Life + Arts

Local children get in shape for ABT's 'The Sleeping Beauty'

Local children get in shape for ABT's 'The Sleeping Beauty'

They are learning teamwork, perseverance and dedication to craft while honing their balance and form.

Taste-testing Taco Bell's new Sriracha Quesarito

Taste-testing Taco Bell's new Sriracha Quesarito

Taco Bell and Sriracha fans, get ready to unite forces. The Irvine-based fast-food company is set to give Sriracha heads a warm, cheesy,...

Reel Critics: Why only a single Best Picture?

After watching the Academy Awards show, it's clear that this was a year with a great many worthy Oscar nominees. But a few glaring omissions...

The Crowd: Two decades of decorating lives

The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) in Newport Beach is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015.

Friends of the Libraries: Lobby for your dream library

What do you think should be included in a public library in Costa Mesa? Have you seen something elsewhere that appeals to you?

Kurt Elling pays tribute to Sinatra

He was known as "The Voice." And Kurt Elling remembers how, when he was a child, those vocal cords stood out.

 Frets and forklifts: Country singer Tricia Freeman's dual work life

Frets and forklifts: Country singer Tricia Freeman's dual work life

She's a forklift driver by day and a country singer at night.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hong Hai sets high bar for Vietnamese cuisine

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hong Hai sets high bar for Vietnamese cuisine

I've been feeling lucky these days in that I have found a number of small new restaurants that serve excellent food.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

With an ordinary name like John Smith, it is no surprise that this engaging shepherd mix seems eager to distinguish himself.

Pacific Playwrights Festival for 2015 lines up seven plays

Pacific Playwrights Festival for 2015 lines up seven plays

New works by Rajiv Joseph, Melissa Ross and Itamar Moses as well as a new Theatre Movement Bazaar piece inspired by "The...

Retail Therapy: It's the week for eating out

Foodie fest: Orange County Restaurant Week launches Sunday and runs through March 7. Now in its seventh year, the event...

CD Review: More faith than fire in 'Never Too Late'

CD Review: More faith than fire in 'Never Too Late'

It is only natural for musicians to pull inspiration from various influences. Many write songs about love, partying, politics, current...

On Theater: 'Gefilte Fish & Chips' fillets performer's childhood

On Theater: 'Gefilte Fish & Chips' fillets performer's childhood

Playgoers who have enjoyed Hershey Felder's one-man shows at the Laguna Playhouse will find a kindred performance at the Huntington Beach...

Avila's will party like it's 1975

Avila's will party like it's 1975

When Sergio Avila, owner of Avila's El Ranchito in Newport Beach, first walked by the property at 28th Street and Newport Boulevard in 1975,...

O.C. Restaurant Week starts Sunday

The seventh Orange County Restaurant Week, featuring special offers from more than 100 eateries, will take place Sunday to March 7.

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

Community Animal Network needs donations to spay and neuter cats where the rising feline population is dependent on humans for survival.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

In a role reversal from the cartoon series, Jerry is a cat.

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Dining Reviews

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...

Society

The Crowd: A Legend in his own time at CHOC gala

The Crowd: A Legend in his own time at CHOC gala

John Wayne Airport was unusually busy on this particular Saturday evening. Amid the usual hustle of travelers, one special gentleman and his...