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By Hassahn Liggins | August 26, 2009
Dance and music ignited in vivid colors, fire, pure sensuality and erotica in the “Arabian Summer with Kaya & Sadie.” The description sounds like a scene out of some future episode of HBO’s hit series “True Blood” or maybe a show on the Las Vegas strip. But no, it was right in the middle of Brand Boulevard in Glendale on Sunday night. Leela’s “Arabia Exotica” Belly Dance Fantasy Theater turned up the heat on the stage of the Beyond the Stars Palace, and those in the audience were quite captivated by an experience filled with fantasy, theater, dance and mysticism.
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November 7, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Alex Free Brown Bag series features belly dancers GLENDALE -- The Alex Theatre continues its Free Brown Bag Concert Series Thursday with Leela with SlomeJihad Belly Dance Troupe. Concerts are from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday in The Alex forecourt and feature area musicians, actors, poets, dancers, magicians, choirs and school groups. The public is invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the entertainment. Beverage service will be available.
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June 17, 2000
Marlene Hitt Back in 1915, Sunland Park was the meeting place and recreational area for the Tujunga Valley. The Fourth of July celebrations that year were held at the park with a picnic lunch, oratory and a ball game listed among the attractions. A dance that evening at Bolton Hall finished off the day's activities. By 1918, 250 new trees had been planted in the park, there was a contract to clear the grape vines away and an ice cream stand had been installed under the oaks.
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By Liana Aghajanian | April 21, 2010
With belly chains jingling across the waists of gyrating dancers, and vendors selling exotic jewelry, music and clothing from the far corners of the Mideast, belly dance aficionados didn’t have to travel far to indulge in their passions — they found it all in Glendale. “Raqs L.A.” returned for the third year this weekend to the Glendale Civic Auditorium for the two-day celebration and festival of belly dance, modern fusion, Bollywood and more. Raqs, which means “dance” in Arabic, showcased an explosion of culture in the form of Persian cuisine, international belly dance star Mesmera, books on the art of playing finger cymbals and bustiers made out of fine fabrics and copper coins.
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September 3, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Richard Lopez had finished his morning class at Glendale Community College long ago, but he made sure to come back to campus at noon to watch a Japanese taiko drum presentation. "I was so excited to hear that there were going to be these Japanese drummers," the 25-year-old Burbank resident said. And if that wasn't enough, the belly dancers performing with the drummers provided a nice bonus, Lopez said. "I used to be in drum lines and in drum competitions," he said.
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September 18, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum Without a parade but with a little more punch, the Days of the Verdugo carnival returns to Verdugo Park this weekend. With the parade now history, the Glendale Junior Chamber of Commerce, which runs the carnival, will shift the focus to live entertainment. "In the past, we haven't really had too much entertainment," said Luis Aldana, president of the junior chamber, also known as the Jaycees. "In the past, we've had one group, and now you're talking about 13 or 14 different groups that are going to be performing here."
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May 21, 2005
Jackson Bell Heather Blackstone is a First United Methodist Church of Glendale pastor by day and Middle Eastern-style belly dancer by night. As an assistant pastor for the Kenwood Street church, Blackstone leads sermons geared toward younger congregants. But during her off hours, the 29-year-old preacher dresses in ornate costume and belly dances to Middle Eastern music with Los Angeles-based dance troupe, the Flowers of the Desert. "It's a good balance," she said.
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By Odalis A. Suarez and Ruth Longoria | November 2, 2007
They came in myriad costumes, from unique and beautiful to scary and bizarre. There were witches, goblins, princesses, skeletons and superheroes. Whether they created their own costume or purchased an unusual or traditional one, students and teachers at Crescenta Valley High School and Rosemont Middle School made the most of the once-a-year costume event and strutted their stuff around their school grounds in true Halloween spirit. At the middle school, students made the most of the annual Halloween dance after classes on Wednesday.
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June 25, 2005
TRACEY MILLER Fireworks are coming on the Fourth of July, but on the day before, Montrose is having a different type of event, which over the years, has been funny and weird. It's the Independence Weekend Block Party and Hot Rod Show. The July 3 event happens on the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue in Montrose. While many of us have gone to and enjoyed such festivals in the Montrose Shopping Park, it's interesting to know that setting them up isn't easy.
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By Angela Hokanson | December 8, 2007
Youth may be wasted on the young, but talent isn’t — at least it wasn’t at Glendale High School’s annual variety show on Friday night, where student singers, dancers and musicians converged onto one stage to exhibit their skills. More than 25 students’ acts, ranging from belly dancers to solo drummers took part in this year’s show, which was organized by the school’s dance and drill team for the eighth year in a row. The show is a way for the dance team to try out their routines with an audience, and a way to showcase the talents of other Glendale High School groups, said Kelly Palmer, the director of the drill and dance team.
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By Liana Aghajanian | April 21, 2010
With belly chains jingling across the waists of gyrating dancers, and vendors selling exotic jewelry, music and clothing from the far corners of the Mideast, belly dance aficionados didn’t have to travel far to indulge in their passions — they found it all in Glendale. “Raqs L.A.” returned for the third year this weekend to the Glendale Civic Auditorium for the two-day celebration and festival of belly dance, modern fusion, Bollywood and more. Raqs, which means “dance” in Arabic, showcased an explosion of culture in the form of Persian cuisine, international belly dance star Mesmera, books on the art of playing finger cymbals and bustiers made out of fine fabrics and copper coins.
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By Hassahn Liggins | August 26, 2009
Dance and music ignited in vivid colors, fire, pure sensuality and erotica in the “Arabian Summer with Kaya & Sadie.” The description sounds like a scene out of some future episode of HBO’s hit series “True Blood” or maybe a show on the Las Vegas strip. But no, it was right in the middle of Brand Boulevard in Glendale on Sunday night. Leela’s “Arabia Exotica” Belly Dance Fantasy Theater turned up the heat on the stage of the Beyond the Stars Palace, and those in the audience were quite captivated by an experience filled with fantasy, theater, dance and mysticism.
NEWS
November 7, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Alex Free Brown Bag series features belly dancers GLENDALE -- The Alex Theatre continues its Free Brown Bag Concert Series Thursday with Leela with SlomeJihad Belly Dance Troupe. Concerts are from noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday in The Alex forecourt and feature area musicians, actors, poets, dancers, magicians, choirs and school groups. The public is invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the entertainment. Beverage service will be available.
NEWS
June 17, 2000
Marlene Hitt Back in 1915, Sunland Park was the meeting place and recreational area for the Tujunga Valley. The Fourth of July celebrations that year were held at the park with a picnic lunch, oratory and a ball game listed among the attractions. A dance that evening at Bolton Hall finished off the day's activities. By 1918, 250 new trees had been planted in the park, there was a contract to clear the grape vines away and an ice cream stand had been installed under the oaks.
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