January 25, 2004
Deepa Bharath Editor's note: Beginning today, we offer a new weekly feature called Living Memories. It won't be the story of former city leaders or captains of industry, it will be a story of a lives lived outside of the public spotlight, yet lives that warmed the hearts of those who knew them best. You only had to meet Aron Negron once to love him a lifetime. An hour, a day, a month. It didn't matter how long you've known Aron. You saw the same, unassuming smile.
March 8, 2005
Michael Miller He has a delicate physical condition -- for two years, he has been confined to a wheelchair -- but Dusty Brandom won't be treated like a patient in Lincoln Elementary School's production of "Oliver!" In fact, he gets to play the villain. Dusty, a sixth-grader at Lincoln who has muscular dystrophy, would like to be a rock star -- he writes his own songs, plays guitar and loves Jimi Hendrix -- but this week at Lincoln, he is a different kind of performer.
December 18, 2004
Husein Mashni Having an American passport makes me one of the few people who can actually go in and out of the Gaza Strip these days. But it's not easy. I live in Khan Younis, south of the Abu Holie checkpoint, which means I have to go through that checkpoint, which is in the middle of the Gaza Strip, to get to the Erez checkpoint in the north, where the national border between Israel and the Gaza Strip is. Even if you're the president, when you come to Abu Holie, you sit and wait with the rest.
March 16, 2003
Gay Wassall-Kelly Dick Dale, "King of the Surf Guitar," was a self-taught guitarist -- a lefty playing a right-handed guitar upside down. He mastered almost every instrument and he knew how to sing. He moved to California in 1954, immediately finding the perfect surfing spot, the tip of Balboa Peninsula -- the Wedge. By 1959, only five years out of high school, he began performing locally and drawing notoriety. With his growing popularity, he added a few musicians and tagged them the "Del-Tones," which by then attracted standing-room only audiences.
June 25, 2009
When local musician Jeremy Ashida goes off to tour the Midwest this summer, he won’t have a tour bus — he won’t even book any hotel rooms. To find a place to rest his head each night, the 23-year-old plans to rely on the kindness of fans and new friends. If he gets stuck without a bed, he’s also bringing a tent. Making new friends comes easily to Ashida; thanks to his social networking efforts, his music page has had millions of hits on MySpace — primarily from teens, tweens and young adults — and he’s sold tens of thousands of songs on iTunes.
January 28, 2005
Tom Titus Playwright August Wilson's theatrical backyard is Pittsburgh's predominantly black Hill District, where his Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas "Fences" and "The Piano Lesson" unfolded. It's a rundown section of town where, inevitably, dreams go to die. In "Seven Guitars," now on stage at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor Theater, Wilson's indelible characters laugh, love, fight, sing and, yes, kill. We know shortly after the play begins that the central character's dreams of musical stardom will be cruelly snuffed out -- we just don't know how, when or why. Director Eli Simon and his splendid cast bring Wilson's slice of life among the less fortunate to a resonating pitch, recalling a time -- 1948 -- when African Americans were just beginning to rebel against second-class citizenship.
December 26, 2007
Those looking to become rock stars can find everything they need to wail at the Tex Us Guitar Show at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center. Items will be shown and sold from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The show will have regular music appliances, such as amps, drums, books, parts, sound gear and guitars, but will also have specialty items such as violins, memorabilia, mandolins and banjos. Representatives from manufacturers, retail stores, guitar repair services and online companies will be in attendance.
May 24, 2007
For a half a dozen years, a CD player parked on a shelf in my dinky Newport Center office sat idle. I never bothered to plug the thing in. There wasn't a need. That's because an amiable chap named Francis Richard Nichol III — the Guitar Man as I was wont to call him, though his stone-washed, everyday name was Nic — occupied a similarly dinky space one door over. And the sound that spilled through our common wall and flowed out of the mail slot in his door was sufficient.
October 16, 2008
Antwon Byrd is not what you call a vocal leader. He said so. Byrd writes his feelings on paper. He plays them on a bass guitar. Byrd is as much an artist as he is a football player at Costa Mesa High. Coming up with poetic verses and smoothly plucking strings are a contrast to the collisions on the field. The first two allow the senior to express himself. “It’s just a way for me to escape reality sometimes,” Byrd said. With the Mustangs’ 0-5 start to the season, who could blame Byrd?
November 29, 2013
Church opened on a Sunday morning in October with a Buffalo Springfield song. Glenn Parrish stood up and strummed a guitar; its finish was worn where he rests his elbow when he talks between songs. He danced, bending his lanky legs as he launched into the first lines. "There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear. " About 15 people sat around him in a circle of slouchy chairs and wide couches. Some clapped and sang. Others sat and listened.