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Ballet directors give workshop on creating dances

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Guests of the Media City Ballet Company will witness the process of

how a choreographer works with the dancers to create a finished piece

beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Media Dance Centre in the

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Burbank Village.

Artistic Director Natasha Middleton will be working on the ballet

“Rachmaninoff Sketches” to be featured in the company’s next

performance May 18 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

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“You are seeing a work in progress,” she said. “I will explain the

‘Rachmaninoff Sketches,’ why I called it that, and I’ll talk about

the composer. People will hear the music. Dancers will be doing

dances that are rehearsal slices of major dance works.”

It will be an educational experience for the public, Middleton

said, as those watching will not only see the dancers sweat, but the

choreographers sweat as well.

“It’s like going into the classroom,” she said. “I will be doing

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the correcting of the dancers, and if he is lifting her a certain

way, I’ll explain why I chose these types of movements to give them.”

The workshop will show what the ballet dancer goes through to

perfect their role and perfect the style of dance they are given, she

said.

Middleton will also introduce two Russian dancers who joined the

company as principal dancers two months ago.

Askar Alimbetov, who is originally from Russia, was trained in

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Russia and danced with the Moscow Ballet.

Askar Kettebekov was also trained in Russia and danced

professionally with the Boston and San Diego ballets.

Associate Director Ruben Tonoyan will be discussing his ballet,

“Gayne,” which will be included in the May 18 performance. It

features Armenian classical/folk dancing. Jennifer Wilson, also a

principal dancer with the company, will perform it along with several

male dancers.

This is the second event in the Sunday Afternoon at the Ballet

series at the Media Dance Centre, 237 E. Palm Ave., Burbank. Tickets

are $15 and can be reserved by calling 972-9692. Funds raised will go

to the May 18 performance at The Alex Theatre.

The next event in the series is 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

NUCLEAR FAMILY EXAMINED IN COLLEGE PRODUCTION

“Keeping Up with the Joneses,” a play by Nate Eppler, is in its

opening weekend in the Glendale Community College Auditorium Studio

Theatre.

Eppler explores the inner workings of a family of geniuses, which

includes a would-be superhero, an ornithologist, a 16-year-old

biology expert and a physicist working for the Department of Defense.

He uses nuclear war as a metaphor for the nuclear family and asks why

anyone would build such a terrible weapon.

“Keeping Up with the Joneses” has been nominated for four

playwriting competitions, including the Mark Twain Award for best new

comedy.

Performances are at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play

continues at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and April 5, 10, 11 and 12 and

at 2 p.m. April 6 and 13.

Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended. Doors open

one half-hour before each show. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and

seniors. For reservations, call 240-1000, ext. 5618. There will be no

late seating.

BURBANK PHILHARMONIC SPONSORS COMPETITION FINALS

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra in conjunction with the

Hennings-Fischer Foundation will present the finals in the second

annual Concerto and Aria Competition at 7:30 tonight at the Hall of

Liberty in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los

Angeles. Admission is free.

First-place winners in both instrumental and opera categories will

be awarded $500 honorariums and will be announced immediately

following the competition.

The judges are Barry Brisk, Fung Ho and Patricia Shanks. Burbank

Philharmonic Maestro Steven Kerstein will preside over the evening.

Established in 2001, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation is the legacy

of violinist, conductor and teacher, Noumi Fischer and his wife,

fellow violinist and teacher, Audrey Hennings Fischer.

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills is at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los

Angeles. For more information, call 771-7888 or e-mail burbankphilharmonic@ yahoo.com.

QUILT SHOW OFFERS NEW AND ANTIQUE QUILTS

The Glendale Quilt Guild’s 24th Annual Quilt Show “Where Eagles

Soar” continues this weekend at the Burbank Airport Hilton Convention

Center.

There will be more than 200 new and antique quilts, wearable art

garments and handmade dolls. The show includes classes for all

levels, lectures, quilt appraisals, quilter’s merchant mall with more

than 50 vendors, two sewing-machine drawings, an opportunity quilt,

awards banquet, a fashion-show breakfast and boutique, and more.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday at the Burbank Airport Hilton Convention Center, 2500

Hollywood Way in Burbank. Admission is $7, $2 for children. For more

information, visit the Web site at www.glen- dalequiltguild.org or

call (888) 337-8458.

GLENDALE AUTHOR SIGNS NEW BOOK ‘SALTHILL’

Glendale resident Judith Barnes will be signing her first novel,

“Salthill,” from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Bookfellows, 328 N. Brand

Blvd., Glendale.

Published by St. Martin’s Press, the book is set in British

Columbia in the post-war 1940s and ‘50s. The story centers on the St.

Oeggers, an Anglo-Irish family who emigrated from Calway to raise

thoroughbred horses on a ranch in the Canadian wilderness. They are

joined by a young black man who has a special gift with horses. He is

asked to stay on and becomes a part of the family.

“It’s a love story, and is literary fiction,” Barnes said about

her book. “I’ve tried to give them a good read.”

IRISH STEP DANCERS STRUT THEIR STUFF

The Glendale Community Concert Assn., celebrating its 50th

anniversary concert season, will feature Common Ground at 2:30 p.m.

today at the Glendale High School auditorium, 1440 E. Broadway in

Glendale.

Common Ground is an ensemble of world-champion Irish step dancers,

country cloggers and quick-footed tap dancers who click, tap and kick

their way through 25 numbers to celebrate the Irish experience in

America.

The final event of the season is Alison England on April 6.

Membership includes admission to concerts presented by affiliated

Community Concerts groups in other communities. For more information,

call 248-4080 or 248-3133.

JEWEL CITY DOLL CLUB HAS SHOW AND SALE

Jewel City Doll Club will have its 25th annual Doll Show and Sale

from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the upstairs room of the Glendale

Civic Auditorium.

There will be antique and collectible dolls and accessories, paper

dolls, old toys, bears, miniatures and related books. Spectators can

have their picture taken with their favorite doll for free.

Club members will offer for free their expertise in doll

identifications. Special guest is doll-book author Patricia

Schoonmaker.

Admission is $5, free for children younger than 12. The auditorium

is at 1401 Verdugo Road in Glendale. For more information, call Dene

Alcott at 248-4862.

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OFFERS PATRIOTIC SALUTE

A patriotic theme, “Red, White and Blues, -- An American Music

Celebration,” is planned for this weekend’s performance by the Gay

Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

The concert will feature a broad sampling of American music

styles, both classical and popular, exploring what it means to be

Americans, and in particular, gay Americans.

In addition, a musical tribute will be performed honoring the late

Peter Matz, noted music arranger, accompanist, composer and

conductor. His widow, soprano Marilynn Lovell Matz, will sing a few

selections. She has had several movie roles and toured with the

international company of “Hello Dolly” with Mary Martin.

The concert will be directed by Bruce Mayhall.

Show times are 8 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15

to $45. The Alex is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are

available by calling The Alex Theatre box office at 243-2539.

ON STAGE

A NOISE WITHIN PRODUCING CLASSICS

A Noise Within’s present offerings are “O Pioneers” and “Measure

For Measure.”

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

Julia Rodriguez Elliott, direct “O Pioneers,” a 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

mercy.

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.

‘CAMELOT’ CONTINUES AT CENTRE THEATRE

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.

‘CINDERELLA!’ CLOSES AT FALCON THEATRE

The family musical “Cinderella!”, written by Dimitri Toscas,

closes this weekend at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

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. today and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10. The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, in

Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.

‘2ND WIND THE MUSICAL’ IS BACK ON STAGE

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.

ART EXHIBITS

ARTIST HAS 33RD EXHIBIT AT DESCANSO

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 from 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 or visit www.descansogardens.org.

ARTIST SHOWING AT OCEANVIEW BAR AND GRILL

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

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

Montrose.

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 on 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.

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.

NATIONAL COLLAGE EXHIBIT AT BRAND

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.

Residents showing their works are Jane Friend of Glendale and

Sandra Rooney of La Crescenta.

Friend’s entry, “Tide Pool,” was created with handmade paper and

acrylic paint. Rooney’s entry is called “Rhythm in Blues” and is a

mixed-media piece.

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.

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

1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. For more information, call 548-2051.

A LITTLE JAZZ WITH DINNER

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, Tuesday; Mary Ekler,

Wednesday; Alexandra Caselli, Thursday; and Bob Fetherolf, Friday.

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

music.

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 242-9191.

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 Saturday.

Tonight, the spotlight shines on Steve Blackwood. Burbank resident

Karen Hernandez performs Sunday. The schedule for the week is the

Elliott Cain on Monday; Hugh Turner Quartet on Tuesday; Fred Horn

Quartet on Wednesday; Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and Banda Brothers

Quartet on Friday.

Jax is at 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For more information, call

500-1604.

MUSEUMS

BURBANK HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFERS EXHIBITS OF BURBANK

The Burbank Historical Society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum Complex

features exhibits of early Burbank. There are extensive collections

of vintage vehicles, costumes, dolls, cameras and special sections on

the history of Lockheed, Disney and Warner Bros. studios.

Hours are from 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.

BURBANK MUSEUM DEDICATED TO AVIATION

Burbank Aviation Museum is dedicated to the memory of the men and

women who made aviation history in the San Fernando Valley.

Located at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Cemetery, artifacts are

displayed in the Portal of the Folded Wings-Shrine to Aviation, an

ornate domed building that is listed on the National Register of

Historic Places. Visitors can enter on Valhalla Boulevard behind

Fry’s Electronics, off of Hollywood Way or use the main entrance at

10621 Victory Blvd.

The Portal building is accessible from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for

viewing the cenotaphs and burial stones.

The aviation displays can be viewed from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information,

call 845-3300.

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 Can- ada

Flintridge. The city took ownership in 1987, and public tours have

been offered since 1995.

For information, call 790-1421.

KARAOKE

SWING DANCING, KARAOKE COMBINE AT THE MIX

The Mix, at 2612 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, offers Top 40 music

played by a disc jockey on 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

Wednesdays. Call 248-3040.

DANCING

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.

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