January 19, 2012
COSTA MESA — To the crashing of cymbals and beating of drums, a brilliantly adorned troupe of Lion Dancers at South Coast Plaza on Thursday heralded the arrival of the Year of the Dragon. The shopping center was kicking off its 13-day celebration of the Lunar New Year. A 40-foot red paper dragon coiled itself in the two-story space around Jewel Court, and a ring of holiday greetings from the balcony above proclaimed "Happy New Year" in English and the languages of four Asian countries marking the occasion: China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.
June 23, 2002
Summer nights deserve a little heat. And while the weather is not cooperating, the dance troupe Noche Flamenca will do its best to bring some sultry style into the summer starting Thursday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Noche Flamenca, started in 1993 by Artistic Director Martin Santangelo and his wife, hails from Madrid, Spain. The flamenco troupe is highly regarded internationally, earning acclaim from reviewers at both the New York Times and the San Francisco Examiner.
July 9, 2008
Last summer, the American Coast Theater Company introduced itself to local audiences at Vanguard University with a stunning performance of one of the American theater’s classic dramas, “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Next weekend, the professional troupe returns in a lighter mood and will push the farcical pedal to the metal with the B detective movie spoof “Bullshot Crummond.” “It has everything from plane crashes to car chases to sword fights, with a little romance thrown in,” said Susan K. Berkompas, who’s directing and also playing the comic villainess Lenya.
April 24, 2001
Danette Goulet Dancers' limbs and torsos twisted and writhed in ever-changing, fluid motions as the lightning fast beat of African drums filled the air. Liquid rhythm and grace is how I would describe the dancing of Abdoulaye Camara, a dance master from Guinea, Africa, and his once-pupil Nikola Clay. The dancers performed for students at Davis Education Center in Costa Mesa on Monday to the amazing percussion sounds of three other members of their troupe -- Aziz Faye, Jason Hann and Bill Meinerding.
October 12, 2002
Young Chang The last thing Dean Corey, executive director of the Philharmonic Society, wants to do is trot the globe looking for artists whose only value is that they are unusual. Sure, he's found an acclaimed sitar player, a troupe of throat singers from Tuva, a Hawaiian dance company and other creatively different artists, but his first criterion in seeking out performers for the Eclectic Orange Festival, which has its opening performances this weekend, is quality.
December 29, 2000
The Pacific Chorale Girls Chorus will hold auditions by appointment only for girls 8 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6. The chorus is directed by Jean Turrell, a vocal music specialist in the Irvine Unified School District and former director of education for Pacific Chorale. Information: (714) 662-2345. Call between Tuesday and Jan. 5. OCC to have busy season in 2001 More than 30 shows are on the calendar for Orange Coast College's winter and spring performing arts season, arranged by OCC's Community Education Office.
September 20, 2007
For one fascinating week, UC Irvine offered us a welcome news diversion from Newport Beach’s City Hall. Now, they have abdicated the front page — at least temporarily — by hiring the law school dean they had hired and fired once before. But in the ashes of that law school conflagration, there are some useful embers that remain to be stirred, even though they were formulated on the premise that given all the substantial egos involved, the settlement wouldn’t happen quickly.
March 21, 2007
Amid chilly weather, eight Radio City Rockettes generated some Christmas cheer at the Samueli Theater on Tuesday evening, announcing their December engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with their world-famous kick line. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will bring 22 Rockettes, two camels, four sheep, a donkey and Santa and Mrs. Claus to Orange County for the first time since the world's most famous precision dance troupe first performed at the Radio City Music Hall 75 years ago. In her second year with the group, Huntington Beach native Amy Lenhardt is looking forward to dancing on her home turf, having trained since she was 5 years old to be a Rockette.
July 15, 2007
Orange Crush Demolition Derby Those seeking true knockabout entertainment can head to the seventh annual Orange Crush Demolition Derby at the OC Register Arena. In this event, held at 3 and 8 p.m. today, drivers will ram each other until only one car is left running. The show is free with regular fair admission. Peking Acrobats There are few things more hair-raising than watching a man balance upside down on one hand on top of a 20-foot stack of chairs. For the Peking Acrobats, though, it's all in a day's work.