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Tom LaBonge News

Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Greetings! Councilmember LaBonge is holding a series of emergency community meetings to discuss the city’s budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.  Thank you to everyone who attended the meetings on Monday and Tuesday evening in Hollywood.  The next meeting will also cover issues in the Los Feliz-Silver Lake Area and will be held on Thursday, March 11 at 8 a.m. at the Griffith Park Adult Community Center Nutrition Room. For more information, pleas see the attached flier.
Anyone who lives in or near Hollywood please note the attached street closures for Sunday night’s Academy Awards Ceremony at the Kodak Theater.
Please join Councilmember Tom LaBonge as we clean up North Hollywood. The new date – with hopefully better weather and more volunteers – is Saturday, March 13, 2010, 8-1 pm. Meet at the NoHo BID office at 5026 Lankershim Blvd. Let’s all get together to make a difference.  See the attached flier for more information.
Wilshire area residents may want to attend the upcoming community meeting about the optional Wilshire/Crenshaw station being evaluated for the future Westside Subway Extension. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 6–8PM, at the Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010.
Have a great weekend and continue to love and enjoy the City of Los Angeles.


2010 CalFest Awards
Burbank received statewide recognition with two marketing awards at the 16th annual California Festivals and Events Association (CalFest) Celebration Awards held Thursday, February 11 in San Jose, California. Downtown Burbank Partnership received 1st Place for “Best Logo” for Taste of Downtown Burbank, the outdoor culinary fundraiser for the Burbank Community YMCA held every fall on San Fernando Boulevard, and Magnolia Park Partnership received 1st Place for “Best T-Shirt Design” for Be-Boppin’ in the Park, the four-block street festival and retro car show that occurs every August on Magnolia Boulevard. The CalFest Awards program recognizes the top innovative ideas and promotional materials for festivals and events in California and Nevada, with entries judged on originality, creativity, style and substance.
CalFest, based in Tahoe City, California, is the leading events and festivals organization in California and Nevada. Its mission is to provide educational and commercial support for major festivals in the two states, and boasts the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade, Gilroy Garlic Festival and Hollywood Christmas Parade among its members.


Jazz Band Visits College for Special Performance
A special performance by the Stan Kenton Alumni Band directed by Mike Vax will be held Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glendale Community College Auditorium, located at 1500 N. Verdugo Rd.
The group is comprised of alumni from the 1956-1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras that now perform at festivals, music clinics, concerts, cruises and dances.  The concerts include well-known music from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, other pieces written in the Kenton style and original material written by members of the band.
The band came together to perform meaningful music, talk about the importance of the jazz heritage in America and bring jazz music to young people.  Band members will conduct a jazz clinic at GCC for students of local schools.

Tickets to the public concert can be ordered from www.showclix.com/event/8472. They are $22 for general admission and $15 for students.


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, 7-8:30pm
Kadampa Meditation Center California
1492 Blake Ave., Los Angeles, CA

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


North Valley Caring Services Holding 6th Annual Bike-a-Thon March 20th
On Saturday, March 20, 2010, North Valley Caring Services (NVCS) will hold its 6th Annual Bike-a-Thon to raise funds for its many worthwhile programs. The event will begin at NVCS’ location, 15453 Rayen Street, North Hills, at 8:00 a.m. The Bike-a-Thon route covers the following cities:  North Hills East, Panorama City, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Northridge, Granada Hills, North Hills West, and back to North Hills East.  An official “finish line” celebration and the distribution of medals will take place back at North Valley Caring Services. As part of this celebration, the agency’s Child Development Department will host a free Family Fair for the community, including interactive crafts and activities for children and families, in addition to information tables hosted by local community resources.
Held annually, the Bike-a-thon raises much needed funds to support the agency’s many community programs. To date, Assembly member Felipe Fuentes, LA City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, the Northridge United Methodist Church, and the Women’s Ministry of the Northridge United Methodist Church have all committed to be sponsors of the event.

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