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August 11, 2004
Jackie Conley Scattered around the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center on Tuesday morning, vocal competitors and aspiring actors patiently sat waiting for their turn to represent their country and impress the judges in the second day of the competition at the World Championships of Performing Arts. "The primary thing to do is to develop competitive material," said CSM Words and Music producer Shele Sondheim, a judge for the competition.
By DAVID LAURELL | February 14, 2007
While it is the sweet scent of chocolate, roses and love that is wafting through the air as we celebrate Valentine's Day, this past Sunday it was the dark stench of murder and mayhem that hovered over Burbank as Shakespeare at Play presented its St. Valentine's Day Massacre Murder Mystery dinner dance at The Castaway. The evening, staged as a fundraiser to benefit local arts and education programs, commenced with a cocktail party. Among those who were spotted sipping their libations while perusing the silent auction and interrogating one another in search of identity clues were John and Gloria Aranita , local dentist Bruce Lilly and his wife, Leslie, Hector Reyes and his wife, Nidia, Manny and Rosalva Perez , and the festively red-threaded trio of Max Andrews , Gloria Mikeler and Elizabeth Lambert . Along with participating in the pre-dinner festivities, Shakespeare at Play board member Gilbert Mares spoke passionately about the mission of the organization.
July 9, 2005
Rosette Gonzales The music started, stopped, then started again. After practicing their dance routine repeatedly, the students finally began to move more in tempo. "You're still a little off but that was better," said Gina Bishop, a 21-year-old dance instructor who performed on Broadway as a child. "Try it again." For the next seven weeks, Bishop will help train 130 children and teens at show camp, a summer enrichment and performing arts camp, as they rehearse and hone their dance, vocal and acting techniques in preparation for their August performance of "Goosed: A Politically Incorrect Musical Featuring the Nursery Rhymes of Mother Goose."
March 3, 2007
Jefferson places at BRAVO awards Thomas Jefferson Elementary won first runner-up at the Los Angeles County Music Center Educational Division BRAVO Awards, in the schools category. Principal Esther Salinas represented the school Tuesday at their annual gala in the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The award is for excellence in arts programs at schools. Salinas was presented with the BRAVO Award's statue at the event for first runner-up. Jefferson was also presented with a certificate of commendation from the city of Los Angeles.
August 5, 2006
Come September, elementary school children in the Burbank Unified School District will start getting eduction in the arts again. Bravo. This is a crucial element of a well-rounded education, one that has been missing for years now. Burbank Unified is putting arts back into its core curriculum with Arts for All, a 10-year strategic plan to bring back the arts. The district will hire a specialist who will begin instructing teachers in August on how to incorporate first the visual arts ?
October 11, 2003
The seventh annual World Championships of Performing Arts kicked off Sunday at the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center with a colorful opening-night parade reminiscent of the Olympics. About 150 representatives from more than 40 countries marched into the convention center carrying the flags of their respective nations. Competition in variety arts, instrumental, dance, modeling, acting, comedy and vocal categories started Monday and continues through today, with participants showcasing their skills in 90-second performances.
August 4, 2004
Jackie Conley While athletes are preparing this month to compete at the Olympics in Athens, Allen Ashrafyan and about 2,500 singers, dancers, musicians and other performers will be taking part in the Eighth Annual World Championships of the Performing Arts, beginning Monday at the Burbank Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. Allen, 16, a Bellarmine Jefferson High School student, will showcase his Latin ballroom skills at the competition. "I want to participate in it to show myself that I can do it and to show that I'm pretty good at it," Allen said.
February 16, 2002
Ryan C. Wells was recognized at his National Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. He is a member of Troop 204, sponsored by the Burbank Kiwanis. He has been an active member of the Boy Scouts Honored Camping Society, and is past chief of Lodge SPE-LE-YAI of the Order of the Arrow in 1998. He also received the Spirit of Achievement National Founder's Award from the Order of the Arrow in 1999. He is a senior at John Burroughs High School, and is a member of the Academic Decathlon team, track and field, and is a section leader in the marching band.
March 5, 2005
Arts funding in schools could be higher With regard to the Leader's question Wednesday, "Do Burbank schools give adequate arts education?": As the mom of a 10th-grader at Burbank High School who is a member of the choir "Impressions," I can tell you that there is no funding of any kind for choir. The parents pay a direct assessment (between $650 and $850 a year) and raise money with advertising and a silent auction yearly to fund the choir program.
November 20, 1999
TODAY Farmers' Market comes to town, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Orange Grove Avenue between Third Street and Glenoaks Boulevard. "Disney's Magical Holiday Faire," an arts and crafts event, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walt Disney Studio lot, 500 S. Buena Vista St. Admission is $3. Overeater's Anonymous, a 12-step group for people suffering from compulsive overeating and other eating disorders, meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 Magnolia Blvd.
By Kelly Corrigan, | May 2, 2014
Improving students' overall academic success was a key component in two local elementary schools receiving 2014 California Distinguished Schools' awards this week. Joaquin Miller and R.L. Stevenson elementary schools were also each presented an additional distinction honoring their "exemplary" arts programs, a nod that only 13 schools in the entire state won out of the 424 that earned the awards. "I'm really proud of our students. The [award] respects all of the hard work that they've done," said Miller Principal Judy Hession, who added that the teachers' dedication and parents' involvement were also part of the school's success.
By Mark Kellam, | April 22, 2014
Artwork of all kinds, including animation, took center stage this past weekend during the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival. Booths lined San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue, featuring a wide variety of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and jewelry. One section of the event focused on animation with participants including Gnomon School of Visual Effects, the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire and the Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
By Bryan Mahoney | April 15, 2014
At the gala opening of her show at the Creative Arts Center Gallery , artist Thora Moeller stops a moment to allow her public a quick photo of her with her latest - and possibly most complex - creation. The paper collage may provide commentary on the effects of corporate greed: A green hand is outstretched on the eggshell canvas reaching toward blood-red hearts just outside the reach of its fingertips - clearly demonstrating the love and affection of one's peers that remains ever elusive to those who seek money and fortune for their own ends.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | April 11, 2014
Roughly 20 Burbank students were recognized for their artistic talents this week as part of the annual Youth Art Expo, which featured the drawings, sketches and sculptures of more than 200 students. The program, which was organized by the park, recreation and community services department and the Burbank Fine Arts Federation, received 1,500 art submissions from students in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to gallery director Frances Santistevan. Roughly 250 were chosen for the exhibit, and 20 students were awarded for their talent.
By Arin Mikailian, | March 11, 2014
Art Wave, a warehouse specializing in original oil paintings, hand-painted reproductions and framing, is closing its doors after 13 years in business. Highly visible from the street, the shop is known for the hanging artwork on its exterior wall at the corner of Victory Boulevard and Alameda Avenue. In addition to paintings, the business also carries statues and mirrors. In online advertisements, Art Wave touts Len Aaron - who helped found the art supply chain Aaron Brothers - as one of its featured artists.
By Arin Mikailian, | March 5, 2014
The artistic talents of three high school students will gain plenty of exposure in the coming months as their winning banner designs will be enlarged and hung from the Bob Hope Airport terminal tower. Senior Daniel Lee from Crescenta Valley High, freshman Angus Crosby from Burbank High School and sophomore Chance Woods from Pasadena High School each placed first in their school districts for the airport's 2014 Tower Banner Student Art Contest, and will have 16-by-25-foot versions of their designs on display on a three-month rotation.
By Joyce Rudolph | January 28, 2014
Actors Sean Kanan, Chad Duell and comedian Nadine Rajabi will join national Martial Arts World champion exhibition teams for the Martial Arts World of Champions, “A Night to Benefit Burbank Arts for All Foundation,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Hosted by comedian Mark Fernandez, the evening will include competitions, choreographed dance routines and appearances by martial arts masters, including Grand Master Y.K. Kim. Proceeds will benefit the Burbank Arts for All Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds to provide 15,000 Burbank public school students with arts education.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | January 18, 2014
Travelers heading to Bob Hope Airport may notice a huge banner hanging from an air-traffic control tower depicting an airplane flying out of a glass jar filled with clouds. The art piece was the vision of six student artists from John Burroughs High School, and was among three pieces chosen from 186 entries as winners of the airport's Tower Banner Student Art Contest, with this year's theme “The Sky's the Limit.” “It's neat to know that hundreds of thousands [of] people… will get to see this artwork while traveling through,” said Jordan Lopez, who graduated last year and was involved in designing the piece.
By Alene Tchekmedyian | December 7, 2013
Those looking to knock out holiday shopping this weekend can swing by the Burbank Creative Arts Center and choose from hundreds of items handmade by 70 local artists. Through Dec. 19, the studio will be transformed into an arts and crafts boutique featuring handmade pottery, paintings, jewelry, clothing, ornaments and other items. The artists include students and instructors at the studio, along with members of the Burbank Fine Arts Federation. Organizers said 15% of the proceeds will go toward the federation, with the remainder of the profits benefiting the artists.
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