College actors produce drama with adult themes

JOYCE RUDOLPH

Glendale Community College drama students are flexing their creative

muscles with the production "What's Wrong with Angry?," written by

Patrick Wilde.

The play is about a young gay man, Steven Carter, attending

English Martyrs School for Boys and harboring feelings for the

unattainable school soccer superstar John Westhead. His story is

filled with laughter, music as well as anger.

Ken Gray is the director of the Theatre Arts Department

production. The cast features Karl Simon Vahlne as Steven. Now a

Glendale resident, Vahlne hails from Sweden. The role of John is

played by Richard Sharrah of Glendale. He comes to GCC from Oklahoma.

Dad is portrayed by Rich Scolari of Tujunga, who is also the sound

designer and assistant director. Mum is played by Christy Cassel of

Montrose. She has appeared on TV shows, such as "Seinfeld," "Melrose

Place" and "Baywatch," and in movies that include "As Good as it

Gets" and "Boogie Nights."

Other cast member are Glendale residents Raymond Lee, Ben

Magallanes Jr., Chris Narimani, Matt Waters and Alex Wooten. Jennifer

Ullrich of La Crescenta, Brian Dembkoski of Los Angeles and Burbank

residents Jennifer Bordwell, Steve Ramos and Dante Rizzo are also in

the cast.

Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating in

the college auditorium Studio Theatre. There is no late seating.

Tickets are $10, $6 for students and seniors, and $4 each for groups

of 10 or more. For reservations, call 240-1000, ext. 5618. This

production contains adult language and subject matter. Performances

are at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional performances are at 8

p.m. Thursday through Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and at 8 p.m. Nov.

18, 19 and 20.

SPECIAL EVENTS

DESCANSO BLOOMS

JAPANESE FESTIVAL

The grace and style of the Far East will be honored during the

Japanese Garden Festival today and Sunday at Descanso Gardens.

A suiseki (water stone) exhibit and an annual chrysanthemum show

and sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. A family Taiko

drumming classes will be offered from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and from 3 to

3:45 p.m. today on the Main Lawn. Registration will open at 10:30

a.m. today.

Japanese Dancers from the school of Madam Fujima Kansuma will

perform traditional dances at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge

For admission information, call 949-4200 or visit

www.DescansoGardens.org.

VERDUGO HILLS ART

GROUP HAS SHOW

Lorraine Ruby received the Best of Show for her watercolor

"Mission School" in the Verdugo Hills Art Assn.'s Juried Exhibition

of Member Works Fall 2004. The show is in the John L. Clarke Room of

the La Canada County Library, 4540 Oakwood in La Canada Flintridge.

Other winners are first place, Open Division: Albert Gmuer, "Bus

Trip, Guatemala," watercolor; first place, Premier: John Parshall,

"Verdugo Adobe," watercolor; first place, Honors: Gloria G. Clark,

"Colorado Autumn," oil; first place, Abstract: Sandra Rooney, "Ajanta

Cave Secrets," mixed media; first place, Photography: Jana Bitterman,

"Shades of Purple," photo.

The juror was Charles Borman, owner of Village Square Gallery in

Montrose. Entries will be displayed through Nov. 27.

CONCERT ASSOCIATION

OFFERS WESTERN MUSIC

Glendale Community Concert Assn. will present Cowboy Envy at 2:30

p.m. Sunday at Glendale High School, 1440 E. Broadway.

This ensemble performs Western music from the 1930s and '40s

drawing from their repertories of such famous Western stars as Roy

Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers and Gene Autry. For tickets, call

248-4080.

ON STAGE

FALCON OFFERS 'WRONG

TURN AT LUNGFISH'

The Falcon Theatre is producing "Wrong Turn at Lungfish," written

by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz, directed by Garry Marshall and

starring Emmy Award-winner Hector Elizondo.

An elitist and irascible college dean (Hector Elizondo) has

suddenly gone blind. His only enjoyment comes from tormenting his

student nurse (Joanna Canton) until he is assigned Anita Merendino

(Ana Ortiz) to read to him. She is a young blue collar girl, both

sexy and manipulative, with a jealous boyfriend (Jason Gedrick). In

this poignant comedy our intellectual odd couple soon finds that

within each other lies the missing link in their own personal

evolution.

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

Sundays until Nov. 14. Tickets range from $30 to 37.50. For

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

Drive, in Burbank.

ALLIANCE REPERTORY

PRODUCING 'SPEC'

Alliance Repertory Company is presenting "spec," written by Tom

Grimes, and directed by Scott Campbell, through Nov. 14 at the

Alliance Theatre in Burbank.

Disillu- sioned by his choices in life, including his successful

career as a lawyer, Al is moving into the film business and stakes

his entire future on the dream of one day directing a great

Spielberg-ian epic. He convinces his young writing protege, Mike, to

write a "spec" script, "VIRUS," a can't-miss formulaic

horror/thriller. But, Al instead becomes positioned to direct

something bigger -- a war epic with major funding and logistical

support beyond his wildest dreams.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $20. For reservations, call (800) 595-4849. The theater

is at 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

COLONY MUSICAL 'GRAND HOTEL'

The musical "Grand Hotel" continues tonight at the Colony Theatre

in Burbank.

It is 1928 in Berlin, Germany. What schemes and dreams lie behind

each of the doors of Europe's most opulent and extravagant hotels --

at one of history's most dangerous and thrilling times? There's the

fading, still-beautiful Prima Ballerina, the charming young Baron who

is out of money and riding on his looks, the ambitious Hollywood

hopeful, the mortally ill bookkeeper and others. All reveal their

lifelong desires and passions through music and dance in this

production directed by Peter Schneider.

The book is by Luther Davis with music and lyrics by Robert Wright

and George Forrest. Additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m.

Sundays through Nov. 14. An added performance is at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets range from $30 to $40 with student and senior discounts

available. For reservations, call 558-7000. The Colony Theatre makes

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

ACTION REACTION PERFORMING 'SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL'

The Action Reaction Theater Company of Glendale is presenting the

final performances of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy, "School for

Scandal," this weekend at the Verdugo Woodlands Dads' Club in

Glendale.

The company was selected by the Jane Austen Society of North

America to produce the play as part of its national convention, which

is being held in Los Angeles this year.

"School for Scandal" was first produced in London, England in

1780. It pokes fun at the catty, gossipy behavior of English

aristocrats. The current production is directed by Carolee Shoemaker

and produced by Kathy Pearson.

Performances are at 8 tonight and 7 p.m. Sunday. The theater is at

1728 Canada Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and

students. Group rates are available. For reservations, call 786-1045.

'SLEEPY HOLLOW'

HAUNTS KIDS AT FALCON

Lori Marshall and Joseph Leo Bwarie scare up a new version of "The

Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at 1 p.m. today at the Falcon Theatre in

Burbank.

Bwarie directs this special Halloween treat that takes place one

stormy night in a small New England town. Four kids dressed as a mad

scientist, a pretty princess, a quirky quarterback and a wacky witch

wind up at a Halloween party. The party is flipped upside-down when

they stumble upon a dusty book of ghost stories.

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

through Nov. 14. Tickets are $12, $10 for children 12 and under. The

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

call 955-8101.

A NOISE WITHIN

PERFORMING THE CLASSICS

A Noise Within's production "A Flea in Her Ear" is continuing at

the theater company's home in Glendale. Written by Georges Feydeau

(1862-1921), and translated by Barnett Shaw, this French farce is

about 1930s Paris and is filled with jealousies, misunderstandings

and catastrophe.

Several characters, including a jealous Spaniard, a saucy maid and

a drunken Englishman, amid others, come together one fateful night in

this classic romp exposing the indiscreet charms of the Bourgeoisie.

The play runs in repertory through Dec. 1 with Harold Pinter's

"The Homecoming" and Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Resident Director Sabin Epstein, directs "The Homecoming." When

the prodigal son returns to his birthplace, his new wife in tow,

language becomes the menacing weapon of choice. The wife's presence

rekindles long dormant and deadly rivalries. Not just words, but

pauses, are deafening in this production. It continues through Dec.

5.

Passionate lovers, ham-handed actors and discordant spirits of the

fairy world cross paths in a moon-drenched wood and discover the

transformative power of love in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It is

directed by artistic co-directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez

Elliott. It continues through Dec. 3.

Tickets for regular performances range from $20 to $40. For

reservations, call 240-0910, ext. 1. The company performs at the

former Masonic Temple, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

ART EXHIBIT

NATURE IS ALL

AROUND BODDY HOUSE

Four artists are exhibiting their impressions of nature this month

at Descanso Gardens' Boddy House Gallery in La Canada Flintridge.

Frank Lennartz brings his impressionist oil paintings of the

California landscape. Linda Fielder sees nature at its colorful best

and captures that vision in watercolor. Chris Hogan shows dramatic

gourd art while Miriam Balcazar exhibits "Tree Evolution," a

collection of high-and low-fire ceramic tree sculptures.

This exhibit continues through Nov. 28. Open from 10 a.m. to 4

p.m. daily, the gallery is the ground floor of the 22-room Boddy

House, former home of Descanso founder E. Manchester Boddy. Admission

to the gallery 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 or visit www.descansogardens.org.

ATTRACTIONS

SKATING IS COOL FUN AT PICKWICK ARENA

Pickwick Ice Skating Arena, 1001 Riverside Drive in Burbank, has

public skating, figure skating and ice-hockey lessons. It is also

available for private parties. Public sessions are from 2:30 to 4:30

p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays; 1:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and 8:20 to 9:50 p.m. Wednesdays.

Admission is $10, $9 for 17 and younger, including skate rentals. If

you have your own skates, it's $3 less. Discounts offered to groups

of 10 or more at $7 each, all ages. For information, call 846-0035.

EQUESTRIAN CENTER GREAT FOR HORSING AROUND

The Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive in Burbank,

has horse events throughout the year but also rents out the animals

from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Horse rentals are $20 for one hour, $30

for 1 1/2 hours, and $35 for two hours, all with a $15 deposit, cash only. Private hour-long lessons are $35.

Private parties can take night rides or, for the summer only,

sunset barbecue rides. The sunset rides are also open to the public.

To horse around, call 840-8401, or for general information about the

center, call 840-9063.

MOONLIGHT ROLLERWAY IS THE PLACE TO SKATE

Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale offers skating for children and

adults throughout the week. Admission ranges from $4.50 to $6.75.

There is a $2 skate rental fee or skaters can bring their own in-line

or regular skates.

There is a session for children 12 and younger and their parents

from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Public sessions are from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and

1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adult Disco Night for those 18

and older is from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Monday. Old-timers Night with live

organ music is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Skaters receive a discount on the public session from 8 to 10:30

p.m. Wednesdays. Adult admission is $5 with $2 skate rental. The rink

is reserved for private parties Thursday.

Moonlight is at 5110 San Fernando Road in Glendale. For more

information, call 241-3630.

TALK TO THE ANIMALS AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO

The L.A. Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is

$10, $7 for seniors 62 and older, $5 for kids 2 to 12 and free for

kids younger than 2. Parking is free and strollers and wheelchairs

are available to rent. The zoo is at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles.

For information, call (323) 644-6400. .

MUSEUMS

HOWARD MUSEUM HAS

HISTORY 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 section showing the history of Lockheed,

and exhibits on Disney and Warner Bros. studios.

Hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 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.

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 unless it's a holiday or it's raining. Built in the

1880s by real-estate entrepreneur E.T. Byram, the house has been

restored.

Donations are $1 for adults over 16. Brand Park is at 1601 W.

Mountain St., Glendale. For more information, all 242-4290.

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.

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.

DANCING

GO TO GIGGLES FOR SALSA, LATIN HOUSE

Giggles night club, 215 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale, is offering a

mixture of dancing and salsa lessons Fridays.

Salsa and merengue dancing are offered on the lower level Friday

and Saturday. On the main floor, Spanish rock and pop are played

Friday, while Latin house, trance and Top 40 are offered Saturday.

There is a strict dress code. The club is open 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12 both nights. For information,

call 500-7800.

DISC JOCKEY PLAYS

TOP 40 MUSIC AT THE MIX

The Mix, at 2612 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose, offers Top 40 music

played by a disc jockey from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through

Saturdays. There is a dance contest every Thursday night. There are

also 12 pool tables and a pool league, dart boards and a darts

league, and the occasional live music band. The cover charge is $3 on

the weekends and $3 on Tuesdays. For information, call 248-3040.

* If you have news 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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