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By Alene Tchekmedyian, | December 14, 2012
Councilman Jess Talamantes' pitch to spend an estimated $87,000 over five years to pulse ambient music along walkways in downtown fell on critical ears this week, with two of his colleagues saying they'd rather focus on more important financial priorities. The suggestion fell flat Tuesday on a 2-2 vote, with Councilmen David Gordon and Dave Golonski dissenting and Councilman Gary Bric absent. Representatives of Muzak, an indoor and outdoor music provider, estimated project installation and ongoing maintenance costs to hover around $87,000 for the next five years.
October 14, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Sunday, October 14. If you take a drive through Laurel Canyon today, you'll find some remnants of a past generation.  The canyon, which connects the Valley to West Hollywood, became a retreat for musicians in the 60s and 70s. Jim Morrison, The Monkees and Joni Mitchell all lived in the neighborhood. A video on ABC looks at Laurel Canyon's musical roots. When you're watching your favorite TV show, do you ever wonder how many jobs it created?
By Bryan Mahoney | October 2, 2012
Visiting the Burbank Singers for a rehearsal recently, the last thing I expected to find was an Olympian in their midst. In 1984, Joan Fontana joined 2,000 other voices in the Olympic Chorus to sing at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Los Angeles games. She recalls singing “all night,” and at the end she received a medal. It's not gold, she says, but it was “gold-looking.” Hey, it's closer than most of us will ever get, at least until my lobbying efforts to get “couch sitting” accepted as an event pay off. The Burbank Singers are an eclectic group.
September 7, 2012
A John Burroughs High School student is making a public plea for help in raising funds for an Eagle Scout project that would restore a portion of the San Gabriel River - with the help of musician Jack Johnson. Griffin Armstorff needs to raise $1,323 for his habitat restoration project, which includes removing the invasive plant tamarisk from the East Fork of the San Gabriel River and planting trees within the campsite. The money will cover materials, tools and other costs to carry out the project.
By Jonny Whiteside | August 31, 2012
Lucy's 51 is a classic Toluca Lake spot, one still haunted by the gently jiving spirits of high times and late nights long since past. This room on Riverside Drive has a formidable history: Its previous incarnation was venerable jazz club the Money Tree, a legendary joint where Hollywood musical giants like pianist Page Cavanaugh, trumpeter Jack Sheldon and drummer Earl Palmer bewitched audiences decades ago. It's also the spot where actor-jazz fan...
August 29, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, August 29. The film "Silence of the Lambs" doesn't offer many laughs, but two brothers from Sherman Oaks managed to flip it into a comedic production. "Silence! The Musical" opens in Los Angeles next week . L.A. Times Proponents of Proposition 38 say it would bring millions to local schools. More than 30 supporters gathered in Burbank Tuesday night to support the measure . Burbank Leader What's the San Fernando Valley's spirit animal?
August 19, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Sunday, August 19. A North Hollywood fundraiser today has an international agenda. Churches and organizations seek to raise awareness of Assyrian families who are living in Syria but want to return to Iraq . "The problem is nobody cares about our people," Sargoun Issa, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Assyrian Aid Society, told the Daily News. The Studio City Neighborhood Council is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Sept.
July 31, 2012
Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has acquired the copyrights of film scores from hundreds of Miramax movies, including  "Good Will Hunting,"  "The Cider House Rules," "Gangs of New York" and "Finding Neverland. " Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday morning, were not disclosed. The acquisition includes the publishing rights as well as the master recordings of scores in Miramax's entire catalog of more than 700 films. Continue reading > > -- Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
By Joyce Rudolph | May 29, 2012
Apartnership between a community leadership group and BCR “a place to grow” has resulted in a spiffy renovation of BCR's music and exercise room. Thirteen participants in the Burbank Neighborhood Leadership Program raised funds to complete the makeover, which included patching holes in the walls, adding a chair rail and painting the walls. Members also updated the soundproof covers and purchased exercise equipment, yoga balls, a sound system, exercise mats, a flat-screen TV and Wii system that will lead BRC clients in exercise inside when it is too hot to exercise outdoors during the summer.
By David Laurell | May 29, 2012
It was an afternoon of challenging carnival games, picnicking, enjoying the company of family and friends, and indulging in treats such as hand-dipped candy apples. It was an evening of classic rock 'n' roll. That's how the students, faculty, family members and supporters of William McKinley Elementary School celebrated the passing of another school year and the beginning of summer vacation this past week. Staged as a Spring Family Night Country Fair on the school's Valencia Avenue campus, the event was a joint effort of the Parent Teachers Association, along with the PTA PALS room parents, who put together classroom opportunity baskets and assisted each grade level in creating a country fair booth.
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