| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 5:22 PM
Mesa Water District board members Thursday approved a series of rate increases, contending that the extra revenue will be needed as district expenses continue to rise and capital improvement projects costing millions take shape.
The board voted 4 to 1...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 3:59 PM
I have been writing for my hometown paper, The Daily Pilot, for several years now, commenting on a variety of news and issues surrounding the world of sports. This week, the news spread about my own plans, and I wanted to share the rationale and...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:17 PM
When "Scrubbing In," MTV's new reality series about travel nurses, airs its first episode Thursday night, it will have a formidable act to follow in terms of media outrage and water-cooler gossip.
In short, it will have to top its own trailer.
| Apr 25, 2013
| 11:06 PM
Max and Jake Caliger were in for a treat at the Newport Beach Film Festival opening Thursday.
The Newport Beach residents, who are 12 and 13 years old, respectively, arrived early at the Edwards Big Newport 6 to see their favorite band, Green Day....
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:39 PM
Paul Crouch, founder and president of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, has been hospitalized near Dallas after experiencing shortness of breath.
He was taken to the hospital Oct. 22 and was stable as of Wednesday, according to a TBN spokesman.