Artscapes

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Returns to Lido Theater Dec. 14-17

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” “Hot dog!”...

Artscapes: OC Museum of Art Unveils New Exhibit Space

After more than 50 years in Newport Beach, the Orange County Museum of Art closed its doors and moved a few miles down the road to South Coast Plaza Village, where its current – make that temporary – exhibit space opened this month. I said temporary, because while the new space...

Artscapes: A Big Adventure Heads to OC Fairgrounds

One of my favorite events is the annual KAABOO Festival at the Del Mar Racetrack. That weekend affair brings together world famous musical performers, comedians and a fantastic selection of art work and food. You won’t have to travel as far this weekend to experience Big...
Posted On 02 Nov 2018

Center Stage

Center Stage: Pacific Symphony’s Sizzling Summer Season

As the weather warms and night skies swarm with summer stars, OC music lovers’ thoughts turn toward Pacific Symphony’s annual Summer Festival at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. A treasured tradition for almost three decades, the series- which opened with its annual 4th of July...

Center Stage: Newport Theater Arts Center Prepares for 38th Season

Classic Americana closes out Newport Theatre Arts Center’s 2015-2016 season this weekend with the last few performances of “1776 The Musical.” The patriotic play delves into the diverse personalities behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence, delivering a lively and...

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Curtain Up

Curtain Up: A Christmas “Beauty” and a Beautiful Dinner

South Coast Rep has its “Christmas Carol” and Segerstrom Center has its “Nutcracker,” but Laguna Playhouse has established a holiday tradition of its own with its annual presentation of an elaborate “panto” courtesy of Lythgoe Family Panto. Panto, short for Pantomime, is a...

Curtain Up: RV Comic Aubree Sweeney Headlines Show at Back Bay Bistro

Calling Aubree Sweeney an RV comedienne might be confusing, but then again Sweeney does tour in her own RV, and she’s staying at the Newport Dunes RV park while she’s in town to headline a comedy night Oct. 18 at the Back Bay Bistro. Sweeney was born in Nebraska, studied creative...

Outta Here

OUTTA HERE: Africa- Timing Is Everything

Extreme weather in Africa can be devastating. Whether it is drought or heavy rains; each has its own set of life threatening problems. For a photographer on safari in Kenya, rain presents a different set of problems. Animals disappear and seek cover. Rain causes the rivers to...

Sound Check

Soundcheck: Sunset Jazz at Newport Series Kicks Off July 11

Cool cocktails, balmy evenings, hot jazz—three ingredients that make for a perfect summer evening under the stars at the Sunset Jazz at Newport concert series that starts July 11 and runs through Sept. 19 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Fashion Island. Held in...

Soundcheck: A Really Big Show at Newport Dunes June 23

There’s a really big show happening at Newport Dunes this weekend, and it’s for a good cause. The Really Big Show will be held on Saturday, June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. Four bands are scheduled to perform, including Swingin’ Tikis, Electric Cool-Aide, Superdelux, and The Side Deal...

Summer Fun

Under Cover: Books

Under Cover: Little Golden Books

Who doesn’t fondly remember their set of Little Golden Books? Just thinking of the small volumes with their golden-bound spines, adorned with animals and flowers, is like taking a trip back to childhood. In fact, it’s quite possible that these unassuming little books are...

Under Cover: Local Author Profiles a Woman’s Baseball Odyssey

Those of you that recognize the name Jean Hastings Ardell, likely know her as both the columnist who writes the Indy’s own “Left of Center” political column, and a staunch local Democrat. What you may not know about Ardell, however, is that she is an equally staunch fan of the...

Under Cover: Local Author Profiles a Woman’s Baseball Odyssey

Those of you that recognize the name Jean Hastings Ardell, likely know her as both the columnist who writes the Indy’s own “Left of Center” political column, and a staunch local Democrat. What you may not know about Ardell, however, is that she is an equally staunch fan of the...

Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway: Only 26 Miles to Paradise in Catalina

We often take the most common things around us for granted. We see the harbor and the beach and don’t always appreciate what’s in our own backyard—even if that backyard is 26 watery miles away. Newport locals have been visiting Catalina for many years, since its only just over an...
Posted On 11 Jul 2017

Weekend Getaway: Exploring Mendocino and the Inn at Newport Ranch

Newport Beach was incorporated as a city in 1906, but it’s not the first town in the state to adopt that moniker. In Northern California, the town of Newport was established in Mendocino County around 1865 as a port to transfer lumber into waiting schooners for the journey to San...