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For most of the year Disneyland Resort is known as the “Happiest place on Earth.” But from November 13th through January 6th it becomes the “Merriest place on Earth.” Holiday ornaments are hung over both parks and changes are made on some rides to celebrate the season.
When I was a kid I had the obligatory crazy uncle. As a matter of fact I had a wacky Aunt and Uncle. Aunt Edie and Uncle Hank. They were delightfully nuts. They were artists, he a sculptor, she painted in oils. He made vases and beautiful art pieces. She drew fences you could drag a stick along, they were so real. They were political activists and campaigned for McGovern. They flashed peace signs and wore fringe. Well not Hank. Every day he wore slacks, a short-sleeve button-down dress shirt and tie over his bit of a belly, to go with is black horn-framed glasses; of the first hipster generation he was. They were called beatniks then. Aunt Edie in her barrette and peasant skirts and campaign buttons he in his hornrims and big black shoes haunted local poetry bars and open mics where, often, their art was displayed. They were talented, outspoken and quite successful. Brooklyn, from their art studio, was beautiful then. Brownstones and falling leaves, little shops and gin joints and, to us from the suburbs down to visit for the weekend, it was magical.
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On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland. Since that time it has grown, expanded to different states and countries and added a new park across from the original. Starting with a 24-hour opening of Disneyland on May 22, 2015, Disneyland Resorts started the Disneyland Diamond Celebration to celebrate the sixty years Disneyland has been around.
The celebration is not limited to Disneyland. World of Color in Disney California Adventure has been updated to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary. It celebrates the life of Walt Disney and his ideas that led to Disneyland. The presentation is hosted by Mickey Mouse and Neil Patrick Harris. Sayre Wiseman, an executive for parades and spectaculars, told us that when Harris was approached for the project he immediately responded “Absolutely, I’m there.”
By Dan Grigor
I grew up on the guitar. Got my first one, a toy, at 4 years old and my first real one a year later. It was a thing of beauty. My dad bought it for me. It was handmade in Spain and it came with free flamenco guitar lessons in the Bronx. That became our visitation outing. My Dad would come by and pick me up in the Cadillac and we’d ride downtown… walk up the creaky wooden stairs and learn music… some of my fondest memories. Thus began my addiction, obsession and passion for the guitar.
There are few guitar players who have been more influential in my life than B.B. King.
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By Jules E. Beuck
Photos By Jules E. Beuck and Rose Botkin-Beuck
Depending on when you were born you will have a favorite decade for music. For those born in the early 1970s that decade would probably be the 1980s. Three acts were on display at the Citizens Business Bank Arena on August 7, 2014, to demonstrate why that would be so. Little River Band, Eddie Money and Rick Springfield rocked Ontario, CA that night.
Surprisingly, a local act from Claremont opened the show. Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight performed a set of Country Rock originals that kept the early crowd entertained until the main attractions arrived. Songs like “Back To The 909” and “Married Girls” went over well.
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On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland. Since that time it has grown, expanded to different states and countries and added a new park across from the original. On July 17,2014 Disneyland celebrated its 59th anniversary with a small ceremony.
It began with the Mayor of Main Street U.S.A., complete with top hat and tails, greeting the assembled crowd as he gave a little history of the park. Walt Disney's opening remarks were played over the public address system. “To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past and here, youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America…with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to the world.” — Walt Disney, July 17, 1955
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The turn of the century has seen a resurgence of comebacks from bands that were once on top of their game. However, when a band decides to make a “comeback album,” most attempts fail. Most times, critics ask, “Why the hell would we need another album by THESE guys?” Rocky Erickson, Mission of Burma, Portishead, and Wire are among very few bands whose recent “comeback” attempts have met relative success. Conversely, if you’ve heard the latest by Guns and Roses (2008), The Stooges (2007), Devo (2010), or even The Who (2006), you might agree with the “Why the hell…?” consensus. Although one might consider it a “return” rather than a “comeback,” The Long Sleep by San Diego rock band Dark Globe has many of the traits that put it into the first category, and make it a successful follow-up to an album that was released over two decades ago.
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