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Tom LaBonge News

Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

The City Council continued daily budget meetings all week in an effort to find ways to close the $212 million shortfall in the city budget this fiscal year.  Councilmembers voted to turn $800,000 each from council funds – or $12 million altogether – back to offset part of the shortfall, which was caused by a steep drop in property and sales tax revenue. Councilmember LaBonge has used these Council funds in the past to support beautification projects, community events and projects for public school students throughout the 4th Council District.
Tom is holding an Emergency Community Congress to discuss the budget on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the CD4 Hollywood Field Office, 6501 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles 90028. Light refreshments will be served. Visit www.tomlabonge.com for details.  We hope you can attend this important meeting.
Tom invites you to a clean-up tomorrow, as well: Meet him tomorrow morning (on Saturday, Feb. 27th) at 8 a.m. at the NoHo BID office at 5026 Lankershim Blvd. We will beautify the area between Magnolia Blvd. and Camarillo St., Tujunga Ave. and Vineland Ave.
During a temporary one-day appointment to a City of Los Angeles seat on the Metro Board yesterday, Councilmember LaBonge took the opportunity to press for a Red and Purple Line extension that he has long believed would help to revitalize the Downtown Arts District. The extension would capitalize on an existing rail spur to the Red Line maintenance yard, which is situated in that area. It would therefore require no new tunneling or track installation.  The motion was referred to committee for further action.
Have a great weekend and continue to love and enjoy the City of Los Angeles.


Fine Arts Federation of Burbank “Fiesta of Art”
The Creative Arts Center Gallery will host the annual Fine Arts Federation Membership Exhibit. Opening reception and presentation of awards will be on Friday, March 5 from 7–9 pm. The juried mixed media exhibit representing more than 60 artists will include painting, sculpture, pottery, collage and photography.
The following awards will be presented during the opening reception.

  • Brand Library Award of Excellence—This award is given to the best of show.
  • Robert Sandmeyer Memorial Award—This award is presented to a student of the Creative Arts Center.
  • Frank Fujita Memorial Award—This award is presented to a watercolor artist.
  • Four Juror Awards will also be presented.

Fri. March 5, 7-9 p.m.
City of Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery
1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank, CA
(818) 238-5397


The Valley Watercolor Society
Chris Van Winkle is an award-winning artist in both the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Whiskey Painters of America. For the past 21 years Chris has been teaching watercolor at Citrus College

Thurs. March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Encino Community Center
4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino, CA
Donation: $5
Refreshments served

For further information call, (818) 407-0828 or (818) 882-4897.


Neil Patrick Harris Confirmed to Direct “Rent” at the Hollywood Bowl
Neil Patrick Harris makes his directorial debut of a musical with the premiere of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl on August 6, 7 & 8. Harris starred in Rent, playing Mark Cohen, for the Los Angeles production/2nd National Tour of the musical in 1997. His performance garnered him a Drama League Award. Harris may best be known for his memorable television roles, including his current Emmy-nominated role as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother as well as the title role in Doogie Howser, M.D. Harris also hosted the 63rd Tony Awards and the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.
Tim Weil, the original Musical Supervisor and Conductor for Rent on Broadway, and Musical Supervisor for the 2009 US Tour of Rent, is confirmed as Musical Director of the Hollywood Bowl’s fully staged production. Weil also served as Musical Director for Shrek the Musical on Broadway, which received 8 Tony Award nominations.
With a 12-year run on Broadway, a Tony Award for Best Musical, and a Pulitzer Prize, Rent is one of the most groundbreaking and popular shows of all time.

Subscriptions are currently available for purchase online at HollywoodBowl.com or by calling (323) 850-2000. Single tickets are available beginning May 2, 2010.

Los Angeles

Getty Center News

  • February 2–June 6, 2010: Three contemporary photographers see three cities: Catherine Opie drives by L.A.’s ubiquitous mini-malls, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao rides the 7 subway from Queens to Manhattan, and Soo Kim looks down on Reykjavík during the summer solstice. Their carefully composed, large-format images, including several new additions to the Museum’s collection, capture the character and tempo of three dramatically different urban environments.
    (Free panel discussion on Thursday, February 18. Reserve early to get a seat!)
  • February 2–June 6, 2010: Frederick H. Evans was a meticulous craftsman and a poet of light and space. He created a richly atmospheric record of Victorian and Edwardian England: soaring stone cathedrals, majestic landscapes, portraits of literary greats, Arts and Crafts interiors. The exhibition features over 100 of his photographs as well as a slide projection of his glass plates.
    Accompanying the exhibition are free artist-at-work demonstrations offered on Sundays from February 7 through April 11.
  • Closing Soon: Six exhibitions close in February! Not to miss: Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference (Feb. 28), hailed as “exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times; The Chimaera of Arezzo (Feb. 8), featuring the stunning Etruscan bronze beast; and the Medieval Scriptorium (Feb. 14), a medieval romp for kids and families.

Live a Light-Hearted Life—Rediscover inspiration
Weekly meditation classes presented by Kadampa Meditation Center California with Buddhist Nun Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong starting January 20 through March 31. Live a light-hearted life through practicing Buddha’s teachings on meditation and positive ways of thinking.

Every Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Kadampa Meditation Center California
1492 Blake Ave., Los Angeles, CA

For more information, call (323) 223-0610.

North Hollywood

North Hollywood Regional Library Events

  • Sylvester Stallone punches his way to movie stardom in the original Rocky on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 2 p.m. Free admission and free popcorn.
  • An Italian town tries to survive World War II in the award winning drama fantasy The Night of the Shooting Stars on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 2p.m.
  • Gene Kelly stars in Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical fantasy Brigadoon on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. Free admission and free popcorn.
  • A lonely man searches for love in the Oscar winning movie Marty starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. Screening will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 2 p.m. Free admission and free popcorn.

North Hollywood Regional Library is located at 5211 Tujunga Avenue. For information call (818) 766-7185.

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