The Americana at Brand is known for good shopping, good food and good living. On Aug 30, another title was added — movie premiere showcase. The Americana was selected as one of only a few venues in Los Angeles to screen, for one night only, "The Big Uneasy." It was standing room only as residents from Glendale and its nearby communities packed the multi-plex to watch the new documentary produced by and starring Harry Shearer.
The film's limited release marked the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of parts of New Orleans. Documentary buffs were drawn in by the film's persuasive message that the natural disaster was compounded by faulty decisions and misjudgments. Not a new argument, but one that was visually depicted in the Shearer film.
Glendale residents on hand included Cecelia Walker, Gregory Sims and Joseph Dammann.
The ARK Family Center staff sure knows how to put their youth members to work — for free. An ARK carwash on the corner of Central Avenue and Chevy Chase Drive is held four times a year and is staffed by volunteer youth involved with the family center. Educational Director and Life Coach Melina Sardar supervised, while Executive Director Edward Kudaverdian put in a welcome appearance.