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Pacific Symphony Unveils Final Summer Season at Irvine Meadows

Summer is almost here, which means it’s nearly time for the annual Pacific Symphony Summer Festival at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. It’s a bittersweet season for the symphony, as it’s their final five concerts at Irvine Meadows before its scheduled closure later this year. This...

Under Cover: New Novel Reveals ‘Glory Over Everything’

“I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now I was free. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and I felt like I was in heaven.” These words were uttered by Harriet Tubman, famous conductor on the Underground Railroad,...

Artscapes: Artist Marilyn Minter is Pretty Dirty

Artist Marilyn Minter has a way of making viewers feel both pretty and dirty, disgusted and mesmerized. Those emotions are on display in “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty” at the Orange County Museum of Arts in Newport Center through July 10. This is the exhibition’s only West Coast...

Under Cover: Checking Out Tech Toys at Newport Library

With our world becoming increasingly reliant upon technology, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. It’s funny to recall that 20 years ago, we frequently made the 500 mile drive from our home in Northern California to visit family here in the south without the benefit of any...

Concerts on the Green Highlight Hot Tribute Bands

The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen are coming to Newport Beach this summer—in the form of tribute bands who will be performing free concerts as part of the 2016 Concerts on the Green series. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission, the concerts...

Curtain Up: ‘Sex and Education’ Offers Laughs at Laguna Playhouse

By Daniella Walsh | NB Indy  It’s three days before graduation and Roosevelt High School basketball star Joe Marks is not only beset by senioritis, but horniness that addles his senses. He jeopardizes a college scholarship and an NBA fantasy during a final English exam by passing...

Curtain Up: SCR Teen Players Tackle Shakespeare

Seasoned actors are often intimidated by Shakespeare, so imagine what it would be like for teenagers to try and tackle something like The Bard’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” At South Coast Repertory, they don’t just imagine. They do. On May 14-15 and 20-22, SCR’s...

Under Cover: Chef Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbook is “All Easy”

If you are anything like me, life is getting crazier by the minute! Having a child graduating next month seems to have added an endless array of tasks to my to-do list, not to mention that getting a child ready to fly the nest is draining my bank account to drought-stricken...

Under Cover: Holocaust Tales for Young Readers

This week, Jews around the world marked the observance of Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Hebrew, the word Shoah means “catastrophe or utter destruction,” and is a term commonly used to refer to the atrocities perpetrated against Jews during WWII. Since its...

Artists Wanted for Newport Art Exhibition

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission invites artists to participate in the 52nd Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition to be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Newport Beach Civic Center. For over 50 years, the Newport Beach City Arts Commission has recognized the talent and...

New Novel a Cure for “Downton Abbey” Withdrawals

What does one do when the enchantment of the English countryside, once so readily available via weekly trips to Downton Abbey is no longer being piped into our homes? According to the Washington Post, the “cure for your Downton Abbey withdrawals” is the Under Cover Book Club pick...

Newport’s José Hernández Brings Mariachi to Segerstrom Center May 5

Looking for an auténtico Mexican cultural experience this Cinco de Mayo? José Hernández and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico have just the thing. In celebration of the festive day, as well as Sol de Mexico’s 35th anniversary, the Grammy-nominated bandleader and Newport Beach resident...

Prepare to Dance in Your Shorts

Deftly nuanced and charged with emotional intensity, the six films showcased in Newport Beach Film Festival’s “Dance in Your Shorts” program reverberate with powerful life force. From the surreal elegance of Genevieve Clay-Smith’s “Heartbreak & Beauty” to the mime-like...

Music and Movies Collide at Film Festival

The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” may have been the first music video played on MTV, but with today’s single-driven music industry, the advent of YouTube, and multi-million dollar production budgets becoming the norm, video makes the radio star might be a more fitting...

2016 Newport Beach Film Fest: Photo Album

The Newport Beach Film Festival got off to a terrific start on Thursday, April 21 with the World Premiere of “After the Reality” starring Matthew Morrison, followed by a fabulous gala party featuring performances by Cirque Du Soleil and food from 25 restaurants. NB...

Artscapes: Chuck Jones: A Lifetime of Animation

“Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” That line from Looney Tunes cartoon character Porky Pig elicits smiles from anyone that watched Saturday morning cartoons. Those smiles can be shared with young children of all ages as the Chuck Jones Studio brings Saturday morning laughter to...
Posted On 22 Apr 2016

Under Cover: ‘The Last Bookstore’ is Nirvana for Bibliophiles

“I’m making a mess, Dada.” So says Eden Spencer to her father, Josh, in the opening moments of the short documentary film, “Welcome to the Last Bookstore.” Like Eden, each of us regularly makes a mess out of this life, but what viewers will discover about Spencer is that he was...

Artscapes: Countdown to Newport Beach Film Festival

More than 50,000 moviegoers are expected to pack local cinema houses this month to view the nearly 400 films that comprise the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 21 – 28. The Festival opens on Thursday, April 21, with the world premiere of “After the Reality”...

Singing ‘Cinderella’ Comes to Segerstrom Center

Known for such classic musicals as “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” Rodgers and Hammerstein also created a musical especially for television: “Cinderella,” which aired on March 31, 1957. It starred Julie Andrews and was watched by more than 100 million viewer...

Soundcheck: Pacific Symphony Wows with Rhapsodic ‘Rhapsody’

“Stay seated, this is not Hee Haw,” Pacific Symphony conductor Carl St. Clair quipped, dispelling any confusion as to what the audience was about to experience with the banjo-accompanied rendition of the hoedown classic “Camptown Races” that opened the Symphony’s program at...