Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Burroughs Baseball Bounces Back

Daniel Barraza

Knowing they aren’t going to outslug too many teams, Burroughs coach Kiel Holmes has preached pitching and defense since taking over the baseball program just before Thanksgiving.

Since Pacific League play opened March 27, his Indians have shown just that.

Burroughs extended its scoreless streak to 17 innings with a 6-0 win versus Glendale, Tuesday April 3. Senior pitcher Daniel Barraza extended his own scoreless streak in league to 6 2/3 innings and he did not surrender a hit for the third time in three league appearances.

Barraza worked 4 2/3 innings against the Nitros on Tuesday. He had eight strikeouts and three walks. Zane Carey worked the final 2 1/3 innings and struckout two.

“The pitching has been the key, obviously, but only one hit the last two games — and that being an infield hit — is something,” said Holmes.

Ryan Gordon’s RBI double in the first inning was all that Barraza would need. Gordon added an RBI triple in the fifth inning. Zander Anding and Chris Peale also had RBI doubles for the Tribe.

Burroughs lost its league opener to Crescenta Valley, 2-1, but responded with a 14-0 five-inning win over Muir and the shutout versus Glendale. Burroughs allowed only two hits in the loss to the Falcons to open league. The Indians are 5-9 overall and 2-1 in league. They now have a 10-day layoff before hosting the Pasadena Bulldogs on Friday, April 13.

Artist Pomm Shows Off Her New Style

Saturday night’s rain made the runways at Bob Hope Airport shimmer as lights reflected off the water. It looked like something you might see in a painting — and how appropriate that was since there was an exhibition and reception for artist Pomm at the airport.

Acclaimed artist Pomm was exhibiting her latest work in the lobby of Million Air. Normally the place for private jets, Million Air was transformed into an art gallery for the evening. Pomm, who is best known for her iconic 9/11 tribute watercolor “Unspoken Courage,” was displaying her new collection of Renaissance-inspired oil paintings to officially launch her new direction as an artist.

As a nod to the Renaissance, Pomm’s new collection aims to revitalize the classic method of portraiture in a very modern way. Her recent creations employ her skills as a realistic figurative painter in combination with abstract expressionism, which results in an incredible ability to capture the true essence and beauty of her subjects.

“People inspire me, “said Pomm. “I paint the pleasure moments of life, the times we always remember — the memories that make us smile.”

Although artist Pomm would paint "all the time" if she could, she took a break from work at her exhibition and reception. (Photo by Stan Lynch)

Although she has enjoyed considerable success with her watercolors, Pomm has embarked on a change of style for her latest works, which are done in oils. Noting that oil painting is the traditional way, she wanted to paint her subjects in a traditional way as she concentrates on portraits. She proudly showed off her signature piece, “True Integrity” — A contemporary Mona Lisa.

“Each person has a story that is uniquely theirs, said Pomm, “It is my job to bring that story to life.”

Although she is now concentrating on oils, Pomm did say that she would still be doing some work in watercolors. The translucent layers of color that she employs add a unique quality to the paintings. One of her most enthusiastic fans is her husband, Randy. He delighted in showing those attending at the exhibition the images hidden in the layers of paint, and the outline of a tiny apple in each picture.

The French word for apple is pomme. The artist’s Paris-born mother named her daughter after a little girl in a novel with that name, dropping the “e” from the name to assist in pronunciation.

Pomm’s “French connection” goes beyond her mother. According to her husband, they met in in Paris where he was taking photos. She gave him one of her paintings. It was titled, “Romance.” He noted that every one of her paintings tells a story. This story, the couple has been married for 15 years.

Her husband also answered the question of why the exhibition and reception were being held at the airport. Randy is a commercial pilot. He regularly flies private jets out of the Million Air facility at Bob Hope Airport. Jet planes are also works of art, so it seems quite logical to display Pomm’s art in this location. Ron Reynolds, Manager of Million Air, might want to consider keeping a permanent display in his lobby. It seemed like a perfect fit.

Pomm has been part of the art world for 30 years. Her original art sells for $65,000 to $80,000, and is owned by collectors worldwide, including celebrities like Tom Cruise, David Letterman, and Rudy Giuliani, to name a few. She works out of her studio at her home in Glendale. To contact Pomm about commissioning your own Renaissance-style portrait, go to her web site http://www.Pommfineart.com.

Artist Pomm and Actress Anne Archer

Among the guests at the "Capturing the Dream" exibition and reception for internationally renowned artist Pomm, was actress Anne Archer, on left, with Pomm, next to her signature piece "True Integrity." (Photo by Rick Greyson)

First Methodist Church To Present ‘Service Of Darkness’

The Chancel Choir of Burbank First United Methodist Church will present Dale Wood’s moving and well-known “Service of Darkness” on Good Friday.

The Service of Darkness commemorates the death of Christ, and is patterned after the ancient service of Tenebrae which represented the darkness that fell over the earth as the Son of God was crucified.

Seven choral meditations are based on the seven last words from the cross. With each meditation, candles in a darkened church are progressively extinguished until only a vigil candle sheds its glow as
a symbol of the coming Resurrection.

Performances of this dramatic choral work for Holy Week have become an annual tradition in countless churches throughout the United States and abroad. Published in 1962, it remains one of the most widely performed choral services each year during the Lenten season.

The chancel choir is directed by Roger Lamb and accompanied on organ by Dr. Euny Kim. Dr. Wayne Walters and the Rev. Heather Blackstone will serve as liturgists for the service.

Everyone is invited and welcome to “The Service of Darkness.”  The Good Friday Tenebrae Service will be held in the church sanctuary.  Burbank First United Methodist Church is located at 700 N. Glenoaks Blvd., across the street from Burbank High School.  Child care will be available. For further information please call the church office at 818-845-1531.

Rep. Schiff Announces Annual Art Contest with Online Voting

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that he will host the annual Congressional Arts Competition Forum & Exhibit for the 29th District, featuring high school student artwork from the region, on Sunday April 15. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest, with submissions from across the country. The winner from each Congressional District has their work displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. In addition, Schiff is opening up the competition with a “People’s Choice” award, which will be decided through an online vote.

“Every year, I receive amazing art from high school students across the 29th Congressional District, and this year, I decided to do something different. Now, students, their families and other constituents from across our district will be able to weigh in, just like the panel of judges and pick the inaugural ‘People’s Choice’ winner,” said Schiff. “I look forward to finding out the winners, and to welcoming artists and their families at the exhibition.”

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have participated in the nationwide competition.

The first place winner’s artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year, the piece awarded second place will hang in the Congressman’s Washington, D.C. office for one year, and the piece awarded third place will hang in his Pasadena District Office for one year. The “People’s Choice” winner’s artwork will also be displayed in Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office. To vote for the “People’s Choice,” constituents should go to Schiff’s website, (http://schiff.house.gov/congressional-arts-competition1). Voting will be open from April 2nd through April 12th.

The winners of the contest will be announced at the 29th Congressional High School Arts Competition Forum & Exhibit on Sunday April 15. All student participants will receive a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. The exhibit will be held at Friends Hall at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens starting at 3:00 p.m.; the award presentation will take place at 5:00 p.m. In addition, the exhibit will feature music from the Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra, under the direction of Susan Pascale. To RSVP, please contact Rep. Schiff’s District office at (626) 304-2727.

Support Firefighters Working for MDA This Weekend With Fill-the-Boot Event

Firefighter Jeff Cortina waits patiently for MDA 'Fill The Boot' Donations outside Ben & Jerry's. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters kicked off their 2012 MDA ‘Fill The Boot’ campaign with the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Scoop night at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream located on Palm and San Fernando Blvd Tuesday night

The event will be followed up with the traditional Fill the Boot event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 20-21-22 at four locations. They will be IKEA, Pavilions, Vons (Pass Av) and the Empire Center from noon to 5.

In 2011 the Burbank Firefighters Fill the Boot fund raised over $41 K from the generous people of Burbank and was donated in their name to the MDA last Labor Day during the telethon.


Burbank Firefighter Jeff Cortina accepts a couple of dollars for MDA during fundraiser at Ben & Jerry's at the AMC Walkway. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)