Life + Arts

'Lovesick' and starstruck at Newport Beach Film Festival

'Lovesick' and starstruck at Newport Beach Film Festival

For Charlie Darby, love is intimately linked with lunacy.

The Gossiping Gourmet: No canned dishes at this Cannery

The Gossiping Gourmet: No canned dishes at this Cannery

I thought it was time to check out the Cannery restaurant because it has a new chef, Nick Weber, and a new menu.

Retail Therapy: Visit the artists at home

Art escape: This Saturday and Sunday, join 12 local Festival of Arts exhibiting artists at their studios and homes along Pacific...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

How Gracie became a stray is another puzzling case of "Who could possibly lose track of such a sweet dog?"

On Theater: A 'Mile' from a decent script

On Theater: A 'Mile' from a decent script

Small Pennsylvania towns aren't exactly hotbeds of excitement. I know. I grew up in one.

New and old combine at film festival

New and old combine at film festival

Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night...

Girl Scouts get leadership tips

Girl Scouts get leadership tips

Junior Troop 535 from Huntington Beach ran a Women in Leadership panel at Hope View School in Huntington Beach as part of aMUSE, a Girl...

Retail Therapy: See our sailors off to sea

Set sail for Newport: Visitors are welcome to view the 65th Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race starting at 11 a.m. April 25...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Fifi is a bundle of affection, with a posh-sounding name that belies bursts of tomboy behavior. While her exact breed and age are unknown,...

Coming together for peace

Coming together for peace

Forty-three years ago, John Lennon penned a lyric that has become a staple on the radio and countless bumper stickers and T-shirts: "Imagine...

All About Food: Climate change will change how we eat

All About Food: Climate change will change how we eat

Climate change seems to be one of the hot topics (no pun intended) of our time. For the most part, the naysayers — faced with ample...

On Theater: Actors power a wild 'West'

On Theater: Actors power a wild 'West'

Sam Shepard receives only about five minutes of screen time in the recent movie "August: Osage County," but his impact as a playwright...

On Theater: 'Rest' overcomes rough spots

On Theater: 'Rest' overcomes rough spots

It's hard to imagine a more depressing setting for a play than a "retirement" home in Idaho that is about to be closed down and where its...

Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Eureka! It's a new restaurant!

The Gossiping Gourmet: Eureka! It's a new restaurant!

Bella Terra in Huntington Beach seems to be opening new restaurants right and left, much to my delight.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hyatt's seafood grill is a catch

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hyatt's seafood grill is a catch

Hotel restaurants are often mediocre, but sometimes you hit upon a really good one.

Film Reviews

Reel Critics: 'Draft Day' doesn't score a touchdown

Reel Critics: 'Draft Day' doesn't score a touchdown

There's plenty of real tension, drama and humor in the convoluted dealings of NFL teams preparing for the college football draft....

Reel Critics: 'Winter Soldier' a spring treat

Reel Critics: 'Winter Soldier' a spring treat

A buffed Chris Evans returns to the screen as Captain America, the most wholesome and righteous character in the Marvel Comics lineup. He...

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