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Last Week at the Alex: Michael Lewis Takes on Wall Street, Glendale Pops Rocks the House

The Alex Theatre was sold out for author Michael Lewis’ appearance April 10 to discuss his just-published book Flash Boys, which is stirring up controversy on Wall Street. Just two days later, April 12, fans in the know came to the Alex to hear the Glendale Pops deliver the best of all their outstanding performances to date with Fusion: Jazz That Rocks. Honestly, every piece sounded better and richer than the recorded originals! The audience for both events didn’t want them to end. Great programs on history being made and enjoying musical history, right here in Glendale […]


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Forum on Public Education, Common Core for Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, South Pasadena

Common Core standards implementation and the local control funding issues are the subjects of the 4th Annual Community Forum on Public Education sponsored by the PTA councils of Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena and Burbank. The free forum offers a regional perspective and features well-regarded state-level speakers. This year the venue is Glendale’s Pacific Park Community Center, close by for GUSD families. The program is free – more information and registration link at […]


Connecting Glendale East to West: Move LA Notes 2

Notes of interest to Glendale on Move LA’s “strawman” proposal for the 2016 ballot- a new 1/2 cent county sales tax – from discussions at the recent day-long meeting with transportation sector leaders, advocacy groups and elected officials. Mentions: Burbank/Bob Hope Airport terminal and intermodal facility improvements, Doran Street rail crossing, reduced transit fares for students?, and a “Grand Boulevards” proposal […]

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Women: Pack the Room for Miss Representation!

Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary film, will be screened Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7pm in the Glendale Public Library Auditorium. The program is sponsored by the Brand Associates, in cooperation with the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women and in recognition of Women’s History Month. The 2011 […]


Glendale Pops a Draw to Rising Downtown

Classic tunes explored in new styles with a wide range of performers: The Glendale Pops signature approach continues with a short but grand 2014 season scheduled around its home stage renovation, with the final June 21 program a re-opening celebration featuring Emmy-award winner Martin Short. Building its “brand” of eclectic […]

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710 Report Looms w/ Rose Parade, Old Town Impacts – Shakeups at Caltrans & Metro – Garcetti at Occidental

The SR-710 Environmental Impact Report is scheduled for release; cities are mobilizing to fight a huge freeway/tunnel proposal. Pasadena Council member Steve Madison, and Joe from El Sereno raise alarms about the Rose Parade and impacts to Old Town Pasadena. Meanwhile, Caltrans is criticized for being highway-centric by an independent review commissioned by Governor Jerry Brown, and senior Metro leaders who are the public face of the SR-710 study are let go. Finally, a great interview with Eric Garcetti at Occidental College where he states, “The old way of navigating the city no longer works.”


Musical Memories: Glendale Pops Concerts Season 2

Our family and friends who know music and the music business always marvel at the top talent in the Glendale Pops. In addition to Matt Catingub, maestro music arranger + performer, all the orchestra musicians are stand-outs and all the guest performers truly grace the Alex Theatre stage just as Jo Dee Messina did last February. “These musicians love playing this music, love playing together, and love this setting […]

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Reducing Exposure to Wireless Radiation

While working with a citizens’ group to protect Glendale residential zones from the proliferation of wireless facilities, I came across several studies that raised questions about the long-term health impacts of wireless technology. I ended up changing how I used wireless devices in several ways. This post describes how I changed my use of wireless devices, and links to two other sites that suggest how to reduce exposure to wireless frequencies.


A New Take on Pops, Started in Glendale, Continuing Strong

Selected “firsts” in Glendale: the first Apple Store, the first Lego store, the first Bob’s Big Boy. Add to the list a new take on Pops: The stellar performances and original arrangements Matt Catingub has produced at the Alex Theatre in Glendale are now being sought by concert venues around the country.

A look at the beginnings of the Glendale Pops orchestra, including an interview with Matt Catingub and the Editor’s memories of the Pops first season. Great music, original interpretations, multiple genres and always entertaining. The third season will feature concerts in April, May and June 2014 […]

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Need Transportation Options? Glendale TMA Survey+Raffle for Commuters February 10-23, Walk Bike Glendale Meeting

Help design an online tool for local commuters: take the survey just released by Glendale Transportation Management Associates, a local nonprofit. Survey participants will be entered in a raffle drawing for $300 in prizes. The five-minute survey is open Monday, February 10 through Sunday, February 23.

Attend Walk Bike Glendale’s monthly steering committee meeting February 10, 7pm. You don’t have to be a member to attend. The committee will be sharing results of its strategic planning retreat and recent work with the city on topics such as Ciclavia, applying for Active Transportation Program funding and the Pedestrian Safety Task Force […]