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'City Lights' features orchestral score by Chaplin Film to be shown at Museum's Silent Film Benefit fundraiser COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM Although Charlie Chaplin is universally known as the silent screen's greatest comedian, less well known is his work as a com- poser and musician, who wrote some of the most acclaimed scores ever put to film. In his book on Chaplin, Theodore Huff wrote that Chaplin's score for City Lights is one of the finest examples of "a musical score, which properly interprets the action and heightens the emotion?' This year's Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit will be the first to feature a full 39- piece symphony orchestra, accom- panying Chaplin's masterpiece, City Lights. Chaplin's film is unique, for it was made after talkies had already been introduced. Chaplin was reluctant, however, to abandon the emphasis that silent film's placed Charlie Chaplin conducting the Abe Lyman Orchestra. Abe Lyman was a popular bandleader from the 1920s - 1940s. Photo courtesy of Roy Export Company Establishment on pantomime. But the advent of sound did lend one distinct advan- tage to Chaplin: the opportunity to compose his own music to accompany the film. Chaplin once recalled that he "tried to compose elegant and romantic music to frame my com- edies in contrast to the tramp character, for elegant music gave my comedies an emotional dimen- sion. Musical arrangers rarely understood this. They wanted the music to be funny. But I would explain that I wanted no competi- tion, I wanted the music to be a counterpoint of grave and charm, to express sentiment." Although Chaplin was never formally trained and could neither read nor write music fluently, he knew intuitively what he wanted in terms of instrumentation, mel- ody and rhythm. For the City Lights score, Chaplin explained: "I really didn't write it down, I la-laed and Arthur Johnston wrote it down. It is all simple music, you know, in keep- ing with my character." After filming was complete, Chaplin worked with Johnston for three weeks arranging the score for City Lights. Another three weeks were spent with the orches- tra, recording the music and syn- chronizing it with the film. "Nothing is more adventur- ous and exciting than to hear the tunes one has composed played for the first time by a fifty piece orchestra," Chaplin remarked in his autobiography. The Catalina Island Museum will present Chaplin's acclaimed silent masterpiece, City Lights, on Saturday, May 17th in the Avalon Casino Theater. For the first time in the Silent Film Benefit's 27-year history, the film will be accompanied by a live symphony orchestra. Grammy Award-winning conduc- tor Richard Kaufman will conduct a 39-piece orchestra performing the original score composed by Charlie Chaplin himself. Tickets for this year's Silent Film Benefit are on sale now! Tickets are $15 for members of the museum, $18 for general admission. Arrive in your best 1920s dress and receive a 50 percent discount on admission to the Silent Film Benefit. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed individual and couple. Purchasing tickets is easy. Please call 310-510-2414, visit the museum in person, go to the Silent Film event page on www. CatalinaMuseum.org or mail your payment to Catalina Island Museum, PO Box 366, Avalon, CA 90704 (Attn: Silent Film). The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital the- ater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org. Water well- From page 1 Kennedy told the City Council that the company that is buy- ing the water utility would be included in the conversation about the well. He wants to see if Avalon can help speed up the process of permitted to have it access water for our community," Kennedy said. "It has been apparent to me that there is not, maybe, a will- ingness-s--with Edison being the water purveyor on the Island and also being in the position where they are selling this utility--they The mayor said the commumty has needed the well for quite some time. He said he wanted to get out from under Phase Two water rationing--apparently a refer- ence to the possibility that Avalon could come under Phase Two, by- the-gallon, rationing if the water level at the Thompson Reservoir applying for.the,permits-needed to ..may--no have the. desire to.be t-he -,drops below 300 acre feeti, dig the water ell  .................. moving.[grce thatthey once were As of Feb. 20, the reservoir "Edison claims it is an 18- in being proactive in meeting our wter level masured"391 acre month process from the desire of community's needs," Kennedy feet. An acre foot is enough water drilling a well to where you can be said. to cover one acre of land one foot deep in water. Catalina has been under Phase One (or Stage One) water rationing since June 2013, after the Thompson Reservoir water level dropped below 600 acre feet. Although Phase One is offi- cially called "rationing," the rules do not restrict the volume of water that individuals or businesses use. The rules include prohibiting individuals from washing vehicles such as golf carts, trailers and boats with a hose, unless the hose has a shut-off nozzle or the indi- vidual doing the vehicle washing is using a small bucket. The rules say fresh water may not be used in swimming pools, spas, hot tubs0r decorative fountains. At the time, Steve Bray, of Steve's Steakhouse said his employees would have to ask cus- tomers if they want water. In Stage 2 rationing, businesses ml homeowners would be placed on fixed rations of how many gal- . lons of water they may use daily. ClVR now offers exclusive luxury home properties for rent in Two Harbors Top yachting area offers destination at Island's West End STAFF REPORT For the first time, guests of Catalina Island Vacation Rentals will be able to experience a lux- urious new lodging opportunity in Two Harbors, at the Island's remote West End. Casa Santa Cruz and Casa Santa Rosa, named for two other islands in the Channel Islands chain, offer a dramatically dif- ferent way to stay at the Isthmus, which is known for camping and boating. "These two homes represent a level of luxury and convenience that has not been available to Two Harbors visitors in the past," said Kevin Strege, president of Catalina Island Vacation Rentals, which is now managing the two properties. "Both homes have amazing views, luxurious linens and all the com- forts of home?' Casa Santa Cruz and Casa Santa Rosa are the only vacation rentals available at the Isthmus of Catalina, the popular Southern California island's narrowest point and home to the small community of Two Harbors. These new accommoda- tions are a result of a partner- ship between CIVR and the Santa Catalina Island Company, which owns most of the Island's visitor services and privately held real estate. "Catalina Island Vacation Rentals has always had excellent synergy with the Santa Catalina Island Company," Strege said. "This new partnership builds on that relationship and the desire of the two companies to bring new experiences to Catalina Island's visitors." CIVR has long been a lead- er in providing a vacation rental option to visitors to Avalon. Two Harbors, located about 20 miles from the Island's only city, pro- vides a vacation alternative for visitors looking for a unique vaca- tion destination. With a wealth of adventure opportunities, Two Harbors is an adrenaline seeker's dream, but its simple pace of life also make it an ideal spot for relaxation. "Two Harbors offers a vacation experi- ence unlike anything else," Strege said. "It's an ideal destination for anyone hoping to get off the beat- en path." One of Southern California's top yachting destinations, Two Harbors has been luring boaters for a century. "I think that many TWo Harbors boaters will appre- ciate the opportunity to experi- ence the Isthmus while staying on shore," Strege said. "These two homes are ideal for a family or group of friends?' Casa Santa Cruz has three bed- A view of Two Harbors. Courtesy photo rooms and accommodates up to eight guests. Casa Santa Rosa has four bedrooms and accommodates up to 10 guests. Both properties have full kitchens, outdoor decks with barbecue grills and views of the ocean and 'surrounding hill- sides. Complimentary transporta- tion from the pier to the Casas and daily housekeeping and butler services are also available upon request at an additional charge. About Catalina Island Vacation Rentals Catalina Island Vacation Rentals is the leading vacation rental management company on Catalina Island. The grow- ing company represents nearly 200 homes in Avalon, including Hamilton Cove Villas, quaint cot- tages, family homes, and luxuri- ous condominiums, as well as the only vacation rentals available in Two Harbors at the Island's remote West End. CIVR's owners and staff merlibers are leading experts in the vacation rental industry as well as active members in the Catalina Island community. For additional information, visit www. CatalinaVacations.com. About the Santa Catalina Island ComPany Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a popular resort and out- door recreation destination also commonly known for its vibrant history as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood celebrities. Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICo) offers a wide range of services and amenities including the Descanso Beach Club, Pavilion Hotel, Atwater Hotel, Avalon Grille and Bluewater Grill. SCICo's expedi- tion operator also boasts a menu of over 25 outdoor adventures designed to introduce visitors to the Island's rich history, wild- life and backcountry, including expeditions and tours such as the Zip Line Eco Tour, Eco Hummer Tour, Dolphin Quest, Sea Trek and many others. Other activities include hiking, bicycling, fish- ing, boating, kayaking, snorkel- ing, golfing or relaxing on the beach. SCICo has operated many of the Island's lodging, dining and tour options for over 118 years. For more information, please visit www.visitcatalinaisland.com. THE CATALINA ISLANDER .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Friciay: Fe6rua28: 26:;* iii