VAN NUYS, CA – April 27, 2011 – Valley teens aspiring to careers in performing and radio arts will get a taste of the future as CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts closes the spring semester with two special events.

On Saturday, May 21 from 12 noon to 12 midnight, CHAMPS presents the second annual CHAMPSFest, 12 hours of non-stop music hosted by the school’s own internet radio station, AER (Arts Entertainment Radio). The day-long festival on the school’s Van Nuys campus will feature performances by many of SoCal’s best up-and-coming bands and DJs such as Act As If; Ives the Band; Ceasefire (Stereofix); Shenkar & Juliett; Victori Mori & Anny Lieberman; Sum-in-1; Speaker Junkies; DJ Kazell; and Dime & Dogs. An eclectic array of food will be available from vendors including LA Snowy; Maui Wowi Smoothies; Meetandpotatoes Food Truck; and Four All Occasions Catering, and booths and display areas will represent local merchants and community services. AER, under the direction of broadcasting teacher Stephen Day, caters to a worldwide audience online at or on itunes under the College and University tab. George Capalbo of Backbone Radio Networks called AER, “America’s most innovative high school radio station.”

From May 20 -29, the CHAMPS Drama Academy will present Becoming Memories at the Avery Schreiber Theatre in the NoHo Arts District. The Drama Academy at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts is a professional, conservatory-style training program for students passionate about the craft of acting.

CHAMPSFest takes place on Saturday, May 21 from 12 noon – 12 midnight at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts, 6952 Van Nuys Blvd.,Van Nuys CA 91405. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 or go to

By daryl

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