Life + Arts

City Lights: 'Unforgiven' remake prompts revisit of the Eastwood version

City Lights: 'Unforgiven' remake prompts revisit of the Eastwood version

One of the things I pride myself on is having outgrown best-of lists. When I was a teenager and people asked me to name my favorite movie, though, my quick answer was usually "Unforgiven," the Clint Eastwood Oscar-winner about an aging, widowed gunfighter who mounts the saddle again to hunt down the men who slashed a prostitute's face.

Hemophiliac biker sets off to raise funds

Hemophiliac biker sets off to raise funds

Barry Haarde, a hemophiliac with HIV, set off Sunday from Newport Beach on his third cross-country bike trip.

On Theater: A 'Mile' from a decent script

On Theater: A 'Mile' from a decent script

Small Pennsylvania towns aren't exactly hotbeds of excitement. I know. I grew up in one.

A huge supporting cast

A huge supporting cast

Dennis Baker is inclined to associate with winners.

Theme named for Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Call it a Christmastime pun, an ode to wintertime life on the harbor: "Deck the hulls with bows of jolly."

The Latest: Dysfunctional 'Family'; 'Smash' turns 20

The Latest: Dysfunctional 'Family'; 'Smash' turns 20

Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual Family

'Everything we do is pro-vinyl'

'Everything we do is pro-vinyl'

To vinyl collectors, Record Store Day is the equivalent of Christmas morning. And with the seventh-annual event being celebrated Saturday,...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

The season is changing, and the spring kittens are here.

Friends of the Libraries: Catching up on World War I history

I just finished Frederic Morton's "Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914." The detail surrounding the many people involved in that slice...

Reel Critics: 'Draft Day' doesn't score a touchdown

Reel Critics: 'Draft Day' doesn't score a touchdown

There's plenty of real tension, drama and humor in the convoluted dealings of NFL teams preparing for the college football draft....

The Crowd: Raising a French toast to fashion

The Crowd: Raising a French toast to fashion

He worked on wardrobe design for stars Loretta Young and Marilyn Monroe through his association with the house of Jean Louis. His film and...

Fitness Files: How do you mend a broken heart? Brush

Master of deceit, my dentist entered the examining room holding a big Zorcaine hypodermic.

Retail Therapy: See our sailors off to sea

Set sail for Newport: Visitors are welcome to view the 65th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race starting at 11 a.m. April 25...

New and old combine at film festival

New and old combine at film festival

Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night...

All About Food: Climate change will change how we eat

All About Food: Climate change will change how we eat

Climate change seems to be one of the hot topics (no pun intended) of our time. For the most part, the naysayers — faced with ample...

Concert Review: Webb, McGovern play spirited show

Concert Review: Webb, McGovern play spirited show

Last summer in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Summer at the Center program, which provides musical training for at-risk teenagers,...

Film Reviews

Reel Critics: 'Winter Soldier' a spring treat

Reel Critics: 'Winter Soldier' a spring treat

A buffed Chris Evans returns to the screen as Captain America, the most wholesome and righteous character in the Marvel Comics lineup. He...

Reel Critics: This film deserves a recall vote

Reel Critics: This film deserves a recall vote

Director David Ayer is known for his ultraviolent police epics like "Training Day" and "End of Watch." Screenwriter Skip Woods ("A Good...

Pet Of The Week

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

How Gracie became a stray is another puzzling case of "Who could possibly lose track of such a sweet dog?"

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Fifi is a bundle of affection, with a posh-sounding name that belies bursts of tomboy behavior. While her exact breed and age are unknown,...

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Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Eureka! It's a new restaurant!

The Gossiping Gourmet: Eureka! It's a new restaurant!

Bella Terra in Huntington Beach seems to be opening new restaurants right and left, much to my delight.

Society

The Crowd: The '20s roar again for diabetes research

The Crowd: The '20s roar again for diabetes research

The 2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Dream Gala was billed as "Let's Misbehave," and they certainly did.