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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 shopping center, 7821 Edinger Ave., Suite 118, Huntington Beach, at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Fashionista Fun Place for girls and tweens hosts birthday parties, fashion camps, Girl...

In the Pipeline: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stands tall as an author as well

In the Pipeline: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stands tall as an author as well

He enters the room so silently that you don't notice until he's almost right next to you. He's dressed casually in jeans, a black warm-up jacket and a blue UCLA baseball cap. Quietly, he sits down at a small table.

In the Pipeline: Feeding wildlife has dangerous repercussions

In the Pipeline: Feeding wildlife has dangerous repercussions

OK, I will be the bad guy. The feeding of all wild birds in Huntington Beach needs to stop. Today.

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.

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 Central Library Theater, a similar solo effort titled "Gefilte Fish & Chips."

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 Irvine.

Retail Therapy: My Mickey for your Goofy

Pieces of flair: My-D Pins & Collectibles, 1215 S. Beach Blvd., Suite D, Anaheim, will host a free Disney pin and Vinylmation collectible trading event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at its parking lot. Disney collectors of all ages are welcome to meet and trade at the...

In the Pipeline: Boatyard sign painter has the precision of a true artist

In the Pipeline: Boatyard sign painter has the precision of a true artist

I saw him the other day in the middle of one of those magnificent, bright blue and yellow summery afternoons we've been enjoying. His small ramshackle truck was tucked away in a Huntington Harbour parking lot near a series of boat slips.

On Theater: They rob banks (and sing songs)

On Theater: They rob banks (and sing songs)

During their brief lifetimes, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were huge celebrities — or what passed for celebrity during the Depression-wracked Midwest in the early 1930s. Their larcenous, often murderous, exploits were celebrated (if that's the word) in the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde," with...

Retail Therapy: Last-minute meal suggestions for Valentine's Day

As promised, here is my annual Last Minute Valentine's Day Meal Guide, a cross section of some of the many dining options in the county, to prevent any unnecessary Friday night freak-outs. Just remember, where appropriate, to make that reservation sooner rather than later — I can't do that...

On Theater: A love that's lasted 900 years

On Theater: A love that's lasted 900 years

The latest tenant (the word is used advisedly) at South Coast Repertory is the British import "Tristan & Yseult," where generous amounts of farcical satire, embellished with a rock opera musical score, turn this legendary love story into a medieval three-ring circus.

In the Pipeline: Mutual fans Chip Foose and John Oates meet to share autos and tunes

In the Pipeline: Mutual fans Chip Foose and John Oates meet to share autos and tunes

It's really something to watch two masters from different universes.

Retail Therapy: A book bonanza with Friends

Literary spree: Newport Beach's Friends of the Library will host their next quarterly book sale from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the central location, 1000 Avocado Ave. On Friday, Friends members will be able to snatch up two hardcovers for $1 or four...

On Theater: 'Dirty Dancing' is one neat experience

On Theater: 'Dirty Dancing' is one neat experience

With a show called "Dirty Dancing," you can bet the choreography will be out of sight, and it certainly is in this energetic revival at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. But what really impresses is the show's set design.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A bouquet for Mama D's, courtesy of Yelp

The Gossiping Gourmet: A bouquet for Mama D's, courtesy of Yelp

Yelp has just come out with its list of 100 best places to eat in the U.S. in 2015, and five of them are here in our area.

In the Pipeline: Cookie baker works to spread sweet inspiration

In the Pipeline: Cookie baker works to spread sweet inspiration

As we meet outside a nondescript doorway near Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Huntington Beach, a bear of a man leads me back through a labyrinth of hallways until we arrive at a simple kitchen. As soon as he opens the door, it hits you — the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip...

Retail Therapy: Summertime treats in January

Free fro: Expect long lines at Yogurtland locations from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, as fans gather for the annual Frozen Yogurt Day celebration. Visitors will be handed a commemorative cup to fill to the brim with free yogurt and toppings. This year's special flavors will include Hershey...

All About Food: The manufacturing of our food is not pretty

I came across an article the other day that included a warning that the various kinds of veggie burgers contain the substance hexane, which is a volatile solvent and an EPA-registered air pollutant and neurotoxin.

In the Pipeline: Wild creatures are not playthings

In the Pipeline: Wild creatures are not playthings

The sea lion under the Huntington Beach Pier barked and kept twisting its head around, seemingly to try to get a sense of who or what was surrounding it. Clearly in great discomfort, it finally sat perfectly still, its nose high in the air, like it was trying to block out the human-caused chaos...

On Theater: You'll want to 'Witness' how this one ends

Theatergoers who haven't seen Billy Wilder's 1957 movie "Witness for the Prosecution" will be highly engrossed by the stage version of Agatha Christie's chilling courtroom drama now on view at the Newport Theatre Arts Center. Even those who saw it and remember its stunning climax probably will still...

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