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Artscapes

Artscapes: OC Women’s Chorus Causing Treble at 20

They began with eight women in a living room with the common goal of starting a women’s singing group. Now, 20 years later, the Orange County Women’s Chorus has become one of the top amateur choruses in the region. Founded in 1997 by Dr. Raymond Egan and directed since 2000...

Artscapes: Segerstrom Center Announces Oct. 28 Debut of Argyros Plaza

Anyone who has attended a performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently has no doubt encountered construction in the courtyard between the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Segerstrom Hall. That construction is the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza taking...

Artscapes: OCMA Unveils 2017 California-Pacific Triennial

Known for its eclectic and often cutting edge exhibitions, the Orange County Museum of Art has unveiled another in a long line of dynamic artistic projects: the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial, which runs through Sept. 3. The exhibition, officially titled “Building as Ever,” is...

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: 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: 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...