After-Hours Business Mixer
You’re invited! PIRCH is Southern California’s finest source of best-in-class brands for indoor- and outdoor-kitchens, laundry rooms, and the bath. Showroom locations include Glendale, Rancho Mirage, Costa Mesa, and San Diego.

Join us in face-to-face networking at its best. While you’re here, make some new friends, and enjoy the refreshments and opportunity to win some nice prizes.

Bring along your friends and business associates! $10 — Members. $20 – Non-Members.

101 S. Brand Blvd.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information, call (818) 240-7870 or email info@glendalechamber.com.


Writer of Animation Films to Speak to Teens
Teens and pre-teens, who are interested in scriptwriting and animation films, are invited to attend a free program offered at the Studio City Branch Library. Animator and writer, David Boito, will talk about writing his latest film. He has written extensively for both television (One Tree Hill and Head of the Class) and for movies. You might know his work, “Terrifying Tales.”

This program is provided by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

Studio City Branch Library (Meeting Room)
12511 Moorpark St.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Piano Sensation Valentina Lisitsa Makes American Youth Symphony Debut
Ukranian-born piano sensation Valentina Lisitsa – heralded for performances of “unexpected depth” (Baltimore Sun) and one of the world’s most watched classical musicians with more than 62 million YouTube views – makes her American Youth Symphony (AYS) debut to perform Rachmaninoff’s scintillating Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini at the orchestra’s “Springtime in Paris Gala,” which includes a free concert.
Music Director Alexander Treger, currently in his 16th season leading AYS, also conducts Gershwin’s beloved An American in Paris, Adam Schoenberg’s Up!, an uplifting fanfare commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and debuted in 2010, and Ravel’s brooding but captivating La Valse. The 106-member American Youth Symphony, noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances, is attending the post-concert gala as well.

Lisitsa is considered the first classical music “YouTube star” to have converted her Internet success into a global concert career in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America and Asia. That success, which also includes an exclusive recording contract with Decca, is the direct result of the recognition she received when viewers flocked to the Internet to watch a collection of hundreds of videos of her practicing piano that she posted on YouTube in an effort to jumpstart a once floundering career. Decca and others in the classical music industry took notice of her impassioned playing and extremely large following, which led to the reinvigoration of her career.

UCLA’s Royce Hall
10745 Dickson Plaza
Sunday, March 9, 6 p.m.

For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to AYSymphony.org.


Writers & Photographers Wanted
Are you an outgoing person who’d like to cover the “beat” of the Valley? We’re looking for experienced photographers & writers to profile local businesses in our paper. If you think this is you, shoot us an email: info@tolucantimes.com.


Made in Hollywood Awards
T10-Community News 1 LaBonge MadeInHollywood2014The City of Los Angeles has established the Made in Hollywood Awards as a perpetual acknowledgement of the century-old traditions of film-making excellence associated with our community. City Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Mitch O’Farrell recognized three feature films during their annual Made in Hollywood Awards event Thursday that were honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a nomination for an esteemed Academy Award. The films also earned the honor while evidencing anew the unparalleled resources of the motion picture and television production capital of the world, Hollywood. As both Councilmembers share representation of the Hollywood area, they presented proclamations on behalf of the City of Los Angeles to the producers of hit movies Her, The Croods, and Frozen. This awards event was created in an effort to raise awareness about the film productions that are being shot in Hollywood, keeping hundreds of jobs here in the City of Los Angeles. From l, representative from Hollywood Chamber, Councilmember O’Farrell, Producer of Frozen, Peter del Vecho, Jacqueline Bisset, Producer of Her, Vincent Landay, Producers of Croods, Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell, Councilmember LaBonge, Voice in Frozen, Robert Pine, and Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, Executive Director, Los Angeles, SAG-AFTRA.

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