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Off the Menu: Viva Italia Cuisine

Off the Menu: Viva Italia Cuisine

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Newport is turning Italian. We’ve noticed a number of restaurants have opened over the past several months that focus on Italian cuisine, and/or pizza. That certainly makes Catherine happy—she spent a semester in Italy while attending Chapman University and admits to being a pizza junkie. We’ve […]

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Curtain Up: An Evening with Shirley MacLaine at Segerstrom Center Sept. 20

Curtain Up: An Evening with Shirley MacLaine at Segerstrom Center Sept. 20

It’s not often I get to talk to a living legend, but then it’s not often that a living legend such as Shirley MacLaine comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Academy Award-winning actress, singer, dancer and author brings her one-woman show, An Evening with Shirley MacLaine, to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom […]

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Curtain Up: "Menopause the Musical" Comes to Laguna Playhouse

Curtain Up: “Menopause the Musical” Comes to Laguna Playhouse

Can you hear the laughter emanating from The Laguna Playhouse? It’s coming from a theater packed with women (and a handful of men) who are enjoying the hit show “Menopause the Musical” that runs at the playhouse through Sept. 28. “Laverne and Shirley” star Cindy Williams is making a special guest appearance in the show […]

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Artscapes: Maestro Carl St.Clair Celebrates 25 Years with Pacific Symphony

Artscapes: Maestro Carl St.Clair Celebrates 25 Years with Pacific Symphony

“It’s a great honor for me” stated Carl St.Clair, speaking with an innate graciousness fired with fervor of his upcoming 25th anniversary as Music Director for our own Pacific Symphony. The Texas native – who traded football for music while still in high school – marks his quarter-century as maestro here in Orange County with […]

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Curtain Up: ‘Fallen Angels’ Lands with Laughter at NTAC

Curtain Up: ‘Fallen Angels’ Lands with Laughter at NTAC

Noël Coward was witty, charming, provocative, and stylish. And he was an incredibly prolific playwright who penned a plethora of plays that have remained popular decades later. Coward’s clever comedy “Fallen Angels,” which runs through Oct. 12 at Newport Theatre Arts Center, is a perfect example of his version of a sex comedy. Written in […]

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Artscapes: Sculpture Exhibition Unveiled at Civic Center Park

Artscapes: Sculpture Exhibition Unveiled at Civic Center Park

“I believe that Public Art attracts attention and influences people’s attitudes toward their surroundings and often stimulates an exchange of ideas that can be enriching emotionally, intellectually and aesthetically.” –Ray Katz   “Art is what you can get away with.” ― Andy Warhol   Seems like everyone, particularly artists, have their own definition of art. […]

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Off the Menu: Sustainable Seafood at Bluewater Grill, Viva La Vida Cantina

Off the Menu: Sustainable Seafood at Bluewater Grill, Viva La Vida Cantina

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Sustainable seafood is a familiar phrase at Bluewater Grill, which is featuring a Sustainable Seafood Feast throughout September that showcases seafood and shellfish that has been sustainably caught or farmed according to standards established by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, the Aquarium of the […]

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Under Cover: 9/11 Inspires Uplifting Book of Kindness Amid Tragedy

Under Cover: 9/11 Inspires Uplifting Book of Kindness Amid Tragedy

This week, we mark the thirteenth anniversary of the terrible events of September 11, 2001. Like everyone in America, and probably the world, I have a visceral, almost physical memory of where I was when I heard the news. Expecting our second child, I was a month away from my due date, and was feeling […]

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Curtain Up: “Tempest” is Theatrical Magic

Curtain Up: “Tempest” is Theatrical Magic

A confession: I’ve never been a fan of Magic. Who wants to be tricked? Where is the pleasure in being deceived, confused, confounded? Maybe I’m too gullible. And maybe I resent being made to feel like one of those suckers-born-every-minute that P.T. Barnum gloated about. And maybe, frankly, I’m not all that eager to give […]

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OUTTA HERE: Telluride, Colorado

OUTTA HERE: Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colo., is best known as the premier ski resort in southern Colorado.  We however, found it to be one of the most beautiful summer destinations in the southwest.  At almost 9,000 feet in elevation, the mountain vistas are spectacular. Wildflowers bloom here in summer.  Late melting winter snow, with sunlight filtered through verdant forests, […]

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