“Remembering Leonard Nimoy” at Newport Beach Film Fest

Many of us want to leave a legacy behind. Something that we will be remembered for. Leonard Nimoy had no such problem since he is forever and indelibly engraved in our collective social conscience as the iconic Mr. Spock on the Star Trek series. For 40 years Nimoy shared his...
Posted On 23 Apr 2017

“The Scent of Rain and Lightning”

Long-standing resident families vying for advantage, deep-rooted conflicts over land, moneyed power players competing with less affluent interests, authorities straddling alliances. Hmmm…sounds a little like another town we know… The Midwest-set mystery, “The Scent of Rain and...
Posted On 21 Apr 2017

“The Long Way Back” is a Harrowing Ride

 “The Long Way Back” is a train wreck of a movie—but it’s one of the most compelling and scary train wrecks you will ever see, and punches you in the gut with the reality of one of the most deadly and preventable diseases in the country: opioid addiction. Directed by Richard...
Posted On 21 Apr 2017

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Martin Short Brings Laughs to Pacific Symphony

Audiences know funnyman Martin Short from his appearances on Saturday Night Live and his hilarious turns in “Father of the Bride” and “Three Amigos.” Now, Short adds singing and dancing to his mix of talents when he performs with Pacific Symphony Pops April 15 and 16 in the Renée...

“Blazing Saddles” Gallops into Costa Mesa March 13

Take John Wayne, the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks, throw them in a blender, and out comes “Blazing Saddles,” one of the funniest comedies in the history of cinema. Released in 1974 and directed by Mel Brooks, “Blazing Saddles” is outrageous, over-the-top, clever, and silly. It’s...

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Sound Check

Soundcheck: Fan Halen and Generation Idol at Lido Live

Summertime must be tribute time, as Lido Live has booked a handful of tribute band shows that appeal to a variety of audiences. Last weekend, one of those shows featured tributes to Van Halen and Billy Idol. Of course, any fan of Van Halen knows that they are currently on tour,...

Soundcheck: America Launches OC Fair Concert Series

A feeling of nostalgia was in the air when Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell took the stage last Thursday night at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, celebrating the 45th anniversary of their band, America. The duo graduated high school together in 1969 and have been making...

Summer Fun

Under Cover: Books

Under Cover: Summer Reading

It’s here! School is either out, or almost, and the sound of the sea crashing on the shore is beckoning us.  Like a siren, the Pacific is calling us to return our fair-skinned, springtime limbs to the ocean’s side, where we can luxuriate in the sand, let the sun once again kiss...

Under Cover: Life is a Book

Today, my oldest son graduates from high school. In three weeks, we take him to begin the next chapter of his life as a college student, where he will be a 14 hour drive away from his friends, his girlfriend, and…me. To say that I am a hot mess of emotions would be a gross...

Under Cover: Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon

As June hits, I join the throng of mothers whose sanity hangs solely by the thread of promise that school is almost out, and the onslaught of science projects, final exams, and class parties is about to end. However, this year, I am occupying a new and strange place, in which I...

Weekend Getaway