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‘Fab Four’ remembers Beatles at the Starlight Bowl

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If you see him walking down the street, he’s just Ron McNeil. But

when he steps onto the stage, McNeil becomes one of The Fab Four --

John Lennon.

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He and his three fellow musicians will be playing the music of the

Beatles, everything from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to songs from the

legendary group’s self-titled “white album,” Sunday at the Starlight

Bowl.

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Unlike other Beatles tribute groups, they strive for authenticity.

They really play their instruments and recreate the songs as they

were originally arranged, without tapes or backing tracks, McNeil

said. Taking it to the extreme, Ardy Sarraf, who plays Paul

McCartney, relearned to play the bass guitar left-handed for his

role.

The group will expand its repertoire when it performs with a

65-piece orchestra in a gala concert marking the 40th anniversary of

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when the Beatles first came to the United States to appear on “The Ed

Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964. The concert will be in February at

the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

“We’re the only four-piece [Beatles tribute band] that does it all

live,” he said. “Songs like ‘Eleanor Rigby’ has cellos, violins and

violas.”

So, having the orchestra will allow the group to play selections

they can’t do with just four members.

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Of all the music, McNeil’s favorite song to perform is “Imagine.”

Even though Lennon did the song after he went on to a solo career,

McNeil said the four members sing it together.

“You can go and see Paul but you don’t get John and George songs,

and people miss the Beatles. They miss the four guys,” he said.

This is The Fab Four’s third Starlight Bowl appearance. Each year,

McNeil is amazed at the number of youngsters at the show.

“People who grew up with the Beatles come to the show and bring

their kids and sometimes their kids,” he said.

The audience ranges in age from 8 to 80.

“It’s a family-oriented show,” he added. “You can bring your

grandmother and she is still going to enjoy it.”

McNeil and Sarraf, along with Rolo Sandoval (Ringo) and Michael

Amador (George), have been a group for six years. But McNeil was

performing as Lennon four years before he joined The Fab Four.

Growing up in Southern California, he was a big fan of the Beatles,

and he likes to imitate people.

“I do resemble John a lot,” he said. “The stage makeup and acting

helps in our ability to portray the guys we’re playing on stage.”

While they are celebrities on stage, he said, off stage they can

go about their lives without being disturbed by fans.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” he said, “We look at it as a role,

and when not, we’re us.”

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, and the concert begins at

6:30. Tickets at the gate are $7, $4 for seniors 60 and older, $4 for

children 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $5.

The Starlight Bowl is at 1249 Lockheed View Drive in Burbank. For

more information, call 525-3721 or check the Web site

www.StarlightBowl.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

PORTRAIT ARTIST SHOWING AT LIBRARY

Like the collages she creates, Mary Heussenstamm is piecing her

life back together as she struggles with Parkinson’s disease.

What keeps the La Crescenta artist going is her very attentive

husband, George, and her art of collage.

“After I was diagnosed, the onset of the disease was very fast,”

she said. “I was really devastated.”

Creating collages has been her salvation, she said, because the

Parkinson’s has caused an interior tremor in her body, which prevents

her from painting, a pastime she had longed to do her whole life.

Even eating is a challenge.

She had been painting almost every day for 12 years. At 59, she

said, she quit her job as a registered nurse for the terminally ill

so she could paint full time.

A retrospective exhibit of all her work is on display at the La

Canada Library. The exhibit includes her papier-mache masks and

watercolor still-lifes and portraits.

She painted people on the streets of the local community as well

as in Los Angeles, paying them $10 per 25-minute sitting. She painted

all ages, starting at age 4 or 5, and ethnicities. She liked the

challenge of capturing people’s expressions.

“The face doesn’t communicate, but the expression on the face

does,” she said. “The slightest raise of an eyebrow will communicate

an attitude to the viewer.”

She found it interesting how her models would react while they

were being painted, she said.

“People who are not used to the limelight, once others were

watching them being painted, it would heighten their personality.

They are not slouching and there is ego involved. Those are real neat

things. They have more adrenaline running through their body, and

it’s stimulating for the model and comes across in the portrait.”

And that invigorates the artist, she added, seeing the change in

the person.

In her collages, she strives to create good color, shape and form.

She said she sees things differently than most people do. Even a

simple flashlight sitting on a table has a rhythm and movement in its

shape.

“I find a lot of appreciation and happiness looking at different

forms of common objects and interpreting it,” she said.

Her exhibit continues through Thursday at the La Canada Library,

4545 Oakwood Ave., La Canada Flintridge. For more information, call

790-3330.

FILM SOCIETY SHOWS “WEST SIDE STORY’

The Alex Film Society completes its season at 2 and 8 p.m. today

with screenings of the Academy Award-winning musical “West Side

Story” (1961) at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. Actors from the film,

George Chakiris and Robert Banas, will attend the 8 p.m. screening.

This is a new 35mm restoration print with DTS digital sound,

organizers say.

The film stars Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Chakiris and Russ

Tamblyn in the retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” set in

postwar New York City. The film’s success is the result of the

combined talent of Jerome Robbins’ choreography and Robert Wise’s

direction.

Each screening will include the animation classic “Music Land”

(1935), from Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies series.

Tickets are $8.50 and $7 for the matinee. They can be purchased by

phone at 243-2539, online at www.alexfilmsociety.org, or at The Alex

Theatre Box Office, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

DESCANSO FEATURES ZYDECO MUSIC

Cajun music will be performed by Bonne Musique Zydeco at Descanso

Gardens at 2 p.m. Sunday. This is the last of six “Music of America”

summer concerts at the gardens and is free with gardens admission.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.

The gardens are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Parking is free.

Admission fees are $6; $4 for seniors and students; $1.50 for

children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 5 and younger.

For information, call 949-4200.

BIG BAND MUSIC CONTINUES AT MOOSE LODGE

The Bobby Perino Orchestra is continuing its series “Big Band

Dancing at the Moose” from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Moose Lodge,

357 Arden Ave.

Guests can exhibit their ballroom- and swing-dancing skills to an

orchestra playing the standards from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Dance styles are East and West Coast swing, waltzes, foxtrots and

mixers. Latin dance styles include cha-cha, rumbas, mambos and

tangos.

Admission is $6. For information, call 240-1505.

ACTION/REACTION THEATER RETURNS TO BRAND PARK

As part of its third annual summer season, the Action/Reaction

Theater Company presents Paul Osborn’s romantic comedy “The Vinegar

Tree” at 7:30 tonight in Brand Park in Glendale.

The show continues at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2.

Admission is free; however, due to budgetary constraints, a $10

donation would be gratefully received.

Michael Holmes directs the Equity production, with musical

direction by Ghadi Shayban, choreography by Alex Pevic and costumes

by Don Nelson. The show features Diana Angelina, Walter Beery, Kelly

Franett, Joseph M. Hoffman, Ashling Pearson, Kathy Pearson and Thomas

Sullivan."The Vinegar Tree” is a comedy for all ages, focusing on

love in all its incarnations: young love, old love, new love and true

love. Osborn is perhaps best known for his play “Mornings at Seven.”

Brand Park is at 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. Productions are

staged in front of the historic Doctors’ House Museum. Guests are

welcome to bring picnics and refreshments. For preferred seating and

more information, call 786-1045.

OPEN HOUSE AT CASA ADOBE DE SAN RAFAEL

Members of Glendale Beautiful are sponsoring an open house with

free tours from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Casa Adobe de San Rafael, 1330

Dorothy Drive, Glendale.

Glendale Beautiful members maintain the state historic landmark,

which was built in 1870 for Tomas Sanchez, the first sheriff of L.A.

County. The adobe contains period furnishings and historic artifacts

and photographs.

For more information, call 246-3634.

ON STAGE

‘TONS OF MONEY’ AT CENTRE THEATRE

Alan Ayckbourn’s “Tons of Money” continues at Glendale Centre

Theatre. It is directed by Burbank resident George Strattan.

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

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

AGA-BOOM PROMOTING LAUGHS AT FALCON

The Falcon Theatre kicks off its new annual Falcon Family Summer

Theatre series with the comedy “AGA-BOOM.”

From the veteran clowns of Cirque du Soleil’s record-breaking

shows, “O” and “Alegria,” “AGA-BOOM” is a unique theatrical event for

the family. Rooted in the universal style and language of clowning,

“AGA-BOOM” cuts through the barriers of language and culture with the

art of slapstick, the humor of physical comedy and the excitement of

childhood.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 4 to 7

p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24. Tickets are from $15 to $25. The Falcon

is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.

‘HOSTAGE’ ENDS RUN AT ALLIANCE THEATRE

The Alliance Repertory Company ends its run of “The Hostage” at

the Alliance Theatre in Burbank.

It is written by Brendan Behan, directed by Stephanie Shroyer and

stars Morlan Higgins.

A handsome British soldier is captured by the IRA in exchange for

the release of another IRA soldier condemned to be hanged the next

morning. He is taken to a rowdy house of ill repute and is introduced

to song, drink, dance and love by this hilarious group of bawdy

boarders. But it’s only a matter of time before the world outside

catches up with the life inside.

Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket

prices are $20. For reservations, call (800) 595-4849. The Alliance

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

‘RAPUNZEL’ CONTINUES AT THE FALCON THEATRE

“Rapunzel,” written by Lori Marshall and directed by Joseph Leo

Bwarie, is continuing at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

Based on the classic fairy tale of love and deception by the

Brothers Grimm, Rapunzel and friends look high and low for happiness

in a magical forest, only to find that it was right in front of them

all along.

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

Sept. 7. Tickets are $10. The Falcon is at 4252 Riverside Drive,

Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.

ART EXHIBITS

PENELOPE’S CAFE DISPLAYS ART

Penelope’s Cafe Books and Gallery is showing Jim Jordan’s

landscape photography and George Cook’s nature photography until

Tuesday.

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

For information, call 790-4386.

SETSU DISPLAYS ‘PORTRAITS AND PANORAMAS’

The Art of Japanese-American artist Setsu is featured at The

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

“The Art of Setsu Portraits and Panoramas” represents the journey

one has on the path of life as well as experiences that touch the

lives of 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.

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.

ARTISTS SHOW AT DESCANSO

Nature, seen through the eyes and in the works of four artists,

will adorn the walls of the Boddy House Gallery at Descanso Gardens

in La Canada Flintridge through Thursday.

John Drake exhibits a collection of one-of-a-kind ceramics and

clay bowls.

Chris Hogan shows gourds decorated with all-natural materials and

designs reflective of pre-pottery vessels used for centuries for

utility and ceremony.

Kendra Page, named 2002 Artist of the Year by the Verdugo Hills

Art Assn., will exhibit oil paintings of the California landscape.

Patricia A. Wiley displays still life and florals in vibrant hues

of watercolor.

The Boddy House Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and

accessible by foot path or, in the afternoons, by tram. Admission is

free with admission to the Gardens.

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 more

information, call 949-4200.

POTTERY ARTIST SHOWS AT ARTS CENTER

“Then & Now,” an exhibit of works by award-winning ceramicist

Ricky Maldonado, are on display until Thursday at the Creative Arts

Center Gallery in Burbank.

Maldonaldo, a master coil builder and multiple award winner, is

known for his geometrically detailed pottery. His work is included in

many public and private collections and has been shown in numerous

publications, including “Ceramics Monthly.” He is also this year’s

recipient of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts,

Emerging Artists.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday

through Thursday. The Creative Arts Center is at 1100 W. Clark Ave.,

Burbank. For more information, call 238-5397.

WOMEN’S FIGURES SUBJECT OF SHOW

Local painters Julie Snyder and Eddie Goral depict the uniqueness

of women’s bodies in the show “Figuratively Speaking” at Whites

Gallery in Montrose.

Snyder’s women are soft and often full-figured, and the images are

intimate yet discreet. All her work is done from live models.

Goral, a Montrose resident who teaches at McGroarty Art Center in

Tujunga, also shows his figure paintings.

The exhibit continues through Monday. Whites Gallery is at 2414

Honolulu Ave., Montrose.

ABSTRACT PAINTINGS SUBJECT OF ART DISPLAY

Abstract paintings by Armenian artist Alexander Sadoyan are being

shown at Patrick’s Cafe in Glendale.

The exhibit continues through Thursday. Patrick’s Cafe is at 6320

San Fernando Road in Glendale. For information, call 246-8170.

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., Montrose.

For more information, call 248-2722.

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 Gashouse Dave and The

Hardtails. Preston Smith and the Crocodiles perform Sunday. The

schedule for the week is Marty Harris Trio on Monday; George

Brittenham with Karen Hernandez on Tuesday; Med Flory Quintet on

Wednesday; Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and the Elliott Caine Quintet 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 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. on

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 Canada

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. Cover is $3 on the weekend, $2 on Tuesdays

and $5 on Wednesdays. Call 248-3040.

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

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