Life + Arts

Sherman Gardens shines for holidays

Sherman Gardens shines for holidays

Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar showed off luminarias, lanterns and plenty of other festive decorations during its Nights of a Thousand Lights holiday display last week.

Ballet dads do fancy fatherly footwork

Ballet dads do fancy fatherly footwork

The stern ballet master looked around the mirrored room and clapped his hands.

Mariners Church going all out to celebrate Jesus

Mariners Church is preparing for the singing of carols, the reading of scripture and the retelling of the story of Jesus' birth —...

Talking Shop: Antiques? That's not a risky business

Talking Shop: Antiques? That's not a risky business

Joseph and Jennifer D'Ambra grew up on movie sets.

C is for cookie — that's good enough for her

C is for cookie — that's good enough for her

Two women stood before a cookie display and marveled at the sight of a snickerdoodle, chocolate chip and red velvet assortment behind...

Reel Critics: This 'Wild' thing is a winner

Reese Witherspoon takes command and control of the screen with the role of her career in "Wild." She delivers an Oscar-worthy performance...

Friends of the Libraries: Libraries provide bang for your buck

Some years ago, I was talking to a city official about the need to expand our library space in Costa Mesa. I was told that libraries didn'...

Newport holiday production gives stage a makeover

Newport holiday production gives stage a makeover

Santa Claus will not light up any cigars during "My Favorite Things," the Newport Theatre Arts Center's upcoming holiday production.

Gift-wrapping competition aids charity

Gift-wrapping competition aids charity

They came armed with scissors, tape, wrapping paper, bows and creativity.

Snow Day in Costa Mesa

Snow Day in Costa Mesa

Balearic Park in Costa Mesa was transformed into a traditional winter wonderland as Torelli Realty dumped more than 40 tons of fresh snow...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Armando is an affectionate Tiffany mix, a relatively new breed originating in New York (hence, the Tiffany moniker), also sometimes known as...

On Theater: 'Carnage' was god in 2014

This is the second of three columns reviewing local theater in 2014.

Row, row (or motor) your boat to the Newport Beach parade

Row, row (or motor) your boat to the Newport Beach parade

It's been described as Newport Beach's Christmas card to the world.

Retail Therapy: A gem of a deal at Ruby's

Shooby-dooby down: Ruby's Dinette, 428 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, will celebrate the company's 32nd anniversary by selling...

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Hundreds of local families watched as 77 Fair Drive transformed from the Costa Mesa Civic Center to a wintry scene out of a Peanuts comic...

Check It Out: Classic films worth checking out

The holidays are the perfect time to watch memorable films. Where to start? Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a...

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

A petite dachshund named Winnie (think Winnie the Pooh) didn't let his size matter when protecting his master during a recent attack, though...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Yoshi is a lovable dog whose name means "good luck." Unfortunately, his luck was not so good when his original owner surrendered him in...

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Society

The Crowd: Season comes alive with MenAlive

The Crowd: Season comes alive with MenAlive

MenAlive, Orange County's 100-member gay men's chorus, welcomed the holiday season with an old-fashioned Christmas musical celebration...