Life + Arts

Reel Critics: 'Paper Towns' an unexpected summer teen flick

Movies about high school seniors coming of age are a summer staple at the Cineplex. "Paper Towns" embraces the basic concept but steps it up a notch to offer unexpected insights for the genre. It combines the usual teenage crush scenario with a quirky mystery that drives the story.

Retro food fans rejoice as Naugles returns in Fountain Valley

Retro food fans rejoice as Naugles returns in Fountain Valley

Mel Jarnagin says he's a man of nostalgia.

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Community Animal Network is hoping to get enough donations to continue treatment of a 4-month old kitten found injured in a car rental...

 On Theater: Amy Decker returns home to Costa Mesa in 'Phantom'

On Theater: Amy Decker returns home to Costa Mesa in 'Phantom'

The last time Costa Mesa theatergoers watched Amy Decker perform in her hometown was in 1997 when she starred in "She Loves Me" as a...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Mastery of French cuisine shows at Bistro Papillote

The Gossiping Gourmet: Mastery of French cuisine shows at Bistro Papillote

The OC Mix at SoCo in Costa Mesa is a treasure trove of good eateries. My dining companion and I recently had lunch at Bistro Papillote...

Retail Therapy: Make your own baby food

Ooh, baby, baby: Granola Babies at SoCo Collection, Suite B, 3315 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, will host a homemade baby food...

Pet of the Week:

Pet of the Week:

Theo, found abandoned in May, is a model canine citizen at the shelter.

My Pet World: Training, distractions can curb pooch's passion for jumping on guests

Veterinary behaviorists attending the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium on July 10 in conjunction with the Convention of the American...

Mayo Clinic: Asbestos exposure most significant risk factor for mesothelioma

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes mesothelioma, and how is it different from lung cancer? Are there any treatments or ways to...

Huntington gallery puts street art on the walls

Huntington gallery puts street art on the walls

Jamie Johnson originally wanted his artwork to appear in newspaper comics. When that didn't work out, he turned to street walls.

The Gossiping Gourmet: New Laguna eatery offers tasty coastal Peruvian

The Gossiping Gourmet: New Laguna eatery offers tasty coastal Peruvian

Peruvian restaurants are few and far between in South Orange County, so I was delighted to discover a brand new one in Laguna Beach called...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Found as a stray, Roscoe is a recent arrival at the shelter who has since distinguished himself as quiet, loving and well-behaved.

On Theater: Music trumps drama in 'Footloose'

On Theater: Music trumps drama in 'Footloose'

To dance or not to dance. That's the conundrum facing a small Midwestern town in the stage version of the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie "Footloose,...

Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Curry and Kabab offers an extensive menu of pleasant fare

The Gossiping Gourmet: Curry and Kabab offers an extensive menu of pleasant fare

Curry & Kabab Bistro in Huntington Beach features authentic Indian cuisine.

Ice cream made the customer's way at new shop

Ice cream made the customer's way at new shop

Huntington Beach has a new ice cream shop, and it offers entertainment, in a sense, as well as options for people with dietary restrictions.

Film Reviews

The Black Donnellys, world-record breaking band, in Costa Mesa

The Black Donnellys, world-record breaking band, in Costa Mesa

For nearly five days, Dave Browne strummed at his guitar in the Temple Bar in Dublin. He was out to break a world record.

Taste-testing Taco Bell's new Sriracha Quesarito

Taste-testing Taco Bell's new Sriracha Quesarito

Taco Bell and Sriracha fans, get ready to unite forces. The Irvine-based fast-food company is set to give Sriracha heads a warm, cheesy,...

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