Dinner and a Show

By | Glendale Arts News

Ever since my daughter was born, date nights with my husband have been rather uninspired, to say the least. Dinner and a movie or dinner and a show was our “go-to” plan. I had been wanting to spice up our rare and ever-so cherished evenings out. Bowling, miniature golf, anything but just going to the same restaurant and sitting a watching a story unfold.

I will never again take for granted the simple, perfect, and timeless coupling of dinner and a show.

It’s a perfect evening. You get to have the one-on-one time with your partner/friend/family member, enjoy delicious food (while avoiding the effort of cooking and clean up), and then (when you’ve inevitably had enough of that one-on-one time) sit in a dark room and watch a story together that you can then reconnect over when it’s finished. It’s brilliant! It’s why this has become a solid night out, and what millions of Americans are looking forward to when it’s safe to go out in public again. 

I am longing for the day when I can escape to the comfort of my favorite ramen place and go catch a show or a quick flick. However, the impact of the Coronavirus has hit the restaurant and entertainment industries – hard – leaving many to wonder if their favorite go-to restaurant, theatre, or venue will be open. If you’re worried about whether this is the case, here are a few ways you can help make sure your local restaurant is still up and running with your favorite meal waiting for you:

 

 

  • If it’s open, order food to go. 

Check out our list of Restaurants in Glendale still open for business. 

 

  • Buy a gift card. 

Show your favorite restaurant some love now and cash it in for later. 

 

  • Tip extra. 

For many restaurant workers, their hours have been significantly reduced. An extra tip will go a long way. 

 

  • Book events and parties for the future. 

If you need to reschedule an event for a later date or have one on the horizon, book the event now and reserve your space. 

 

  • Buy Merch 

Now’s the time to buy that shirt, coffee mug, or tote you’ve had your eye on. 

 

  • Give a positive review

A positive review can go a long way with local restaurants. Leave a review for their delivery services, quality, prices, and menu options so they can have extra support when they reopen.

 

Of course, donating to your local arts organization or buying gift cards to a local movie theatre will also make sure you are keeping the most important part of the evening intact – being enveloped into a story and experiencing something magical together.

…or giving you that much-needed break from the one-on-one time you just had over dinner.

Whichever sounds more accurate, let’s make sure we still have this stale, unoriginal, and utterly perfect evening waiting for us when this is all over.

How The Arts Are Getting Us Through This

By | Glendale Arts News

Greetings, 

 

It’s easy to feel afraid during these uncertain times and that’s OK, but through this crisis, we’re witnessing an overwhelming amount of our population turning to the arts to overcome their fear and doubt and simply pass the time. We encourage everyone to stay positive, make the most out of this situation, and CREATE. Who knows? You could be our next Picasso, Misty Copeland, or Joni Mitchell. Or, at the very least, you can use these suggestions as ways to keep your mind busy, stay positive, and maybe come out of this with a newfound passion. Our staff at Glendale Arts will be sharing ways that we are keeping busy through arts, crafts, music, dance and more. We’d love you to join in and share your creativity with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram and share your creations!

 

Here’s some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing…

 

Ways People Are Creating Art at Home/Virtually: 

  1. Singing from their balconies. This video went viral after a group of Italians decided to serenade from their balcony to lift spirits.  
  2.  Maintaining a Sense of Humor. Millions of people are turning to comedy to cope with the stress and anxieties as well as instruct best practices of washing hands, social distancing, and more. 
  3. Hosting virtual concerts.  As live events continue to be canceled or postponed, musicians are turning to live streaming platforms to play to their fans. Local musicians are also taking requests and posting on their Instagram stories.  
  4. Streaming current movies at home. Universal Studios announced that they will be streaming current movies playing in theatres at home. Additionally, movies such as Trolls World Tour will continue their premier on Universal’s streaming service.

Free and affordable online tutorials for you to use while practicing social distancing: 

Brit & Co Free Online Classes through 3/31  A digital media and commerce company that enables creativity through inspirational content and online classes. Offers classes from calligraphy, watercolor painting, cake decorating and more! Classes are FREE through the end of March. 

Comic Book Tutorials 

Comic book writers and artists are rallying online to offer activities for those staying at home

Music/Voice Lessons 

Local music teachers are offering their voice/instrument lessons digitally.

Free Cooking Classes

Online cooking classes available for FREE through April 30th

 

Sewing, knitting, photography and more!

 

 

We’re Here for YOU, Glendale

By | Glendale Arts News

Greetings, one and all!

As things are changing on a day-to-day basis, we wanted to keep you informed with up-to-date information on what’s going on at Glendale Arts and the Alex Theatre. We also wanted to let you know that WE’RE HERE FOR YOU, now and always. We’ll be posting ways for you to use the arts to keep your chin up, how the arts are being useful during this pandemic, and more.

As of this morning, the CDC recommended limiting groups of 50 or more people. Most theatres, live event venues, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs have had to close their doors until May. We are following the directives of local leaders and the CDC in hopes of protecting our community and coming out stronger when this crisis passes. While we recognize that the disastrous effects of the Coronavirus are not exclusive to our industry, artists, entertainers, the dedicated people who run those venues, and the surrounding establishments (such as the family-owned restaurants and bars that depend on the income that live shows generate for them) have taken an immediate and crippling hit on their livelihoods literally overnight

Once the immediate threat and economic implications of the virus subsides, we will need to act swiftly to repair the heavy mental and emotional toll that this is going to take on the world population. So-called “donations” are actually investments in the future ability of organizations like ours to be ready to heal and bring much-needed joy and togetherness to people. Live performing arts and entertainment should not be discounted in their importance as critical components necessary for rebuilding a healthy and vibrant society.

If you can, please consider donating to our organization so we can be at the ready to help repair our community through live entertainment.

Click Here for more information on what you can do to fight the Coronavirus Pandemic.