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Artscapes: Dancing Across the Natural World at Laguna Dance Festival

“Biophony” describes the myriad sounds made by animals, from roaring lions to humming bees, to a sea anemone munching or a river otter pining for its lost mate. Introduced by musician, composer, ecologist and author Bernie Krause, he also coined “anthrophony,” defined as human...

Artscapes: Great People and Voices Wanted for OC Women’s Chorus

“It can’t be good if it’s not fun, and it can’t be fun if it’s not good.” They’re words to live by, says Orange County Women’s Chorus Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein of her college mentor’s motto. “Music-making is most enjoyable if it’s done at the highest possible level, but...

Artscapes: Sizzling Summer Sounds

Summer temperatures in Newport are sizzling, and so is the music. Between the monthly Concerts on the Green, the weekly jazz concerts at the Marriott, and the Friday night concert series at the Hyatt, there’s something for almost every musical taste. Concerts on the Green Get...
Posted On 21 Aug 2015

New ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Offers Mixed Bag of Musical Tricks

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” remains one of the greatest musical theater pieces ever conceived (it’s the longest-running show in Broadway history, and is still running). The story is a classic, the music inspiring, and the staging offers “Wow!” factors at...

Under Cover: NB Library Loves Lynda.com

As if the concerts, art displays, lectures, cooking courses, book clubs, and of course the sea of actual books weren’t already enough, residents of Newport Beach now have a new reason to become patrons of the library. Through a generous donation from the Newport Beach Library...

Artscapes: A Duo of Emotional Dance Concerts

Connections of the heart characterize two important concerts this weekend as Orange County’s dance community and aficionados gather to support and honor their own. Friday night, Festival Ballet Theatre’s eighth annual “Gala of the Stars” returns to Irvine Barclay Theatre, where...

Curtain Up: ‘Mary Poppins’ Drops In to SCR

By Elizabeth Greenberg | NB Indy Rediscover your childhood (and your favorite nanny) at the South Coast Repertory Summer Players’ rendition of the musical “Mary Poppins.” Based on the classic Disney movie and P. L. Travers’ original stories, audiences can rejoin Jane and Michael...

Under Cover: Mom Bloggers Anthology Mocks Joys of Parenting

I will admit, the school supply section is a strange place to have an existential crisis. Yet, while the word “crisis” might slightly hyperbolize my experience, that is very nearly what happened to me today while on my weekly Target run. For some time now, patio furniture and...

Curtain Up: Beauty Queen is Opera Diva in “The Phantom of the Opera”

Having seen the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” more than 10 times, I suppose I qualify as a Phantom fan, although there are those Phantom aficionados who have seen the show far more than that. The last time I saw “Phantom” was at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Halloween...

Under Cover: Book About Bookstore Offers Intrigue

We recently returned from a whirlwind road trip, driving 2,000 plus miles in four days to visit college campuses with our oldest. As we set out, I was armed with very little – water bottles, an app listing Starbucks locations, and several good books. Thanks to Amazon’s new...

Center Stage: National Choreographers Initiative

It’s a sultry, albeit breezy, July afternoon at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where the creation of four fresh dance works for this year’s National Choreographers Initiative is underway. The air inside the studio fairly shimmers with possibilities as Sarah Tallman’s...

Soundcheck: Fan Halen and Generation Idol at Lido Live

Summertime must be tribute time, as Lido Live has booked a handful of tribute band shows that appeal to a variety of audiences. Last weekend, one of those shows featured tributes to Van Halen and Billy Idol. Of course, any fan of Van Halen knows that they are currently on tour,...

Soundcheck: America Launches OC Fair Concert Series

A feeling of nostalgia was in the air when Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell took the stage last Thursday night at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, celebrating the 45th anniversary of their band, America. The duo graduated high school together in 1969 and have been making...

Under Cover: New Children’s Book Offers an ‘Echo’

People are always asking what the kids and I are reading. I enjoy the fact that I have somewhat of a platform to share good literature, and love that they find my opinion to be one worth asking for. The truth is, however, that most of the time, choosing a book that my boys will...

Artscapes: A Musical Buffet at OC Fair

Three Dog Night blends with corn dogs this month when the 2015 Orange County Fair (this year dubbed “One Big Party” in celebration of its 125th year) kicks off a month-long run on Friday, July 17. Classic rock and caloric cuisine are two of the top draws at the OC Fair every...

Under Cover: Getting Emotional About Reading

I have long espoused the notion that when it comes to reading, it doesn’t matter so much what you read, as long as you are reading something. The potential for discovery exists in the pages of everything, from People magazine to “War and Peace.” Of course, you need to have...

Artscapes: A Shakespeare Double Play at Bonita Canyon Sports Park

“Let’s play two,” said baseball legend Ernie Banks. Of course, Banks was banking on baseball, not The Bard, who once stated “all the world’s a stage. Next weekend, the stage will be placed in the outfield of a baseball diamond at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park, where Shakespeare...

Under Cover: New Murder Mystery Set in Newport Beach

Despite the fact that I feel as though July owes me a refund of my car wash money (Seriously, who expects rain in the second week of July?), the usually sunny summer weather lends the perfect environment for enjoying a quick and easy beach read. The very idea of a “beach read”...

Artscapes: Sunset Jazz at Newport Offers Al Fresco Music and Dining

There’s nothing like listening to live jazz while sipping a cocktail on a balmy summer evening, and there’s nothing like the Sunset Jazz at Newport concert series that starts July 8 and runs through Sept. 16 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Held in the Marriott’s...

Artscapes: NB Film Fest Promotes Orson Welles’ Final Film

“Rosebud.” That was the famous final word uttered by actor-director Orson Welles (as the character Charles Foster Kane) in his masterpiece first movie, “Citizen Kane,” made when Welles was only 25. Now, Welles’ final film, the never-completed “The Other Side of The Wind,” may...