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Newport Beach Film Festival Announces Award Winners

It was a busy eight days for the Newport Beach Film Festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019 with a record attendance of 58,000 people. The Festival opened on Thursday, April 25 with the West Coast Premiere of “Luce” starring Naomi Watts, Octavia Spence, Tim Roth...

Artscapes: Music Film Series Features World Premiere of OC Ska Documentary

Orange County has long been a hotbed of creativity, especially in the music department. We had an explosive punk rock movement in the late 1970s and early 80s, which is when I was playing drums in a band called Desperate Living while managing other local bands and producing demos...

Artscapes: Making the Grade at the NB Film Festival

With more than 3,000 films submitted to the Newport Beach Film Festival ever year, who determines which films make the grade and which ones get two thumbs down? According to festival co-founder and CEO Gregg Schwenk, he and his team of programmers make the rounds of the top film...

Center Stage

Center Stage: Bringing Taiwan to OC Through Dance

By Camryn Eakes | Special to the NB Indy On a bright, stark white stage, dancers emerge from the wings, briskly walking in line formations, in rhythm and in silence. Dressed in neutral tones, they curve around and through each other. Militaristic lines become rapid, swirling...

Center Stage: An Exciting Weekend of Dance

This is “nirvana weekend” for dance fans, as two separate dance programs – one a classical ballet and the other an evening of world premieres – are being presented at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Irvine Barclay Theatre. “Giselle” Up first is Teatro alla Scala Ballet...

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Curtain Up

Curtain Up: A Compelling ‘Come From Away’ Lands at Segerstrom Center

How can you make a musical about the thousands of passengers who were stranded in Newfoundland for four days when all air traffic in the United States was grounded after 9/11? It’s an unlikely concept, but the Broadway musical “Come From Away” that plays at Segerstrom Center...

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...

Outta Here

OUTTA HERE: Moorea

For our anniversary, my husband and I decided to celebrate 10 years together in Tahiti. Or more specifically, Moorea. Moorea is an island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands. It’s known as “the magical island,” although the word Mo’orea means “yellow...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013

OUTTA HERE: Yosemite National Park

The Palladino Family ( Mike and Deirdre, their daughter Marissa and son Matthew) visited Yosemite National Park in April. Yosemite in April and it snowed! Perfect for us since we have never been there before.  We enjoyed two seasons in less than four days.  Wow, what a beautiful...

OUTTA HERE: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, known as Ceylon until 1972, is a culturally diverse island nation in the northern Indian Ocean.  It is often called  the pearl of Indian Ocean because of its pristine beaches and lush forests and hills. Steve and Shelly Morefield toured the Island for two weeks on...

Sound Check

Soundcheck: Sunset Jazz at Newport Fades Out on Sept. 19

Have you made it out to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa to catch one of the sensational Sunset Jazz at Newport summer concerts? The series runs through Sept. 19, which means there are only five evenings of swinging jazz left in this annual musical ode to classic jazz....

Soundcheck: Rippingtons and Spyro Gyra Headline Hyatt Concert

The Hyatt Regency Summer Concert Series returns to the hotel’s intimate Back Bay amphitheater July 13 – October 12. It’s packed with notable names from the jazz and pop worlds, from trumpeter Chris Botti to Chicago vocalist Peter Cetera to the dynamic Chaka Khan. The series kicks...

Summer Fun

Under Cover: Books

Under Cover: Pulitzer Prize Author Migrates to Newport Beach Library

If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, you surely will have noticed that scarcely a day goes by that we don’t have immigration featured prominently in our dialogue. As we adjust to a new administration, the topic has become even more widely considered. What do we do with...

Under Cover: The Women in the Castle

How far would you go to fulfill a promise to a friend? In the new book, “The Women in the Castle,” the answer for protagonist, Marianne, is, as far as it takes. The Under Cover Book Club selection for April, by Jessica Shattuck, takes place mostly during the period immediately...

Under Cover: National Geographic Explorer Visits Newport Library

“The world is not dying. It is not falling apart. It’s changing…What young generation has ever come into its own in a world free of peril?” So says Dr. Wade Davis, renowned anthropologist, National Geographic explorer, and professor, when asked his opinion on the state of our...

Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway: A Whirlwind Weekend in San Diego

San Diego is one of those destinations that’s close to home yet can seem worlds away because there’s so much to see and do that sets the city apart from other coastal enclaves.  Just 90 minutes from Newport Beach (depending on traffic), San Diego is an unmistakable tourist draw...

Weekend Getaway: A Weekend of Al Fresco Jazz in Idyllwild

High above Palm Springs, deep in the San Jacinto mountains yet only about 90 minutes from Newport Beach is the town of Idyllwild, a charming (some might say rustic) village that through the years has somehow kept its small-town atmosphere. Set among tall pines, cedars and...