| Jul 29, 2014
| 12:35 PM
Week after week, Ron McNeil and his bandmates go onstage and impersonate four of the most beloved, admired, documented, mythologized, scrutinized, retailed and altogether idolized men of the last century.
He's only too glad that he's not actually one of...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:53 PM
Tucked into the corner of an administrative building, awash with the hush-hush of important work, an earth-toned room was occupied by furniture, books and knickknacks.
And there it lay — smack-dab in the center.
A curvy black case, held together...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 3:59 PM
Last summer in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Summer at the Center program, which provides musical training for at-risk teenagers, the instructor taught the class a medley of songs with wordless choruses: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," "Gettin'...
| Apr 3, 2014
It's a bit of technology whose name might elicit a puzzled look from millennials, and it sounded — scratchily — over the phone from Diana Krall's apartment.
Those familiar with the history of vinyl will know that 78 rpm records, or 78s,...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 11:10 PM
As patrons sipped their chilled martinis — shaken, not stirred — fortunes of funny money were won and lost.
Red or black, odd or even, all was good fun at the roulette tables set up Thursday night for the Pacific Symphony's "The Music of...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 6:57 PM
Newport Beach Public Library offers a hands-on eBook training session from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Library staff will demonstrate Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iPad...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 7:44 PM
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on July 6 will bring back the best of New Orleans-style jazz through its 22nd appearance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band drew its name from Preservation...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 8:01 AM
I once met a woman who had known three of the Beatles as a college student in Liverpool. At least, so she said. Having a personal connection to the Fab Four is probably a favorite lie among the British. But her story seemed down-to-earth enough that I...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
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The Pacific Symphony, like other orchestras around the world, is always on the prowl for new ways to bring younger listeners into the fold, and this week the Orange County-based organization is...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 5:19 PM
In the 1980s, there wasn't a continent that wasn't touched by the Stray Cats. The band was credited for reviving rockabilly and made the top of the charts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia with hits such as "Stray Cat Strut" and "Sexy and 17."
| Dec 6, 2011
| 4:42 PM
As much as I adore The Beatles, the idea of going to a Paul McCartney tribute concert, even one with a symphony, didn't exactly fill me with excitement.
After all, the gems of the John Lennon/McCartney catalog have been covered countless times and...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 9:55 AM
There's a concert I'm looking forward to nearby in Laguna Beach this Saturday.
Thirty years ago, it was seemingly everywhere: the earnest, feathery voice of a soft-spoken Texas balladeer, Christopher Cross. The charts back then featured a galaxy of stars...