Holiday Classic “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Begins at Theatre
Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season continues in December with a staged radio play version of the timeless holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, by Joe Landry. Performances begin Friday, December 6 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 15.
This beloved holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of colorful characters to the stage, the story of the idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Inspired by Frank Capra’s classic American film, “It's a Wonderful Life,” this new stage version is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Seven actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim.
The Chicago Tribune praises the show as “Terrific! The classic movie retold a clever period broadcast, a genre that seems to fit with remarkable ease. If you cry every time you see the movie, you’ll be blubbering away right on cue. Guaranteed. You might well be blubbering more. Exceptional!”
LAPC Theatre’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is directed by Frank Catalano. The cast features Vince Cusimano, Shannon Mary Dixon, Michelle Hallbauer, Mark Hein, Amir Khalighi, Micaella Landers, Michele Selin, Kristine Jhing Sillona, Julianne Sillono-deLeon and Matti Werber. Scenic and lighting design is by Michael Gend, with costume design by Eileen Gizienski and sound design by Edward Salas. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is produced for LAPC Theatre by Michael Sande.
The production opens on Friday, December 6 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8pm, Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2pm, Friday, Dec. 13 at 8pm, Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8pm and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lots #7 and #8.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online, at LAPCTheatre.brownpapertickets.com. For more information contact Managing Director Michael Sande, 818-719-6488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation for Pierce College receives $247,320 Grant From Amgen for Biotech Experience
Amgen Biotech Experience Reaches Over 20,000 Students Annually in the Greater Los Angeles area – Bringing Biotechnology to the Classroom
The Foundation for Pierce College has received a $247,320 grant over the next two years from the Amgen Foundation to implement the Amgen Biotech Experience, an innovative science education program, in over 100 schools in the Greater Los Angeles area. This program provides a real-world biotech lab experience to middle and high schools in Amgen’s U.S. and United Kingdom (U.K.) communities.
“The Foundation for Pierce College is excited to continue our collaboration with the Amgen Foundation by bringing the Amgen Biotech Experience to classrooms in our community,” said Kathy Zanghi, the Foundation’s account manager. “The students and teachers who participate in this program are given the tools and resources to bring science to life and inspire students to want to learn more about biotechnology.”
Since 1990, the Amgen Biotech Experience (formerly known as the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program) has introduced more than 184,000 students in secondary school classrooms in the Greater Los Angeles area to contemporary science techniques, including comprehensive teacher training. Teachers are given a robust, hands-on, inquiry-based biology curriculum, in addition to a full suite of transportable, research-grade equipment and supplies, at no cost to the participating schools. Utilizing Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to prepare a recombinant DNA molecule which carries a gene for red fluorescent protein, students follow many of the steps biotechnology researchers use to produce medicines.
The success of the Amgen Biotech Experience is due in large part to the grantees in our communities,” said Jean Lim Terra, president of the Amgen Foundation. “The collaboration with undergraduate institutions and nonprofit organizations helps give student’s real-world, hands-on lab experience to introduce them to the excitement of biotechnology and scientific discovery.
Since the Amgen Biotech Experience was established in 1990, more than 300,000 students throughout the U.S. and U.K. have engaged in the program’s molecular biology labs using relevant curricula, tools and techniques. In 2013, the Amgen Foundation will give more than $2.5 million in grants to community colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations that lead and support the Amgen Biotech Experience in different regions across the country where Amgen has a presence, bringing the total committed to nearly $8 million.
Beginning this year, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) will apply its deep experience in designing and delivering high-quality science education programs to establishing a Program Office for the Amgen Biotech Experience. Working closely with existing sites, EDC will build on the assets of the program and implement strategies to enrich the program, including the introduction of a new strengthened curriculum for this school year. For more information, please visit www.amgenbiotechexperience.com.
The Foundation for Pierce College has worked diligently to advance the quality and structure of Pierce since 1968. The Foundation supports Pierce College’s academic excellence and educational opportunity for the whole community, assists students, faculty, staff, and administrators with financial and material support by developing grants, scholarships, in-kind contributions, sponsorships and partnerships.
The Foundation promotes quality higher education that enriches the academic, economic, and cultural life of our diverse community. To further this mission, the Foundation acquires financial resources and strengthens support to fund scholarships, professional development, and capital improvements for the students, faculty, and staff of Pierce College and the broader communities it serves. In so doing, the Foundation hopes to enhance quality of life, encourage success, and positively change the future of students and their families. The Foundation oversees many outreach and fund-raising programs and activities that support the college and help connect it to the community. Its goal is not only providing financial support to Pierce College students, faculty, and staff, but also creating public awareness, Pierce College identity by promoting a positive image of the college in all its endeavors.
For more information, please visit www.piercecollegefoundation.org
Pierce College Introduces New Main Telephone Number (818) 710-4100
Pierce College’s main telephone number has been changed to 818-710-4100. This replaces the old number of 818-710-6401, which was disconnected with the installation of the college’s new phone system earlier this year. Now in effect, the new official college phone number of 818-710-4100 is shown on our website and answered by our Operator. Please make a note of it and add it to your records.
What about the old numbers?
818-710-4100 replaces 818-710-6401, now discontinued.
The old number 818-347-0551 still works but is automatically forwarded to 710-4100.
Life Was Good—and Is Again at New Vintage Market
Hot vintage, cool collectibles and unique antiques surrounded by fine art, live music and food trucks will make for “junkalicious fun” as the Vintage Market continues at Pierce College. More than 180 vendors will bring their collectibles to the expansive campus site of Victory at Mason (Lot 7) in Woodland Hills on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“We are thrilled to be at Pierce College—it is a landmark Valley location, and a perfect fit for the Vintage Market,” said Lori Rotblatt, who founded the Vintage market with Patrice Curedale. Formerly housed at the Westfield Mall under the name Topanga Vintage Market, market owners Rotblatt and Curedale have partnered with Pierce and the Foundation for Pierce College to provide fundraising for the college and fun for the community.
Nov. 24 is the second of three planned Sundays 2013, and Dec. 15 will feature a special holiday show. Admission is $2 for adults and children under 12 are free; parking is free. Quality vendors are welcome, and no pets are allowed. For more information contact Vintage Market at 310-422-1844, visit www.topangavintagemarket.com; or call the Foundation for Pierce College at 818-710-2502. Directions: 101 Freeway to exit on De Soto Ave. north, and right on Victory Blvd. to the Mason Ave college entrance.
Pierce College Athletes Lead One-Day Food Drive at Gym
On Tuesday, November 26 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., our athletes will be bringing in canned food, pasta and more to fill up the South Gym bleachers with a gift to our community. The athletes challenge the rest of the school to give.
Just walk over to the South Gym and set your gift on the bleachers. The food gifts will be picked up after 3 p.m. and taken by MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity). Right now, MEND needs Dry Pasta, Peanut Butter, Cereal and Canned Tuna. Join us. Every single can or bottle makes a difference. BRAHMAS ARE RARE PEOPLE.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Week an Institution at Pierce College
HIV/AIDS Awareness week, an annual Pierce event, is actually two weeks—Nov. 12-21, 2013—and is the opportunity for the campus and wider community to take advantage of important free health services. During the first week, speakers begin to come into some classrooms to tell their stories about living with the HIV virus.
The second week invites everyone to go to Parking Lot #1 for fast, free and confidential HIV testing. No appointments are needed; just walk in. The open hours for Pierce College’s free HIV testing are: Nov. 18 from 2-7 p.m.; Nov. 19 & 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Nov. 21 from 2-7 p.m. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at 818 710-4270.
Student Eye on City in Art Gallery’s “Urban Sight”
“Urban Sight” is an exhibition featuring photographs by students from the Department of Art and Architecture and Media Arts Department at Pierce College. The exhibition opens Thursday November 14 and runs through Wednesday December 11. The opening reception will be on Thursday November 14 from 6 to 8pm at the Pierce College Art Gallery, Room 3301. This event is free and open to the public.
Los Angeles is where grass meets concrete and pedestrians walk in the shadow of traffic. The landscape reflects our car culture, and structures and scenes are unique to a city designed for freeways. Urban Sight examines the relationship between people and cars through Los Angeles architecture. Students from the Department of Art and Architecture and Media Arts Department participated in a joint program between the Getty Center and three other community colleges. This exhibition will feature photographs by Pierce College students who were a part of that collaborative project. The exhibition is designed and installed by Art 519 Exhibition Design students. This show is made possible through the generous support of the Pierce College ASO and the Foundation for Pierce College.
For more information please contact Monika Del Bosque, Pierce College Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art, at 818-710-2262 or email email@example.com
Frontiers In Science Presents "Reinterpreting the Genetic Code"
The California Institute of Technology and Pierce College present Frontiers in Science, a seminar which will take place this Wednesday, at 4:30 pm in Center for Sciences Room 91126. Dr. David A. Tirrell will present “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code: How to Do It and Why Might You Want To.”
Dr. Tirrell is a Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He holds a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974; an M.S., University of Massachusetts, 1976; Ph.D., 1978; D.h.c., Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. His has been a McCollum-Corcoran Professor at Caltech since 1998.
Facial Reproduction Topic of Upcoming Anthropology Lecture
We are happy to announce second lecture in the Anthropology Lecture Series for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Brian Pierson will present a talk entitled “Facial Reproduction: How and Why it's Done.” In this lecture Dr. Pierson will discuss the development, techniques and reasons behind how forensic and paleoanthropological facial reconstructions are created.
Forensic investigation refers to criminal investigation. Sometimes the only thing that remains of a victim of a crime is their skeleton. Facial reconstruction helps to identify that victim when other identifiers are not present. One thing that a physical anthropologist studying the fossil record of human evolution might want to know is what an ancient potential relative of modern humans looked like. Facial reproduction can provide a glimpse of those ancient relatives.
Dr. Pierson spent about ten years working in the entertainment industry as a special effects artist. He worked on numerous projects including the movies: The Chronicles of Narnia, Titanic, Mimic, Star Trek Insurrection, Star Ship Trooper, and many more. Dr. Pierson was a student at our sister college Los Angeles Valley College and then went on to UCLA for his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and then to Tulane University for his Master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology. He has published and presented papers in the area of forensic anthropology. He recently became a full time instructor here at Pierce College.
The talk will be held on Tues., Nov. 12, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Behavioral Science 1308. Contact Bruce M. Rowe, Professor of Anthropology by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the talks. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences and the Associated Students Organization of Pierce College and is available for flex credit.
Last Weekend for Timeless Musical, the Fantasticks, from LAPC Theatre
Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season presents the last weekend of the longest-running production of any kind in the world, the classic musical The Fantasticks. Performances are Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3. The Fantasticks is one of the American musical theatre’s most enduringly popular musicals. It ran off-Broadway for 46 straight years, 1960-2002, then re-opened in 2006 and is still running in New York today.
It begins as a tale of young true first love, as next-door-neighbors Matt and Luisa, grown up together, fall for each other. Their fathers approve, and conspire to bring them closer together. Once the young man and woman learn of their fathers’ approval, they reject their dads’ plan and set off on their separate adventures to experience the world. Removed from the comfort of home, they are individually hurt by the world, and left with a bitter taste of disillusionment. Matt and Luisa eventually find their way back to each other, with a wiser, more mature and deeper love for one another.
The Fantasticks is charming love story with magical illusions and memorable music that has resonated with audiences for half a century, with classic songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
LAPC Theatre’s production of The Fantasticks is directed by Robert Cucuzza, with musical direction by Cassie Nickols. The cast features David Colville, Michelle Hallbauer, Michael Hovance, Samantha Labrecque, Mark Lewis, Van McDuff, Mark Needle and Ondrej Psenicka. Scenic design is by Michael Gend, with lighting design by Ellie Rabinowitz, costume design by Eileen Gizienski and sound design by Edward Salas.
The Fantasticks opens on Friday, October 25 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8pm, Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2pm, Friday, Nov. 1 at 8pm, Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8pm and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $15 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lots #7 and #8.
Subscriptions are still available for LAPC Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season, which also includes It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (December), the madcap comedy Incorruptible (March/April) and the family drama Independence (May). Subscriptions range in price from $37-$60. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488; or Contact Michael Sande, Managing Director, 818-719-6488, email: email@example.com