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 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.

 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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

Do the beach cities really need another pizza place? Well, if it happens to be Settebello, the answer is a great big "yes."

In the Pipeline: Remembering Huntington's queen of the pier

In the Pipeline: Remembering Huntington's queen of the pier

I never met Ella Christensen, known by many in Huntington Beach as the queen of the pier.

On Theater: A rocking 'Creation' at OCC

Over 40 years ago, Arthur Miller — long past his great dramatic play period — wrote the satirical comedy "The Creation of the World and Other Business," which didn't create much business on Broadway, running for just 20 performances.

In the Pipeline: 97-year-old has a rich history

In the Pipeline: 97-year-old has a rich history

"They like me because I never complain. I never talk about my medication or my health or my doctors. Instead, I'll tell jokes and talk about life. That's what makes me happy."

Retail Therapy: Make a splash at L*SPACE

Just swimmingly: Pop by the L*SPACE by Monica Wise swimwear w┬┐arehouse sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2525 Pullman Ave., Santa Ana. Save up to 75% on women's trendy beach attire. Information: lspace....

All About Food: The romance and reality of culinary labels

All About Food: The romance and reality of culinary labels

With the plethora of food shows and fancy menus these days, I thought I might clarify some culinary terms. I must confess that a few of these are as new to me as they may be to you.

Friends of the Libraries: For a library lover, this tops Christmas

Every great community needs a great library. More than any other institution, the public library connects us with our past, enriches our present and prepares us for a better tomorrow.

In the Pipeline: 405 toll plan another government abuse

So here we go again. An unelected state government bureaucracy decides on its own to financially punish citizens without so much as a vote.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Oak Grill entices with varied cuisine, tree-lined patio

The Gossiping Gourmet: Oak Grill entices with varied cuisine, tree-lined patio

Last Sunday, my husband and I went to brunch at a new restaurant called Oak Grill, in the Island Hotel on the outer circle of Fashion Island.

On Theater: 'Ghost' retains silver-screen glow

On Theater: 'Ghost' retains silver-screen glow

It's a safe bet that no one ventured a thought in 1990, when "Ghost" first hit movie theaters, that this would be a great plot for a live stage musical.

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