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2011-08-16 13:47:00

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's all about jazz this weekend as the Great Park Flights and Sounds Summer Festival features San Francisco based artists Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Jazz Mafia. Both groups offer a twist on traditional jazz that have ignited festivals across the country. Start out with a swinging Friday night dance party featuring Shotgun Wedding Quintet and their unique blend of gypsy funk, rap and swing. On Saturday, catch one of the most inventive forces...

2011-08-10 11:00:00

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Country rock legend Lucinda Williams will headline the Great Park Flights & Sounds Summer Festival on Saturday, August 13. Louisiana-born singer/songwriter Williams started out singing blues music. Her 14 Grammy nominations have sprawled across the folk, country, rock, pop and Americana categories. Vanity Fair has described her work as "part Hank Williams, part Bob Dylan, part Keith Richards circa Exile on Main Street," but even being...

2011-05-19 18:43:00

IRVINE, Calif., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orange County Great Park announced today that the world-renowned New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band and fourteen-time Grammy nominated Lucinda Williams will headline the upcoming 2011 Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. The five Friday night dance parties and five Saturday night concerts celebrate the vitality and variety of American music and the growing influence of Latin American, Middle Eastern and East Indian music and dance in...

2011-05-12 16:11:00

IRVINE, Calif., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange County Great Park leaders and local area farmers gathered at the Great Park Farm and Food Lab today to announce reaching the milestone of donating more than one million pounds of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables to the Second Harvest Food Bank and Orange County Food Bank. The donations were made through the Park without Borders program, a partnership between the Great Park and local area farmers to donate surplus crops to...

2011-05-06 10:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange County's urban oasis took a huge step forward this week when the last of fifty-four full-size Canary Island Date Palms were seated at the Orange Country Great Park's new Palm Court Arts Complex. The Palm Court Arts Complex is located near Hangar 244 and comprises two rehabilitated and repurposed former MCAS El Toro military buildings that will now be devoted to art and historical exhibitions, art production by resident artists plus indoor...

2011-04-29 16:28:00

IRVINE, Calif., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange County's diverse population could be taken for granted, if you don't know the past of struggle and conflict that brought us to a present where more than 40% of county residents speak a language other than English in their homes. Stories of segregation and integration that formed today's Orange County will be presented during the free Great Park Festival of Time History Seminars, including the landmark case that ended Mexican segregation...

2011-03-28 12:00:00

IRVINE, Calif., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orange County Great Park has announced an online "open artist call" seeking public artists from all creative arenas to apply for the first Great Park Artist-in-Residence Program. Four selected artists will be offered a stipend and studio space at a new studio, gallery and outdoor performance and event space called the Palm Court & Squadron Complex. Resident Artists will be developing site-specific public projects showcasing...

2011-02-17 19:53:00

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orange County Great Park Corporation Board today elected fellow director Beth Krom to serve as Chair of the Great Park Board. She has served as member of the Board since the Park was publicly dedicated in 2005, and was a leader in the effort to create the Orange County Great Park. Chair Krom also currently serves as Irvine Mayor Pro Tem. Krom served as Irvine Mayor when the Lennar Corporation transferred 1,347 acres of land and $200...

2011-01-13 20:26:00

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether your piano talents are closer to Chopin or Chopsticks, the Great Park wants to know: OC, Can You Play? Come play the piano and participate in a public arts happening at the Orange County Great Park, presented by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. OC Can You Play? is a free interactive installation that encourages visitors to tickle the ivories on one of 20 artistically enhanced pianos placed at iconic destination locations across the...

2010-11-19 17:45:00

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin once rocketed to the moon, and will now be featured rocketing along the runways at the Orange County Great Park when Top Gear makes its American debut on History channel, Sunday, November 21st at 10:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on DirecTV). The Great Park was selected to serve as Top Gear's home base for both its automobile test track shots and interviews with car racing celebrities, racing analysts and car buffs, which were...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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