Numeric Celebration

Glendale Arts seeking 94 donors to give $94 by September 4 to fund the preservation of downtown Glendale’s beloved Alex Theatre

The Alex Theatre has long been a shining example of the best that Glendale has to offer. Presenting a diverse array of entertainment from vaudeville shows to movie screenings, as well as concerts, comedy shows and other cultural events, the venerable showplace is celebrating its 94th birthday on Sept. 4.

Glendale Arts, the venue’s nonprofit management company, is launching an Alex94 campaign calling on at least 94 people to donate $94 by 9/4 (Sept. 4). Donations can be made online at AlexTheatre.org/support. Contributions from the Alex94 campaign keep the Alex Theatre front and center with a year-round schedule of world-class arts and entertainment.

Although a $94 donation is encouraged, Glendale Arts is grateful for support at all levels, including monthly recurring donations. Following the 94 theme, the first 94 donors will be entered to win tickets for two to attend diverse programming from Alex Theatre Resident Companies throughout the 2019-2020 season (tickets are valued at $750).

Alex Theatre resident companies include Los Angeles Ballet, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musical Theatre Guild, Alex Film Society, and Glendale Youth Orchestra. Donations can be made at Alextheatre.org. The 1,400-seat venue attracted 85,000 people to Glendale in 2018 alone.

Cultivating Curiosity

The Huntington reveals its design for 2020 Rose Parade float

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens revealed today the float design and theme for its entry in the 2020 Rose Parade. The theme “Cultivating Curiosity” captures the spirit of The Huntington’s Centennial Celebration and highlights the institution’s rare research materials, inspiring art collections, and unparalleled botanical gardens that have made it a beloved destination that welcomes 750,000 visitors each year.

Award-winning float builder Phoenix Decorating Company conceived the design and will produce the float that will mark the first time the Huntington has been represented in Pasadena’s world-famous Rose Parade in 50 years. The float depicts the following iconic elements in The Huntington’s collections: Pavilion of the Three Friends, Rose Garden Tempietto, the Japanese Moon Bridge, the paintings “Breakfast in Bed” by Mary Cassatt, “Long Leg” by Edward Hopper, a commemoration of its 1999 corpse flower and the elaborately decorated Ellesmere manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.”  

Designed by Phoenix Decorating Company, the float celebrates the Huntington’s 100th anniversary and is part of a yearlong Centennial Celebration from September 2019 through September 2020. Individuals interested in volunteering to help decorate the Huntington’s 2020 Rose Parade float can find information at huntington.org/volunteer.

Saving Students

Back to school suicide prevention effort in effect for the 2019/2020 School Year

Sen. Anthony J Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) has announced that the student suicide prevention effort created by Senate Bill 972 is in effect for the 2019/2020 school year.  

Beginning this week, students and parents will find a new addition to their student identification cards as the new school year commences. SB972 requires public, charter, and private schools that serve  pupils from 7th–12th grade and institutes of higher education to print the National Suicide Prevention Hotline telephone number on student identification cards.

Portantino has long been a strong advocate for suicide prevention and mental health policy. Adolescent suicide and self-inflicted injury are serious social and public health concerns. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. The addition of the suicide hotline on student identification cards is widely regarded as a sensible inclusion that is expected to save lives.