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By Michael Miller | September 26, 2006
On Feb. 9, 1964, four young Englishmen in matching suits played the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Teenage girls screamed in the audience and tugged their hair. More than 70 million viewers tuned in — and according to some reports, the crime rate across America plummeted for an hour. Beatlemania had struck, and the Western world changed overnight. On Thursday, the guitars, drums and screams sounded in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, but this time students sat quietly in the audience and watched bemused.
NEWS
February 10, 2004
PAUL SAITOWITZ Not to sound overly cocksure, but I was born to rock. From an early age, I played in bands, and when I hear Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," and my blood immediately starts flowing from Jimmy Page's "dada dada da" riff mixed with Robert Plant's howling vocals, I can feel that it's my destiny. Ask anyone who knows me, and they'll tell you the same. I'm also an incredible music geek. I can tell you that Charlie Sexton really rounded out Bob Dylan's live sound, and it's a shame that he left the touring act to go on to produce and work on other projects.
NEWS
September 18, 2004
TODAY WHAT: The 19th Annual Coastal Cleanup WHERE: Local beaches, Back Bay Science Center, 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. INFORMATION: http://www.coastalcleanup.org WHAT: Orange County Dyke March WHERE: Lions Park, 570 W. 18th St., Costa Mesa WHEN: Noon to 7 p.m. INFORMATION: The festival begins at noon, with the march beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event includes live music and food. Call (714) 534-0862.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | March 23, 2007
As the former front woman of Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick initially thought it would be "too cutesy" to illustrate rock 'n' roll icons when she started her art career in the early '90s. But after painting her first portrait of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, she enjoyed the opportunity to portray the musician as she knew him, and now images of performers such as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix pervade her collection, currently on display at the Wentworth Gallery in Newport Beach with artist receptions scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
NEWS
September 15, 2004
Deepa Bharath As a teenager, Eric Blair did not snicker at, scoff at or ignore the Cosmo and Vogue magazines his mom left lying around. He picked them up and read them cover to cover. "No, I'm not gay," the Costa Mesa resident says with a laugh. "I'm the straightest makeup artist you'll ever find." His television show, "Blairing Out," is broadcast through Adelphia and Comcast's public-access channel in nine Orange County cities. Blair's show is mostly red-carpet and sit-down celebrity interviews.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | September 10, 2005
"Whole Lotta Led" is a fan's story. That fan would be Costa Mesa resident Ralph Hulett, history teacher and co-author of a newly released rock 'n' roll biography. The book's subtitle, "Our Flight With Led Zeppelin," makes sense since Hulett describes his own youth as he tells the band's history. Hulett co-wrote the book with Jerry Prochnicky, who is also the co-author of a biography on Doors singer Jim Morrison. When "Whole Lotta Led" shifts from anecdotes from the band to first-person tales, the story is Hulett's.
NEWS
April 17, 2007
The Daily Pilot visited Orange Coast Middle College High School and asked Stephen Harper's 11th grade United States history classes what they learned about the backgrounds of several groups, including feminists, hippies, Latinos and Native Americans, during a class project. "It helped me. I felt like I had the freedom to express how I felt about the counter-culture. It helped me and my classmates learn from each other rather than from a lecture." Hayden Baldwin, 17 Costa Mesa "We had Native Americans and looked at how they had the highest suicide rate of any other minority.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | April 10, 2008
The early years of professional football in America were a pale shadow of the highly respected college game of that time. Pro football players in the 1920s were less than stellar as athletes and role models. On the surface, “Leatherheads” focuses on the rascals who played the game and the businessmen who financed the teams hoping for a national audience. But at its core, this movie really strives to revive the screwball comedies of the 1930s with a good measure of success.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | August 20, 2006
Most six-year-old boys grow up idolizing superheroes — Batman, Spiderman, guys who can fly or shoot stuff from their arms. Not Ryan Rose. His superhero swayed his hips to a different rhythm. For Ryan it's all about blue suede shoes, rock 'n' roll and "Heartbreak Hotel." It's all about Elvis Presley. Four years ago for Halloween, Ryan received his first glittery Elvis jumpsuit from his mother. Now the rest of his Elvis costumes come hand-delivered from another man in a suit.
NEWS
August 18, 2001
Young Chang Jumping into a scene where everybody seemed to be swinging, where every other band seemed to take root in the happy-go-lucky, Americana-style of swing and big-band music, members of Zoot Suit Revue came up with a gimmick. Metal, shine and flash. The sextet wears Zoot suits that band members admit look just "crazy." In everything from metallic fuchsia to a greasy royal blue, the costumes echo a free-spirited rebellion from 60 years ago, when playing or dancing to swing could get you in trouble, especially in Europe.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | August 23, 2012
The 13th annual Elvis Festival, themed the "Magic of Elvis," will honor the king of rock 'n' roll Sunday at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. California's only Elvis festival will commemorate the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Aug. 16, 1977. Presley's "Blue Hawaii" co-star Darlene Tompkins and lifelong friend Jimmy Velvet will make their first Orange County appearances during the festival's We Knew Elvis Q&A at 12:15 p.m. The pair also will be at the festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with memorabilia, signing autographs, posing for photos and talking about Elvis.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | April 10, 2008
The early years of professional football in America were a pale shadow of the highly respected college game of that time. Pro football players in the 1920s were less than stellar as athletes and role models. On the surface, “Leatherheads” focuses on the rascals who played the game and the businessmen who financed the teams hoping for a national audience. But at its core, this movie really strives to revive the screwball comedies of the 1930s with a good measure of success.
BUSINESS
By Wheelbase Communications | March 5, 2008
Cars and music go together like little else does. And if you’ve ever had to figure out how to get a dozen or more speakers into a vehicle and make it sound great, you’ll know exactly what we mean. Obviously, it’s worth it. Whether it’s because we’re “trapped” for the ride home from work with little in the way of outside stimulation or because we want to take full advantage of that precious “alone” time, we can’t seem to live without our tunes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | September 15, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Susan Mehta got a pretty good deal for $22 Friday: admission to the city’s top culinary event of the year and a chance to relive the 1980s. The Mission Viejo resident has attended the Taste of Newport at Fashion Island for nearly a decade, sampling dishes from restaurants across town. She also has a solid set of Huey Lewis and the News in her record collection at home. On Friday, she got to enjoy both, as the authors of “Hip to Be Square,” “The Power of Love” and other megahits prepared to headline the 19th annual festival’s opening night.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | April 27, 2007
The musical theater earthquake that is "Rent," first unleashed a little over a decade ago, still packs a furious punch. Currently enjoying a robust week's return engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, "Rent" carries an ensemble impact offered by few comparable productions. And the show comes with a built-in fan base of "Rentheads" ready to rock 'n' roll. It's a cruel twist of fate that creator Jonathan Larson, who died of an aortic aneurysm the night before the show's first off-Broadway performance, never was able to enjoy the astounding appreciation (including the Pulitzer Prize and a smattering of Tony awards)
NEWS
April 17, 2007
The Daily Pilot visited Orange Coast Middle College High School and asked Stephen Harper's 11th grade United States history classes what they learned about the backgrounds of several groups, including feminists, hippies, Latinos and Native Americans, during a class project. "It helped me. I felt like I had the freedom to express how I felt about the counter-culture. It helped me and my classmates learn from each other rather than from a lecture." Hayden Baldwin, 17 Costa Mesa "We had Native Americans and looked at how they had the highest suicide rate of any other minority.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | March 23, 2007
As the former front woman of Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick initially thought it would be "too cutesy" to illustrate rock 'n' roll icons when she started her art career in the early '90s. But after painting her first portrait of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, she enjoyed the opportunity to portray the musician as she knew him, and now images of performers such as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix pervade her collection, currently on display at the Wentworth Gallery in Newport Beach with artist receptions scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | December 22, 2006
Not even a three-year battle with lung cancer or the recent removal of a brain tumor can stop Doug Fieger, lead singer of the Knack, from rocking out in Costa Mesa this New Year's Eve. The band, which has been around for 28 years, will be joining several bands of national fame — such as Blondie, Violent Femmes and Everclear — and a number of local acts to ring in the new year at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center. The Knack has been taking it easy over the past few months because of Fieger's condition, though they played a show in New York just last month.
FEATURES
By Amanda Pennington | November 27, 2006
Members of the rock band the Green Room are attracting fans, getting invited to play gigs and making hundreds of dollars at some shows — all before they're old enough to drive or even take a high school music class. But for Blake Allen, Travis Barrett, Evan Harr and Alex Herrera, it's not about their age. It's about the music they play. The boys must have old souls. All are 12 except Alex, who is 13, but a large part of their repertoire comes from decades when even some of their parents were barely old enough to get into it. "We really like the Beatles and classic rock," said Travis, a seventh-grader at Corona del Mar Middle School.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | September 26, 2006
On Feb. 9, 1964, four young Englishmen in matching suits played the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Teenage girls screamed in the audience and tugged their hair. More than 70 million viewers tuned in — and according to some reports, the crime rate across America plummeted for an hour. Beatlemania had struck, and the Western world changed overnight. On Thursday, the guitars, drums and screams sounded in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, but this time students sat quietly in the audience and watched bemused.
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