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By Jessie Brunner | May 6, 2007
Newport Beach native McKenna Medley was only a newborn when her father, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, recorded "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" with Jennifer Warnes for a low-budget romance film starring then-little-known actors Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Twenty years later, the song has gone on to win an Academy Award and a Grammy, McKenna Medley has a successful singing career of her own, and "Dirty Dancing" has captivated the hearts of a diverse audience, generating more than $170 million in box office sales.
By B.W. Cook | February 6, 2014
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Medley , Grammy-winning member of the Righteous Brothers and O.C. native son, fronted the recent "Celebrity Series" produced by the Crescendo Chapter of the Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Jan. 9 appearance delighted a sold-out crowd of about 300 guests at the Bowers Museum, as Medley presented his lecture called "The Time Of My Life," a title borrowed from one of the songs that made his act world famous. It is also the title of Medley's soon-to-be-released biography, written with Mike Marino , who joined Medley onstage and conducted an interview with the singer-songwriter.
By Sarah Peters | January 5, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH — If the walls of this beachside jazz joint could talk, oh, the story they would tell. Those walls of The Blue Beet date back 100 years, but the music venue and restaurant near the Newport Pier over the years has been shaped by much more than just jazz and steaks, said Scott Lewis, the general manager. "It's been around for a long time, serving as a hangout in one way or another," said Lewis, 32, whose father bought the Blue Beet in the early 1980s, sold it, then re-purchased it in the late '90s.
September 28, 2002
Young Chang The Pacific Symphony Orchestra's 2002-03 season has all the climates of a full year. Through the works of everyone from Mozart to Neil Sedaka, the season will offer music fitting for the chilliest of winters, the prettiest of springs, the most romantic of falls and the most blazingly intense of summers. "We make our own independent judgments as to what a balanced season looks like," said orchestra president John Forsyte. "We try to have different styles."
July 25, 2004
FLO MARTIN Back in May, I walked for the Daily Pilot's Relay for Life team. My share included Friday night, off and on from around 9 p.m. to midnight, and then nonstop until 4 a.m. Most of the folks on the track were going nice and slow, chatting with friends or with their cell phones, stopping for some refreshment, or just lost in thought. Saturday morning, I headed back for the track, ready for more traveling with former Pilot columnist Lolita Harper.
July 14, 2004
TODAY NOON Discover the Fair Button Scavenger Hunt (Noon to 10 p.m.) --Youth Building Junior Floriculture Contest (Noon to 2 p.m.) -- Youth Building Best Dressed Grapes Contest (Noon to 2 p.m.) -- Youth Building Jam Session Dancin' -- Kids Stage Market Calves Show Livestock -- Livestock Arena 12:30 P.M. Singer/Guitarist Steve Lord -- Centennial Stage 1 P.M. Maureen W. Puppet (1 to 6 p.m.) -- Grounds All-Alaskan Racing Pigs -- Porker Meadows Grapes or Bust Contest -- Kids Stage Market Beef Show -- Livestock Arena Shenanigan's Youth Theatre -- Heritage Stage Body & Soul Aerobic Dance -- Sun Stage Juggler Chaz Marquette -- Celebration Stage Rag Quilt or Jacket -- Home & Hobbies Stage Trinidad Steel Drum Band -- Centennial Stage Glassblowing Demonstration -- Crafters Village Art Demonstration -- Visual Arts Building 1:30 P.M. Russell Brothers Circus -- Green Gate Area Traveling Game Show (1:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
By TOM JOHNSON | September 22, 2006
The middle of next month, Oct. 11 to be exact, the Daily Pilot will again publish the Top 103 Most Influential section. It's really one of my favorite newspapers of the year. For those who aren't familiar with it, this is the one time a year we rank the most influential "people" here in our community. That's right, there's a No. 1, No. 2, all the way up to 103. Why 103 you ask? When the section started back in 1994, then-Editor Bill Lobdell and his team put together a list.
September 1, 2001
Opera Pacific, in association with generous benefactors Henry and Susan Samueli of Corona del Mar, are preparing for an Opera Ball kickoff fashion show and luncheon Sept. 11. Susan Samueli is chairing the show with her friend and dedicated co-worker Sandi Jackson. An overflow crowd of more than 200 opera patrons is expected for the late summer event, which will be staged on the breathtaking oceanfront lawn of the Samueli residence. South Coast Plaza is presenting the fashion show -- a prelude to the Opera Ball on Dec. 1 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel -- under the direction of Billur Wallerich.
By: Michael Miller | October 1, 2005
In the classics "Surfin' Safari" and "Surfin' U.S.A.," the Beach Boys immortalized Southern California's beaches for the pop music world. Among the sites mentioned in the lyrics are Huntington, Laguna, Doheny, La Jolla and Malibu -- almost an inventory of the lower West Coast. America's greatest surf band didn't name Newport Beach in either song, but on Sunday, Mike Love and his cohorts will play a major role in the city's history. The first event in the city's yearlong 100th birthday celebration, Let's Do Launch, to be held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, will climax with a performance by the Beach Boys on a stage overlooking the sea. For Love, the only remaining member of the original band, it's familiar territory.
October 14, 1999
Jessica Garrison NEWPORT-MESA -- It used to be a school had to be full of rich, business-minded parents in order to field a foundation. But across Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, parents who may not be as rich as Croesus, but who are nevertheless intent on improving their children's schools, are disproving this notion. "We're not a rich school," said Pat Ary, who is president of the newly created foundation at California Elementary School. "But as long as you have talented, hard-driven people who believe in our public schools, we're going to be able to do the same things that wealthier Newport Beach schools can do."
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