Artscapes

Newport Beach Film Festival: Take 19

More than 40,000 film fans and cinema devotees will descend on Newport Beach this week for the 19th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs April 27 through May 3. During that seven-day period, nearly 350 films will be screened, from full length narrative movies to...

Artscapes: See Who Made the Cut at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Wonder who made the cut at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival? Every year, the festival gets more than 3,000 submissions but only accepts about 10 percent of those submitted. The rest are indeed cut. That’s why this year’s festival has the theme of “See Who Made the Cut,” but...

Artscapes: Painting and Prosecco at Pelican Hill Resort

There’s painting al fresco, and then there’s painting al fresco at Pelican Hill Resort. Pelican Hill has taken the trend of adult painting sessions and turned into an unforgettable evening of beauty called “Painting and Prosecco. The initial class on March 14 was a two-hour...

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: ‘Kinky Boots’ Marches into Segerstrom Center

Nancy Sinatra had a hit with the song “These Boots are Made for Walking,” but she probably did not take into account the stiletto footwear worn by the cast of the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” that returns to Segerstrom Center Feb. 6-11. “I spend about 85 percent of the show in...

Curtain Up: Newport Theatre Arts Center Deals ‘Octette Bridge Club’

It’s 1934 in Providence, Rhode Island. Eight sisters of Irish descent meet on alternate Friday evenings to play bridge and gossip. Hardly seems a likely scenario for a play, but “The Octette Bridge Club” by P.J. Barry has become a popular community theater production since it...

Outta Here


Sound Check

Soundcheck: Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks

For many years the Pacific Symphony has ended its outdoor summer concert season with a night of spectacular music by Tchaikovsky. This year was no different, but the venue was. Since the Irvine Meadows/Verizon Wireless Amphitheater closed last year, the Symphony has been staging...
Posted On 02 Oct 2017

“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...

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: San Diego Sans Car

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy With its mild coastal weather, myriad attractions and close proximity to Orange County, San Diego has long been a popular weekend getaway spot. We’ve both been there many times, and agree that weekend traffic can sometimes...

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...