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Music heard aboard the Titanic is free gift to guests

A free CD of the music heard aboard the Titanic the night of its

demise will be given to guests at the screening of “A Night to

Remember” (1958) at 2 and 8 p.m. today at The Alex Theatre in

Glendale.

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The Alex Film Society is sponsoring the event, featuring an uncut

print that contains footage trimmed from its original American

release.

As a bonus, patrons will receive a free CD of Ian Whitcomb’s,

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“Titanic, Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage.” Winner of two

Grammys, the Rhino Records release is an authentic re-creation of the

music played by the White Star Orchestra on the fateful voyage.

Based on Walter Lord’s best- selling novel of the same name, this

factual re-creation of the last fateful hours of the “unsinkable”

Titanic is brought to the screen in meticulous detail. Each moment in

the great ship’s demise is documented. The film’s dignity and

simplicity are a tribute to the innocent souls who met their fate in

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the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912.

Actor Bernard Fox, who portrayed a lookout on the Titanic, is the

special guest at the 8 p.m. show. Television fans will best remember

Fox for his recurring role as Dr. Bombay on TV’s “Bewitched.”

Both screenings include Walt Disney Co.'s Academy Award-winning

Technicolor cartoon, “The Old Mill” (1937).

In addition, through the partnership with the California Science

Center, filmgoers will also receive discount passes worth up to $12

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to experience the “Legend in Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit.”

Tickets are $8.50, $7 matinee. Alex Film Society members get in

for only $6. Tickets can be purchased by calling 243-2539 or at the

box office, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

METHOD FEST CONTINUES THROUGH FRIDAY

Nearly 60 feature films and shorts have been chosen from 340

international entries for the fifth annual Method Fest continuing

through Friday at the AMC Media Center 8 Theatre in Burbank.

The winners were picked by a panel of six, including an actor, an

acting teacher, a filmmaker and the festival’s organizer, Don

Franken.

Information about the festival is available at www.methodfest.com

or by calling (310) 535-9230.

RECITAL BENEFITS STUDENT MUSICIANS

The Glendale Branch of the Music Teachers’ Assn. of California

will present a benefit recital featuring Glendale Branch members and

pianists Rosanna Marzaroli and Natalie Ross on Sunday at Brand

Library Recital Hall, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.

A silent auction begins at 3 p.m., followed by the recital at 4.

Tickets are $15, $10 for students. Higher levels of donation are

gratefully accepted and all donations are tax deductible. For advance

tickets, call Ann Kleinsasser at 248-1186.

Proceeds will benefit the Glendale Branch Memorial Music

Scholarship Fund. This year’s scholarship auditions will be at 6 p.m.

May 2 at Brand Library.

The program for Sunday is Etudes (Op. 10, Nos. 2, 3, 5, 8 and Op.

25, Nos. 1, 6) by Chopin, Preludes (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair,

and Minstrels) by Debussy, L’Isle Joyeuse by Debussy, Paganini

Variations for Two Pianos by Lutoslawski, and Carnival of the Animals

for two pianos by Saint-Saens, narrated by Carl Matthes.

Marzaroli has performed with the Los Angeles Bach Festival

Orchestra, the Glendale Symphony Orchestra (under Lalo Schifriin),

Cal State Los Angeles Orchestra and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

Ross made her debut at 12 with the Miami Symphonic Society Orchestra.

She has performed solo and four-hand piano music at a variety of

venues throughout the United States and Europe, and has taught piano

extensively.

PLAYERS RAISING FUNDS FOR ‘ANNIE’

The Stepping Stone Players’ are planning a fund-raising dinner

from 4 to 8 tonight for their next production, the Tony Award-winning

musical “Annie.”

The Backstage Bar-B-Q will be hosted by the Mulder family in

Glendale. The family event will feature a home-style barbecue,

line-dancing lessons, activities for the kids, bingo, a silent

auction, 50/50 drawing, a bake sale and live entertainment, including

many performers who have been seen in past Stepping Stone Players’

productions. For reservations, call 246-8822.

The Stepping Stone Players is dedicated to building a sense of

community through live theater by encouraging people of all ages to

participate regardless of theatrical experience or background.

“Annie” opens Sept. 5. This marks the first time the musical will

extend over three weekends.

ON STAGE

JAY UNDERWOOD JOINS ‘GRETTY GOOD TIME’

Jay Underwood of Burbank will play opposite Pamela Gordon in John

Belluso’s “Gretty Good Time,” opening tonight at the Falcon Theatre

in Burbank.

For the theater, he studied and performed at the American

Conservatory Theatre and the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company.

In film, he appeared in “Billy Graham’s Road to Redemption,” Alan

Rudolph’s “Afterglow” and “The Boy Who Could Fly.”

His TV work includes the roles of Sonny in “The Sonny and Cher

Story,” Chip the Android in the Disney Channel’s “Not Quite Human

Trilogy” and Hemingway in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.”

Joe Regalbuto directs this West-Coast premiere of the play.

Frustrated by her life of dependency, a paralytic woman with a

death wish and an irascible sense of humor escapes the confines of

her 1950s nursing home into a surreal dream world. But even amid this

world of fantasy, she finds she still must reconcile the horrors of

her past with the painful reality of her future.

The play continues through May 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays

through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 to $37.50 with

group senior discounts available, except for Saturday shows. Falcon

Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. For reservations, call

955-8101.

TV AND FILM STAR JOINS IMPROV TROUPE

The Really Spontaneous Theatre Company welcomes actor Bodhi Elfman

to The Third Stage in Burbank.

Elfman has appeared in the films “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “The Mod

Squad.” On TV, he has been seen in “Malcolm in the Middle” and

“Providence.”

The improv troupe performs at 7 p.m. Sundays at The Third Stage,

2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Tickets are $15. For reservations,

call (323) 969-4991.

COLONY’S ‘DONNA MCKECHNIE’ OPENS TONIGHT

The Los Angeles premiere of “Donna McKechnie: Inside The Music”

opens tonight, produced by the Colony Theatre Company.

Written by Christopher Durang and directed by Thommie Walsh, it is

based on the true stories of McKechnie’s life. As a young dancer

raised in the Midwest, she literally runs away to New York to chase

her dreams of becoming a Broadway performer. Through poignant and

funny insights, the show traces the struggles of a young Broadway

dancer from her first big break in a Broadway musical to becoming a

Broadway star.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and

7 p.m. Sundays through May 11. Tickets are $26 to $32 and can be

reserved by calling 558-7000. The Colony Theatre is at 555 N. Third

St., Burbank.

NUCLEAR FAMILY EXAMINED IN COLLEGE PRODUCTION

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

produced by the Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Department.

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 in the GCC

Auditorium Studio Theatre. .

Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended. Doors open

30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and

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

late seating.

A NOISE WITHIN PRODUCING CLASSICS

A Noise Within’s “The King Stag” opens this weekend and continues

through May 18 at the Glendale playhouse. It plays in repertory with

“O Pioneers” and “Measure For Measure.”

Carlo Gozzi’s classic is directed by Joe Graves. The story is

about Deramo, King of Serendippo, who longs for a queen who honestly

loves him. Having already seen all the lovely ladies in the land,

Deramo seeks the help of a magician to conjure up his true love. But

when the magic falls into the wrong hands, life changes in the

kingdom and a struggle ensues between good and evil.

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’ ENDS RUN AT CENTRE THEATRE TODAY

Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” produced by Glendale Centre Theatre,

completes its run today.

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.”

Tickets range from $14 to $17. For reservations, call 244-8481.

Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale.

“Petticoat Fever,” a comedy by Mark Reed, opens Wednesday and runs

through May 17. The play had a successful run in London and on

Broadway in 1935 as well as on tour around the United States. In

1937, MGM released the motion picture, starring Robert Montgomery and

Myrna Loy.

The story is about a young man stuck in a remote radio outpost in

Northern Canada. When the girl of his dreams (and her fiance)

literally drop into his world, it’s a recipe for fast-paced hilarity.

This production is directed by Burbank resident George Strattan.

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

‘LEND ME A TENOR’ AT GROVE THEATER CENTER

Grove Theater Center Burbank is producing Ken Ludwig’s zany comedy

“Lend Me a Tenor.”

Trouble begins for the Cleveland Grand Opera when tenor Tito

Merelli overdoses on sleeping pills right before his debut with the

company. The fun begins when the company’s office assistant (and

aspiring opera singer) Max offers to impersonate him.

The company might have pulled it off, except for the three women

who throw themselves at Tito. Then his jealous Italian wife appears.

Hilarity abounds when a mad lunatic dressed as Otello tries to break

into the theater.

For more information and to buy tickets, call 238-9998 or go to

www.gtc.org.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays

through April 26. Tickets are $17.50 for Thursdays and Sundays,

$19.50 for Saturdays. There is a $5 discount for Burbank residents.

GTC Burbank is at 1111-b W. Olive Ave. in Burbank. It is in the

back of the George Izay Park, behind the Olive Recreation Center. For

tickets, call 238-9998 open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through

Saturday and prior to all performances.

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 Saturday.

Tonight, the spotlight shines on the Bill Cunliffe Sextet. Dead

Ringer performs Sunday. The schedule for the week is the Marty Harris

on Monday; John Nagourney Trio on Tuesday; Harold Bennett on

Wednesday; Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and Karen Hernandez of Burbank

on Friday.

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

500-1604.

MUSEUMS

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 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.

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.

* If you have press releases for the 48 Hours column, please call

JOYCE RUDOLPH at 637-3241 or e-mail joyce.rudolph@latimes.com or fax

them to 241-1975.


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