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November 20, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
Shakespeare, second chances and the desire for redemption fuel the Old Globe's 2008 summer season in San Diego. Samuel Taylor and Cornelia Otis Skinner's 1958 comedy "The Pleasure of His Company," in which a prodigal playboy tries to be dad to his debutante daughter, will be presented July 17-Aug. 17 in the Old Globe Theater.
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August 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, an enviable record. But eight of those have come on the soft red clay at the French Open. So after Nadal lost in the first round at Wimbledon to unheralded Steve Darcis two months ago, few would have predicted he would respond with a perfect 10-0 mark on hard courts this summer, winning two titles and acting as if he was 20 again with fresh, healthy knees, not 27 with aches and pains that make him testy when he's asked to talk about them.
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NEWS
July 19, 1991 | KEVIN RODERICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Next to the upper Sacramento River, life seems so normal that the eyes are drawn to the towering peak of Mt. Shasta as it plays a morning dance with the clouds. Now you see it, now it's gone. On the river bank, children play beside what looks and smells like clean mountain water. A boy sells Kool-Aid for 25 cents a cup. No dying fish flop madly in the shallows.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
The summer moviegoing season is a time for superheroes, explosions - and marketing tie-ins. Some are a common-sense pairing of cinema and brand - "Fast & Furious 6" and Dodge,  "The Hangover: Part III" and Caesar's Palace Las Vegas - while others are a little more perplexing. Here's a list of some of this year's most over-the-top and unexpected movie tie-ins: The movie: "Man of Steel" The product: Hardee's (East Coast) and Carl's Jr.'s (West Coast) Super Bacon Cheeseburger PHOTOS: Celebrities cash in with overseas ads The concept: It takes many brands to save Metropolis.
SPORTS
July 26, 2006 | BOB MIESZERSKI
One week after the opening of Del Mar, the best meet of the summer begins today at Saratoga. The 36-day season, which begins this afternoon, will feature 15 Grade I stakes races, the first of which is the $500,000 Diana on Saturday. Today's 10-race card is highlighted by the $100,000 Schuylerville. A Grade III race for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, the Schuylerville drew eight entrants, including a pair of young ladies trained by Todd Pletcher.
NEWS
June 17, 1993 | SEAN WATERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The high school basketball season does not start until November, but some of the area's top players will be competing in basketball tournaments nonstop through July. The action started last weekend with the L.A. Watts Summer Games. The activity peaks between July 5 and 30, when college coaches can scout the games. Here's a list of some of the nation's top tournaments: * The Converse ABCD Summer Jam 1993, July 5-8, on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Old Globe Theatre is beginning its summer season with an end-of-summer staging of "As You Like It." Set in the alfresco Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, this "As You Like It" is bountiful, well-spoken and without major surprises--unless it's the fact that the production's overriding melancholy is underplayed in the one character, Jaques, where it's most needed. The hints of incipient autumn are established by David Jenkins' set.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with budget problems, the Fullerton City Council on Tuesday voted to solicit a second round of construction bids for renovating the outdoor theater at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center and essentially shelved a planned upgrade of the center's dining area, according to a city official. The delay jeopardizes the theater's 1991 summer season, according to Wes Morgan, superintendent of Fullerton's Community Services Department.
SPORTS
April 25, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Hollywood Park will begin its annual lengthy spring/summer meeting with a new name and a top attraction. Thursday will mark opening day at Betfair Hollywood Park. It begins a program of Thursday-Sunday racing that will contest $6.8 million in stakes money and will carry on right through racing's Triple Crown season to a July 15 ending. Thursday's opening-day feature will be the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes. But Friday's first evening card will attract the weekend's most attention, with the appearance of Acclamation, an Eclipse Award winner last year and winner of Del Mar's Pacific Classic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2000 | SUZIE ST. JOHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As their first date night in six years approached, Lenore and Robert Whiteside wanted it to be a memorable one. So, on a recent Saturday night, the Van Nuys couple headed out to Universal CityWalk to check out the highly touted expansion that features 30 new restaurants, shops and attractions. "We're so happy we came. It's been six years since our last visit and it's all wonderful," Lenore Whiteside said. "It's a place I can bring my son to or where we can come back as a family."
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Tickets go on sale Friday for the summer season at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas . The lineup includes stars from comedy, country music, sports and much more. Among the upcoming acts: July 6: Weird Al Yankovic brings his pop-culture parody to the stage. In a three-decade career, Yankovic has amassed 30 gold and platinum albums. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance start at $29. Aug. 1-4: Dixie's Tupperware Party brings saleslady Dixie Longate's off-Broadway smash to the intimate Troesh Studio Theater . The actual sales pitches are intertwined with plenty of homespun stories and even some giveaways of the plastic storage containers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Saturday in the park with Bernadette (Peters, that is) will highlight the summer season at the Los Angeles County Arboretum announced by the Pasadena Pops and its new principal conductor, Michael Feinstein. Peters, whose many starring turns on Broadway include the original production of Stephen Sondheim's “Sunday in the Park With George” in 1984, will be the headliner on June 29, with Larry Blank conducting. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Feinstein will conduct three of the five shows in the series, leading a “Michael Feinstein's Songbook” program (June 1)
SPORTS
April 24, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Betfair Hollywood Park begins what could be its final 49-day spring-summer meeting Thursday. The California Horse Racing Board is scheduled to move forward on 2014 racing dates at its next meeting on May 23 in Sacramento, even though Hollywood Park has not publicly stated whether the track will shut down at the end of this year. Jack Liebau, president of Hollywood Park, said last week that people seem to be assuming the Inglewood track will not have racing next year. "They may be right; they may be wrong," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
This post has been updated. Opening the Los Angeles Philharmonic's summer season at the Hollywood Bowl with Beethoven's big Ninth Symphony on Tuesday night, the conductor Leonard Slatkin told the audience that this hallowed score, a symphonic overcoming of suffering, is an almost annual event in the amphitheater. In fact, it's more a special occasion. Its performance at the Bowl three years ago is a hard act to follow. That was Gustavo Dudamel's media-frenzied free concert that began his L.A. Phil music directorship and gave a whole new meaning to the "Ode to Joy" that famously ends the symphony.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Year-round schooling. Baby boomers date-nighting. Insatiable appetites DVRing, VODemanding, online streaming. March madness game changing ("Hunger Games," not basketball, $358 million and counting). A short way to say popcorn is not just for summer anymore. Moviegoers - young (the summer staple) and old (increasingly coming back to the five-and-dime, Jimmy Dean…) - want a constant flow. The idea that audiences are more intrigued, or less pressed in the summertime, or that there are movie mood swings tied to weather patterns anymore is just downright silly.
SPORTS
April 25, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Hollywood Park will begin its annual lengthy spring/summer meeting with a new name and a top attraction. Thursday will mark opening day at Betfair Hollywood Park. It begins a program of Thursday-Sunday racing that will contest $6.8 million in stakes money and will carry on right through racing's Triple Crown season to a July 15 ending. Thursday's opening-day feature will be the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes. But Friday's first evening card will attract the weekend's most attention, with the appearance of Acclamation, an Eclipse Award winner last year and winner of Del Mar's Pacific Classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2000 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It hasn't been a summer to warm studio execs' hearts. The movie season (which begins in early May and ends around Labor Day) is half over, with only two genuine blockbusters "M:I-2" and "Gladiator" (and possibly "The Perfect Storm"), compared to six last year at this time: the "Star Wars" prequel and "Austin Powers" sequel, "Notting Hill," "The Mummy," "Big Daddy" and "Tarzan."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1992 | KENNETH HERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The San Diego Symphony has appointed Murry Sidlin artistic director of the symphony's 10-week summer season at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Sidlin, who has been a frequent guest conductor here since 1988, is best known locally for his successful Classical Hits series at Copley Symphony Hall. Symphony executive director Wesley Brustad announced the appointment Monday. Sidlin's job, which begins immediately, will be to oversee programming for the SummerPops season, as well as to conduct.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Still recovering from March's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Japan is stepping up efforts to draw foreign travelers, even recruiting Lady Gaga to spread the word that much of Japan is safe for visitors. As part of the effort to lure visitors before the summer travel season ends, the Japan National Tourism Organization recently posted online the radiation levels for downtown Tokyo, which the tourism group says are lower than in tourist destinations such as New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
When disagreements between some of Hollywood's most powerful people began to roil plans for a fourth "Spider-Man" movie several years ago, some in the entertainment industry were advising filmmakers to walk away. But Laura Ziskin, the franchise's producer and primary creative force, decided to push forward. Even though it soon became clear the movie would have to be made without its star (Tobey Maguire) and director (Sam Raimi) — losses that would generally be considered deal-breakers — Ziskin took the then-unconventional route of starting over with a new director and actor.
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