Life + Arts

Reel Critics: Lots of vitality in 'Life'

"The Book of Life" is a rip-roaring animated adventure. Producer Guillermo Del Toro also directed the unconventional fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth," which got Oscar attention in 2006.

On Theater: 'Venus' radiates plenty of heat

In producing a play for the stage, one of the most crucial elements is the casting process. Choosing the right actor or actress for a...

Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

Billy Childs remembers the only time he saw Laura Nyro, the influential singer and songwriter whose albums became part of the soundtrack...

Reel Critics: The verdict? 'The Judge' is worth seeing

"The Judge" is a classic character study of two complex men forced to return to their family roots. Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr....

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Eighteen years ago, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published one of the most contested stories in modern journalism: "Dark...

Plein air painters brush on beauty in annual invitational

Plein air painters brush on beauty in annual invitational

Artists will brush Laguna Beach's natural beauty onto canvas at the 16th annual Plein Air Painting Invitational, presented by the Laguna...

Festival of the Arts facade isn't quite what it seems, demolition reveals

Festival of the Arts facade isn't quite what it seems, demolition reveals

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "facade" as "the front of a building" or "a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect,"...

Retail Therapy: Join the Block party at Brea

New kid on the block: Brea Mall will host a collaborative Shopping Block party with Refinery29 from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

I recently had a delicious dinner at a small Korean restaurant in a mall in Irvine. The restaurant is called Tang 190. The word "tang" means...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

With a name aptly suggesting his companionable nature, Buddy is an English cocker spaniel mix whose owners recently surrendered him...

On Theater: A mournful, 'Magical' offering

On Theater: A mournful, 'Magical' offering

Linda Purl has come a long, long way since she played Fonzie's girlfriend on TV's "Happy Days" in the 1970s. Check out "The Year of...

Rachel Zoe helps usher in fall fashions at South Coast Plaza show

Rachel Zoe helps usher in fall fashions at South Coast Plaza show

For Jill Robinson, it was a dream come true to see Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe host a fashion show at Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza.

Retail Therapy: Check your health at Hoag

Healthy dose of wisdom: Hoag Health Center - Huntington Beach, 19582 Beach Blvd., will hold a free Health and Wellness Fair...

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Dining Reviews

Festival pops its first cork

"Try one," said Bruno Massuger as he presented a lobster crostini appetizer to a guest at a preview in August for the upcoming Newport Beach...