UPCOMING EVENTS

Performing Arts opens Aug 14 with Flamenco Alhambra

By Glenn Barnett

Inesita has appeared in all possible venues over an extensive career in concerts, films, musical theater, lecture-concerts and cabaret showcasing her vast range in all aspects of Spanish dance and flamenco.

Alhambra Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Artistic Director and founder Bill Yee, is re-opening at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, after over a year in hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Legendary Spanish Dancer Inesita and Alhambra Flamenco will be featured.

Inesita’s flamenco troupe features Miquel Bernal, Clarita, and Ahmae supported by guitarists Stamen Wetzel and Benjamin and the Arte Flamenco Ensemble. Inesita will dance six solos and present a musical interlude as pianist with the guitarists and castanets by Clarita.

Inesita is a Spanish dance artist who has performed in all-solo concerts internationally including Madrid, London, Liverpool, Paris, New York City, Mexico City, and Valletta, Malta. American tours have taken her to communities from coast to coast. Born in New York City, (Yorkville), she moved with her parents to Los Angeles at age 13 and began early studies in Spanish dance at age 14. Additional instruction in Mexico led inevitably to Spain where she studied under the legendary El Estampio and Regla Ortega of the famous Ortega family and a number of other renowned teachers. She has appeared in all possible venues over an extensive career in concerts, films, musical theater, lecture-concerts and cabaret showcasing her vast range in all aspects of Spanish dance and flamenco.

Mr. Yee, who is also an award winning ACF chef also owns the Alhambra Culinary School and popular L.A. Omelets Catering Services. He is a High Honors graduate of prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and is also their past two-term president of the Alumni Association. He is a recipient of several local Chef of the Year Awards and the 2019 ACF National Presidential Cutting Edge Award. His background in music started when he learned how to play the violin at age 8 and with the Columbia School of Music performed at Carnegie Recital Hall at age 12. With the advent of the Beatles, he taught himself the guitar and performed with several popular Brooklyn, New York, rock bands. While living in Honolulu for several years, he created and became the promoter of the Honolulu Downtown Jazz Festival featuring the top jazz performers in Hawaii.

He combines music and food by inviting his Le Cordon Bleu chef alumni and apprentices to provide free refreshments during the intermission.

Admission is a $15 donation at the door or free if RSVP by Aug. 10.

Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church is located at 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra 91803.

Please RSVP by e-mailing bizwind@yahoo.com.For more information, call 626-230-5435.

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