January 14, 1998 |
The second season of Reprise!, a series of semi-staged musicals introduced last year at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, will feature more than twice as many performances as last year. The season, announced Tuesday, will include "The Pajama Game" (May 6-17), "The Threepenny Opera" (Sept. 9-20) and the Gershwins' "Of Thee I Sing" (Nov. 11-22). The length of each show's run has been expanded from seven performances to 15 because last year's three musicals sold out.
January 1, 1998 |
Will General Electric sell NBC? Will Michael Ovitz resurface in the entertainment business after a year on the sidelines? Will Diller strike again? Could "ER" end up on WB? The entertainment business is full of surprise endings, making predictions a dangerous game. How many years did analysts predict the downfall of Gerald Levin, chief executive of Time Warner, who staged one of last year's biggest comebacks?
May 10, 1998 |
On July 1, when Michael Bay's "Armageddon" opens, we'll see an asteroid the size of Texas hurtling toward the Earth at 22,000 miles per hour. With any luck, it will land on "Godzilla." But the odds of that aren't good. In "Armageddon," NASA is sending superstar oil driller Bruce Willis into space to hitch a ride on the asteroid and plant a path-altering nuclear bomb in its belly. Willis can do this.
June 3, 1998
Yeah, pep rallies are part of the deal, but we also gather in the stands to learn more about our world--from cultural and ethnic diversity to how to protect ourselves. Many schools held International Week assemblies, where we saw cultural performances and listened to stories about tolerance. Cornelia Connelly had a "Back-Off" gathering, where girls learned self-defense, and a forensic pathology lecture was a favorite at St. Margaret's.
December 27, 1998 |
Your financial ledgers may remember 1998 as a year of blockbuster IPOs and record-smashing Dow gains, but let's not forget everything that flopped and fizzled. For every mega-merger, there was a miscalculation, and for every stock split a snafu. A quick survey of the marketplace may refresh the memories of those who'd rather forget the big ideas and grand designs that weren't. * Forever in Your Debt: Remember bankruptcy reform?
February 20, 1998 |
Orange County's top executives remain very bullish about the local economy and their own business prospects, and a record number expect to hire more workers this year, according to a new study released Thursday. Despite unease over the Asian economic crisis and concerns about high costs and shortages of skilled workers, 83% of the local executives expect their businesses to expand in the next five years, UC Irvine's executive survey found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 |
The long-debated redevelopment of Treasure Island, a former mobile home park in the southern end of the city, will top all issues facing the City Council this year, officials said. In February, the council could begin reviewing plans to turn the 30-acre oceanfront parcel into a high-end resort with a hotel, villas and single-family homes. The developers are Merrill Lynch, Hubbard Income Realty VI and Richard Hall, a businessman from Costa Mesa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 |
Some of the major events that Orange expects in 1998 seem destined to occur in the courtroom. A scandal involving the city's trash and recycling companies--both owned by the same family--will probably end up either on the criminal or the civil docket of Superior Court. Despite allegations that millions of dollars in city revenue was misappropriated, no arrests have been made. Another issue that could land in court involves Police Chief John R.