| Jul 28, 2015
| 7:07 PM
The Japanese market on Harbor Boulevard and Baker Street in Costa Mesa has been redecorated and rebranded with an eye toward the cross-cultural shopper.
The former Marukai market is now Tokyo Central, and since January it has pitched itself as a...
| May 11, 2015
| 2:40 PM
Food, music and art of Japan were on display Saturday night at the Oasis Senior Center in Corona del Mar as the Newport Beach Sister City Assn. and the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa presented Taste of Japan.
The celebration of Japanese culture...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 5:38 PM
On Saturday, the Irvine Barclay Theatre will be the site of classical music — and caffeine.
Organic coffee company Urth Caffe is coming to Laguna Beach in the summer. But married co-owners Shallom and Jilla Berkman plan to introduce their...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:36 PM
The doughy LSTs, or landing ship tanks in military parlance, were the U.S. Navy's amphibious landing workhorses of World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War.
Flat-bottomed and keel-less, the 328-foot LSTs, their guns blazing, crawled onto...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 10:06 AM
Billy Brown was born in Abilene, Texas and moved to Northern California as a teenager with his parents Henry Claude & Mary Pollock Brown, and his sister, Hazel Marie. There he met the love of his life, Dixie Lee Skiles. They were married in 1952. He...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 3:49 PM
The Newport Beach Sister City Assn. will celebrate in 2014 the 30th anniversary of the relationship with Okazaki, Japan, according to Connie Skibba, Sister City board member.
"The twinning cities have enjoyed a warm and mutually supportive friendship,...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:04 PM
Japanese apparel brand UNIQLO will open its first Southern California store at swanky South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Sept. 3, followed in quick succession by four other local stores.
The chain said it will hire several hundred employees to run the...
| May 2, 2014
| 3:57 PM
Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo will open its first Southern California stores this fall, including one at South Coast Plaza on Sept. 3.
The chain will hire several hundred employees to run the new locations, which include Los Cerritos Center, the...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 9:23 AM
One of the things I pride myself on is having outgrown best-of lists. When I was a teenager and people asked me to name my favorite movie, though, my quick answer was usually "Unforgiven," the Clint Eastwood Oscar-winner about an aging, widowed gunfighter...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:19 AM
"If you want me again," Walt Whitman once wrote in a famous poem about the regeneration of life, "look for me under your boot-soles."
If you want to find Thomas Selzer's art at Orange Coast College, you can look in the same place.
Selzer, the college'...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:13 PM
The Newport Balboa Rotary Club and the Newport Beach Sister Cities Assn. are accepting applications for their 31st annual student exchange with Okazaki, Japan.
Seven eighth-grade Newport Beach students will travel to Okazaki for 10 days in June. The...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 4:18 PM
My childhood memories of "Rocky & Bullwinkle" cartoons are personal treasures. The sarcastic observations of the smart aleck characters were a giant leap beyond the silly humor of other kid fare on TV in the 1960s. Pop culture, history and the Cold War...