September 20, 2008
Composer Dennis McCarthy created the songs for a new musical and found the process to be as fun as the material. Playwright John Strand is using the Burbank native’s music in his show “An Italian Straw Hat: A Vaudeville,” a remake of Eugene Labiche’s mid-19th-century farce “An Italian Straw Hat.” It’s in its world-premiere run through Oct. 5 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. It is South Coast Repertory’s first commissioned musical and incorporates not only vaudeville, but ragtime, light opera and barbershop quartet, all genres that are familiar to McCarthy.
July 24, 2004
Fashion is part of Lions Club recruitment event Chico's Fashions of Pasadena played center stage for a Lions Club International "Women's Recruitment" luncheon at the Castaway restaurant. Those attending observed the stunning outfits provided by Chico's and learned about women Lions Club members around the world, making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Lions Club emphasizes the prevention of blindness both locally and globally.
July 10, 2002
Paul Andersen It has long been said that the human voice is the supreme musical instrument, able to convey melody and message at the same time. Following that line of reasoning, it would seem that a cappella music, which is purely vocal with no instruments, would be among the highest forms of art. Anyone who has seen either Rockapella or the Coats perform would probably agree with that assessment. After all, both groups often cause audiences to drop their jaws as their voices merge together in silken harmonies that reflect back to the fact the Italian term a cappella literally means "as in a chapel or church."
January 27, 2007
LAS CANDELAS HELPING EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED Members of Las Candelas have a purpose — "to give volunteer service to emotionally disturbed children and endeavor to promote better understanding of mental health." In December, 40 members wrapped gifts and helped with the annual Children's Christmas Party, assisted by the staff of the Glen Roberts Child Study Center in Glendale. Members donating time to this were Ruth Barrone, Doris Boyer, Carole DePaul, Bobbi Gangi, Ann Jones, Diane Johnson, Glady Kabateck, President Cathy Keen , provisional member Marcia Lytle , Sally Perkins, Debbie Hinckley and chairwoman Mary Lane.
March 18, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend Special effects are not limited to the movies, guests will find at Descanso Gardens during the five-week "Tulip Mania," a celebration of spring color. Activities for the whole family are offered, and culminate with brunch and egg hunt on Easter Sunday, April 22. Display gardener Dan Sullivan says a new display greets visitors as they enter the gardens this year. The center circle has been filled with multicolored flowers like tulips, daffodills and others, but a ribbon of blue pansies now winds along through them, like a stream and ends at a real pond.
January 31, 2004
Hoover grad's classic gets Car of the Year The Road'ers Car Club presented the Car of the Year award to Chris Christensen of Castaic, a 1960 graduate of Hoover High School. Judging took place during the club's Jan. 17 Cruise In at Bob's Big Boy in Glendale. Christensen built the 1934 Ford two-door sedan from the tires up with help from his wife, Melinda. They started the project on their wedding anniversary, March 25, and it only took them six months and three weeks to complete, which could be a record, Chris said.
May 7, 2005
Market funds medical care for needy California farmers join with volunteers from the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation to sponsor the Burbank Certified Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday in the parking lot at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue. The market is operated by volunteers of the SERVE organization, a support group of the foundation. This endeavor not only provides residents with California-grown produce, but helps fund medical care for people who cannot afford the services at the medical center.
June 29, 2005
Joyce Rudolph A swingin' musical salute to the 1940s, '50s and '60s is part of the fun planned for the Fourth of July concert and fireworks show at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. Heading up the star-spangled extravaganza is the Tex Beneke Orchestra, featuring the music of Glenn Miller. Tunes will be those from the swing era, like "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Moonlight Serenade," which were made famous during World War II. Following Miller's death in 1944, Beneke led the orchestra and later formed his own swing orchestra, which continued to perform through the 1990s.