October 3, 2003 |
With Walt Disney Concert Hall earning high praise even before it has opened, the directors of a planned new performing arts center in Kansas City have hired its acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota, while dumping another leading name in the concert-acoustics field, Russell Johnson.
July 25, 2003
While it upsets me that the engineers of California's recall attempt are systematically eroding our democratic system, it is the financial implication that really gets me. In the midst of a $38.2-billion budget shortfall, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley estimated the cost of the recall election at about $35 million -- an amount that the myriad slashed social services could desperately use. Instead, the money, which will come directly from California's taxpayers,...
November 10, 2005 |
WORLD premieres by composers William Bolcom and Philip Glass, a collaboration with conductor Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra, and a series of four festivals will highlight the Pacific Symphony's 2006-07 season. It will be the Orange County orchestra's inaugural season in its new home, the $200-million Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall designed by architect Cesar Pelli and acoustician Russell Johnson.
November 2, 1999 |
Navajo hunters found a decomposing body in the Utah desert that is believed to be one of two survivalists sought in the killing of a police officer last year, authorities said Monday. The killing prompted a major manhunt across the Four Corners area in 1998. With the body were found military clothing, a bulletproof vest, a Kevlar helmet and two pipe bombs, said Russell Johnson, assistant police chief in Cortez, Colo.
February 13, 2005 |
When Philadelphia's Verizon Hall opened in 2001, acoustician Russell Johnson described it as a "sister hall" of the one he was working on at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Now, on the heels of a report by Johnson's own firm detailing some expensive-to-fix sound problems at Verizon, backers of the Orange County hall, due to open in fall 2006, are saying the two auditoriums are more like cousins, twice or thrice removed. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Jan.
July 18, 2004
Re "Bush Defends Reasons for War," July 13: I'm not sure how anyone in the executive or legislative branches can seriously blame the intelligence gatherers for the faulty data upon which many of them now claim their decision-making on a preemptive invasion of Iraq was predicated. If our intelligence agencies were unable to uncover a long-planned, well-coordinated attack within these very United States, why would anyone think these agencies could provide information with an acceptable level of certainty about existing weapons in a country across the world to which access was largely cut off?
September 16, 2002
Gosh, everyone is so surprised at the latest Florida election fiasco ("Florida Vote Foul-Up Puts Reform Onus on Congress," Sept. 12). For hundreds of years, little pieces of paper with holes punched in them have had a pretty good record of providing pretty accurate results in thousands of polling places in thousands of elections. No system being perfect, "design flaws" may have caused problems in a handful of locations over the centuries. And yes, we all know of one possible biggie in that department--out of billions of "beta tests" of paper ballots.
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September 17, 2006 |
Generating a buzz was pretty much the point of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall's gala opening Friday night. But not this kind of buzz. Under the baton of conductor Carl St.Clair, music director of the hall's resident orchestra, the music poured forth as planned inside the $200-million maple and red-velvet showcase for classical music in Costa Mesa, from the opening rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to Placido Domingo's singing of "Canciones de Lorca."
February 5, 2004 |
The three-hour tour that became the three-year series that became the three-decade-plus rerun staple has now, on its 40th anniversary, been enshrined on DVD -- "Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season" -- and in honor of the occasion Warner Home Video threw a party Tuesday at the FantaSea Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. "Quite amazing to me," said Bob Denver, a.k.a Gilligan, of the show's enduring popularity.