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December 10, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
Weimar cabaret meets Pacifica in “Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel,” carving a weirdly effective niche for itself on the Santa Monica Pier. This dark-tinged program of deathless songs from the beloved composer takes environmental theater to a highly specialized place. Literally, since the West End Theatre is a reconfigured observation deck perched above Mariasol Restaurant at the end of the landmark pier. In a long, narrow room that suggests a supine rathskeller, four idiomatic performers and a keen piano-and-strings combo attack nine familiar numbers with a mix of Sprechstimme and moxie that is often evocative and arresting.
November 28, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Brent Goldman captured the fun and chaos of an illuminated Santa Monica Pier in this photo from Nov. 17. Catching all the elements -- the blur of the spinning ride, the roller coaster cars and the lighted Ferris wheel -- at just the right moment was a challenge, he said, but he was up for it. "My favorite part of the photo was capturing the emotions of the people on the spinning ride. I had to make sure I set my shutter speed appropriately so you could see their expressions, but still see the movement of the ride," he said.
November 23, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Newport Beach residents may soon be one step closer to roasting marshmallows beachside over natural gas-burning fire rings. On Tuesday, the city staff plans to recommend that the City Council approve participation in a pilot project with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install natural gas fire rings in certain beach areas, while also removing some of the existing wood-fueled fire rings. Currently, 33 fire rings are arranged in the sand near the Balboa Pier and 27 at Corona del Mar State Beach.
November 22, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
There are no regular tours to Alcatraz Island on Thanksgiving, but those willing to face the early hour and a chilly ferry ride can observe a special event. The Indigenous Peoples' Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering will take place around a bonfire on the Alcatraz parade grounds. Sponsored by the International Indian Treaty Council , the event is an opportunity to give "thanks for lives, our peoples and ways of life and the gifts we continue to receive from our sacred Mother Earth.
October 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This article has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details
It's time now for another media mini-feud! This bout features two media personalities who are no strangers to duking it out in public: CNN host Piers Morgan and Fox News contributor (and former politician) Sarah Palin. This skirmish began when Morgan tweeted a link to an article on the satirical site Daily Currant on Thursday. The story claimed that Palin, during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," talked about the ways in which Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his lifetime.
September 30, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Engineering experts worked through the weekend to investigate why a major bridge in Green Bay, Wis., began to sag last week, prompting its indefinite closure. On Sunday, crews finished placing movement sensors on three of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge's piers, or support pillars, including pier 22, state Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Kantola told the Los Angeles Times. It was pier 22 that settled Wednesday morning, causing a 400-foot span of roadway to visibly dip and prompting motorists to call 911. The Interstate 43 bridge's contours posed an immediate hazard and had the potential to send drivers airborne, according to another Department of Transportation spokesman, Kim Rudat.
September 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
The body of stunt pilot David Riggs -- who gained notoriety for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier -- was discovered Friday by search-and-rescue teams diving in a lake in northeastern China where he had crashed earlier in the week, Chinese media said. The body of Studio City-based Riggs was recovered at 12:12 p.m. local time from Caihu Lake on the outskirts of Shenyang after a search that lasted nearly three days, World Now reported. Riggs, a controversial figure whose pilot's license was suspended, flew his plane into the lake Tuesday afternoon while performing a stunt in which the wheels of the aircraft grazed the surface to produce a skiing effect.
September 18, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
A pilot who twice lost his flying license for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public was missing after he crashed his small plane in China, state news media reported. David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an air show. An 18-year-old woman serving as his translator was killed in the crash, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
September 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
One of the challenges of writing about - and quoting - comedians, we here at Show Tracker have found, is that you typically can't use the (often foul-mouthed) best stuff they say. It seems that Piers Morgan had the same problem. Morgan's interview with Gervais on Friday night spanned religion, gun control, Twitter, and even Gervais' own weight. (He's “thinner than ever” if anyone's wondering.) PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But a decent chunk of what Gervais had to say to the British journalist was bleeped out by CNN. “What's a joke you would tell on your death bed?
September 2, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
On what otherwise would be one of its busiest days of the year, the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach remained closed to the public Monday morning as engineers evaluated its safety in the wake of a boating accident that may have damaged its pilings, police said. Heavy fog was slowing the inspection of the pier but officials said they hoped a decision would be made later in the morning on whether the popular pier could be reopened to strolling visitors and fishermen on the Labor Day holiday.
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