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Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Forest Whitaker with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Newport Beach Film Festival has honored acting legend Forest Whitaker with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place virtually on Wednesday, June 16. The virtual ceremony and a Q&A with Whitaker is available for viewing on the Film Festival’s website at www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com. Whitaker is an accomplished actor, director,...

Art, Fashion, Music Collide at Ethos Contemporary Art Multi-Media Experience

Art plus fashion plus music equals “Gen Art Muse 2021: An Evening of Film, Art, Fashion and Music,” an event that took place on Thursday, June 10 co-hosted by Ethos Contemporary Art (the pop art gallery in Newport Beach founded by artist and curator Georgeana Ireland) and Gen Art,...

Sherman Library & Gardens Presents greenHOUSE Summer Exhibit

Think you have an impressive living room? Wait until you see Sherman Library & Gardens’ version of a living room when you visit “greenhouse,” a summer exhibit of lavish “living” rooms with a botanical twist. The exhibit opens June 18 and runs through September 10. Relax in The Parlor on the...

Classic Opera ‘La Traviata’ Gets Sensitive Staging from Pacific Symphony

There is an unofficial operatic Top Ten list of the most frequently performed operas in the world. One of those is “La Traviata,” Giuseppe Verdi’s ode to love, or love lost. First performed in 1863, “La Traviata” is known for its rich score, including "Libiamo ne' lieti calici," a drinking...

Baroque Music Festival Presents Bach Keyboard Extravaganza Film Streaming June 24

Mid-June usually means music-making time for the Baroque Music Festival of Corona del Mar, which was founded in 1981 by Dr. Burton Karson, Professor of Music at CSU Fullerton. Violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock took over as artistic director in 2011 after Dr. Karson retired. Normally a series of baroque concerts would...

Soundcheck: A Busking Life for Newport Native

By Simone Goldstone | Soundcheck Columnist Lightening splits the Louisiana sky, its thunder a familiar chorus to Joe Marx and James Gaudreau. Joe, a Newport Beach native, and his friend James have been rolling the dice with their passion for busking on a cross country “On the Road” adventure, singing...

The Surfaris Plan to ‘Wipe Out’ in Concert at Campus Jax in Newport Beach on June 16

By Simone Goldstone | Soundcheck Columnist If the surf music from the 1960s had one defining sound, it would be the opening drum roll and familiar guitar melody from the Surfaris’ 1962 hit song “Wipe Out.” Known as the most important instrumental song of the decade and featured in films such...

Ethos Contemporary Art Presents ‘Gen Art 2021’ at Gray Matter Museum June 10

Newport Beach-based Ethos Contemporary Art, the pop art gallery founded by artist and curator Georgeana Ireland, will co-host GEN ART MUSE 2021: An Evening of Film, Art, Fashion and Music on Thursday evening, June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gray Matter Museum in Newport Beach. Gen Art is an...

Pacific Symphony Kicks Off Summerfest 2021 on July 4

The Pacific Symphony is looking forward to putting the pandemic behind them this summer when they kick off their annual summer concert series with their traditional July 4th Spectacular. Last year, the symphony has scheduled a Fourth of July concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa (its usual summer...

June Classes and Events at Sherman Library & Gardens

June Classes and Events at Sherman Library & Gardens LITTLE SEEDLINGS STORY TIME Every Friday / 10 - 10:30 a.m. Free with Garden Admission Explore nature through the wonderful world of books. Join us every Friday as we share our favorite stories, picture books and poems. Perfect for preschool children and their caregivers....