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Artscapes: Young Newport Dancers Cast in ABT’s ‘Nutcracker’ at Segerstrom Center

“The Nutcracker” is one of those iconic ballets that make young girls want to buy pointe shoes and take up dance. Cousins Stella Stulik and Alexandra Orradre, both 10, of Newport Beach are two such girls. They’ve been dancing for several years, and take classes at the American...

Artscapes: Celebrating Wonderful Lives

One of the most popular, memorable and sincere Christmastime movies is without a doubt “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a fantasy-comedy-drama produced and directed in 1946 by Frank Capra. Filmed in glorious black and white, “It’s a Wonderful Life” has become one of the most loved films...

Artscapes: Seasonal Concerts Take Center Stage at Segerstrom Center

December continues to be a busy month at Segerstrom Center for the Arts as seasonal concerts and performances take center stage. Through December 17, it’s time for American Ballet Theatre’s annual production of the timeless classic, “The Nutcracker.” Travel with curious Clara and...

Center Stage

Center Stage: An Exciting Weekend of Dance

This is “nirvana weekend” for dance fans, as two separate dance programs – one a classical ballet and the other an evening of world premieres – are being presented at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Irvine Barclay Theatre. “Giselle” Up first is Teatro alla Scala Ballet...

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...

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Curtain Up

Curtain Up: “Dracula” Gets New Life with Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make!” That infamous line was uttered by Bela Lugosi in the classic 1931 film “Dracula,” directed by Tod Browning. “Dracula” had little music to accompany its ghoulish dialogue, but that changed nearly 20 years ago when...

Curtain Up: Nine Happy Neighbors Watch ‘Twelve Angry Men’

Attending a play or concert with a friend is always fun, but what happens when you get nine neighbors together and make a group trip to Laguna Playhouse to watch a weekend matinee performance of “Twelve Angry Men?” Last Saturday, nine neighbors (including me) who frequently meet...

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

Soundcheck: Musical Sisters Fiddle Around the Country

They say good things come in threes, but in the case of the Quebe Sisters, the musical trio is more than just good—they are astoundingly talented. All three Quebe Sisters –  Hulda, Sophia and Grace – play violin, which itself is unusual. But then they open their mouths and...

Soundcheck: Gary Numan Brings New Music to OC

Back in the days when New Wave was taking over the airwaves, everyone I knew (including me) owned a copy of Gary Numan’s iconic and groundbreaking 1979 album “The Pleasure Principle,” which contained his smash hit “Cars.” Numan’s android-ish style and unique vocal phrasing, plus...

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: A Whirlwind Weekend in San Diego

San Diego is one of those destinations that’s close to home yet can seem worlds away because there’s so much to see and do that sets the city apart from other coastal enclaves.  Just 90 minutes from Newport Beach (depending on traffic), San Diego is an unmistakable tourist draw...

Weekend Getaway: A Weekend of Al Fresco Jazz in Idyllwild

High above Palm Springs, deep in the San Jacinto mountains yet only about 90 minutes from Newport Beach is the town of Idyllwild, a charming (some might say rustic) village that through the years has somehow kept its small-town atmosphere. Set among tall pines, cedars and...