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August 10, 2001
Britney, Christina, Mandy and Jessica: Much of the world may mock you and claim you can't sing, but I'm proud to call myself a fan. I know most of the lyrics to most of your songs and repeated episodes in cheesy karaoke rooms have put me in my place: "Oops I Did It Again," not to mention "Genie in a Bottle," are near impossible to pull off. And to homemakers everywhere: I wish I could do what you do. If I weren't a...
NEWS
July 20, 2001
I bought a used book recently -- volume one of "The Diary of Anais Nin." It cost $8.50, has a bent cover and some underlined parts. Inside the cover, there is writing. Notes, it looks like, from the previous owner, who I'm guessing was female because the handwriting is loopy and feminine, if you can gender-ize handwriting. o7 "Pebble collection,"f7 it sayso7 . "Sadness in handshaker. I whip the wind, circle roller, run over boulders." f7 I was intrigued.
NEWS
June 8, 2002
Young Chang Andrew Carter might be the most pleasant composer in the history of composers. He's positively jolly. He speaks with a springy British accent that makes every optimistic word sound extra delightful, and he beams when someone sings his song. There isn't a hint of the brooding, complicated composer stereotype about him. Not even on the day after he's flown in from England. Not even while he's jet-lagged. While mezzo-soprano soloist Laura Harrison sings part of his "Laudate Dominum," receiving its United States premiere Sunday at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, the 62-year-old Carter pretends to waltz in his seat.
NEWS
April 5, 2002
Young Chang COSTA MESA -- Controversy surrounding a lawsuit involving the Orange County Performing Arts Center Board of Directors has led the incoming chairman to decline the position. Thomas T. Tierney has decided to remain on the board but not lead the group because of his part in a lawsuit, unrelated to the Center, against former board members Henry Samueli and Henry T. Nichols III, the co-founders and executives of Broadcom. Center officials announced Tierney's decision Thursday.
NEWS
April 7, 2002
Young Chang Karate experts blocked out the din of the Lab Antimall Saturday afternoon and focused on performing their craft. The shoppers at Urban Outfitters, the diners at the Gypsy Den, not even the thunderous drumming of the Taiko performers should break their concentration, said Andy Ortega, chief instructor at the Santa Ana location of United Studios of Self Defense. "The students are trained to perform with distractions. It helps us to focus," Ortega said.
NEWS
November 13, 2001
Young Chang NEWPORT BEACH -- Officials from the Orange County Museum of Art announced Monday that director Naomi Vine is recovering from a successful surgery that removed a melanoma tumor from her brain in late September. Vine had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in August, which museum officials had kept quiet about until this week. In improved health, Vine has decided it would be appropriate to disclose her condition, museum spokesman Brian Langston said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 30, 2001
Young Chang The Nortons spent their Thanksgiving indulging in the best of both worlds. They had a feast, but didn't go through the mess and stress of cooking it. They spent time with loved ones, but didn't worry about who would host and cleanup after. The kids and the dads played boccie ball on the greens outside the Grand Wailea on Maui. The moms watched and drank mai-tais. "We went last year for Thanksgiving and had such a great time that we came back and kinda spread the word and rallied everyone to come," said Julie Norton, a photographer who lives in Costa Mesa.
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October 27, 2002
Young Chang With election fever running high, I thought it would be interesting to write about a Costa Mesa councilperson who wasn't elected, who was sort of just chosen by the rest of the council members and asked to join. John Smith, a Pennsylvania native who moved to California in 1940, was visited by two council members in 1956 and asked to fill an unexpected vacancy. He had shown how active he was in various community aspects of the city and had impressed council members with his service-oriented ways.
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NEWS
October 20, 2002
Young Chang Like teenagers with nothing stopping them from jetting off last minute to a faraway place, Lorian Petry, Ann Folks and Lynne George of Newport Beach flew away last month when their friend Wendy Bowie called and said her home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., was finally ready for a visit. The three travelers knew that Bowie, whose primary home is in Laguna Beach, had her 50th birthday coming up. But as she's the famously understated one among her friends, Petry and pals decided not to assume the birthday was the occasion for Bowie's sudden invite.
NEWS
October 19, 2002
Young Chang While the language between the United States and the Middle East is riddled with words like "war" and "mass destruction" these days, four musicians from Iran hope to speak a lovelier and more universal language during the Eclectic Orange Festival. "Music is a language between the nations and it's the unified language between the nations," said Kayhan Kalhor, translating for Hossein Alizadeh, the vocalist and the Iranian lute player of The Masters of Persian Music.
NEWS
October 13, 2002
Young Chang The Usman family spent a lot of time laying around in Waikiki last August. They walked into the ocean waist-deep and saw fish without the help of special equipment. They watched cool shows. They did a lot of fun, relaxing things. But their most educational experience left the most emotional impact. The Costa Mesa family of four visited Pearl Harbor and found themselves "speechless." In a museum there, they saw letters that soldiers had written to their families, which the families had later turned over to the museum.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 9, 2002
Young Chang Saying there's no need to rush what will likely be here to stay, officials at the Orange County Performing Arts Center announced this week that their $200-million expansion will be ready in the fall of 2006, not 2005. The building of a new 2,000-seat concert hall and a new 500-seat music theater will take longer than expected, center president Jerry Mandel said Tuesday. "A concert hall is an extremely complicated building to build because not only is it architecturally important, it's the sound ... the acoustics are important," he said.
NEWS
October 6, 2002
Young Chang Like expectant fathers, David Emmes and Martin Benson stood in the gut of a barely-there theater last April and spoke of a stage that soon would exist. They beamed in a dusty, hollow shell of a place. They patted, or was it more like petted, a wooden fence that separated the soon-to-be stage section from the audience. They boasted that the space between would be, at most, 39 feet from anywhere in the house. For a year now, the founders and artistic directors of South Coast Repertory have celebrated first steps -- the groundbreaking, the placing of the last steel beam on the Julianne Argyros Stage and the naming of the various parts of SCR's new Folino Theatre Center.
NEWS
September 29, 2002
Young Chang Yeah, yeah, fashion is fun, fashion thrives in freedom, fashion has its own flair. But there is a rare rule that should be observed when one is going to the theater or a symphony performance. Do not wear jeans or shorts. We asked officials at Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Opera Pacific, the Philharmonic Society, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Orange County Museum of Art what people should bedeck themselves with when going to an event.
NEWS
September 29, 2002
Young Chang Think of the runway outfits that you assumed real people in real life don't wear. Think back to the Emmys and the Oscars and all other Live-From-The-Red-Carpet- With-Joan-And-Melissa-Rivers- esque events and remember the pieces you loved and hated. Think also of Daily Pilot columnist Bruce Cook's regular society stories and try to remember the photos that accompany his text. "Trends go by what our stars and prominent people are wearing," said Linda Plunkett, regional director of Nordstrom's image and wardrobe consultants for Orange County.
NEWS
September 28, 2002
Young Chang One works for the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Another works for the Philharmonic Society. The last works for Opera Pacific. But no, none of them work on stage. They sit instead in air-conditioned offices in front of computers for most of their days. They deal with spreadsheets and patron relations and administrative behind-the-scenes tricks that make it possible for the shows you know and love to land on stage.
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