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Dancing up funds for ‘The Nutcracker’

JOYCE RUDOLPH

Salsa dancer Moses Navarro, who has performed in a number of

Hollywood productions, will be one of the instructors participating

in the “Dance Day Benefit” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Burbank’s

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Media Dance Center.

The event is a fund-raiser for Media City Ballet’s performance of

“The Nutcracker” in December at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Navarro has performed recently in a new DVD special edition of the

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classic film “Dirty Dancing,” as well as several TV shows and movies.

For a $20 donation, participants can attend a series of hour-long

dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, salsa, hip-hop and pilates.

For the schedule of classes, call 972-9692. Media Dance Center is

at 237 E. Palm Ave., Burbank.

The next event is “Story Book Ballets” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct.

12 at the Media Dance Center. Dances to be performed are “Sleeping

Beauty,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Puss ‘n Boots” and “Peter and the Wolf.”

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Admission is $13 and $10 for children 3 to 12.

SPECIAL EVENTS

‘WISHING WELL’ IN WORLD PREMIERE AT VICTORY

The world premiere of Jon Klein’s comedy “Wishing Well” is in its

opening weekend at The Victory Theatre in Burbank.

It is directed by Maria Gobetti and co-produced by Tom Ormeny,

Robert E. Alschuler, Susan Alschuler and Gobetti.

It’s about a family of strong women and their men. Secrets define

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their lives and shocks of discovery force them to change.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m.

Sundays through Nov. 16. Tickets range from $22 to $24. The Victory

is at 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank. For reservations, call

841-5421.

‘A FEW GOOD MEN’ OPENS AT THIRD STAGE

Aaron Sorkin’s military courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men,” opens

in its Los Angeles premiere at 8 tonight at the Third Stage in

Burbank.

The play is directed by David Blanchard, who also is playing the

role of Lt. Jonathan Kendrick. Co-producing the play are Birdman and

Old Country Productions.

Before the film, the play was on Broadway and even though it went

on national tour, it was never produced in Los Angeles.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays until Nov. 22.

Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. The theater is at 2811

W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. For reservations, call 842-4755.

‘CORIOLANUS’ OPENS THIS WEEKEND

A Noise Within’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”

opens this weekend in Glendale.

Coriolanus, a creature singularly bred for violent combat, braces

for a meteoric rise as Rome’s greatest warrior. Unable to sever the

tentacle-like apron strings of his honor-seeking, bloodthirsty

mother, Coriolanus struggles to grasp control of a universe filled

with treachery and rebellion. It is only when Coriolanus uses honesty

as a blunt instrument to strive for real depths, does he discover his

real self.

Company artistic co-directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez

Elliott are directing this piece. Geoff Elliott is in the starring

role.

It plays in repertory through Dec. 6. Tickets range from $20 to

$40 and can be reserved by calling 240-0910. A Noise Within makes its

home at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OPENS 35TH SEASON

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Jeffrey Kahane, will be

joined by mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson when it opens its

35th season at 8 tonight at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Lieberson will sing the Bach Cantata No. 199, which launches the

orchestra’s commitment to perform all of the more than 200 cantatas

written by J. S. Bach. The orchestra will perform three additional

sacred cantatas with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the April

concert with Bach authority Helmuth Rilling conducting.

Tickets range from $16 to $68 and are available at the door. The

Alex is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

CHURCH MEMBERS DISPLAY IN ART SHOW

A free All Church Family Art Show will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church, 2001 Canada Blvd.,

Glendale.

Jodie Traugott, wife of pastor Kurt Traugott, coordinated this art

show and will be showing along with six other artists: Sally

Willingham, Larry Chan, Tom Fong, Helen Johnson and David Lockhart,

and cartoon animator Jesse Avila. Their works will be for sale.

The show will include art and craft items and some antique art

items, from more than 15 other church members and their families.

These display-only items range from a copy of a painting now in the

Smithsonian, done by a member’s mother to handmade quilts, wood items

and hand-painted china. There will also be a small holiday craft

bazaar with items for sale.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call

541-1620.

SHOW OF OILS, INKS AND CERAMICS OPENS

Vibrant oils, architectural ink drawings and ceramics will

complement each other during the art exhibit opening this weekend at

the Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House Gallery. A reception for the

artists will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Valery Moorhead debuts at the gallery with a collection of oil

landscapes titled “Joyous Color.”

Moorhead began painting and exhibiting during her years as a

congressional wife in Washington, D.C. She continued studying and

painting when her husband, former Congressman Carlos Moorhead,

retired and they returned to Glendale. Her paintings reflect her love

of nature and color.

Russell Hobbs, an architect-artist, portrays his subjects in

highly detailed pen-and-ink drawings. Although he has studied oils,

watercolor and sculpture, the dramatic drawings are his signature

collections.

Jean Taylor and Rick Drobner both will show ceramics. Their

side-by-side exhibits will illustrate the variety of styles artists

can create from clay.

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. This

exhibit continues through Oct. 23.

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 more information, call 949-4200 or visit www.DescansoGardens.org.

CONCERT FEATURES NEW ORLEANS MUSIC

Music of New Orleans is on the program for the Glendale Community

Concert Assn.'s next concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Glendale High

School.

Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Blue Serenaders will perform New

Orleans traditional jazz music. Joining the program is actor, singer

and dancer Vernel Bagneris.

Music arranger and clarinetist Kellin brings his troupe of

musicians direct from the Broadway production of “One Mo’ Time”

delivering the infectious Big Easy sounds. He has toured with such

big names as Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson.

Bagneris, in addition to writing, directing and starring in “One

Mo’ Time,” received an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and

Drama Desk Award nomination as the author and star of “Jelly Roll,”

based on jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton.

Membership fees are $45, $12 for those 18 and younger. Members

can attend Community Concert Assn. concerts in other cities. For more

information, call 248-4080, 248-3133 or 244-3398. Glendale High

School is at 1440 E. Broadway in Glendale.

WELSH HARPIST APPEARS IN CONCERT

Welsh harpist and traditional singer Sian James will appear in

concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sylvia Woods Harp Center in Glendale.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the

door. The harp center is at 915 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale. For more

information, call 956-1363.

BIG BAND MUSIC CONTINUES AT MOOSE LODGE

The Bobby Perino Big Band 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., Glendale.

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

orchestra playing the standards from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Dance

styles are East and West Coast swing, waltzes, foxtrots and mixers.

Latin dance styles include cha-chas, rumbas, mambos and tangos.

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

JAZZ SERIES MUSICAL COORDINATOR IS HONORED

Tom Shallcross, musical coordinator for the Jazz Celebrations

series, will be honored at a special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the

First Lutheran Church in Glendale.

Shallcross has been obtaining and coordinating the talent for five

years for the Jazz Celebrations.

A free-will offering will be accepted. The church is at 1300 E.

Colorado St., Glendale. For more information, call 240-9000.

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 Riverside 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.

‘EVENING WITH JACK KLUGMAN’ AT FALCON

“An Evening with Jack Klugman” continues at The Falcon Theatre in

Burbank.

Klugman relates tidbits about working with such legendary figures

as Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland and Tony

Randall, as well as sharing his battle and recovery from throat

cancer.

He recently completed touring the United States and Canada,

starring in Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond.”

“An Evening with Jack Klugman” continues through Oct. 19.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m.

Sundays. Ticket prices for adults range from $25 to $37.50. For

reservations, call 955-8101. The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside

Drive.

ART EXHIBITS

‘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.

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.

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.

ARTISTS SHOW OPPOSITE STYLES AT BRAND GALLERIES

Two artists portraying the figure in opposite styles are

exhibiting 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, makeup 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.

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.

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 Laurie Melan Quartet. Preston

Smith & the Alligators performs Sunday. The schedule for the week is

Lloyd Hebert Trio on Monday; J.C. Spires Quartet on Tuesday; Med

Flory Quintet on Wednesday, Jack Sheldon on Thursday; and Jennifer

York Quartet on Friday.

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

500-1604.

MUSEUMS

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.

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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