April 8, 2011
One hundred years ago, California women gained the right to vote — by a margin of 240 votes. That’s right, just 240 citizens choosing to cast their ballots made the difference. They rode their horses and buggies down mountain roads, across deserts and along bumpy rural tracks, or took trolleys and walked blocks in cities. In short, all of them had to stop work and make a real effort to cast their ballots. Today, all Burbank voters have to do to cast their votes is get their ballots back to the City Clerk by Tuesday.
April 7, 2004
Mark R. Madler In a booming voice, Stephen James calls out instructions to his cast and crew of eighth-graders at John Muir Middle School. "When I cue [the trumpet player], open up the curtain and raise the lights," James directed from the front of the school's auditorium during a rehearsal earlier this week. Most of the cast of "The Spell of Sleeping Beauty" then disappeared behind the green curtain, leaving just a handful of students out front, including Becca Mirnoff, 13, and Anush Iritsyan, 14, who is dressed for her role as a cat. Becca and Anush knelt over a poster board, drawing letters with markers.
December 8, 2001
Dink O'Neal, Weekend BURBANK -- Ray Bradbury's writing, whether prose or verse, is poetic in its use of sound and images. It's impossible to envision a more perfect synergy of these qualities than his collection of Irish life lessons titled "Falling Upward!" now playing at the Falcon Theatre after a recent two-month run at L.A.'s Theatre West. Bradbury spent seven months in Ireland serving as screenwriter on John Huston's immortal film "Moby Dick."
November 10, 2001
Mary Burkin, Weekend GLENDALE -- Glendale Community College's production of "Aloha, Say The Pretty Girls" starts with Vivian's boyfriend Will saying aloha to their two-year affair. This is just the beginning of a yearlong search from Hawaii to Borneo for love, Christmas trees, lost killer dogs and a tribal identity. Passing around and through Vivian's life while she deals with her loss and unplanned pregnancy are a wild variety of people (and animals)
March 8, 2008
Amid the hectic preparations of a dress rehearsal for the Providence High School musical “Godspell” on Thursday, a phantom voice suddenly resounded in the auditorium. “I need to get a test on Jesus here,” said the soundman, Dayne Adams. “Godspell” seemed an apt choice for the school’s annual musical this year, said Debbie Learned, musical director of the production. “Our Easter season comes early this year, and we thought it was good to do ‘Godspell’ and then go right into it,” she said.
October 20, 2001
Laura Sturza MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- "Business is booming in 'beautiful downtown Burbank,' " Mayor Bob Kramer said at his State of the City Address, a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday that featured cast members from "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Gary Owens, master of ceremonies for the event, originated the line that promoted Burbank on the Emmy-winning, landmark NBC program that aired 1968-73. When introducing Kramer, Owens said, "Today, he joined the Big Brothers of America, and now every Saturday some guy comes over to his house and takes him over to the ball game."
November 28, 2009
There?s some foot-stompin?, old time religion on display as Burbank?s Theatre Banshee hosts the Los Angeles premiere of ?Tent Meeting.? Director Rebecca Wackler, also one of this piece?s authors, demonstrates her insight into the material with a seamless production. Set in 1946, the play chronicles the travels of the Rev. Edward O. Tarbox, a traveling preacher, and his two rather mixed-up, adult-aged children, from Arkansas to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. A curiosity-piquing story to be sure, especially when you toss in a kidnapped baby possessing seemingly supernatural powers.