| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Given how quickly circumstances change around the globe, Theresa Rebeck's new play may evoke some unplanned responses when it premieres at South Coast Repertory.
But if it does, Rebeck has been there before — and so has Marc Masterson, the Costa...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 5:14 PM
House of Go-Go; 273 pages
We remember so well the cathartic moments after 9/11 — the candlelight vigils, the tributes to first responders — that it's easy to forget how many things simply stopped after the...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 7:38 PM
I try not to think about 9/11 until it comes around each year. Thinking about it too much is both frightening and numbing to my soul. It's still too big and too evil to sit comfortably among my remembrances of things past.
Even in the days just after the...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 6:02 PM
Josh McKinsey stood in the entryway to the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center with his eyes fixed on 13-year-old television footage from Sept. 11, 2001.
The 23-year-old student watched as two Boeing 767s slammed into the north and south towers...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 7:59 PM
Thirteen years ago Thursday, we witnessed the worst terrorist attack ever performed on U.S. soil, losing nearly 3,000 innocent victims, many of them firefighters who rushed into disaster to help.
However, the beauty of America, and Americans ourselves,...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 2:04 PM
You be the judge. Newport Beach voters have a chance to decide: car wash or another hotel? Height limits or no height limits?
This issue is raised in the planned July 8 City Council vote on a new General Plan amendment that will allow more-intense...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 9:01 PM
A fire truck used to respond to the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, will be on display at the First Fridays Road Show at the Costa Mesa Civic Center on Friday.
After being decommissioned by the New York Fire Department in 2011, the fire...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 5:56 PM
Peter Gallagher read poetry, sang and watched football with Peter O'Toole.
At the start of every interaction, when asked how he was, the "Lawrence of Arabia" star would reply, "Gruesome," Gallagher recalled.
To the young actor, Jack Lemmon was like...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:54 PM
A fifth candidate — the only Democrat — has entered the race for Assembly District 74.
Anila Ali, a native of Pakistan who moved to Irvine in 1996, said she hopes to draw on her background as an immigrant and her roles as a mother and...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 3:08 PM
A Facebook friend recently posted a question about the meaning behind the Jewish tradition of placing stones on graves.
Andrew is both a sculptor and a carver of memorials, so perhaps his question arises not only from professional curiosity but also...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Near a busy corner in Newport Beach, 14 giant concrete rabbits sit on their haunches, poofy tails poking out behind them, long ears perking straight up. They form a circle, facing inward, and stare at each other through painted pastel eyes.
| Nov 4, 2013
| 11:37 AM
"I can't tell you Aussies and Kiwis apart," I once confessed to a New Zealander.
I'm pretty sure I insulted him.
"There are huge differences, mate," the Kiwi corrected, "just as there are big differences between Americans and Canadians. If I said...