Life + Arts

Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Culinary heavyweights kick off Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Chef Richard Blais dripped soon-to-be-frozen horseradish ice cream into liquid nitrogen.

King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

King of Romance Engelbert Humperdinck still wooing audiences

Engelbert Humperdinck has a few rituals to perform before his upcoming show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

A life of endearment: Shirley MacLaine brings 80 years of memories to Segerstrom Center

A life of endearment: Shirley MacLaine brings 80 years of memories to Segerstrom Center

With her career spanning more than 50 feature films in more than 60 years in show business, Shirley MacLaine has dazzled audiences, met...

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette

Barbara's Bits and Bites: Great ramen; frustrating dinette

Though I enjoy writing about the local political scene, I look forward each month to switching gears to discover and rediscover fun places...

Check It Out: Reading is in fashion this fall

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to revamp your wardrobe. Whether you want to polish your image for an upcoming job...

Reel Critics: 'Drop' and roll with this thriller

A foolish and poorly planned robbery is a core scene of many offbeat crime dramas. "The Drop" unfolds as a slow-burning thriller based on...

Chelsea Braverman doesn't mind 'Rockin' the Boat' a little

Chelsea Braverman doesn't mind 'Rockin' the Boat' a little

Chelsea Braverman knows all about taking a group of energetic kids, assigning them roles and building a theater production from the ground...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Helen is a dainty miniature poodle mix, with excellent manners and a sweet disposition.

Witte Lectures lineup revealed for 2014-15

The Newport Beach Public Library has announced the full lineup for its 2014-15 Witte Lectures series, which brings together acclaimed...

Buildings are going purple for Alzheimer's awareness

Buildings are going purple for Alzheimer's awareness

Well-known Costa Mesa and Newport Beach sites are being given a touch of purple this week in support of Alzheimer's disease awareness.

Retail Therapy: A merger by Design

Better than Pinterest: Interior decorator Thomas Lavin and the Blake House showroom at the Laguna Design...

4-day Lido Boat Show opens today: latest models, and an 'express yacht'

4-day Lido Boat Show opens today: latest models, and an 'express yacht'

With the 36th annual Lido Boat Show about to begin, organizer Duncan McIntosh was buzzing about at Lido Marina Village on Tuesday morning.

Fitness Files: Feeling hopeful after seeing help for Alzheimer's sufferers

I left my conversation with Lynn feeling melancholy. Had trouble sleeping that night.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Reefs has plenty of edge

The Gossiping Gourmet: Reefs has plenty of edge

Reefs Edge Grill calls itself "an urban grill with a gourmet flair."

On Theater: 'Fallen Angels' rises again

The English drawing-room comedy, long a staple in the theater, took on a bit more zip in the Roaring '20s with the pungent prose of Noel...

Sculptures revealed at Civic Center Park during grand opening

Sculptures revealed at Civic Center Park during grand opening

Los Angeles artist Gerardo Hacer says public art changed his life.

Film Reviews

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...

Reel Critics: A wild 'West' from MacFarlane

Reel Critics: A wild 'West' from MacFarlane

"A Million Ways to Die in the West" is a mixed bag of rapid-fire jokes that obliterate the boundaries of good taste at every level. Seth...

Pet Of The Week

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Madonna is a 2-year-old terrier and poodle mix. This charmer may not be a celebrity, and she shows no signs of being a "Material Girl."...

Pets of the Week

Pets of the Week

A Costa Mesa landlord, Mike Allen, entered his vacated property to find remnants of the tenants' belongings and a mama cat snuggled with her...

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Dining Reviews

 The Gossiping Gourmet: Eclectic bites at Fusion

The Gossiping Gourmet: Eclectic bites at Fusion

The new Ayres Hotel in Fountain Valley, just off the 405 Freeway at Brookhurst Street, is home to a delightful restaurant called Fusion...

Society

The Crowd: Make it 51 for South Coast Repertory

The Crowd: Make it 51 for South Coast Repertory

The 2015 social season on the Orange Coast was launched with panache by South Coast Repertory.