Life + Arts

Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Silent River Film Festival gives poets a voice

Under the glare of lights in a room typically kept dark for performances, David Worthington took the microphone and gave voice to a man who hadn't been heard that evening — not in person, anyway, in this theater half a world removed from his home in Iran:

'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins

'Halloween Wars' sculptor turns his sights on pumpkins

Jon Neill will carve a pumpkin in the 40-pound range Sunday in Laguna Beach, but for him, that won't be a big deal.

90 pounds lighter, Surf City 10 Mile/10K runner reaches for the fitness finish line

90 pounds lighter, Surf City 10 Mile/10K runner reaches for the fitness finish line

The hardest thing for Lorena Ortega to do was acknowledge that she was a food addict.

9-year-old singer brings message of inspiration to F.V. suicide-prevention walk

9-year-old singer brings message of inspiration to F.V. suicide-prevention walk

On Sunday morning in Fountain Valley, Sydney Haik will perform her song "Dreaming With My Eyes Open" for the first time. Hopefully, it...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

The Gossiping Gourmet: Din Tai Fung worth the wait

In 1993, Din Tai Fung was voted one of the 10 best restaurants in the world by the New York Times. The first one opened in 1958 in Taiwan....

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Begira is among the shelter's three dozen healthy felines currently seeking new homes. During October, adoption fees for all cats will be...

Retail Therapy: A birthday for Brewbakers

Beer blast: Brewbakers, 7242 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach, will celebrate the first anniversary of its current ownership...

Reel Critics: Lots of vitality in 'Life'

"The Book of Life" is a rip-roaring animated adventure. Producer Guillermo Del Toro also directed the unconventional fantasy "Pan's...

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Local editor has a stake in new movie 'Kill the Messenger'

Eighteen years ago, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published one of the most contested stories in modern journalism: "Dark...

On Theater: 'Venus' radiates plenty of heat

In producing a play for the stage, one of the most crucial elements is the casting process. Choosing the right actor or actress for a...

Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

Tapping the 'Treasure' of singer-songwriter Laura Nyro

Billy Childs remembers the only time he saw Laura Nyro, the influential singer and songwriter whose albums became part of the soundtrack...

Reel Critics: The verdict? 'The Judge' is worth seeing

"The Judge" is a classic character study of two complex men forced to return to their family roots. Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr....

Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

The Gossiping Gourmet: Tang at the perfect temperature

I recently had a delicious dinner at a small Korean restaurant in a mall in Irvine. The restaurant is called Tang 190. The word "tang" means...

The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

The Gossiping Gourmet: A coastal feast at Babette's

The bohemian chic Babette's Restaurant first opened in East Hampton on Long Island some 20 years ago and became one of the most popular...

Film Reviews

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

Reel Critics: '22 Jump Street' mostly by the numbers

The sequel comedy "22 Jump Street" is as rude, crude and ridiculous as the rowdy original. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum revise their...

Reel Critics: A wild 'West' from MacFarlane

Reel Critics: A wild 'West' from MacFarlane

"A Million Ways to Die in the West" is a mixed bag of rapid-fire jokes that obliterate the boundaries of good taste at every level. Seth...

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