Life + Arts

SCR's 'A Christmas Carol' set makes the past present

SCR's 'A Christmas Carol' set makes the past present

South Coast Repertory's annual production of "A Christmas Carol" depicts visits from a trio of specters who represent the past, present and future.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Dennis and Tas Watts lured a pregnant cat to their garage from the park across the street and listed the kittens with Community Animal...

Becoming a supercentenarian

Sally Mitchell could be forgiven if she forgot that Woodrow Wilson is no longer the president of the United States. Mitchell just crossed...

Check It Out: Media Lab awaits your experiments

When the phone rings at the Newport Beach Central Library, I never know what to expect, but I always welcome new challenges and questions.

Mariachi band to play Saturday night at Segerstrom

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán probably won't play the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" during its show Saturday at the Segerstrom Center...

Santa, snow, sculptures, more Saturday at Newport Dunes' Lighting of the Bay

Santa, snow, sculptures, more Saturday at Newport Dunes' Lighting of the Bay

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina will celebrate the holiday season with "A Polar Paradise" on Saturday, featuring the annual...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

The Gossiping Gourmet: Driftwood comes ashore in Laguna

A Laguna landmark, the Beach House, has been reborn as Driftwood Kitchen.

On Theater: No smoke, but plenty of steam in 'Anna'

Simmering passions boil and bubble underneath the ennui of the manufacturing of Cuban cigars at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, where the...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Max is often described by volunteers as a perfect gentleman, because his behavior around people and other animals reveals a maturity...

Retail Therapy: Don't be blue on Black Friday

Work smarter, not harder: If the idea of poring through a stack of Black Friday newspaper ads has you breaking out in a...

Reel Critics: 'Dumber' doesn't equal better

The Farrelly Brothers broke new ground in 1994 with their surprise hit "Dumb and Dumber."

Cancer surgeon caps fundraiser with haircut

Cancer surgeon caps fundraiser with haircut

Two scissors-wielding women sliced off the almost blue-black ponytail belonging to a very willing surgeon Friday, before sharing a long...

Here's how you can help during the holidays

Here's how you can help during the holidays

During the holidays, many community groups put together Thanksgiving feasts and assistance programs for those in need. Here are some...

Holiday spirit stops off at Spectrum

With the holiday season upon us and Orange County temperatures dropping below 70 degrees, shoppers at the Irvine Spectrum Center have...

South Coast Plaza tree lights up holiday season

South Coast Plaza tree lights up holiday season

For the 33rd year, South Coast Plaza began the holiday season Thursday night by lighting a giant Christmas tree.

Film Reviews

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...

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

The sequel comedy "22 Jump Street" is as rude, crude and ridiculous as the rowdy original. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum revise their...

Pet Of The Week

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

The fate of four kittens is at the center of a discussion among family members who will be arriving from Texas to move their mom and sell...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This cairn terrier mix may look familiar, because Toto in "The Wizard of Oz" was the same breed. Although Margo arrived as a stray, she is...

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Society

The Crowd: A win for SPIN and its donors

The Crowd: A win for SPIN and its donors

There is an important underlying message intrinsic to the elegant gourmet charity dinner thrown on behalf of the hungry, the homeless, the...