January 20, 2011
Newport Beach resident Lawrence M. Higby on Tuesday was voted the new chief executive and board chairman of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, formerly known as the Orange County Performing Arts Center, in an early election. Higby, 64, replaced former Chairman Thomas V. McKernan as the head of the county's largest nonprofit arts organization after an election by the board of directors. McKernan, who was elected chairman in 2008, left his third one-year term early, but is staying on the board of directors, said Tim Dunn, director of public relations.
July 30, 2008
The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, more commonly known as the Hammer Museum, was founded in 1990 by Armand Hammer, the late chief executive of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Besides showcasing historic and contemporary art, the museum has programs that include lectures, film screenings and musical performances. The center, managed by UCLA, interprets visual art and shows the work of artists often underrepresented. In 1994, Bill Gates bought Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, a collection of scientific writings, for $30.8 million.
September 16, 2006
Orange County began on July 17, 1955, with the opening of Disneyland. Prior to that, we were a collection of families living on or near farms. One of those families was the Segerstroms who, 10 years later, would open what would become one of the nation's premier shopping malls. If Disneyland put Orange County on the map, the Segerstroms added the little arrow that reads, "You are here." "Here" is an area that has become the envy of America. Where the county was once the butt of jokes about our conservatism and surfers, we are now a top destination for tourists who want to have a good time and families who want to have a good life.
June 9, 2003
Lolita Harper Costa Mesa's Broadway is no longer just a small residential street on the Eastside. It's metropolitan. It's culture. It's the Bank of America Broadway Series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. For years, performing arts insiders have talked about putting Orange County on the map and sealing its reputation as a national cultural hub. After a great journey, the area once known only for its proximity to Los Angeles has arrived.
May 6, 2003
Christine Carrillo The Mexican army's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, is the inspiration for a celebration of Mexican unity and patriotism, one shared by many Americans. Cinco de Mayo, a day representative of Mexico's willingness to defend itself from foreign intervention, is also a day of cultural celebration. And UC Irvine students didn't miss the chance to celebrate on Monday. With the red, white and green flag waving, folklorico dancers dancing and fragrant carne asada cooking, UCI's Cinco de Mayo celebration gave students a chance to experience the flavor of Mexico without having to leave the campus.
January 7, 2003
Lolita Harper Orange County Museum of Art officials ended their exhaustive hunt for a new executive director Monday. Dennis Szakacs, now the deputy director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, will replace Naomi Vine, who died of cancer a little more than a year ago. In his current gig, Szakacs heads program development, the planning of a new building and museum management, officials said. He will begin at the Orange County Museum of the Arts in April.
April 12, 2001
Generosity to schools should be encouraged Regarding the "Generosity should extend districtwide" editorial that ran April 8, Newport-Mesa Unified School District costs are paid by collecting taxes from all homeowners in the district. Because of higher property evaluation, perhaps Newport Beach homeowners pay more of these costs on a per capita basis. Newport Harbor High School has made great strides, been named a Blue Ribbon school, and has showed concern for community issues, especially encouraging the minority interests who play an ever-increasing role on the Newport Harbor campus.
March 4, 2001
South County leaders played the villain in the El Toro soap opera last week, yanking their support for extending the caps at John Wayne Airport. With the move, the nine member cities of the El Toro ReusePlanning Authority turned up the heat in their battle to stop the county from building an airport at the former El Toro Marine base. A year earlier, the authority had passed a resolution supporting extension of John Wayne's flight restrictions, which are set to expire in 2005.
July 25, 2000
ARTS FOUNDATION SUPPORT Don Gregory, co-chairman of the proposed arts and education center, has requested that the City Council reinstate one staff member to the Arts Foundation. The committee is planning and raising funds for its $12 million project to turn the library into a cultural center. What to expect: According to city policy, the planning staff has recommended the council deny Gregory's request. The policy requires boards, commissions or committees to receive council permission to enter into contracts.
June 15, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- An impassioned plea that the city set aside land for a proposed arts and education center sparked opposition from residents who have different visions for the coveted site next to the Newport Beach public library. "I feel I'm drowning in a sea of procedural red tape," said arts and education center committee co-chairman Don Gregory. "Please stop tabling this, tabling this and tabling this. There is a great need for this project.