Artscapes: OCMA Triennial Spotlights The Pacific Rim

Hugo Crosthwaite put the finishing touches on a mural gracing the entrance hall of the Orange County Museum of Art shortly before the opening of its 2013 California-Pacific Triennial show. The Tijuana native introduces viewers to the chaotically charged ambiance of his home city...

Artscapes: Corona del Mar Choreographer Shines a Spotlight on Dance

 Just when does twice the work make for twice the fun? When you’re engaged in doing something you love, and the inspiration’s flowing freely. That’s when you’ve entered the “aah” zone.   And that’s where you’ll find this year’s crop of choreographers and dancers who have...

Summer Concerts Under the Stars

Summertime means music al fresco style, from concerts in the park to symphonies under the stars. The phrase “something for everyone” certainly rings true this year. Enjoy smooth jazz and pop at the Hyatt Regency Concert Series, pull up a lawn chair and listen to...

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Curtain Up: Segerstrom Center Goes Off-Center

To be off-center is like being thrown a bit off balance: it shifts perspectives sharply and refreshes the senses. The world moves swiftly into focus, and the present moment is sparked with interest. Time opens, affects, and emotions pour in, raw and rapturous, dense and...

Curtain Up: Sax Man Comes Home

On most Thursday nights, you can usually find Jerry Mandel at Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach, blowing a mean sax next to pianist Ron Kobayashi, vocalist Debi Raven, and other local jazz musicians. But on Thursday, January 31, Mandel takes a short road trip to Costa Mesa,...

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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...

Holiday Events for Book Lovers

Now that we have Thanksgiving tucked under our conspicuously loosened belts, its time to turn our attention to the rest of the holiday season. Whether we commemorate the birth of a Savior, celebrate the Festival of Lights, or just see this as a time to cherish family and friends...

Books to Be Thankful For

Once again, it’s that time of year when we all pause, amid the gluttony, to reflect on what has enriched our lives since we last stuffed ourselves silly in the name of tradition. It is when we think, however fleetingly, about the things that really matter, instead of fretting...

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