In the Long Breach Opera production of “Frida,” Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella stars as the beloved, ill-fated Mexican artist. (Photo by Naomi Vaughan) Robert Xavier Rodriguez had to write quickly to finish the score for “Frida,” an opera plagued by creative problems and departures from the team. (Photo courtesy Gabriel Berdéa) Composer Robert Rodriguez is pleased that all the productions of Frida he has seen incorporate her art into the scenic design. They use her work as part of the sets, sometimes in the costumes. (Photo courtesy Long Beach Opeera) Show Caption of Expand One day in the early 1990s, composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez received a request he couldn’t resist: compose a new opera about Frida Kahlo. But the offer was fraught with mountainous challenges. “The producers had been through three composers already,” said Rodriguez, 70, a Texas native with strong Mexican roots. And the timeline for the project
Southern California singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will kick off the 2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on Thursday, June 22. (Photo by Kevin Lara, Orange County Register/SCNG) Orange County native Andrew McMahon will perform in his hometown with his band Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness as part of the 2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, contributing photographer) Laguna Beach-based singer-songwriter Matt Costa will perform as part of the 2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Irvine Regional Park in Orange on Thursday, July 27 alongside fellow singer-songwriter David Rosales. (Photo courtesy of Orange County Parks) Orange County ’80s cover band Flashback Heart Attack will perform as part of the 2017 OC Parks Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 13 alongside Open Arms at Mason Regional Park
When dermatologist Ron Harris was a kid growing up in San Francisco, he spent a lot of time with his nose in National Geographic magazine, dreaming of the day he could travel to exotic lands and have adventures, like diving in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. But that wasn’t all: “The other thing I always thought was – and I know this sounds trite, but it is true – what could I do to benefit the world? Not save the world – I wasn’t that grandiose.” Harris indeed grew up to be the kind of man who not only experienced the Great Barrier Reef (“It was amazing”) but who does more than his share to see that the world becomes a better place, especially for the poor of sub-Saharan Africa. These efforts have garnered him several humanitarian awards, among them for providing care for HIV/AIDS patients in Nakuru, Kenya. A clinical
It may sound like real estate industry hype: Owning a home is the best pathway to wealth. But recently published census data dramatically suggest history backs up the property game’s marketing theme. In December 2013, the most recent data on personal assets available, the median net worth of the U.S. homeowning household was 90 times bigger than a renter. Yes, NINETY TIMES. Or, to be precise: $199,557 vs. $2,208. Now, you may think this math is kind of obvious. Owners are typically an older, better-educated and more-established-in-their-careers slice of society. Other census stats show the typical owner in 2013 was 55 making $60,000 a year while the median renter was 40 earning $30,000. But the $197,349 owner-vs.-renter gap in net worth also could be used to argue that various government programs used to support homeownership — from government-backed lending programs to the mortgage-interest tax deduction — unfairly favor a wealthier class.
No workplace is perfect. The places you really want to be are, for the most part, the business that makes the fewest mistakes within their workplace culture. It’s not high pay or fancy perks or TVs and table tennis in breakrooms. It’s being treated like an important piece of the enterprise, no matter a worker’s standing in the corporate pecking order. Numerous workplace surveys identify the same employee gripes over and over again. Thus, you could argue the best workplaces are the ones that manage to avoid many of the common pitfalls made by the typical boss. To tip off the Register’s 10th annual Top Workplaces program, I reviewed numerous surveys of workplace characteristics that annoy employees and offer these 13 troublesome traits a great employer must minimize — if not totally avoid. 1. My bad boss The top reason people quit a job is they’re unhappy with their immediate supervisor.