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Beer tasting at fall festival in Downtown Burbank on Saturday

Downtown Burbank is gearing up for tomorrow’s inaugural beer tasting and fall festival along several blocks of San Fernando Boulevard,  between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue.. For those with a love for suds, there will be reportedly 85 ice-cold craft beers on tap during two sessions of sampling: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  “Each session will showcase both local and out of state craft breweries,” according to a news release. Some of the breweries participating: Absolution Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Saint Archer... Read More →

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Downtown Burbank Car Classic preview party tonite

The 4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic is getting read to roll out tomorrow, August first, between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will be celebrity cars, custom vehicles, pre-1974 cars, exotics, and hot rods spanning several blocks on San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue. Along with the incredible rides, there will be chalk artists, automobile vendors, and music as well. It’s free and open to the public. Entertainment highlights include KCRW DJ Gary Calamar will be holding down the main stage between 4 p.m. to... Read More →

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Entertainment Buzz: April 22, 2015

Free day of filmmaking seminars and industry panels Calling all filmmakers, actors, and movie fans. The Burbank International Film Festival is presenting a day of filmmaking seminars and industry panels at Woodbury University 7500 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank  this Saturday, April 25. The event will take place in Fletcher Jones Auditorium from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Panels will focus on screenwriting, representation, casting, filmmaking and production. There will be a special panel with talent agents and managers.... Read More →

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Art festival returns to Downtown Burbank this weekend

Downtown Burbank will be alive this weekend with the creative vibe and works of more than 100 artists from traditional painters, photographers, sculptors to special effects wizards and hip urban street painters. The art festival will once again take over several blocks of San Fernando Boulevard, between  Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. Also, there will be live art demonstrations, panel discussions with top industry artists, and art directors as part of a presentation by Burbank-based Creative Talent Network.  Guest speakers include talent from Marvel Studios, Pixar, and Insomniac Games. For a... Read More →

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OktoBURfest in Downtown Burbank

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Beer, food, and music at the OktoBURfest in Downtown Burbank. You’ll get to sample 60 different beer varieties from 25 plus craft breweries. KCRW DJ Gary Calamar will be providing the electric sounds. OktoBURfest will be held in a specially constructed Biergarten outdoors on San Fernando Boulevard between Olive Avenue and Angeleno Avenue in Downtown Burbank.

Tickets are $45 for general admission (2:00 to 7:00 PM), and $55 for the VIP reception (12 noon to 2:00 PM). VIP tickets include access to rare and high quality drafts. More ticket information, including discounts for seniors and groups

Attendees who book their room at a Burbank hotel via will receive two complimentary OktoBURfest tickets. Also, for those who want to leave the driving to someone else on-demand ridesharing company Lyft is offering a $25 credit for first-time users.

For more information on the event, or call 818-238-5180.


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Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival this weekend

Cloudy and cool in Burbank today, but sunny skies and warmer temperatures are in the forecast  for this weekend — just in time for the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival. There will be “90 regional artists displaying thousands of paintings, sculptures and photographs, and an wide array of jewelry, fine glass, ceramics and woodwork — with everything made by hand, ” according to a news release from the Downtown Burbank Partnership. Also featured, a number of hip talented street painters from Southern California “… creating supersized artwork on... Read More →

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Photo: Artist Beth Ashley displayed her paintings at the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival in Burbank April 14, 2012

Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival wraps up today

Art lovers and the curious were drawn to a blocked-off section of San Fernando Boulevard, between Olive Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard, for the biannual Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival, yesterday. The two-day event wraps up today at 5 p.m. I dropped by and was impressed with the number of talented artists who displayed their work and took time to chat with festival visitors.   Veteran street painter, Theresa Knopf Morgan, began her creation at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. It was after 1 p.m. when I took the above photo. Morgan says... Read More →

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Get ready for the big Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival

Final preparations are underway for the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival this weekend, which is going to be huge! Nearly 100 artists and street painters are scheduled to show-off their best between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 14 and 15, along a four block stretch of San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue in downtown. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Artists will be displaying thousands of paintings, sculptures, and photographs as well as... Read More →

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Photo: Vanessa Franko/Audio File blog -- Singer Erykah Badu performed at the Coachella Music and Art Festival in Indio April 16, 2011

Music, art, and good times at Coachella

Thousands of music fans and art lovers are enjoying a hot weekend at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. If you think it’s been hot here — this festival is going in the deep desert town of Indio in the Coachella Valley.   Despite some technical difficulties, Grammy winning artist, Erykah Badu, rocked out with fans at Coachella on the Empire Polo Grounds yesterday. Music critic, Vanessa Franko, is following the events, the artists, the fans, celebrity sightings, and more in her blog Audio File. A lot of great Coachella photos as... Read More →

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Sly Stone plays Coachella … sort of

Photo: Vanessa Franko/The Press-Enterprise 4/18/10 — Sly Stone on stage at Coachella The unpredictable rocker Sly Stone did show at Coachella last night, but his appearance was a disappointment. Stone showed up late, which he is known to do, and did more jabbering than singing.  Music Blogger Vanessa Franko caught the Stone set and reports about it here. The Inland SoCal journalist has several posts and great photos from the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on her blog.  I remember seeing Sly (Sylvester Stewart) Stone back when he could still rock the... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Pictures from the week

Rock festival groove Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times  4/17/10 Music lovers groove to the beat at the huge Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival up in the Riverside County desert community of Indio today. The Los Angeles Times is reporting record-breaking crowds of 75,000 a day since the festival kicked-off on Friday, which included performances by Jay-Z and Beyoncé.   Legendary rocker Sly Stone is scheduled to play the festival on Sunday. A notorious no-show, folks are wondering if Stone will make an appearance. Some of the other performers have been delayed or had to cancel... Read More →

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Soul Notes

  I got e-mails this week from Dee Dee Brown about some upcoming soulful events in the Southland.  The 4th Annual Summer Soul Jam will be kicking up a groove with a talented line-up on Saturday, August 16, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Par Three Golf Course in Compton. Scheduled to perform are Grammy-winning singer Jody Watley, Anthony Hamilton, Johnny Gill of New Edition, Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band, and “American Idol” music director/music producer, Rickey Minor and his band. Also, the get down and boogie concert will... Read More →

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Long Beach Bayou Festival

Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach / Google file photo Also, arriving by e-mail today, a report from South Bay activist and social diva, Dee Dee Brown about a big weekend event. “Yesterday I attended the Bayou Festival @ The Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach with my husband and friends. The Bayou Festival had all the trappings of a New Orleans picnic. From the food to the traditional Zydeo music. ” “… we experienced the soulful sounds of Linda Hopkins, who belted out the Blues like no other.... Read More →