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Prepare to Dance in Your Shorts

Deftly nuanced and charged with emotional intensity, the six films showcased in Newport Beach Film Festival’s “Dance in Your Shorts” program reverberate with powerful life force. From the surreal elegance of Genevieve Clay-Smith’s “Heartbreak & Beauty” to the mime-like...

Music and Movies Collide at Film Festival

The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” may have been the first music video played on MTV, but with today’s single-driven music industry, the advent of YouTube, and multi-million dollar production budgets becoming the norm, video makes the radio star might be a more fitting...

2016 Newport Beach Film Fest: Photo Album

The Newport Beach Film Festival got off to a terrific start on Thursday, April 21 with the World Premiere of “After the Reality” starring Matthew Morrison, followed by a fabulous gala party featuring performances by Cirque Du Soleil and food from 25 restaurants. NB...

Artscapes: Chuck Jones: A Lifetime of Animation

“Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” That line from Looney Tunes cartoon character Porky Pig elicits smiles from anyone that watched Saturday morning cartoons. Those smiles can be shared with young children of all ages as the Chuck Jones Studio brings Saturday morning laughter to...
Posted On 22 Apr 2016

Under Cover: ‘The Last Bookstore’ is Nirvana for Bibliophiles

“I’m making a mess, Dada.” So says Eden Spencer to her father, Josh, in the opening moments of the short documentary film, “Welcome to the Last Bookstore.” Like Eden, each of us regularly makes a mess out of this life, but what viewers will discover about Spencer is that he was...

Artscapes: Countdown to Newport Beach Film Festival

More than 50,000 moviegoers are expected to pack local cinema houses this month to view the nearly 400 films that comprise the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 21 – 28. The Festival opens on Thursday, April 21, with the world premiere of “After the Reality”...

Singing ‘Cinderella’ Comes to Segerstrom Center

Known for such classic musicals as “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” Rodgers and Hammerstein also created a musical especially for television: “Cinderella,” which aired on March 31, 1957. It starred Julie Andrews and was watched by more than 100 million viewer...

Soundcheck: Pacific Symphony Wows with Rhapsodic ‘Rhapsody’

“Stay seated, this is not Hee Haw,” Pacific Symphony conductor Carl St. Clair quipped, dispelling any confusion as to what the audience was about to experience with the banjo-accompanied rendition of the hoedown classic “Camptown Races” that opened the Symphony’s program at...

Under Cover: Young Baseball Fan has a ‘Night at the Stadium’

Spring is in the air, and it brings along with it the return of America’s pastime: good old-fashioned baseball. Disciples of the game have long-since chosen this year’s fantasy roster, and perhaps even trekked to see their team prepare for the season during spring training. Now,...

Martin Short Brings Laughs to Pacific Symphony

Audiences know funnyman Martin Short from his appearances on Saturday Night Live and his hilarious turns in “Father of the Bride” and “Three Amigos.” Now, Short adds singing and dancing to his mix of talents when he performs with Pacific Symphony Pops April 15 and 16 in the Renée...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a Revelation

Listen closely, and you just might hear some raucous cheers, exuberant whistles, and nearly non-stop clapping reverberating in the ether. Yes, the dancers of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater were at it again, bringing down the house in Segerstrom Hall Wednesday evening with a...

Artscapes: Segerstrom Center Predicts Rain on April 11

We haven’t seen much in the way of El Nino conditions this year, yet next week there’s a prediction of Rain at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Of course I’m talking about “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles,” which comes to Segerstrom Center April 11. It’s ironic that I...
Posted On 08 Apr 2016

Under Cover: Author Sara Nović is a ‘Girl at War’

Perhaps my favorite new thing is free same day delivery with Amazon Prime. I’d like to say I use it for fantastic, life-changing purchases, but most often, the delivery man is bringing mundane items, such as new socks and moth traps – and trust me, there is nothing less exciting...

Under Cover: Author Jessica Knoll is ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’

Most book to film adaptations start the journey towards their immortalization on film after becoming wildly successful in print form. Every so often, however, there is a story so powerful that the movie houses jump on it, even before having the chance to gauge the public’s...

Artscapes: Newport to Ensenada Artwork Celebrates Sailor’s Endeavor

A local artist and former Newport Beach Arts Commissioner was recently revealed as the painter behind this year’s Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race official artwork. Newport Ocean Sailing Association officials announced that Carole Boller created the 14” x 24” oil on...
Posted On 25 Mar 2016

Under Cover: Jill Manly Children’s Book Combines Yoga with Culture

In our current geopolitical climate, it is becoming increasingly evident just how important it is these days to be a “global citizen.” Here in our own country, we have different political factions debating the merits of immigration, and conversely, the restriction of such. Across...

“Mormon” Preaches Irreverent Musical Gospel at Segerstrom Center

It’s irreverent, controversial and outrageously funny. It’s also been hailed by the New York Times as “The best musical of the century.” The winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, “The Book of Mormon” is one of the biggest blockbuster Broadway shows this decade. It’s...

Under Cover: Watery Tale of William Mulholland Flows to Newport Library

During this time of severe drought, Californians know better than ever the importance of our water supply. We have all (hopefully) done our part to conserve, reducing our shower time and watering sparingly. Do we, however, really ever pause to consider how exactly our water comes...

Segerstrom Center Announces 2016-2017 Broadway Series

Segerstrom Center recently announced its 2016-2017 Broadway Series and Curtain Call Series, and as usual they are packed with blockbuster shows that offer a mix of new and classic musicals, including “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” “Elf The Musical,” “Matilda,” “Finding...

Under Cover: Children’s Choice Book Awards

This week, voting opened for the 2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards. With a goal of empowering kids to let their own voices be heard when it comes to making meaningful reading selections, the CCBAs are the only major book awards voted on and awarded by kids themselves. Awards are...