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Artscapes: See Who Made the Cut at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Wonder who made the cut at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival? Every year, the festival gets more than 3,000 submissions but only accepts about 10 percent of those submitted. The rest are indeed cut. That’s why this year’s festival has the theme of “See Who Made the Cut,” but...

Artscapes: Painting and Prosecco at Pelican Hill Resort

There’s painting al fresco, and then there’s painting al fresco at Pelican Hill Resort. Pelican Hill has taken the trend of adult painting sessions and turned into an unforgettable evening of beauty called “Painting and Prosecco. The initial class on March 14 was a two-hour...

Artscapes: NB Film Festival Unveils 2018 Lineup

“American Animals,” a 2018 British-American crime drama written and directed by Bart Layton and starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson, will have its West Coast Premiere at the 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival as the opening night film on...

Center Stage

Center Stage: A Busy Arts Weekend with Dance, Jazz and “Company”

Swirling across the stage like grains of sand in the shallow surf of an incoming tide, the young dancers of The Wooden Floor exude an effervescent energy that is as palpable as it is uplifting. It’s the afternoon of Memorial Day, and I’m sitting in a darkened house at Irvine...

Center Stage: “Tartuffe” and “Bliss” at South Coast Rep

Haven’t scored tickets to the sold-out “The Book of Mormon” at Segerstrom Center? Not to worry, there are several tempting shows to be savored this sultry Orange County weekend, each with its own hot-hot-hot mission and message. Craving religious satire? Zealous hypocrisy is...

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Curtain Up

Artscapes: A Musical Matilda Moves to Segerstrom Center

Is it a children’s musical for grownups, or a grownup musical for children? Whatever the case, it’s clear that “Matilda” is popular with audiences of all ages. The show received its West End premiere in November of 2011 and was immediately acclaimed by British critics and...

Curtain Up: Tis the Season at Segerstrom

Think your schedule is busy this month? Check out the myriad holiday-themed concerts and shows on stage at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in December. Dec. 9-18: Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “The Nutcracker” by American Ballet Theatre.  Dec. 10: Philharmonic Society of...

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Sound Check

Soundcheck: Rockabilly Icon Wanda Jackson Still Rockin’

When one hears the word “Rockabilly,” images of Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent come to mind, but what about Wanda? Whether you call her The Queen of Rock, The Queen of Rockabilly, or just her plain old name, Wanda Jackson is a living legend and the absolute matriarch of the...

Soundcheck: Which One’s Pink? Ask Lido Live

In 1979, Pink Floyd unleashed the double-album behemoth “The Wall” on the world. A large-scale rock opera, it follows a character named Pink, loosely based on Roger Waters and ex-member Syd Barrett, who loses his father in WWII, becomes a rock star, and brick by brick isolates...

Summer Fun

Under Cover: Books

Under Cover: ‘Read for the Win’ at Newport Library This Summer

Summer may have just started, but I’m sure that in nearly every household, the dreaded refrain of “I’m bored,” has already rung out, and probably more than once. Likewise, we mothers, while loving the freedom of the summer schedule, are finding that having our cherubs home all...

Under Cover: Summer Reading Escapism with ‘Attachments’

In between evaluating which mementos should be taken along to college and which should be relegated to a dusty garage storage shrine, while also attempting to plan for an upcoming winter unlike any experienced by California natives, and embarking on a days-long farewell tour, it...

Under Cover: Turning the Page of Life

It’s been a crazy time here at the Crabtree house. Two weeks ago, we watched our oldest graduate from high school, and next week, we leave for college. But, this week is all about another member of this clan. Sandwiched here amid all the craziness – much like his place as the...

Weekend Getaway