| Apr 29, 2014
| 8:30 AM
While wading through his personal archive of film footage, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali came upon a snippet of the band horsing around offstage. On the soundtrack, lead singer Kevin DuBrow can be heard boasting, "This is gonna be in a Quiet Riot...
| May 3, 2014
| 5:15 PM
A dual-language charter school for English-language learners on Costa Mesa's Westside could be on the horizon, if Caryn Blanton has her way.
Blanton has spent the past decade working as the youth development director for Mika Community Development Corp....
| 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 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...
| 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 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-...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 8:18 AM
1.) Tom Gazsi: Costa Mesa's police chief celebrated the 60th anniversary of his department — one he leads with a steady, capable hand, despite the tension between his officers and a majority of the City Council members.
2.) Keith Curry: The...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:16 AM
You say it's your birthday? It's their birthday too, yeah.
There were plenty of candles being blown out — literally and figuratively — as two of Costa Mesa's most venerable institutions hit a milestone in 2013. South Coast Repertory kicked...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Admit it. At some point in your life, you've done an impression of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa wailing, "Adria-a-a-a-a-a-an!"
And now, thanks to Irvine resident Kevin Derek, you'll get to meet the man who directed that iconic moment. While...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:13 AM
It is a very special week for South Coast Repertory.
On Wednesday, the complex was renamed the David Emmes and Martin Benson Theatre Center. Previously, the SCR complex had taken the name of Paul Folino, former board president and honorary trustee,...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:37 PM
Ahoy! "The war to end all wars" ended Nov. 11, 1918, when Germany signed the armistice agreement and surrendered to the Allies on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The war didn't offically end until June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 1:42 PM
When Martin Short was a young man, he set out on a career in show business, but first he had to convince a tough critic — himself.
So, he gave himself one-year contracts. If, at the same time the following year, he'd made a living, he'd renew it....