December 7, 2000
* Chorus--The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will perform Dec. 15-17 at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. $15-$35. (800) 414-2539. * Dancing--Pasadena Ballroom Dance Assn. will sponsor a big band dance Dec. 16 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road. $25-$30. (626) 799-5689. * Ballet--The Antelope Valley Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" Dec. 16-17 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. $12-$25. (661) 723-5950.
December 10, 1998 |
The Christmas tree is growing through the roof again, the mice are nastier than ever and only Clara's strange new doll stands between her and complete disaster--as usual. Yes, it's the season for "The Nutcracker," performed in dozens of Southland versions--some infinitely more imaginative, charming, professional and/or expensive than others. Below, the annual list of productions, starting with those on view this very weekend.
December 4, 1997 |
Mice in black leotards scampered beneath the floor of the Smart & Final store on Main Street. Snowflakes swirled softly on tiny feet along a padded floor. Dolls came to life. Just another Saturday afternoon in Ventura? Actually, just another late November Saturday afternoon in the Channel Islands Ballet Company's new basement studio, as dancers young and old rehearsed for the ensemble's annual production of "The Nutcracker."
December 11, 1996 |
Have yourself a scary little Christmas. Or maybe just a wary one. Sabin Epstein's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" for A Noise Within emphasizes the ghosts in the Dickens classic. Especially at the beginning, when the fog rolls out and specters rustle through the darkness, it's as if you're watching a Halloween show. These ghosts don't make you gasp. They're likelier to make you sigh. The production has a world-weary quality.
September 9, 1994 |
The idea of opening a performing arts center in this high desert city was born a decade ago with a plan to renovate an old school auditorium. But for years the Palmdale City Council flip-flopped between renovating the Maryott Auditorium and building a new theater, changing their decision about half a dozen times. And the city kept altering the size and scope of the project, with the net effect of delaying the opening of a theater--any theater--and frustrating its supporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1994
When the Lancaster Performing Arts Center had been running for a year, and the books showed an operating deficit of $400,000, city officials weren't worried. It was, in fact, about what they had expected. They knew that there is no such thing as a major municipal facility for the performing arts that is not heavily subsidized by tax dollars. Lancaster officials didn't mind, though, because they saw benefits that went far beyond packed houses and an impressive calendar of events.