Life + Arts

Of family, gardens and impermanence

Grant Hier stands before a tree in his vegetation-heavy frontyard, holding up a copy of his new book and trying to match its cover to the spot on the trunk that is captured in the photo.

Costa Mesa barbershop provides backdrop at Newport Beach Film Festival

Costa Mesa barbershop provides backdrop at Newport Beach Film Festival

If Alexa Polar makes it in Hollywood, she may have a barbershop with a nearly identical name to thank for it.

Reel Critics: 'Young' captures the restless

Director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") takes us to unexpected places in his new offbeat dramatic comedy. "While We're Young"...

Pets of the Week: Carmela and BeBe

Pets of the Week: Carmela and BeBe

Community Animal Network's attempts to use social media to find a foster home for two kitties whose lives are at risk at the Upland Animal...

Gallery gets its motor running for biker documentary's 35th anniversary

Gallery gets its motor running for biker documentary's 35th anniversary

As John Stein eyed the 2015 Indian Scout in the gallery window, he recalled when he fell in love with motorcycles.

Book-length poem traces man's attempt to maintain order in the face of transience

Book-length poem traces man's attempt to maintain order in the face of transience

There's a famous shot in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" in which a prehistoric ape hurls a bone high into the air. As the bone...

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

There are very few authentic Colombian restaurants in our reviewing area. In fact, I only found two that were strictly Colombian, although...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Gomez is a lively boy, with soft fur that begs to be petted; he clearly enjoys such attention and appreciates being stroked.

Chasing Down the Muse: There's always change to spare in life

The mockingbird's sloppily constructed nest sits just below my office window. The tiny nest of the hummingbird nearby has already been...

On Theater: Nicely, nicely done 'Guys and Dolls' at Segerstrom

On Theater: Nicely, nicely done 'Guys and Dolls' at Segerstrom

Most theatergoers have seen "Guys and Dolls," either the stage musical that's been around since 1950 or its 1955 movie adaptation. One...

Retail Therapy: Spend Saturday in style

Live the look: Glamour, GQ and the Shops at Mission Viejo will partner for LOOKBOOK Live from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday,...

Programming the perfect pair of shoes

Programming the perfect pair of shoes

Even for the most committed shopper, finding the right pair of shoes can be a difficult hunt. A search online or at a retail center can take...

Fitness Files: Writing the future of treating children at CHOC

Imagine difficult years when a girl's epileptic seizures sent her to the hospital frequently and the family's annual hospital bills...

My Pet World: Bonding with your veterinarian is good for your pet's health

What do pet owners want from their veterinarians? According to a 2014 survey, they disdain medical jargon they don't understand, want...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

True to his name, Cocoa does resemble a frothy confection — especially when the wind ruffles his fur, as shown in this photo....

Advertisement

Art Scene

Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Steam kettles a sight to behold

The Gossiping Gourmet: Steam kettles a sight to behold

Orange County has very few Cajun/Creole restaurants, so I was delighted to discover the recent arrival in Huntington Beach of Ritter's Steam...