| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:43 PM
Julia Swanwick, the president of the Burbank Community Theater, had a problem. A big one.
A cast of children, arriving in October for the first rehearsal of “Annie,” the company’s debut production, milled around outside the...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:01 AM
If the post-Christmas, pre-New Year's Eve limbo gets down, the strange, annual horror show known as Zed Fest will definitely reinvigorate the celebration-starved brain. Founded by North Hollywood indie filmmakers Ed Stephens and Wendy Medrano in 2008, Zed...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 5:53 PM
So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 4:25 PM
More than 1,600 people have signed up so far to run Thanksgiving morning in the Burbank YMCA’s fourth annual Turkey Trot, in which participants are encouraged to “race before you stuff your face.”
Organizers are hoping to attract 2,700...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 1:23 PM
When set decorator Claudette Didul needed to decorate Sally Draper's bedroom with 1960s-era clothing for an episode of "Mad Men" last season, she knew just the place.
Didul went to Playclothes, a vintage clothing and furnishing store in Burbank, to...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 4:06 PM
For most Southern Californians, shopping for designer clothing and accessories, vintage and celebrity-owned jewelry, or unique collectibles and furniture would entail a heavily cash-or-credit-card-fortified trip to the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:45 PM
Life in the blues jungle is demanding. It's a specific musical society with a well-defined culture and attitude and to thrive therein, a player must be ready to deliver the uncut goods. For Texas blues guitarist-singer Catherine Denise, a figure so...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:14 PM
In “Metallica Through the Never,” which debuted last week in Burbank and opened wider in cinemas this weekend, the multi-platinum heavy-metal band has delivered less a traditional concert film than a music-driven feature.
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:02 PM
La Providencia Guild's 66th annual fashion show on Oct. 20 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel should be the social event of the fall season.
The guild raises funds for Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the current project is the Associates Endowment to...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 1:09 PM
We've all heard it: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The adage applies to music as much as anything. A case in point is violinist and bandleader Susie Hansen.
“In the last five years,” she says from her Los Angeles home,...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 12:34 PM
When she was 8 years old, Julia Swanwick had three lines in “The Three and a Half Musketeers,” her first theatrical production.
That kicked off a decade of theater during which she performed in nearly 30 plays and musicals. She played Miss...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 9:27 PM
Most of the 20 raffle tickets that once stuffed the envelope were gone. Janet Diel scanned the tables for one last basket to try to win — there were dozens filled with toys, games, gift cards, food and wine.
She settled on one and threw her...