Life + Arts

Talking Shop: 503 Found is Cannery Village's hidden gem

Talking Shop: 503 Found is Cannery Village's hidden gem

It takes a special eye to be able to walk into an empty warehouse and fall in love with the potential.

The Crowd: Stars help get funds flowing for Ocean charity

The Crowd: Stars help get funds flowing for Ocean charity

Never doubt the value of the celebrity connection when it comes to charitable fundraising. Even in this age of over-exposure, star power...

Need a costume fix? This Poppa is your mama

Need a costume fix? This Poppa is your mama

Barbara Poppa, wardrobe supervisor at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, reached for a plastic basket and pointed to the washing machine before...

 The Gossiping Gourmet: Saddle up and visit the Ranch

The Gossiping Gourmet: Saddle up and visit the Ranch

I was going to review a new restaurant that had just opened, or so it seemed when I Googled it. But on arrival I discovered that it wasn't...

Friends of the Libraries: Books and more for sale

It is book sale time again. Really great books appealing to all ages and interests are being offered for sale, as well as 33 rpm records,...

 On Theater: A bouncy 'Mattress' at playhouse

On Theater: A bouncy 'Mattress' at playhouse

It's been quite a while since the musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress" visited a local community theater, an oversight the Huntington Beach...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

While neither bear nor practitioner of yoga, this Yogi does enjoy rolling around on his back in the grass.

 Former dishwasher now Zov's culinary director

Former dishwasher now Zov's culinary director

"Hold on," said Louie Jocson. "I'm in the process of caramelizing onions."

Smash hits coming to Segerstrom Center

Smash hits coming to Segerstrom Center

Previewing a theater season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is like walking into a shoe retailer and eyeing a variety of styles created by...

Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Thirty-seven years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley remains a celebrated figure at the Orange County Market Place.

Reel Critics: Second 'Sin City' as striking as the first

Frank Miller's "Sin City" in 2005 transferred the cutting-edge art of his graphic novels to the big screen with stunning results.

Trying out tomatoes

Trying out tomatoes

The crowd at Roger's Gardens on Saturday morning gasped with excitement when they learned 90 different varieties of tomatoes were waiting...

Success? That's not expendable

Success? That's not expendable

Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt's tale about becoming Hollywood screenwriters could be a feature-length script.

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.

Author homes in on Corona del Mar

Author homes in on Corona del Mar

Nobody knows why Corona del Mar's flower streets got their names, according to author Douglas Westfall, but there are clues.

 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...

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

Unlike her namesake from the "Our Gang" comedy series, Darla is hardly a little rascal.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Cooper is a dog who has a lot going for him.

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Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

Do the beach cities really need another pizza place? Well, if it happens to be Settebello, the answer is a great big "yes."

Society

The Crowd: At smoker, a good man isn't hard to find

The Crowd: At smoker, a good man isn't hard to find

It was "guys' night out" last Friday night on the Newport bayfront. The 20th annual Men's Smoker and Lobster Clambake took over the lawn...