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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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Artscapes: 11th Annual Art in the Park – Saturday Oct. 11

Artscapes: 11th Annual Art in the Park – Saturday Oct. 11

The Newport Beach Arts Foundation is one busy nonprofit organization! Founded in 1998, the Newport Beach Arts Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support, promote and extend cultural activities of the Newport Beach Arts Commission organizing cultural fundraising events. One of those events occurs this weekend: the annual Art in the Park, an arts and crafts […]

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Off the Menu: Newport Restaurants Lauded at Golden Foodie Awards

Off the Menu: Newport Restaurants Lauded at Golden Foodie Awards

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Which restaurant has the best wine list in Orange County? How about the best happy hour, or the best hamburger? We learned the answers to those questions and more last Sunday when we attended the Third Annual Golden Foodie Awards, presented by the OC Restaurant Association […]

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Under Cover: "The Light Between Oceans"

Under Cover: “The Light Between Oceans”

The past week has given the word stressful a new meaning. I’ve had a car accident, rented a car, had that car’s engine die, and been towed to the airport to pick up another. I’ve arrived at the meat market, only to find that my weekly order of steak – 65 pounds worth, ready to […]

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