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Local ballet fund-raising for show at Alex Theatre


Fund-raisers are in the works to produce the second ballet

production for Burbank’s Media City Ballet Company on May 18 at The

Alex Theatre in Glendale.


On the program will be the “Rach- maninov Sketches,” choreo-

graphed by Artistic Director Natasha Middleton and danced to

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #3, and the famous Armenian ballet,

“Gayane,” choreographed by Associate Director Ruben Tonoyan.


To raise money for the performance, the company is resuming the

Sunday Afternoon at the Ballet series. Also, a fashion show luncheon

is being introduced this year, Middleton said during a break from


“Modern and Contemporary Dance in America” is the title for the

first segment of the Sunday series scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at

the Media City Dance Centre, 237 E. Palm Ave., Burbank.

A special tribute will be given to the late Isadora Duncan, who


started the modern movement in dance during the early 1900s. There

will be a discussion on her life and the company will perform one of

her dances.

Also on the program are “The Conversation,” choreographed by

Middleton to music by Piazolla, and new works by new choreographers

with the company including “Bound,” by Jennifer Wilson, and “Grape,”

by Nancy Fichter and danced by company principals Ellen Rosa and

Jennifer Wilson.


Tickets are $15 and reservations, limited to 100, can be made by

calling 972-9692. Additional events are Rachmaninov Sketches workshop

March 30 and Peter and the Wolf on April 13. Peter and the Wolf also

has been selected for the company’s outreach program to tour schools

in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A fashion-show luncheon with the theme “Romance in Dance” is

planned for April 6 at The Castaway in Burbank. Fashions will be from

Ann of Magnolia boutique in Burbank.

“Ann of Magnolia has very romantic fashions and they fit all

shapes, sizes and age groups,” Middleton said. “It’s going to be a

great event at The Castaway.”

Tickets are $50 and reservations can be made by calling the number



Romance and comedy take center stage this week at TasteBuds at

Ramseys, the restaurant tucked inside the Toluca Lake Tennis Club at

6711 Forest Lawn Drive in Toluca Lake.

Lisa Ann Orkin brings her rated-R comedy with songs “A Housewife

in Blue” to the restaurant at 8 tonight.

It’s about a teen disco queen who marries her high school

sweetheart, has children and experiences the Great American rite of

passage -- divorce.

Orkin disassembles a marriage bit by bit, song by song, sharing

silly and biting truths.

One reviewer called it “Donna Reed gone haywire...countless bursts

of laughter.”

The restaurant’s ambience changes to romantic on Valentine’s Day

when Chris Walden and his 21-piece big band entertains during a

special dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Couples, singles and groups are


Walden has composed the scores for some 30 movies and recorded

more than 60 CDs. He has arranged for such greats as Nancy Wilson and

Olivia Newton-John.

Reservations are required for both events and can be made by

calling (323) 874-4006.


Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. and their group The Soldiers for

The Second Coming continue their free praise concerts beginning

Tuesday at Valley Baptist Church in Burbank.

This uplifting, spiritual presentation is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

on the third Tuesday of the month. Everyone is invited to stay for

fellowship and refreshments after the praise service.

The church is at 2201 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank. For more

information, call 845-7871.


And while we’re on the subject of spiritual uplifting, Glendale

Adventist Medical Center is sponsoring a free Christian concert by

contemporary inspirational vocalist Steve Green.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Vallejo Drive Church,

300 Vallejo Drive in Glendale.

This family concert will have a special segment just for children.

People of all ages and denominations are invited. On the program are

songs such as “People Need the Lord,” “Find Us Faithful” as well as

selections from Green’s new album “Woven in Time.”

It traces the continuing story of God’s constant and glorious

presence in human history.

Green has had 13 No. 1 songs and received four Grammy nominations

and six Dove Awards, Christian music’s highest honor. With 24 re-

cordings to his credit, including children’s projects and

Spanish-language albums, he has sold more than 3 million albums



All areas of the world are depicted in paintings of artists’

international travel destinations in an exhibit opening Saturday at

Tirage Gallery in Pasadena.

Glendale residents exhibiting are Donald Hildreth, Paulette Lee

and Tony Peters.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. Saturday. The show ends March 15.

For more information, call (626) 405-1020.

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