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annual Silent selves to the process. In short, they must be good collaborators. As all the musicians will be improvising to a structure, as opposed to any actual order of notes, each player becomes a contributing composer to the per- formance. For that reason, I have selected the very finest musicians available. Nicole Garcia, violin and John Krovoza, cello, are among the most in-demanded "A-list" string players working in the country. Two-time Grammy nominee in his own right, Frank Macchia, wood- winds, has been working with Mortiila since the 1996 Olympics and for many years orchestrated and arranged for Disney. All three musi- cians were in the ensemble I created for Peter Pan at the 2017 Catalina Silent Film Benefit. FO D dt DuznmK SPEcnAa.s AVAILABLE LUNCH dt i)IHNENI Friday, May 4th & Saturday, May 5th, 20t8 Served with Mi Casita Rice, Refried Beans & Nopalito Salad Garnish $13.95 Served with Mi Casita Rice, Refried Beans & Nopalito Salad Garnish. $13.95 Screed with Mi Casita Rice, Mexican Coleslaw with Corn Niblets. $16.95 0 HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS 2pm- 5pm the race on 11 k ge lat TVs! 3:00pm - Horses Walk to Track 3:30pm - Riders Up "i i+ 3:45pm - The Race is On! 1.10" "Appetizer Cut" Pepperoni Pizza $12 2. Tri.'np Nachos w/Cheese, Salsa, Jalapefios $9 3. Tri-Tip & Achiote Pork Street Tacos (2 ea) $6 4. BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders (2) w/Cabbage $8 5. BBQ Polish Kielbasa w/Onion Rings $10 1. Ginger Mint Julep U/m Beam Bour/xm) 14oz $9 2. Moscow Mule 14oz, ; $9 3. Margarita w/Rancho Gold Tequila 16oz $7.50 4. Canyon Road House Wine (g/ass) $5 Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel, Me-dot 5. Imported Paulaner Beer 1/2 liter $7.50 Lager, Hefe-Weizen, Premium P//mer, Oktoberfest Dark Ml'aCn~elaMt0h~llcaa~a~idn~hl:l~CdM%PsaenuiSmt,Ss2;:lp sr~ilde;~h~mm;:inCetfihtatcaoUuC~t=epShotit~ hear as they watch "Terror 1 111 O~r~ Ay~ ' 310+S1~1~ I 411 O~t Avenue, SI0=$1~11U [ ww .CatalmaaotS .CatalinaH0tS ots.c0m Michael Mortilla i.g lly n h d out to to musicians to play. That is how I talks about the film's accompaniment FOR THE ISLANDER Silent films were actually never silent. Musical accompani- ment in some form was used in each and every theatre during that time period. The musical accom- paniment of this year's Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit - one of the world's longest run- ning annual celebrations of silent film - is at the heart of this event. Held in the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.'s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace, attend- ees will be treated to an authentic 1920s cinematic experience. Harry Houdini, the celebrated handcuff king and self-liberator, stars in Jesse L. Lasky's 1920 movie, "Terror Island," which was filmed, in large part, on Catalina Island. Michael Mortilla & The Accompanists are back by popu- lar demand for this year's Silent Film Benefit. However, Mortilla is approaching the performance a bit different than last year's event. To learn more about his unique approach to the musical accompani- ment, the Catalina Island Museum recently sat down with him. Below is an excerpt. have always scored for ensembles in the past, from duet for piano and violin, to the entire Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Not this time. Museum: With no score, won't the music be a bit chaotic? Mortilla: With "Terror Island," I have structured an outline for an improvisation. For the more aca- demic types, I created a cantus fir- mus (an existing melody used as the basis for a polyphonic composition), a practice dating back to at least the l lth Century. Think of a Gregorian Chant. The relatively slow moving melody can be embellished with additional voice and musicians. I select some tunes already known to the performers, as well as some of my original works, pro- viding the cantus to the musicians. The result is not unlike what one might hear from a jazz ensemble, but thematically, the majority of the performed music is more in the contemporary classical vein, unless otherwise called for in the narrative of the film. But there is an added benefit: the musicians can watch the screen! This allows them as com- posers to accent certain things in very precise ways and with a highly personal touch. The score one hears at one screening may not be at fill like the one they heard at a previous screening, the intent being to make the music and the film as fresh and unique as the day it premiered. Museum: Can any trained musi- cian play in this type of format? Mortilla: It takes a very special kind of musician to participate in this kind of performance. A high level of proficiency, at will, is a given. In addition, the performers must be good listeners, creators in their own right, and willing to give of them- CITY OF AVALON NOTICE INVITING BIDS The City of Avalon ("City") will receive sealed bids for the Beacon Hill Apartments Stair Lift project at the office of the Public Works Department no later than May 18, 2018 at 3:00 P.M at which time or thereafter bids will be opened and read aloud. Bids received after this time will be returned unopened. Bids shall be valid for 60 calendar days after the bid opening date. Bids must be submitted on the City's Bid Forms. Bidders may obtain a copy of the Contract Documents from the Department of Public Works at: 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA (310) 510-0220 for Fifteen dollars ($15.00). A non-refundable charge of Twenty-Five dollars ($25.00) will be required of any bidder who requests that the Contract Documents be mailed within California (costs for out-of-state mailings will be higher). To the extent required by Section 20103.7 of the Public Contract Code, upon request from a contractor plan room service, the City shall provide an electronic copy of the Contract Documents no charge to the contractor plan room. Bids must be accompanied by cash, a certified or cashier's check, or a Bid Bond in favor of the City in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the submitted Total Bid Price. The scope of the proposed work is to procure and install a curved incline platform lift at an outdoor stairway at the Beacon Hill Apartments .located on Beacon Street in Avalon, CA. The Work will provide for a fully functioning, ADA compliant, platform lift utilizing an Omega Curved Platform Lift manufactured by Savaria Concord Lifts, Inc. or approved equal. The specified platform size is to be (30.5" x 49.25") fitted with a standard drive unit with remote controller box. The buck-boost transformer option has been determined to not be required. All electrical conduits, conducters and connections to be consistent with the manufacturer's installation recommendations and pertinent codes are to be included. Any modifications to the building and stairway that are necessary for the installation to be compliant with all regulations, codes and manufacturer's installation recommendations are to be included. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference / Site Walk (PBC/SW) will be held for interested bidders by scheduling an appointment with the Director of Public Works for work week of April 30 - May 4, 2018 during the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 PM. Following the completion of the PBC/SW week, the Department of Public Works will compile a list of all questions received from the prospective bidders during the PBC/SW(s) and share that information with all potential bidders that have attended the PBC/SW(s) i." The successful bidder will be required to furnish the City with Payment and Performance Bonds equal to 100% of the Contract Price. Pubflshed in the Catalina Islander on May 4 and May 11, 2018 Catalina Island Museum: Last year you composed a score spe- cifically for our screening of "Peter Pan." How is this year's approach to the score different? Michael Mortilla: In preparing a score for Terror Island, I make a departure from the usual method of film scoring. That is, I am not writ-