June 10, 2009
Five years ago, writer Mark Bloom was looking for an illustrator for his sports editorial comics and placed an ad on craigslist.org. Mark Wilson answered it, and the two got along so well that a partnership formed. That creative team worked together for a while, took a break, then started a daily comic strip with a sports theme in late March on their website. Tuesday marks the 100th day of publication for the comic strip “Fans-See This! with Barney and Franklin” on www.fansseethis.
April 19, 2006
To children it was a popular comic strip, but to adults Li'l Abner was cutting-edge political satire. In 1956, "Li'l Abner" achieved a long run on Broadway playing 693 performances. Musical Theatre Guild is celebrating the musical comedy/political satire's 50th anniversary with a series of three productions in Southern California. One of the stops for the traveling company is on Monday at Glendale's Alex Theatre. The stage musical, which was made into a film in 1959, is based on the hillbilly characters who inhabit the city of Dogpatch from Al Capp's comic strip, which enjoyed a 43-year run that started in 1934.
January 5, 2000
Shawna Saperstein Galassi Charles Schultz may have laid his Peanuts comic strip to rest, however, the lovable Peanuts characters will not be forgotten any time soon. In addition to being immortalized by books and television, Charlie Brown and the gang are continually finding new mediums of expression. They will be a featured part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Family Concert Series debut Feb. 20 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale. The program will begin with "Peanuts Gallery for Piano and Orchestra," a 14-minute piece divided into several movements.
August 5, 2000
Joyce Rudolph Jazz artist David Benoit is the surprise act scheduled for the Starlight Bowl on Aug. 13, it was announced by Gail Stewart, recreation program coordinator for the city's Park and Recreation Department. The event will be a tribute to the late cartoonist Charles Shultz with a highlight being Benoit's performance of the selection "Linus and Lucy," written by Vince Gauraldi. "I'd been so attached to that comic strip since I was a kid," Benoit said in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Palos Verdes.
May 24, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Enjoy! BURBANK -- Take two animators who have never directed a movie, have them make a movie using technology neither has worked with before and invest $200 million and the outcome might be one for the ages. Or at least 65 million years or so. "Dinosaur" was the result of this Walt Disney Pictures' gamble. The movie was led by two veterans in the animation field who brought their individual experience to the project. Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton, both of Glendale, made their Disney directing debuts on the film.
March 9, 2005
Jacqui Brown Arthur L. Kaye wasn't afraid to break a few rules and let his heart be his guide when he painted the watercolor "Medley." It caught the eye of the juror and earned him the top honor in the Fine Arts Federation's Juried Membership Show. Kaye and the five other winners were honored during the opening gala Friday night at the Creative Arts Center Gallery. More than 150 guests attended the event, including some of the artists. They strolled through the gallery, taking in the mixed-media competition, including watercolors, collage, pottery and sculptures.
May 8, 2010
In a bit of revisionist theology, here?s something early scholars may have left out of the Bible, and it explains a lot: And when God cast Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, He handed them a manila folder, saying to Adam, ?Take, for in this is a Google Maps printout of directions back to the garden for when thou have learned thy lesson.? And, while Adam looked at the map, turning it this way and that, God turned to Eve saying, ?In this folder there is also an owner?s manual in which are clearly defined and indexed instructions for the care of your offspring.
August 14, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Capturing a scene on canvas completes Trish Kertes. The La Canada Flintridge artist paints landscapes almost exclusively, but also does some still life, like flowers in vases or objects, especially antiques and heirlooms. "Things that are special to me," she said. One of the things she is known for is plein-air painting, taking one's paints, brushes and canvas outdoors and painting the scenery and capturing the light the way it is, which, she added, has to been done fast because the light changes within a few minutes.
August 12, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend BURBANK -- It's an eclectic mix, but David Benoit has found a comfortable key on the success scale by combining jazz and classical music. He started private piano lessons at age 13, concentrating on jazz right off. "That's my main thing because that's what I know," says the 46-year-old, who lives in Palos Verdes. "My dad was a jazz guitar player. I grew up listening to his records by Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson." Benoit progressed to classical music study at 17. Abby Fraser taught him some classical music and sight reading and then Carolyn Brown introduced him to the classical piano music of Chopin, Mozart -- all the masters.