December 15, 2009
This month's makeover COMPANY SNAPSHOT Business: Ice Bulb, based in Newport Beach, sells custom-made ice decor to hotels, restaurants and event planners, among others. Owner: Marc Entin Employees: 2 part-time, 8 temporary Revenue (2008) : $280,000 Founded: December 2007 Start-up funds: $100,000 in personal savings from Entin and his former business partner CHALLENGE How to find enough customers that want his higher-priced products GOAL Increase annual sales to $750,000 in 2010, educate people about the possibilities of using ice as decor, and become the leader in the ice industry MEET THE EXPERT Charlie Baecker is administrative director of the Don Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine and a lecturer at the business school.
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September 21, 2009 |
Leon Kirchner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of expressive, rigorous, atonal yet romantic music, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at his home in New York. He was 90. A pianist and conductor as well as a composer, Kirchner stood somewhat outside the main musical currents of the late 20th century, forging his own way without being confrontational. A superb craftsman, he wrote music that was emotionally supercharged but also structurally rigorous, very much in the tradition of the Second Viennese School (Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg, in particular)
February 25, 2009 |
The Music Guild uses a quote from the Los Angeles Times in its promotional material that credits the organization with bringing some of the best groups in the world to the Southland. I don't know how old that quote is. The guild has been around for quite a while and tends these days to function on the periphery, although with a devoted and sizable following. It began 65 years ago as a chamber music series at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. It has long been peripatetic. This year, it's presenting its main series of six programs at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Northridge.
October 31, 2008 |
When artist Ann Hamilton completed building what she called an acoustic tower in Sonoma County last year, Meredith Monk was on hand for the inauguration. She sent up the tower's central spiral staircase vocalists, a string quartet, a woodwind player and a percussionist, singing and playing as they slowly ascended, their sounds reverberating in the eight-story silo and producing what one imagines to have been a magical, site-specific "Climb Every Mountain" of modern art.
January 15, 2008 |
The Ying Quartet has been launched into chamber music orbit -- and it's easy to see why. These four siblings know how to attract attention. Timothy, Janet, Phillip and David Ying have been separating themselves from the pack with such offbeat projects as collaborations with the jazz-based Turtle Island String Quartet, folk musician Mike Seeger and future-shock electronics wiz Tod Machover.
December 20, 2007 |
The Calder Quartet -- suave in appearance and elegantly unified in its playing -- is the model of the sleek young string quartet. The ensemble's technical accomplishment is very high. The four men dress alike: fitted suits, black shirts, skinny striped ties. They have a reverence for the formal Classical style and for formal Modernism as well. Not much appears to ruffle them, which makes the Calder's recent interest in Terry Riley both unexpected and intriguing.