December 7, 2007
Mary O?Keefe/Valley Sun M artha Graham said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul." That is true — it is an art form that has been used to express the feelings of hope, despair and love since the beginning of civilization. But the fact is that dance is also very hard work that requires dedication and, as in most art forms, sacrifice. "I lost a lot of my social life," said 19-year-old La Cañada dancer Ryan Morrison.
July 20, 2007
Global Ballet Workshops, a division of California Dance Arts located in La Cañada, has announced plans to send their students to the world famous Ostrava Ballet Workshop in Ostrava, Czech Republic from July 23 to August 19. While there, the students, led by directors and choreographers Erin Holt and Yehuda Maor will continue their intensive workshop and end their visit with a sole night performance of their production "Blind Journey" at the...
April 29, 2004
Gary Moskowitz To Hynek Kmonicek, the future of the Czech Republic begins Saturday. Kmonicek, 41, is the ambassador and permanent representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations. The Czech Republic will be one of 10 Central European countries to formally join the European Union on Saturday. On Wednesday, Kmonicek visited Glendale Community College and spoke with students and educators about his country's decision to join the European Union.
March 9, 2007
Michiko Otaki, critically acclaimed concert pianist, will make her long-awaited Los Angeles debut at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, under the auspices of The Da Camera Society Chamber Music in Historic Sites. The Japanese-American artist, who was born in Hazu and studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will be joined by the prizewinning Graffe String Quartet from the Czech Republic for its very first performance in North America. Spectacularly sited in the mountains, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy was once called "America's most scenic hotel" and presides over incredible views.
December 30, 2004
Students of all ages can travel through the American Institute for Foreign Study. Children can have an opportunity to learn about other cultures in Argentina, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Canada, China and Puerto Rico. Students from kindergarten through 11th grade can participate in the Summer Institute for the Gifted. The Summer Advantage program is tailored for high school students, while college students can spend their semester, year or summer abroad.
January 21, 2005
Jan J. Macho Sr. died of complications due to a fall on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005. He was 91 years old. Macho, originally from Pilsen, Czech Republic, escaped communism in 1948 with his family. He came to the United States in 1955 after living in Switzerland. He left a wholesale steel business behind in Pilsen and went on to become the top producer for Paillard Incorporated. He is survived by his sons Jan Jr. and Miro Joseph and their wives Eve and Marian; and five grandchildren, Michelle Sabourin, John, Michael, Christopher and Jenna Macho.
February 23, 2007
What young musician, dancer or poet doesn't dream of performing on one of the many grand renaissance period stages within the Czech Republic? Auditions at California DanceArts in La Cañada this week will give many young dancers just such an opportunity to study and perform in the city of Ostrava this summer. The school's ballet master, Yehuda Maor, will be an associate director for the Ostrava Ballet Workshop. Director Erin Holt will join him as a member of the teaching faculty and will present new works of choreography to be performed this summer.
May 4, 2007
Spring break at Lake Havasu wasn't on the calendar for the Crescenta Valley High School Choir Department. Instead, from April 12 to April 21, the talented group opted for a European spring break vacation. It wasn't all free time, though; the award winning choir was chosen to represent the school and perform in churches, concert halls and other arenas across three countries that the group toured. Last spring, an audition tape was submitted for consideration to take part in this year's event.
August 20, 2003
ISSUANCE OF REFUNDING PARKING REVENUE BONDS WHAT HAPPENED The board voted to approve a resolution that would allow an independent group called the Joint Powers Authority to refinance about $4.5 million in parking revenue bonds. The Joint Powers Authority is an independent, board-governed group made up of college and city members. The group, in 1994, borrowed $6 million in parking revenue bonds to pay for parking facilities that serve both the city and the college.
July 7, 2007
I don't think I've ever seen a movie quite like "Once." An Irish street singer/songwriter meets a Czech girl with musical background, there is music and romance, they fall in love with each other and at that same exact moment, we fall in love with them. Not so unique, you might think, but it really is very original and compelling, and took me completely by surprise. The interesting thing is how the music tells the stories in the film; not like a '40s musical where the actors inexplicably break into song and dance; and not like "Saturday Night Fever," where the music is a character itself.