| 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.
| Apr 28, 2014
| 8:20 AM
The threats came quickly.
Alix Lambert had only just released a trailer about "Mentor" when she began getting unwanted attention by way of tweets, emails and YouTube messages.
The director, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the HBO...
| 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....
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:45 AM
For Charlie Darby, love is intimately linked with lunacy.
From the outside, the grade-school principal in the movie "Lovesick" — played by actor Matt LeBlanc — has everything: a great circle of friends, a supportive family and a satisfying...
| 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-...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 8:49 AM
They say it is the most challenging time of life, and also the most wondrous. How did any of us survive our teenage years?
Recently, the Westin South Coast Plaza welcomed Lauri Burns, founder of the Teen Project, as keynote speaker for a spring event...
| 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...