Life + Arts

Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Under the glare of lights in a room typically kept dark for performances, David Worthington took the microphone and gave voice to a man who hadn't been heard that evening — not in person, anyway, in this theater half a world removed from his home in Iran:

Brewing beer by the beach

Brewing beer by the beach

Mike Lombardo and Brent Reynard don't mind laughing at their business story.

'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins

'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins

Jon Neill will carve a pumpkin in the 40-pound range Sunday in Laguna Beach, but for him, that won't be a big deal.

9-year-old singer brings message of inspiration to F.V. suicide-prevention walk

9-year-old singer brings message of inspiration to F.V. suicide-prevention walk

On Sunday morning in Fountain Valley, Sydney Haik will perform her song "Dreaming With My Eyes Open" for the first time. Hopefully, it...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan....

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Begira is among the shelter's three dozen healthy felines currently seeking new homes. During October, adoption fees for all cats will be...

Retail Therapy: A birthday for Brewbakers

Beer blast: Brewbakers, 7242 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach, will celebrate the first anniversary of its current ownership...

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...

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...

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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...