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May 15, 2002
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT CENTER -- For Matthew Aston, waiting isn't a chore. Every second is fun. Every minute is laced with merry anticipation. And every hour that passes snowballs into a gigantic force, charged with thrill and powered with excitement. Aston, a Santa Ana Heights resident, is one of several "Star Wars" fans who have pitched tents outside the Edwards Big Newport theater at Fashion Island hoping to snag some of the best seats for the first screening of "Episode II: Attack of the Clones" at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
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By Alan Blank | August 24, 2009
The Costa Mesa nonprofit Arts & Learning Conservatory received a $5,000 grant from the Doreen D. Marshall Fund, which it plans to use to give scholarships to Newport-Mesa Unified School District students who want to participate in an upcoming performance of a musical version of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” The instruction for the program takes place at Vanguard University and costs $135 to $295 per student, according to the conservatory. Theatrical auditions will be held Sept.
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By Michael Miller | August 12, 2006
COSTA MESA — Christina Smith had an unusual challenge this summer: Take a galaxy far, far away and fit it on a small stage across the street. Every year, the Arts and Learning Conservatory, a summer theater camp for kids at Vanguard University, puts on an elaborate production in the Newport-Mesa Christian Center by campus. This time, the troupe mounted its most ambitious show — the entire first three episodes of "Star Wars," condensed by writer-director Smith into a 90-minute live show.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | June 10, 2007
Thirty years ago, in a movie theater 80 miles away, Ralph Perez was blown away when he saw the first installment of "Star Wars," and entered into an intense competition with his first true girlfriend over who could see the film more times. Hundreds of dollars and more than 100 screenings later, he knew he was a die-hard fan, and when "The Empire Strikes Back" came out three years later, he wanted to be first in line. "I was among the first cutting-edge people that had to be in front of the theater before it opened, taking turns napping on torn-up cardboard boxes," Perez said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | December 24, 2009
In 1977, George Lucas created a captivating new reality for moviegoers in a galaxy far, far away. With “Avatar,” master filmmaker James Cameron has launched that concept into an orbit so high, that even Darth Vader can only look up in awe. The complexity of the new world conjured up by his special-effects wizards makes “Star Wars” seem like a hollow plastic shell. But there’s much more to this epic sci-fi adventure than amazing computer generated images.
NEWS
July 26, 2005
"'Star Wars' -- the whole trilogy. My mom was sort of a freak about it, and I like it too." JAMES BARRETT, 9 Newport Beach "'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' It's funny." JENNA NULTY, 9 Newport Beach "'Benji.' We went to a movie store, and my mom said it was a great movie, so we watched it." HANNAH FELFE, 9 Newport Beach "'Ace Ventura' -- all of them -- because Jim Carrey is hilarious and witty and weird." MADDIE PECKENPAUGH, 11 Newport Beach "'Star Wars: Episode 3.' It makes we wonder sometimes that that's the way our world could end up."
NEWS
May 21, 2005
1. Hundreds of "Star Wars" fans lined up at Edwards Big Newport this week to get the first crack at the latest in this string of science fiction epics by director George Lucas. What is the name of this final piece of the trilogy? A. Star Wars: Episode III -- The Wookie Returns B. Star Wars: Episode III -- Vader Nation C. Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith D. Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of Steve Smith 2. The Newport Beach City Council will soon lose its leader, as Mayor Steve Bromberg has accepted a superior court judgeship position.
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May 18, 2005
Andrew Edwards Only a few hours remain before Peter Merry has his chance to cheer. "There's nothing like seeing this movie with a packed house full of fans," Merry, 36, of Ladera Ranch said. "When the screen goes dark and it says 'A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away,' it just goes crazy." Since May 8, the grassy area in front of Edwards Big Newport theater has been transformed into campsite filled with "Star Wars" fans, such as Merry, who are waiting for their chance to see the franchise's final episode, "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith."
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May 22, 2005
PETER BUFFA Do you get it? I don't get it. I understand the "long time ago" part, but aren't all galaxies except ours "far, far away"? Yes, you little Earthling you, "Star Wars" mania is upon us once again. The sixth and final episode of George Lucas' intergalactic soap opera was born Thursday morning across the country at the stroke of midnight. I will see it, eventually, and I'm sure it will be entertaining. If you are any good at reading subtext, that tells you everything you need to know about my standing in the "Star Wars" fan club.
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By Michael Miller | March 18, 2014
When the faceless duo Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year in January, a short, spiky-haired man joined them on stage and announced, "Back when I was drinking, I used to imagine things that weren't there that were frightening. Then I got sober, and two robots called me and asked me to make an album. " Attention, music fans: The man who uttered those words is coming to the University Synagogue in Irvine on March 27. To tell stories, no less. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams may have looked like an unlikely partner for the members of Daft Punk, who appear in public in futuristic garb that vaguely recalls the Stormtroopers from "Star Wars.
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By Michael Miller | March 6, 2014
Probably more than any other instrument in an orchestra, the tuba has the sound of authority - big, brassy, deep and imposing. For the young, struggling John Van Houten, that sound inspired the discipline he needed. The tuba instructor, who began teaching last fall at Concordia University in Irvine, took up the instrument in his early teens and soon found that his overall performance in school increased with his musical proficiency. Over the ensuing decades, Van Houten went on to play for film and television (he counts "The Simpsons" and "The Incredibles" among his credits)
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April 27, 2013
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By Bradley Zint | October 4, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH – When I hear notes written for a galaxy far, far away, it takes me back to a long time ago. That's what happened to me Saturday morning at the Newport Beach Central Library. I was there to hear a trio from the Pacific Symphony's string section present a kid-centric concert that highlights music's classical side. Violinists Dana Freeman, MarlaJoy Weisshaar and cellist Laszlo Mezo did their best to grab the attention spans of the group of 3-year-olds and above who were in attendance with their parents.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | January 7, 2010
No major movies opened in the last week of 2009. It’s a good time to take a look at the best entries in a record year for box office receipts. In the category of Big Action Adventure, the monster hit is clearly “Avatar.” It’s a must-see classic sci-fi burner, as groundbreaking as “Star Wars” was for the 1970s. Robert Downey Jr.’s version of “Sherlock Holmes” as a dynamic super hero is a close second. The new “Star Trek” took the venerable franchise to a new level of interest and entertainment.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | August 24, 2009
The Costa Mesa nonprofit Arts & Learning Conservatory received a $5,000 grant from the Doreen D. Marshall Fund, which it plans to use to give scholarships to Newport-Mesa Unified School District students who want to participate in an upcoming performance of a musical version of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” The instruction for the program takes place at Vanguard University and costs $135 to $295 per student, according to the conservatory. Theatrical auditions will be held Sept.
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By Candice Baker | July 30, 2008
What do Andrew Lloyd Webber and Obi-Wan Kenobi have in common? Nothing — until now. “Star Wars: Musical Edition,” created by the denizens of the MIT Musical Theatre Guild, has been cleared for hyperspace this weekend for the first time as a children’s production. The Arts & Learning Conservatory, which meets at Costa Mesa’s Vanguard University, has put the production together as the culmination of a sold-out, two-week workshop for Orange County youth.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | June 10, 2007
Thirty years ago, in a movie theater 80 miles away, Ralph Perez was blown away when he saw the first installment of "Star Wars," and entered into an intense competition with his first true girlfriend over who could see the film more times. Hundreds of dollars and more than 100 screenings later, he knew he was a die-hard fan, and when "The Empire Strikes Back" came out three years later, he wanted to be first in line. "I was among the first cutting-edge people that had to be in front of the theater before it opened, taking turns napping on torn-up cardboard boxes," Perez said.
FEATURES
By Allen Kisinger | March 18, 2007
Have you ever looked to the stars and wanted to explore mysterious and exotic worlds? Did you ever think to yourself, "Why can't I have a flying car?" while enduring rush-hour traffic? Will we ever have robot maids, fully automated houses or Netflix movies beamed directly to our brain? While modern science is unable to provide such luxuries and adventures, the world of science fiction has the ability to take us to far-off worlds and futuristic mega cities where such things are easily possible.
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