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Under Cover: Time to Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

Calling all readers—the polls are now open for the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards. Coinciding with Children’s Book Week each year, the Children’s Choice Awards allow young readers to vote for the books they enjoyed, and honor the authors that most spoke to them. Votes are...

Center Stage: Newport Dancers Pirouette in Plum Roles

Spring fever and youthful enthusiasms go together like, well, ballerinas and pointe shoes, especially for two passionate Newport dancers who can’t resist juggling demanding school schedules with studio rehearsal time in the pursuit of an art form that brings them the joyful...

Under Cover: Soldier and Canine Profiled in ‘Until Tuesday’

Those of you who read the Under Cover Book Club selection for January, “We are Called to Rise,” by Laura McBride, will remember meeting specialist Luis Rodriguez-Reyes.  Luis, a young soldier, experienced the unthinkable while serving in the Middle East, and came home with the...

Curtain Up: ‘Nice Work’ Gets a Raise at Segerstrom Center

Touring in a Broadway show? Nice work if you can get it. A handful of young singer-dancers did get nice work, as evidenced by the popular touring production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” that comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 17 – 22. The show ran on Broadway...

Under Cover: Reading “Rain Reign” Offers Dramatic Delights

Recently, I received requests to spotlight more children’s literature. Since I have a life that keeps me fairly on top of books in this genre, it should be a pretty simple request to indulge. Just as with works written for adults, there are so many good books penned with younger...

Under Cover: ‘Organized Mind’ Author Comes to Newport Library

“A lot of gainfully employed people on Planet Earth have a very strange working life. It’s now considered normal to check your Twitter feed 10 or 20 times a day, fire-fight work emails popping up through the afternoon, keep on top of Facebook communication, all the while texting,...

Under Cover Book Club Picks “The Girl on the Train”

While I enjoy reading across many genres, like most book-lovers I tend to gravitate toward a certain type of novel when I am looking for a new read. Recently, I’ve found myself enjoying a lot of historical fiction and family sagas, sprinkled liberally with all the “Percy Jackson”...

Center Stage: Young Dancers Share the Spotlight

Setting stars in young eyes and eager rhythms in hearts and soles, dancers’ dreams deserve both encouragement and nurturance. To that end, this week Center Stage shines the spotlight on Corona del Mar High School’s Orchesis Dance Company and Maple Youth Ballet’s Spring Gala 2015....

Center Stage: ABT Premieres New “Sleeping Beauty” Ballet at Segerstrom Center

Princess Aurora’s tutus may froth with fairy-tale loveliness, but don’t be fooled by all that tulle when American Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty comes to life in Segerstrom Hall March 3 – 8. Each delectable confection adorns a ballerina who’ll need every ounce of...

In Memoriam: Arts Visionary Henry Segerstrom

Great cities, and great communities, have great art and great arts patrons. Florence had the Midici Family. Orange County has the Segerstroms. Last Friday, the leading arts patron in the county and the patriarch of the Segerstrom Family, Henry Segerstrom of Newport Beach, died at...

Under Cover: National Book Award Winner Comes to Newport Library

The world is a big place. As we sit in our own relative stability, we can often forget that there are whole societies out there, still going through a massive cultural shift, redefining what success, responsibility, and a sustainable social model look like. While the United...

Curtain Up: Jazz Takes Center Stage at Segerstrom Center

Segerstrom Center is jazzing things up with a trio of concerts that showcase three remarkable jazz performers. First up is Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling, who pays homage to Frank Sinatra in “Elling Swings Sinatra” Feb. 27 and 28 in Samueli Theater. During four performances,...

Love on Display at Sherman Library & Gardens

“Love Songs,” a whimsical and playful exhibit featuring three song inspired artistic installations, is currently on view at Sherman Library & Gardens. The first installation is “Love Hurts” inspired by the Everly Brothers 1971 song of the same name. The artistic...

Under Cover: Romantic Reads for Valentine’s Day

Whether you find yourself in the market for a Valentine this weekend, or already have a built-in “plus one,” it is often times hard to live up to the Hollywood version of romance. If your significant other hasn’t penned a poem crafted in your soul’s own vocabulary, stocked a...

Curtain Up: An Inventive and Dazzling ‘Tristan and Yseult’ at SCR

When it comes to smashingly effective stagecraft there’s this thing our British Cousins do very well indeed. Call it the art of the ensemble, the troupe. Anyone lucky enough to have seen the entire Royal Shakespeare Company gloriously inhabit every last nuance of Dicken...
Posted On 13 Feb 2015

Artscapes: Newporter Stars in ‘Carmen’ at Segerstrom Center

Opera is alive and well in Orange County, thanks to Pacific Symphony. For more than two decades, Opera Pacific presented professional opera productions at Segerstrom Center. However, opera is perhaps the most expensive art form to produce (and having been an extra in an Opera...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

Searching for Clues at Newport Theatre Arts Center

It’s said that the devil is in the details, and when it comes to Agatha Christie’s mind-bending mysteries, paying attention to the littlest things just might solve the case. That’s a clue for anyone interested in sharpening their sleuthing skills with Newport Theatre Ar...

Under Cover: American Library Association Announces Book Awards

The Scholastic book order form came home on the right week! I’m a well-known sucker under the best of circumstances, but add in the fact that the ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this week as well, and the perfect scenario was created for my wallet to undertake a strenuous...

Under Cover Book Club Picks “The Same Sky”

Since we’re entering February, the month of cupid, chocolate hearts, and overpriced roses, I had planned to choose this month’s book club book with a love story in mind. Of course, there are many kinds of love stories, so that still left me with a deep pool to select from. In the...

Artscapes: Orange County Museum of Art Hosts Pioneering Exhibitions

The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach hosts a pair of exhibitions Feb. 25 – May 24, 2015, that explore the groundbreaking artwork of “Alien She,” the first exhibition highlighting the lasting impact of the pioneering punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on today’s...