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February 17, 2003 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
Five years ago, the Madrid Theatre opened with much hoopla in Canoga Park. Built on the site of an adult movie house ruined by the Northridge earthquake, the 499-seat theater was touted as the first real performing arts center in the western San Fernando Valley. Its supporters had visions of glamorous opening nights and an infusion of dollars into local businesses from well-heeled theater-goers. The reality was disappointing.
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February 17, 2003 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
Five years ago, the Madrid Theatre opened with much hoopla in Canoga Park. Built on the site of an adult movie house ruined by the Northridge earthquake, the 499-seat theater was touted as the first real performing arts center in the western San Fernando Valley. Its supporters had visions of glamorous opening nights and an infusion of dollars into local businesses from well-heeled theater-goers. The reality was disappointing.
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February 15, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
David A. DeFore, a real estate consultant, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Valley Cultural Center, which presents the free "Concerts in the Park" series every summer at Warner Park in Woodland Hills. DeFore, an Encino resident and graduate of the USC School of Business, is first vice president at CB Commercial Real Estate Group Inc.
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March 19, 2002 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center needs 10 times its current endowment to eventually become independent of city subsidies, according to city and arts officials. The foundation that supports the 240-seat center's activities wants to raise a $2-million endowment to sustain operations, but just $207,000 has been collected so far, said Diane Jones, the city's director of community services.
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June 18, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council today will consider a motion aimed at providing the Valley Cultural Center with a $200,000 endowment fund. The money, which would support youth arts programming in the Valley, would come from the Warner Center Cultural Affairs Trust Fund, established by the Warner Center Specific Plan. The plan is bounded by Vanowen Street, the Ventura Freeway, De Soto Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
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January 9, 1988
The Warner Park Assn. represents residents in the community who have gone on record as being opposed to the development of multiple structures in Warner Park. Requests for consideration of the residents' concerns have fallen on deaf ears with our elected representative. The association was informed of a meeting to be held between representatives of the Valley Cultural Center, the Cultural Foundation and an architect who has been retained to prepare plans for a permanent stage to be constructed in Warner Park.
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June 2, 1989 | RODNEY BOSCH
Louis Bellson and His Big Band Explosion will kick off a 16-week program of free summer concerts in Warner Center Park at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The "Summer Concerts in the Park" series is sponsored by the Valley Cultural Center. During the 1950s, Bellson, best known as a drummer, played with Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. His trademark is his innovative use of two bass drums. Bellson is also well-known as a bandleader and composer of jazz, rock and fusion music, and romantic ballads.
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August 17, 2000
* Equestrian. "Evening Under the Stars--an Equestrian Event" is slated Aug. 25 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. $10-$150. (818) 842-8444. * Broadway. Valley Cultural Center will present a musical tribute to Broadway composer Jerry Herman on Aug. 27 at Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Free. (818) 704-1587. * Rock. 1960s rock legend Eric Burdon and the New Animals will perform Aug. 27 at Newhall Park, 24933 Newhall Ave. Free.
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June 6, 1999
"Art in Unlikely Medium Gives Esteem to Young Mothers," May 26. Isn't it just wonderful that the Los Angeles County Art Commission and the Valley Cultural Center could give $2,500 for teenage mothers to improve their self-esteem by dying diapers with Kool-Aid? These girls have expressed their "creativity" at a very early age, and I for one as a taxpayer could find better uses for my hard-earned tax money. At 14, 15, 16, these mothers are still children themselves. What kind of mothers are they prepared to be at the age of 14 when they become pregnant; how to be economically creative and productive women and citizens?
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June 29, 1999 | IRMA LEMUS
Latin Jazz artist Poncho Sanchez performed to an audience of more than 300--mostly children and their parents--at the Madrid Theatre as part of the Monday Morning Concerts for Kids series. Miguel A. Cortez, manager of the Madrid Theatre, said Sanchez's concert was the best production he has seen since the theater's opening late last year. "It was great to see the smiles on the kids' faces," Cortez said. "It went so well we are all still talking about it, and I bet the kids are, too."
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August 24, 2000
Equestrian The Los Angeles Equestrian Center hosts "Evening Under the Stars" Friday in Burbank. Sponsored by the California Dressage Society, the event will feature dressage musical freestyles, plus the Rainbow Riders Drill Team, the Vaughn Smith Andalusians and the Fabulous Flyball Dogs. * "Evening Under the Stars," Friday, 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. $10-$150. (818) 842-8444. Rock Rock legend Eric Burdon performs Sunday in Newhall.
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August 17, 2000
* Equestrian. "Evening Under the Stars--an Equestrian Event" is slated Aug. 25 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. $10-$150. (818) 842-8444. * Broadway. Valley Cultural Center will present a musical tribute to Broadway composer Jerry Herman on Aug. 27 at Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Free. (818) 704-1587. * Rock. 1960s rock legend Eric Burdon and the New Animals will perform Aug. 27 at Newhall Park, 24933 Newhall Ave. Free.
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August 10, 2000
* Cross-Cultural--The Valley Cultural Center presents its Cultural Arts Festival on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Warner Park in Woodland Hills. The program will feature Brazilian jazz artists Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, plus several other international acts. The husband-wife team of percussionist Moreira and singer Purim have performed individually or together with such luminaries as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Cannonball Adderly and Dizzy Gillespie.
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May 15, 2000 | TONY LYSTRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The inscription scrawled across the green room's wall in the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center reads: "This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship." It is signed--with two hearts--"Love in XX's Rita Moreno." The actress, famous for "West Side Story" and many TV and film roles, was the first to perform at the arts center during its two-night opening in November 1995. "She fell in love with this place," said Fred Helsel, the center's assistant manager. "She called it a jewel.
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August 24, 1999 | ROBERTA G. WAX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If not for Valley-based businesses, there wouldn't be much music, art or theater for residents to enjoy, arts organizations say. And even that precarious funding is in jeopardy because of corporate mergers, the changing way companies spend their discretionary dollars and the inability of small arts organizations to devote the time and resources necessary to woo corporate donations.
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June 29, 1999 | IRMA LEMUS
Latin Jazz artist Poncho Sanchez performed to an audience of more than 300--mostly children and their parents--at the Madrid Theatre as part of the Monday Morning Concerts for Kids series. Miguel A. Cortez, manager of the Madrid Theatre, said Sanchez's concert was the best production he has seen since the theater's opening late last year. "It was great to see the smiles on the kids' faces," Cortez said. "It went so well we are all still talking about it, and I bet the kids are, too."
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August 24, 1999 | ROBERTA G. WAX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If not for Valley-based businesses, there wouldn't be much music, art or theater for residents to enjoy, arts organizations say. And even that precarious funding is in jeopardy because of corporate mergers, the changing way companies spend their discretionary dollars and the inability of small arts organizations to devote the time and resources necessary to woo corporate donations.
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