January 10, 2009
Send DATEBOOK items to Burbank Leader, 221 N. Brand Blvd., 2nd Floor, Glendale, CA 91203 or fax to (818) 241-1975. Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. ? TODAY ?Natural Worlds? a group art exhibition opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale. Artists in the show are Erika Lizee, Joe Merrell, Charla Puryear, Andrea Raft, Arpine Shakhbandaryan and Jill Sykes.
June 17, 2010
The head of Burbank Water and Power, Ron Davis, has emerged as a finalist for the top job at Austin Energy, the nation's ninth-largest public electric utility with annual revenues of more than $1 billion. “I am happy in Burbank,” Davis said Thursday. But he added that he originally agreed to serve five years under then City Manager Bud Ovrom. "This is a good opportunity, so I am testing to see if I would be a good fit for them,” he said. According to a statement from Austin City Manager Marc Ott, three finalists will take part in panel interviews on June 30. They include Davis; Larry Weis, general manager and chief executive of Turlock Irrigation District; and David Wright, general manager of Riverside Public Utilities.
March 11, 2009
Eighty-four-year-old Clarence Johnston didn’t hold back on the drums and tapped relentlessly on the crash cymbal and floor tom as guests bobbed their heads Saturday to his band’s music at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony. Johnston, who has played with jazz legends such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, also entertained the crowd at the colony’s second annual EngAGE in Creativity Celebrating the Arts for All Ages event with stories about performing with Davis, who he said always asked for a dollar.
February 9, 2008
Frank Macchia, an orchestrator for the film industry, had forgotten when the Grammy nominations were to be announced, so he got the surprise of his life when a friend called to give him the good news. The Burbank resident is up for his first Grammy for “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” on his CD “Emotions,” which was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement. “I was flabbergasted to find out I had made it,” said Macchia, 49, a former Glendale resident.