IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TV weatherman Fritz Coleman will be taking jabs at the funny side of
life around Burbank and Southern California when he performs a
45-minute stand-up routine during a benefit at 5 p.m. Sunday for the
Burbank United Methodist Players.
BUMPs, as it is more commonly known, is celebrating its 10th
anniversary as the official performing arts group of Burbank First
United Methodist Church. Members organized the show, “One Night Only!
An Evening With Fritz Coleman,” to honor and pay tribute to the Rev.
Dr. Larry L. Stamper to thank him for his support over the years.
All proceeds will be donated to The Glendale-Crescenta Valley
Chapter of the American Red Cross and The Larry Stamper Scholarship
Fund. In addition, BUMPs is sponsoring a blood drive for the American
Red Cross from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at Burbank First United
Methodist Church. To sign up to donate blood, call 845-1531.
Coleman, a former Glendale resident, is a big supporter of the Red
Cross. He coordinates a benefit comedy night each year for the
neighboring Red Cross.
“The church is making a donation to the Glendale- Crescenta Valley
Red Cross and sponsoring a blood drive the day after, so it’s a
one-two punch for the Red Cross for me,” he said.
Joining the famous KNBC-TV Channel 4 weatherman on stage will be
talented church members Steve Hall, Ann and Brooks Gardner, Catherine
Davis-Cox, Bobbie Norman, Wendy Lashbrook, Philip McNiven, Russ Harr,
Marilyn Strong, Steve Kirwan and Sue Stamper. Brad Steed is musical
If Brooks Gardner looks familiar, it’s because he is the cowboy on
the Stuart Anderson’s Black Angus Restaurant commercials.
All tickets are $20 and on sale at the church or can be purchased
at the door.
Child care will be provided. For more information, call 845-1531.
For reservations, call 848-2091. The church is at 700 N. Glenoaks
Coleman is taking his original play, “The Reception,” on the road.
He recently performed it at Cal State Northridge to raise funds for
the university’s theater and will appear for another benefit Saturday
at UC Santa Barbara.
This is the final week of the mini show for the Burbank Art Assn.,
which is continuing until Thursday at store number 138 on the first floor of the Burbank Media Center.
The Best of Show went to Christina Ramos.
First-place awards in the Honors Division went to Lilli Monello in
the category of Still Life, Floral, Genre and Gordon Fine, in the
category of landscape, marine and western. Open Division first-place
honors went to Janet Devaney, landscape; Veli Bill Saame, still life;
Janet Devaney, life; and Teresa Pietranta, abstract.
The association will be the host group for the annual Big Three
Meeting of the area art groups, Burbank, Glendale and Verdugo Hills
art associations, beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at the First
Methodist Church, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale.
Performing a watercolor- painting demonstration will be well-known
artist Gerald Brommer. He will be donating a painting for a raffle.
Brommer is a painter, teacher, author and juror. He has written
and edited more than 20 books for high school and college art classes
on a variety of art topics. He also has written several books on
collage for artists and produced 10 video programs and several sets
of posters for school art classes.
His work is shown in eight galleries in California, Bermuda and
London. After 26 years of teaching high school art, he continues
teaching activities by leading workshops in all parts of this country
Members and guests are invited to this demonstration. Tickets are
$6 at the door. Refreshments will be served.
For those who want to break into the voice-over industry, expert
Harlan Hogan will be giving advice during a book signing event at 7
p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble in the Burbank Media Center.
His new book is called “VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over
Hogan has been featured in radio and TV commercials for companies
such as Kraft, McDonald’s, Budweiser, Motorola and others. His voice
is behind such advertising phrases as “Strong enough for a man, but
made for a woman.”
He is also the voice on the recording atop the Sears Tower and the
Adler Planetarium, both in Chicago.
Shakespeare at Play will present a free performance of “A
Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 2 p.m. April 5 at the Buena Vista Branch
Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St.
The hour-long performance, an abbreviated version of the five-act
play, will be followed by a question-and-answer period, said Debbie
Gates, executive director. Gates secured several grants to be able to
bring this performance to the community without charge.
Plans for the new company include hosting an annual Shakespeare
For more information about upcoming performances and classes for
children through seniors, call 566-1925.
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