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Ann E. Wareham Departs as Artistic Director of Laguna Playhouse

Consistency has been a key to the success of the Laguna Playhouse. The 420-seat theater on Laguna Canyon Road has been lucky to have had many longtime employees who made their mark on the playhouse in different ways. One of those positions is Artistic Director. Since 1976 there have been...

Newport Beach Arts Commission Presents an Exhibition of Artwork by Sunny Kim at the Main Library

At the Newport Beach Public Library, the art is not only on the page, it’s on the walls. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting an exhibition of the works of artist Sunny Kim at the Central Library on Avocado Avenue through January 7. Entitled “Capture the Emotions of the...

Suspenseful ‘Night Watch’ at Newport Theatre Arts Center

By Eric Marchese | Special to the NB Indy Ask theater fans to identify Lucille Fletcher and they’ll tell you she penned “Sorry, Wrong Number,” which garnered her success and fame as a radio play in 1943. Five years later, Fletcher turned it into a novel and also expanded it...

Newport Dunes Christmas Tree Lot Opens Nov. 20, Annual Lighting of the Bay Starts Nov. 26

One of Newport Beach’s most beloved holiday traditions is the annual Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes. This year, the 31st annual Lighting of the Bay begins at dusk on Friday, Nov. 26, and continues through New Year’s Day. During the Lighting of the Bay, the serene, waveless bay will...

A Glorious ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Marks Return of Touring Musicals to Segerstrom Center

You know things are looking better when “Jesus Christ” comes to Costa Mesa. The exclusive Southern California engagement of the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” opened on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Segerstrom Center—the first musical to be staged at The Center in 18 months. But this is not...

Jazz Vocalist Veronica Swift Makes Segerstrom Center Debut Nov. 20

With a repertoire running the gamut from swing to bebop to the Great American Songbook, Veronica Swift is a young but fully fledged star on the international jazz scene. Boasting a clear and lilting tone and radiant stage presence, she is also a master of rigorous vocal techniques like vocalese...

Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners

The 22nd edition of the Newport Beach Film Festival was held in person last month and showcased more than 300 short and full length films from around the world. During its eight-day run, the Festival hosted red carpet premieres, nightly special events, live music performances and compelling conversations with filmmakers....

Ohana Festival Embraces Musical Diversity

By Simone Goldstone, NB Indy Soundcheck Columnist Ohana means family, and that was the theme of the Ohana Festival that took place at Doheny State Beach at the end of September. From Eddie Vedder performing with his daughter, the collective efforts to protect our environment, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers...

OC Band Greer Releases New EP, Launches Tour

By Simone Goldstone | NB Indy Soundcheck Columnist OC band Greer is rounding up a great year. After playing with the Flaming Lips at the OC Fair, the Southern California rock outfit performed a stellar set at Ohana Festival in Dana Point showcasing their new tunes. Getting ready to release “Happy...

Musicals Return to Segerstrom Center with ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Nov. 9-14

First came the return of dance to Segerstrom Center, then symphony and pops concerts. Now, musicals are making a Covid comeback starting with the exclusive Southern California engagement of the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” November 9-14. Originally concepted as a rock album, the show was transferred to...