August 11, 2007
Bonsai is the expert cultivation and creative manipulation of artificially dwarfed trees and shrubs. A true masterpiece of horticulture on such a small scale requires artistry, patience and skill. The same can be said of fine Asian cuisine when expert hands are at work. It is no coincidence that the owners of Burning Bonzai chose to name their restaurant (with a slight spelling change) after such a masterpiece of nature and human endeavor. The Far East beckons the moment you step inside Burning Bonzai on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.
August 5, 2009
?Charlatan? at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank is a perfect example of simple theater at its captivating best. It is the story of a compelling figure in Europe?s cultural history. Sergei Diaghilev, patron of the arts and founder of the Ballets Russes, the Russian Ballet company that took Paris by storm in 1909, was a passionate and emotionally driven man, fascinated by fame and beauty, sex and youth. Director, writer and veteran actor Tony Tanner brings Diaghilev to life with brilliant artistry.
July 12, 2000
Erin Park PASADENA -- Several Burbank residents were among the nearly 500 Southern California artists who got down on their hands and knees in Centennial Square outside of Pasadena City Hall this weekend. They weren't praying for National Endowment for the Arts grants but rather taking part in the 8th annual Absolut Chalk Festival. The event features professional and amateur artists creating murals on the pavement using chalk as their medium. As the world's largest street painting festival, Absolut Chalk also featured live music from almost two dozen performers, food and drinks as well as cultural clothing and crafts.
October 3, 2001
Intelligent story well told Michael Fairman of Glendale is an actor who appeared as Adlai Stevenson in "Thirteen Days" about the Cuban Missile Crisis. In "Hearts in Atlantis," Anthony Hopkins plays a mysterious stranger who enters the life of a young boy (Anton Yelchin), and helps him find the good as well as the strength in himself. The film has all the wonder and atmosphere of Stephen King's artistry, and Hopkins' performance is rich and subtle.
April 13, 2005
Art festival caters to hard-of-hearing An arts festival for deaf and hard-of-hearing students is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at David Starr Jordan Middle School, 420 S. Mariposa St. The Deaf Arts Jubilee features workshops in dance, acting, makeup artistry, illustration and more. The classes are taught by artists, many of whom are deaf. Headlining comedian C.J. Jones will perform and teach two workshops on comedy. The band Kriya will also perform, and the lead singer will use sign language.
January 17, 2001
Karen S. Kim SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Red-haired and fair-skinned with freckles, 24-year-old Rhea Brown sat on a stool and watched her partner sculpt, mold and smear gray clay across a cast of her own head. "I'm going to be a chubby black lady," Brown said, verifying her partner's plans for the clay. Brown is a part of the special-effects makeup course at the Make-Up Designory, a vocational school in Burbank providing training in fashion, hair styling and makeup artistry for television and film.
February 2, 2000
Robert Blechl MAGNOLIA PARK -- Some brought a lifetime of talent to the stage while others braved the jitters to show off their newly acquired artistry. Held Monday at the Joslyn Senior Center, the Y2K Senior Talent Showcase drew a crowd that caught organizers by surprise. "We weren't sure if we'd even get a response for talent," said Gayle Midgen, program coordinator for senior services. "And once we got the talent, we weren't sure of the audience."
May 10, 2003
Molly Shore Steve Johnson loves his job because, as he puts it, "All I do is make toys." It's actually a bit more complicated than that. Johnson owns Edge FX, a Burbank-based special-effects company that specializes in unusual makeup, prosthetics and robotic animatronics for movies, television, advertising and theme parks, including Disney's Epcot Center. If filming calls for a grotesque face, mangled limbs or any type of over-the-edge makeup, Edge FX can do the job. Making an actor look good is not what it's about at Johnson's 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.
April 16, 2005
Rosette Gonzales When his daughter Jenna was 2, Bill Greene discovered she was deaf. Over time he became familiar with her silent world and decided to liven it up for her and other deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Greene started the Greenelight Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children. For the past four years, the Deaf Arts Jubilee has been the foundation's major yearly event, bringing more than 100 students from Southern California and Las Vegas high schools together.