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ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
It began in April, 1974, as a lavish socio-aesthetic fluke. Herbert Armstrong, self-appointed messiah of wealthy, ultra-conservative and unaccredited Ambassador College and patriarch of the sponsoring Worldwide Church of God, was opening his own pink-onyx-and-gold-leaf shrine in Pasadena. He compared it, with characteristic modesty, to the Parthenon. Most of the time, the 1,200-seat hall would serve the community as a temple of art.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1990 | GRETA BEIGEL
David Hulme, Ambassador Auditorium's new performing arts director, was faced with a dilemma. Pianist Andre Watts, due to open the 1990-91 season, had canceled because of shoulder pain. Merely postponing the opening six days to present an already scheduled recital by Swedish baritone Hakan Hagegard posed another difficulty: Hagegard's performance was to start at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29--not long after the close of Yom Kippur.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1987 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
Lazar Berman, the controversial Soviet pianist, returned to Ambassador Auditorium Thursday night after a seven-year absence for a glasnost -oriented standing ovation and for a wild demonstration of old-fashioned, ivory-thumping, stormy-and-stressful hyper-romantic bombast. Well, one has to be fair. It wasn't all bombast. He did play softly once in a while, and nicely, too. He paid soulful attention to the somber rhetoric of Liszt's "Sposalizio."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA, Times Music Writer
For the past decade, Wayne Shilkret, performing-arts director of the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation, has been perceived as the chief impresarial rival of Los Angeles Philharmonic Managing Director Ernest Fleischmann. But now that Shilkret, 55, has been named new general manager of Hollywood Bowl, succeeding the outgoing Robert Harth on July 1 as second in command at the Philharmonic, Fleischmann will be his boss. In naming Shilkret to the newly created position, Fleischman commented he was following the dictum, "If you can't beat 'em, have 'em join you."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
The first criminal trial arising from the ongoing "pay-to-play" investigation into Los Angeles city contracting opened Tuesday with dozens of prospective jurors completing questionnaires. Twelve of those panelists will eventually decide the fate of two former public relations executives accused of conspiring to overbill the city a total of about $325,000 in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Douglas R. Dowie, once a political fundraiser and confidant of former Mayor James K.
REAL ESTATE
October 30, 1988
Actor Eddie Albert, Ambassador College in Pasadena, Nissan Motor Corp. in Carson, the city of Port Hueneme and car wash operations in Lakewood and Temple City were honored at the 31st annual Los Angeles Beautiful Business and Industry Awards program at the Los Angeles Hilton.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2002 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of delays and growing community opposition, Legacy Partners has abandoned plans to build a massive residential development on the site of the former Ambassador College in Pasadena, the property owner said Monday. The Worldwide Church of God, which owns the 48-acre campus and other nearby property in western Pasadena, said that Foster City-based Legacy had decided against renewing a contract with the church to purchase the property and develop it into about 1,700 housing units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2002 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A half block from the intersection of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, the launching point of the Rose Parade, is Pasadena's secret garden: the sprawling grounds of the former Ambassador College campus.
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