| Aug 8, 2013
| 9:06 PM
The 19th annual Gentlemen's Smoker and Lobster Clambake welcomed 150 handsome men in blue blazers and khaki trousers for a summer beach event beyond compare. It was the major men's fundraiser for the Balboa Bay Club's annual 1221 Scholarship Fund...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 1:43 PM
Talk about underdogs.
This year's Newport Beach Film Festival features a slew of marquee names, from rocker Billie Joe Armstrong to "Office" star Steve Carell to Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom. But when tickets went on sale April 1, the film...
| May 16, 2013
| 1:32 PM
Krupali Tejura wants a frozen banana stand in Newport Beach. No, not Dad's or Sugar 'N Spice or any of the other venerable spots around town.
She wants that banana stand.
Earlier this month, media outlets announced that Netflix would promote new...
| May 31, 2013
| 3:48 PM
If area "Arrested Development" fans happen to see Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand during the Balboa Island Parade this weekend, they should know it's not an illusion, Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry wrote in an email Thursday night.
| Jul 15, 2013
| 10:44 AM
It's become my mania.
And, for the past two years, I've intentionally hidden my tawdry little secret from the world. I practice it only in the sanctity of my man cave.
To date, the reality of my foible's existence has been known only to a few...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 9:32 PM
Soccer moms, it seems, are so last decade. The latest fashion in parenting is animal moms.
The trend is being fueled largely by the book that has everyone talking, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." And by "everyone," I mean other moms, as well as TV...
| Mar 1, 2011
| 9:20 PM
The Smurfs are enjoying a renaissance in our household.
You're familiar with the Smurfs, aren't you? Those little blue men — and one blue woman, (the "Smurfette") — who inhabit little mushroom-like cottages in a clearing somewhere in the...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 7:21 PM
COSTA MESA — Nicolas Juarez used his cell phone for light as he moved around the darkened theater. Meanwhile, members of his cast and crew scuttled backstage as they quieted themselves for the start of the dress rehearsal.
Juarez took his place in...
| Aug 16, 2010
| 9:43 PM
Leonard Schneider made a successful career out of pointing out the contradictions in the use of our language. Schneider, who was white, often used the "N-word" in his stage act, and made people laugh while doing so. One of his routines was called "Any [N-...
| Aug 17, 2010
| 5:43 PM
Haim Saban, a Los Angeles billionaire, announced this week that his Saban Capital Group and its affiliate Saban Brands was acquiring Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries, a nearly 15-year-old licensing and retail operation.
The deal includes the...
| Aug 26, 2010
| 9:33 PM
Young kids behaving badly are a common theme in many children's books. Magical nannies like Mary Poppins, who teach proper manners to the kids, are also a staple in these stories. Almost 50 years ago, Christianna Brand wrote similar tales about a nurse...
| Aug 27, 2010
| 5:58 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Sitting on an oversized plush chair in baseball legend Chuck Finley's Newport Beach home, actress Tawny Kitaen seems to be in a much different place than she was eight years ago. A soccer goal is visible in the backyard, and her...