August 26, 2009
Dance and music ignited in vivid colors, fire, pure sensuality and erotica in the ?Arabian Summer with Kaya & Sadie.? The description sounds like a scene out of some future episode of HBO?s hit series ?True Blood? or maybe a show on the Las Vegas strip. But no, it was right in the middle of Brand Boulevard in Glendale on Sunday night. Leela?s ?Arabia Exotica? Belly Dance Fantasy Theater turned up the heat on the stage of the Beyond the Stars Palace, and those in the audience were quite captivated by an experience filled with fantasy, theater, dance and mysticism.
April 24, 2010
With belly chains jingling across the waists of gyrating dancers, and vendors selling exotic jewelry, music and clothing from the far corners of the Mideast, belly dance aficionados didn’t have to travel far to indulge in their passions — they found it all in Glendale. “Raqs L.A.” returned for the third year last weekend to the Glendale Civic Auditorium for the two-day celebration and festival of belly dance, modern fusion, Bollywood and more. Raqs, which means “dance” in Arabic, showcased an explosion of culture in the form of Persian cuisine, international belly dance star Mesmera, books on the art of playing finger cymbals and bustiers made out of fine fabrics and copper coins.
November 17, 2001
Laura Sturza HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Children were happily transported to a world of sugar plum fairies, Russian Cossacks, Turkish belly dancers and Chinese dragons at Thursday's performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Burbank Central Library's auditorium. The show was presented by Jim Gamble Puppets and featured a stage full of marionettes and rod puppets brought to life by Greg Ballora, a puppeteer for eight years with the company. Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" competed with the delighted laughter of children who packed the library's auditorium.
June 29, 2002
Laura Sturza Film and television composer Deon Vozov's work takes her to places that not every songwriter visits. Underground salt caverns in Poland, a fantasy sky world where people move in vehicles or free-float, a desert with visiting aliens and a salon with belly dancers in 1920s Morocco -- all have been subjects of motion pictures she has scored. Having first tried her hand as a singer and songwriter during the 1980s, producers couldn't quite categorize her sound.
November 19, 2005
mandalounCaravanserai is a lyrical word, meaning a stopping place, where travelers find refuge and comfort from the day's journey. Mandaloun in Glendale is just such a place, where a warm welcome and a delicious feast await. Located on the second floor of a building on a busy Glendale corner, one might not suspect that such an oasis lies one floor above. Elevator doors glide open onto a room with high ceilings. The tables are covered in peach linens and ornate décor. Beyond the dining room, a leafy patio beckons.
December 8, 2001
Joyce Rudolph BURBANK -- Friends of master belly dancer Anisa are gathering for a benefit dance concert and silent auction titled "Hollywood Babylon" presented by Iamed on Sunday at the Burbank Center Stage. Anisa, owner of Anisa's School of Middle Eastern Dance in Sherman Oaks, suffered a heart attack in January, and is recuperating, said her friend and colleague Suzy Evans, who is organizing the entertainment for the benefit. "She's doing fine medically and is back to running her studio, but she has incurred a lot of medical bills," she said.