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Strut your stuff at Amateur DanceSport Championships

Everyone from 7 to 87 who loves to dance will want to strut over to

the Southern California Amateur DanceSport Championships from 11:30

a.m. to midnight today at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

Ballroom dance competition will be interspersed with public


dancing throughout the event sponsored by the United States Amateur

Ballroom Dancers Assn.

“We’ve been doing it for the last seven years,” organizer Patricia

Maier, said. “You’ll see everything from ballroom and Latin American


dancing to swing and salsa.”

The three top awards will be for International Style -- Latin,

International Style -- Standard and American Style -- ballroom.

“Once you begin to dance,” Maier said, “somehow it gets in your

blood. You just can’t not do it. It becomes a compulsion.”

Dancing gives people a real emotional and physical high, she said.

“You are exhilarated,” she said. “It keeps you young, flexible,

sociable. And how many sports keep you active and keep you


interactive socially?”

Some of the kids start as young as 7.

“They are unbelievable. It is fun!” she said.

Admission is $15 at the door. For more information, call (310)

538-3667 or check the Web site at www.socalchampion-



“Carnival of the Animals” is the title of the second segment of


the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Family Concert Series on Sunday

at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Pre-concert activities begin at 1 p.m. and feature the “Instrument

Petting Zoo” where youngsters can try out real instruments and an

interactive workshop given by the Los Angeles Zoo, highlighting the

animal kingdom.

Jeffrey Kahane will be conductor and pianist for the 2 p.m.

concert that highlights Camille Saint-Saens’ zoological fantasy for

duo piano and orchestra. He will be joined by pianist Cynthia Gong,

who is a student of the Colburn School for the Performing Arts. The

text was written and will be narrated by third-graders of The

Accelerated School.

Tickets are $7.50 and $12.50 and can be purchased at the door.

The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For

information, call 243-2539.


Ayekah, a nonprofit organization for the arts, will present a free

screening of the film “William Saroyan, The Man, The Writer” at 6

p.m. Sunday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

This is Ayekah’s debut event since its establishment in the fall

of 2002.

The film began touring 1991 and, since then, has premiered in 58

cities and 22 countries. This will be the first time in 11 years the

film will be shown in Los Angeles.

“The Man and the Writer” portrays Saroyan’s youth, from his days

as a fatherless child, a young and hungry journalist in his hometown

of Fresno, to his overnight success as a writer. The film recounts

his relationship with his children and family as well as his love and

passion for the country of his roots, Armenia. Narrator Mike Connors

discusses the many works of Saroyan, along with rare footage of

Saroyan’s own ideas and opinions on his works.

The film has won six International Film Festival Awards, five of

which were for directing and one for musical composition. The film

also received a Gold Award for the Best Documentary Film from the

Philadelphia International Film Festival.

The civic auditorium is at 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. For

more information, call Ani Asatryan at 618-1299.


After their car show was rained out Sunday, Jewel City Kiwanis

have rescheduled the 10th annual event from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday at Verdugo Park, 1621 Canada Blvd. in Glendale.

New this year is a silent auction, and one of the top items is

three months worth of lunches donated by Tam O’Shanter Inn, member

Rich Jessup said.

More than 300 classic and collectible cars and trucks will be

displayed along with a few motorcycles. Trophies will go to the top

vehicles in their classes. Those displaying cars can register from 7

to 9:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, there will be drawings for prizes and

car-related vendor stands available for shopping. Local high school

jazz bands will perform in the afternoon.

The Jewel City Kiwanis will set up their barbecue catering trailer

for grilling Verdugo Burgers, chicken sandwiches or hot dogs with an

order of Kiwanis Fries.

All proceeds support the local children’s charities such as Boy

Scouts, YMCA, American Red Cross and several local elementary

schools. Collectors can purchase souvenir hats and T-shirts.

The show is open to the public with free admission and free

parking. To enter a vehicle or for more information, call Jessup at



The Brand Library Associates will present the second part of its

free dance series with a performance by Mandala Danceworks at 3 p.m.

Sunday at the Brand Library Galleries, 1601 W. Mountain St.

Mandala Danceworks will present “Garden of Pomegranates,”

choreographed by Karin Lynge Jensen. It is a modern dance work,

deriving its name form Israel Regardie’s interpretations of the

Qabalah’s ancient, mystical writings. It began as a musical

composition by Rich Atkinson, Jonas Laster and Clifford Novey, using

the Qabalah and its esoteric associations as the basis for musical


The dance’s 10 sections were inspired by choreographer Karin

Jensen’s meditation on the enigmatic connection between these

“branches” on the “Tree of Life” and their cultural, historic and

spiritual representation.

Members of Mandala Danceworks will not only dance this piece, but

will also discuss how the music and dance evolved in a collaborative


For more information, call 353-5734.


Longtime Glendale resident Jane R. Edwards will give a book

signing from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Penelope’s Cafe Books and Gallery,

1029 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge.

Her new book, “So Long Guys, Goodbye is Forever,” is a memoir of

her friend, the late Albert La Chasse, a World War II Army Air Force

lieutenant, who was among the first to fly the B-17 Flying Fortress.

La Chasse recalls his group, the Mighty Eighth, the first into the

skies over Europe, his subsequent captivity by the Germans and his

crew that forever remained his heroes.


The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus, a resident company of The Alex

Theatre in Glendale, will perform in a benefit concert for the AIDS

Service Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at All Saints Church, 132

N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena.

Titled “Red, White & Blue, the Music of America,” the concert will

include American musical styles, both classical and popular. Tickets

are $25 and can be purchased by calling Keri Aulita at (626) 441-8495

ext. 244 or e-mail



“O Pioneers,” produced by A Noise Within, opens this weekend at

the former Masonic Temple in Glendale.

Artistic co-directors and husband and wife, Geoff Elliott and

Julia Rodriguez Elliott, will direct this stage adaptation of Willa

Cather’s novel. Heroine Alexandra Bergson leads her family into the

1880s Midwest to carve out a living from a forbidding land.

It runs in repertory through May 15 with Shakespeare’s “Measure

for Measure,” which continues through May 10.

As part of his plan to arrest the moral decay plaguing his beloved

city, the Duke of Vienna abdicates power to his trusted subordinate

Angelo in order to travel incognito throughout his realm. Angelo, a

man of unblemished reputation, sentences Claudio, an unwitting

citizen, to death for “sinful indiscretions” as an example to all who

would err.

Claudio’s tenacious and pure-hearted sister, Isabella, rushes to

her brother’s aid, unleashing a deadly passion in Angelo. Thus begins

the age-old confrontation between compassion and intolerance, public

morality and private lechery, in Shakespeare’s tale of the measure of


The former Masonic temple building is at 234 S. Brand Blvd.,

Glendale. Tickets range from $18 to $38 and can be reserved by

calling 240-0910.


Hail back to the glorious reign of King Arthur in Lerner and

Loewe’s “Camelot” produced by Glendale Centre Theatre.

Merlin and the knights of the Round Table are all here as well as

the musical triumphs “The Lusty Month of May” and “If Ever I Would

Leave You.”

The play continues through April 12. Tickets range from $14 to

$17. For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at

324 N. Orange St., Glendale.

The children’s musical “Cinderella” runs at 11 a.m. Saturdays through June 18.


Producers at the Falcon Theatre have reopened the family musical

“Cinderella!” written by Dimitri Toscas.

Adapted from composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini’s classic opera,

“La Cenerentola,” this production combines music, song and audience

participation in telling the tale.

Cast members are Roberta Wall, who portrayed Mrs. Potts in the

first national tour of “Beauty and the Beast,” and Eric Meyersfeld,

who recently starred as The Boy in the record-breaking Off-Broadway

production of “The Fantasticks.” Rounding out the cast are Kimberly

Kurtenbach, Peter Allen Vogt and Karen Schnurr.

Performances are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays

through March 30. Tickets are $10.

The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank.

For reservations, call 955-8101.


The revival performance of the rock opera, “2nd Wind the Musical

2002,” has returned with two new songs. Show time is 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 May 3.

The playhouse is at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.



Ruth Basler Burr has returned to Descanso Gardens for her 33rd

annual one-woman art exhibit “Reflections.” The former La Canada

Flintridge resident, whose watercolors and prints are in collections

worldwide, will bring familiar scenes this year to Descanso’s Boddy

House Gallery.

The exhibit includes a new group of paintings of the gardens as

she remembers them during the many years she walked its pathways with

her friends. The show continues until April 10.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and admission is free

with paid gardens fee. Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La

Canada Flintridge. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Parking is

free. Admission fees are $5 for adults; $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 or visit


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.


Alyce Cox-Smith of La Crescenta is displaying her artwork, mainly

landscapes in oil, throughout March at Oceanview Bar and Grill in


The Montrose hairstylist began her second career as an artist

taking painting classes through the parks and recreation department

in the late 1980s. After a two-year hiatus, she started taking

classes with local artist Margot Lennartz.

For her piece of Cannery Row in Monterey, Cox-Smith received a

second-place honor in the landscape category in a juried show

sponsored by the San Gabriel Fine Arts Assn.

Oceanview Bar and Grill is at 3826 Ocean View Blvd. in Montrose.

For information, call 248-2722.


A representation of some of the finest contemporary collage works

by artists from throughout the United States are included in the

“Open ’03,” a show sponsored by the Collage Artists of America at

Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale.

Seventy original works were selected for the show by juror Suzanne

Muchnic, art writer for the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles

correspondent for ARTnews magazine.

The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Exhibit Chairman

John Selleck, will give a talk about the show at 4 p.m. Admission

and parking are free. The show continues through April 18. Gallery

hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Wednes- day

and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brand galleries are at 1601 W.

Mountain St., Glendale. For more information, call 548-2051.


Winners have been announced in the Burbank Fine Arts Federation’s

annual membership show at the Creative Arts Center Gallery tucked

inside George Izay Park.

Leo Monahan received the Brand Library Award of Excellence for his

paper entry “Autumn Breeze.” Veli Saame was presented the Robert

Sandmeyer Memorial Award for his resin “Apparition.”

Also honored were Florence Dommes for her watercolor “Ports

O’Call,” Sandra Goldman for her watercolor “It’s About Time,” Susan

Levin for her watercolor of “Diagonal Flowers,” and Martin Mondrus

for his oil “Conversation.”

Gallery hours are 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 center is at

1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. For more information, call 238-5397.

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