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July 23, 1987
A public celebration on Sunday will mark the completion of a new band shell in Memorial Park. The Chamber of Commerce, which has worked on the project for two years, will sell refreshments in an effort to raise additional funds for "finishing touches," according to chamber President David May. A temporary band shell that once stood behind the park's stage was destroyed in a storm a few years ago.
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September 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Every traveler has one or two great toilet stories," Rick Steves writes in his primer on finding a toilet while abroad. Usually, the stories take a dark and even unspeakable turn. But then there's the flip side, restrooms so over-the-top plush or whimsically designed that they inspire a bathroom bucket list. Ten public bathrooms across the country, including those at the Hollywood Bowl and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Vanity nightclub in Las Vegas, are among the 2012 contenders for the honor of being named  America's Best Restroom.
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July 5, 2010 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
By way of star-spangled patriotism and unabashed Americana, you'd have been hard-pressed over the weekend to find a more rousing celebration than the "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular" at the Hollywood Bowl. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, backed by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, ran through a program of music designed to swell national pride — "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "God Bless America" — with a guest set by country superstar Vince Gill.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times pop music critic
Those readers not living in Southern California but who are instead enduring one of the country's hottest summers in recent memory might want to jump down a few paragraphs, past the part where Sara Watkins, fiddler, singer and songwriter, complained about the chilly Pasadena climate Friday evening and its effect on her violin's tuning. “The instruments are still adjusting to the cooler air,” she said by way of apology on the stage of the outdoor Levitt Pavilion as she plucked at her fiddle and tweaked its strings.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2009 | Juliette Funes
The Bixby Park Bandshell in Long Beach was renovated more than a year ago to serve as a venue for concerts, celebrations and picnics, but it's mostly been used as a makeshift homeless shelter and a skateboarding haven for teens. The next two weekends, however, will see it transformed into a free children's theater, part of the Long Beach Sea Festival, a summer series of beach events. On Saturday, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company will perform a condensed version of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" for kids of all ages at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The 45-minute story revolves around magical sorcerers and sea monsters on a deserted island.
NEWS
August 8, 1987 | ELLEN MELINKOFF
Stilt creatures, bagpipers, Mickey Mouse and Goofy will roam through Barnsdall Art Park this weekend as part of the Junior Arts Center's two-day Festival of the Arts. Everything--except the food--is free at this combination art workshop/birthday party for Hollywood's 100th. The festivities begin with a brass band concert at 12:30 p.m. today and Sunday in the park's band shell. Today, eccentric juggler Dick Munday will perform at 1:30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, it's Jim Gamble's Puppets at the same time.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2009 | Diane Haithman
After more than a year of financial strife that has resulted in a reduced number of season performances and salary reductions, the Pasadena Symphony Assn. will unveil today the design concept and details of a new outdoor concert venue for the Pasadena Pops, to be located on a lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The Pops, under the music direction of Rachael Worby, will take up summer residence at the new stage beginning June 19, 2010, with a fireworks concert including the splashy William Tell Overture and music from "Star Wars."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times pop music critic
Those readers not living in Southern California but who are instead enduring one of the country's hottest summers in recent memory might want to jump down a few paragraphs, past the part where Sara Watkins, fiddler, singer and songwriter, complained about the chilly Pasadena climate Friday evening and its effect on her violin's tuning. “The instruments are still adjusting to the cooler air,” she said by way of apology on the stage of the outdoor Levitt Pavilion as she plucked at her fiddle and tweaked its strings.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Every traveler has one or two great toilet stories," Rick Steves writes in his primer on finding a toilet while abroad. Usually, the stories take a dark and even unspeakable turn. But then there's the flip side, restrooms so over-the-top plush or whimsically designed that they inspire a bathroom bucket list. Ten public bathrooms across the country, including those at the Hollywood Bowl and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Vanity nightclub in Las Vegas, are among the 2012 contenders for the honor of being named  America's Best Restroom.
NEWS
January 7, 1988
The refurbished band shell at Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave., will be reopened Saturday with a dedication ceremony and an afternoon of music. Built in 1927, the band shell fell into disrepair and has been closed since 1979. The reopening will begin with a performance by the Mark Keppel High School Jazz Band at 11:45 a.m. The dedication ceremony at 12:15 p.m. will precede music from the San Fernando Valley Banjo Band and the chorus from the First Baptist Church of Alhambra.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2010 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
By way of star-spangled patriotism and unabashed Americana, you'd have been hard-pressed over the weekend to find a more rousing celebration than the "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular" at the Hollywood Bowl. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, backed by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, ran through a program of music designed to swell national pride — "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "God Bless America" — with a guest set by country superstar Vince Gill.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2009 | Juliette Funes
The Bixby Park Bandshell in Long Beach was renovated more than a year ago to serve as a venue for concerts, celebrations and picnics, but it's mostly been used as a makeshift homeless shelter and a skateboarding haven for teens. The next two weekends, however, will see it transformed into a free children's theater, part of the Long Beach Sea Festival, a summer series of beach events. On Saturday, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company will perform a condensed version of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" for kids of all ages at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The 45-minute story revolves around magical sorcerers and sea monsters on a deserted island.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2009 | Diane Haithman
After more than a year of financial strife that has resulted in a reduced number of season performances and salary reductions, the Pasadena Symphony Assn. will unveil today the design concept and details of a new outdoor concert venue for the Pasadena Pops, to be located on a lawn adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The Pops, under the music direction of Rachael Worby, will take up summer residence at the new stage beginning June 19, 2010, with a fireworks concert including the splashy William Tell Overture and music from "Star Wars."
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June 7, 2001 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A preservationist's legal battle to save the Hollywood Bowl's trademark band shell will probably cause a one-year delay in the county's plan to replace it with an acoustically superior dome. The delay would push the first season for the new shell at the county-owned bowl, the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to June 2003.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 1996 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gina Barsamian does not look like a rock-music maven. Certainly, being one was never her intention. "The last thing I thought I'd do was rock and roll," she says. "When I got in this, I said, 'Oh, my God!' " Despite her trepidation, Barsamian started booking rock bands at West Hollywood's Troubadour back in 1984 and stayed there--through the club's heavy-metal period--until 1992.
NEWS
April 7, 1994 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than a year, Leroy Dowden and 10 other homeless people made Pasadena's Memorial Park their home. In the park's Art Deco band shell, they set up a tent-like encampment with overturned shopping carts, rope and canvas. They posted pictures of their grandchildren and Martin Luther King Jr. They watched TV together on a small portable plugged into a band shell outlet.
NEWS
January 7, 1988
The refurbished band shell at Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave., will be reopened Saturday with a dedication ceremony and an afternoon of music. Built in 1927, the band shell fell into disrepair and has been closed since 1979. The reopening will begin with a performance by the Mark Keppel High School Jazz Band at 11:45 a.m. The dedication ceremony at 12:15 p.m. will precede music from the San Fernando Valley Banjo Band and the chorus from the First Baptist Church of Alhambra.
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