Life + Arts

Who you gonna to call? Pet detectives

Who you gonna to call? Pet detectives

Two pet detectives and a scent-tracking dog are hot on the trail of a missing Fountain Valley puggle mix named Albert, who slipped through a back gate.

 On Theater: 'Murder for Two' is a wacky ride

On Theater: 'Murder for Two' is a wacky ride

The best way to enjoy "Murder for Two," the latest production at the Laguna Playhouse, is to avoid attempting to mentally solve the crime by...

 The Gossiping Gourmet: Pho Lantern offers fresh, flavorful choices

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pho Lantern offers fresh, flavorful choices

Westminster has the second-largest population of Vietnamese people in the world and many wonderful restaurants as well, but we are lucky...

Retail Therapy: Feast your ears on Lord of the Strings

String thing: The next installment in the Lord of the Strings concert series will be held at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday at SoCo Collection,...

Pet of the Week

Pac is one of 14 adoptable shelter dogs with pit-bull mixed-breed backgrounds. They range in age from 6 months to 8 years and are an even...

A 'Shot' in memoriam

A 'Shot' in memoriam

Steve Snyder always considered his father a hero. But it wasn't until after his own retirement, and years after his father's death, that...

On Theater: A big, bad 'Wolf' --  maybe

On Theater: A big, bad 'Wolf' -- maybe

The latest, and last, in a series of world premieres in this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory is a calculated...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Mona Lisa earns a smile

The Gossiping Gourmet: Mona Lisa earns a smile

Openings of fine-dining establishments are few and far between in this economy. The majority of new eateries are large chain restaurants,...

Retail Therapy: Reap (fun) and sow for Earth Day

Hug the planet: Celebrate Earth Day at a family-friendly event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the District at Tustin...

Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

The name Maverick conjures up wild tales of the Old West, yet this German shepherd mix behaves more like an easygoing cowpoke.

Golden West to host peace conference

At Golden West College, once again, it's time to give peace a chance.

Costa Mesa barbershop provides backdrop at Newport Beach Film Festival

Costa Mesa barbershop provides backdrop at Newport Beach Film Festival

If Alexa Polar makes it in Hollywood, she may have a barbershop with a nearly identical name to thank for it.

Reel Critics: 'Young' captures the restless

Director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") takes us to unexpected places in his new offbeat dramatic comedy. "While We're Young"...

Dining Reviews

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

There are very few authentic Colombian restaurants in our reviewing area. In fact, I only found two that were strictly Colombian, although...

All About Food: Costa Mesa store follows owner's passion for wine

All About Food: Costa Mesa store follows owner's passion for wine

Laguna Beach resident Nancy Milby gave up a career in the corporate world to follow her passion for food and wine.

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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