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February 6, 2012
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley area, I had the opportunity to see and hear the Glendale Symphony under the baton of the late, great Carmen Dragon. Later in life, I had an opportunity to work with Maestro Dragon, as well as his son, Darryl and his wife, Toni Tennille, for a number of years. As a result, Glendale has a special place in my life. Consequently, when the opportunity to continue this orchestral tradition and build a world-class pops orchestra in Glendale came my way, I considered it a career highlight, and a grand opportunity to keep Glendale on the map as an arts industry leader.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Regarding the redevelopment issue and the Alex Theatre, this historic landmark located right here in downtown Glendale is a large part of my life. Ever since I was a child, my parents brought us here. During my dad's tenure on the Glendale City Council and as mayor, I remember his passion and his commitment to this amazing theater. Outside all of these memories, it is where my brothers and I chose to celebrate his life and his legacy. This theater will always be the place where we said “Thank you, Dad.” The Alex Theatre is a place of memories, old and new. It needs to stay here for a very long time.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
As a 30-year resident, business owner and supporter of Glendale Arts and the Alex Theatre, I must express my disappointment and disbelief at the lack of support for the Alex Theatre. I am bewildered at the lack of interest toward the world-class performers that are being brought there. At no time was this more clearly evidenced than last Saturday night, when the theater was filled, if not by seated patrons, with the energy and enthusiasm of Matt Catingub, a first-rate showman, directing the top-notch talents of the Glendale Pops Jazz Orchestra with special guest Miles Mosley, a transcendental artist that was like seeing a modern-day cross between Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton playing a bass.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 28, 2013
The Alex Theatre is ushering in changes to its program that trains and manages the volunteers who take tickets and show patrons their seats. First, all potential ushers must now attend an orientation session, where they will learn about what is expected of them and the various procedures that must be followed, according to Betty Jean Morris, the newly-named event services manager at the Alex. Two orientation sessions are coming up - one at 7 p.m. on Monday and the other 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. At the end of the session, each usher must sign a form agreeing to volunteer at least once a month as well as follow other rules including a dress code that includes a white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt and a jacket or cardigan.
NEWS
July 25, 2012
The Glendale City Council officially approved designating the Alex Theatre as a civic building on Tuesday night, adding a protective layer to the historic building, should it fall under the ownership of the state and be sold off. Now the theater can only be used for certain purposes, such as a performance arts venue. Under its previous zoning, it could be used as a church or bowling alley. City officials don't want that, but they had no power to prevent it without changing the theater's zoning.
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By Ruth Sowby | April 10, 2012
An organization better start moving if its staff expects to raise $75,000 by the end of the month. But that's what Interim CEO Elissa Glickman of the Glendale Arts and the Alex is determined to do. Without redevelopment funds, the future of the ownership of the Alex Theatre is in question. Glendale Arts supporters want the Alex to be transferred to the city of Glendale. Glendale Arts' “I Heart Glendale Arts” fundraising campaign began with a soft launch in mid-March. That means it has a mere six weeks to meet its lofty goal.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 11, 2013
After months of hold-ups and headaches, city officials approved a roughly $5.3 million construction contract on Tuesday to expand the Alex Theatre, an improvement project officials say will make the historic venue more competitive as it is weaned off an annual government subsidy. The theater's operator, Glendale Arts, currently gets $415,000 a year to manage the venue, but that subsidy is set to expire in 2015. PHOTOS: Backstage at the Alex Theatre for 'Girl Crazy' Before then, it needs three large dressing rooms, a freight elevator, loading dock, more storage space, new electrical systems and a backstage passenger elevator so it can handle larger, more technical productions and move toward self-sustainability, officials have said.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | March 7, 2011
State fire codes may throw a wrench into plans to use the outdoor forecourt at the Alex Theatre to host events and generate more revenue. Theater officials want to remodel the courtyard with glass doors where wrought-iron gates now stand, potted cypress trees paralleling the Doric columns and new paving as part of a plan to use the space to host events in addition to programs within the theater. But project planners ran into a host of obstacles, including word from building and fire inspectors that the courtyard always must be available as an exit corridor.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
The 40 members of Glendale's youth chorus in grades five through 10 held their second-to-last rehearsal Thursday before their Holiday POP concert at the Alex Theatre on Dec. 7. During auditions, each student performed one of the following songs: “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or “Silent Night.” Rosemont music instructor Rod Yonkers oversees the group as choral director along...
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By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 4, 2011
Event activity and attendance at the Alex Theatre jumped by about 14% this fiscal year, officials reported Tuesday - a sign that the historic venue is coming back to life after a two-year slump. Glendale's Redevelopment Agency subsidizes the theater with a $415,000 annual management fee, but that agreement is set to expire in 2015. In August, City Council members cautioned the theater that it would soon have to be self-sufficient. Since 2007, the Redevelopment Agency has spent $1 million on 16 projects at the theater, including sound upgrades, façade improvements and seat refurbishments, according to a city report.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
As ‎nearly 1,200 people packed the Alex Theatre on Thursday at the 13th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, attendees were abuzz about a historic statement made by the Turkish Prime Minister the day prior. PHOTOS: Armenian Genocide commemoration at the Alex Theatre Most dismissed the comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ‎Erdogan on the eve before the 99th anniversary of the genocide, in which he offered condolences to Armenian descendants of the massacre and mentioned a "shared pain," but did not directly recognize the massacres of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.
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By Kirk Silsbee | April 18, 2014
Part of the collateral damage of the Alex Theatre's ambitious physical face-lift has been the suspension of the Glendale Pops series. Saturday night, after a year's absence, director Matt Catingub gave a decisive demonstration of why this remains one of the important SoCal big bands, though it performs only a handful of times each year. Made up of many of first-call session players, the flawless execution and excellent interpretive skills on display belied the one rehearsal the band put into the concert.
NEWS
April 5, 2014
Good morning, locals. Today is Saturday, April 5. Here's your roundup of headlines in the area: A 66-year-old man died Thursday after receiving a massage at a newly opened spa in Glendale, police said. The man was reportedly lying on his back while getting the massage at about 10:40 p.m. at the spa in the 500 block of East Broadway when he suddenly coughed and became unresponsive, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. A 50-year-old African American city employee has filed a lawsuit against the city of Burbank alleging race and age discrimination after multiple unsuccessful attempts to get a new job with the city, records show.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | April 1, 2014
It is no surprise that the Glendale Youth Orchestra has thrived for 25 years. The reasons were obvious during the orchestra's early March concert. Even if you can't read a note, you can't help but be inspired by the beautiful music performed by these young artists. They play beyond their years. Conductor Brad Keimach even admits he is truly blessed with the calibre of musicians he has in the group. Featured soloist and concertmaster Sarah Worden was incredible on Beethoven's Concerto for Violin.
NEWS
By Joylene Wagner and By Joylene Wagner | March 21, 2014
Employers have been talking for years about their challenges finding young employees who are ready for the workplace. They complain of high school and college graduates who lack problem-solving skills, can't work independently or don't function well on a team. They report new hires lacking soft skills such as timeliness and respect for authority. Educators have once again responded to the business world, much as they did in the mid-1990s when schools shifted the focus of their attention to student outcomes such as test scores tied to subject-matter standards.
NEWS
By Laura Tate | March 5, 2014
Dance lovers will be treated to multifaceted styles of the art March 8 at the Glendale Alex Theatre as "Celebrate Dance," in its ninth year, brings together dance companies from throughout California to perform for one night only. And for the first time, tap and live music will be included. Eight dance companies will perform dance styles from urban tap and contemporary jazz, to new wave and ultra modern dance. As "Celebrate Dance" Executive Producer Jamie Nichols does each year, several new companies will be introduced with this year's performance, to join returning dance companies - SoleVita Dance Company and Mizerany Dance.
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By Kirk Silsbee | February 18, 2014
Every time trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval plays, he gives a tutorial. The same can be said of many musicians, of course, but what sets Sandoval apart is his example as a man and as an American. Those qualities were on full display Saturday, as he performed with his renowned big band and a high school band. The naturalized Cuban exile left his country at great personal risk for the United States. Not content with a music career with an international profile, he has become a hands-on advocate for music in Southern California public schools.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 8, 2014
Classical musician and composer Arturo Sandoval, who discovered his love for music as a boy growing up in Cuba, will share his talent at the Alex Theatre later this month in a concert aimed to cultivate music education in today's youth. His Glendale-based institute will also donate proceeds from the show to the Glendale Educational Foundation and Glendale Arts - two organizations that promote the arts and music education among local students. Sandoval's performance, titled "Save the Music 2," comes about a year after his institute's first performance that helped raise thousands of dollars for music education last year.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
While the Alex Theatre's total income declined 21% during the first quarter of this fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, the drop was expected due to a massive renovation project underway, according to a financial report released this week at a City Council meeting. Despite the revenue slump, the manager of the historic venue, Glendale Arts, netted $65,000 in sponsorships during the same period, an accomplishment highlighted in the report written by Glendale Arts Chair Harry Hull and Executive Director Elissa Glickman.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 28, 2013
The Alex Theatre is ushering in changes to its program that trains and manages the volunteers who take tickets and show patrons their seats. First, all potential ushers must now attend an orientation session, where they will learn about what is expected of them and the various procedures that must be followed, according to Betty Jean Morris, the newly-named event services manager at the Alex. Two orientation sessions are coming up - one at 7 p.m. on Monday and the other 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. At the end of the session, each usher must sign a form agreeing to volunteer at least once a month as well as follow other rules including a dress code that includes a white shirt or blouse, black pants or skirt and a jacket or cardigan.
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