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September 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Drummond, 71, former director of the Edinburgh Festival who also produced television arts programs and programmed music for the BBC, died Wednesday of an unspecified illness.
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August 4, 2007 | From Reuters
The Edinburgh Fringe launches into three weeks of artistic mayhem on Sunday, staging a record number of shows and sparking fears the world's largest arts festival may have become too unwieldy. The Fringe, an anarchic hodgepodge of comedy, music and drama that invigorates the Scottish capital every August, boasts 2,050 shows this year, with almost 19,000 performers clamoring for attention and acclaim.
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August 13, 1993 | From Reuters
Organizers of the Edinburgh Festival--the world's largest arts festival--worked against the clock Thursday to salvage their program after a fire destroyed part of a theater. Performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group from the United States, the Canadian Opera Company and the Welsh National Opera were under threat because of the suspected arson, which occurred at the back of the newly refurbished Playhouse Theatre in its scenery storage area.
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December 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An American heiress is donating $982,000 to help bail out the debt-ridden Edinburgh International Festival. Chicago-born Carol Colburn Hogel, who lives in the Scottish capital, made the contribution through her family's Dunard Fund charitable trust. The Scottish Arts Council said Wednesday that it would match the commitment with a $982,000 donation of its own. Hogel stepped in to help at the world's largest arts festival after three years of mounting debts led to a $2.9-million deficit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1991 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bright clear skies have marked the first full week of this city's 45th international festival--but storm clouds of controversy have hung heavy over the proceedings. The point of contention is the Fringe--the name given to the 500-odd companies and artists who come uninvited to Edinburgh at festival time each year and find small venues in which to perform. The Fringe constitutes a kind of alternative to the official festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ian Hunter, 84, British agent for classical musicians and an organizer of arts festivals who worked with the Edinburgh Festival, died Sept. 5 in Balcombe, England, of unspecified causes. Among his clients were violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, pianist Daniel Barenboim and cellist Jacqueline du Pre. Knighted in 1983, Hunter was chairman and president for 35 years of the musicians' management agency Harold Holt Ltd., now Askonas Holt.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2007 | From Reuters
The Edinburgh Fringe launches into three weeks of artistic mayhem on Sunday, staging a record number of shows and sparking fears the world's largest arts festival may have become too unwieldy. The Fringe, an anarchic hodgepodge of comedy, music and drama that invigorates the Scottish capital every August, boasts 2,050 shows this year, with almost 19,000 performers clamoring for attention and acclaim.
NEWS
December 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
An American heiress is donating $982,000 to help bail out the debt-ridden Edinburgh International Festival. Chicago-born Carol Colburn Hogel, who lives in the Scottish capital, made the contribution through her family's Dunard Fund charitable trust. The Scottish Arts Council said Wednesday that it would match the commitment with a $982,000 donation of its own. Hogel stepped in to help at the world's largest arts festival after three years of mounting debts led to a $2.9-million deficit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Menudo keyboardist Victor Junquera, 33, was found dead in his room at a Kansas City hotel Friday, apparently from natural causes, police said. Menudo, the group of five Puerto Rican adolescents, did not cancel either of its two shows Friday night at Worlds of Fun. It was a big weekend for festivals: Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival opened Saturday to crowds of 5,000. Featured performers: Joan Baez, John Hammond, Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bonnie Raitt and Billy Bragg. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1988
Sullivan's neglected to mention one of the most successful productions to emerge from the Equity Waiver scene--"Confessions of a Nightingale." And, arguably, it is the most successful in terms of an actor "getting a piece of the action." Ray Stricklyn's one-man odyssey as Tennessee Williams has been playing (almost) continuously since it premiered (Jan. 1985) at the Beverly Hills Playhouse--from its New York run to a national tour to its recent Edinburgh Festival booking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Drummond, 71, former director of the Edinburgh Festival who also produced television arts programs and programmed music for the BBC, died Wednesday of an unspecified illness.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2005 | Diane Haithman
In the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in London, a Los Angeles rabbi is hoping that audiences in Edinburgh, Scotland, will "vote with their feet" and stay away from upcoming Scottish Opera performances of the controversial John Adams opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," which will receive its British premiere later this month as part of the Edinburgh Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2004 | David Gritten, Special to The Times
When Adriano Shaplin, the writer for the Berkeley-based theater ensemble the Riot Group, embarked on his new play "Pugilist Specialist," a sharp critique of U.S. military operations in the Middle East, he knew it would not be seen first by American audiences. "Instead," recalled Shaplin, 24, "I sat down to write 'Pugilist Specialist' as a piece that would work at the Edinburgh Festival and on the London stage."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ian Hunter, 84, British agent for classical musicians and an organizer of arts festivals who worked with the Edinburgh Festival, died Sept. 5 in Balcombe, England, of unspecified causes. Among his clients were violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, pianist Daniel Barenboim and cellist Jacqueline du Pre. Knighted in 1983, Hunter was chairman and president for 35 years of the musicians' management agency Harold Holt Ltd., now Askonas Holt.
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April 2, 2000 | THOMAS CURWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Thomas Curwen is deputy editor of the Times Book Review
Shakespeare had it wrong. All the world's not a stage but merely a rehearsal for one summer month here, when every theater, assembly hall and cobbled street springs to life with music, dance, literature and film. Forget kilts, haggis, bagpipes and whiskey. In Edinburgh, the play's the thing--as is anything else that might draw a crowd. Billed as the largest celebration of arts in the world, the Edinburgh festivals--there are seven of them--set the city reeling for four nonstop weeks in August.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1998 | Mark Swed
The selling of Bryn Terfel, the Welsh baritone of oversized voice and presence, continues apace and without much taste, or so the covers of these two new releases seem to proclaim. On one, there is a close-up shot of Terfel badly made-up as the prophet Elijah; on the other, Terfel's mug is humorously pasted on an oil of Handel.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1986
Venant's characterization of the Paris expatriate literary scene I found a tad incorrect and sensationalized. Jim Haynes' soirees do not take place every Sunday. Jim is gone occasionally, as he does make annual migrations to the Frankfurt Book Fair, Cannes Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Poland and Louisiana, where he visits his elder father. I know Jim mugs for the sort of image Venant gave him, but in reality I don't find him or his parties as film noir or debauched as she described them.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2005 | Diane Haithman
In the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in London, a Los Angeles rabbi is hoping that audiences in Edinburgh, Scotland, will "vote with their feet" and stay away from upcoming Scottish Opera performances of the controversial John Adams opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," which will receive its British premiere later this month as part of the Edinburgh Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1993 | From Reuters
Organizers of the Edinburgh Festival--the world's largest arts festival--worked against the clock Thursday to salvage their program after a fire destroyed part of a theater. Performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group from the United States, the Canadian Opera Company and the Welsh National Opera were under threat because of the suspected arson, which occurred at the back of the newly refurbished Playhouse Theatre in its scenery storage area.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1991 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bright clear skies have marked the first full week of this city's 45th international festival--but storm clouds of controversy have hung heavy over the proceedings. The point of contention is the Fringe--the name given to the 500-odd companies and artists who come uninvited to Edinburgh at festival time each year and find small venues in which to perform. The Fringe constitutes a kind of alternative to the official festival.
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