On Wednesday, September 9th, 6-9 PM we will be hosting the PAND Mixer. The Persian American Networking Development Association is proud to team up with Hollywood Production Center for a night of networking and mingling!
This event is hosted by Hollywood Production Center in Glendale, on the 2nd floor patio. Wine and wonderful snacks from Porto’s Bakery in Glendale will be provided.
Hollywood Production Center has recently been home to the production studio working on the much awaited film Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell. The movie was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival that kicked off earlier last week. The 11-day-long festival has screened various movies full of potential, and Welcome to Me is no exception. D Films has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to Welcome to Me soon after its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The dramatic comedy examines society’s obsession with fame through Kristen Wiig’s character who has a dissociative personality disorder, and soon after winning the lottery she spends all her money on a talk show about herself. The cast also includes Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack.
The movie is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, for who Will Ferrell is a producer for on this project as well. Shira Piven directed the film that was based on Eliot Laurence’s screenplay. The film has no set release date in Canada or the United States.
Downtown Glendale – Glendale keeps the summer month going strong by hosting the Glendale Art’s Pop Up! Concert series this month. Pop Up! is a month long event that brings in different musical talent every Thursday night during the month of September. The free outdoor concerts take place at the Glendale City Center and each week they bring out a different restaurant to provide appetizers, such as BJ’s, Olive Garden and California Pizza Kitchen.
The concerts kicked off on September 5th when crowds listened to some great music by Sean Wiggins and Lone Goat. This week, crowds gathered around to listen to Rock Bottom Betty play fantastic music. The series will continue on for the next two weeks, with the next concert taking place Thursday, September 19, featuring Shane Henry. The month long concerts will come to an end on September 26 with The Essentials playing for Glendale.
The event is absolutely free and has been a great way for the Glendale Arts to stay involved in the community as their current project is underway. The Glendale Arts have been behind the Alex Theatre renovation project that started earlier this summer. The expansion project is set to finish in November when they will have a grand re-opening.
TVM Productions, operating under the umbrella of Fox Television Studios, continues work on its highly successful series Burn Notice. USA Network’s hit cable television show premiered its 7th and final season earlier this summer on June 6th. Along with celebrating their final season, Burn Notice celebrated its 100th episode on June 13, the second episode of the season. The series finale is scheduled to air on Thursday, September 12.
The series first premiered in 2007, and they have since enjoyed their 7 years of filming. TVM Productions has received critical praise for the television show, which follows an ex-CIA agent who has been ‘burned’ by his former employer. TVM Productions has worked on the successful show for several seasons and has a wealth of television credits to its name.
The city of Glendale continues to grow, and to add to the long list of places you need to visit is Glendale Tap. Glendale Tap recently opened in Glendale and it has quickly become a hit. The friendly neighborhood beer bar has 52 different beers on tap, which include ciders as well as organic beers. The cozy bar also features a wide selection of bottled beers and a few old-fashioned soda pops to continue with the authentic feel the bar gives.
The current trends in Glendale have been craft beer bars that then fall into the ‘fancy gastro-pub’ category, but going against the current is Glendale Tap who are proud to have peanut shells on the floor and would be happy to heat you up a soft pretzel. Only open for 6 months, the owners wanted to be sure to give the restaurant an old look and feel, like a bar that your grandfather went to.
The bar located on San Fernando Road is only a short drive to two of the city’s most respected breweries, Golden Road Brewing and Eagle Rock Brewery, giving you the option to support your local beers. Glendale Tap is open Monday through Thursday 5PM to 2AM, and Friday through Sunday 1PM to 2AM. They are located at 4227 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204, just north of Los Feliz Boulevard. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlendaleTap.
The landmark Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale has been under construction and is looking to be a beautiful building by the time they are done. The original 1904 mansion of city father Leslie C. Brand became the city’s public library in 1956 and was later expanded to include art space. The renovations are taking place in an act to restore the original feel of the Brand household and embrace the history in Glendale.
The renovations and restorations of the building started in July 2012, and since then they have beautiful changes. They restored original hand-painted Victorian stencil work that was covered up by popcorn ceilings for more than half a century. Mahogany and oak doors that were once hidden within the walls have been exposed and are now used to separate rooms. A stone fireplace that was broken to make room for bookshelves has returned to the parlor and the wood floors are being converted back to hardwood.
Library staff hope that this “living museum” will be a destination for tourists, and eventually be complete with audio headsets and a smartphone app for tourist to take a self-guided tour. The 5,000 square foot library and 21,000 square foot art center are expected to be completed by the end of the year and open up to the public again in spring 2014. This will be a huge benefit to Glendale’s history and campaign to keep reading and the arts alive.
The 2013 Ultimate Fighting Championship World Tour landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Glendale Fighting Club-trained Ronda Rousey was there to prove she was there to win. The press conference at Club Nokia on Tuesday pitted Rousey with her competitor Miesha Tate, who Ronda will be defending her bantamweight championship against.
Ronda Rousey trained under Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club and has since one various awards and championships in Mixed Martial Arts and Judo. Los Angeles was only the second day of the five-day, 11 city world tour that hopes to promote the four pay-per-view fights that will take place at the end of December. Ronda will be facing off again Miesha on December 28 at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.
Following the tour, the Glendale-trained fighter will be leaving to film “The Expendables 3” where she will have many of her camp members so to not interfere with her training. “The Ultimate Fighter 18” is also scheduled to premiere on Fox Sports 1 on September 4 to further build anticipation for the December match between Rousey and Tate.
With summer comes perfect weather, longer days and the need to feel like you are on vacation at all times. Happy hours are the perfect way to relax after a long day of work and we have provided a guide to a few great happy hours in Glendale.
Katsuya (702 Americana Way)
Katsuya located in the Americana offers a happy hour Monday through Friday from 5PM to 7PM. This modern Asian lounge is conveniently located in the mall, so you can enjoy a movie and shopping before sitting down to some drinks and snacks. The Burning Mandarin cocktail with Serrano chili is drink favorite here, partnered with their crispy Brussels sprouts and hand-cut sushi rolls. Something to note, happy hour is served on the outside patio.
Dave’s on Broadway (708 E Broadway)
Dave’s is one of Glendale’s most iconic bars and can be recognized by the vintage neon sign outside. This cozy dive bar was established in 1934 and can be heard playing your favorite from the 70s. Happy hour is daily from 4PM to 7PM, and during those three wonderful hours you can enjoy $2 beers, $3 well drinks and complimentary hot dogs.
Check in throughout the summer as we share more secrets of Glendale’s happy hours!
One of the largest television networks, ABC will be hosting an event at The Americana at Brand. On Saturday, August 3rd, ABC will present Sneak Peek Night, which will include free outdoor screenings of three brand new ABC comedies before their premiere dates this fall. The event starts at 7:00PM on The Green and the screenings include new series Back in the Game, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife. The event is free and open to the public, and the screenings are scheduled to start at 8:00PM.
Back in the Game’s series premiere is September 25th and will continue to air throughout the fall on Wednesdays at 8:30PM. This show is a sitcom that follows a former All-Star softball player whose promising professional sports career comes to an end when she has a son, loses her college scholarship and dumps her loser husband.
The Goldberg’s will first premiere on television on September 24th and will be a Tuesday night show that airs at 9:00PM weekly. The show is a comedy that is set in the 1980s and follows The Goldberg family as they try to survive in a decade filled with bright colors, no computers and over-sized sweaters.
Trophy Wife is scheduled to air on Tuesday nights at 9:30PM after The Goldberg’s and will make its first debut on September 24th. The sitcom will revolve around a reformed party girl who marries a guy she meets at a karaoke bar and who must now learn to deal with his two ex-wives and their children.
Glendale has been brainstorming what their next float will be in the 2014 Rose Parade, and they may have come to a decision. Meatball the bear first gained notoriety when he was found in a Glendale garage eating Costco meatballs over a year ago, and he quickly became a media sensation. The City Council was scheduled to meet to review the float design that is said to contain an animatronic Meatball moving in and out of a trashcan while being surrounded by other wildlife creatures.
The 2014 parade’s theme will be “Dreams Come True” and the float design under review is named “Let’s be Neighbors.” This float idea goes along with the idea of conserving nature and living in harmony with our surrounding wildlife. Meatball has become an icon of Glendale and its coexistence with nature. The bear was actually captured several different times last year and would be re-released deep into the Los Angeles National Forest. Each time he would return to the foothill neighborhood where he would be spotted foraging for food. This last encounter in a resident’s garage booked him a ticket to a wildlife sanctuary in Alpine.
This float design will mark Glendale’s 100th entry into the New Year’s Day parade and it’s most expensive in years. The city has set aside $155,000 for the large project, but officials have also set up a donation program to raise more money for the event. Their current goal is to raise $75,000.
Glendale — Glendale invites you to enjoy a night under the stars! The City of Glendale Community Services & Parks Department is hosting a special event on August 10th to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. The shower is a yearly occurrence in the summer months, typically starting in mid-July and reaching its peak in early to mid-August. The Community Services & Parks Department’s program will start at 9PM at the Deukmejian Wilderness Park’s Amphitheater with a slide presentation by the Burbank Sidewalk Astronomers, which will cover meteors, asteroids, comets and other space matter that falls from the sky. Shortly following this presentation, the Burbank Sidewalk Astronomers invite you to use their telescopes to enjoy the sights of a warm, summer night. This is sure to be a fun filled informational night that offers a chance to see the once-a-year spectacle that is the Perseid Meteor Shower.
The Perseid Meteor Shower is considered one of the most beloved meteor showers of the year, as the Northern Hemisphere enjoys Mother Nature’s summer wonder. The Perseids are best seen as we near mid-August and are best appreciated between midnight and dawn. While the meteor shower radiates from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, the shower appears in all parts of the sky. Sightings of meteors are typically 50 meteors per hour.
The Community Services & Parks Department will be providing astronomy themed drinks and snacks. The hosted event will end at 11pm. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfort. The Deukmejian Wilderness Park is located at 3429 Markridge Rd., Glendale, CA 91214. Visit the City of Glendale’s website at www.ci.glendale.ca.us to learn more and reserve a spot. Mark your calendars, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Glendale Arts is working with the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and the Anna Djanbazian Dance Company to raise money for free public dance performances that will be held on Oct. 15 and 16 in the vacant lot on the corner of Brand Boulevard and Wilson Avenue in Glendale.
The three organizations will host a dinner on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Ard Eevin house located at 851 W. Mountain St., Glendale.
Designed by Nathaniel Dryden in 1902, the Ard Eevin House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dinner guests will enjoy an elegant buffet dinner and a dance performance by the Djanbazian Dance Company. Tickets to the dinner cost $100 per person.
The funds raised from the dinner will underwrite the free dance performances of a dance work titled “Expulsion.”
The performance is a thought-provoking work of art based on the themes of the often fragile nature of home and the universal experience of being forced to leave it.