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.
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.