January 26, 1995 |
Rain soaked the big top, but nothing short of a tsunami could have dampened the enthusiasm of audience and performers alike as Cirque du Soleil opened its latest extravaganza, "Alegria," at the South Coast Plaza mall Tuesday. Alegria means "joy" in Spanish, and in its best moments, when bodies are free falling in curlicues or snaking themselves into outlandish profiles, this new Cirque production conjures whoops and laughter.
August 5, 1994 |
Fans who go to see the California Angels tonight are sure to see at least something sparkle at Anaheim Stadium. Making its debut at tonight's game against the Chicago White Sox will be the new $3.6-million Sony Jumbotron Video board. The board is bigger and more technologically advanced than its predecessor, which toppled during the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake. Not only are its color images far brighter, but it is also a good deal more resilient, seismically speaking, officials said.
September 29, 1989 |
With Toyota/Lexus and Nissan/Infiniti already wrestling BMW and Mercedes for some small portion of an overpopulated luxury car market, along comes Audi with its quiet but highly significant challenge in walnut, leather and velvet V-8 power. Stylistically, here is a flagship of handsome looks falling somewhere between dispassionate and dignified--without resorting to body badges, numerics or nomenclature to brag of its muscle and punch.
May 9, 1993 |
To the untrained eye, Diane Curran's portraits resemble psychedelic Rorschach tests. That's because she doesn't bother with faces or figures of her subjects: She paints portraits of their energy patterns. "I started seeing pictures of light and color in my mind when I was 4 years old," says the Sherman Oaks-based metaphysical artist, who began painting as a hobby more than 20 years ago. "Over the years, I've just learned to focus these perceptions without editing them with my rational mind."
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October 14, 1998 |
In a strong expression of support for building the next generation of military jets at Palmdale's Plant 42, California's entire congressional delegation has signed a letter asking the Department of Defense to compare production costs there with costs at any other facility. The contract to build the Joint Strike Fighter could be worth up to $750 billion over 25 years and is expected to generate thousands of new jobs in the region where it is built. The Oct.
December 15, 1992 |
Two competitors in Orange County's accounting software industry announced acquisitions on Monday. State of the Art Inc. in Irvine said it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Accountant Inc. product line, an entry-level accounting program for the Macintosh computer, from Softsync Inc. The move is aimed at increasing State of the Art's presence among small businesses. State of the Art will move 15 of Accountant Inc.'s employees from Coral Gables, Fla., to Irvine.
January 28, 1998 |
Accounting software maker State of the Art Inc. said Tuesday that it is being bought for $263 million in cash by a rival based in the United Kingdom. The Sage Group PLC, the European leader in accounting software for small- to mid-sized businesses, will pay $22 a share--or 33% more than Monday's closing price of $16.50--for the Orange County firm. Wall Street embraced the news, pushing the company's stock up 31%, or $5.19 a share, to $21.69 on the Nasdaq market. More than 3.
November 24, 1987 |
If David S. Samuels has a favorite movie line, it might well be Howard Beale's battle cry from the 1970s film "Network": "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Samuels, president of a small Costa Mesa software company called State of the Art, got mad last week. So mad, in fact, that he issued a strongly worded news release in which he served notice on computer retailing giant Businessland that he wasn't going to take it anymore.
June 17, 1995 |
Five times this month, planes have briefly disappeared from the screens of the state-of-the-art radar system at Miami International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the problems, insists that passengers have never been in danger. But controllers at the nation's fifth-busiest airport disagree. "Any time the radar fails it does pose a hazard," said Jim Allerdice, southern region safety chairman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn.
May 6, 1991 |
In what may be the wave of the future, the American Golf Corp. has developed a state-of-the-art practice center in El Toro. It is not an ordinary driving range. There are 66 mat and 20 grass stations in which a golfer hits into grass--not dirt--landing areas with multiple target greens simulating course conditions. Moreover, there are five chipping areas that can be rented by the hour, featuring sand traps and bent grass greens.