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By By Joyce Rudolph | January 25, 2006
dance classAward-winning salsa dancer John Davila teaches Monday night classes for ages 55 and older at Joslyn Adult Center. There's a whole lot a shakin' going on over at Joslyn Adult Center on Monday nights. That's when salsa champion John Davila takes his class of 55- to 70-year-olds through the paces of Latin moves and grooves. "It's the rave right now, the Latin rave," he said. "It's got a hot rhythm and it's a sultry, sensuous and sexy dance." He's been teaching salsa for more than a year at the center on Monday nights.
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By Joyce Rudolph | July 23, 2008
The bachata, a sultry Latin dance performed to romantic music, is moving West, and local instructors hope to give it a little nudge with a new beginners class in Burbank. Bodygroove dance company is adding beginning bachata classes to its course instruction because of its growing popularity at Los Angeles nightclubs, said Hollie Lee, owner of the dance school that already offers salsa, merengue and cha-cha. “The steps are slower and easier than salsa, and the music is slower and very beautiful,” Lee said.
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By Phillip Hain | March 27, 2010
When you choose The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada as the name of your restaurant, you instantly subject yourself to potential sneers of derision. It’s one thing to claim you have the “best” of something, but to be so bold as to make it your identity? Well, a new joint in Glendale did just that, and it measures up nicely. There seems to be a certain mystique to fish tacos that puts them into a separate category that’s almost elitist. It’s only recently that you can find them on the menu at the well-known Mexican fast food restaurants and they are the proverbial staple of beach bums, but now it’s time to let the rest of us in on this little delicacy.
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By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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By David Laurell | September 18, 2013
Perhaps it was the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa that pushed aside the recent heat spell and made for a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual Salsa Under the Stars fundraiser last week. Staged in the school's quad, the event gave students, parents and supporters the opportunity to spread out their blankets and enjoy home-packed picnics or dinner provided by Tacos Maximo, brush up on their salsa skills by taking a dance lesson with Linda Shoemake, and then use those freshly enhanced skills to dance to the music of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble.
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By Christine Putnam | June 30, 2007
Let's face it, no matter where you travel this summer in the United States, you will find, even in some of the smallest mid-Western towns, a Mexican restaurant. I have tasted some of the best enchiladas in Ohio and fajitas in Kansas. There is something comforting about cheese enchiladas, warm refried beans and Spanish rice, especially when you are on a long road trip. Fortunately, you do not have to go that far to find sensational Mexican food. Burbank has some of the best cuisine from south of the border.
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By Bill Scollon | April 29, 2006
If you're looking for health-conscious Mexican food, stop in for a taste at Santa Fe Café. The counter-service café uses fresh ingredients and heart-friendly oils to prepare a full board of Mexican specialties. Tacos here are well made with savory meats, cheese and lettuce. But there's a twist ? the taco shell is dusted with Parmesan cheese. The sharp cheese nicely complements the traditional taco ingredients. To go with it, or anything else on the menu, Santa Fe offers a fresh salsa bar with a nice variety of color, chunkiness and degrees of heat.
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By Lisa Dupuy | April 6, 2012
I'd never quite understood the fuss over tamales. I found them to be heavy lumps, like bad protein bars, strictly meant for filling empty bellies. But Juan Tamale has shown me the way, and now I'm a believer. Juan (or Juan Tamale, as he likes to be called) is the owner and head tamale maker at California Fiesta Tamale House. He's been crafting hand-made tamales for more than 15 years. He made a name for himself at a little stand in North Hills and six months ago opened a large, cheerful space on the third floor of the Burbank Town Center mall.
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July 1, 2000
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend Music and nature softly blend this weekend in the Under the Oaks series at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. Jon Sherman performs flute meditations and original songs today inspired by the poetry of nature. On Sunday, Bobbie Jo Curley sings while accompanying herself on harp. Both shows begin at 1 p.m. and are free with gardens' admission. Diplaying works this month inside the Boddy Art Gallery are Maria Mareque of Glendale, Pat Combs of La Habra Heights and John Drake of Tujunga.
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By David Laurell | September 18, 2013
Perhaps it was the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa that pushed aside the recent heat spell and made for a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual Salsa Under the Stars fundraiser last week. Staged in the school's quad, the event gave students, parents and supporters the opportunity to spread out their blankets and enjoy home-packed picnics or dinner provided by Tacos Maximo, brush up on their salsa skills by taking a dance lesson with Linda Shoemake, and then use those freshly enhanced skills to dance to the music of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble.
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By Laura Ferreiro | August 26, 2012
To the casual observer, Burbank may not look like a hotbed of salsa and swing dancing. But anyone looking a little more closely this summer would have discovered crowds filling the sidewalks of downtown Burbank every Thursday night, stepping out to the smooth stylings of renowned salsa, rock and swing ensembles. Concluding next week with a performance by Louis Cruz Beltran and his orchestra, Burbank's Business Improvement District has been organizing the popular “Come Out and Dance Series” for nearly a decade.
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By Lisa Dupuy | April 6, 2012
I'd never quite understood the fuss over tamales. I found them to be heavy lumps, like bad protein bars, strictly meant for filling empty bellies. But Juan Tamale has shown me the way, and now I'm a believer. Juan (or Juan Tamale, as he likes to be called) is the owner and head tamale maker at California Fiesta Tamale House. He's been crafting hand-made tamales for more than 15 years. He made a name for himself at a little stand in North Hills and six months ago opened a large, cheerful space on the third floor of the Burbank Town Center mall.
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By Phillip Hain | March 27, 2010
When you choose The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada as the name of your restaurant, you instantly subject yourself to potential sneers of derision. It’s one thing to claim you have the “best” of something, but to be so bold as to make it your identity? Well, a new joint in Glendale did just that, and it measures up nicely. There seems to be a certain mystique to fish tacos that puts them into a separate category that’s almost elitist. It’s only recently that you can find them on the menu at the well-known Mexican fast food restaurants and they are the proverbial staple of beach bums, but now it’s time to let the rest of us in on this little delicacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | July 23, 2008
The bachata, a sultry Latin dance performed to romantic music, is moving West, and local instructors hope to give it a little nudge with a new beginners class in Burbank. Bodygroove dance company is adding beginning bachata classes to its course instruction because of its growing popularity at Los Angeles nightclubs, said Hollie Lee, owner of the dance school that already offers salsa, merengue and cha-cha. “The steps are slower and easier than salsa, and the music is slower and very beautiful,” Lee said.
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By Joyce Rudolph | April 2, 2008
A free introductory class on Sunday gave people interested in learning salsa a chance to check out the dance before committing to a four- or nine-week course. Lisa Amato, 50, of Tujunga, just finished Orlando Delgado’s four-week class at Garri Dance Studio. She took her boyfriend, Ricky Tyrrell, 52, of Santa Clarita, on Sunday so they could learn to dance together. “I can’t wait to get to the advanced levels,” she said. “I’m 50 years old and my body’s getting achy and creaky.
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By Christine Putnam | June 30, 2007
Let's face it, no matter where you travel this summer in the United States, you will find, even in some of the smallest mid-Western towns, a Mexican restaurant. I have tasted some of the best enchiladas in Ohio and fajitas in Kansas. There is something comforting about cheese enchiladas, warm refried beans and Spanish rice, especially when you are on a long road trip. Fortunately, you do not have to go that far to find sensational Mexican food. Burbank has some of the best cuisine from south of the border.
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By Joyce Rudolph | May 16, 2007
The Otero Dance Company created a spellbinding journey through time, highlighting the origin of Latin dances from the 1800s to the present on Saturday at the Alex Theatre. Opening the show, "Rhythm and Passion," was a segment set in a 1920s tango bar in Argentina. Singing and storytelling were interspersed with dances by enraptured couples and fight scenes between the men. The female dancers' quick and precise leg movements were made even more dramatic by the costumes — red dresses with fringed hems or black skirts with thigh-revealing slits.
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By Bill Scollon | April 29, 2006
If you're looking for health-conscious Mexican food, stop in for a taste at Santa Fe Café. The counter-service café uses fresh ingredients and heart-friendly oils to prepare a full board of Mexican specialties. Tacos here are well made with savory meats, cheese and lettuce. But there's a twist ? the taco shell is dusted with Parmesan cheese. The sharp cheese nicely complements the traditional taco ingredients. To go with it, or anything else on the menu, Santa Fe offers a fresh salsa bar with a nice variety of color, chunkiness and degrees of heat.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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