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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
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?
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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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September 2, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The Balboa Pier has been reopened to visitors after engineers found no evidence of damage to its pilings caused by a boating accident. Newport Beach police said the popular pier was reopened to the public around 9:45 a.m. Monday and that crowds of pedestrians and fishermen were soon enjoying Labor Day outings on the wooden structure. The pier was closed Sunday night after a 55-foot-long private boat lost power and drifted into one of the pier pilings. The boat's passengers were rescued and no one was injured.
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September 1, 2013 | By Gale Holland
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. Rescuers on Sunday removed passengers from a pleasure boat after it lost power and drifted into Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, officials said. No injuries were immediately reported in the 8:15 p.m. incident. The 35- to 40-foot power boat held 11 to 15 passengers, most of whom were taken to the beach, said Newport Beach police Lt. Damon Pasaros. It was unclear whether the pier, which typically is full of strollers and people fishing until closing time at 10 p.m., was damaged, but it was closed as a precaution.
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