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Curtain Up: The Elasticity of Backhausdance

The spring semester at Chapman University is in full swing, which means Newport Beach resident Jennifer Backhaus – a full-time faculty member in Chapman’s dance department – is busier than ever. Backhaus is also the founder and artistic director of Backhausdance, Orange County’s...

Artscapes: A Tale of Three Cirques

By Norm Bour & Christopher Trela | NB Indy Everyone loves a circus—make that a cirque, French for circus. American circuses are on the wan, while unique cirques from Canada have taken over the circus world in spectacular fashion. Indy writer Norm Bour caught a performance of...
Posted On 16 Feb 2018

Artscapes: Off Center Festival Returns to Segerstrom Center

“Expect the unexpected.” As Segerstrom Center President Terry Dwyer noted, The Center is indeed moving in unexpected directions, but that’s a good thing when talking about the annual Off Center Festival, which returns to Segerstrom Center January 19 – February 3. This two-week...

Center Stage

Center Stage: National Choreographers Initiative

It’s a sultry, albeit breezy, July afternoon at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where the creation of four fresh dance works for this year’s National Choreographers Initiative is underway. The air inside the studio fairly shimmers with possibilities as Sarah Tallman’s...

Center Stage: CdM’s Baroque Music Festival Hits Musical Milestone

Welcome as the summer solstice, this weekend marks the return of the annual Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, which runs from June 21 through June 28. Now in its 35th season, the treasured local tradition was born unexpectedly of an après dinner conversation between friends...

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Curtain Up

Curtain Up: “A Christmas Carol” Returns to South Coast Rep

  “Was ever a scarf so red?” Yes, “A Christmas Carol” has returned for its 38th year at South Coast Repertory, and with it Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge, and his iconic red scarf. In fact, several other SCR founding artists, including Richard Doyle and Art Koustik, are...

Curtain Up: “Dracula” Gets New Life with Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make!” That infamous line was uttered by Bela Lugosi in the classic 1931 film “Dracula,” directed by Tod Browning. “Dracula” had little music to accompany its ghoulish dialogue, but that changed nearly 20 years ago when...

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Sound Check

“Cassette” Documentary is a Cinematic Mixtape

Music’s worst format. That’s one of the monikers most frequently given to the cassette tape. Others include obsolete, antiquated, and out-of-date. Still, the compact cassette refuses to die, thanks to the small but mighty group of nostalgic music nuts, fanatical collectors, and...

Soundcheck: For Stan Frazier, Side Deal is the Real Deal

Drummer or chef? That was the question Stan Frazier pondered when he was growing up in Newport Beach, but fortunately he was able to pursue both music and the culinary arts. As the drummer and principal songwriter for the popular band Sugar Ray, Frazier toured the world, had six...

Summer Fun

Under Cover: Books

Under Cover: Stories and Recipes for “Christmas Days”

The countdown is on. Christmas and Hanukkah are almost upon us, shipping deadlines are drawing near, and children everywhere can tell you exactly how many days until school is out and the gift-giving begins. Mothers and fathers are carefully checking their shopping lists, to...

Under Cover: Planning for Christmas with “Southern Living”

December is here, and with it comes a host of holiday merry-making. In fact, I’m sure if you listen carefully, you can hear the strains of The Nutcracker Suite playing softly in your head, while noticing that even our weather is making a half-hearted attempt to get with the...

Under Cover: “A Man Called Ove” Offers Timely Tale of Friendship

This time of year is one when we often reflect heavily on family. At Thanksgiving, we travel far and wide, enjoy a meal prepared by multiple generations, and remember how thankful we are to have each other. We share our recipe for Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie, watch the game with Uncle...

Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway: A Taste of Paso Robles

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy We love wine—in fact, Catherine hails from Napa and grew up surrounded by wineries, but she’s relatively unfamiliar with the So Cal and Central Coast wine regions. Christopher, however, has visited the Santa Barbara and...