2612 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, offers Top 40 music
played by a disc jockey Tuesday, Friday and 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 at 9:30 p.m.
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 week- end, $2 on Tuesdays and $5 on Wednesdays. Call
A LITTLE JAZZ WITH DINNER
JAX OFFERS SUPPER, JAZZ EVERY NIGHT
Jax Bar and Grill is a supper club offering live jazz every night
of the week. Showtimes are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday;
9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sunday. Happy Hour Jazz is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Tonight, the spotlight shines on the Mat Marucci Quartet,
featuring Doug Webb, Donald Vega and Chris Conner. Sunday, it’s
Burbank resident Karen Hernandez performing. The schedule for the
week is the Hoover High School Downbeat Combo on Monday, Danny
Weinstein & Viva on Tuesday, Zane Musa Quartet on Wednesday, Jack
Sheldon on Thursday and Jason Goldman Sextet on Friday. Jax is at 339
N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more information, call 500-1604.
RESTAURANT OFFERS MUSIC FROM ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s
The Oceanview Bar and Grill offers live entertainment six nights a
week for diners.
Entertainers perform a combination of piano and jazz guitar
pieces, and some accompany with vocals. Musical selections include a
mix of music from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s to opera to Celine Dion.
Some entertainers also perform their original pieces and invite
diners to sing along with them.
Jennifer Russell and Michael Gayle sing jazz while playing piano
and guitar from 7 to 10 tonight. The Oceanview Bar and Grill is at
3826 Ocean View Blvd. For more information, call 248-2722.
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
2AZZ1 and The Body & Soul Band, featuring Burbank residents Craig
and Mary Durst, performs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays. There is no cover and
no minimum. There’s karaoke from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, live
jazz from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and live blues from 8:30 to 11:30
p.m. Saturdays. For information or to make reservations, call
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 Fridays.
Salsa and merengue dancing are offered on the lower level Friday
and Saturday. On the main floor, Spanish rock and pop are played
Friday, while Latin house, trance and Top 40 are offered 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.
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, $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
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 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. To horse around, call 840-8401,
or for general information about the center, call 840-9063.
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