El Grupo de Teatro Central Recibe Beca de Disney

August 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


El Grupo de Teatro Central (Central Theatre Group) ha sido otorgado con una subvención de $100.000 de Disney para llevar el programa de Musicales de Disney en las Escuelas (Disney Musicals in Schools) al área de Los Ángeles, se anunció el martes.

El programa fue desarrollado por Disney Theatrical Productions para crear programas de teatro en escuelas primarias insuficientemente atendidas. El Center Theatre Group seleccionará cinco escuelas primarias públicas locales para participar en 2017-18, y otras cinco serán seleccionadas para 2018-19. La subvención financia dos años de programación.

Star Wars: Force Is With L.A.

December 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood became the center of the “Star Wars” universe tonight as a host of celebrities walked the red carpet for the world premiere of the film series’ much-anticipated latest chapter, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Hollywood Boulevard was closed for four blocks, with much of the street covered in a extended tent to provide cover for stars heading into one of the biggest premieres in recent memory — with the film being screened in three separate theaters: the Dolby, Chinese and El Capitan.

“It has never, ever attracted such interest from around the world,” actor Anthony Daniels, who has portrayed the droid C-3PO in all seven “Star Wars” films, told ABC7 on the red carpet. “People are probably watching live streams of this in Australia and Japan and so on. To walk into this thing (tent) which looks like an amazing part of our sets on the films — I feel totally at home.

“… I should be totally cool about it, but I’m not,” Daniels said. “I’m having a really amazing time. I can’t wait to see the film because I haven’t wanted to see more than I’m involved in. I want the surprise that you and everybody else will get for once.” About two dozen die-hard fans have braved rain, cold and wind for more than a week while they camped out outside the TCL Chinese Theatre for a chance to be one of the first to see the movie when it opens later this week.

The campers watched from a distance with envy tonight, when crowds of Hollywood insiders attended the premiere.

Until midnight, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed for four blocks between Sycamore and Highland avenues — where the three theaters are located — for what could be the largest movie premiere in Hollywood history. Even the Academy Awards only require a one-block closure.

“Preparations are huge,” said Sgt. Robert Ward of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Station, who told City News Service that he counted the number of campers.

The campers have been staked out in front of the Chinese Theatre at Orange Drive and Hollywood Boulevard for days and their numbers have grown to 25, Ward said.

While they had to leave the four-block area for tonight’s star-studded premiere, the theater was expected to hold their gear until they can return after the premiere crowd leaves.

The LAPD’s Hollywood Station alone deployed 70 officers to secure the premiere, Ward said. Other divisions also will provide officers, and studios will employ private security for their VIPs.

“I expect a couple of arrests,” Ward said. That’s because either private security guards or police usually arrest a few bold people who try to talk their way into premieres or sneak in, he said.

More Cases of Measles Confirmed

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Local public health officials have confirmed 59 cases of measles in California residents since the end of December 2014, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, announced Wednesday.

Across the state, the measles patients range in age from 11 months to 70 years old, according to state epidemiologist Gil Chavez. Six of the cases involve children less than a year old who are too young to get shots, he added.

One-quarter of the patients had to be hospitalized, Chavez said.

Cases connected to Disneyland have been confirmed in three Utah residents, two in Washington state, one in Oregon, one in Colorado and one in Mexico, Chavez said.

Chavez said the vast majority of the patients were never immunized with

vaccines that are considered 99 percent effective.

Unless it is an emergency, anyone who might have been exposed and is experiencing symptoms should first contact their local health care provider by phone “to prevent spread in doctor’s offices.” said Chapman, adding that vaccinations for the disease are still the best defense against its spread.

Forty-two of the confirmed cases have been directly linked to an initial exposure in December at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, according to health officials.

Five of the cases involve Disney employees.

CDPH recommends that any patient with a measles compatible illness who has recently visited venues where international travelers congregate, such as theme parks, airports, etc., be considered to have a plausible exposure to measles.

Measles is a highly infectious and airborne disease, said health officials Wednesday. Fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes are usually the first sign, followed by a red rash a few days later. The rash usually first appears on the face before spreading downward to the rest of the body.

The measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) is more than 99 percent effective and two doses are recommended.

State and local health departments are investigating reports of additional possible cases, noting that  “secondary” cases are common with measles because persons can be infectious for a few days prior to developing symptoms and may feel well enough to be out and about potentially exposing others.

Measles has been largely eliminated in the United States since 2000, however, travelers to areas where measles circulates can bring measles back to the U.S. California has many international attractions and visitors come from many parts of the world. It is important for health care providers and the public to be aware that measles transmission can occur in California, and they can prevent transmission by receiving the MMR vaccine.

Patients in the most recent outbreak range in age from seven months to 70 years. Vaccination status is documented for 34 of the 59 cases. Of these 34, 28 were unvaccinated, one had received one dose and five had received two or more doses of MMR vaccine.

People who are unvaccinated should know that there is presently a risk for acquiring measles in California, advise state health officials.

More information about measles can be found on the CDPH website www.cdph.ca.gov.

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