Archives for April 4, 2019

The Los Angeles Zoo Hosts Newly Expanded Spring Fling Seasonal Celebration


Weekend Activities Include Entertainment, Crafts, Animal Enrichments, Educational Demos and Demonstrations, Photo Ops, and More 
In celebration of springtime, the Los Angeles Zoo is hosting Spring Fling, a five-week-long “EGG-travaganza” that celebrates the season’s bounty of blooms, births, bees, butterflies, and birds. Once just one weekend long, this year’s Spring Fling will cover five full weekends featuring a wide range of activities, including live entertainment, crafts, special animal feedings, an Earth Expo, educational activities, photo ops, and more. Spring Fling is happening on weekends from Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, April 28, 2019, with the addition of Friday, April 19, 2019. Activities and entertainment are free with paid Zoo admission and GLAZA membership, except as noted.  This event highlights conservation and sustainable living in celebration of Earth Day, along with “EGG-citing” programs, inviting guests to partake in a host of fun, engaging, and educational activities. Spring-themed entertainment for kids includes a monarch butterfly-themed aerialist show, roaming bee and butterfly puppeteers, honey tasting (for an additional fee), a “planting for pollinators” station with a native wildflower seed giveaway (while supplies last), a bee-and-butterfly craft station, springtime photo ops, and more. The L.A. Zoo’s residents get in on the fun with daily up-close creature encounters during Animals & You, showcasing bunnies and other fuzzy critters; along with special animal feedings, featuring Earth Day-inspired treats on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. Spring Fling also includes two Big Bunny Weekends with Big Bunny photo ops (for an additional fee), and bunny-ear crafts on Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14 and Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21. 
WHEN: Spring Fling is happening weekends from Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, April 28, 2019; with the addition of Friday, April 19, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Big Bunny is happening on Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14 and Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
INFO: Spring Fling activities are free, except where noted, with paid Zoo admission, which is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under age two. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. 

To learn more about Spring Fling and for a full schedule of activities and times, please visit www.lazoo.org/springfling
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Inland Pacific Ballet Presents The Little Mermaid An Enchanted Underwater Adventure

Inland Pacific Ballet returns this spring with its spectacular landmark production of The Little Mermaid, the classic tale for all ages about the young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea for love. This colorful and engaging production combines classical ballet and creative puppetry to create a magical ocean world with a cast of delightful sea creatures, magnificent sets, and elaborate costumes. Aerial Technology and brilliant new lighting enhance the underwater illusion and bring The Little Mermaid to life in this enchanting undersea adventure at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, April 6-7Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, April 13-14; and April 27-18 at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College in Claremont.


Based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen which was then brought into pop culture by Disney animation, The Little Mermaid is a story of young love from two very different worlds. The mermaid princess leaves her underwater paradise and meets a handsome prince on the surface. As the story unfolds, she must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for her new-found love. Unlike the dark ending of the original story, this original ballet from Inland Pacific Ballet has created a surprise ending that adds to the enjoyment of the traditional tale.


The Little Mermaid is a great example of IPB’s use of high-level classical ballet to tell adventurous stories which not only result in a profound and beautiful experience, but where audiences become immersed in an epic love story that is familial and celebrated,” exclaims IPB Associate Director, Jonathan Sharp (Idylllwild resident). “Familiarity with other versions of The Little Mermaid story, allows those who have never experienced classical ballet to become initiated with this type of storytelling and enjoy the splendor of classical dance. It’s like watching sculptures in motion.”


Inland Pacific Ballet brought together a creative dream-team to bring The Little Mermaid to the stage with Portland-based choreographers Daniel Kirk and Eric Skinnerutilizing innovative aerial technology to create the feeling of a real underwater environment. New lighting design by Nick Robinson adds to the illusion, along with internationally-acclaimed scenic designer Nancy Seruto’s creative set designs. Designers Craig Sheppard and Jeanne Nolden created a spectacular blend of ornate costumes and delightful puppet sea creatures that swirl and spin. New this year are additional puppet creatures created by Jesse Mooney-Bullock of MoonBull Studio(custom puppet works, fine art sculpture engineered for live performance), and Inland Pacific Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Koenig conceived a lush, sweeping sound collage of great composers, more like a cinematic score than a traditional ballet soundtrack, which includes the music of classical composers Ravel, Debussy, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Janacek, and Dvorak.


Set under and above the high seas, the resulting ballet production has been hailed as “… visually stunning…. an underwater Lion King,” where “puppetry and dancing combine to create a magical ocean world.” Audiences of all ages will enjoy The Little Mermaid where under-the-sea creatures are a feast for the eyes.


Inland Pacific Ballet
, is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Through creative marketing and an extensive educational outreach program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers. Inland Pacific Ballet’s Founders/Directors Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers are southern California natives and bring a wealth of experience to their visionary leadership of the Company.


Over the past 24 years they have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include seminal works by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work that includes creative adaptations of much-loved stories such asThe Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Dracula.


The Little Mermaid has performances on SaturdayApril 6 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside;Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga; and April 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium, Claremont. Tickets start at $24 with senior/child/group rates available. For reservations and information, please visit  IPBALLET.org.

Credit:
Inland Pacific Ballet.