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May 3, 2002 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eras of pop music never really go away. There's always a band like Oasis aping the Beatles, or one like the Strokes obsessing over a period from the New York underground that ended before its members were born. Somewhere in all that now is an echo of sensitive male balladeers, with such new hit-makers as Train and Five for Fighting reaching for the feel-good '70s touch of Elton John.
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SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Sadly, there won't be an appearance by the Beach Boys at the upcoming Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium. Now that would have been a master stroke in keeping with the SoCal theme. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter thought Neil Young would have been an especially inspired choice. Then again, Young is a San Jose Sharks season-ticket holder. Sutter, in fact, met him briefly back in the day when he coached the Sharks. But the musical program for the Jan. 25 game was rounded out Wednesday when organizers announced that KISS will be joined by Jordin Sparks and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting as featured performers, along with the USC Trojan Marching Band.
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SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Sadly, there won't be an appearance by the Beach Boys at the upcoming Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium. Now that would have been a master stroke in keeping with the SoCal theme. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter thought Neil Young would have been an especially inspired choice. Then again, Young is a San Jose Sharks season-ticket holder. Sutter, in fact, met him briefly back in the day when he coached the Sharks. But the musical program for the Jan. 25 game was rounded out Wednesday when organizers announced that KISS will be joined by Jordin Sparks and John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting as featured performers, along with the USC Trojan Marching Band.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2002 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eras of pop music never really go away. There's always a band like Oasis aping the Beatles, or one like the Strokes obsessing over a period from the New York underground that ended before its members were born. Somewhere in all that now is an echo of sensitive male balladeers, with such new hit-makers as Train and Five for Fighting reaching for the feel-good '70s touch of Elton John.
BUSINESS
May 27, 1998 | JUAN HOVEY
Want to expand your company but can't afford an ordinary bank loan? Do what John and Frank Cullen did several years ago when a customer offered to send them additional business if they expanded their operation: Tap California's small-issue industrial development bond program for some cheap capital. The program allows businesses to raise as much as $10 million by selling corporate bonds disguised as municipal bonds.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2001 | STEVE HOCHMAN, Steve Hochman is a regular contributor to Calendar
"This song was about the decline of the American spirit," says John Ondrasik, leading his band Five for Fighting onstage at the El Rey Theatre recently. "But that doesn't seem appropriate anymore, so I wrote new lyrics for the end."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2004 | Amelia Neufeld, Times Staff Writer
A man housesitting for a rock musician was in serious condition Thursday after being stabbed by an intruder in the singer's Encino home, police said. Carlos Canton, 44, was stabbed numerous times Wednesday night in an attack at the home of Five for Fighting lead singer John Ondrasik, said Los Angeles Police Det. Rick Swanston. Canton's wife, Alba, 34, who was hired with her husband to housesit, was scratched during the attack, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2004 | Zeke Minaya, Times Staff Writer
A man who police believed was stabbed by a stranger as he visited his wife, a housesitter for a rock musician in Encino, actually was attacked by her lover, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. Alba Canton, 34, and Eduardo Antonio Garcia, 39, were in the Encino home of singer-songwriter John Ondrasik on July 28 when her husband showed up unexpectedly to take her to dinner, police said. Garcia hid in a bedroom closet as Canton gave her 44-year-old husband a tour of the home, investigators said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2000 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Your presence here is more valuable than your vote," quipped Bangles guitarist Vicki Peterson as the reunited group settled in on the Roxy stage Monday at the 11th annual Gimme Shelter benefit. Some might say that could also apply to a session at a tanning salon these days. But there was definitely a sense of time well spent at this event, which not only raised money for the H.E.L.P.
NEWS
June 14, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After five years, the value of Los Angeles' enterprise zone program--in which firms get state tax breaks and other lures to move to or stay in tough communities such as Watts and Pacoima--is unproven. To be sure, there is evidence of new industrial vitality in Pacoima. But is it because of the area's enterprise zone tax benefits? That is unlikely, said Alex Nuno, the program's coordinator. And signs of renewal are hard to find along Van Nuys Boulevard, Pacoima's retail core.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2001 | STEVE HOCHMAN, Steve Hochman is a regular contributor to Calendar
"This song was about the decline of the American spirit," says John Ondrasik, leading his band Five for Fighting onstage at the El Rey Theatre recently. "But that doesn't seem appropriate anymore, so I wrote new lyrics for the end."
BUSINESS
May 27, 1998 | JUAN HOVEY
Want to expand your company but can't afford an ordinary bank loan? Do what John and Frank Cullen did several years ago when a customer offered to send them additional business if they expanded their operation: Tap California's small-issue industrial development bond program for some cheap capital. The program allows businesses to raise as much as $10 million by selling corporate bonds disguised as municipal bonds.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Lon Lindeland, who oversees music for the Best Buy chain, didn't even have to hear any songs from the Backstreet Boys' upcoming album to decide that there's still interest in the group after a nearly five-year hiatus. "They came by the office," he says, recounting a visit by the vocal group a few weeks ago to the company's Minneapolis headquarters. "And I can't tell you how many twentysomething girls who work here were going crazy to meet them."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2008 | Tina Daunt
The GOP's uninvited guest, Hurricane Gustav, initially cast a pall over festivities at the Republican National Convention this week, but by Wednesday the party was popping. Actor Jon Voight made the rounds; so did singer Pat Boone (easy to spot in white suit and boots). Former Nixon speechwriter turned actor and columnist Ben Stein worked the convention floor between appearances on CNN. Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik, a John McCain fan who donated to the senator at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills in June, performed at a downtown nightclub.
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