Artscapes

Artscapes: Newport Beach Jazz Party Returns February 14 – 17

Last year, Newport Beach Jazz Party founders Joe Rothman and John McClure announced they were bowing out of the Newport Beach Jazz Party after 18 successful years of bring the best in traditional jazz to Newport Beach. Jazz fans need not worry—the Jazz Party returns to the...

Artscapes: ABT Brings ‘Harlequinade’ to Segerstrom Center

Known as the “Father of Russian ballet,” Marius Petipa was one of the most influential, and prolific, choreographers in ballet history. He created dozens of ballets for the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg, including “The Nutcracker” (with Lev Ivanov) and “Sleeping Beauty,” as...

Artscapes: Off Center Festival Brings Bold Productions to Segerstrom Center

“Expect the unexpected.” That’s what Segerstrom Center President Terry Dwyer said about last year’s annual Off Center Festival. And as expected, the unexpected has returned for this year’s Off Center Festival, which runs January 10 – 26. Best described as an artistic joyride of...

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: Delightfully Dark “Sweeney Todd” at South Coast Rep

“Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd / His skin was pale and his eye was odd / He shaved the faces of gentlemen / Who never thereafter were heard of again / He trod a path that few have trod / Did Sweeney Todd / The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” And so begins Steph...

Curtain Up: Say ‘Hello’ to Dolly at Segerstrom Center

On January 16. 1964, the Jerry Herman musical “Hello, Dolly!” had its World Premiere on Broadway starring the inimitable Carol Channing. On January 15, 2019, nearly 55 years to the day, Carol Channing passed away at her home in Palm Springs. She was 97. Tributes poured in for...

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...