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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...

Curtain Up: Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience Rocks Lido Live

By Madison Desler | NB Indy Last Saturday (no it wasn’t ‘in the park’ as the Chicago hit would insist), Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience hit the Lido Live stage at 9 p.m. with an evening of music by the ever-popular band Chicago. Kenny Cetera, younger brother of Peter Cetera...

Under Cover: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Sequel Set for July 14 Release

In a very special edition of the Under Cover Book Club, it is my honor to present this month’s reading selection, “Go Set a Watchman,” by Harper Lee. The July 14 release date will mark a watershed moment, the anticipation for which has been five decades in the making. Populated...

Curtain Up: Dinner and Music a Potent Duo at Bayside and Hyatt

By Christopher Trela and Shelly Zavala | NB Indy The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series started last Friday and runs through October 9 in the Hyatt’s intimate amphitheater. Singer-composer Bobby Caldwell (“What You Won’t Do For Love”) launched the series, with...

Under Cover: Get Pop-Cultured With Summer Reading

On Wednesday, July 1, Barnes and Noble will kick off their annual celebration of all the things we love to read, watch, and listen to most with the month-long “Get Pop-Cultured” event. This homage to all things pop culture will include a daily activity honoring the authors,...

Center Stage: CdM’s Baroque Music Festival Hits Musical Milestone

Welcome as the summer solstice, this weekend marks the return of the annual Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, which runs from June 21 through June 28. Now in its 35th season, the treasured local tradition was born unexpectedly of an après dinner conversation between friends...

Under Cover: Summer Books for Kids

This week we celebrated the most sacred of American holidays – the last day of school! Along with late-night movies, lazy mornings, and homework-free afternoons, this milestone is recognized by the return of summer reading. I have three kinds of readers at my house: the one who...

Artscapes: Summer Concert Series Returns to Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Summer’s almost here, which means it’s time for al fresco concerts courtesy of the annual Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series which starts June 19 and runs every Friday night through October 9. The concerts run the gamut from straight ahead jazz and smooth jazz to...

Curtain Up: Pink Floyd Tribute Lands at Segerstrom Center June 14

Twenty-five years ago the Oldsmobile division of General Motors launched a new advertising campaign for the brand that promised, “This is not your Father’s Oldsmobile.” The same could be said for Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Years ago Aaron Egigian, the Center’s Senior...
Posted On 12 Jun 2015