Life + Arts

Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Under the glare of lights in a room typically kept dark for performances, David Worthington took the microphone and gave voice to a man who hadn't been heard that evening — not in person, anyway, in this theater half a world removed from his home in Iran:

From Iran to Irvine

From Iran to Irvine

It was supposed to be a one-time conference celebrating Iranian-American women of all ages by showcasing their success in this country and...

The Crowd: A seaside benefit for the ocean

The Crowd: A seaside benefit for the ocean

Some causes are unique to life on the Orange Coast. Protecting and preserving the beach and ocean would surely be at the top of this list.

'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins

'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins

Jon Neill will carve a pumpkin in the 40-pound range Sunday in Laguna Beach, but for him, that won't be a big deal.

Friends of the Libraries: The library will now accept your dreams

"What I want to be when I grow up" is the topic of this year's essay and photography contests sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan....

9-year-old singer brings message of inspiration to F.V. suicide-prevention walk

9-year-old singer brings message of inspiration to F.V. suicide-prevention walk

On Sunday morning in Fountain Valley, Sydney Haik will perform her song "Dreaming With My Eyes Open" for the first time. Hopefully, it...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Begira is among the shelter's three dozen healthy felines currently seeking new homes. During October, adoption fees for all cats will be...

Retail Therapy: A birthday for Brewbakers

Beer blast: Brewbakers, 7242 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach, will celebrate the first anniversary of its current ownership...

Jenni Martin, golf's doctor of the green, helps older players improve

Jenni Martin, golf's doctor of the green, helps older players improve

Dr. Jenni Martin looked at her computer screen and pointed to the videotaped golfer as he hit a ball.

On Theater: 'Venus' radiates plenty of heat

In producing a play for the stage, one of the most crucial elements is the casting process. Choosing the right actor or actress for a...

Reel Critics: Lots of vitality in 'Life'

"The Book of Life" is a rip-roaring animated adventure. Producer Guillermo Del Toro also directed the unconventional fantasy "Pan's...

Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

Billy Childs remembers the only time he saw Laura Nyro, the influential singer and songwriter whose albums became part of the soundtrack...

Pets of the Week

Community Animal Network asks for the public's help in moving a cat family, in groups, to foster care.

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Eighteen years ago, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published one of the most contested stories in modern journalism: "Dark...

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

With a name aptly suggesting his companionable nature, Buddy is an English cocker spaniel mix whose owners recently surrendered him...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Community Animal Network has three special-needs kittens with neurological disorders that affect their fine motor skills and coordination.

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Society

The Crowd: SPIN in need of matching funds

Serving People In Need (SPIN), the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit assisting working-poor families in O.C. with housing and basic life...