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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

Under Cover: Celebrate Dad with Literary Father Figures

Often, dads get a bad rap. Or more precisely, they often get no rap at all. When we think of rearing children, we most often call to mind a soft picture of a mother with a sleeping infant on her shoulder, or a comic of a harried woman with destruction cycloning around her feet,...

Curtain Up: Civic Center Concerts on the Green Offer Musical Buffet Starting June 7

It may not quite be summer (summer officially arrives June 21) but summer starts early in Newport Beach thanks to the Concerts on the Green music series, presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. The first of four concerts in the annual summer series will be held June...

Center Stage: Eifman Ballet is ‘Up and Down’ at Segerstrom Center June 5 – 7

No one does dark nights of the soul better than Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. As gut-wrenching as they are unforgettable, each of the company’s works is wrought of a richly layered emotional intensity and the stark, evocative beauty of its dancers’ virtuosity. From “A Russian...

Under Cover: Noted Crime Novelist Anne Perry Comes to Newport Library June 11

Over 50 novels in publication, over 25 million copies sold, winner of the Edgar Award, one of the New York Times “100 masters of crime,” and an international bestselling author. This long list of accomplishments belong to none other than the latest author set to appear as part of...

Artscapes: Legendary Trumpeter Herb Alpert Debuts with Pacific Symphony Pops June 4 – 6

“In the music business, the word ‘legendary’ is applied to very few individuals. I think that when it comes to Herb Alpert, that word is more than appropriate,” said Pacific Symphony Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. “Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass were a musical mainstay...

Curtain Up: Spirited Peter Pan Prequel at SCR

Twelve actors in contemporary street clothes wander onto the stage as though arriving at rehearsal and seeing this space for the first time. All that is there are a couple of scaffold-like platforms and a smattering of random set pieces. Way upstage is the exposed back wall of...
Posted On 29 May 2015

Under Cover Book Club Pick for June

As we prepare to turn the page over to a new month, it is once again time for an Under Cover Book Club session to be called to order. After having taken a trip back to the colonial era last month with Nancy Turner’s “My Name is Resolute,” I decided that something a little more...

Artscapes: Sax Man Boney James Blows Into Town for Jazz Fest

Jazz is coming to town in a big way: the Newport Beach Jazz Festival returns to the Hyatt Regency May 29 – 31 with another stellar lineup of noted contemporary jazz artists. The Festival kicks off on Friday evening with Michael Lington and Taylor Dayne in an intimate concert Back...

Center Stage: Wooden Floor Waxes Poetic with Dance Concert May 28 – 30

Energy crackles the air like lightning across a desert sky as more than a dozen of The Wooden Floor’s teenaged dancers circle one of its Santa Ana studios, warming up with a run. Overhead, the thundering of hundreds of other younger feet amps up everyone’s excitement level....

Under Cover: “Saluting Grandpa” with Honor Flight for Memorial Day

As we ready to fire up the grills for Memorial Day (with children everywhere excitedly reminding their parents that there will be no school on Monday), I began to search for a book that might be appropriate to profile this week. I wanted something that honored our veterans, spoke...