Life + Arts

Reel Critics: 'Mortdecai': painful, pitiful and pointless

It's only January, but you can already see what may be the worst big-budget movie of 2015 at a theater near you. "Mortdecai" is a pitiful attempt to reprise the near-dead genre of British madcap farce. It's based on a series of comic thriller novels published in the 1970s.

Art Up Close:  Ruth Mayer's 'Path to Glory'

Art Up Close: Ruth Mayer's 'Path to Glory'

Ruth Mayer has never illustrated a "Where's Waldo?" book, but sneaking obscure characters into panoramic scenes is part of her forte.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This 7-year-old Chihuahua mix is looking to be third-time lucky. Originally adopted from another shelter into a happy family environment,...

'Bent Broadway' bends gender

'Bent Broadway' bends gender

The director listened to the six women rehearse a song on the stage at the No Square Theatre and buried his face in his hands.

All About Food: The manufacturing of our food is not pretty

I came across an article the other day that included a warning that the various kinds of veggie burgers contain the substance hexane,...

Retail Therapy: Summertime treats in January

Free fro: Expect long lines at Yogurtland locations from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, as fans gather for the annual Frozen Yogurt...

On Theater: You'll want to 'Witness' how this one ends

Theatergoers who haven't seen Billy Wilder's 1957 movie "Witness for the Prosecution" will be highly engrossed by the stage version of...

Reel Critics: 'American Sniper' right on target

In Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film "Unforgiven," he caused the harsh light of day to shine on Hollywood's romantic notions of the Old...

Pets of the week

Pets of the week

Costa Mesa resident Mike Allen rescued a cat family left behind by a tenant. Community Animal Network was called to help find new homes...

Retail Therapy: Sofritas lives up to first two syllables

Sofritas = so free: Attention Chipotle lovers: Anyone who purchases a Sofritas entrée item on Jan. 26 at Chipotle...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Wine and friendly neighborhood ambiance at Bacchus

The Gossiping Gourmet: Wine and friendly neighborhood ambiance at Bacchus

I think Bacchus Bar & Bistro is the kind of place we would all like to have in our neighborhood: casual and friendly with good food and live...

On Theater: Hershey Felder revives the genius that was Irving Berlin

On Theater: Hershey Felder revives the genius that was Irving Berlin

There is, as Irving Berlin once famously observed, no business like show business. When Jerome Kern was asked what he deemed was Berlin's...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Molly represents an unfortunate situation, where people lose their homes and can no longer keep their pets.

Hungry? Newport's Restaurant Week offers special menus through Feb. 1

Hungry? Newport's Restaurant Week offers special menus through Feb. 1

Diners can dig into special menus at 63 restaurants during Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week, which runs Monday through Feb. 1.

 Off Center Festival at Segerstrom looks to entertain and provoke

Off Center Festival at Segerstrom looks to entertain and provoke

Since becoming president of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2006, Terry Dwyer has been on a mission to make the venue affordable,...

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The Gossiping Gourmet: Taste of Taiwan in an Irvine complex

The Gossiping Gourmet: Taste of Taiwan in an Irvine complex

Arbor Village, just off the 5 Freeway at Jeffrey Road in Irvine, is a treasure trove of Asian cuisine.