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Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition Postponed to 2022

The City Arts Commission has elected to postpone the 56th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition, originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 9, 2021 at the Newport Beach Civic Center. The Arts Commission will announce a new date in June, 2022 as soon as possible. “We are truly delighted to have...

Author Chris Epting Explores Rock and Roll in OC at the Balboa Island Museum Sept. 16

By Simone Goldstone | NB Indy Soundcheck Columnist Elvis Presley learning karate. Jim Morrison’s muse Pamel Curson. The 1960s hit song “Louie, Louie.” What do these seemingly random placards of music history all have in common? The OC. Elvis learned karate in Westminster from resident Mike Stone. Pamela Curson, the heir to...

Life is a Cabaret Series at Segerstrom Center

There’s a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel—make that a spotlight that’s shining on Segerstrom Center for the Arts as the venerable venue prepares to launch its 2021-2022 Cabaret Series in the intimate, club-style setting of the Samueli Theatre. The mix of Broadway stars and cabaret artists is...

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour Returns to Hyatt Regency Amphitheatre Sept. 10

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour returns to Newport Beach this week featuring sax legend Dave Koz plus jazz/soul/gospel saxophonist Kirk Whalum, jazz/blues saxophonist Mindi Abair; and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala. The show will feature songs from each artist’s catalog plus material from the “Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns”...

Dance Returns to Segerstrom Center Sept. 11 with Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Dance is back at Segerstrom Center, and dance fans couldn’t be happier. Segerstrom Center hosted American Ballet Theatre earlier this year for a special one-act afternoon of dance pieces, but the performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Sept. 11 will be the first complete evening of dance since early...

Frightfully Fun Halloween Boutique Opens at Roger’s Gardens

Roger’s Garden is renowned for its extensive array of flowers, plants and related products, but every fall Roger’s Gardens turns its attention to something more creepy: the Halloween Boutique. Now through Oct. 31, enjoy a frightfully fun experience exploring various themed rooms throughout Roger’s Garden. According to Roger’s Garden, you can...

Noted Newport Musician Stan Frazier Goes From Music to Pizza

By Simone Goldstone | Soundcheck Columnist Beatles figurines line the shelves above piping hot cheese and spinach pinwheels. A mural with everything from an infamous Shae Stadium concert ticket to the famous psychedelic Beatles portraits taken by Richard Avedon stare down at us from the wall. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and...

A Traveling Nomad Discovers the Joys of Ecuador

In February 2019 I left my old hometown of Newport Beach and became a traveling nomad. I started in Spain, followed by Italy, Croatia, Eastern Europe, and then Asia. A wedding in March 2020 brought me back to the US and a side trip to Mexico that same month turned...

Major OC Performing Arts Organizations Announce Vaccine and Mask Requirements for Performances

In a press release sent by Arts Orange County (the nonprofit countywide arts council), eight of Orange County’s largest performing arts organizations have joined together to announce vaccination and mask mandates for all upcoming indoor performances. In partnership with Arts Orange County, those eight arts organizations are Irvine Barclay Theatre,...

Irvine Barclay Hosts Jazz at Bayside Restaurant on Friday, Aug. 27

Irvine Barclay Theatre has been a champion of jazz music thanks to Barclay President Jerry Mandel, a saxophone player who has brought renowned jazz artists to the Barclay stage. Now, the Barclay comes to the coast for a special evening of jazz on Friday, Aug. 27 at Bayside Restaurant in...