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Colorful, Unique Art Show at Peninsula Gallery

A unique Orange County artist will be featured this weekend at a show at a Newport Beach art gallery. Dick Marconi, 82, will showcase his work in an exhibit titled “ICON” One Man Show from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ethos Contemporary Art on the Balboa Peninsula. “I’m excited about...
Posted On 22 Jun 2017

Artscapes: Pacific Symphony Prepares for New Summer Home

All good things must come to an end, and so it was with the Pacific Symphony’s summer concerts at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. After nearly three decades, Pacific Symphony played its final concert at Irvine Meadows last September, shortly before the venue closed to make way for a...

Artscapes: Al Fresco Concerts Return to Hyatt Regency

Warmer weather is finally making its way to Newport Beach, and with it comes al fresco concerts held in various venues throughout the city. Leading the charge is the annual Newport Beach Jazz Festival, which returns to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach June 2-4, 2017. Presented by...

Center Stage

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...

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...

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Curtain Up

Curtain Up: Finding a “Neverland” at Segerstrom Center

The Broadway musical “Finding Neverland” at Segertstrom Center for the Arts through April 2 is the mostly true story of how J.M. Barrie created his classic fable “Peter Pan,” and it’s the opportunity to bring along someone who will be absolutely delighted with the show: your...
Posted On 24 Mar 2017

Curtain Up: Tchaikovsky Comes to Laguna Playhouse

Pianist and actor Hershey Felder has been keeping busy—very busy. He’s played over 4,500 performances of his self-created solo productions around the world, breaking box office records and drawing critical acclaim for his one-man shows that revolve around noted composers. Up to...

Outta Here

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. ...

OUTTA HERE: Life and Death Valley

During a recent spring visit to observe and photograph wild flowers in the Eastern California deserts, Death Valley was abundant with not only flora, but fauna in the form of many desert animals and the surprisingly resilient Death Valley Pup Fish.  A hold over from the last ice...

OUTTA HERE: Northern California/Southern Oregon

The area around Medford, Ore., is very well known for a lot of reasons.  For nature lovers, hikers and photographers, the Rogue River Gorge, Crater Lake and Mount Shasta are short drives. For wine lovers, the region is loaded with great wineries and tasting rooms. Historic...

Sound Check

“Cassette” Documentary is a Cinematic Mixtape

Music’s worst format. That’s one of the monikers most frequently given to the cassette tape. Others include obsolete, antiquated, and out-of-date. Still, the compact cassette refuses to die, thanks to the small but mighty group of nostalgic music nuts, fanatical collectors, and...

Soundcheck: For Stan Frazier, Side Deal is the Real Deal

Drummer or chef? That was the question Stan Frazier pondered when he was growing up in Newport Beach, but fortunately he was able to pursue both music and the culinary arts. As the drummer and principal songwriter for the popular band Sugar Ray, Frazier toured the world, had six...

Summer Fun

Get Ready for the 8th Annual Lobsterfest

Hundreds of Maine lobsters will be flown in to Newport Beach on Sunday, August 7 for the 8th Annual Lobsterfest, held at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina from 3 to 8 p.m. More than 700 people are expected to attend this annual celebration of summer, which centers...

Summer Fun: Fireworks, Music and Shakespeare

Summer hits with a bang this weekend thanks to the Fourth of July, and continues all summer with myriad events from concerts in the park to Shakespeare on a diamond (a baseball diamond). Fourth of July Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina teams with the City of Newport...

Biggest Beach Party of the Year Comes to Newport Dunes June 26 – 28

Get ready for the biggest beach party to be held in Newport Beach this year: Newport Beach Party: A Celebration of Community, held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort June 26 – 28. The three day event is designed to raise money for a variety of charities, including the Newport...

Under Cover: Books

Under Cover: It Takes a CHERUB to Raise a Reader

I have a good friend who frequently uses the hashtag #raisingreaders on her social media posts. Truth be told, she is kind of a supermom, and while there are many things I adore about her, one of my favorite things is her dedication to instilling in her children a passion for...

Uner Cover: Book Club Blooms with “Lilac Girls”

Recently, I took a fifteen-hour road trip with my oldest son, ferrying him home from school for the measly three week break that will act as his “summer.” After flying in to help him move out of the dorm, and into his new digs, we made the trek back to California via the open...

Under Cover: Summer Books for Teen Boys

The passing of Memorial Day ushers in a certain season. While the day itself is about somber reflections, and gratitude for sacrifices made on our behalf, it leaves in its wake a lightness – the ability to appreciate more fully the dawn of a new day, knowing the price that was...

Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway: Exploring Mendocino and the Inn at Newport Ranch

Newport Beach was incorporated as a city in 1906, but it’s not the first town in the state to adopt that moniker. In Northern California, the town of Newport was established in Mendocino County around 1865 as a port to transfer lumber into waiting schooners for the journey to San...

Weekend Getaway: A Hidden Wine Oasis in Carmel

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy It’s been more than two decades since Christopher last visited the Monterey area, and Catherine has vague recollections of taking a field trip to Monterey while attending grade school in Napa Valley, so when we were...