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Artscapes: Put On Your Dancing Shorts

What you need to know: in the end, dance wins, and the human spirit revives. That’s the underlying theme of the Newport Beach Film Festival’s 20th anniversary program of shorts called “Put on Your Dancing Shorts,” a series of nine thoughtfully curated...

Artscapes: From Icebergs to Bees in Environmental Film Series

Bees or no bees? That is the question. “The Pollinators” may have the answer. “The Pollinators” is one of the films in the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Environmental Film Series, presented by Pacific Sales. According to Leslie Feibleman of the Newport Beach Film Festival, this...

Newport Beach Film Festival Opening Gala Set for April 25

Opening night of the Newport Beach Film Festival is always a dazzling affair, with a red carpet in front of Edwards Big Newport theater with filmmakers and actors, VIP speeches, the opening night film premiere, and of course the gala after-party across the street in the...

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: 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...

Curtain Up: A Stylish ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at Laguna Playhouse

Affable, affectionate and charming, the 1988 play “Driving Miss Daisy” by American playwright Alfred Uhry, about the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish woman (Daisy) and her African-American chauffeur (Hoke) is one of those character-driving plays that requires...

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...