May 2, 2014
Ah, Christmas at home in the 12th century with Henry II and family. Dinner, a little tree-trimming... and threats of fratricide, patricide and war, fueled by marital malice: What could be cozier? (“What shall we hang, the holly or each other?” asks Henry). James Goldman's fierce and funny play of high stakes family dysfunction doesn't entirely catch fire at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, but it's quite an enjoyable outing nonetheless. King Henry (Ian Buchanan), while still hale, is getting on in years and his three sons have an avid interest in who's next in line.
July 31, 2013
Ten of thousands of classic car fans are expected to descend on Burbank this week for a chance to see - and maybe buy - everything from hot rods to surf wagons in a 410-vehicle auction that will include a motorcycle owned by the late Steve McQueen, as well as vehicles from the Petersen Automotive Museum. Auctions America is hosting its first-ever auction in California at the Burbank Airport Marriott on Hollywood Way from Thursday to Saturday. The star of the action is expected to be a 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster, expected to sell for $600,000 to $800,000, that was a gift from musician TV star Desi Arnaz to actor Robert Stack and passed to the Petersen Automotive Museum after Stack's death in 2003.
April 24, 2013
It was a big weekend of soaring and roaring fundraising in Burbank as the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America staged their 39th Annual Big Strike Auction and the Kiwanis Club of Burbank presented its 14th Annual Car Show. More than 200 supporters of local Scouting convened at the Burbank Airport Marriot for the Verdugo Hills Council's annual fundraiser on Saturday evening. Presented under the theme Eagles Soar, to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout program, the evening was hosted by the event's chairman, Brent Frost , and the organization's president, Dennis Barlow . Notables in attendance for this event, which raises funds that help support more than 3,200 area Scout programs, were Rep. Adam Schiff , City Clerk Zizette Mullins , City Treasurer Debbi Kukta and former Glendale Mayor Sheldon Baker . Among those who made the event a success by their presence and work were Dan Humfreville , Jane Barnett , Steve Smith , Dede Mueller , Anthony Asheghian , Lupe Shubert and Heidi Davenport . Fundraising continued the following day at the Kiwanis for Fun Club of Burbank roared into Johnny Carson Park for the club's always-successful car show.
February 8, 2011
Take a dilapidated motorbike and an enthusiastic science teacher, add a half-dozen enterprising students and some expert volunteers, and what do you get? An engaging, two-month engineering lesson and one seriously tricked-out ride. The Luther Burbank Middle School mascot mini-bike project was born out of teacher Joe Reed’s Exploring Technology class, where students study in a hands-on atmosphere of physics, robotics, electronics and forensics. Included in the coursework is disassembling and assembling a 5 1/2-horsepower engine.
June 13, 2007
Spectators and car exhibitors agreed that the Road Kings 18th annual Picnic Car Show was a great outing for the whole family. There were at least 750 cars on display throughout Johnny Carson Park in Burbank on Sunday. The day kicked off with breakfast cooked up by the Burbank Kiwanis for Fun Club and singing of the national anthem by Elizabeth Chadwick, a 13-year-old who attends Luther Burbank Middle School. Parents and youngsters surrounded the booth of exotic animal ambassadors, making their debut from Busch Gardens and SeaWorld San Diego, which are owned by Anheuser Busch, the car show's largest corporate sponsor.
June 26, 2004
I am writing in regard to Lee Brandt's letter ("Above the din, can you hear the question?", June 2). I have to say that I'm glad you wrote. I am very appreciative of the fact that others in Burbank want a quiet city. By the way, Lee, you will be happy to know that Noise Free America bestowed the Noisy Dozen Award on Burbank in May. I'm sure, however, that you and others will not be happy to hear that former state Sen. Maurice Johannessen crafted two pieces of legislation to raise the decibel level on mufflers to 95. He allowed a special-interest group to circumvent the community's legal right to quiet enjoyment of their premises.
November 29, 2003
Ryan Carter An appeals court has apparently sealed the fate of an initiative crafted by residents to limit flights and expansion at Burbank- Glendale-Pasadena Airport. The three-judge panel of the state's 2nd Appellate District ruled last week that the city's discretionary power trumps the initiative known as Measure A, the Restore Our Airport Rights initiative, or ROAR. The measure passed in October 2001 with 58% of the vote. It called for mandatory flight curfews and restrictions on facility expansion.
January 11, 2003
AS IF YOU ASKED On Wednesday, I wrote about supporters of a political action committee demanding Burbank's council let them name representatives to sit in on an upcoming airport-related summit meeting in Washington, D.C. In written and spoken demands, one founder of ROAR (Restore Our Airport Rights) and other supporters declared expenses for the overseers should be "paid for by the community." But at council meetings in Burbank and Glendale this week, after Wednesday's column was written, the ROARers with wanderlust clarified they will pay for their travel, not taxpayers.
January 1, 2003
Myles Grene, 11, of Burbank is a sixth-grader attending Luther Burbank Middle School. If you are looking for a movie for the whole family, you have found the golden ticket. "The Lion King" has been re-released in large IMAX format. Simba and all of his friends and foe are back bigger, louder and better than ever before on the big screen. The movie is essentially the same as it was in 1995, but with a few clever add-ons. Scar is still his evil and ruthless self, making him a perfect villain.
October 5, 2002
While I'm sure Will Rogers thinks it's a corny concept, it's hardly an act of "cowardice" for our City Council to aver to the "will of the people" in upholding the terms and conditions of Measure A. In fact, it's absurd for Rogers to infer that there's something brave and heroic about our council spending taxpayer funds to defeat a voter initiative designed to constrain the power of that very same governing body;...