Life + Arts

Cattle drive may get back in the saddle at OC Fair

Cattle drive may get back in the saddle at OC Fair

Hundreds of cattle could be returning to the streets of Costa Mesa this summer for the 125th annual Orange County Fair.

Delicate snowflake as durable art

Delicate snowflake as durable art

It snows year-round for Costa Mesa resident Cole McLaughlin.

A tryst with 'Tristan'

Emma Rice's experience reading the 12th century tale of Tristan and Yseult's romance and tragedy wasn't exactly love at first sight.

Reel Critics: 'Mortdecai': painful, pitiful and pointless

It's only January, but you can already see what may be the worst big-budget movie of 2015 at a theater near you. "Mortdecai" is a pitiful...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

This 7-year-old Chihuahua mix is looking to be third-time lucky. Originally adopted from another shelter into a happy family environment,...

'Bent Broadway' bends gender

'Bent Broadway' bends gender

The director listened to the six women rehearse a song on the stage at the No Square Theatre and buried his face in his hands.

Pets of the week

Pets of the week

Costa Mesa resident Mike Allen rescued a cat family left behind by a tenant. Community Animal Network was called to help find new homes...

All About Food: The manufacturing of our food is not pretty

I came across an article the other day that included a warning that the various kinds of veggie burgers contain the substance hexane,...

Retail Therapy: Summertime treats in January

Free fro: Expect long lines at Yogurtland locations from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, as fans gather for the annual Frozen Yogurt...

City Lights: We opine with abandon

Sometimes it takes a huge event to make you notice a small one. Earlier this month, after the horrific assault on free speech in Paris, I...

Friends of the Libraries: Try a different perspective on for size

What if you could change your perspective for one evening? The new Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries program series "Through the Eyes of&#...

On Theater: You'll want to 'Witness' how this one ends

Theatergoers who haven't seen Billy Wilder's 1957 movie "Witness for the Prosecution" will be highly engrossed by the stage version of...

Pacific Symphony to pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Carl St.Clair can pinpoint the last moment he saw Leonard Bernstein. The two had just conducted a show together at the Tanglewood Music...

Costa Mesa woman competes in 'broken skull' TV challenge

Costa Mesa woman competes in 'broken skull' TV challenge

If Erin Toughill rakes in winnings on "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," she hopes to use them to protect skulls much more fragile...

Reel Critics: 'American Sniper' right on target

In Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film "Unforgiven," he caused the harsh light of day to shine on Hollywood's romantic notions of the Old...

Check It Out: Prepare yourself for 2015's movies

The holidays announced the arrival to the big screen of two longtime chart-topping books, "American Sniper" and "Unbroken." This appears...

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

Pet of the Week

Ben was transferred to the shelter last month when his owner entered the hospital and was incapacitated to the extent that he could no...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Amazing dogs and cats have been part of the Community Animal Network's rescue portfolio in 2014, and some are still available for adoption,...

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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: Helping people dress for success

The Crowd: Helping people dress for success

In case you have not noticed, the media, especially television and social media outlets, are obsessed with style infotainment. Reporting...