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New Garry Marshall Theatre Marquee Brightens Burbank

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Garry Marshall Theatre lit up the Burbank sky with the unveiling of their new marquee Thursday night. The occasion marks a reinvention of sorts for everyone involved. Art Directors Joseph Leo Bwarie and Dimitri Toscas were on hand to introduce the new sign, as were some of Garry’s closest friends and family.

“This is really exciting,” said Joseph Bwarie, “the gathering of people from all crosses of Garry’s life coming together, and lights mean something in everyone’s life. But neon lights across from Bob’s Big Boy, we’re giving Bob a run for his money!” With a countdown starting from 13, which was Garry Marshall’s favorite number, the neon marquee became alive and was greeted with an enormous applause.

“Joe and I have been working on this for months and months,” remarked Dimitri Toscas, “we worked to get it together and it’s moving to see the lights turned on.” Marshall’s friends were also on hand to walk the red carpet and talk about what it means to have a resurgence in Burbank’s art community. Actress and Director Jenny Sullivan was “thrilled” to witness the event. She went on to say the ceremony was a “big deal and emotional.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Actor Jack McGee said attending the event was “rewarding, it gave me goosebumps, I’ve worked with for Garry a number of times before, I did my first theatre out here and I’m just thrilled to be here.” Joe Mantegna, another one of Marshall’s closest friends, said the event was “Great. I lived three doors down from Garry for the last twenty-six years. It’s a fitting thing for a guy who’s done so much for this community to have a theatre named after him.”

The theatre conducted rehearsals tonight for their opening of “Master Class.” Coincidentally, “Master Class” was one of Marshall’s favorite plays. One of the points stressed by friends and family in attendance was that just because Marshall isn’t physically here to help run the theatre doesn’t mean his presence isn’t felt.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Marshall’s wife, Barbara Wells, explained further by saying, “[The theatre] was doing great for twenty years, and now we had to do something to freshen it up, give it a new name and let everyone know that we’re back in business and that we’ve never stopped. When the season finished in July, Gary had done that. That was his season that he had planned everything. We filled out his year and now we’re freshening it up and are trying to get more things going on.” Furthermore, there are planned fundraisers that will be happening in the near future to help the theatre continue to run in its pristine condition. “[Garry] paid for everything. He did everything. I said, ‘If I could direct, act, or write, I would.’ I don’t do any of those things,” said Wells.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The first large fundraising event is a gala scheduled for November 13, which was Garry’s birthday. The gala is set to host an auction that will include memorabilia belonging to the Marshall family. The gala is important to the theatre as it is currently being run as non-profit.

Marshall’s granddaughter capped off the night by saying her favorite moment was that all of the people she knew were there and that she “got to meet them all and the lighting of the marquee was very exciting.” To find more information on tickets and events, visit www.garrymarshalltheatre.org,

Icon Garry Marshall Dies at 81

Marquee at the Falcon Theatre that was owned and built by Garry Marshall at Ross and Riverside in Burbank

Marquee at the Falcon Theatre that was owned and built by Garry Marshall at Rose and Riverside in Burbank.

Garry Marshall, film and television writer, director, and actor, has passed away at the age of 81, at 5:00pm on Tuesday July 19 from complications of pneumonia following a stroke at a hospital in Burbank, California.

Mr. Marshall created the hit sitcoms Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy, as well as directing 18 films including, Beaches, Overboard, The Princess Diaries, Mother’s Day, and Pretty Woman, the latter of which Mr. Marshall just  finished a rewrite of the book for the Broadway-bound musical.

Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall

Mr. Marshall was born in The Bronx, New York, and was a proud graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School and Northwestern University.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, nurse Barbara Sue Marshall, two sisters, Ronny Hallin and Penny Marshall, three children, Lori, a writer, Kathleen, a theatre producer, and Scott, a film and TV director, as well as six grandchildren, and his live theatre, the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California.

Funeral services will be private.  A memorial is being planned for his birthday on November 13. The family requests no flowers.  Donations in the name of Garry Marshall can be made to The Saban Community Clinic, formerly known as the Los Angeles Free Clinic, The Intensive Care Unit at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, and Northwestern University Undergraduate Scholarship Fund.

He loved telling stories, making people laugh, and playing softball, winning numerous championships.  Even at age 81, he had a record this year of 6 – 1 pitching for his team.

Party On The Plaza Honors Burbank Arts Champions

The annual Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) Party On The Plaza gala honors three local arts supporters on Friday, May 2, at Executive Hangar 40 at the Bob Hope Airport. Monterey High School teacher Peggy Zirves, artist and parent volunteer Jamie Butterworth and the Downtown Burbank Partnership will be celebrated for their ongoing dedication to the arts in Burbank public schools.

Master of Ceremonies Fritz Coleman and Honorary Chair Don Hahn at Party on the Plaza 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

Master of Ceremonies Fritz Coleman and Honorary Chair Don Hahn at Party on the Plaza 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

“We are excited to recognize this year’s well deserved honorees,” said BAFA Chair Carrie Brown. “It is a privilege to honor [Downtown Burbank Partnership] with the Patron of the Arts Award.”

“Through the Downtown Burbank Business Partnership with the City of Burbank, they have hosted many events that celebrate the arts in our community and have continually supported the Foundation.”

“We are also pleased to recognize Peggy Zirves and Jamie Butterworth, two well deserving and inspirational individuals,” added Brown. “Peggy and Jamie have raised the bar in the advancement of arts education and have given so much of their own time that has directly benefited our schools and profoundly impacted the lives of Burbank kids.”

Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All

Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All

Honored for their generous support of Arts Education in Burbank since 2007, the Downtown Burbank Partnership will receive the Patron of the Arts Award that is presented to local businesses or a corporation whose support has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s mission.

Downtown Burbank Partnership, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation first established in 2003, manages the Downtown Burbank District, an area filled with 34 blocks of entertainment, shopping, office and residential uses. Downtown Burbank Partnership promotes artistic programs including fine arts, music and film events as cultural activities for the entire community.

Peggy Zirves in her classroom at Monterey High. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

Peggy Zirves in her classroom at Monterey High. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

The Arts For All Educator Award is presented to an educator who dedicates their own personal time to enrich the lives of Burbank students through their exceptional commitment to furthering arts education for all. Zirves has taught the Arts at Monterey High School since it opened 30 years ago.

Zirves designs lessons and projects so students at all levels of abilities can finish with a sense of pride. She encourages students see all types of art, at museums, public spaces, art shows or anywhere.

Zirves not only has worked with State art standards throughout her teaching career, she has created activities in line with the newly-instituted Common Core standards. She will retire from teaching at the end of this school year.

Butterworth receives the Champion of the Arts award, which is given to an individual or organization whose volunteer commitment to providing equal access to the arts has made a significant impact on the students of BUSD and the Burbank community.

Butterworth and her husband, John, were disappointed to discover how little arts education was provided in BUSD in the mid-2000s, as their first child entered local elementary school. However, through meeting other concerned parents trying to make changes at other local schools, Butterworth became inspired.

Jamie Butterworth, parent, artist and volunteer. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

Jamie Butterworth, parent, artist and volunteer. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

By the time her second child entered Edison Elementary, Butterworth was actively volunteering in arts-related areas for PTA and for school-wide lunchtime and after-school arts workshops.

Butterworth chaired the school’s Booster Club to raise money and became the first Arts Chair at Edison, developing a comprehensive after-school program including theater, visual arts, dance, and orchestra, as well as an integrated Arts for All plan for all students during the school day.

Butterworth has been directly involved with BUSD’s Arts for All plan and BAFA since its inception and continues to be an active volunteer, most recently serving as a committee member for the Secret Art Show. She also serves as Programs Chair for the Burbank Art Association.

NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman returns as the Master of Ceremonies for the party. Honorary Gala Chairs include filmmakers Tim Burton, Don Hahn, Ron Howard, Garry Marshall and Brett Ratner, as well as former Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios and motion picture producer Dick Cook.

Returning to chair the gala this year is The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy, joined by Burbank Bob Hope Airport’s Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez. Sponsors of the event include The Walt Disney Company, RatPac Entertainment, Wells Fargo and Community Chevrolet, among many others.

“We are thrilled to pay tribute to all of our honorees for their remarkable achievements at what has been called Burbank’s ‘Party of the Year,’” commented Trena Pitchford, BAFA Director of Development.

partyonplaza“Due the popularity of the gala, this year we are taking over Executive Hangar 40 at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport so more folks from the community as well as local businesses, city officials and educators can join in the festivities for an unforgettable evening full of raw emotions, fine food, music and dancing.”

The third annual Party On The Plaza festivities begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, awards presentation and dancing. Tickets and sponsorships are still available for reservation through Friday, April 25, by contacting Trena Pitchford, BAFA Director of Development via the website or by calling 818-736-5269.

All proceeds from the Party on the Plaza gala celebration will benefit Burbank Arts For All Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools receives a quality arts education as part of their core curriculum.

Burbank Rose Float Presents Open House And Craft Faire

On Saturday, October 5, the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association holds its annual Open House and Craft Faire at the group’s construction and decorations site at the Burbank Water Power Yard on Olive Avenue. The event is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. People will have a chance to view the float’s progress in construction and shaping and shop for holiday gifts and crafts from a large selection of vendors.

rosefloatlogoPasadena Tournament of Roses officials will also stop by at 6:30 a.m. for their first inspection of Burbank’s 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade entry. The float’s super structure is about half-way completed, as the Burbank Association volunteers have been working steadily on the float for the past several months.

“The first inspection is a mechanical inspection of the drive system. Then, the second inspection is a road test. This will be the first time we have taken the float outside and driven the float down the street to see how everything performs. It’s both exciting and a little scary, since we don’t know what surprises may come up,” comments Association Vice President Steven Edward. “This will also be Pasadena Tournament of Roses first look at the float under construction and their ability to provide feedback to us on any mechanical or safety issues they are concerned about.”

The Open House and Craft Faire is the major fundraiser for the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association. More than 25 vendors will be on hand, selling crafts, unique gifts and other handmade items. Handy Market will provide their famous BBQ and Tri-Tip sandwiches for lunch and fresh Kettle Korn will be made on site. The Association’s permanent Souvenir Shoppe will also be open, debuting the 2014 float merchandise of pins, patches, shirts, postcards and more. Additionally, 50 prizes will be raffled off.


“This is going to be a long day for all the volunteers, but also a very fun day,” adds Mr. Edward. “Overall, I’m very proud of all the hard work our volunteers have put into the float and this event. I hope everyone comes out to see the float and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the Craft Faire.”

“Lights… Camera… Action!”, the 2014 Parade entry, depicts a working movie set complete with props, sets and filming equipment. The float depicts a villain driving a train towards a damsel in distress who is awaiting rescue by a horse-riding hero. A camera man and director capture the action.Producer, director, writer and Falcon Theatre owner Garry Marshall has been chosen to occupy the director’s chair. The float was designed by contest winners Bill and Carol Cotter and Stacia Martin.

The Burbank Tournament of Roses Association is also celebrating the centennial anniversary of the City of Burbank’s first float entry in 1914 and the 82nd float entry overall. The nonprofit group relies on donations, fundraisers and volunteers to run the organization and build and decorate the City of Burbank’s annual entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, held every New Year’s Day. Burbank is one of just six “self-built” float builders who design, construct and decorate a float entry entirely by volunteers.

The Burbank Water Power Yard is located under the Olive Avenue overpass at 123 W. Olive Ave. in Burbank. Free parking is available at the nearby Metrolink parking lot. For more information and exact driving directions, visit the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association website.