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The Latest: 'Falling' for theater; Means show mettle

The Latest: 'Falling' for theater; Means show mettle

Falling Into Theatre...and Finding Myself

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This is Cowboy's last roundup, and he needs your help. Companion dogs have tolerated our children, erratic hours and missed attention, but...

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Gangsters from Russia are the new default mafia in recent crime thrillers. Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer" and James Gandolfini in "The...

The art of movies, TV

The art of movies, TV

The conversation moves — on foot, since Sandy Dvore doesn't sit down for long — to a small room in the back of this West...

Empty Bowls brim with charity

Empty Bowls brim with charity

As Chris Tzorin ladled spicy tortilla soup into bowls at a fundraiser Oct. 23 to benefit Orange County residents struggling with...

Wilderness trails are in new manager's hands

Wilderness trails are in new manager's hands

Alan Kaufmann's entire career has been spent outdoors. So when the Laguna Canyon Foundation opened up a new position to manage and restore...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

When Glady arrived at the shelter in August as a stray, she was frankly a mess.

The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

I love to find small new shopping center restaurants that serve really good food. My latest discovery is Ceppo in Huntington Beach.

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...

On Theater: 'Zealot' a zenith for SCR

Of all the world premieres unveiled at South Coast Repertory over the years, few have approached the level of dramatic conflict or its...

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...

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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...