You'll remember the music. Who can forget the comedy? Refresh your
memory when "Direct from Vegas -- The Rat Pack" kicks off the Summer
Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank.
The show pays tribute to the comedy team of Frank Sinatra (Gary
Corsello), Sammy Davis Jr. (Lonnie Parlor) and Dean Martin (Steve
Apple). Get ready for a heavy dose of nostalgia with this singing and
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Concertgoers can bring
their own food and beverages, including wine and beer, or select food
and beverages from the Gordon Biersch concession stand. Coffee
favorites will also be offered by Priscilla's Gourmet Coffee, Tea and
Tickets at the gate are $7, $4 for seniors and children 3 to 12.
Children 2 and younger admitted free. Parking is $5 per car. For more
information, call 525-3721 or visit www.starlightbowl.com.
Upcoming concerts are Bjorn Again -- The Abba Experience, July 18;
The Fab Four and Sol'RefleXion, (6:15 p.m. start time), July 25;
Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Aug. 1; Herman's Hermits, starring
Peter Noone, with opening act The Answer, (6:15 p.m. start time),
Aug. 8; and Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, Aug. 15.
PERFORMS AT DESCANSO
The Celtic band, Banshee in the Kitchen, will perform a free
concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Under the Oaks Theater at Descanso
Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.
This open-air performance by a trio noted for instrumental
precision, is one of six Sunday afternoon stops in Descanso's World
Music Tour. The concerts are free with Gardens admission.
Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge.
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 younger
than 5. For more information, call 949-4200.
GAY MEN'S CHORUS
HONORS JUDY GARLAND
The Gay Men's Chorus remembers a legend during its final concert
in its 25th anniversary season, titled "You Made Me Love You: the
Music of Judy Garland" at 8 tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Alex
Theatre in Glendale.
Bruce Mayhall conducts the orchestra in this concert, honoring
Garland, whose death, some say, sparked the Stonewall riots, which
were one of the touchstones of the gay and lesbian civil-rights
The chorus will sing Garland's classic hits as well as medleys
from her concerts and television appearances.
Tickets range from $15 to $70, with student, senior and group
discounts available. Those purchasing terrace and orchestra seats
will receive the chorus' CD/DVD combination gift item and can attend
a post-event reception. For reservations, call (800) 636-7464 or
243-2539. The theater is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
PRESENTS 'LA TRAVIATA'
Casa Italiana Opera Company will present Venezuelan soprano Begona
Bilbao in "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi on Sunday at St. Francis
Xavier Church in Burbank.
A gourmet dinner will be served at 2:30 p.m. followed by the opera
at 4:30 p.m. The performance, fully staged with orchestra and chorus,
and sung in Italian, marks the company's debut at the church.
Bilbao will sing the part of Violetta Valery, the Lady of the
Company founder and General Director Mario Leonetti said proceeds
from the performance will benefit St. Francis.
Bilbao has appeared in Los Angeles recently in several leading
roles, including Manon, in Puccinni's "Manon Lescaut," and
Marguerite, in Gounod's "Faust."
She is joined by tenor Shawn Thuris, as Alfredo, and baritone Ken
Simms, as Germont. Abby Luttrell sings the role of Flora, with JC
Henning as Annina, Paul Junger as Gastone, William Bartlett as the
Baron, Robert Milewski as the Marquis, Jeff Bergquist as Dr. Grenvil
and Anton Riehl as Giuseppe.
The opera company presents six or more opera productions each year
in the Los Angeles area, as well as community events and private
parties. For tickets (advance sale only), call 559-8696. The church
is at 3801 Scott Road, Burbank.
IN BRAND PARK
Bertolt Brecht's "Galileo" will be presented by the
Action/Reaction Theater Company for the fourth season of the
critically acclaimed Summer Theatre Project, a series of free outdoor
performances in Glendale's Brand Park.
Going against the accepted theory of the time, astronomer Galileo
proved that the Earth revolves around the sun. Writing in everyday
language, instead of Latin, to make his discoveries available to the
public, Galileo was thrust to fame and power. Perceiving a threat to
its authority, the Catholic Church condemned his teachings as heresy,
subjected him to an inquisition, and kept him under house arrest
until his death.
Michael Holmes directs the production, and Kathy Pearson is
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and July 16, 24 and 25. Brand
Park is at 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. Guests are welcome to
bring picnics and refreshments. Admission is free; a donation of $10
is optional. For more information, call 786-1045.
UNVEILED IN HONORS SHOW
The Burbank Art Assn. is having its annual Honors Show at the
Burbank Media City Center Mall. An artists' reception is from 2 to 4
The awards are: Best of Show (Bill Lambuth-Swains Award) went to
Pong Apinyavat; Valley Moulding & Frame Award, Christina Ramos; M.
Graham & Co. Award, Gordon Fine; Autry National Center Award, Tony
Provenzano; Jerry's Artarama Award, Jeanne Zinniker; Mandalay Fine
Arts Award, Charlotte Jones; Carter Sexton Award, Paul Lawson Taylor;
The Canvas Peddlar, Tony Provenzano; Windsor Newton Award, Pong
Apinyavat; Image-Ination/World Supply Award, Charlotte Rowland;
Continental Art Supplies award, Rene Bergeron; and Cheap Joe's Art
Stuff Award, Ruth Boyd.
The gallery is on the first floor in store #138, near the center
of the mall at 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Show hours are from 2
to 5 p.m. daily throughout July. Most of the paintings are for sale.
BIG BAND ON THE ROAD
Toluca Lake resident Bobby Perino and his 11-piece orchestra will
play big-band music from the 1930 and '40s for dancing and listening
pleasure from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Alhambra American Legion.
Admission is $10. The hall is at 24 N. Stoneman Ave., Alhambra.
For more information, call (626) 458-2723.
NATURE IS THEME FOR
EXHIBIT AT DESCANSO
Four artists are showing their nature-themed art works at Descanso
Garden's Boddy House Gallery in La Canada Flintridge.
Kendra Page returns with a collection of original oil paintings,
reproductions and notecards that focus on the California landscape.
Patricia Wiley exhibits watercolors of florals and still lifes in
bright, vibrant colors. She also will have greeting cards featuring
the florals of the original paintings.
John Drake returns to the gallery with one-of-a-kind ceramics and
Chris Hogan is showing a new collection of gourds, grown in her
garden and decorated with all natural materials. The result is
reflective of pre-pottery vessels used for centuries for utility and
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admittance is free
with garden admission. The exhibit continues through July.
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 younger than 5.
For more information, call 949-4200 or visit www.descanso
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