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Boat Parade Wrap

Wow—what a parade! We’ve just concluded another fantastic Christmas Boat Parade. Congratulations are in order to the Newport Chamber, Commodores and an abundance of volunteers that it took for the million (or so) spectators who were in awe of the large armada of boats and yachts...

Curtain Up: Prepare to Travel ‘4000 Miles’ at SCR

Leo is 21. His grandmother Vera is 91. She’s widowed, and lives alone in her Greenwich Village apartment. On this particular 3 a.m. in September, Leo shows up at her door, with his bicycle.  He’s just completed a cross-country trek — Seattle to New York. He needs a place to...
Posted On 02 Nov 2013

Mom’s Voice: Another Teen in the House

On Tuesday, the shrill noise pierced the blackness, waking me from a solid sleep. It was the sound of girls, ripe with giggles that swell like the sea before crashing into a wave of loud laughter, spraying the quiet night of our house. A chorus of “Happy Birthday” led by Sally...
Posted On 18 Aug 2013

Curtain Up: Marriage Examined in ‘I Do, I Do!’ and ‘Wedding Singer’

By Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Weddings were the theme of the night when we attended two different events last week: the musical “I Do, I Do!” at The Laguna Playhouse, and an outdoor screening of “The Wedding Singer” at Segerstrom...

Graduation Present

It’s graduation time, and commencement speakers all over the country are exhorting high school and college seniors to stay involved and do what they can to improve the world. Of course, to change the world, you have to know what’s going on, so I read newspapers....
Posted On 23 Jun 2013

Hear Here!

The young boys in our neighborhood love fireworks, and the best time of year for them is just around the corner.  Starting in warm April evenings just after dark, they begin to rehearse with a few repercussive rounds in the park behind our house. Last night, a few went off in the...

Dancing for Donations

Local celebrities and professional dancers are coming together next week for a night of dinner, dancing, and donations – all for a good cause. The Assistance League of Newport Mesa will hold its sixth annual Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars fundraising event on March 23. The...
Posted On 15 Mar 2013

Off the Menu: Late Nite Delights

It’s after 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Where do you go for a late night meal? Newport Beach has plenty of fabulous restaurants, but few stay open late. Yard House in Fashion Island is a welcome exception. In fact, they’re encouraging diners to “get their grub...

CdM Earns Title Berth

Corona del Mar’s Sea Kings sank Woodbridge 25-0 on Saturday, earning a trip to the championship game. CdM will face off at 2 p.m. next Saturday against Garden Grove for the title.
Posted On 25 Nov 2012

Sleepless in Newport, Part II

During a performance of a Mozart piece at the symphony recently, I became aware of a rhythmic noise that was out of synch with the orchestra. Turned out that a fellow in the row behind us had fallen asleep and was snoring, an unwitting contribution to the percussion section. It...

Swastikas Mar Newport Coast Neighborhood

Newport Beach police are investigating a series of incidents in a Newport Coast neighborhood that they are classifying as hate crimes. Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman, Kathy Lowe, said they took four related reports on Sunday in the area of St. Laurent and Bellvue,...
Posted On 05 Oct 2012

Bucks in the Seats: Gala Raises $500K for SCR

South Coast Repertory’s 34th annual Gala Ball, “Setting the Stage,” opened the theatrical and social seasons in Orange County with a creatively original event that took partygoers behind the scenes and turned them into stars. Chaired by Beth Phelps, the evening of dining and...
Posted On 21 Sep 2012

Sleepless in Newport

Even those of us too young to have grown up watching “The Waltons” are familiar with the show’s famous closing lines, “…. ‘Night, Mama,” “… ‘Night, John Boy.” We picture the large family, each in bed after the last lights are put out, drifting...

Watts Set for Symphony Opener

Renowned Amerian pianist André Watts will headline the grand opening of the Pacific Symphony’s 34th season with a performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, on Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry...

Rescuers Pull Woman From Buck Gulley

n who tried to lower herself into Buck Gulley to search for her missing dog had to be rescued herself by firefighters late Sunday night. According to the Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Boyles and a neighbor, the woman returned to her home at the end of Poppy Avenue,...
Posted On 13 Sep 2012

Radical Grace

Have you experienced loss or pain, crisis, abuse, addiction, betrayal or personal failure? Are you searching for hope and the next step towards healing? Do you desire an authentic community so you can process your fears, hurts and struggles? If you answered yes to any of the...

Champagnes Is Aging Well

Locals only! That phrase – used by surfers to denote a secret surfing spot – can also apply to restaurants. Local dining spots are often hidden culinary treasures, which is the case with Champagnes Bistro & Deli. The restaurant has been around for many years, yet...

The Attitude of Gratitude

Many years ago, high atop a desert mountain that divides California from Nevada, I sat in a fold-up chair, bundled to the hilt as strong, icy winds managed to blast through my layers of clothing. It was midnight and I stayed huddled with the others next to the campfire blazing...

The Parties Are Over – Till Next Year

You can’t judge a film festival by its parties – or can you? The Newport Beach Film Festival just ended it’s 13th annual affair with 500 films crammed into seven days of cinematic and sensory overload, which is just what film fans crave. Those seven days (technically eight...

Here’s My Take: Listening to the Public

By Dr. Gloria Alkire Listening to the Newport Beach community speak out regarding the fire-ring controversy at the City Council meeting last month prompted not only thoughts about whether the rings should stay or go, but also the importance of public input and ideas, and how...
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