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Plays, Music, Games and More! This Weeks Events on the BLVD!

TUESDAY

Warhammer 40K @ Battlegrounds

WhenTue, March 15, 6pm – 9pm
Where755 W Lancaster Blvd Lancaster, CA (map)
DescriptionRound 3 of 3 rounds 1500 point Army Battlegrounds Phone: 661-951-3839
 

The Aluminum Show

WhenTue, March 15, 7pm – 9pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Description http://lpac.org/ The Aluminum Show is a stimulating tour de force that combines movement, dance, visual theater and plenty of humor. In this show, talented dancers and actors breathe life into aluminum-tone industrial materials to tell the story of a young machine determined to reunite with its parents. During its travels through a futuristic world ruled by bizarre technology, it finds adventure, excitement and even a human friend, who does whatever it takes to get it back home in one piece.
The Aluminum Show
WEDNESDAY

Lancaster Library Writers’ Group

WhenWed, March 16, 12pm – 2pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionDo you write essays, poetry, short stories, whole novels, or even technical reports? If you do, come share your work and receive helpful suggestions from fellow writers. All skill levels welcome, just bring up to three double-spaced pages to the library’s Literacy Center.�

Teen Book Club 

WhenWed, March 16, 4pm – 5pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
DescriptionTeens read a book and share it with this fun group!
 

 

Dungeons and Dragons Encounters @ Battlegrounds

WhenWed, March 16, 5pm – 9pm
Where755 W Lancaster Blvd Lancaster, CA (map)
DescriptionSessions are at 5:00pm and 7:00pm each session lasts about 2 hours. Currently looking for Dungeon Masters for additional sessions Battlegrounds
 

The Aluminum Show

WhenWed, March 16, 7pm – 9pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Descriptionhttp://lpac.org/ The Aluminum Show is a stimulating tour de force that combines movement, dance, visual theater and plenty of humor. In this show, talented dancers and actors breathe life into aluminum-tone industrial materials to tell the story of a young machine determined to reunite with its parents. During its travels through a futuristic world ruled by bizarre technology, it finds adventure, excitement and even a human friend, who does whatever it takes to get it back home in one piece.
The Aluminum Show

Bring Your Own Vinyl Night!

http://blvdtoday.com Come for a night of classic rock music, free wifi, and $1 gourmet coffee.Enjoy our records or bring your own LP’s and we’ll play some of your favorite tracks! Every Wednesday Night!
When
Wed Mar 16 7:30pm – 10:30pm Pacific Time
Where
749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)

THURSDAY

Checkmate Chess Club

Join chess coach Ms. Daa for the Checkmate Chess Club — All ages and skill-levels are welcome to learn and play the wonderful game of chess in a supportive environment.
When
Thu Mar 17 3:30pm – 5pm Pacific Time
Where
601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)

Mayde in Ireland is hosted by Bex

WhenThu, March 17, 5pm – Fri, March 18, 12am
Where706 W. Lancaster Blvd (map)
DescriptionCome out and have some very good food, drink and merriment at Bex. Mayde in Ireland will do some live music and fun will be everywhere!

Author Event: Zoe Sharp 

WhenThu, March 17, 6pm – 7pm
Where601 W. Lancaster Blvd. Lancaster CA 93534 (map)

Description

Author Event: Zoë Sharp

zoe sharpCome to the library and meet Zoë Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox series.

A starred review in Booklist called her newest novel, The Fourth Day, ‘Must reading for fans of action-packed, hard-edged thrillers.’

About the series:

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox has been described as a female version of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. Like Reacher, Charlie’s background is military. She was a first-class shot who was selected for Special Forces training, but that’s where it all went horribly wrong. Chucked out of the army in disgrace, Charlie drifts through a variety of jobs in the early books, teaching self-defence, working nightclub doors, and house-sitting on a run-down housing estate. But then she meets up again with a spectre from her army past − one of her old training instructors, Sean Meyer.

Sean is now back in civvy street himself, involved in the dangerous world of exclusive close protection. After he asks Charlie to go and find out what happened to one of his men who was killed at a shady bodyguard training school in Germany, he offers Charlie a job and, after a rocky start, she embarks on a new career as a bodyguard.

Whatever her own misgivings − and the doubts of her family − being a bodyguard is the perfect legitimate outlet for someone with her lethal abilities.

Read on and find out why the Chicago Tribune described Charlie as: ‘Ill-tempered, aggressive and borderline psychotic, Fox is also compassionate, introspective and highly principled: arguably one of the most enigmatic − and coolest − heroines in contemporary genre fiction.’

Country Night

When
Thu Mar 17 7pm – Fri Mar 11, 2011 12am Pacific Time
Where
BeX Roshambo Lounge 706 W. Lancaster Blvd (map)

Cedar Center Open MIc Night

http://cedarpaa.com/ Cedar Open Mic! Thursday nights at the Cedar Center, starting at 7:30pm (more like 8om most weeks, haha) and going until we feel like going home! Available to ALL AGES without censorship. We encourage poets, musicians, actors, dancers, spoken word artists… anyone who wants to take the stage to do so!
When
Thu Mar 17 7:30pm – Fri Mar 11, 2011 12am Pacific Time
Where
44851 Cedar Ave Lancaster, CA (map)

FRIDAY

Mayde in Ireland is hosted by Bex

When Fri, March 18, 5pm – Fri, March 18, 12am
Where706 W. Lancaster Blvd (map)
DescriptionCome out and have some very good food, drink and merriment at Bex. Mayde in Ireland will do some live music and fun will be everywhere!

Calmus

WhenFri, March 18, 8pm – 10pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Descriptionhttp://lpac.org/ Excellent and unusual, Calmus is a modern a cappella ensemble that offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. Calmus explores a wide variety of arrangements; including contemporary works by composers such as Fredo Jung (“The Year in Song”), Andre Asriel and Ludwig Bohme. Technically stunning singers, the interpretive talents and musicality of Calmus are matchless. They infuse their singing with wonderful lyricism and exquisite expressiveness.
Calmus

Cedar Street Theatre presents Bleacher Bums
WhenFri, March 18, 8pm – 10pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Descriptionhttp://lpac.org/ In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. As the game proceeds, the crowd bets among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. Conceived by Joe Mantegna. Written by The Organic Theatre Company. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Cedar Street Theatre presents Bleacher Bums

SATURDAY

Socialnomics 101 on the BLVD

http://blvdtoday.com Jim Greenleaf and Adam Chant host a Live broadcast over Ustream.tv from the BLVD Today Cafe discussing social media and local news.
When
Sat Mar 18 10am – 12pm Pacific Time
Where
BLVD Today Cafe 749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)

Cedar Street Theatre presents Bleacher Bums
When Sat, March 18, 8pm – 10pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Descriptionhttp://lpac.org/ In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. As the game proceeds, the crowd bets among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. Conceived by Joe Mantegna. Written by The Organic Theatre Company. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Cedar Street Theatre presents Bleacher Bums

Mayde in Ireland is hosted by Bex

When Sat , March 18, 5pm – Fri, March 18, 12am
Where706 W. Lancaster Blvd (map)
DescriptionCome out and have some very good food, drink and merriment at Bex. Mayde in Ireland will do some live music and fun will be everywhere!

Streaming on the BLVD

http://blvdtoday Streaming on the BLVD” a new live program on Jim TV which will feature an SNL Style weekend update news from AV Press Sports Writer Brian Golden, and various musical entertainment, stand-up comedy and spoken word brought to you by Brittany Harris of the Cedar Center Performing Arts Center. You don’t want to miss this incredible event! EVERY Saturday Night, in person and online!
When
Sat Mar 18 7pm – 9pm Pacific Time
Where
BLVD Today Cafe 749 West Lancaster BLVD (map)

SUNDAY

Cedar Street Theatre presents Bleacher Bums
When Sun, March 19, 2pm – 4pm
WhereLancaster Performing Arts Center 750 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster CA 93534 (map)
Descriptionhttp://lpac.org/ In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. As the game proceeds, the crowd bets among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. Conceived by Joe Mantegna. Written by The Organic Theatre Company. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Cedar Street Theatre presents Bleacher Bums

ONGOING

POLITICON 2011

Location: Gallery 661 aka The Artist Lofts
Street: 661 W. Lancaster Blvd.
City/Town: Lancaster, CA, 93534
Show continues until the end of March. Gallery open weekdays 6-9pm  Tuesdays 12-8pm  and Weekends 6-11pm

“Look Here” LM/AG’s 26th Juried Art Show Along the BLVD

http://blvdtoday.com This year’s juried exhibition will differ than those of previous years. The current list of participating BLVD businessesincludes: A.V. Bank, A.V. Dance Studio ‘81,Aven’s Furniture, Bandstand Coffee, Bella West Salon, Caramel Pastries, Daisy’s Costumes,Graphic ExperienceKing Photo Supply/BLVD Today Café, Lancaster Performing Arts Center, Perk Place Coffee House, and Sewability. For updated information of participating businesses please visit the LMAG website at www.cityoflancasterca.org/Index.aspx?page+67.

Show continues until March 27th


UPCOMING

Connect with the BLVD’s SOCIAL MEDIA

BLVD EVENTS CALENDAR


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Lidia Landon Michael Instructor

 AV Dance Studio 81 is Proud to be on the BLVD!  AV Dance Studio 81

 

Lidia Landon Michael 

 Instructor

 

Lidia was born to John and Lidia Landon on April 24, 1957.  She has one brother, John, and one sister, Tina. 
Lidia’s early training was under Joyce Pearson, who was the owner of Caravan School of Dance in Lancaster (The future A.V Dance Studio ’81).  During her teen years, Lidia was an assistant instructor at Caravan. Lidia also studied under many famous L.A. teachers, including Joe Tremaine and Roland Dupree’.  Lidia has taught at several dance camps and conventions as well as at Antelope Valley College. 
 
Lidia is a graduate of Antelope Valley College and of Cal State University in Fullerton.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Dance.  After graduation, Lidia bought Caravan School of Dance and became partners with her good friend, Cyndi Lund Gallegos.  The new ownership took place in 1981, hence the name “A.V. Dance Studio ‘81”.  

Lidia has performed in and choreographed many local theatre productions, including Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Kiss Me Kate, The Boyfriend, Cinderella, Can Can and Oliver. She was a featured dancer in the Movie “UFORIA” and a two time winner on the Original TV series “The Gong Show”.
 1981 was also special in another way for Lidia.  That is when she married her sweetheart, Greg Michael.  Greg and Lidia have been blest with six beautiful children.  It was after the birth of child #6 that Lidia finally realized God was calling her to be a full time Mommy and only a part time dancer.   So, in 2005 Lidia sold A.V. Dance Studio ’81 to her student and friend, Candice Douglas. 
Currently, Lidia fills her days with “Mommy” duties and is very involved in religious education at her church, Blessed Junipero Serra Parish.  However, she still finds time to teach a few dance classes here at the studio, and truly enjoys her time with her students.

 

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1955 film based on real AV kidnapping

TRUE EVENTS – “The Night Holds Terror,” released in 1955, was

based on the true kidnapping of an Edwards Air Force Base worker and

his family. Above, the marque sign for the second bill is wrong. The movie’s

name is “Case of the Red Monkey,” referring to a tiny Communist spy.

LANCASTER – A real Antelope

Valley kidnapping provided the

plot for a 1955 movie whose tag-

line was “’l‘hree young, empty-eyed

killers, without mercy or morals,

turn a private home into a house

of horror!”

“The Night Holds Terror,” whose

villains included future “Ben Caseyg

M.D.” television series star Vince

Edwards and future three-time

Oscar nominee John Cassavetes,

tells how Edwards Air Force Base

worker Gene Courtier is kidnapped

and held hostage along with his

wife and two children alter he picks

up a hitchhiken

Much of the black-and-white

movie was shot in the Antelope

Valley; with a lot of scenes of desert

roads and Joshua trees, including

one where Courtiefs kidnappers

force him out of his car and shoot

at him.

They decide against killing him

in favor of holding him and his fam-

ily hustage over the weekend to get

cash for his car, then ultimately try

to ransom him for cash from his

fathen ‘

Besides the scenes ‘of Joshua

trees and Antelope Valley desert,

there’s also a quick glimpse of

the Lancaster railroad station at

Sierra Highway and Lancaster

Boulevard.

“The Night Holds Terror” was

the first of two family-held-hos<

tage dramas to be released within

months of each other.

After Columbia released “The

Night Holds ‘lerror,” Paramount re-

leased the bigger-budget “The Des-

perate Hours,” which was based on

an earlier book and starred “Casa-

bianca” star Humphrey Bogart as

the lead villain and Fredric March

as the embattled family man.

` Time magazine in August 1955

said of “The Night Holds Terror”:

“Shot in 18 days on a low budget

($78,000), ‘Night’ was produced,

directed, written and edited by the

husband and wife team of Andrew

and Virginia Stone.

None ofthe cast has a Hollywood

‘name’; most of them came from

TV What emerges is a surprisingly

goodmovie.”

“The Night Holds Terror” used

the kidnapping victims’ real names

and the real Antelope Valley set-

ting.

But the movie fabricated the

whole last half involving the ran-

som attempt, frantic efforts to trace

telephone calls and a last-minute

police rescue. ‘

In reality the robbers left Court-

ier after getting his check for the

car at Stranske Motors in Lan-

caster; he told his story about being

held hostage to Lancaster Sheriffs

Station deputies.

Lancaster detectives decided

to believe Courtier’s story in part

because they were able to find the

empty pistol cartridge at the spot

in the desert where Courtier said a

bullet was fired inches away from

his head, according to a May 26,

1953, Los Angeles Times article

about the start of the trio’s trial.

But it was easy to see why mov-

iemakers picked up on the story,

whose title came from newspaper

accounts.

The three defendants were ac-

cused not only of kidnapping and

robbing Courtier, the Antelope Val-

ley _Press reported, but of “forcing

his wife, Doris, to dine, dance and

play cards with them all through-

out the night in the Courtiers’

home.”

In its June 25, 1953, article

about the three being found guilty

the Antelope Valley Press called

them the “ ‘Night of Terror’ trio.”

Courtier, a 26-year-old North

American Aviation technician,

lived with his 24-year-old wife and

two children in a government home

on Ninth Street at Edwards Air

Force Base. While driving home,

he stopped to pick up hitchhiker

James Canigan, 22, of Los Ange-

les.

A few miles down the road,

Carrigan pulled out a gun, robbed

Courtier of $5 and forced him to

drive off the road, where ex-convict

Leonard Mahan, 24, and AWOL

Camp Pendleton Marine Donald

Hall, 18, pulled up in Mahan’s car.

As in the movie, they decided to

force Courtier to sell his car and

give them the money

They went to Courtier’s Ed-

wards home, where Doris Courtier

was held prisoner by Hall while the

other two took Courtier and his car

to Lancaster.

Courtier got $500 in cash for the

car, but for the remaining $1,251.02

he got a check he oouldn’t cash un-

til the next day, so the kidnappers

‘stayed with him and his family

overnight.

Mahan made the mistake of get-

ting his car an oil change while the

trio was holding Courtier; deputies

went to the shop and got the ser-

vice record, with the car’s license

number.

While the movie showed the

kidnappers being captured when

police oornered them in their car

in a Los Angeles rainstorm, the

real-life kidnappers were arrested

separately: in Inglewood, in a

downtown Los Angeles hotel and in

a LosAngeles bar.

Turner Classic .Movies peri-

odically shows “The Night Holds

Terror,” as well as “The Desperate

Hours.” ~ °

Compiled by Managing Editor

Charles E Bostwick.

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