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Artscapes: Pacific Symphony Prepares for New Summer Home

All good things must come to an end, and so it was with the Pacific Symphony’s summer concerts at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. After nearly three decades, Pacific Symphony played its final concert at Irvine Meadows last September, shortly before the venue closed to make way for a...

Artscapes: Al Fresco Concerts Return to Hyatt Regency

Warmer weather is finally making its way to Newport Beach, and with it comes al fresco concerts held in various venues throughout the city. Leading the charge is the annual Newport Beach Jazz Festival, which returns to the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach June 2-4, 2017. Presented by...

2017 Newport Beach Film Festival Went Deep

The Newport Beach Film Festival decided to “Go Deeper” for its 18th annual incarnation that ran April 20 – 27, starting with the opening night film, “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” (a documentary about an American icon who forever changed the sport of big wave...

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

Curtain Up: ‘Sex and Education’ Offers Laughs at Laguna Playhouse

By Daniella Walsh | NB Indy  It’s three days before graduation and Roosevelt High School basketball star Joe Marks is not only beset by senioritis, but horniness that addles his senses. He jeopardizes a college scholarship and an NBA fantasy during a final English exam by passing...

Curtain Up: SCR Teen Players Tackle Shakespeare

Seasoned actors are often intimidated by Shakespeare, so imagine what it would be like for teenagers to try and tackle something like The Bard’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” At South Coast Repertory, they don’t just imagine. They do. On May 14-15 and 20-22, SCR’s...

Outta Here


Sound Check

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...

Soundcheck: Cash’d Out Tribute to the Man in Black at Lido Live

September 11th has become a day of remembrance, a time to reflect on fallen Americans and, in more recent years, a time of patriotism and celebration of the resilience of the American spirit. It was only fitting that on such a night, the classic country music of American icon...

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