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ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Think of Knott's Berry Farm's new XK-1 attraction as Disneyland's decades-old Tomorrowland rockets on steroids. Or a Kirilian carnival ride for Han Solo. The $2-million XK-1, which opened to the public over Memorial Day Weekend and was previewed for the press Friday, takes the same concept as the Disneyland rockets--simulated flight during which the pilot has some degree of control over the vehicle--and gives it, quite literally, a new twist. For in addition to the control stick that allows would-be jet pilots at Disneyland to make their rockets ascend or descend while rotating high above the ground, the XK-1 lets riders execute 360-degree barrel rolls in either direction.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Plans for a 250,000-square-foot mall, which would bill itself as the entertainment center of South County, will go before the Planning Commission today. Called simply "Kaleidoscope," the mall would feature a 16-screen cinema complex and a range of dining experiences, from food court to gourmet restaurants. The 16-acre site is off Crown Valley Parkway on the northeast side of Interstate 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1989 | WENDY PAULSON
The City Council on Wednesday night approved a plan to open a neighborhood jazz club in a small shopping center, a move that many residents said would be a welcome addition to the beach community's night life. The action came after residents who live near the shopping center had blasted the proposal by Ray Campbell of San Clemente and local jazz saxophonist George Butts for a 140-seat nightclub.
BUSINESS
March 24, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to take advantage of investors' interest in digital entertainment, game developer Interplay Entertainment Corp. said Monday it plans to raise about $72 million by selling stock in an initial public offering. The company--best known for its outrageous marketing campaigns--has struggled to make a profit over the last several years, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
BUSINESS
May 4, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Get ready for Silliwood, the sequel. In 1994, headlines proclaimed the marriage between Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Experts promised a brave new media world, and consumers appeared eager to buy computer games based on films or television shows. Hundreds of companies jumped into the fray, hoping to make millions. But few succeeded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nine years, Ken Clifton spent his days unclogging other people's drains and wondering whether life would ever take him further than the underside of a kitchen sink. But things couldn't have taken a more amazing turn for the 25-year-old Cypress native with the peach-fuzz complexion. Now his home is a downtown Paris hotel within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After setting records for bookings and attendance in 1988, Orange County's two large amphitheaters found leaner pickings during the recently concluded 1989 outdoor concert season. The intense annual competition between the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa and the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine finished in a dead heat in terms of number of shows. Each venue staged 36 concerts--a marked decline from 1988 totals of 55 shows at the Pacific and 45 at Irvine Meadows.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1997 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the popular outdoor concert site threatened with destruction in a recent dispute, is being sold to a financier who helped propel the Hard Rock Cafe chain to international fame. In an agreement disclosed Friday, Thomas "Jock" Weaver III's Nashville Country Club Inc. will buy 51% of the theater from a group headed by Robert E. Geddes, the theater's managing partner. Weaver also is buying control of Geddes' Avalon West Coast, a leading concert producer and promoter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
Four years after the closure of the Golden Bear, once the hub of Orange County's live music scene, a successor may be in the works. The Planning Commission on Tuesday night recommended approval for a plan by the Peppers restaurant and entertainment chain to open a nightclub and restaurant to be called the Peppers Golden Bear a short block from the original.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE
The proving ground for jazz--the place where styles develop, fresh statements are struck and innovations are made--has traditionally been the nightclub. But if current trends persist, there'll be little of that in Orange County during 1994. Sure, there'll be plenty of concerts featuring respected names in wide and wonderful settings. But as good as many of these performances promise to be, you can bet they will chronicle history rather than make it.
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