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Curtain Up: Off Center is Right On at Segerstrom Center

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The Segerstrom Center’s fourth annual Off Center Festival ends this weekend, and what a festival it’s been. The Segerstrom Center booked 10 diverse artists and companies to perform at the Center for the first time,...

Artscapes: Pacific Symphony Plays ‘For the Love of Bernstein’

Composer, conductor and teacher Leonard Bernstein was one of the undeniable giants of 20th-century music, and the first American-born conductor to become a major star. His “West Side Story” musical broke theatrical boundaries and is still one of the most produced shows in the...

Under Cover: Newport Beach Public Library Hosts Best Selling Author

It seems that “Global Warning” and “Climate Change” are buzzwords that I’m hearing at every turn lately—in the State of the Union address, in my Facebook feed, and from the moms at carpool this fall who wanted to know why the weather was so darn HOT. Of course, society being what...

Under Cover: Grab a Book and Read During National Readathon Day

Chances are that unless you live under a rock, you are familiar with the “fill-in-the-blank-a-thon” style of fundraising. Jerry Lewis perfected it years ago when he called on his celebrity friends to lend a hand in his annual televised Muscular Dystrophy telethons, raising money...

Tango Buenos Aires Brings Passion to ‘Perón’

Infused with the fiery intensity of primitive emotions, tango throbs with a vital life force unlike any other art form. From razor-sharp leg flicks to breath-catching body lifts, this Argentinian-born beauty steams up any stage it graces. And what better way to bring the...

Artscapes: Segerstrom Center Brings Back Off Center Festival

Something’s a little off at Segerstrom Center for the Arts—but that’s a good thing. The Off Center Festival returns to Segerstrom Center Jan. 21 – 31 with an all-new lineup of edgy, eclectic and exciting performers that range from solo shows to retro-cool big bands. “It’s...

Curtain Up: Variety is the Spice of Theater at South Coast Repertory

South Coast Repertory is kicking off 2015 with a pair of plays as different as you can get. Now playing through Jan. 25 on the Julianne Arygros Stage is “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez, whose interest in the Civil War helped shape his play. Founding Artistic Director Martin...

Under Cover: Poetry Speaks Up at Newport Beach Library Lecture Series

Two self-proclaimed “Japa-Jews” walk into the library… Sounds like the start of an off-color joke, but it is, in fact, what could be a very apt description of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation’s latest installment of the Witte Lecture Series. On Friday, January 23, the...

Curtain Up: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin comes to Laguna Playhouse

He’s created one-man shows about George Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven, Bernstein, and Liszt. Now, musician, actor and playwright Hershey Felder returns to Laguna Playhouse with his latest solo show, “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” written by and starring Felder, and directed by...

Under Cover: Santa Chooses Under Cover Book Club Selection for January

Happy New Year! I’m fully aware that this is a standard end of the year sentiment, but it simply does not seem possible that another full year is in our rear-view. How is it that when it’s time to help with homework, an easy ten-minute assignment can drag on for what seems like...

Artscapes: Courtroom Drama Revealed in Library Art Exhibit

History, drama and art come together in a fascinating display of “Courtroom Art” beginning Jan. 2 at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue. The exhibition will feature the work of three award-winning courtroom illustrators: Elizabeth Williams, Bill Robles and...

Weekend Getaway: A Trip to Pasadena Offers Art and Omelets

Newport Beach is famous for its Christmas Boat Parade, but a few days later Newport’s cousin to the north, Pasadena, has the national spotlight on New Year’s Day as it hosts the Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl. We may not think of Pasadena as a weekend getaway...
Posted On 25 Dec 2014

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Newport Beach

21 OCEANFRONT Ring in the New Year with two different seating and menu options. The first seating is a three-course menu for $75 from 5 to 7 p.m. (two hour table limit). The Entrée course offers a wide variety of options from lobster tail and petite filet mignon, to pan seared...

Off the Menu: Best Newport Beach Dining Experiences of 2014

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale “Wild game at The Winery, short ribs at Red O, pizza at Pirozzi and also Fresh Brothers. The French food at Moulin is such a big deal, these were a few of our favorite meals.” Yes, once again we’re singing about our favorite thing:...

Under Cover: Family Reading Favorites of 2014

Best of 2014 lists are everywhere you look, for every conceivable topic. The best restaurants, travel deals, and viral videos have all been catalogued, along with the most scintillating, touching, and heartbreaking stories to hit the news. So, as we reminisce about all of the...

Off the Menu: Christmas Dining in Newport Beach

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale Dining out at Christmas means someone else does the cooking, which gives you more time to spend with loved ones (and less mess to clean up). Here’s a list of what some notable Newport Beach restaurants are offering this Christmas...

Under Cover: Christmas Stories for the Soul

The holidays are truly upon us. Hanukkah candles have been lit, and “arrive by Christmas” shipping deadlines have been met. The time to prepare for gift giving and festivities is quickly running out — a fact that is surely a source of stress for all the last minute...

Center Stage: Local Kids Share the Spotlight in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at SCR

Fun is something good old Ebenezer Scrooge was sadly missing (for much of his life, at least), but the cast of South Coast Repertory’s “A Christmas Carol” likes to celebrate the season with all the mirth it deserves. At least that’s the word backstage, where Dickens’ growly...

Off the Menu Special: Dinner and a Holiday Show

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Orange County’s two largest theaters – South Coast Rep and Laguna Playhouse – are staging holiday-themed shows, but they’re about as different as you can get. So are the restaurants we dined at prior to seeing the play...

Under Cover: Favorite Holiday Tales for Young Readers

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Proclaimed as fact by Andy Williams in his classic Christmas song by the same name, you’ll find precious few individuals who would care to disagree. In fact, as I sat contentedly on the couch last week, enjoying the wintry weather that...