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May 14, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
These are groundbreaking times, literally, for Orange County performing arts and cultural institutions. On May 22, the Balboa Performing Arts Theater will break ground in a symbolic gesture meant to spur donations for a struggling project that remains millions of dollars short of being realized. On July 25, South Coast Repertory will break ground in earnest.
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May 14, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
These are groundbreaking times, literally, for Orange County performing arts and cultural institutions. On May 22, the Balboa Performing Arts Theater will break ground in a symbolic gesture meant to spur donations for a struggling project that remains millions of dollars short of being realized. On July 25, South Coast Repertory will break ground in earnest.
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May 17, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM
The Celebrity Dinner Theater, offering a meal and a musical, has been confirmed as the first tenant of the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center. Improvements to the lighting, sound system and backstage must precede the anticipated mid-November opening of "A Big Band Christmas." Limon/Carr Productions of Tustin has contracted to bring shows to one of the three halls in the downtown venue, a restored, 71-year-old Masonic Temple.
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September 15, 2000 | Mike Boehm
Like much else in the awakening downtown that surrounds it, the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center--the 70-year-old former Masonic Temple at 505 N. Sycamore St.--is a work in progress.
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September 27, 2001
5:30pm Art A big "aloha" to the island that inspired the stylish designs of popular Hawaiian shirts. But there's more to the Hawaiian Islands than fashion. A special island-themed preview of the new exhibition "Inventing Paradise: Hawaiian Image and Popular Culture" at the Fullerton Museum Center is sure to entertain. Guest curator Richard Smith will host a walk-through of the show followed by a hula performance by the Alohis Polynesian Group at 7 p.m.
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September 5, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County performing arts lovers take for granted that they can see name talent and the best local ensembles in classy, modern, immaculate surroundings. Now comes a chance for that missing something: the special pleasure of sitting in a fine, old hall that has a burnished elegance and offers a sense of history. A place that affords the smell and shine of well-preserved wooden floors, beams and banisters.
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February 17, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana's drive to remake its downtown as a hub for arts and entertainment is getting a boost with the arrival of a playwrights' theater to showcase little-known local writers, and a dinner theater that will offer familiar musicals. The board of New Voices Playwrights Workshop voted this week to take up tenancy at the DePietro Performance Center, a 78-seat house on Main Street that opened in June. A kickoff event on Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2001
Despite all their advantages and attractions, Orange County and its 34 cities have lacked one feature that identifies so many other major metropolitan areas--a real downtown. Anaheim's Disney area, busy and attractive as it may be, doesn't really qualify. It's an amusement park locale with the attending hotel, food and convention center support facilities. Neither do the quaint "village"-type areas of Laguna Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach make the cut.
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March 15, 2003 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
When the swank Twin Palms restaurant in Newport Beach closed its doors, the Junior League of Orange County found itself considering alternative locations for its annual fund-raiser. One of the choices was downtown Santa Ana, a suggestion that left some members cold. "The location was an issue," league member Erin Keller said. "We really had to sell to our members."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL and GENA GUISAR
The St. Edward Church Social Justice Committee will hold a special presentation on the Catholic "just war" theory at 7 p.m. Sunday. Father John McAndrew will offer an overview of the theory and answer questions. The church is at 33926 Calle La Prima Vera in Dana Point. (949) 496-1307. Special Events * The Islamic Educational Center of Orange County will host an open mosque event today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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March 1, 2004 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana is the seat of county government and home to the region's bustling courts, but even downtown, mothers pushing strollers seem to outnumber bureaucrats toting briefcases. The transformation of the city's relatively modest downtown into one of high-profile development may be launched with the construction of a 37-story office tower that is awaiting City Council approval.
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