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A howling good time to be had at ‘Wolf Man’ screening


A discussion about the evolution of werewolves in film should provide

horror fans with plenty to howl about tonight during The Alex Film

Society’s screening of “The Wolf Man” (1941).


Prior to the 8 p.m. show, Daryl Maxwell, society board member and

Burbank resident, is coordinating a panel including Ron Chaney,

grandson of Lon Chaney Jr., who starred in the movie, and Kevin

Grevioux, who plays a werewolf in Sony’s film “Underworld,” released


last month.

Dan Roebuck, TV and film character actor and a big fan of horror

films, will be the panel host.

They’ll talk about how werewolves have been portrayed in film over

the years and what it’s like to play a werewolf, said Maxwell, an

archivist with Universal Studios and a huge fan of Universal’s horror

classics made in the 1940s and ‘50s.

“Ron is just a great guy, and he is passionate about his family’s


work and continuing the Chaney legacy,” he said.

Ron’s grandfather, Lon Chaney Jr., played the Wolf Man, Dracula’s

son, Frankenstein’s monster and the mummy as well as appeared in

Westerns and the stage and screen versions “Of Mice and Men,” Maxwell


His great-grandfather, Lon Chaney, was a famous silent film star.

He played the title character in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and

“The Phantom of the Opera.”


“These are such iconic names, not just in the horror genre but in

films in general,” Maxwell said.

Also shown will be a teaser for Ron Chaney’s film “Curse of the

Wolf Man,” a continuation of the wolf man legend written in tribute

to his grandfather’s classic film.

“It gives us a chance to see Ron Chaney in the lead and in the

makeup,” he said. “It is astounding how much he looks like his


In contrast, actor Grevioux will talk about the modern-day horror

genre and how the technology has changed since the 1940s, Maxwell


Sony has donated promotional items from “Underworld,” like

T-shirts and posters, and Universal has donated art from the film,

“Van Helsing,” scheduled for release in May.

Van Helsing is the doctor who identifies Dracula as a vampire, and

Van Helsing kills him in the original film, Maxwell said. All the

classic characters from Universal’s horror films return in this film,

he added.

Preceding each screening at The Alex is the animated short

“Monster of Ceremonies,” directed by Paul J. Smith for Walter Lanz

Productions for Universal in 1966, featuring Woody Woodpecker as a

Frankenstein-esque monster.

Also cast in “The Wolf Man” are Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi and

Maria Ouspenskaya.

Actor and horror collector Bob Burns will be in the lobby showing

his collection. There will be werewolf figures on display from “The

Howling” (1981) and props used in horror movies.

The society’s screenings are at 2 and 8 p.m. today at The Alex

Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., in Glendale. Tickets are $9.50, $8 for

the matinee. For reservations, call 243-2539.



“What is art” is the theme explored by the works of artists Risk

Castinado and Gary Wood opening with a reception today in the Brand

Library Art Galleries.

Wood’s realistic depictions of outdoor signs in Los Angeles and

his contemporary portraits in the Atrium Gallery are in a traditional

vein, recognizable as paintings done in acrylics and oil. The liquid

environmental abstracts of Castinado’s large black-and-white palette

of chemicals poured on light-sensitive paper, however, could exist

only in her mind. The fantastic landscape-like worlds she creates are

in sharp contrast to the acrylic paintings of Wood’s real world.

Both artists will be in the gallery for artists’ talks and will be

taking questions from guests at 4 p.m. today, just prior to the

opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Both events are free and

refreshments will be served. The exhibit ends Jan. 17.

Brand Art Galleries are in Brand Park at 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.


Joseph A. Gatto, founder and former chairman of the

internationally recognized Visual Arts Department at the L.A. County

High School for the Arts, will give a lecture from 2 to 4 p.m. today

at Brand Library in Glendale.

The event is sponsored by The Associates of Brand Library.

Gatto is renowned for his influence and contributions in art

education. Over four decades, he developed an award-winning

curriculum that was designed to guide young artists in achieving

their highest maximum potential.

Throughout his career, Gatto’s students became known for their

portfolio presentations and have been recruited by the most

prestigious art colleges in the country. He is the author of several

books, including “Careers in Art,” “Exploring Visual Design Drawing”

and “Media Technique.”

He is a recipient of the BRAVO award, the Bell Teaching award and

the White House Presidential Distinguished Teacher award.

Gatto retired in 2002 and continues to teach part time and

participate in programs designed to benefit and mentor young artists

in the spirit of community activism.

There will be a question-and-answer period. Brand Library is in

Brand Park at 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. For more information,

call 548-2051.


The opening concert of the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra’s season

begins at 7:30 tonight at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn

Hollywood Hills.

The free concert is under the direction of Music Director and

Conductor Steven Kerstein.

The classical concert will feature a performance by Aroussiak

Baltaian of Altadena, who took top honors at the 2002

Hennings-Fischer/Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artists’

Competition. Baltaian will be the featured soloist on Sibelius’

Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47.

Baltaian was born in Bulgaria and began playing the violin at 5.

She completed her education in Bulgaria at the Plovdiv Music School.

She attended the University of Central Arkansas where she received a

bachelor’s degree in music and was awarded a grant from the British

Council to study violin at the Guilhall School for Music and Drama in

London. In 2003, she received a master’s degree in music at USC,

under the direction of Martin Chalifour.

Baltaian has performed as a soloist and recitalist throughout the

United States and Europe. She has worked with many legendary musical

artists, including Andre Previn, Zubin Mehta and Sir Colin Davis.

Also on the program are Brahm’s Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (from the New World), Op. 95.

Forest Lawn is at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. For more

information, call 771-7888.


Internationally renowned recording artist Steve Hall will appear

in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Burbank First United Methodist


“A Grand Concert With Steve Hall” will feature “Claire de

Lune/Jesus Loves Me,” “I Believe/The Impossible Dream,” “The Lord’s

Prayer,” a “West Side Story” medley and more.

Hall has been playing the piano since he was 5, having been

classically trained until he was 15. He enjoyed a successful

management career in banking, and became known as The Banker with a

Beat. He started the company Bankbeat Productions Inc. in 1992 and

has sold more than 1.3 million albums.

Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting the Burbank First United

Methodist Church Chancel Choir. The church is at 700 N. Glenoaks

Blvd., Burbank. For more information, call 845-1531.


Previews continue this weekend for Vox Humana Productions’ “Lulu”

at The Little Victory Theatre in Burbank. It is directed by Jerry


Veering crazily between sex farce and bleak tragedy, “Lulu” is

Peter Barnes’ carnival-tinged adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s

proto-modern classic of sex, obsession, deception and death.

Inhabiting the shadowy world of tents and trailers in a circus

carnival-on-the-edge, Lulu is a woman blessed and cursed with the

instinctive ability to appear the object of fantasy. But is her life

a sexual funhouse, or is every distorted reflection in her lovers’

eyes just a little further from the truth, and a little closer to


Previews are at 8 tonight and 7 p.m. Sunday. Opening night is 8

p.m. Tuesday. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

and 7 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23. Tickets are $20 and $15 for

students, seniors and union members. The theater is at 3326 W.

Victory Blvd., Burbank. For reservations, call (323) 769-5794.


The premiere performance of “Estrella,” a Spanish operetta, will

be presented by Guild Opera Company at 2 p.m. Sunday at Casa Adobe de

San Rafael in Glendale.

“Estrella” is the latest production in Guild Opera’s repertory of

works to introduce elementary school children to the magical world of

opera. The original libretto by Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos is set to famous

Spanish music and will be performed bilingually.

The $25 donation includes refreshments and will benefit school

outreach programs.

The casa adobe is 1330 Dorothy Drive, Glendale. For tickets or

additional information, call (323) 463-6593.


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, 1940s and 1950s.

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

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


Additional dates are Nov. 23 and Dec. 28. Admission is $6. For

information, call 240-1505.


A special celebration featuring how Halloween was celebrated

during the Victorian era is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the

Doctors’ House Museum in Glendale.

Docents will be showing exhibits and explaining how the Victorians

lightened up the serious holiday traditions. Guests can enjoy a cup

of hot apple cider and participate in games and activities of days

gone by. Those attending are encouraged to come in costume.

The Doctors’ House Museum is in Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St.,




“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.


Agathe Christie’s “Ten Little Indians,” directed by Burbank

resident George Strattan, continues its run at Glendale Centre


It’s a suspenseful tale of murder as one by one guests at a dinner

party fall victim, leaving the audience guessing until the final act.

Tickets range from $16 to $20. The play continues through Nov. 22.

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.


Glendale now has a comedy club. Shows begin at 9 p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays at Marie Callender’s, 707 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale.

The headliner tonight is Darren Carter and the featured act is

Stephanie Blum.

Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 503-7388. Dinner

packages are available. There is a two-drink minimum. Doors open at

8:30 p.m.


The Troubadour Theater Company’s Funky Punks are back at The

Falcon Theatre in Burbank with an all-new “Circus Spectacular!”

The Troubies have transformed the Falcon Theatre stage into a

rollicking three-ring circus. Lion tamers, acrobats and jugglers

abound as these misfits of mayhem find any excuse to wreak havoc.

It’s 60 minutes of family entertainment.

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

Nov. 23. Tickets are $12 and $10 for children 12 and younger. The

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

call 955-8101.


The world premiere of Jon Klein’s comedy “Wishing Well” continues

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

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.


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

continues its Los Angeles run 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.


Two productions are running in repertory at A Noise Within,

Glendale’s classical theater company.

Director Craig Belknap makes his debut with Moliere’s “The Miser.”

Harpagon, the Miser, loves money almost as much as he loves himself.

Determined to marry off his son and daughter -- at a profit -- and

take a young bride for himself at an even greater profit, Harpagon’s

attempts at courtship are almost thwarted when a conniving

matchmaker, a shrewd servant and a surly cook all want money in order

to do their work. But when Harpagon’s secret love -- his buried

treasure -- is stolen, romance is off and the chase for the criminal

is on.

The play continues in repertory with Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”

until Dec. 7.

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 also appears 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.


The Fright Gallery is producing another haunted attraction with

“Experiments in Terror” at the Burbank Media City Center.

The story line centers on Dr. C.J. Henderson, head of operations

for the Institute of Paranormal Research. Hazelwood Manor, a site of

many apparition sightings, has been de-constructed and brought to the

institute’s new research facility at the mall.

Members of the Fright Gallery come from various areas of the

entertainment industry. They created many haunted mansions for

Halloween seasons in the 1980s and 1990s until 1993.

Hazelwood Manor is next to the carousel on the first level of the

mall, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through

Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1.

Admission is $10 to $15.

A special family friendly song and dance “Trick or Treat” matinee

for young children is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 per

child and $2 per adult.

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