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An Italian-Style Gondola Cruise in Newport Harbor

Want an unusual way to cruise Newport Harbor this summer? How about a unique romantic date? Whatever the occasion, one of the best ways to get out on the water is to do it in a gondola. My favorite lady and I recently toured the harbor for her birthday courtesy of Gondola...
Posted On 22 Jul 2016

Artscapes: Dazzling Dance from National Choreographers Initiative

Prepare to be dazzled by dance when the 13th annual National Choreographers Initiative presents its 2016 project on Saturday, July 30 at the Irvine Barclay Theater. NCI Founder and Artistic Director Molly Lynch of Corona del Mar, Associate Professor of Dance in the Claire Trevor...

Under Cover: ‘Books and Brunch’ at Festival of Arts

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is back for the summer, and this year, it brought with it a new attraction. “Books and Brunch,” designed to allow attendees to connect with some of today’s most popular authors in an informal setting, over brunch. This Sunday, July 24, will offer...

The OC Fair Wants You to ‘Get Your Fair Face On!’

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s finally here: The Orange County Fair! Yes, we love the OC Fair, and every year look forward to tasting the new decadent foods, sampling award-winning wines, trying our luck at carnival games, checking out the arts and...

Artscapes: Local Artist Tony Salvo Fuels Food Passion with Paintings

Tony Salvo has an obsession with food. In fact, the Newport Beach-based artist whose studio is in an historic brick building that once housed a fire station on Balboa Peninsula loves to paint everything from pies to burgers, and then eat them. Salvo spent 20 years running a...

Under Cover: Theatrical Harry Potter Book Hits Stores This Month

My boy Harry is back in a big way. By now, everyone knows that I have a bit of a thing for Harry Potter. This trusty companion, despite struggling with a pretty lengthy list of his own issues, has been by my side for more than a decade, as I have read his story with each of my...

Center Stage: Pacific Symphony’s Sizzling Summer Season

As the weather warms and night skies swarm with summer stars, OC music lovers’ thoughts turn toward Pacific Symphony’s annual Summer Festival at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. A treasured tradition for almost three decades, the series- which opened with its annual 4th of July...

Under Cover: ‘Read for the Win’ at Newport Library This Summer

Summer may have just started, but I’m sure that in nearly every household, the dreaded refrain of “I’m bored,” has already rung out, and probably more than once. Likewise, we mothers, while loving the freedom of the summer schedule, are finding that having our cherubs home all...

Artscapes: Sawdust Festival Marks 50 Year Milestone

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sawdust Art & Craft Festival — a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting art created in Laguna Beach — is using as its theme this year “Celebrating the Soul of Art for 50 Years!”...

Under Cover: Summer Reading Escapism with ‘Attachments’

In between evaluating which mementos should be taken along to college and which should be relegated to a dusty garage storage shrine, while also attempting to plan for an upcoming winter unlike any experienced by California natives, and embarking on a days-long farewell tour, it...

Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series

Summer has officially started, which means it’s time for the annual Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series, which starts Friday, June 24 and runs through Oct. 14. Held in the Hyatt’s intimate amphitheater, the Summer Concert Series is a mix of smooth jazz artists and notable...

Center Stage: Newport Theater Arts Center Prepares for 38th Season

Classic Americana closes out Newport Theatre Arts Center’s 2015-2016 season this weekend with the last few performances of “1776 The Musical.” The patriotic play delves into the diverse personalities behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence, delivering a lively and...

Under Cover: Turning the Page of Life

It’s been a crazy time here at the Crabtree house. Two weeks ago, we watched our oldest graduate from high school, and next week, we leave for college. But, this week is all about another member of this clan. Sandwiched here amid all the craziness – much like his place as the...

Center Stage: Going for Baroque in Corona del Mar

Who knew that dancing the tango and playing the harp could be so simpático? For award-winning, Irish-born musician Diana Rowan, studying the intense and passionate Argentinian art form known as the tango led to a surprising deepening of her own prowess as a harpist. She’ll bring...

Under Cover: Summer Reading

It’s here! School is either out, or almost, and the sound of the sea crashing on the shore is beckoning us.  Like a siren, the Pacific is calling us to return our fair-skinned, springtime limbs to the ocean’s side, where we can luxuriate in the sand, let the sun once again kiss...

Classical Mystery Tours Brings Beatles Music to Segerstrom Center

“It was 20 years ago today, Jim Owen taught the band to play.” Were it not for the fact his father was a vinyl record collector and that he started playing the piano at age eight, Jim Owen, founder of the Beatles tribute band Classical Mystery Tour, may have gone in another...
Posted On 12 Jun 2016

Weekend Getaway: Pixies, Pampering and Pizza in Ojai

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale  Ojai is one of those towns we’d been meaning to visit, but never took the time despite hearing rave reviews about the charms of this mountain community. However, after The Oaks at Ojai destination spa coaxed us into spending a...

Center Stage: Royal Swedish Ballet Brings “Juliet and Romeo” to Segerstrom Center

Orange County is in for a surprise, says Royal Swedish Ballet principal dancer Mariko Kida. “You will see at the theater,” she teases in a recent email. “It is exciting not knowing what you will see.” A native of Japan and recipient of the 2014 Prix Benois de la Danse, the much...

Under Cover: Life is a Book

Today, my oldest son graduates from high school. In three weeks, we take him to begin the next chapter of his life as a college student, where he will be a 14 hour drive away from his friends, his girlfriend, and…me. To say that I am a hot mess of emotions would be a gross...

Under Cover: Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

As June hits, I join the throng of mothers whose sanity hangs solely by the thread of promise that school is almost out, and the onslaught of science projects, final exams, and class parties is about to end. However, this year, I am occupying a new and strange place, in which I...