September 4, 1992 |
The Lancaster Performing Arts Center is barely a year old, but the city-owned, $10-million theater has already changed its director and its direction. Susan Davis, performing arts manager for the theater's first season, left at the end of the season when her husband was transferred from Edwards Air Force Base to a position at the Pentagon. Her replacement, Bruce Spain, took over the position in June.
December 13, 1991 |
Columnist David Casstevens of the Arizona Republic had a little fun recently with the speculation that has had Ram Coach John Robinson going to Arizona State as the successor to the fired Larry Marmie. Casstevens pointed out that Robinson has yet to take over in Tempe, although on Dec. 5 a Phoenix television station called Robinson's hiring by ASU "imminent." "Robinson may well end up at ASU," Casstevens wrote. "The Sun Devils could do worse.
February 29, 1988 |
A proper performance of "Die Fledermaus," Johann Strauss' classic operetta, should be like vintage champagne. The unreasonable facsimile splattered across the stage of the Orange County Performing Arts Center by Opera Pacific on Friday resembled nothing so much as flat soda pop. Bruno Walter, the great romantic conductor, knew what he was saying when he once admonished a colleague to treat the work as if it were by Mozart.
August 9, 1991 |
The long-awaited Lancaster Performing Arts Center will officially open on the weekend before Thanksgiving, according to Susan Davis, cultural arts superintendent for the city. The new 758-seat theater, located in the heart of Lancaster's downtown commercial strip, will open Nov. 22 for three days of free performances by several local groups. Two weeks later, on Dec. 6, the city-owned facility will present its first paid attraction--the Oakland Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker."
May 23, 1988 |
Faced with a $50,000 operating deficit and a critically needed $500,000 re-roofing job, the East County Performing Arts Center has scotched 11 of the 14 dance, theater and music acts planned for next year, including appearances by Sid Caesar, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Alley Theatre's Moscow-bound production of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."
August 8, 1991 |
The ticket prices for live theater these days are so astronomical that it sometimes seems as if this form of entertainment is only for the wealthy. But there is a source that allows consumers to enjoy some of the abundance of live theater in Southern California at a very low cost. That source is On the House, which the industry calls a "papering service." Because performers need an audience, theaters often give out blocks of unsold tickets, and On The House gets them for its members.
December 16, 1990 |
You hate to open the paper week after week and read about Mike Ditka's blowups. So how about an expert on type-A behavior commenting on Mike Ditka's blowups? Meyer Friedman, a San Francisco physician, in an interview with the Associated Press, defined type-A behavior as "an emotional medical disorder characterized by excessive impatience and easily aroused hostility in trivial matters involving other people."
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November 23, 1991 |
Premiering with a sold-out concert headlined by Henry Mancini and his orchestra, Lancaster inaugurated its new 758-seat Performing Arts Center on Friday night, a $10-million-plus boost for downtown that arrived nearly a year behind schedule. City officials, civic leaders and other Antelope Valley residents turned out for the black-tie optional event that kicked off a weekend of theater activities. The $50 and $75 Mancini tickets had sold out long in advance.
May 31, 1989 |
Eugene Loring began his choreographic career by focusing on an American archetype in "Billy the Kid," his most famous ballet, created in 1938. He ended his career by widening his vision to encompass the rise and fall of cultures with "Time Unto Time" in 1981. "The ballet is about creation and destruction in global terms, like (among) nations, or in individual terms, like a man and a woman," said Patrice Whiteside, the executor of Loring's estate. She is in Irvine this week staging the ballet for UCI faculty dance concerts, today through Saturday at the campus Fine Arts Village Theatre.