Life + Arts

Eight minutes for excellence: Surf City Student Film Festival

Eight minutes for excellence: Surf City Student Film Festival

They share a love of filmmaking, and for one night, Huntington Beach Union High School District students will present their work on the big screen during the fifth annual Surf City Student Film Festival.

Retail Therapy: Bold moves at Bella Terra

In good fashion: Young future divas are invited to the grand opening of the Bold Girlz party place at the Bella Terra...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Snowball arrived as a stray, with his exact heritage unknown. However, he is thought to be a mix of basset hound and a smaller terrier...

All About Food: Useful tips for peeling, popping and more

All About Food: Useful tips for peeling, popping and more

I am always looking for new food tips online, in books and magazines and from friends and readers. Here are some new ones that I hope you...

On Theater: A brisk walk in the 'Wilderness'

On Theater: A brisk walk in the 'Wilderness'

Great playwrights tackling subjects of dramatic significance generally have a lesser-celebrated lighter side. With Tennessee Williams, it...

Local children get in shape for ABT's 'The Sleeping Beauty'

Local children get in shape for ABT's 'The Sleeping Beauty'

They are learning teamwork, perseverance and dedication to craft while honing their balance and form.

 Frets and forklifts: Country singer Tricia Freeman's dual work life

Frets and forklifts: Country singer Tricia Freeman's dual work life

She's a forklift driver by day and a country singer at night.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hong Hai sets high bar for Vietnamese cuisine

The Gossiping Gourmet: Hong Hai sets high bar for Vietnamese cuisine

I've been feeling lucky these days in that I have found a number of small new restaurants that serve excellent food.

CD Review: More faith than fire in 'Never Too Late'

CD Review: More faith than fire in 'Never Too Late'

It is only natural for musicians to pull inspiration from various influences. Many write songs about love, partying, politics, current...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

With an ordinary name like John Smith, it is no surprise that this engaging shepherd mix seems eager to distinguish himself.

On Theater: 'Gefilte Fish & Chips' fillets performer's childhood

On Theater: 'Gefilte Fish & Chips' fillets performer's childhood

Playgoers who have enjoyed Hershey Felder's one-man shows at the Laguna Playhouse will find a kindred performance at the Huntington Beach...

Retail Therapy: It's the week for eating out

Foodie fest: Orange County Restaurant Week launches Sunday and runs through March 7. Now in its seventh year, the event...

Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: Who needs decor when you have great Japanese food?

The Gossiping Gourmet: Who needs decor when you have great Japanese food?

I was pleased to discover a new Japanese restaurant in the beautiful Orchard Hill Center just off Portola Parkway and Culver Drive in...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Bottom of the Barrel? Not this one

The Gossiping Gourmet: Bottom of the Barrel? Not this one

With new fine-dining establishments popping up infrequently in this struggling economy, I find myself more and more often in some small,...

Film Reviews

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,...

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Reel Critics: This 'Wick' catches fire

Gangsters from Russia are the new default mafia in recent crime thrillers. Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer" and James Gandolfini in "The...

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