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Life’s transformations are told in folk tales


Three companies have merged their expertise on a magical theater

experience for the whole family titled “When Tigers Smoked Long

Pipes,” continuing at 8 tonight at The Victory Theatre Center in



The collaboration is between The Victory Theatre, The Lodestone

Theatre Ensemble and The Orphans Theater Company.

Angela Kang of Orphans Theater Company wrote the play, which is


receiving its world premiere at The Victory.

“When I wrote this play, I wrote it with adults in mind, but I

wanted to bring my grandmother and young cousins to something that

would appeal broadly to many age groups,” she said. “Folk tales

appeal to all ages.”

The production is a series of five Korean folk tales with the

common theme of transformation.

In one story, an adolescent girl becomes a lotus blossom and


transforms into a grown woman. The girl has to sacrifice her life to

help her father, and marry a dragon king under the sea, but the

marriage doesn’t work out. It represents the girl blossoming into the

woman she is to become to be married to the right person.

Kang recommends the show for children 8 to 13.

“I think they will connect with those stories on a real basic

level because they are real human stories with comic elements,” she



Korean drums will give children a great sensory experience while

the scenery will captivate their attention, she added.

Robert Shinso, who is Lodestone Theatre Ensemble’s

actor/director/technical expert, created the sets.

The play is a magical journey combining elements of narrative

style, movement and music, Shinso said. The characters become

narrators and help move the story along.

“We are bringing to life Korean folk-tale figures, such as the

cunning Tiger, the strong single Mother, the patriarchal God, the

hapless young Woodcutter and the brave and devoted Maiden,” he said.

His sets transform during the tale through lighting.

“In one story, we go from a village into a raging storm at sea and

then back up to the land to a king’s palace,” Shinso said. “The scope

in how you tell it in the space and time, that’s where the

imagination comes in. The audience will create in their own mind what

they want to see.”

The production reminds adults of the joy of life and the

transformations of life, said Maria Gobetti, artistic director for

The Victory.

“I think the writing and Robert’s direction are magical,” she

said. “This is a gorgeous piece with a set that is a real delight

visually. And the story is emotionally very fulfilling.”

To make the experience family friendly, Gobetti added, children

accompanied by an adult will be charged only $5.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m.

Sundays through July 20. The Victory Theatre Center is at 3326 W.

Victory Blvd., Burbank. Tickets are $15, $13 for students, and $11

each for groups, and can be reserved by calling 841-5421.



Stunt Road, led by Glendale resident Andy Roth on lead guitar,

will perform for the “Midsummer Night’s Cuisine” from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday at Holy Family High School, 209 E. Lomita Ave., Glendale.

The band plays classic rock music from the 1960s and 1970s. The

band includes Mark Watson on bass guitar and vocals, Dave Nelson on

drums and percussion, and Luke Theule on keyboards and vocals.

The event will raise funds for the high school endowment fund to

provide scholarships to less fortunate families who want to send

their daughters to the high school.

Guests will feast on an evening of gourmet foods from the area’s

top restaurants.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 247-2222.


The Road’ers Car Club will meet for its monthly Cruise-in car show

from 6 to 9 tonight at Bob’s Big Boy, 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd.,


The highlight will be the Hawaiian Shirt Contest. There will be a

$50 first prize and $25 second prize awarded for the best Hawaiian


Trophies will go to the top cars in their categories. There will

also be raffles and a 50/50 opportunity drawing. All classic, hot rod

and muscle cars are welcome. D.J. Jim will be spinning his oldies but

goodies. For more information, call Rick Fox at 240-9461 or e-mail

Receiving the Best of Show trophy in May was Max Norris and his

1926 Ford Model T Coupe.


American music is the recurring theme of this year’s Under the

Oaks Concert Series beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at Descanso Gardens in

La Canada Flintridge.

Opening the season is Buzzworld. Best known for Celtic music, the

group will focus on American folk music and show that Europe was the

source for much of it. The concert will highlight the indebtedness of

American folk music to British and Irish ballads, and the development

of American folk music through European influences.

The series is free with gardens admission. Under the Oaks theater

seating is first-come, first-served. Descanso Gardens is at 1418

Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.


Penelope’s Cafe Books and Gallery is now offering live music from

6:30 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tonight, David Allen and

Michael Schneider will be playing acoustic rock ‘n’ roll.

The cafe is also showing new artwork. On display are Jim Jordan’s

landscape photography and George Cook’s nature photography.

Penelope’s Cafe is at 1029 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge.

For information, call 790-4386.


Oscar-winning songs are featured in the 20th annual La Canada

Presbyterian Church Pops Concert titled “A Night at the Oscars” at 8

p.m. today and Sunday.

The Summer Singers and many soloists are combining under the

direction of Paul Mayo to present Academy Award-winners and nominated

songs spanning the years 1936 to the present.

Highlights are Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” from

1936, and 1997’s popular song from the movie “Titanic,” “My Heart

Will Go On.”

The concert is on the patio of the church at 626 Foothill Blvd.,

La Canada Flintridge. Tickets are $12 at the door. Free child-care is

provided. For more information, call 790-6708, ext. 200.


“The Hostage,” by Brendan Behan, is in its opening weekend at the

Alliance Theatre in Burbank.

Produced by the Ovation award-winning Alliance Repertory Company,

the play is directed by Stephanie Shroyer and stars Ovation

award-winning actor Morlan Higgins (“After the Fall”).

The story is about a young British soldier captured and held by

the IRA in exchange for the release of another IRA soldier condemned

to be hanged the next morning. And where does the IRA take him? The

last place anyone would look ... a rowdy and lively house of ill

repute. As the night progresses, the protestant British soldier is

introduced to song, drink, dance and love by a hilarious group of

bawdy boarders.

The soldier, with his newfound romance with the young Catholic

girl of the house, seeks to shut out the wild political passions of

the boarding house inhabitants and its guests. But it’s only for a

matter of time before the world outside catches up with the life


Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 7

p.m. Sundays through July 27. Ticket prices are $20, and are

available online at or by calling (800) 595-4849. The

Alliance Theatre is at 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.


“Hotel Spotlight,” a one-act play/showcase performed by the

professional actors of the June Chandler Actors Workshop, continues

at 8 tonight at the Little Victory Theatre, 3326 W. Victory Blvd.,


It will consist of 10 original scenes (comedy and drama) written

by two female members of the workshop, and interwoven over a common

hotel-room setting.

Performances continue at 8 p.m. Wednesday and July 2. Tickets are

$5 donation at the door. Reservations are required 48 hours in

advance by calling (626) 355-4572.

Chandler has taught acting classes at Glendale Community College

for more than 11 years. One of the writers, Mara Williams, lives in

La Crescenta.


Children’s author Aline Bezdikian of Glendale has published her

fourth book, “Lorig and the Animals,” and will be signing the book at

3:30 p.m. today in the Children’s Room of the Glendale Public

Library, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale.

The story talks about eight animals with eight strengths or

abilities based on the different human intelligences: verbal,

musical, kinesthetic, naturalist, intrapersonal, interpersonal,

mathematical and spatial. The story is for children 4 to 10.


The Arena Theater is presenting its first production, “Props,” by

contemporary Armenian writer Aghasi Ayvazyan, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at

MGN Paradise Studios, 1631 Maria St., Burbank. The play is directed

of Anahid Aramouni Keshishian.

Additional performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and June 29.

The play deals with the ongoing search for meaning and acceptance

-- lucidly abandoning four figures on stage, forcing them to create

and live among newly established borders of thought. Through absurd,

yet earnest verbal explorations, the characters inspire an aura of

intensity as they search for their place in their infinite


Ayvazyan will be in Los Angeles from Armenia to take part in

question-and-answer sessions following the first three performances.

Tickets are $20, and $15 for students with identification.

Tickets are available at Abril Bookstore at 243-4112, Sardarabad

bookstore at 500-0790, IBEN Printing at 246-5553, or by calling

517-9896 or 240-7080.


The Glendale Woodturners Guild and the American Assn. of

Woodturners are combining forces for a wood-turning exhibit, “Trees

to Treasures -- American Assn. of Woodturners Put a Lid on It,” at

Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale.

The American Assn. of Woodturners will have its national

convention in Pasadena in late June. As a special part of that

meeting, the Brand Galleries is hosting this juried and invitational

exhibit titled “Put a Lid on It,” with works by top international


The Glendale Woodturners Guild, one of the largest and most

award-winning wood organizations in the United States, will present

more than 140 selected works by local turners.

A reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, which also marks

the opening night of the convention. To accommodate the many

out-of-town visitors, the gallery will have extended hours from 5 to

9 p.m. Friday. Both Brand Library events are free and open to the

public. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through

July 5.

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. Admission to the galleries and

reception are free. Brand Art Galleries are in Brand Park at 1601 W.

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



Real-life husband and wife, Bill Lewis and Charlotte Carpenter of

Burbank, are starring in Glendale Centre Theatre’s romantic musical

“The Music Man” by Meredith Willson.

Lewis is also directing the play about a fast-talking,

fly-by-night salesman who falls in love with River City’s no-nonsense

librarian. Lewis plays Harold Hill opposite Carpenter’s Marian Paroo.

“The Music Man” continues through July 12. Tickets range from $14

to $17. “Cinderella” continues at 11 a.m. Saturdays until June 28.

Tickets are $12, and $10 for children. For reservations, call

244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale.


The laughs continue over at the Gene Bua Theatre in Burbank with

Peter Barnes’ “Red Noses,” produced by Theatre Banshee.

Directed by Glendale resident Sean Branney, the play is known as

the funniest ever written about the Black Plague. It’s the tale of a

priest who decides to fight the plague’s suffering by becoming a

clown. He and his followers spread medieval mirth and merriment and

confront forces darker than the plague itself.

The company’s last production, “The Weir,” received awards last

year from the L.A. Drama Critics Circle, Backstage West and the

Valley Theatre League, and received three L.A. Weekly Award


Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays

through July 13. The Gene Bua Theatre is at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd.,

Burbank. Tickets are $15, and $12 for students, seniors and groups.

For reservations, call 628-0688.


The Falcon Theatre is producing “3 Little Pigs,” written by Carole

Unter and directed by Joseph Leo Bwarie, through Sunday.

Embarking on a fun-filled adventure in storytelling and

architecture, the “3 Little Pigs” playfully rewrite their own classic

tale as they learn about the power of the imagination and the

importance of friendship.

Show times are 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets

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

For information and reservations call 955-8101.


The Colony Theatre Company is producing Larry Shue’s comedy, “The

Nerd,” starring French Stewart from the TV show “3rd Rock from the


Directing the play is David Rose who was also at the helm of the

Colony’s “Fuddy Meers,” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

The story is about a former GI who finally meets the guy who saved

his life. The man, however, turns out to be a bumbling oaf with no

social sense, little intelligence and less tact.

Show times for are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m.

Sundays through July 6. Tickets range from $29 to $35 with discounts

for students and seniors. For reservations, call 558-7000. The Colony

makes its home at the Burbank Center Stage, 555 N. Third St.,




The Art of Japanese American artist Setsu is featured at The

Forest Lawn Museum in Forest Lawn, Glendale through Aug. 3.

The exhibit represents the journey one has on the path of life as

well as experiences that touch the lives of Los Angelenos each in a

unique and personal way. Setsu specializes in portraits capturing the

story her subjects have to tell and reflecting on her experiences as

a Japanese American citizen. All of her paintings bring together the

influence she has felt, from her background to the painting styles of

Van Gogh and Renoir.

To complement the exhibit, the Forest Lawn Museum will conduct a

series of events that are open to the public at no charge.

A Meet the Artist event is planned for 1 p.m. today, then the

public can take an art class in the Artist Series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“Screen and Sound,” a film series devoted to art and its elements, is

planned for 1 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 3.

Forest Lawn Museum is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, 1712 S.

Glendale Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (800)

204-3131, ext. 4545.


Under the title, “Maladies and Other Disappointments,” Chad Bell

is showing his most recent collection of oil paintings at Wax Poetic

Salon in Burbank.

The self-taught draftsman and sculptor, Bell was inspired by the

loose paint strokes of Lucian Freud’s later pieces and turned to

painting. He is also influenced by the works of Egon Schiele, Chuck

Close, as well as the dark sensibilities attributed to the folk of

the upper Midwest.

The exhibit runs through June 30. Wax Poetic Salon, specializing

in skin care, waxing and massage, is also a boutique and art gallery.

It is at 3208 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.


“From Ararat to America,” an unprecedented collection of art by

contemporary Armenian artists, is featured in a exhibit at Forest

Lawn Museum in Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale.

An Armenian Cultural Festival and Storytelling Theatre Workshop

will be at 11 a.m. today.

Artists in the exhibit are Martiros Adalian, Raffi Adalyan,

Vladimir Atanian, Vahe Berberian, Vahe Fattal, Charles Garabedian,

Gaspar Gharibyan, Kaloust Guedel (Guedelekian), Vachag (Vachik

Der-Sarkisian), Samvel Harbardzumyan, Narine Isajanyan, Emil Kazaz,

Alina Mnatsakanian, Alexander Sadoyan, Sev (Henrik Khachatryan),

Zadik Zadikian, Zareh, and Suren Karapetian.

The exhibit continues through July 13. Forest Lawn is at 1712 S.

Glendale Ave. For more information, call (323) 340-4561.


Whites Art Store and Gallery in Montrose is showcasing an

exhibition of soft pastel paintings by Bruce Trentham and Loraine

Veeck titled “Pastel Perfection.”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9

a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. This exhibit continues through July 3. The

gallery is at 2414 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. For more information,

call 957-4071.



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.

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