August 21, 2009 |
The Bixby Park Bandshell in Long Beach was renovated more than a year ago to serve as a venue for concerts, celebrations and picnics, but it's mostly been used as a makeshift homeless shelter and a skateboarding haven for teens. The next two weekends, however, will see it transformed into a free children's theater, part of the Long Beach Sea Festival, a summer series of beach events. On Saturday, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company will perform a condensed version of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" for kids of all ages at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The 45-minute story revolves around magical sorcerers and sea monsters on a deserted island.
August 14, 2009 |
After more than a year of financial strife that has resulted in a reduced number of season performances and salary reductions, the Pasadena Symphony Assn. will unveil today the design concept and details of a new outdoor concert venue for the Pasadena Pops, to be located on a lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The Pops, under the music direction of Rachael Worby, will take up summer residence at the new stage beginning June 19, 2010, with a fireworks concert including the splashy William Tell Overture and music from "Star Wars."
August 8, 1987 |
Stilt creatures, bagpipers, Mickey Mouse and Goofy will roam through Barnsdall Art Park this weekend as part of the Junior Arts Center's two-day Festival of the Arts. Everything--except the food--is free at this combination art workshop/birthday party for Hollywood's 100th. The festivities begin with a brass band concert at 12:30 p.m. today and Sunday in the park's band shell. Today, eccentric juggler Dick Munday will perform at 1:30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, it's Jim Gamble's Puppets at the same time.
July 5, 2010 |
By way of star-spangled patriotism and unabashed Americana, you'd have been hard-pressed over the weekend to find a more rousing celebration than the "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular" at the Hollywood Bowl. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, backed by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, ran through a program of music designed to swell national pride — "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "God Bless America" — with a guest set by country superstar Vince Gill.
July 9, 2012 |
Those readers not living in Southern California but who are instead enduring one of the country's hottest summers in recent memory might want to jump down a few paragraphs, past the part where Sara Watkins, fiddler, singer and songwriter, complained about the chilly Pasadena climate Friday evening and its effect on her violin's tuning. “The instruments are still adjusting to the cooler air,” she said by way of apology on the stage of the outdoor Levitt Pavilion as she plucked at her fiddle and tweaked its strings.
January 7, 1988
The refurbished band shell at Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave., will be reopened Saturday with a dedication ceremony and an afternoon of music. Built in 1927, the band shell fell into disrepair and has been closed since 1979. The reopening will begin with a performance by the Mark Keppel High School Jazz Band at 11:45 a.m. The dedication ceremony at 12:15 p.m. will precede music from the San Fernando Valley Banjo Band and the chorus from the First Baptist Church of Alhambra.