Artscapes: Newport Beach Sculptor Miriam Baker

By Lila Crespin, Ph.D. | Newport Beach Arts Foundation  Last year our city acquired a marvelous example of sculptor (and Newport Beach resident) Miriam Baker’s sculptural art: the sculpture of President Ronald Reagan placed at Bob Henry Sports Park. When approaching this...

Artscapes: Reflections on the Arts in 2013

From raucous rhythms to regal oratorio, 2013 was packed with stellar music, dance and theater performances. The arts in Newport Beach continued to flourish, as diverse as ever. We had the cozy camaraderie of community theater favorite, Newport Theatre Arts Center, brightening...

Artscapes: Art Books Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

By Lila Crespin, Ph.D. | Newport Beach Arts Foundation Everyone has a favorite work of art, but it’s intriguing to learn the behind-the-scenes story about how and why artists create. That’s why books about art, and books with artful illustrations, make perfect gifts. Knowing...

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Curtain Up: East Meets West in “Chinglish”

David Henry Hwang, author of  Chinglish (at South Coast Repertory through February 24) calls  his play a comedy, and funny it  is. There is no shortage of  bone-deep laughs in his East-Meets-West tale of an American businessman seeking to make a killing in China. But in addition...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Concerts Celebrate Valentine’s Day

As Shakespeare so famously exclaimed: “If music be the food of love, play on!” Why not take a cue from The Bard and titillate your palate this Valentine’s Day with a musical menu in addition to the traditional chocolates and champagne? Awaken your senses with the smooth, sexy sax...

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Write Your Own Story

I had a totally different column planned for today, one with a holiday theme sure to inspire cheer in all. However, as I sit down to write it, I find that, like folks all across the nation, my thoughts keep returning to the tragic events that took place last week in Connecticut....

Advent Reading

If your family is anything like mine, life is busy. Add to that busyness a holiday complete with its own section at Target (one that requires shopping, and decorating, and a massive amount of planning in order come off without a hitch), and you have a glimpse of what December...

Books for Cooks

Calling all cooks: anyone wanting to break out a stellar new dish to impress the in-laws this holiday season will want to pencil in a trip to Williams-Sonoma at South Coast Plaza at least once this next week. Williams-Sonoma, the home chef’s best friend, will play host this week...

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