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  • Dick & Jane Family Orchestra is still alive and kicking

    Dick & Jane Family Orchestra is still alive and kicking
    There's really no way to adequately prepare one's self for a performance by the Dick & Jane Family Orchestra. The Hollywood underground quintet, who appear Friday at Burbank's Viva Cantina, squall, roar and strum through a dizzying barrage of idiosyncratic original material. Put across by brash, buxom vocalist Jane Cantillon, a big-voiced, unpredictable entertainer whose spontaneous antics veer from growling and strutting like a feral feline to wild gesticulations to throwing herself down onto the stage and thrashing around like a seizure victim, it's a fast-moving, hit-and-run musical spree that's quite unlike anything else in pop music.
  • In Theory: What is America's empathy quotient?

    A New York Times columnist is wondering: Where is the love? Nicholas D. Kristoff says there's a “profound lack of empathy” these days, after columns he wrote about food stamp recipients, prison inmates and those without health insurance...

    Community: BCR celebrates 50 years of service

    Community: BCR celebrates 50 years of service
    BCR “a place to grow” is celebrating its golden anniversary, having started as the Burbank Center for the Retarded in 1963. The center's staff and clients wished a fond farewell in June to retiring executive director Lonna Dunson, who took...

    Burbank native Brian Hogan ready to rock

    Burbank native Brian Hogan ready to rock
    Singer Brian Hogan is an old-school showman, an entertainer who blends hard-charging retro rock 'n' roll with broad theatrical flair. The Burbank native, who appears at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill on Wednesday, has developed a striking physical...

    In Theory: Does going to church keep people honest?

    A study has found that those who attend church regularly are less likely to commit minor crimes. Researchers from Manchester University believe that spending time with like-minded people makes individuals less likely to get mixed up with "the wrong...