June 20, 2012
Pilgrims heading up and down the Glendale (2) Freeway for the last couple of months have noticed a shadowy figure or two gazing into the distance from the hills above. Cardboard cutouts of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and Gene Autry, bearing labels that read “Glendale Public Art Project 2012,” have been a mystery - something their creator says is intentional. Justin Stadel, the Glassell Park resident and artist behind the cowboy cutouts, said he created the works so viewers could draw a spiritual feeling, a sense of freedom, from L.A.'s varied landscape.
October 12, 2000
Irma Lemus GRIFFITH PARK -- Famed singing cowboy and movie star Gene Autry's dream of preserving Western heritage will continue with a $100-million endowment by the foundation that bears his name to the museum that bears his name. Jackie Autry, the late entertainer and businessman's wife, on Friday announced the gift from the family-run Autry Foundation to the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. The privately funded museum, which opened in 1989, will use the money to cover basic operation costs, said Jay Aldrich, the museum's public relations director.
August 17, 2005
Ani Amirkhanian Ever since he was a boy, Glendale resident Roy Green had an interest in cowboys of the American West. As a child, the 79-year-old English native watched westerns and learned about the cowboy stars of the time. In his mid-20s, he decided to go into show business, after serving two years in the British Army and returning to work in the coal mines. Green starred as Steve Larrabee "The Lone Star Rider," and had his own show on television.
September 25, 2002
Janine Marnien There's nothing like having a good square-dancing time, at least for the members of Dons 'N Donettes. The La Crescenta-based club has spent its 39 years responding to callers' directions at dances, various events and classes, 'do-si-do'-ing as part of what one of the club's vice presidents calls a "huge subculture." "Until you get into it, you don't realize how big it is," said Diane Redfern, a 10-year member of the club. "We went to an international event and danced with some couples from Japan, and they spoke no English except for the calls."
June 29, 2007
Griffith Park will be heating up with Sizzling Summer Nights at the Autry. Thursday nights in July and August (four in July and five in August) are filled with the scintillating sounds of mambo, Latin jazz, charanga and Afro-Cuban beats. This live music and outdoor family dance party is a great way to see top Latin bands in a fun, casual, energetic setting. L.A.'s hottest Latin bands will play music that makes your body move, and if you can't dance, Oliva Dasso, the salsa diva of Southern California, will show you how. The museum and museum store will be open until 8 p.m. "Pistols: Dazzling Firearms" will be on view through August 12, and "Gene Autry and the Twentieth-Century West: The Centennial Exhibition, 1907--2007" through January 13. Admission is $5, free for Autry members.
May 11, 2007
The Autry National Center is celebrating over 20 years of collecting exceptional firearms with its first exhibition drawn from its extensive collection. This exhibit brings together more than 50 of the most magnificent decorative and historically important American firearms from the Autry's permanent collection, selected for their extraordinary quality, condition, and elegance. Pistols: Dazzling Firearms will open on May 18 and run through August 12 in the Autry's Showcase Gallery. Highlights of the show include Wild Bill Hickok's Model 1851 Navy revolver, Annie Oakley's Smith and Wessons, and six presidential guns designed by the Colt Company, including one designed for President John F. Kennedy.
May 12, 2000
BEST BET: Gene Autry stars in the film, "Sioux City Sue," at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Wells Fargo Theater at the Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way, in Los Angeles. Autry portrays an aspiring actor who is lured to Hollywood with the promise of becoming a star. Sterling Holloway and Lynn Roberts also star. A guest lecturer will be on hand to talk about the past and present roles women play in the entertainment industry. Tickets are $4 for members and $5 for nonmembers.
June 8, 2002
Jerry Lane As we drove down the street the other day, we waved to Mrs. G, the crossing guard on Briggs. Pat smiled and observed that the white-haired crossing guard resembles my mother, and I had to agree. Mrs. G does look like my late mother, but their physical descriptions are their only similarities. My mom was an old-time senior. She spent much of her time in a rocking chair, doing beautiful crewel embroidery. She had been very active of necessity while she was raising her family, but once her nest was empty, she decided to enjoy a well-earned rest.