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Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Boston had led a very unsettled life. In February, he was surrendered to the shelter and quickly adopted. Recently, he resurfaced as a stray. Boston's adopter, when contacted through microchip identification, claimed lifestyle changes that would no longer accommodate such an energetic boy.

All About Food: Dine well, young grasshopper

All About Food: Dine well, young grasshopper

Have you ever feasted on fried grasshoppers, tasted tempting termites or munched on mealworms? Does the very idea sound disgusting or, at...

On Theater: The beat, and the season, go on

The Costa Mesa Playhouse will be 50 years old in June. I can testify to the authenticity of that observance since I started my 40-year...

Retail Therapy: Cut down on water consumption

Drought intolerant: The Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., will partner with NBC4's Crystal Egger,...

Concert review: Beach Boys upbeat and at home at Irvine Bowl

Concert review: Beach Boys upbeat and at home at Irvine Bowl

There went Mike Love, the 73-year-old Beach Boys singer, songwriter and musician, at the Irvine Bowl — but this time, not on stage.

Beer, bratwurst and dachshund races: Oktoberfest taps into the party spirit

Beer, bratwurst and dachshund races: Oktoberfest taps into the party spirit

Oktoberfest got into full swing Sunday at Old World in Huntington Beach as the German restaurant presented its Oktoberfest Parade at the...

Year 5775 begins with High Holy Days

Year 5775 begins with High Holy Days

Yes, it's a new year in September. And yes, it's the year 5775 — in the Hebrew calendar.

Reel Critics: 'Skeletons' opens a closet

I'll say it up front — "The Skeleton Twins" is one of the best films this year, with amazing performances from stars better known...

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Shoppers won't need a passport to browse a spread of ultra-light down jackets, cashmere sweaters and Supima T-shirts made from Japanese...

Friends of the Libraries: Calling advocates for our libraries

This is a reminder to attend the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries' "Meet and Greet," intended to introduce candidates of our special...

Irvine's Clay Oven meets New York brownstone

Irvine's Clay Oven meets New York brownstone

As sommeliers poured a 2011 Malbec into wine glasses and suited waiters greeted guests, Geeta Bansal stood behind a stainless steel...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This is Cowboy's last roundup, and he needs your help! The 90-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Cowboy faces euthanasia if money can't...

Violinist Joshua Bell opens Pacific Symphony's 'season of giants'

Violinist Joshua Bell opens Pacific Symphony's 'season of giants'

Pacific Symphony is billing its next go-round as the "season of giants." And, if the press is any indicator, they don't come much bigger...

 The Gossiping Gourmet: A double dose of Del Frisco's

The Gossiping Gourmet: A double dose of Del Frisco's

Another new restaurant has opened in the ever-expanding Irvine Spectrum Center. It is called Del Frisco's Grille, and it began as a...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Rio is young and friendly. Somehow, this handsome and healthy boy became a stray. He is thought to be a shepherd/Alaskan husky mix, and...

Retail Therapy: It's Mother's day again

Fresh and fun: Join more than 2,000 locals in celebrating the 36th anniversary of Mother's Market and Kitchen from 10 a.m....

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

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

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."...

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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.