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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dalena's ancestors are Scotch-Irish. Her hair is blond, her eyes blue. She was born in Indiana and grew up in Florida--a long way from Southeast Asia. She didn't utter a word of Vietnamese until three years ago, just before she decided to debut at a nightclub in Anaheim, singing Vietnamese songs with incredible clarity for a Westerner.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1991 | CHRIS PASLES
Soprano Jennifer Smith, 27, of Tustin, came in first; Mel Whitehead, a 33-year-old bass from Anaheim, came in second, and Laura Fries, a 31-year-old soprano from Fountain Valley, came in third on Sunday among the 12 participants in the Orange County district Metropolitan Opera auditions held at Chapman University. Each winner will compete in regional finals Nov. 1 and 2 at USC.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1995 | Richard Natale
Aren't computers wonderful? Thanks to the wonders of modern sound technology, audiences will be able to hear a sound that no longer exists in nature--the voice of a castrato. "Farinelli," which opens March 17, is the Belgian entry in this year's Oscar race and the surprise winner of best foreign film at the Golden Globe Awards (against such heavy favorites as "Red" and "To Live").
NEWS
August 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
Country singer Johnny Rodriguez was charged with murder in the shooting death at his home early Saturday of an acquaintance he mistook for a burglar, his lawyer said. He was being held Saturday night in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Rodriguez, 47, is charged in the shooting death of Israel Borrego, 26, an unemployed laborer he met a few months ago. Borrego died at a hospital after being shot once in the abdomen.
NEWS
March 7, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition.
Range, nimbleness afoot and a powerful throwing arm are the prerequisites for playing shortstop in the big leagues. Sara Hickman's trade has nothing to do with stopping grounders up the middle or turning the double play, but the Texas-based pop singer was not being presumptuous in calling her new album "Shortstop."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1989 | HOLLY GLEASON
It's late afternoon at the Palomino, the North Hollywood cowboy bar that has played host to everyone from Waylon Jennings and Marty Robbins to an early-model Linda Ronstadt, and Jann Browne is waiting for Rosie Flores to finish her sound-check. Waiting is something the country singer from Mission Viejo is good at because it's something she's been doing for the last 15 years. But now Browne is about to get her shot at the big time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1991 | AARON CURTISS and JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Singer Rick James, the Grammy-winning "King of Funk" of the 1980s, was arrested with his 21-year-old girlfriend Friday for allegedly imprisoning and torturing a 24-year-old woman with a hot cocaine pipe over three days at James' Hollywood Hills home, police said. James, 43, who with Prince spearheaded the '80s merger of funk and rock, was held in lieu of $1 million bail at the North Hollywood Division jail after he was arrested Friday morning at home with his girlfriend, Tanya Anne Hijazi.
NEWS
December 19, 1993 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Probation Officer Rudy Gutierrez took a wildly varied group of Roosevelt High School students--including a former gang member and a future nun--and formed a band to help remind them of their common Latino heritage. The Latin Singers, as they came to be called, was established as an outlet for Roosevelt students "to sing in Spanish, to sing something they are proud of," said Gutierrez.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
As a singer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for nearly 30 years, mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias was always itching to tell the stage director what to do. "I would think, 'Ah, gee, I wish he would do this and I wish he would do that,' " Elias said recently. "Of course, sometimes I would speak up, but usually you have to leave it to their creativity." Since 1983, however, Elias has been doing what she long wants.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
"Airrrrr!" The word is delivered as a joyous high note as singer Bobby McFerrin leaps to his feet when a window in this backstage room at UCLA's Royce Hall is finally opened, admitting a fresh spring breeze. McFerrin has been conducting one press interview after another on this recent Monday, and the windows have been closed because a radio show was being taped in an adjoining room.
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