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Center Stage: ABT Premieres New “Sleeping Beauty” Ballet at Segerstrom Center

Princess Aurora’s tutus may froth with fairy-tale loveliness, but don’t be fooled by all that tulle when American Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty comes to life in Segerstrom Hall March 3 – 8. Each delectable confection adorns a ballerina who’ll need every ounce of...

In Memoriam: Arts Visionary Henry Segerstrom

Great cities, and great communities, have great art and great arts patrons. Florence had the Midici Family. Orange County has the Segerstroms. Last Friday, the leading arts patron in the county and the patriarch of the Segerstrom Family, Henry Segerstrom of Newport Beach, died at...

Under Cover: National Book Award Winner Comes to Newport Library

The world is a big place. As we sit in our own relative stability, we can often forget that there are whole societies out there, still going through a massive cultural shift, redefining what success, responsibility, and a sustainable social model look like. While the United...

Curtain Up: Jazz Takes Center Stage at Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center is jazzing things up with a trio of concerts that showcase three remarkable jazz performers. First up is Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling, who pays homage to Frank Sinatra in “Elling Swings Sinatra” Feb. 27 and 28 in Samueli Theater. During four performances,...

Love on Display at Sherman Library & Gardens

“Love Songs,” a whimsical and playful exhibit featuring three song inspired artistic installations, is currently on view at Sherman Library & Gardens. The first installation is “Love Hurts” inspired by the Everly Brothers 1971 song of the same name. The artistic...

Under Cover: Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day

Whether you find yourself in the market for a Valentine this weekend, or already have a built-in “plus one,” it is often times hard to live up to the Hollywood version of romance. If your significant other hasn’t penned a poem crafted in your soul’s own vocabulary, stocked a...

Curtain Up: An Inventive and Dazzling ‘Tristan and Yseult’ at SCR

When it comes to smashingly effective stagecraft there’s this thing our British Cousins do very well indeed. Call it the art of the ensemble, the troupe. Anyone lucky enough to have seen the entire Royal Shakespeare Company gloriously inhabit every last nuance of Dicken...
Posted On 13 Feb 2015

Artscapes: Newporter Stars in ‘Carmen’ at Segerstrom Center

Opera is alive and well in Orange County, thanks to Pacific Symphony. For more than two decades, Opera Pacific presented professional opera productions at Segerstrom Center. However, opera is perhaps the most expensive art form to produce (and having been an extra in an Opera...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

Searching for Clues at Newport Theatre Arts Center

It’s said that the devil is in the details, and when it comes to Agatha Christie’s mind-bending mysteries, paying attention to the littlest things just might solve the case. That’s a clue for anyone interested in sharpening their sleuthing skills with Newport Theatre Ar...

Under Cover: American Library Association Announces Book Awards

The Scholastic book order form came home on the right week! I’m a well-known sucker under the best of circumstances, but add in the fact that the ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this week as well, and the perfect scenario was created for my wallet to undertake a strenuous...

Under Cover Book Club Picks “The Same Sky”

Since we’re entering February, the month of cupid, chocolate hearts, and overpriced roses, I had planned to choose this month’s book club book with a love story in mind. Of course, there are many kinds of love stories, so that still left me with a deep pool to select from. In the...

Artscapes: Orange County Museum of Art Hosts Pioneering Exhibitions

The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach hosts a pair of exhibitions Feb. 25 – May 24, 2015, that explore the groundbreaking artwork of “Alien She,” the first exhibition highlighting the lasting impact of the pioneering punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on today’s...

Curtain Up: Off Center is Right On at Segerstrom Center

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The Segerstrom Center’s fourth annual Off Center Festival ends this weekend, and what a festival it’s been. The Segerstrom Center booked 10 diverse artists and companies to perform at the Center for the first time,...

Artscapes: Pacific Symphony Plays ‘For the Love of Bernstein’

Composer, conductor and teacher Leonard Bernstein was one of the undeniable giants of 20th-century music, and the first American-born conductor to become a major star. His “West Side Story” musical broke theatrical boundaries and is still one of the most produced shows in the...

Under Cover: Newport Beach Public Library Hosts Best Selling Author

It seems that “Global Warning” and “Climate Change” are buzzwords that I’m hearing at every turn lately—in the State of the Union address, in my Facebook feed, and from the moms at carpool this fall who wanted to know why the weather was so darn HOT. Of course, society being what...

Under Cover: Grab a Book and Read During National Readathon Day

Chances are that unless you live under a rock, you are familiar with the “fill-in-the-blank-a-thon” style of fundraising. Jerry Lewis perfected it years ago when he called on his celebrity friends to lend a hand in his annual televised Muscular Dystrophy telethons, raising money...

Tango Buenos Aires Brings Passion to ‘Perón’

Infused with the fiery intensity of primitive emotions, tango throbs with a vital life force unlike any other art form. From razor-sharp leg flicks to breath-catching body lifts, this Argentinian-born beauty steams up any stage it graces. And what better way to bring the...

Artscapes: Segerstrom Center Brings Back Off Center Festival

Something’s a little off at Segerstrom Center for the Arts—but that’s a good thing. The Off Center Festival returns to Segerstrom Center Jan. 21 – 31 with an all-new lineup of edgy, eclectic and exciting performers that range from solo shows to retro-cool big bands. “It’s...

Curtain Up: Variety is the Spice of Theater at South Coast Repertory

South Coast Repertory is kicking off 2015 with a pair of plays as different as you can get. Now playing through Jan. 25 on the Julianne Arygros Stage is “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez, whose interest in the Civil War helped shape his play. Founding Artistic Director Martin...

Under Cover: Poetry Speaks Up at Newport Beach Library Lecture Series

Two self-proclaimed “Japa-Jews” walk into the library… Sounds like the start of an off-color joke, but it is, in fact, what could be a very apt description of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation’s latest installment of the Witte Lecture Series. On Friday, January 23, the...