| Nov 21, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Next week is Thanksgiving, which means it is time once again to cut your docklines and flee to the water to avoid the fanatical holiday shoppers on Black Friday.
Although Black Friday is not the busiest time of the year for retailers, it does...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 9:09 AM
Ask Ryan Schneider about producing the independent film that will premiere at Lido Live theater in Newport Beach next Thursday, and he'll sum up the moviemaking process in one sentence.
"Every dream and desire just happened," he said Wednesday afternoon...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Given how quickly circumstances change around the globe, Theresa Rebeck's new play may evoke some unplanned responses when it premieres at South Coast Repertory.
But if it does, Rebeck has been there before — and so has Marc Masterson, the Costa...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Here are some sobering facts. Despite all of the advances in science and medicine, more than 7,000 types of rare diseases affect the human condition.
These rare diseases affect some 30 million Americans and, worldwide, an estimated 350 million people....
| Oct 2, 2014
| 7:08 PM
"Hammer and nails?"
"Did you cut the tags?"
For the past hour on a Friday morning, two designers from Newport Beach's Interior Designers Institute had chatted as they fluffed pillows, hung drapes and nailed artwork to a bare kitchen...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 4:44 PM
This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Troy Heidemann, the new dock master at the Balboa Bay Resort.
Heidemann has to have one of the best views I've ever seen from someone's office window. Right in the middle of the resort, out on the end of...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:29 PM
As sommeliers poured a 2011 Malbec into wine glasses and suited waiters greeted guests, Geeta Bansal stood behind a stainless steel counter and delicately sprinkled a mix of black rice, rye and black salt atop an elk, foie and radish appetizer.
| Aug 27, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Previewing a theater season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is like walking into a shoe retailer and eyeing a variety of styles created by the best designers.
There is the classic, the vintage and the contemporary.
And red patent-leather high-heel...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 12:22 PM
Chelsea Braverman knows all about taking a group of energetic kids, assigning them roles and building a theater production from the ground up.
Heck, she's been doing it since age 7.
While icons like Charlie Chaplin and Clint Eastwood drew acclaim...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:11 PM
Just to set the facts straight: The show Sept. 18 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will feature a program of songs with lyrics by a man who doesn't exist, based on a book by a man who also doesn't exist, sung by a real man who is now performing under...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 6:09 PM
"Stay out of my bedroom!" I yell at the TV set, as an ad suggests another erectile dysfunction helper.
"Hey, menopause isn't a disease, get it?" I scream at the ad hawking a pill to extinguish hot flashes.
"Oh really!" I fume. "If I take your little...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 8:49 PM
In "The Bargain & the Butterfly," Annie, the protagonist and child of a watchmaker, says, "The bottom of a glass is a lens. Water is a lens. Many things are lenses if you look through them carefully."
And that's exactly what Katharine Noon's latest play...