Holiday Shows

•  Choreographed by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla, Festival Ballet Theatre’s enchanting production of “The Nutcracker” returns with performances December 13 through 24 at Irvine Barclay Theater. Local students in children’s roles join FBT’s company dancers and guest artists...

Artscapes: Juggling a Career with Cirque du Soleil

Greg Kennedy never intended to be a professional juggler. And yet, anyone who watches the new Cirque du Soliel show, “Totem,” now playing a limited engagement at the OC Great Park, would swear that Kennedy was born to juggle. He started juggling as a hobby when he was a kid, but...

Artscapes: Pacific Symphony Launches 2013-2014 Pops Series

With four exciting debuts and a trio of returning favorites, Pacific Symphony’s 2013-2014 Pops series continues to set its bar high as an amazing array of performers prepare to light up the stage at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard...

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Curtain Up: Hamburg Ballet presents The Little Mermaid at Segerstrom Hall Feb 8 – 10

The experience of feeling oneself on the outside of life’s party, looking in the window and longing to be a part of things, isn’t the sole provenance of artists and writers. Those emotions can resonate with anyone at any time. It’s an almost inevitable part of life, and a...

A Mother of a Hat Trick at SCR

By Tom Shelton │ NB Indy It’s too bad that all the kerfuffle over a play’s title – “Motherf**ker with the Hat” – might keep some audiences away from a worthy new American play. They’d miss a play that is accessible, painfully funny and never less...

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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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