| 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.
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:11 PM
Peter Pan never grows up — but the musical that bears his name is well into old age.
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the debut of J.M. Barrie's original play and the 60th anniversary of the award-winning Broadway musical.
And at South...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:37 PM
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...
| 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...
| May 14, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Last summer, Becca Lustgarten began to feel as if something was missing from her life.
The 26-year-old Boston University graduate who had relocated to Los Angeles recalled homing in on a void that she had previously filled by learning, acting and...
| May 29, 2014
| 7:36 PM
The programming offered by PBS SoCaL is arguably the finest available on the airwaves. This in spite of the ever-present on-camera fundraising replacing the presence of commercial pitching. On a recent Saturday night in Costa Mesa, the cultural outreach...
| 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...
| May 8, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Cody Jamison Strand was agog when he earned a spot in the cast of "The Book of Mormon."
And then, the nerves crept in.
The 24-year-old realized he'd struck comic gold with the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham — whom he describes as happy, over-...