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By Ani Amirkhanian | April 17, 2007
A red card with the words "meaning," "imagery" and "sound" lay on a table where Natasha Kongsonboon and her teammates sat and studied Maya Angelou's poem, "Life Doesn't Frighten Me." Natasha and the Gifted and Talented Education students at Wilson Middle School, discussed what they each thought the poem meant to them. "In this poem, the speaker is listing things she is not afraid of," Natasha said. Teammate David Bukujian, 11, has a different interpretation of the poem.
April 13, 2007
The Friends of the Altadena Library will sponsor its fifth annual Poetry & Cookies celebration on Saturday, April 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Those attending will have the chance to meet and hear poets from Altadena and the surrounding area read their poetry. There will also be a drawing for two poetry baskets filled with items that poets or poetry lovers might enjoy. Past attendees have commented on what an "inspiring and fun event" this free program has been. The featured poems will be included in an anthology published by the library and will be available at the event.
March 23, 2007
La Cañada resident and author Pauli Dutton will be reading from her work, When Daughters Fly: A Book For Mom, as part of a Tell It Like It Was performance, "This Magic Moment," which will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave. in Altadena. Also reading will be Pauli's husband Richard Dutton, Jean and Irwin Aichelee, Nancy Reas, Elizabeth Salvinski, Shona and Rob Stirbl, and Jacquie Townsend. Tell It Like It Was, an autobiographical writing and performing group, is open to new members.
By Ani Amirkhanian | February 7, 2007
Arsham Azarian didn't know he had the talent for writing poetry until three years ago. But the 74-year-old Glendale resident started writing poems in Armenian and before he knew it, people were asking him to have his writings translated into English. The Iranian-born Azarian always had an interest in literature and art as a teenager, but hadn't tried his hand at writing his own compositions until his granddaughter's birthday, when he put his thoughts together and came up with a poem.
By Joyce Rudolph | September 30, 2006
Music Director Olivia Tsui is adding a few original touches to her debut concert conducting the Glendale Symphony Orchestra. Along with a rousing musical program of Spanish and Argentine-inspired music, Tsui said she is integrating the visual element of tango into the performance on Oct. 7 at the Alex Theatre. Only the 20-member string section, two guest soloists and two tango dancers will perform this first concert of the orchestra's 83rd season, Tsui said. Tango dancers will be included in 20th century tango composer Astor Piazzolla's piece "Cuatro Estaciones en Buenos Aires" (The Four Seasons)
June 3, 2005
Last week, I joined a group of 12 pre-teens in the conference room of the Montrose Branch of the Glendale Public Library to observe their poetry writing class. The four senior citizens who are enrolled in the class were unable to attend. I was disappointed not to see them because the course is billed as a cross-generational experience; that feature had drawn my interest. I love to read poetry, but my college poetry writing classes made me feel as though I had taken apart a valuable watch to see how it worked and didn't have the skills to put it back together.
May 10, 2005
TODAY GLENDALE Glendale Adventist Medical Center has a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main auditorium, 1509 Wilson Terrace. For more information, call (818) 545-3425. Barnes & Noble has a cooking and entertaining book group at 7 p.m. at 245 N. Glendale Ave. The group will discuss themed birthday parties for children. For more information, call (818) 246-0630. The Jewel City Camera Club of Glendale meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 134 N. Kenwood St. For more information, call Donna Jackson at (818)
May 3, 2005
TODAY GLENDALE The Jewel City Camera Club of Glendale meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 134 N. Kenwood St. There will be a vintage camera demonstration. For more information, call Donna Jackson at (818) 244-9096. A seven-week poetry program is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through June 7 at Montrose Public Library, 2465 Honolulu Ave. Children ages 10 to 13 can enjoy the workshop that culminates in a poetry reading at the Alex Theatre June 9. For information, call (818)
August 28, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Wendy Beth Baker's extraordinary story of healing through horses is woven into a book she wrote about what she learned from the Lakota Indians. The Burbank resident has survived some difficult physical trials. Since 10, she has suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and, more recently, a horse accident resulted in a hip replacement followed by months of recovery, both physical and emotional. It was questionable she would ever regain the confidence to get back on a horse.
By Mary O'Keefe | May 14, 2004
"Well I stood up straight and spoke clearly," said second-grader Daniel Allard, explaining the secret to a good poetry reading. "I said the words like 'BANG' and 'SWISH' really loud." Allard, who read "Hockey Time," his ode to the aggressive sport, was one of the celebrated poets from Mountain Avenue Elementary who performed art for parents and friends Friday night at Higley's Coffee House in La Cañada Flintridge. The second to sixth-grade students are part of the extended learning program, the school's after-school day care program.
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