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Pianist composing new friendships through music

Pianist and composer Ruth Shyu of Burbank will perform a free concert

as an act of friendship at 3 p.m. Sunday at Brand Library and Art

Center in Glendale.

She received the 2002 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Music

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Intern honor. On the internship, she worked with Alf Clausen,

composer for “The Simpsons,” and Jonathan Wolff, composer for “Will &

Grace.”

She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she majored

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in film scoring with an instrumental specialization in piano.

Shyu moved here from Boston a year ago and is starting her own

Burbank Piano School offering private lessons in classical piano

performance, jazz piano performance, improvisation and composition.

“I want to introduce myself to new people,” she said. “Music is a

way for me to extend my friendship.”

She will play original works as well as those by Chopin,

Rachmaninoff and Schubert.

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One of her original works, “The Red Vineyard,” was inspired by a

Van Gogh painting, she said. People are working in a vineyard at

sunset.

“It gives me such a warm feeling about work, life, the Earth and

abundance,” she said, “because it looks like a family who is working

in the vineyard. The ordinariness of it is so extraordinary.”

Seating at the concert is limited to 150 on a first-come,

first-served basis. Brand Library and Art Galleries is in Brand Park,

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1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. For more information, call 846-7968.

SPECIAL EVENTS

NATURE DEPICTED IN DESCANSO EXHIBIT

Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House Gallery features depictions of

nature from four artists through Sept. 25.

Trish Kertes returns to the gallery with “Flowers and Fields,

Mountains and Streams -- The Painted Landscape,” a collection of

landscapes and still lifes in oil. Kertes is an award-winning

plein-air painter whose works recall Impressionist painters and the

world of early California artists.

In addition to her art, Kertes is a licensed marriage and family

therapist who specializes in working with young children with

disabilities.

As an artist and therapist, she tries to foster positive emotions

in her clients. Collectors have told her they hang her paintings in

places where they are seen first thing in the morning, setting a

positive mood for their day. Other clients have said they use them as

an image for meditation.

Leona Sanderson, who taught art in La Canada public schools for 37

years, exhibits watercolors featuring floral renderings with

still-life objects including antiques.

Jim Heuston is exhibiting ceramics. Heuston has taught for four

years at the Roger Barkley Community Center in La Canada Flintridge.

Chris Hogan shows his gourds that have been transformed into

colorful, contemporary reflections of Navajo artifacts.

Visitors have an opportunity to meet with the artists, at least

one of whom is at the gallery during open hours. The gallery is on

the main floor of the 22-room mansion built in 1937 as a family home

by Descanso Gardens founder E. Manchester Boddy. It is open 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. daily and admission 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. Parking is free. Admission

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

children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger.

For information call 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org.

MEDIA DANCE CENTER HAS DANCE-A-THON

Media Dance Center in Burbank is having a Dance-A-Thon from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to raise money for Media City Ballet’s

performance of “The Nutcracker” at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Participants can dance all day to a variety of popular and

classical music for a minimum flat fee of $40 or they can collect

individual sponsor pledges of $2 to $10 per dance or challenge

performance. Every two hours beginning at noon, the center will host

the specialties part of the Dance-A-Thon, showcasing dance skills in

tap, jazz, hip-hop and ballet with prizes for the winning

contestants.

Dancers must bring a completed sponsor sheet with them to the

event in order to register. All dancers are welcome. Call the dance

center at 972-9692 for more information. Media Dance Center is at 237

E. Palm Ave., Burbank.

TOLUCA LAKE ART FAIRE PLANNED FOR SUNDAY

Artists showing their works and live entertainment are planned for

the second annual Toluca Lake Art Faire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday along Riverside Drive between Clybourn Avenue and Forman

Street in Toluca Lake.

A Pancake Breakfast kicks off the day’s festivities from 8 to

10:30 a.m. behind the Ramsey Shilling building, 10205 River- side

Drive. Tickets are $8.50.

More than 100 artisans will be displaying, including painters,

sculptors, watercolorists, glass blowers, potters, jewelers,

mixed-media artists and more.

There will be an awards ceremony for the artists at noon on Talofa

Avenue. The live music begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues throughout

the day.

CARNIVAL RAISES FUNDS FOR ALZHEIMER’S GROUP

The Alzheimer’s Carnival, hosted by Glen-Park Retirement

Communities, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at 1220 Mariposa St. in

Glendale.

The carnival’s theme will be “Proud to be an American” and will

feature games, prizes and entertainment for the whole family. For

more information, call 242-9000. All proceeds will go to the

Alzheimer’s Assn.

NAIROBI TRIO PLUS 2 APPEARS IN JAZZ SERIES

The Nairobi Trio Plus 2 will be featured in the monthly Jazz

Celebrations concert at 5 p.m. Sunday sponsored by the First Lutheran

Church in Glendale.

Artists in the group are Larry Muradian on bass, Jeff Donavan on

drums, Kye Palmer on trumpet, Curtus Brengle on piano and Chuck

Manning on saxophone.

The group’s current CD, “Straight Ahead,” features tunes from John

Coltrane’s “Grand Central” and “Lazy Bird,” Lee Morgan’s “Party Time”

as well as hits by Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, Cannonball Adderly

and others.

The church is at 1300 E. Colorado St., Glendale. A free-will

offering will be taken. For more information, call 240-9000.

DAYTIME ACTORS HELP CHILDREN WITH CANCER

Actors from the daytime drama “General Hospital” and others will

support the Evening with the Stars cocktail party fund-raiser from 7

to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Ivar in Los Angeles, benefiting the Desi

Geestman Foundation.

The La Crescenta-based organization supports local families whose

finances are stretched while a child battles cancer.

Geestman died Jan. 19, 1999, of invasive neuroblastoma, which

spreads from the bone marrow to major organs. Her mother, with

support from others in the community, created the Desi Geestman

Foundation to help other families.

The Ivar is at 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more

information, call 249-1105.

ON STAGE

‘LATE NIGHT CATECHISM’ PRODUCED AT FALCON

“Late Night Catechism” is continuing in an open-ended run at 7:30

p.m. each Sunday at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

It was written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Directed by

Marc Silvia, the interactive comedy features an irrepressible

“Sister” teaching a class of “students” (the audience). Parochial

school was never this funny!

The Falcon is at 4252 River- side Drive, Burbank. Tickets are $25.

For reservations, call 955-8101.

‘DAMN YANKEES’ ARE UP TO BAT

“Damn Yankees” is continuing this weekend at Glendale Centre

Theatre.

Written by Abbot, Wallop, Adler and Ross, the musical is about one

fan’s attempt to save his favorite baseball team. It has entertained

numerous generations since it first premiered on Broadway. The run

continues through Oct. 11. Tickets range from $16 to $20.

For the children, “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Byron Simpson

continues at 11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 15. Tickets are $12 and

$10 for children.

For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324

N. Orange St., Glendale.

‘TOYS IN THE ATTIC’ ENDS AT COLONY

The Colony Theatre Company’s “Toys in the Attic” by Lillian

Hellman ends its run Sunday at the Burbank Center Stage.

Directing the play is acclaimed director Jessica Kubzansky.

Funny while poignant, the play illustrates what happens after two

sisters discover their ne’er-do-well brother is suddenly wildly

successful.

Show times are 8 tonight and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range

from $23 to $32. For reservations, call 558-7000. The Burbank Center

Stage is at 555 N. Third St., Burbank.

MUSICAL ‘ANNIE’ CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND

Stepping Stone Players are producing the musical “Annie” with Emma

Degerstedt in the starring role. Michael Le Beau is playing Daddy

Warbucks in this community theater production continuing this weekend

at Hoover High School’s Auditorium in Glendale.

Show times are 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. Performances continue

Friday, Sept. 20 and 21 at the Hoover High School Auditorium, 651

Glenwood Road in Glendale. Matinee performances Sunday and Sept. 21

will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Tickets are $10. Group

rates are available. For ticket information, e-mail

info@steppingstoneplayers.com, call 246-8822, or go online at

www.steppingstoneplayers.com.

ART EXHIBITS

ANIMALS AND ANIMATION IN EXHIBIT

Animation and animals are featured in an exhibit completing its

run today at White’s Gallery in Montrose.

“Animalia” is the title for the show featuring works of three

artists, James Worthy, Jean Paul Orpinas and Romy Muirhead.

Worthy, who draws for Nickelodeon, shows his animal character

pencil illustrations. Orpinas, who works for Disney Studios, exhibits

sketches of animals from the Los Angeles Zoo. Muirhead brings her

paintings of giraffes.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The gallery is at 2414

Honolulu Ave., Montrose. For more information, call 957-4071.

PENELOPE’S HAS NEW ARTISTS

Penelope’s Cafe, Books and Gallery is showcasing the works of two

artists. Mary Tracy of La Canada Flintridge is displaying her

collage works made with recycled materials while Catherine Parkinson,

also of La Canada Flintridge, is showing her photography.

Tracy has been making framed art pieces, art cards and bookmarks

for several years. She finds energy from taking discarded marketing

textile items and transforming them into part of art.

Parkinson won an award from the National Geographic magazine when

she entered its first photography contest a few years ago.

The exhibit ends Monday. Penelope’s Cafe is at 1029 Foothill

Blvd., La Canada Flintridge. For more information, call 790-4386.

‘POLISH EXPRESSIONS’ AT FOREST LAWN MUSEUM

“The Art of a People -- Polish Expressions,” featuring works of

three renowned artists of Polish descent, is continuing at the Forest

Lawn Museum in Glendale.

Contemporary artists Danuta Rothschild and Jerzy Skolimowski will

show large paintings and will be featured in a video about their life

and work. Jan Styka is known for painting the “Crucifixion” at the

Hall of the Crucifixion- Resurrection at Forest Lawn. The exhibit

will have artifacts and a 5-foot-high by 20-foot-long version of the

Crucifixion painting shown in the half-round as it was originally

intended when it was created.

The exhibit is free and continues through Nov. 16. The museum is

open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forest Lawn Glendale is at 1712 S.

Glendale Ave., Glendale. For more information, call (800) 204-3131.

ARTISTS SHOW OPPOSITE STYLES AT BRAND GALLERIES

Two artists portraying the figure in opposite styles are

exhibiting beginning today at the Brand Galleries in Glendale.

Zhenya Gershman’s nearly life-size interpretations of contemporary

male and female forms are painted in the artist’s unique use of her

oil media placing them in their own visual world.

For her “Men in Tutus” series, Miriam L. Preissel hired a

professional choreographer, make-up artist and costumer to photograph

19 unlikely men invited to appear in tutus on a dramatically lighted

stage.

The exhibit ends Oct. 18. The galleries are in Brand Park, 1601

W. Mountain St., Glendale. 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.

For more information, call 548-2051.

VILLAGE SQUARE OWNER FEATURED IN SHOW

Gallery owner Charles Borman of Glendale joins in a group show

titled “The American Landscape,” at his Village Square Gallery in

Montrose.

There are 18 artists exhibiting, including Walter Askin, Gerald

Brommer, Meredith Olson, Shirley Pettibone, Al Porter and Bonese

Collins Turner.

Borman is a former professor at Cal State Los Angeles. Emeriti

Professor Borman opened Village Square Gallery in 1995 after his

retirement. The gallery has been opened since 1995.

This exhibit features paintings, drawings, prints, pastels,

collage and mixed media.

The artists’ reception is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hours are 1 to

5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and by appointment. The exhibit

closes Oct. 4. The gallery is at 2418 Honolulu Ave., Suite C, in

Montrose. For more information, call 541-9952.

PHOTOGRAPHER SHOWS WORKS OF NEW YORK

Los Angeles photographer Rick Penn-Kraus’ exhibit, titled “New

York: B&W; Photos from Before You-Know-When,” continues at the Wax

Poetic salon and art gallery in Burbank.

In addition to being an art photographer, Penn-Kraus is design

director at the international public relations firm Hill & Knowlton.

His photography has appeared on the covers of numerous national

best-selling books.

The exhibit continues through Oct. 20. Wax Poetic is at 3208 W.

Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. For more information, call 843-9469.

CLAY AND GLASS WORKS IN EXHIBIT

The Decorative Arts Guild presents “Clay and Glass,” an exhibition

and sale of clay and glass art, at the Creative Arts Center Gallery

in Burbank.

Twenty artists represent the guild in this show continuing through

Sept. 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and call the gallery for Saturday hours at

238-5397. The gallery is at 1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank.

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 on Tuesday; Mary

Ekler on Wednesday; Alexandra Caselli on Thursday; and Bob Fetherolf

on 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 Gashouse Dave and The Hardtails.

Preston Smith & The Alligators performs Sunday. The schedule for the

week is Marty Harris Trio on Monday; Fred Horn Quartet on Tuesday;

Frank Wilson Group on Wednesday, Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and the

Banda Brothers 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.

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.

* 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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