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Off the Menu: Decadent Dining in Balboa Village

Off the Menu: Decadent Dining in Balboa Village

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Balboa Village has had a long and colorful history dating back more than 100 years. Known for the iconic Balboa Pavilion and the nostalgic Fun Zone, the area has never been viewed as a culinary destination (unless you count the myriad pizza-by-the-slice and hot dog purveyors […]

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Under Cover Book Club Offers "Some Luck"

Under Cover Book Club Offers “Some Luck”

It’s book club time again! I recently stumbled across a book that instantly caught my attention, and thought right away that it would be my next purchase. While my excitement for the book was sincere, I was a little hesitant to add it to the list of book club reads, as it is the first […]

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Curtain Up: "Zealot" Brings Thrills to SCR

Curtain Up: “Zealot” Brings Thrills to SCR

Consciously or otherwise, Theresa Rebeck, author of the play “Zealot” (currently enjoying a thrillingly thought-provoking world-premiere at South Coast Rep through Nov. 16), has borrowed a page from George Bernard Shaw. The great Irish dramatist was famous for his didactic (some might say bombastic) style, tone and dramatic devices. Shaw loved to put brilliant, passionate […]

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Off the Menu: Garden Fusion Dining & Flavors of Baja

Off the Menu: Garden Fusion Dining & Flavors of Baja

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Garden Fusions Dinner Earlier this year, Sherman Library & Gardens launched a monthly Garden Fusions dinner series that has become extremely popular, and it’s easy to see why. Each dinner has a horticultural theme that combines the expertise of a nursery expert with the culinary prowess of […]

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Under Cover: Crime Novelist James Ellroy at NB Library Oct. 30

Under Cover: Crime Novelist James Ellroy at NB Library Oct. 30

Imagine being a ten-year-old boy growing up carefree in California in the post-war 1950s. Then, imagine how life would change on a dime when your mother’s body was found dumped by the side of the road in El Monte, her murder never to be solved. For me, the scenario seems patently unimaginable, but it actually […]

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Off the Menu: A Guide to Newport's Newest Pizza Purveyors

Off the Menu: A Guide to Newport’s Newest Pizza Purveyors

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy How popular is pizza? More than three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. every year, making pizza one of the most popular food items in the country. Catherine agrees—she admits to eating more than her share of pepperoni pizzas, while Christopher prefers more exotic combinations […]

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Curtain Up: Small Casts Bring Big Rewards at Laguna Playhouse and SCR

Curtain Up: Small Casts Bring Big Rewards at Laguna Playhouse and SCR

Small cast plays can offer big theatrical rewards, especially when the plays are from the pens of noted writers. Such is the case with the current productions at OC’s two largest theater companies. Laguna Playhouse One-person plays have become all too common, so it’s refreshing when a solo work comes around that is decidedly uncommon. Author […]

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Author Jonathan Franzen Comes to NB Library Oct. 25

Author Jonathan Franzen Comes to NB Library Oct. 25

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is kicking off the fall season of their Witte Lecture Series on Oct. 25 with a special appearance by acclaimed author, Jonathan Franzen, as he discusses “Storytelling and the Modern World.” Many, including Time magazine, have crowned Franzen with the title of “Great American Novelist.” In fact, he is one […]

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Off the Menu: Pizza and Oysters and Wine (Oh my!)

Off the Menu: Pizza and Oysters and Wine (Oh my!)

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy They don’t have a tasting room and technically are not open to the public, but Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery has become known as the “hidden gem” place to go for fun charity events as well as wine education seminars and unique culinary classes. One of […]

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Curtain Up: ‘Taking my Parents to Burning Man’ at Lido Live

Curtain Up: ‘Taking my Parents to Burning Man’ at Lido Live

By Chelsea Rush | NB Indy Entertainer and filmmaker Bryant Boeson, also known as “Spry Bry,” drags his nearly retired parents on a not-so-typical family vacation to Burning Man, a controversial arts festival in the secluded Nevada desert where thousands of “burners” form a fantasy community full of music, art instillations, and unique giveaways. From […]

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