March 25, 2009
Perhaps the region’s most accomplished shoemaker was wearing flip-flops. Grisha Nazarian stood in the corridor of his custom shoe workshop Tuesday and reflected on his initiation into the hardscrabble business. “My father took me to the nearby shoemaker and dropped me there,” said Nazarian, a Burbank resident and the owner of Grisha’s Custom Shoes. “He said, ‘The kid is yours. Whatever you want him to do, he will do.’” Nazarian, 60, has spent 53 years making shoes the way few people still make them — from start to finish, by hand.
October 31, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK VILLAGE -- Several thousand Burbank residents attended the Burbank International Children's Film Festival carnival Saturday and Sunday in the Burbank Village. Chris Shoemaker, executive director of the annual film festival, said the carnival was a chance for Burbank families to come together and celebrate the community they call home. "It was marvelous, because families came and spent time together," Shoemaker said. "At one point, I looked out and saw a kiddie train ride full of mothers and children, all of different ethnic backgrounds, and it was beautiful."
July 22, 2000
Erin Park MEDIA CITY CENTER -- A sampling of the latest in children's independent film and media will premiere at the Burbank International Children's Film Festival in mid-October at the Media City Center mall. As part of the city's effort to revitalize business in Burbank Village, the City Council approved $50,000 July 11 to help fund the festival's estimated cost of $400,000. "This program, I think, has a great chance to really benefit our downtown area," said Councilman David Laurell.
August 22, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The City Council has pledged $50,000 to help fund this year's Burbank International Film Festival. The council approved the budget appropriation on a 4-1 vote. The lone dissenter, Councilman Dave Golonski, caught some of his fellow members by surprise. "Frankly, it caught everybody a little off guard," Councilman David Laurell said. Golonski, a well-known champion of youth programs in Burbank, stated at the Aug. 14 meeting that he had his reasons for voting against funding for the children's film festival.
October 18, 2000
Paul Clinton MEDIA CITY CENTER -- Riding high after a robust opening weekend, Burbank International Children's Film Festival organizers say the event is a bona fide hit. The festival, in its inaugural year, scored with area residents who filled the screening rooms over the weekend to more than 60% capacity, co-founder Suzanne Shoemaker said. Most festivals struggle to fill 10% of their open seats. "It was great," Shoemaker said. "We were way beyond what we projected.
October 11, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK VILLAGE -- Keyed up for the kickoff of the first Burbank International Children's Film Festival, organizers are touting the event as a rare venue for movies aimed primarily at children. More than 60 features and shorts will be shown during the seven-day festival, which starts Friday. Screenings will be held at the AMC 8 Theatres in the Media City Center mall. "It's just really exciting," co-founder Suzanne Shoemaker said. "There are times you do projects when you can tell the timing is right."
March 7, 2007
Rancho voices drown out all the others Why does the Rancho District get a special neighborhood protection plan but the rest of us don't ("Whole Foods rejected," Feb. 21)? It sure would be nice if the City Council majority would show the same kind of concern and sensitivity for other Burbank neighborhoods as they do for their friends and neighbors in the Rancho area. The fact that they don't raises some serious questions about favoritism and discrimination. Exactly where else in Burbank do these Rancho residents — and now the council majority — wish to place a Whole Foods Market and all its attendant problems?
September 20, 2000
Paul Clinton BURBANK -- Cannes, Sundance and now Burbank. Honoring a promise made to the City Council to raise $150,000, organizers of the Burbank International Children's Film Festival said they've hit their mark and are ready to launch the inaugural event. "We've been successful," festival co-founder Suzanne Shoemaker said. "We've raised our share that is necessary to match the city." In fact, organizers said they raised $182,000 in corporate sponsorships and donations for the festival, which is set to run from Oct. 13 to 20 at AMC Theatres in the Media City Center.
October 27, 2001
Joyce Rudolph, Weekend BURBANK -- A celebration of the best in children's film and television entertainment continues today through Nov. 3 at the second annual Burbank International Children's Film Festival at the Media City Center mall. Free film screenings can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the AMC Media Theatre 8 in the Media City Center mall and the BICFF Theatre on the lower level of the mall. Entries have been received from throughout the world in all genres from film and television filmmakers and screenwriters in three categories Independent Filmmakers, Students in accredited Film Schools and By Children, For Children.
September 1, 2010
It's no secret the Flappers Comedy Club is nearing its opening date of Sept. 11. The 1920s-inspired marquee is up and turning quite a few heads on the corner of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street, according to partners of the new dining and comedy performance venue. "The signage is so large, people think we own the whole block," quipped Barbara Holliday, co-partner of the venture with Dave Reinitz. "It feels perfect. People are driving by commenting that we look old school — like we've been here forever.