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A concert without curtains

A concert without curtains

Estee Carrizosa turned to the 12 students finishing a forward step on the Artist's Theatre stage at Laguna Beach High School and clapped her hands.

Record Store Day shows vinyl is still worth a spin

Record Store Day shows vinyl is still worth a spin

It's torturous waiting outside a record store in the early hours, hoping to score limited releases from bands such as the White Stripes,...

On Theater: A big, bad 'Wolf' --  maybe

On Theater: A big, bad 'Wolf' -- maybe

The latest, and last, in a series of world premieres in this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory is a calculated...

Musical fundraiser to benefit Laguna radio station

A Billboard chart-topping musician will be making his Laguna Beach debut in June when he performs a private concert in support of...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Mona Lisa earns a smile

The Gossiping Gourmet: Mona Lisa earns a smile

Openings of fine-dining establishments are few and far between in this economy. The majority of new eateries are large chain restaurants,...

Retail Therapy: Reap (fun) and sow for Earth Day

Hug the planet: Celebrate Earth Day at a family-friendly event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the District at Tustin...

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...

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...

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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...