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Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series

Summer has officially started, which means it’s time for the annual Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series, which starts Friday, June 24 and runs through Oct. 14. Held in the Hyatt’s intimate amphitheater, the Summer Concert Series is a mix of smooth jazz artists and notable...

Center Stage: Newport Theater Arts Center Prepares for 38th Season

Classic Americana closes out Newport Theatre Arts Center’s 2015-2016 season this weekend with the last few performances of “1776 The Musical.” The patriotic play delves into the diverse personalities behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence, delivering a lively and...

Under Cover: Turning the Page of Life

It’s been a crazy time here at the Crabtree house. Two weeks ago, we watched our oldest graduate from high school, and next week, we leave for college. But, this week is all about another member of this clan. Sandwiched here amid all the craziness – much like his place as the...

Center Stage: Going for Baroque in Corona del Mar

Who knew that dancing the tango and playing the harp could be so simpático? For award-winning, Irish-born musician Diana Rowan, studying the intense and passionate Argentinian art form known as the tango led to a surprising deepening of her own prowess as a harpist. She’ll bring...

Under Cover: Summer Reading

It’s here! School is either out, or almost, and the sound of the sea crashing on the shore is beckoning us.  Like a siren, the Pacific is calling us to return our fair-skinned, springtime limbs to the ocean’s side, where we can luxuriate in the sand, let the sun once again kiss...

Classical Mystery Tours Brings Beatles Music to Segerstrom Center

“It was 20 years ago today, Jim Owen taught the band to play.” Were it not for the fact his father was a vinyl record collector and that he started playing the piano at age eight, Jim Owen, founder of the Beatles tribute band Classical Mystery Tour, may have gone in another...
Posted On 12 Jun 2016

Weekend Getaway: Pixies, Pampering and Pizza in Ojai

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale  Ojai is one of those towns we’d been meaning to visit, but never took the time despite hearing rave reviews about the charms of this mountain community. However, after The Oaks at Ojai destination spa coaxed us into spending a...

Center Stage: Royal Swedish Ballet Brings “Juliet and Romeo” to Segerstrom Center

Orange County is in for a surprise, says Royal Swedish Ballet principal dancer Mariko Kida. “You will see at the theater,” she teases in a recent email. “It is exciting not knowing what you will see.” A native of Japan and recipient of the 2014 Prix Benois de la Danse, the much...

Under Cover: Life is a Book

Today, my oldest son graduates from high school. In three weeks, we take him to begin the next chapter of his life as a college student, where he will be a 14 hour drive away from his friends, his girlfriend, and…me. To say that I am a hot mess of emotions would be a gross...

Under Cover: Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

As June hits, I join the throng of mothers whose sanity hangs solely by the thread of promise that school is almost out, and the onslaught of science projects, final exams, and class parties is about to end. However, this year, I am occupying a new and strange place, in which I...

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...