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CERRITOS — 3-D Theatricals' brand-new, family-friendly production, "The Secret Garden," opens this weekend at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA).
"The Secret Garden" brings to life the emotional, Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
After the sudden death of her parents, 10-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she has never met. Mourning the loss of his true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange, leaving Mary to explore a lonely mansion shrouded in mystery and haunted by spirits and lost souls.
Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up hidden garden and discovers the true meaning of hope, proving that love and magic can bloom even in the darkest of places.
Winner of three Tonys, this heartwarming story of forgiveness and renewal is filled with beautiful music, magical illusions and a talented cast that makes this a must-see theatrical treat for families of all ages.
The production's score is by Tony-nominated composer Lucy Simon and Tony-winning lyricist Marsha Norman ("The Red Shoes," "The Color Purple" and "The Bridges of Madison County"). 3-D Theatricals' version is directed by artistic director T.J. Dawson, with music direction by Allen Everman and choreography by Leslie Stevens.
Show times are Friday, May 3, 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets, which start from $45, at the CCPA Ticket Office, cerritoscenter.com or by calling (562) 916-8500.
WHITTIER – More than 700 guests are expected to sample artisan cuisine, fine wine and craft beer during the Rio Hondo Foundation’s seventh annual “A Taste of Rio” event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26.
The event, which supports Rio Hondo student programs and scholarships, will feature more than two dozen local restaurants, music and over 100 opportunity drawings.
“ ’A Taste of Rio’ grows in stature every year, and through our local partnerships we are able to offer more incentives and gifts – all to benefit Rio Hondo students,” Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss said. “It’s a tremendously entertaining night with the community engaging with local vendors and helping the Foundation fulfill its mission to promote student success.”
The Rio Hondo Foundation launched ‘A Taste of Rio’ in 2012. The event has become a significant component of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, with the 2017 and 2018 events selling out. All money goes to fund student scholarships and support services.
“The Foundation has set a goal to raise $100,000 for student scholarships in 2019,” Foundation Interim Executive Director Henry Gee said. “As ‘A Taste of Rio’ expands, we are able to bring more diversity to the event, which leads to stronger support not only for our students, but for the Rio Hondo community.”
“Each year, ‘A Taste of Rio’ brings together community members in support of Rio Hondo College students,” Foundation President Dr. Carmella Franco added. “It’s a celebration on so many levels that results in positive outcomes for the students who represent our community’s future.”
The event will include banners featuring students who represent “The Face of Rio” – those who have been assisted by the funds raised during the annual event.
This year, the banners will feature: Bailey Garcia, who earned an associate degree in philosophy and transferred to UC Berkeley; Justin Chow, who earned an associate degree in arts and transferred to Cal State Long Beach; Yarisma Rocha, who earned an associate degree in business and transferred to USC; and Brenda Coronel, who earned an associate degree in psychology and transferred to UCLA.
Restaurants participating in the event include: Angry Horse Brewing, Annette's Pizzeria, Brewjeria, California Grill, Campus Food Service, Catering by Herach and Ara, Chef Dalton Wilson, Clearman's Steak ‘n Stein, Double Tree by Hilton Whittier, El Coraloense, Juan Great Fiesta, Lagunitas, Lascari's, Laura's Goodies, Masataco, Simply Southern, South Central Brewing, Starwood Brewery, Tacos El Torito, Tacos N Miches, Tepeyac Restaurant and Tequila Sports Bar, The Commoner, The Green Leaf Thai and Zapien's Salsa.
The event’s Gold Sponsor is Del Terra; Silver Sponsors include Fairplex and L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn. More than 50 additional sponsors are supporting the event and promoting student success through their generous support.
A $75 VIP Access ticket includes exclusive access to select spirits, wine and craft beer, a souvenir glass and a VIP gift; pre-registration tickets for restaurant, beer and wine tastings are $35; general admission at the door is $50. All attendees must be 21 or older. For information, go to www.riohondo.edu/a-taste-of-rio or call (562) 908-3476.
“This is an event that the community talks about all year long,” Board of Trustees President Gary Mendez said. “Just as Rio Hondo students are developing new skills and enhancing career opportunities, our local vendors are bringing new taste treats to campus and increasing their visibility within the community.”
Three levels of opportunity baskets will be offered, with a minimum prize value for each level. Classic baskets are valued up to $200 with tickets at $5 apiece; Premium baskets are valued at a minimum of $300, with tickets at $10; Fund-A-Scholarship prizes are valued at $750 and above, with tickets at $100. All levels offer multiple-ticket discounts and are available online.
DOWNEY – Carpenter fans will get the chance to experience Downey through the eyes of Karen and Richard next week.
A special tour has been produced as part of an already existing 50th Anniversary Carpenter’s celebration in Thousand Oaks. While the convention runs from April 24 through 27, a group of attendees will make the trip to the city where the iconic singing duo had their roots on April 25.
Resident Kathy Perez, who has been working as a sort of liaison between event organizers and the community, says that the visitors will be welcomed into Downey with specialty made signs before moving onward to other historical locations.
“Their first stop is going to be McDonald’s on Florence and Lakewood,” said Perez. “From there they will be going by the family home that was on Newville, which is a big deal to Carpenters fans…For Carpenters fans they say it’s like their Graceland, it’s like going to the mecca.”
Perez says that while residents may take some of the locations the tour will see for granted, for Carpenters fans “it’s huge.”
“They just get so excited when they see these places,” said Perez. “For them it’s huge, for them to say ‘Wow, this is where Karen did this, this where Richard did that.’ They are famous places to other people.”
The City has also gotten involved as well.
“Mayor Rodriguez presented me with a proclamation declaring that April 22 was…as Carpenter’s Day,” said Perez.
The day will culminate in a performance by Michelle Berting Brett called “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” at the Downey Theatre later that evening, to which tickets are still available.
DOWNEY — The Downey Symphony Guild invites the public to their annual gala fundraiser for the Music in the Schools program and the Downey Symphony Orchestra. The event will be held at Los Amigos Golf Course on Friday, April 26. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. dinner will be served.
“Friday, the 26th of April, is National Arbor Day. President Nixon proclaimed National Arbor Day to be the last Friday in April, so, our theme will be tree-related and works well with spring and the planting of seeds, etc.,” said Katie Hare, the Downey Symphony Guild’s driving force. “We will have some great items to bid on in our silent and live auctions and a wonderful, delicious dinner.”
Hare continued, “The Downey Symphony Guild just presented our annual donation to the Downey Symphonic Society and the Orchestra. We were so pleased to be able to give $15,000 at the Gershwin concert on the 6th of this month. All that money helps fund the Music in the Schools program and the Orchestra concerts in the Downey Theatre. Now we start to build up funds again for the Guild’s donation next April.
“The DSG (Downey Symphony Guild) works hard at raising these funds all year long. I thank each and every Guild member for their financial support.”
There is still time to make a reservation by phone. The cost per person is $65. For reservations and more information, contact Katie Hare at (562) 861-8507.
The 2018-19 season is the 60th diamond anniversary of the Downey Symphony Orchestra and there are a few more events planned:
Friday, April 26 – Downey Symphony Guild gala fundraiser at Los Amigos Golf Course, 5:0 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26 – Downey Symphony Orchestra free summer concert in Furman Park, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 30 – Downey Symphonic Society and Symphony Guild end of 60th season summertime barbecue at the Women’s Club of Downey, 3 p.m.
DOWNEY – Were all the inconsistencies of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, the moon landing, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy merely just coincidences?
Theories abound while trying to explain it all in “Yankee Tavern,” a new conspiracy thriller presented by the Warren High School drama department. The production is in its final weekend of performances on the campus’ Emerson Theatre.
From the moment you walk in the door of the theatre, you’ll become a part of the crowd at “Yankee Tavern” – a sports bar in Manhattan, New York (2006) that originally was a hang out for the diehard New York Yankees fans.
Modern times find that the tavern has also become a place to remember, reflect, and show respect to the people that lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Directed by Kyle Deichman, drama instructor, the 4-character play has been double cast to allow more students to perform. In addition to directing the show, Mr. Deichman has also designed the production’s beautiful set that includes a functional bar with “beer” on tap. That would be “root beer” to be acurate and is but one of the many small details that make his setting of the play so real.
“I decided that it would be fun to invite the audience up on to the set during the pre-show and intermission to purchase a cup of root beer and even play pool on our pool table if there is time,” explained Mr. Deichman.
“Yankee Tavern” has three more performances left before closing this weekend: Thursday – Saturday, April 11–13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the lobby of the Emerson Theatre at Warren High School.
For more information, visit emersontheatre.net.
Mark Keller, contributor
The grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania, is this Sunday.
With so much on the line, your favorite Downey Patriot Editorial team turned color commentators give their picks for who makes history, and who leaves empty handed on Sunday.
Winner Take All -- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch:
AD: The match that Charlotte should’ve never been in, PERIOD.
Rousey is rumored to be leaving for a while to start a family (so much for “this is my life now”). I’m not even going to acknowledge Flair, because, again, she shouldn’t be in this match at all. Lynch is the hottest thing in wrestling right now.
Lynch wins, Flair takes the fall (ugh).
If anyone one besides Lynch wins, I’ll officially give up on WWE.
Prediction: Becky Lynch
EP: Logic says Becky Lynch will win this match, riding the wave of popularity that propelled her career to never-before-seen heights these past 12 months.
But if there’s anything WWE loathes, it’s logic.
Prediction: I envision Charlotte Flair emerging victorious in a bloody, violent brawl.
Universal Championship -- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins:
Let’s keep this one simple: Rollins wins. The belt comes back to TV on a weekly basis. Everyone celebrates.
Prediction: Seth Rollins
EP: Why do I get the feeling Vince McMahon keeps the title on Brock simply to keep him happy? Vince loves big, beefy wrestlers, even if they’re only part-time.
Prediction: I hope I’m wrong, but I see Brock keeping the title at WrestleMania.
WWE Championship -- Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston:
AD: Is Kofi championship worthy? Absolutely! It’s just a little awkward against the New Day backdrop.
WWE has invested so much into this feud, they almost have to put the belt on Kofi; to have Bryan retain would almost assuredly suck the life out of MetLife Stadium.
Kofi wins, and I buy the New Day Pancake-esque side plates that will inevitably hit WWE shop for my WWE Title Replica… just kidding, my AJ plates aren’t going anywhere.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston
EP: Storyline aside, this is the match of the night: two athletic wrestlers, each willing to take massive bumps to elevate the other. This should have been the main event.
Prediction: I promise I’m not disagreeing with my colleague just to be a contrarian, but I think WWE continues to deny Kofi if only for fan reaction. Daniel Bryan wins.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre:
AD: Gotta be honest; I couldn’t care less about this match. Likely will be my bathroom / grab a snack / check my email / do literally anything else break.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
EP: We’re having a WrestleMania costume contest at my house (I’m Samoa Joe). This is the match where we will parade and vote on a winner. I’ll keep you updated.
Prediction: Roman Reigns
AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton:
AD: This feels like a throwaway feud. I’ve never been an Orton fan, but at least AJ is in this match.
Prediction: AJ Styles
EP: I hate to say it, but Randy Orton is getting too old for this. He’s starting to resemble the Undertaker in the ring (ok, that’s an exaggeration). Like Alex, I’m not digging the feud. I don’t get it.
Prediction: AJ Styles
Triple H vs. Batista (No Holds Barred; Triple H's career on the line):
AD: There have been backstage rumors for quite a while that Batista wanted “one last run” with a match against Trips at the end of it. Well, he’s finally getting what he wanted (see what I did there?). Hunter’s career being on the line is an interesting wrinkle, but I can’t help but feel that it’s just to add a little bit of “Flair.”
Also, something about Randy Orton, so I can say I worked in all the members of Evolution into this prediction.
Prediction: Triple H
EP: In addition to the costume contest, we’re also having a barbecue. The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers and carne asada. This seems like a good time to flip the meat.
Prediction: Triple H
Intercontinental Championship -- Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Balor:
AD: The interesting thing about this match is Balor officially announced that Lashley would be facing “The Demon.” I’ve long said that the Demon should be protected and near unbeatable, so this announcement tells me that Balor is leaving with the strap.
Prediction: Finn Balor
EP: Big guys versus little guys almost always results in a terrible match. Poor Finn Balor is probably WWE’s most talented athlete and he’s being wasted on a nightly basis. When is his contract up?
Prediction: Bobby Lashley
United States Championship -- Samoa Joe (c) vs. Rey Mysterio:
AD: Okay, hear me out…
I was thrown off a bit when Rey Mysterio’s real life son Dominic showed up on Smackdown as part of Rey’s announcement that he’d be facing Joe for the championship. Then I remembered that Dominic has been training to be a wrestler.
It may be a stretch, but I kinda have a feeling that Dominic costs Rey the match, and enters into the family business with a feud against his father.
Prediction: Samoa Joe
EP: I just read Alex’s prediction, and you know, sign me up. That sounds like an incredible scenario.
Prediction: Samoa Joe
Women's Tag Team Championship -- Sasha Banks & Bayley (c) vs. Beth Phoenix & Natalya vs. Nia Jax & Tamina Snuka vs. The Iconics:
AD: Banks and Bayley defend their titles for the first time ever. Normally, I’d say that I’d want the Iconics to get the win here, but WWE needs to establish some prestige on those belts. Let the champs retain.
Prediction: Sasha Banks and Bayley.
EP: I’m on the Boss ‘n Hug bandwagon, baby. President of their fan club. But their chemistry has felt off lately, their friendship a little forced. I don’t think it’s going to work out long term.
Prediction: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and the Iconics put on a hell of a match. Nia Jax and Tamina get knocked out mid-match, but then reappear at the end and flatten Bayley. Nia and Tamina win the belts and I drown my sorrows with chips and dip.
The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (Falls Count Anywhere):
AD: This feud makes absolutely no sense. Why is the Miz (one of the company’s biggest and best heels) playing a baby face?
Shane jumps off some high point on the stage and misses. Miz pins him. Miz and Miz-Dad celebrate.
Prediction: The Miz
EP: Yeah, this feud is a misuse of The Miz’s talents. He deserves better. Hopefully this nonsense is over at WrestleMania.
Prediction: The Miz
Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin (Farewell Match):
AD: Usually with retirement matches, the leaving superstar will put over a younger, newer guy to give him an extra burst of momentum. That being said, there’s absolutely no way that Angle is facing Baron Corbin in his retirement match. If that really is the plan, then WWE might just have a riot on their hands.
If I’d have to guess, I’d say Corbin is nothing more than a red herring, which leaves a major question: Who is Angle really facing?
The answer: John Cena. Cena is a big name with no presence on the card as of yet, and retiring Angle would bring things full circle (Cena’s first match in WWE was against Angle).
Prediction: John Cena
EP: It bugs me that Baron Corbin wrestles with a vest. Like, I gnaw my teeth during his matches. My left eye twitches involuntarily.
I hope Alex is right. Corbin versus Kurt Angle would be a tremendous letdown.
Prediction: Kurt Angle
SmackDown Tag Team Championship -- The Usos (c) vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black vs. The Bar vs. Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura
AD: This feels like a tag title match for the sake of having a tag title match.
Maybe I’m biased towards NXT, but I’d love to see the new guys get the win here.
Prediction: Ricochet and Aleister Black
EP: My hands hurt, I’m regretting assigning this story to Alex. Wait, where were we? (AD: I tried to warn you…)
The Usos got this, man. They’re not losing to some NXT newbies and a couple of hodgepodge tag-teams .
Prediction: The Usos.
Cruiserweight Championship -- Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Tony Nese (Kickoff Show):
AD: I feel like I say this every prediction piece: I don’t follow 205 Live. That being said, Murphy has held the belt for a while now, so maybe it’s time to give it to someone new.
Prediction: Tony Nese
EP: I’m not going to pretend like I care. Sorry.
Prediction: Buddy Murphy
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Kickoff Show):
AD: Ah, the annual “We had nothing better for you to do” battle royal.
Unfortunately, a win in this event has never really amounted to mean much. Still, I say give it to a guy who was on a hot streak and on the rise before getting injured.
EP: I love battle royals, but I don’t even know who’s participating. I notice that Braun Strowman doesn’t have a scheduled match, so he seems like a safe bet. Catch these hands.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
Women's Battle Royal (Kickoff Show):
AD: I legitimately forgot this was a thing.
EP: This one’s always a toss up, but I’m really rooting for Liv Morgan. I love her attitude, I dig her spunk, and I think it’s time for her to shine. Fingers crossed.
Prediction: Liv Morgan
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Downey High students got to spend the last few hours of school rocking and hanging out during the High School Nation Tour last Friday.
Popular rock band the Plain White T’s headlined the festival, playing a short set that included hits such as “Our Time is Now” and “Hey There Delilah.” The band also stayed behind briefly after the show to sign autographs and take pictures with a few lucky students.
The event was presented by Hollister.
Photos by Alex Dominguez
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SANTA FE SPRINGS – Artists, filmmakers and vendors are being sought to participate in Santa Fe Springs Art Fest, a two-day festival taking place May 2-3.
The festival kicks off Thursday, May 2, with the Collector’s Night reception where more than 500 works of art will be on display at the historic Clarke Estate.
Artists are invited to submit their applications for art on canvas, sculptures, ornate clay figures, still-life oil paintings, remarkable mixed media compositions, photography, and film.
Film entries will be reviewed with the winner of the best overall film receiving the Magnum Opus Film Award.
Artist and film entry applications are due no later than March 31. Vendor applications are due by March 30. Applications are online at ArtCrawlFest.com.
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CERRITOS — The Cerritos Library welcomes the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, which will present William Shakespeare’s rollicking “The Comedy of Errors” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22 in the Skyline Room.
The family-friendly event, which is free, includes audience participation and a question-and-answer session with the cast at the end of the show.
Since its debut in 1594, “The Comedy of Errors” has delighted audiences worldwide with its farcical tale of the mistaken identities, chaos and confusion that reign when two sets of twins, who were separated at birth, unwittingly end up in the same town.
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare on Tour” program travels the state annually to present one of the bard’s classics to community centers and schools throughout the state. The program is in its 31st year.
The Cerritos Library is located at 18025 Bloomfield Avenue. For more information, call (562) 916-1342.
Artistic Director Chad Berlinghieri of Cathedral Productions produced the Valentines event “Love Songs” aboard The Queen Mary to rave reviews.
As the capacity crowd entered the Queens Salon on Saturday, the feeling of nostalgia was immediate and overwhelming as one could tell that something very special was about to take place.
Downey Police Chaplain Greg Welch of Risher Mortuary provided the blessing over the meal and the night was off and running. The four-piece jazz ensemble played in the background as the cucumber wrapped Caesar salads were served before the entrée of Chicken Florentine drizzled in a basil cream sauce followed by Tiramisu for dessert… Dinner was divine!
In-between the courses the international quartet consisting of Teresa Mai, Roberto Gomez, Melissa Maricich, Chad Berlinghieri and accompanied by pianist Curtis Heard delighted the guests to a standing ovation with classic favorites taken from musical theater and the American Song Book.
The highlight of the evening was the vow renewal of Seal Beach residents Mr. Frank and Linda Park who were celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary that evening.
The event was fortunate to have in attendance Downey Mayor, Rick Rodriguez who honorably presided over the renewal ceremony. As the couple said, “I do” and kissed, the quartet sang “Love Me. That’s All I Ask of You!” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Following the ceremony, the belle of the ball Sister Eymard Flood of the Sisters of St. Clare dazzled the crowd with her witty jokes and reminded the audience that Cathedral Productions has now shipped and distributed over twelve hundred Isaiah House blankets to the homeless of Southern California in just the last three months.
Seal Beach Knights of Columbus, Risher Mortuary and Downey Rotary have all participated in underwriting the effort that has provided warmth to Downey TLC, Coast to Coast, St. Pius Mathies, St. Columbans and Isaiah House.
After the presentation, pop star Cooper Phillip in her fabulous black gown dazzled the packed dance floor with her spectacular vocals as Downey City Council member Claudia Frometa, her husband Nolveris and their bus load of elegant guests led the effort in dancing the night away. Love reigned supreme!
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LONG BEACH – A local producer is planning to transform the Queen’s Salon aboard the Queen Mary into an event akin to the “Love Boat” for Valentine’s Day and urges dinner guests to come aboard and “step back in time.”
The event will be held Feb. 9 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Chad Berlinghieri, an international opera singer and artistic director of Cathedral Productions, is producing the evening of “exquisite dinner theater” featuring an ensemble of top talent, including pop star Cooper Phillip and a quartet of singers comprised of sopranos Teresa Mai and Melissa Maricich, baritone Roberto Gomez, pianist Curtis Heard, and Berlinghieri himself at the helm.
“This event is always the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Berlinghieri, a tenor. “You never know what may happen when couples feel the power of love. We have had couples renew their vows and also get engaged.”
Berlinghieri is active in the Southern California arts community, producing in most of the major performing arts venues. He recently produced “It’s Christmas in Downey” at the Downey Theatre.
He has also been a cantor in the Diocese of Orange for the last 25 years and is coming up on his 11th Easter at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Seal Beach.
Proceeds from this event will help support retired nuns in the community and will also provide blankets for the homeless through the Isaiah House Project started by Cathedral Productions at the beginning of this winter.
Tickets to “Love Songs” can be purchased online at CathedralProductions.com or by calling (714) 883-7987.