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Retail Therapy: A merger by Design

Better than Pinterest: Interior decorator Thomas Lavin and the Blake House showroom at the Laguna Design Center have merged to become Thomas Lavin at Blake House. The new combined space, open to the public, was launched with a party hosted by Elle D├ęcor on...

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

The Ocean View Little League program continues to be one of the strongest in the state, if not the country. Its 2011 Little League World Series victory still resonates locally, since many of those boys have taken their game into high school.

On Theater: 'Fallen Angels' rises again

The English drawing-room comedy, long a staple in the theater, took on a bit more zip in the Roaring '20s with the pungent prose of Noel Coward, whose "Fallen Angels" (circa 1925) currently is in residence at the Newport Theatre Arts Center.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A door worth sliding open

The Gossiping Gourmet: A door worth sliding open

My husband and I recently discovered a small bistro on Balboa Boulevard near the pier. The chef, Kevin Cahalan, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked for Bradley Ogden and Wolfgang Puck, among other chefs.

On Theater: 'Tempest' is magical, mostly

On Theater: 'Tempest' is magical, mostly

"Shakespeare" and "magic" are two words rarely uttered in the same sentence, but for the Bard's final play, "The Tempest," they fit quite nicely, since the central character dabbles in a bit of sorcery.

Retail Therapy: Clothe the kids in bargains

Bargain babes: Save up to 90% on new and gently used infant, toddler and children's clothing, gear, toys and more at the So Cal 4 Kids Consignment Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sun and Sail Club, 24752 Toledo Lane,...

In the Pipeline: Festival would be more festive with bigger crowd

In the Pipeline: Festival would be more festive with bigger crowd

Well, the first Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival has come and gone. I wish the turnout had been stronger, but more on that later. I'd rather focus on a couple of folks my family and I met there who made the weekend festival truly worthwhile.

All About Food: Tips from a kitchen master

All About Food: Tips from a kitchen master

From time to time, I like to do a column of food tips based on things I've picked up from magazines, books or friends. They are pretty random, but I hope that you will find at least some of them quite useful.

In the Pipeline: War still fresh for ex-flying ace

In the Pipeline: War still fresh for ex-flying ace

"They were red hot when I picked them up. Had it not been for that one little piece of metal that they hit in the plane, I probably wouldn't be sitting here talking to you today," he chuckled.

 The Gossiping Gourmet: Saddle up and visit the Ranch

The Gossiping Gourmet: Saddle up and visit the Ranch

I was going to review a new restaurant that had just opened, or so it seemed when I Googled it. But on arrival I discovered that it wasn't opening for two more days, so my favorite dining companion and I wandered around and decided to try a restaurant that we had never eaten at before but looked...

In the Pipeline: Big-time party coming to H.B.

In the Pipeline: Big-time party coming to H.B.

Outside of writing this column, I spend a lot of time working as a music journalist. As I travel to interview artists and review shows, I'm always left wondering why Huntington Beach does not have a major performance venue.

 On Theater: A bouncy 'Mattress' at playhouse

On Theater: A bouncy 'Mattress' at playhouse

It's been quite a while since the musical comedy "Once Upon a Mattress" visited a local community theater, an oversight the Huntington Beach Playhouse is enthusiastically correcting.

Retail Therapy: Ice Cream. Get your ice cream.

Ice screaming good deal: Stop by Baskin-Robbins locations on Sunday to score a regular scoop of ice cream for $1.31 plus tax. The deal also will be good on Oct. 31 and Dec. 31. Information:baskinrobbins.com.

A Word Please: Tempted to use quote marks? Ask yourself why

Much has been said about misused quotation marks. Photos of signs boasting about "fresh" seafood and "free" refills abound on the Internet, offering a good laugh at the expense of business owners who don't realize that quotation marks around "fresh" and "free" could suggest quite the opposite.

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.

Retail Therapy: Mixing up a sale at SOCO

Walk on up: The OC Mix at SOCO, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, is hosting a sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers will save up to 70% off a curated selection of clothing, accessories, housewares, gifts and more. Full...

In the Pipeline: Continue the fight for bonfires

"With the decision today of the Democrats to side with the [South Coast Air Quality Management District] in holding AB 1102, they sent the message that politics trumps the voice of the people."

Titus: 'Peter Pan' soars — figuratively

Titus: 'Peter Pan' soars — figuratively

Every year, the Summer Players from South Coast Repertory's Theater Conservatory seem to get more and more ambitious. This year's production is a sprawling, multi-ensemble version of that century-old family favorite "Peter Pan," now celebrating its 110th anniversary as an entity and its 60th...

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