Tribute to Peter Matz highlight of Gay Men's Chorus show

A special tribute to the late Peter Matz, famed music arranger,

accompanist, composer and conductor, will be one of many highlights

when the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles returns this weekend for its

second show of the season at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Touting a patriotic theme, "Red, White and Blues, -- An American

Music Celebration," the concert offers a broad sampling of American

music styles, both classical and popular.

Two songs in the show, "God Bless America/Color Out of Colorado,"

were arranged by Matz and Larry Moore.

Matz was best known for creating the orchestral back-ups for most

of Barbra Streisand's early recordings as well as her first two

television shows, her movie, "Funny Lady," and "The Broadway Album."

He also worked with Tony Bennett, Carmen MacRae, Rosemary Clooney and

many others.

For television, he was arranger/conductor for eight years on "The

Carol Burnett Show." His film composing credits include Sidney

Lumet's "Bye Bye Braverman" and dozens of other features as well as

more than 50 movies for television.

Matz was a dear friend to the Gay Men's Chorus, said Bruce

Mayhall, artistic director and conductor.

"He introduced us to many entertainment business people who helped

us with fund-raising and building of awareness of the chorus," he


Matz accompanied the chorus on piano at past concerts and had

arranged music for some of the concerts, Mayhall said.

"He was very active in the community with raising funds for AIDS

research and treatment. In addition to that, he was a magnificent

arranger, orchestrator, conductor," he said.

Matz's wife, soprano Marilynn Lovell Matz, joined her husband

supporting fund-raising projects for AIDS Project Los Angeles and

others, Mayhall said. She will be the guest artist during the

concerts this weekend.

"She is a wonderful performer and marvelous human being in her own

right," Mayhall said. "So we wanted her to be a part of the tribute

to him, and share her great performing ability with the audience."

Marilynn has had several featured roles in film and toured with

the international company of "Hello Dolly" with Mary Martin.

The invitation to perform with the chorus makes her feel "joyous,

loved and appreciated," she said.

She, in turn, appreciates the chorus' tribute to her husband.

"It is indeed an honor," she said. "There are lots of people they

could honor and do. It also feels appropriate, because he

accomplished so much."

Show times are 8 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15

to $45. The Alex is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are

available by calling The Alex Theatre box office at 243-2539.

The Gay Men's Chorus is also appearing in segments on Home Box

Office's television show, "Six Feet Under." The chorus' second of

five appearances on the show will be Sunday night.

"That's been thrilling," Mayhall said. "Almost everyone is a great

fan of the show. It is so intelligently and wonderfully written."

In addition, the chorus released its 10th CD, "Jerry's Boys!",

Friday, featuring legendary composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. It

was the first CD produced under the baton of Mayhall, celebrating his

second season with the chorus.

"Jerry's participation made it a real treat," he said.



Guests of the Media City Ballet Company will witness the process

of how a choreographer works with the dancers to create a finished

piece beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Media Dance Centre in the

Burbank Village.

Artistic Director Natasha Middleton will be working on the ballet

"Rachmaninoff Sketches" to be featured in the company's next

performance May 18 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

"You are seeing a work in progress," she said. "I will explain the

'Rachmaninoff Sketches,' why I called it that, and I'll talk about

the composer. People will hear the music. Dancers will be doing

dances that are rehearsal slices of major dance works."

It will be an educational experience for the public, Middleton

said, as those watching will not only see the dancers sweat, but the

choreographers sweat as well.

"It's like going into the classroom," she said. "I will be doing

the correcting of the dancers, and if he is lifting her a certain

way, I'll explain why I chose these types of movements to give them."

The workshop will show what the ballet dancer goes through to

perfect their role and perfect the style of dance they are given, she


Middleton will also introduce two Russian dancers who have joined

the company as principal dancers two months ago.

Askar Alimbetov, who is originally from Russia, was trained in

Russia and danced with the Moscow Ballet.

Askar Kettebekov, also from Russia, also trained in Russia and

danced professionally with the Boston and San Diego ballets.

Associate Director Ruben Tonoyan will be discussing his ballet,

"Gayne," which will be included in the May 18 performance. It

features Armenian classical/folk dancing. Jennifer Wilson, also a

principal dancer with the company, will perform it, along with

several male dancers.

This is the second event in the Sunday Afternoon at the Ballet

series at the Media Dance Centre, 237 E. Palm Ave., Burbank. Tickets

are $15 and can be reserved by calling 972-9692. Funds raised will go

to the May 18 performance at The Alex Theatre.

The next event in the series is Peter and the Wolf on April 13.

Peter and the Wolf also has been selected for the company's outreach

program to tour schools in the L.A. Unified School District.


"Keeping Up with the Joneses," a play by Nate Eppler, is in its

opening weekend in the Glendale Community College Auditorium Studio


Eppler explores the inner workings of a family of geniuses, which

includes a would-be superhero, an ornithologist, a 16-year-old

biology expert and a physicist working for the Department of Defense.

He uses nuclear war as a metaphor for the nuclear family and asks why

anyone would build such a terrible weapon.

"Keeping Up with the Joneses" has been nominated for four

playwriting competitions, including the Mark Twain Award for best new


Performances are at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play

continues at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and April 5, 10, 11 and 12 and

at 2 p.m. April 6 and 13.

Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended. Doors open

30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and

seniors. For reservations, call 240-1000, ext. 5618. There will be no

late seating.


The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, in conjunction with the

Hennings-Fischer Foundation, will present the finals in the second

annual Concerto and Aria Competition at 7:30 tonight at the Hall of

Liberty in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los

Angeles. Admission is free.

First-place winners in instrumental and opera categories will be

awarded $500 honorariums and will be announced immediately following

the competition.

The judges are Barry Brisk, Fung Ho and Patricia Shanks. Burbank

Philharmonic Maestro Steven Kerstein will preside over the evening.

Established in 2001, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation is the legacy

of violinist, conductor and teacher Noumi Fischer and his wife,

fellow violinist and teacher Audrey Hennings Fischer.

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills is at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los

Angeles. For more information, call 771-7888 or e-mail burbankphilharmonic@


The Glendale Quilt Guild's 24th Annual Quilt Show "Where Eagles

Soar" continues this weekend at the Burbank Airport Hilton Convention


There will be more than 200 new and antique quilts, wearable art

garments and handmade dolls. The show includes classes for all

levels, lectures, quilt appraisals, quilter's merchant mall with more

than 50 vendors, two sewing machine drawings, an opportunity quilt,

awards banquet, fashion show breakfast and boutique, and more.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday at the Burbank Airport Hilton Convention Center, 2500

Hollywood Way in Burbank. Admission is $7, $2 for children. For more

information, visit the Web site at or call

(888) 337-8458.


Glendale resident Judith Barnes will be signing her first novel,

"Salthill," from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Bookfellows, 328 N. Brand

Blvd., Glendale.

Published by St. Martin's Press, the book is set in British

Columbia in the post-war 1940s and 1950s. The story centers on the

St. Oeggers, an Anglo-Irish family that has emigrated from Calway to

raise Thoroughbred horses on a ranch in the Canadian wilderness. They

are joined by a young black man who has a special gift with horses.

He is asked to stay on and becomes a part of the family.

"It's a love story, and is literary fiction," Barnes said about

her book. "I've tried to give them a good read."


The Glendale Community Concert Assn., celebrating its 50th

anniversary concert season, will feature Common Ground at 2:30 p.m.

today at the Glendale High School auditorium, 1440 E. Broadway in


Common Ground is an ensemble of world-champion Irish step dancers,

country cloggers and quick-footed tap dancers who click, tap and kick

their way through 25 numbers to celebrate the Irish experience in


The finale event of the season is Alison England on April 6.

Membership includes admission to concerts presented by affiliated

Community Concerts groups in other communities.

For more information, call 248-4080 or 248-3133.


Jewel City Doll Club will have its 25th annual Doll Show and Sale

from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the upstairs room of the Glendale

Civic Auditorium.

There will be antique and collectible dolls and accessories, paper

dolls, old toys, bears, miniatures and related books. Spectators can

have their picture taken with their favorite doll for free.

Club members will offer for free their expertise in doll

identifications. Special guest is doll book author Patricia


Admission is $5, free for children younger than 12. The auditorium

is at 1401 Verdugo Road in Glendale. For more information, call Dene

Alcott at 248-4862.



A Noise Within's present offerings are "O Pioneers" and "Measure

For Measure."

Artistic co-directors and husband and wife, Geoff Elliott and

Julia Rodriguez Elliott, direct "O Pioneers," a stage adaptation of

Willa Cather's novel. Heroine Alexandra Bergson leads her family into

the 1880s Midwest to carve out a living from a forbidding land.

It runs in repertory through May 15 with Shakespeare's "Measure

for Measure," which continues through May 10.

As part of his plan to arrest the moral decay plaguing his beloved

city, the Duke of Vienna abdicates power to his trusted subordinate

Angelo in order to travel incognito throughout his realm. Angelo, a

man of unblemished reputation, sentences Claudio, an unwitting

citizen, to death for "sinful indiscretions" as an example to all who

would err.

Claudio's tenacious and pure-hearted sister, Isabella, rushes to

her brother's aid, unleashing a deadly passion in Angelo. Thus begins

the age-old confrontation between compassion and intolerance, public

morality and private lechery, in Shakespeare's tale of the measure of


The former Masonic temple building is at 234 S. Brand Blvd.,

Glendale. Tickets range from $18 to $38 and can be reserved by

calling 240-0910.


Hail back to the glorious reign of King Arthur in Lerner and

Loewe's "Camelot" produced by Glendale Centre Theatre.

Merlin and the knights of the Round Table are all here as well as

the musical triumphs "The Lusty Month of May" and "If Ever I Would

Leave You."

The play continues through April 12. Tickets range from $14 to

$17. For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at

324 N. Orange St., Glendale.

The children's musical "Cinderella" runs at 11 a.m. Saturdays through June 18.


The family musical "Cinderella!", written by Dimitri Toscas,

closes this weekend at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

Adapted from composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini's classic opera,

"La Cenerentola," this production combines music, song and audience

participation in telling the tale.

Cast members are Roberta Wall, who portrayed Mrs. Potts in the

first national tour of "Beauty and the Beast," and Eric Meyersfeld,

who recently starred as The Boy in the record-breaking off-Broadway

production of "The Fantasticks." Rounding out the cast are Kimberly

Kurtenbach, Peter Allen Vogt and Karen Schnurr.

Performances are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10.

The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank. For

reservations, call 955-8101.


The revival performance of the rock opera, "2nd Wind the Musical

2002," has returned with two new songs. Show time is 8 tonight at the

Gene Bua Acting For Life Theatre in Burbank.

The story is about an acting coach, Teacher, who rallies together

three celebrity volunteers to help him with a new program at

Strawberry Fields Residential Treatment Center. They attempt to teach

three street kids how to turn their rage, fear and shame into

positive energy through acting.

Tickets are $25 with discounts available for seniors, groups and

teens. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Here's To Life Foundation,

reaching at-risk youth through art and entertainment.

For reservations, call (310) 680-9109. The play continues through

May 3.

The playhouse is at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.



Ruth Basler Burr has returned to Descanso Gardens for her 33rd

annual one-woman art exhibit "Reflections." The former La Canada

Flintridge resident, whose watercolors and prints are in collections

worldwide, will bring familiar scenes this year to Descanso's Boddy

House Gallery.

The exhibit includes a new group of paintings of the gardens as

she remembers them during the many years she walked its pathways with

her friends. The show continues until April 10.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and admission is free

with paid gardens fee. Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive,

La Ca- nada 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 information, call 949-4200 or visit

www.DescansoGardens. org.


Alyce Cox-Smith of La Crescenta is displaying her art work,

mainly landscapes in oil, throughout March at Oceanview Bar and Grill

in Montrose.

The Montrose hairstylist began her second career as an artist

taking painting classes through the parks and recreation department

in the late 1980s. After a two-year hiatus, she started taking

classes with local artist Margot Lennartz.

For her piece of Cannery Row in Monterey, Cox-Smith received a

second-place honor in the landscape category in a juried show

sponsored by the San Gabriel Fine Arts Assn.

Oceanview Bar and Grill is at 3826 Ocean View Blvd. in Montrose.

For information, call 248-2722.


Paintings of battle scenes by Toluca Lake resident John Pomeroy,

ranging from 9 by 12 feet to wall size, are on exhibit at the Forest

Lawn Museum in Glendale.

A supervising animator with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Pomeroy

has captured in oil such famous scenes as Alexander the Great at the

Battle of Granicus in the exhibit "Windows of War: Historical

Paintings by John Pomeroy."

The exhibit continues through April 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. daily. The museum is at Forest Lawn, Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. Admission and parking are free. For more information,

call 204-3131, ext. 4545.


A representation of some of the finest contemporary collage works

by artists from throughout the United States are included in the

"Open '03," a show sponsored by the Collage Artists of America at

Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale.

Seventy original works were selected for the show by juror Suzanne

Muchnic, art writer for the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles

correspondent for ARTnews magazine.

Residents showing their works are Jane Friend of Glendale and

Sandra Rooney of La Crescenta.

Friend's entry, "Tide Pool," was created with handmade paper and

acrylic paint. Rooney's entry is called "Rhythm in Blues" and is a

mixed-media piece.

Admission and parking are free. The show continues through April


Gallery 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. Brand galleries are at

1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. For more information, call 548-2051.



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. For more

information, call 248-2722.


Glendale's Rusty Pelican, 300 Harvey Drive in Glendale, serves

dinner and Sunday brunch, but really cooks with its live singing and


2AZZ1 and The Body & Soul Band, featuring Burbank residents Craig

and Mary Durst, performs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays. There is no cover and

no minimum.

There's karaoke from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays, live jazz from

7:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and live blues from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.


For more information or to make reservations, call 242-9191.

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