April 12, 2006
Explosive Latin dances are exciting to watch, but one executive producer takes her shows several dramatic steps further by offering a glimpse of their history. Gloria Otero, director and owner of the Otero Dance Company, will show how the salsa, gaucho and tango evolved during the "Rhythm and Passion" show April 22 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The audience will come away knowing more about these dances, Otero said. In the first act, the company will delve into how the tango was born.
February 14, 2009
Cuba looks greener from the other side I read with interest your article “The differing tastes of Cuba,” by Jeremy Oberstein (Feb. 4). We Cuban Americans have for a long time been puzzled by the support given to Castro’s dictatorship, one of the most repressive regimes in the world for the last 50 years, by some fellow Hispanics in the U.S. such as Carlos Ugalde, the professor mentioned in the article. It is clear that those who speak highly of the Cuban government have never lived under it. Ugalde may have visited Cuba several times but always as a guest of the Cuban regime, for a few days or weeks, staying in government-provided housing, and never having to worry about what to eat or if he would be arrested for calling for free elections or freedom of the press in the island, a fate too common for Cuban citizens.
April 17, 2004
Mark R. Madler When she speaks at a Holocaust Remembrance Day event Tuesday, Sonia Levitin wants the audience to learn that they can make a difference in the world. "I want them to think they have something to do with the way the world works," said Levitin, who was 3 when she fled Nazi Germany with her mother and two sisters. "No matter how big or small their realm is, they still have an influence." Levitin will speak about her Holocaust experiences and how they have influenced her as a writer at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Burbank Temple Emanu El, 1302 Glenoaks Blvd.
November 15, 2003
Jackson Bell Moy and Erika Hernandez don't see anything about their new jobs that needs fixing, so they won't bother tinkering. As the husband-and-wife co-captains of the Salvation Army Burbank Corps, the couple instead plan to continue what they consider a tradition of quality at the organization. "Just because we're new people doesn't mean we need to change [anything]," Moy Hernandez said. "We're instead going to focus on how we can impact and change lives for the better."
October 18, 2008
“What is this called?” McKinley Elementary School fifth-grader Hugo Pérez de la Torre asked, pointing to the mid-sized pumpkin in his hand. “It’s his first pumpkin,” explained classmate Eric Arias, translating from Hugo’s Spanish. Hugo moved to the United States less than six months ago from Cuba; the closest thing to Halloween that he knows is the Mexican Day of the Dead, traditionally celebrated in November. Hugo and Eric’s classmates — along with the rest of the students at McKinley — were treated to pumpkins of their choice as part of the PTA’s seventh annual pumpkin patch in the school’s playground Friday.
January 17, 2001
One of the roles of the initiative process is to provide a system for necessary checks and balances and accountability to the constituents of our elected officials. The "common citizen" (referred to somewhat patronizingly by Mr. Greene) really only has one way to exercise his or her democratic right and make an impact on an important issue: the election process itself, of which initiatives are a vital part. In Mr. Greene's utopian society, all elected officials never flip-flop on any issue and they carry out all their campaign promises.
May 20, 2006
Standing on the black asphalt outside of St. Finbar Catholic School in Burbank on Friday, 12-year-old Shane Weber was sweating under his Napoleon hat. "Every time they say Napoleon, I walk back and forth," Shane said. "I don't know all that much about him, but I know he was a little guy." Shane donned the large black hat to play his part in St. Finbar's annual International Day, an event that encourages students and teachers to explore all corners of the world ? including their own. Students from each class performed the traditional songs and dances of various cultures after giving the audience certain facts about the region.
January 8, 2011
Stark white walls brought out the brightly colored art of Nelson De La Nuez on Thursday at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank. With signs welcoming visitors to "Pop Land," the opening reception for De La Nuez's exhibit and book signing drew crowds to familiar pop-culture images with unique twists — Dorothy left behind by the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, and Alice in Wonderland chatting with Humpty Dumpty and Mr. Peanut. De La Nuez, a Hoover High School graduate originally from Havana, Cuba, has taken all the iconic pop images from his youth and splattered them on canvases in his Pop Americana series.
November 10, 2009
For the practitioners at Happy & Relaxed Relaxation Center, getting clients to relax is all in a day’s work. The new center is on Victory Boulevard in Burbank, with downtown only a few blocks away. The center’s goal is to offer people an oasis in Burbank that allows them to get away from the chaos and be in a calm and relaxed place. “We don’t want to indicate that there is a particular philosophy that we adhere to,” said David Allan Cruz, Happy & Relaxed life transformation therapist and master hypnotherapist.