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Get Ready for Summer Concerts on the Green in Newport Beach

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is presenting a series of four Concerts on the Green this summer that take place at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. The 2019 Concerts on the Green are on June 16, July 7, August 25 and September 15. All concerts are...

Artscapes: Segerstrom Center Has Your Golden Ticket

Grab a candy bar and get your Golden Ticket—the Broadway musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” unwraps its sweet delights at Segerstrom Center May 28 – June 9. Roald Dahl’s famous book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor...

Artscapes: A Jazzy Time in Newport Beach

June arrives soon, and with it warmer weather—a perfect time for al fresco jazz concerts in Newport Beach. Up first is the annual Newport Beach Jazz Festival, held May 31 – June 2 at the Hyatt Regency on Jamboree Road. Enjoy three days of world-class jazz and blues from such...

Center Stage

Center Stage: Dancing in Your Shorts at Newport Beach Film Festival

By Camryn Eakes | NB Indy Hidden at the Newport Beach Film Festival, tucked neatly between the international, narrative and documentary screenings, is Dancing in Your Shorts, a collection of seven short films that will literally and metaphorically move you. The frequency of dance...

Center Stage: Local Dancer Takes the Stage with Alvin Ailey at Segerstrom Center

By Camryn Eakes | NB Indy Huntington Beach native Danica Paulos remembers her excitement at seeing the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Segerstrom Center when she was a teenager. Alvin Ailey returns to Segerstrom Center April 19-22 and Paulos will again be there, but this...

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Curtain Up

Curtain Up: ‘Cats’ Slinks Its Way to Segerstrom Center

They say that cats have nine lives, but the Broadway musical “Cats” seems to live forever. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the original Broadway production of “Cats” opened in 1982 at Broadway’s Winter Garden...

Curtain Up: ‘Aladdin’ Musical Lands at Segerstrom Center March 6-23

In 2003, Disney’s California Adventure began a multi-year run of a 45-minute, live action musical adaptation of the 1992 animated musical movie “Aladdin,” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Upon seeing that show when it premiered, I told...

Outta Here

OUTTA HERE: The Salton Sea

So near, yet so other worldly—the Salton Sea and environs in Imperial County. One can do a day trip, or camp overnight to see mud pots bubbling near the Geothermal Plants. Nearby are the hundreds of beautiful birds migrating through the area. White and brown pelicans can be seen...

OUTTA HERE: ‘The Middle of Nevada? There’s Nothing There!’

“There’s nothing there!” That’s what most people say when we told them about our Wilderness Adventure into the interior of Nevada in winter. We began our journey with the bright lights and glitz of Las Vegas while attending the Consumer Electronics Show. Then the freedom of open...

OUTTA HERE: Oaxaca, Mexico

Visited Hierve de Agua (Spanish for “the water boils”) in southern Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. You think you see waterfalls, yet they are made of calcium and other minerals. The pools are created from cool spring water that is saturated with calcium carbonate. As...

Sound Check

Soundcheck: The Side Deal Draws Four of a Kind

  What does it take for musicians to bond with one another? For the four members of The Side Deal, it was a patch of black ice. The band was in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. They were driving to a morning gig in a rented car, and it was snowing. Coming down...

Soundcheck: Get Ready for KAABOO Music Festival

KAABOO is almost here! For those not in the know, KAABOO is a three-day concert-art-comedy-food festival held Sept. 14-16 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego county. Unlike the craziness of Coachella and other festivals that are focused mainly on music, KAABOO showcases art,...

Summer Fun

Under Cover: Books

Under Cover: Serving “Will It Skillet” Cookbook

I enjoy cooking, but I totally get why many people don’t. There are so many components to successfully pulling off a meal: balancing nutrition with taste, allowing enough time to properly execute the necessary steps, and knowing the palate of those you are feeding to ensure the...

Under Cover: “Sweetbitter” Author Stephanie Danler Comes to Newport Library

Many people seem to view working in the restaurant industry as some sort of failure – a melting pot of people who either can’t or won’t get a “real job,” or who are still working their way towards the opportunity to find one. The reality is, while there are those types of...

“California Typewriter” is an Homage to Typewriters

“I feel something for these machines. I look at it and my mind just goes ‘Where has this machine been at?’ If it could talk, man it could tell some stories.” Ken Alexander, master typewriter repairman, while waxing sentimental on what’s to love about the humble typewriter, hit...

Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway: History Meets Comfort at La Costa Resort

Arnold Palmer was my golf idol growing up, and inspired me to take up golf as a youngster. Although my moments on the links are now few and far between, I’ve always had an appreciation for those who can make a difficult sport look interesting and fun. That’s why I said yes to an...

Weekend Getaway: Historic Weekend in Palm Springs

It’s only about 90 minutes from Newport Beach, but Palm Springs seems worlds away as far as ambiance and activities. It’s a vacation destination—or in my case, a weekend getaway. I was invited to enjoy The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn, a private Mediterranean villa hidden...