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On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.

Retail Therapy: Mixing up a sale at SOCO

Walk on up: The OC Mix at SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, is hosting a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers will save up to 70% off a curated selection of clothing, accessories, housewares, gifts and more. Full...

Carnett: Living with what Parkinson's takes can be painful

Parkinson's disease slows a person down.

Corona del Mar Today: CdMHS club provides six vests for area police dogs

Corona del Mar Today: CdMHS club provides six vests for area police dogs

Members of Corona del Mar High School's Vest-A-Dog club have been fundraising all summer, and last week six police dogs were fitted with protective gear as a result of the club's hard work.

Apodaca: District working with teachers to make Common Core work

Whether you're inclined to love it or hate it, or are reserving judgment, Common Core is here.

The Harbor Report: It's August, and the marlins are biting

I made my way around the harbor this week and checked in with some old friends.

The God Squad: Do you take this man as your minister?

Here's a smattering of out-of-the-ordinary questions from readers:

My Answer: How do we know to trust the Bible?

Q: I know you believe the Bible is God's word, but can you prove it? I haven't read the Bible much, but all it talks about are things that happened thousands of years ago, and that doesn't seem very important to me.

Venezia: Buckle up as campaigns get interesting

Political twists and turns are coming fast and furious these days in the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa council races — and beyond.

The Crowd: At smoker, a good man isn't hard to find

The Crowd: At smoker, a good man isn't hard to find

It was "guys' night out" last Friday night on the Newport bayfront. The 20th annual Men's Smoker and Lobster Clambake took over the lawn at the Balboa Bay Club. There were 120 men ranging in age from recently graduated to recently retired, who donned their khaki or white slacks and blue blazers...

Fitness Files: A finger on the PulsePoint

"Read this," my husband said, handing me Sunday's Los Angeles Times.

City Lights: Parting with literature is not always such sweet sorrow

City Lights: Parting with literature is not always such sweet sorrow

The other week, committing myself to a periodic desk cleaning, I went through the process of sifting through a stack of books and determining which ones to keep. In this case, the books belonged to a particular group: They were titles I had received through work, either as review copies or as...

Check It Out: Let them eat cake (and read)

The dog days of summer are here, and while it may be too hot to cook, it's the perfect temperature to read books where baking is a component of the story.

Reel Critics: A 'Journey' worth taking

"The Hundred Foot Journey" is a kissing cousin to "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." It's a very pleasant trip taken by good people with good karma in search of good food.

A Word Please: Their thinking on gerunds is a bit off

A few weeks ago, I mentioned here a CNN article "about the president making an unannounced stop."

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

Do the beach cities really need another pizza place? Well, if it happens to be Settebello, the answer is a great big "yes."

With Jesus, pain is not hopelessness

"No pain, no gain" was my basic-training drill sergeant's favorite expression during arduous Army workouts.

Apodaca: Common Core facing stronger pushback

This is a dangerous time for Common Core.

Corona del Mar Today: Port Theater seeks to serve alcohol at all-age screenings

Corona del Mar Today: Port Theater seeks to serve alcohol at all-age screenings

The Port Theater has been serving alcohol for two years, limiting sales to an upper balcony unless the screenings are 21 and older and sales end by 11 p.m.

The Harbor Report: Youthful enthusiasm on display at Sabot championship

The Harbor Report: Youthful enthusiasm on display at Sabot championship

This week on the harbor it was all about the Jr. Sabot National Championship and the nearly 150 boats attending from around Southern California.

My Answer: Fame is fine, but faith is better

Q: Is it wrong to want to be famous? I'm 15, and I'd love to be a well-known celebrity like some of the people I see on TV. I've even dreamed about moving to Hollywood when I'm older.

Venezia: Candidate challenges campaign-donation warning

Things are heating up for Newport Beach council candidate Scott Peotter in his bid for the District 6 seat — maybe not in a good way.

The God Squad: Is it the duty of people to have children?

Q: What's your opinion about recent statements by Pope Francis imploring married couples to have children or they will be bitter and lonely in old age? I found his comments hurtful and offensive to the many married Catholic couples who struggle with infertility or because of other constraints may...

The Crowd: Giving back on a 94th birthday

The Crowd: Giving back on a 94th birthday

Newport Beach's Margaret Sprague, known affectionately as Peggie, celebrated her 94th birthday July 24, and rather than receive a birthday present, she gave one. In a reception area at Children's Hospital of Orange County, Peggie presented Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, president and chief...

Reel Critics: A wild ride with 'Guardians'

Imagine revisiting the classic intergalactic bar scene from "Star Wars." Bizarre humanoids from many planets share their mutual suspicion of each other while sipping strange drinks. Now throw a flash-bang grenade into the bar. The chaos that follows could provide the basic ingredients for Marvel's...

Venezia: Having fun with Costa Mesa candidates

Venezia: Having fun with Costa Mesa candidates

My last several columns have focused on the Newport Beach City Council race and the new crop of candidates there.

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