At first glance, one is enchanted by the vibrant color palette of
a Gerane Mooney oil. But study a piece and you’ll also realize the
The La Canada Flintridge resident prefers painting in oil only.
“I tried everything, but oil is more me,” she said, “you can play
with it without messing it up.”
Her subjects have been landscapes and animals, but she is more
known, she said, for her florals, which have found a perfect backdrop
displayed in the Boddy House Gallery at Descanso Gardens. She has 59
paintings in the “Jewels of January” exhibit that also features
watercolors by Carole Buss and whimsical and elegant pottery by Tenny
Some of Mooney’s works have been painted with subtle tones, but
she favors vibrant color. When she paints red, she’ll use five
“You might use them all. Each painting is different. It’s just
exciting,” she said.
Mooney will be on site every day, meeting gallery guests and
enjoying the art of her fellow exhibitors, she said.
“It’s a lot of work getting ready for a show like this, so it’s
time to relax,” she said.
She took art classes in high school, but didn’t have the chance to
concentrate on it during the 17 years she was raising her two
children. She and her husband, Bentley, have been married 45 years.
Now, she paints seven to eight hours a day, five days a week and
some hours on the weekends, while Bentley is on the golf course.
“The time just flies by,” she said. “It’s great therapy, if you
ever want to forget anything.”
She began the study of French impressionistic works in 1975. At
Pasadena City College, she learned about perspective, and has
continued with 19 teachers and many workshops throughout this area.
In contrast to Mooney’s oils, fellow exhibitor Buss works in
watercolor. The Glendale resident teaches painting at Descanso, and
is known for floral and nature themes painted in luminescent,
jewel-like tones. Her impressionistic works are exhibited in
collections throughout the world.
Lim brings imaginative pottery created with a variety of
techniques, including Raku, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. For
this exhibit, she is introducing a new technique that includes fused
Design of another type also keeps Lim busy. As a Jet Propulsion
Lab mechanical engineer, she is lead designer of the Mars Exploration
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance is free
with gardens admission. The exhibit continues through Feb. 6.
Descanso 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 more information, call 949-4200.
OPERA COMPANIES PLAN BENEFIT CONCERT
Two Southland opera companies are collaborating on a benefit
concert at 8 tonight at the La Crescenta Valley United Methodist
Church in Montrose.
Members of Golden West Opera Theater and Opera of the Foothills
will present operatic solos, duos and infrequently performed chorus
selections in “A Euphony of Opera.”
The show is directed by Wendell Raymond Phillips.
Program selections include “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Donizetti and
“Moses in Egypt” by Rossini.
Prior to the performance, there will be a social time beginning at
7 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, salads and desserts.
A minimum donation of $25 is requested. Proceeds will go to
producing a fully staged performance of “Die Fledermaus” in the
The church is at 2700 Mon- trose Blvd., Montrose. For
reservations, call 399-4992 or (323) 850-3942.
LYNN LOWRY PERFORMS AT MR. B
Lynn Lowry and the Karen Hernandez Trio will perform at 9:30
tonight at Mr. B, 1333 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank.
Lowry sings songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s in a cabaret
style, complete with costume changes and humorous storytelling
interludes. Her songs/stylings range from light, smoky jazz to
playful, including a Betty Hutton routine, to soft love songs
dedicated to her longtime married parents.
For more information, call 845-1800.
FAMOUS BATTLE SCENES EXHIBITED AT LOCAL MUSEUM
Paintings of battle scenes by Toluca Lake resident John Pomeroy,
ranging from 9 by 12 feet to wall size, are on exhibit at the Forest
Lawn Museum in Glendale.
A supervising animator with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pomeroy
has captured in oil such famous scenes as Alexander the Great at the
Battle of Granicus in this exhibit “Windows of War: Historical
Paintings by John Pomeroy.”
The exhibit continues through April 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily. The museum is at Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Admission and parking are free. For more information,
call 204-3131 ext. 4545.
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 Thursday. The gallery is at 2414
Honolulu Ave. in Montrose. For more information, call 957-4071.
RESIDENTS SHOW ART AT TIRAGE GALLERY
Two local artists are among several other alumni of Pasadena’s Art
Center College of Design in a group exhibition at Tirage Gallery in
Artists from the local area showing works are Glendale resident
Tony Peters and La Canada Flintridge resident Corey Peters.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. today. The show ends Feb. 8. For more information, call (626)
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,”
ending its run this weekend at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
This piece is directed by Matt Walker.
Show times are 8 p.m. today and Sunday. 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. 16. Tickets are $10. The theater
is at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. For reservations, call
‘MACBETH’ IN FINAL PERFORMANCE
William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” produced by A Noise Within,
completes its run at 8 tonight.
Tickets range from $28 to $38. For reservations, call 240-0910.
The theater is at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
‘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
Tickets range from $14 to $17. The play continues through Feb.
For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324
N. Orange St., Glendale.
‘2ND WIND THE MUSICAL’ IS BACK ON STAGE
The revival performance of the rock opera, “2nd Wind the Musical
2002,” will resume performances at 8 tonight at the Gene Bua Acting
For Life Theatre in Burbank.
The story is about an acting coach, Teacher, who rallies together
three celebrity volunteers to help him with a new program at
Strawberry Fields Residential Treatment Center. They attempt to teach
three street kids how to turn their rage, fear and shame into
positive energy through acting.
Tickets are $25 with discounts available for seniors, groups and
teens. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Here’s To Life Foundation,
reaching at-risk youth through art and entertainment. For
reservations, call (310) 680-9109. The play continues through March
15. The playhouse is at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.
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.
Show times 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 Dead Ringer. Sunday, it’s Burbank
resident Karen Hernandez performing. The schedule for the week is the
Marty Harris on Monday; Dave Askren Trio on Tuesday; Harold Bennett
on Wednesday; Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and Larry Koonse & The Los
Angeles Quartet on Friday.
Jax is at 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more information, call
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. Singing behind the piano the rest of
the week are Bill Howe on Monday; Travis Warren on Tuesday; Mary
Ekler on Wednesday; Alexandra Caselli on Thursday; and Bob Setherolf
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
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 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 Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 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 weekend, $2 on Tuesdays and $5 on
For more information, call 248-3040.
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.
For more information, 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.
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 more information about the
center, call 840-9063.
MOONLIGHT ROLLERWAY IS THE PLACE TO SKATE
Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale offers skating for children and
adults throughout the week.
Admission ranges from $4.50 to $6.75. There is a $2 skate rental
fee or skaters can bring their own in-line or regular skates.
There is a session for children 12 and younger and their parents
from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Public sessions are from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adult Disco Night for those 18
and older is from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Monday. Old-timers Night with live
organ music is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Skaters receive a discount on the public session from 8 to 10:30
p.m. Wednesdays. Adult admission is $5 with $2 skate rental. The rink
is reserved for private parties Thursday.
Moonlight is at 5110 San Fernando Road in Glendale.
For more information, call 241-3630.
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.
HOWARD MUSEUM OFFERS HISTORY OF BURBANK
The Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex features exhibits of early
Burbank. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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 more 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 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.
COMMUNITY CONCERTS CELEBRATES 50TH
The Glendale Community Concert Assn. is celebrating its 50th
anniversary concert season. The next concert will feature Hudson Shad
on March 9.
Common Ground is performing March 29 and Alison England on April
Membership includes admission to concerts presented by affiliated
Community Concerts groups in other communities. For more information,
call 249-4625 or 248-3133.
Concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Glendale High School
auditorium, 1440 E. Broadway in Glendale, except for the March 29
concert, which is at Hoover High School Auditorium.
PASADENA POPS UNVEILS SUMMER SEASON AT DESCANSO
The programs have been announced for the Pasadena Pops Orchestra’s
summer season performed at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.
A “Red, White and Blue” salute featuring the music of the Andrew
Sisters is June 27 and 28. Then it’s a night of music “Fit for a
King,” with highlights from “The King and I” and Elvis on July 18 and
19 followed by a dance theme Aug. 15 and 16. “Beyond the Stars” is
the topic Sept. 5 and 6 and Cherish the Ladies, a non-subscription
event, is Aug. 2.
Rachael Worby is music director and conductor.
For tickets or more information, call (626) 792-7677.
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