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Under Cover: Stan Lee is a ‘Marvel’ at 92

It is no secret that when it comes to the big screen, anything stamped with the name Marvel is sure to become box office gold. As kids (and their parents) throng to see films like the just released “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” interest in comic books and graphic novels is again on...

Center Stage: Mark Morris Brings “Dido and Aeneas” Back to OC May 15 – 16

“For me, it’s all or nothing” explained über-talented Renaissance man Mark Morris with customary candor. “I’m obsessed with live dancers, live music, and live audiences; I have to have it, and I won’t do it any other way.” The acclaimed dancer, choreographer, artistic director...

Curtain Up: The Sun Has Come Out for ‘Annie’ at Segerstrom Center

“The sun’ll come out tomorrow,” sings the title character in the musical “Annie,” but it’s come out today for actor Garrett Deagon, who plays the villainous Rooster Hannigan in the Broadway touring production of “Annie” that comes to Segerstrom Center May 13 – 24. Deagon...

Under Cover: A Girl and Her Greens Cookbook Club

Still not sure what to get Mom for her special day this Sunday? Well, if mother dearest likes to unwind in the kitchen, (or if, perhaps, her go-to frozen broccoli could use a little makeover), how about a seat at Williams-Sonoma’s latest Cookbook Club presentation, “A Girl and...

Sinatra Sings Sinatra at Segerstrom

“May you all live to be 100 years old and may the last voice you hear be mine!” That famous quote from Frank Sinatra is apropos this year, because 2015 marks the late entertainer’s 100th birthday and his voice lives on thanks to numerous recordings and films. Sinatra also lives...

Under Cover Book Club: ‘My Name is Resolute’

A few years back, a friend recommended a book to me by an author I had never heard of. She swore that “These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine” by Nancy E. Turner was a must-read, and guaranteed that I would love it. I didn’t bite. Then, another friend gave the same...

Artscapes: Dance Takes Center Stage at Film Festival

Vibrating with a joy both energized and hopeful, tap transcends our workaday world to embody the very pulse of life. From traditional time-steps on Broadway stages to the improvisational, hip-hop style riffs of the streets, this American dance form plays well with others. It’s...

Curtain Up: Picks for the Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival’s theme this year is “Know New Art.” As one of the many volunteers who reviewed and rated festival submissions, I watched a lot of new art (about 50 shorts and documentary films). Some of it was good, some not so much. Occasionally a film stood out as...

Under Cover: Fiery Film Profile of Poet Dylan Thomas

If your only knowledge of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas comes from the “Dylan-Dylan Challenge” in the movie “Dangerous Minds,” then you are missing out on the captivating story of man burdened with a love of excess and gifted with not only a penchant for lyrical prose, but also...

‘Austin to Boston’ Film is a Sentimental Journey

By Madison Desler | NB Indy Part concert film, part road trip diary (with several dashes of nostalgia), “Austin to Boston” follows four bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear’s Den) as they wind their way through the bosom of America in five VW camper vans....

Under Cover: ‘Made by Raffi’ Tells Kids It’s Okay to be Different

Anyone who can remember being a kid will also remember how hard it is when you feel as though you don’t fit in. Even the slightest step outside of what is considered the norm can brand a child with the label of “different” – something that can definitely be difficult to overcome....

Curtain Up: Gamblers, Gangsters and Dolls at Segerstrom Center April 14-19

Gamblers, gangsters and dolls are coming to Segerstrom Center for the Arts next week thanks to the Broadway touring production of the legendary musical “Guys and Dolls,” running April 14 – 19. Based on characters created by Damon Runyon, “Guys and Dolls” is the musical tale of...

Under Cover: Former Governor Jennifer Granholm Comes to NB Library April 17 & 18

Anyone who has ever had to call a customer service center can attest to the fact that globalization has changed the face of the job market in this country. Goods and services that once were produced and offered right in the heartland of America have now shifted oversees where...

Curtain Up: Led Zepagain Rocks Lido Live

By Madison Desler | NB Indy The Lido Live Theater, built in 1938, has all the adornments of a jazz-age venue: a stunning marquee, old-timey popcorn maker, art deco light fixtures, and cushy theater seats. However, a newly installed stage riser, heavy duty light rigging, and a...

Artscapes: Alien Art is a Riot at OC Museum of Art

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The Orange County Museum of Art hosts a pair of exhibitions through May 24 that may seem alien, but are actually of “the times,” and timely. The first, “Alien She,” is billed as the first exhibition highlighting the...

Under Cover: Under Cover Book Club Picks ‘Nightingale’

“In love we find out who we want to be. In war, we find out who we are.” So asserts author, Kristin Hannah in her new book, “The Nightingale,” our Under Cover Book Club selection for April. Chapter one opens with an aging woman going through her belongings as she prepares to...

Under Cover: Time to Vote for Children’s Choice Book Awards

Calling all readers—the polls are now open for the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards. Coinciding with Children’s Book Week each year, the Children’s Choice Awards allow young readers to vote for the books they enjoyed, and honor the authors that most spoke to them. Votes are...

Center Stage: Newport Dancers Pirouette in Plum Roles

Spring fever and youthful enthusiasms go together like, well, ballerinas and pointe shoes, especially for two passionate Newport dancers who can’t resist juggling demanding school schedules with studio rehearsal time in the pursuit of an art form that brings them the joyful...

Under Cover: Soldier and Canine Profiled in ‘Until Tuesday’

Those of you who read the Under Cover Book Club selection for January, “We are Called to Rise,” by Laura McBride, will remember meeting specialist Luis Rodriguez-Reyes.  Luis, a young soldier, experienced the unthinkable while serving in the Middle East, and came home with the...

Curtain Up: ‘Nice Work’ Gets a Raise at Segerstrom Center

Touring in a Broadway show? Nice work if you can get it. A handful of young singer-dancers did get nice work, as evidenced by the popular touring production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” that comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 17 – 22. The show ran on Broadway...