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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1998 | LISA ADDISON
Auditions for street performers will be held March 7 at the Irvine Spectrum Center, from 1 to 5 p.m. "This program is designed to give talented people of all ages the chance to audition in front of a panel of judges, who will select the most talented acts to perform at Irvine Spectrum Center throughout the year," center spokeswoman Elizabeth Weaver said. Categories include magicians, mimes, unicyclists, jugglers, clowns, fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, singers, musicians and dancers.
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August 3, 2013 | By Jenn Garbee
Bill Okal's opening line is one of the oldest tricks in the close-up magic book: undersell your talent, then dazzle them with your best cards. "I really only do two tricks," the Bakersfield resident says apologetically to the two families standing in front of him on the Santa Monica Pier on a recent Saturday morning. He taps on three brass demi-cups perched upside down on a weathered cabaret table with pom-pom trim. "One is with cups, which I'm sure you've seen before…. The other, if you're ready for this, is the legendary egg trick of Max Malini!"
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1997
After listening to views of more than 40 street performers and merchants, the City Council is scheduled to resume discussion next week on a controversial ordinance regulating street performers. "Street performers are the heart and soul of the [Third Street] Promenade," said Mayor Pam O'Connor. "They're what sets it apart from a shopping mall. They lure people here." The proposed ordinance calls for limits on performers' noise levels and on where they can set up.
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June 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, John Glionna and Rebecca Keegan
LAS VEGAS -- At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show, and she turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa. " On Saturday night inside the MGM Grand, Cirque du Soleil's 9:30 p.m. performance of "Ka" -- an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work -- had reached its climactic battle scene, and something had just gone very wrong. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as "Sassoon," had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far over the stage when the Bell sisters saw her suddenly go into a free fall and tumble out of sight.
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November 11, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Katrina is not a happy clown. Accustomed to having free run of the Third Street Promenade, Katrina will soon be tethered in a performance zone, with a $120 license affixed to her baggy clown suit. She will only be able to work the movie lines with the forbearance of the enforcers of a new law aimed at imposing order on the chaotic street-performer scene at the Promenade. "This is not good for me," Katrina, whose civilian name is Kathryn Mara, told the Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1999
Protesters registered their anger with City Hall on Tuesday by sending officials a 1,300-foot-long roll of butcher paper that carried messages condemning a new law that regulates city street performers and vendors. The new ordinance requires performers and vendors on the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier to move to a new spot every two hours or face a $250 fine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1985 | MARILEE ENGE, Times Staff Writer
A visitor to Horton Plaza this weekend can expect crowds, shops still under construction and enough activities to be entertained at every turn. The plaza will offer music, comedy and dance, a chance to meet Mrs. Fields of cookie fame and, for some lucky shopper, a trip to Paris, London or Geneva. During the grand opening weekend, there will be flamenco dancing, vaudeville, Dixieland jazz and mariachis, and tours of the shopping center by members of the Lamb's Players Theatre.
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August 22, 1991 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At dusk on Sunday, a crowd of about 200 stood transfixed in the center court of the Santa Monica Promenade as a tall man in a black tuxedo performed magic tricks and juggled while riding a unicycle. A few doors south, a small group of onlookers gathered around a Latin rhythm combo. In the other direction, a man played his three-octave chimes. And from somewhere on the three-block stretch, the haunting sound of a saxophone traveled through the chilly air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1996 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Already in Laguna Beach, it's illegal to yell, shout, hoot, whistle or sing in public between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.--or any other time if it aggravates somebody. Now, the City Council will rule whether playing a musical instrument on city streets should be added to the list of nocturnal nonos. Merchants and hoteliers say street musicians who sometimes strum, drum or blow until 3 in the morning are bad for business, said Police Chief Neil J. Purcell Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1997 | JOSEPH HANANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To earn his living, Rich Smith totes out a white upright piano in a '79 Chevy van that shakes and rattles at every bump. Arriving at his most frequent venue, Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, he pulls out two planks he stores on the floor and wheels his upright onto the street. Often he spends more time toting and tuning the piano than actually playing it. But when he plays, even in a noisy venue filled with competing performers, the effect is often electric.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze, Nickelodeon stars Leon Thomas III and Cody Longo are among the acts that will headline Universal CityWalk's concert series, the entertainment complex announced earlier this week. CityWalk's “Music Spotlight Series” features a mix of street performers and emerging artists. The series happens every Friday and Saturday night from March 22 to April 20 at CityWalk's free outdoor venue, 5 Towers. PHOTOS: 'American Idol': Where are they now?
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August 21, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
The Michael Jackson dance-alike toiled for three hours to prepare for his performance: arching his eyebrows, reshaping his nose with tape, airbrushing his skin to King of Pop perfection. He wriggled into a black military jacket and black floodwater pants that mirrored the singer's style, down to the bunched white socks. He headed to his usual haunt on Las Vegas Boulevard: outside gilded Planet Hollywood, near the busy crosswalk to fountain-fronted Bellagio. Atop a stool, he balanced a black fedora and a single glittering glove.
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June 8, 2011 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
On a recent breezy Saturday, the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is, like most days, packed with tourists meandering and snapping pictures as the sounds of street acts — claps and chants from an army of break dancers popping and locking, traditional Middle Eastern music with belly dancer accompaniment, and the giggles of pedestrians clamoring to get a handshake from a tiny monkey — compete for attention. Surrounded by it all is singer John West. He is perched on a stool and focused on his guitar.
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April 16, 2011
EVENTS Los Angeles Antiques Show Spanning centuries and crisscrossing the globe with its wares, the 16th annual Los Angeles Antiques Show offers French and Continental furniture alongside 20th century design objects and African tribal artwork. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $20. (708) 366-2710. http://www.losangelesantiqueshow.com. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach The rubber meets the road at the 37th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which takes over 2 miles of seaside streets.
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December 5, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
A few days ago at Hollywood & Highland, a smooth-scalped man in a black leather jacket, jeans and sneakers got a red-carpet treatment that royalty might envy. Not one, but two, L.A. City Council members took turns gushing over him. His fellow countryman, the director James Cameron, praised the honoree as a theatrical magus who conjures "living dreams," populated with aerialists, acrobats and clowns that are actually amusing. Then, as a beaming Hollywood Chamber of Commerce representative looked on, Guy Laliberté, the press-shy billionaire founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, stepped forward to unveil his and Cirque's shiny new star, the 2,424th on the Walk of Fame.
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September 16, 2010
Crustacean connoisseurs have a full weekend to consider the lobster — as well as live music, dancing, street performers, pirates and shopping — at the annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. A meal with fresh lobster flown in from Maine and all the fixings runs $18. Featured musical acts include Saint Motel, Dengue Fever, plus John Doe and Exene Cervenka of the band X. Ports O' Call Village, 1190 Nagoya Way, San Pedro. 5-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. $9 for adults, free for children younger than 12. (310)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1999 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Baseball has its seventh-inning stretch. Buckingham Palace has its changing of the guard. And now, Santa Monica has its street performer shuffle. An emergency ordinance passed by the seaside city this week requires sidewalk entertainers and vendors to stand 40 feet apart, and to pack up and move 120 feet every two hours while working the Third Street Promenade or Santa Monica Pier, the city's most famous tourist attractions.
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August 22, 2009 | Associated Press
A city in England said Friday that two buskers, or street performers, who plagued a suburb by repeating the same two songs have been banned from performing for two years. The Birmingham City Council said the men angered residents with late-night and out-of-tune renditions of two tracks: "Wonderwall" by Oasis and "Faith" by George Michael.
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