November 19, 2013 |
USC is taking over the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, bringing more than 15,000 works of Asian art dating from ancient times to today under the university's control, along with the nearly 90-year-old replica of a Chinese palace that houses the museum. USC and museum officials described the new relationship as an “alliance” and a “partnership” in a written announcement Monday, but Robert Cooper, the university's vice provost, said in an interview that the existing independent nonprofit board that runs the museum will cede full control to the university starting next month.
November 4, 2013 |
Pasadena has changed little over the past half-century. What's new, of course, is Old Pasadena. But much of the city remains recognizably old Pasadena. That has certainly been true of the Pasadena Symphony as a bastion of tradition. It was founded in 1928, and between 1936 and 2010 it had only three music directors. All arrived having had distinguished careers and remained for a long time. Even the orchestra's home throughout those years, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, maintained its old-Pasadena feel.
June 26, 2013 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have sparked immediate interest in their Sept. 14 super-welterweight title fight, a sellout generating a live gate of more than $19 million in less than 24 hours serving as confirmation. So has the 11-city press tour that has already taken the fighters to New York City, Washington, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Chicago, with the Los Angeles stop coming Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at L.A. Live. “People are going crazy over this fight ... long lines camping out from 1 a.m.,” promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions said Wednesday.
May 28, 2013 |
The quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national titles has gone missing after possibly having "some kind of mental episode," a law enforcement official said Tuesday. Cullen Finnerty, 30, may have run into the woods while on a fishing trip near Baldwin, Mich., about 65 miles north of Grand Rapids. According to Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts, Finnerty's family told investigators that the former football star “was nervous about something and it was suspected that he might be having some kind of a mental episode.” Finnerty, who was briefly a member of the Baltimore Ravens, was reported missing Sunday night.
April 27, 2013 |
After months of drought, many areas of the Midwest on Saturday continued to fight off flooding from rising rivers that are not expected to crest for several more days. National Weather Service forecasters expect flooding to continue throughout the week along the Des Plaines, Fox, Illinois and other rivers and their tributaries in Illinois. U.S. Geological Survey monitors in the area have recorded record floods. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared 48 counties in his state disaster areas.
April 9, 2013 |
"Smokefall" appears to be Noah Haidle's version of "Our Town. " Nearly every American playwright has one, but most keep them hidden in desk drawers. This addition to the Thornton Wilder 2.0 collection, however, has been honored with an attentive production, directed by Anne Kauffman at South Coast Repertory (in a shared world premiere with Chicago's Goodman Theatre). Those with a penchant for homespun elegy playfully whipped up may enjoy "Smokefall," but the work is really a collection of derivative themes in search of a fleshed-out drama.