The 1990 IJA 43rd Annual Convention is co-hosted by the International Jugglers' Association and the Southern California jugglers, in cooperation with the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs. The convention coordinators are Sandy Brown and Ginny Rose. For general convention information contact Tom Bennett at Box 3707; Akron, OH 44314; 216/745-3552.
The IJA is honored to welcome Swiss-born juggling dynamo Kris Kremo to its 43rd Annual Convention. He will attend the convention from the Lido in Paris to perform and receive the IJA Award of Excellence. Kremo, well known for his comic and talented manipulation of balls, cigar boxes and hats also holds a Guinness Record - four pirouettes with cigar boxes. Kremo's award will be presented during the Individual and Team Championships which begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.
To comply with UCLA's housing regulations, all registrants staying on campus MUST PRE-REGISTER BY JUNE 1, 1990. See the registration form for the options and prices. Registration will take place at the residence hall called Rieber Hall. Daily admission and individual event tickets will also be available at the Pauley Pavilion. There will be no admittance to the juggling area until you have registered. For more information on registration contact Tom Bennett: (216)745-3552.
UCLA is located 12 miles NW of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The campus lies just inside I-405, (San Diego Freeway). South campus abuts Westwood Village and Sunset Blvd. borders North Campus. The registration flier you will receive soon will contain more information about how to reach UCLA by car, bus and from the airport.
American Airlines is the official airline of the convention. For discounted airfares on American call (800) 433-1790 and give the reservationist the IJA convention number STAR #S01704L. ASUCLA Travel Services, located in the Ackerman Student Union, can take care of all your travel details. Purchasing your budget American Airlines tickets from ASUCLA will allow you the flexibility of changing your travel plans while on campus. In addition to air travel, they can arrange special excursions and car rentals. Call Frank or Debra collect at 213/206-0795.
Parking at UCLA is very limited. Permits are required in all campus parking areas, with the exception of metered stalls. Parking permits cost $4.00 per day per entry. Permits will be on sale at the registration tables at Rieber Hall and the Pauley Pavilion.
Home of UCLA Bruin basketball and the 1984 Olympic gymnastics events, the Pauley Pavilion will be the site of the juggling action. It is a short walk from the residence halls.
Single, double, and a limited number of triple rooms are available in Rieber and Hedrick Hall. All rooms are air conditioned. The Sunset Canyon Recreational Center and John Wooden Recreation Center are available for use by jugglers staying in the residence halls. Entry is complimentary with display of the meal card. The Sunset Canyon Recreation Center includes use of a family pool and Olympic size lap pool. The J. Wooden Rec. Center offers racquetball, basketball, and squash facilities.
Camping and recreation vehicles are not permitted on campus but lovely camping sites are available 15 miles away. For more information contact Tom Bennett: (216) 745-3552.
UCLA's fail-safe security system allows only registered attendees into the residence halls. Attendees will receive a computerized magnetic card to gain entry. However, the ground floor will be open until 8:00 p.m. for workshops. UCLA has made it clear that any crashers will be escorted off campus. In the Pauley Pavilion, all attendees must be registered and wear a badge, even if you only plan to attend for a few hours. Badge checking will be routine at the entrance. Guests needing only daily admission and tickets to the events can obtain these at the Pauley Pavilion.
Award-winning UCLA Catering provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals will include vegetarian selections. Dining rooms are located in each residence hall. If you are staying on campus the 3-meal plan is mandatory.
The Ackerman Student Union, located a stone's throw from Pauley Pavilion has numerous dining options ranging from sandwiches and hot entrees to frozen yogurt and pizza. Westwood has many terrific restaurants.
The IJA will host Individual and Team Championships in Royce Hall and Junior Championships in the Ackerman Ballroom. There will be preliminaries for Juniors this year, and a new "Young Talent Showcase," will give all young participants a chance for public recognition. The only major changes in championships regulations are an increased time allowance for competitors. People contemplating entry in any event should contact Laura Green, championships director; 1718 Linden Ave.; Baltimore, MD 21217; 301/523-8278.
Dozens of one-hour workshops covering a wide variety of juggling skills will be offered during the convention. They are free to all convention registrants. In addition, Allan Jacobs will teach special workshops in club swinging and club passing. Jacobs, the IJA 1983 Nationals Champion, lives in New York and performs with Barrett Felker as "The Gizmo Guys." Mike Vondruska is workshops director and can be reached at 143 Pershing; Bensenville, IL 60106; 708/766-1437 if you are interested in teaching a workshop or the workshop schedule.
A private workshop with Daniel Holzman, entitled "Juggling, from a Hobby to a Career" will be held July 17th 3:00-6:00 PM on the UCLA campus. It will include improving your skills, structuring routines, writing comedy, and getting work. The cost is $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door. Space is limited, so for more information or to reserve your space contact: Daniel Holzman, 14155 Magnolia #i, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818/907-5655.
The IJA encourages its affiliates, as well as all other juggling groups, to show their colors at the convention by bringing a banner to hang in the gym. There will be a meeting of affiliates on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m. to discuss mutual concerns. Affiliates are also invited to present special awards to deserving individuals during the Championships/Awards night Thursday, July 19. For information on affiliate activities, contact Perry Rubenfeld; 474 Enniskillen Ave.; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada R2V0J4; 204/586-5785. Anyone with an idea for a new award should contact Dave Finnigan at 206/774-2127.
Floor space for vendors around the perimeter of the Pauley Pavilion is available per day or for the entire week. Contact Tom Bennett: 216/745-3552.
A hit at the annual European Juggling Convention, the Games now find their way to L.A. on Saturday, July 21! Joggling kicks off the day at the Drake Track Stadium, followed by the Numbers Challenge, the Three-Ball Open, the Diablo High-Toss, Unicycle races, the Big Toss-Up, and much more. Contact Kevin Delagrange: 216/896-3155.
The Public Show, "Cascade of Stars... A Variety Juggling Revue," directed by Dan Holzman, will be presented at Royce Hall and feature a great cast, including special guest Kris Kremo, IJA champions, Guinness world record holders, and a live five-piece band of professional musicians. L.A.'s own talk-show host Fritz Coleman will be master of ceremonies. For further information contact Dan Holzman: 818/907-5655.
The IJA Benefit Auction has become a convention highlight. Items put up for bid range from the truly valuable (airline tickets and new props) to the ridiculous (a hairball, autographed parking tickets). Anyone with items to contribute to the cause should contact Glenn Ceponis, director, 437 S. 43rd St.; Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215/222-7817 (h) 561-7637 (o).
Mary Wilkins will coordinate the IJA's annual benefit show. Anyone interested in performing for this worthy cause should contact Mary at 714/590-0798.
The organizers need your support in lending a hand with registration, security, staging, the parties and other duties. If you can volunteer a little time at the convention please call Tom Bennett at 216/745-3552.
The Orange Jugglers are hosting a pre-IJA convention camping weekend on Catalina Island (off the coast of Los Angeles) July 14-16. About 100 jugglers are expected to invade the town of Two Harbors (in the middle of the island) for three days of snorkeling, hiking, swimming and juggling. The event was planned in part to give IJA convention attendees a place to stay before the convention dorms at UCLA open on Tuesday, July 17.
The per-person price for the weekend is $30 for one day, $40 for two days and $50 for three days. The fee covers a festival T-shirt, camping space, juggling space at the bandstand in town, music during the day, and some food and drinks. The fee does not cover transportation to the island, but there will be a special charter boat available for about $20 round trip. We are working on a plan to transport festival attendees directly to the convention on Tuesday.
For more information or a festival registration form, please call Eric Berg, Susie Williamson or Jahnathon Whitfield at 714/541-5845, or write the Orange Jugglers, 1615 N. French St. Suite 203C, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Due to the nature of this event, the deadline to register is June 1, and no walk-in registration can be accepted on the island.