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Last night’s energetic experience in the arts was at the Alex Theatre in Glendale giving us a wonderful treat. This experience started when we walked into the beautiful theatre. Taking in the ambiance and energy of previous historical performances one could almost imagine ghosts of past performers grooving and just jazz-rocking it out to the dazzling performance of the Glendale Pops, this season presented by The Downtown Glendale Association. Last night’s show entitled Fusion – Jaz zThat Rocks had people singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles. Performing to an almost sold-out house, the fabulous Matt Catingub, Artistic Director and Conductor, wears many hats. We experienced his arrangements with awe. He took the works of Chicago, Steely Dan, and Blood Sweat and Tears, turning them in a Fusion of Jazz and Rock. His versatile vocals added just the right spice to his arrangements. He conducted the orchestra with perfect precision while playing the piano. We were never ever bored because he entertains and performs as a top notch professional. He and the Glendale Pops were joined by vocalist Anita Hall and drummer Steve Moretti as the audience reminisced throughout the evening. To check out the next Glendale Pops dates go to the Alex Theatre website at: www.alextheatre.org To purchase tickets Visit one of our box office locations: the Alex Theatre, the Concierge Desk at The Americana at Brand, the Mainstage Theatre at Glendale Community College Call the Alex Theatre Box Office at 818-243-2539 (ALEX) ext. 0+ More details
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Video from a Live Talks Los Angeles event with Neil Gaiman discussing his novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, with Geoff Boucher of Entertainment Weekly. The sold out event was held June 27, 2013 at The Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Gaiman signed books till 2:40am the next morning! For more information on Live Talks Los Angeles, visit: www.livetalksla.org From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers––#1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman––comes his first adult novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel, and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date. “Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.” –– Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Gaiman mines mythological typology––the three-fold goddess, the water of life (the pond, actually an ocean)––and his own childhood milieu to build the cosmology and theater of a story he tells more gracefully than anything he’s told since Stardust (1999).” ––Booklist (starred review) Neil Gaiman is an English author who now lives in the US. He is the author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In May 2012, Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he urged them to make good art. The book Make Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech. Geoff Boucher is a staff writer at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to EW he was at the Los Angeles Times where he had more than 2,800 stories published and where he most recently covered entertainment. While at the Los Angeles Times, he also created the award-winning website, Hero Complex, and is the author of Two Badges, the biography of a gang member turned cop. He interviewed John Lithgow at Live Talks Los Angeles in 2011. And also interviewed Wyclef Jean for Live Talks in September 2012.+ More details
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Video from a Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12th 2013 discussing his memoir, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. Event was held at The Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. To learn more about Live Talks Los Angeles, visit www.livetalksla.org During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won eleven titles — more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed. His memoir, Eleven Rings, is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be an innovative leader. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he: Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s; Managed Michael Jordan, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title; Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync; Inspired Dennis Rodman and other “uncoachable” personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves; Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team. His memoir is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others. His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989-1998; during his tenure, Chicago won six NBA titles. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won five NBA titles, from 2000 to 2010. He holds the record for the most championships in NBA history as a player and a head coach. He also has the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704). Jackson was a player on the 1970 and 1973 NBA champion New York Knicks. In 2007 Jackson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. John Salley is an NBA veteran of 11 seasons. He is the first basketball player in NBA history to win four championships with three different teams. He was on Phil Jackson coached teams in Chicago and Los Angeles. Drafted out of Georgia Tech in 1986 by the Detroit Pistons, Salley was a member of the “Bad Boys” squad which included Isaiah Thomas and the infamous Dennis Rodman; a team that went on to win back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Following stints with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, Salley played with Michael Jordan as part of the Chicago Bulls 1996 championship team. After a brief retirement to co-host NBA on NBC, Phil Jackson invited Salley to come join the Los Angeles Lakers where he was on the 2000 NBA Championship team.Since his retirement from the NBA, Salley has worked in television, film, radio, print and new media. Salley was a co-host of the Emmy nominated series The Best Damn Sports Show Period (FOX) for seven years. He is presently hosted and was Executive Producer of his interview show, Game On! with John Salley on the Reelz Channel. He has written on food, wine and wellness, for Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential.+ More details
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Go behind the scenes with USC's official Hindi Film Dance team, Anjaane, as it prepares for its final show of the year, Jhoomti Shaam 2009 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, March 7, 2009. I made this four minute video for my Broadcast Reporting class (Jour303) at USC's Annenberg School for Journalism. Fight on! A Special thanks to Anjaane's members for letting me tape them for five hours (Shilpa Rajgopal, Sasha Rawji, Filisha Kapadia, Saloni Parikh, Ayushee Aithal, Nina Chadha, Sonia Kamath, Avi Jain, Noopur Chhabra, Nitasha Ranganath, Vaasu Swaminathan, Farukh Ahmed, Anshul Dhawan, Neale Hemrajanai, Pad Ramaswamy, Abhimanyu Soin, Rohan Vora, Harmeet Multani), Suraj Mistry for letting me steal your voice, Arif Gheewala for zooming out, and Asim Bharwani... oh wait, that's me. And Atman... about the voice over you did... I'll hide it from the world, forever ;)+ More details
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