Life + Arts

Honoring Rex Brandt

Honoring Rex Brandt

When Gordon McClelland got his introduction to Rex Brandt, the Newport Beach painter's work came with a ringing endorsement.

Empty Bowls brim with charity

Empty Bowls brim with charity

As Chris Tzorin ladled spicy tortilla soup into bowls at a fundraiser Oct. 23 to benefit Orange County residents struggling with...

The art of movies, TV

The art of movies, TV

The conversation moves — on foot, since Sandy Dvore doesn't sit down for long — to a small room in the back of this West...

The Latest: 'Falling' for theater; Means show mettle

Falling Into Theatre...and Finding Myself

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...

Check It Out: Taking time to read about our veterans

On Nov. 11, we honor the brave men and women who have served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day is a chance to reflect...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This is Cowboy's last roundup, and he needs your help. Companion dogs have tolerated our children, erratic hours and missed attention, but...

The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

The Gossiping Gourmet: This Italian restaurant would make Puck proud

I love to find small new shopping center restaurants that serve really good food. My latest discovery is Ceppo in Huntington Beach.

From Iran to Irvine: Women's foundation grows, inspires

From Iran to Irvine: Women's foundation grows, inspires

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

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

When Glady arrived at the shelter in August as a stray, she was frankly a mess.

On Theater: 'Zealot' a zenith for SCR

Of all the world premieres unveiled at South Coast Repertory over the years, few have approached the level of dramatic conflict or its...

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...

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...

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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Dining Reviews

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...